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Q: Advice for parents of mixed race kids in China?

  Just had a mixed-race kid 7 months ago; gorgeous little bugger called Louis (chose the name 'cause it sounds and translates as both English and Chinese). So any advice on potential problems and pitfalls ahead of us and how we might avoid them?

8 years 9 weeks ago in  Family & Kids - China

 
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whats her/his natinality?... which school to go...?

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in the usa all kids are mixed races and we really dont have many problems at all

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From what Ive been hearing and have experienced maybe go back to the UK

Depending where you are and the attitude of the local population it could go either way

smaller communities are great if they go your way and hell if they don't tolerate foreigners

mine are 3 and 5 years old and speak both well but you always find problems

good luck to you and I hope it works out

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Well, as a white-hispanic mix, I have to say it has not always been easy. For some white people, I am "contaminated" and for some hispanic-latinos I am not "hispanic/latino enough". However, it has gotten better since growing  up in the 1970's and coming of age in the 1980's.  The important thing is to give your child support. It is also important that you strike a balance when it comes to his expressing his frustrations. I went through stages where I absolutely HATED either white people or hispanic people and part of the reason was that I was NOT allowed to vent. Anger and frustrations build and fester and eventually lead to hatred. This is important as it lets the kid get things off his or her chest and once they have gotten it off the chest, you can take the opportunity to guide them so that they do not grwo up hating one heritage or the other.  You can also "monitor" this and gage if the child is just venting or if prejudice is taking over.

I wish your family the best of luck, and I hope that your child grows up to be a happy, healthy and productive human being, a credit to the parents!

 

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My Advice : DNT LET HIM SCHOOL IN CHINA chinese education system is terribly bad!.....my Chinese frds even say its the worst education system in the world。

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I have raised up my kids for two years in Shanghai, I can give you the following advice, even though (your wife being Chinese and thus may follow what parents say) they are pretty hard to follow:

1) food : do not trust locally-manufactured powder milk both foreign and Chinese, you may have already heard lots of scandal about tainted powder milk, so if you have the choice choose a foreign imported brand : we used Nestle for a while, and then Bellamy because they had also some powder rice and cereals for the baby. Avoid to use any sauce, salt, oil, sugar in whatever you cook for the child as their organs are not completely functional because the age of 3 and thus not able to process "processed" food. Steam vegetables, use fruits for the sugar.

2) toys : if you have the choice buy them in US, the same toys are cheaper in US than in China and comply with strict safety regulations (no lead color pen, etc)

3) school : some international school requires your child to be clean, meaning he can pee and pooh by himself, some other accept the children with diapers. However, be ready to contribute to the development of China by bribing the school as they often ask extra under pocket money to accept your child. I didn't want it so we went back home for that.

4) medical insurance is quite important : some vaccines are free and some not if you go to the local medical center. If you have an insurance they usually cover all the vaccines until a certain amount. I used AXA for my child and was very much satisfied by their services.

5) If you go to play with your child, you may have Chinese children and their parents quite reluctant to let their children play with yours. If you wife goes, then they won't be any problem.

If you have a precise topic or question, just ask, because your question was a bit vague.

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i thought you were in nanning? nanning is a cool place. people are very friendly in nanning. and many are ethnic minorities. so most people are mixed race. if you lived in nanning you would know this.

 

WUMAO FAIL!!! 

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 "If you go to play with your child, you may have Chinese children and their parents quite reluctant to let their children play with yours. If you wife goes, then they won't be any problem."

 

Really? I've never experienced this ....

 

 

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