My 6 year old sister eats sushi. However, lest that sound like the type of thing most cultured, metropolitan 6 year olds do, she's also sometimes found lying on the floor in front of the tv, watching a cartoon while eating a bowl of curried noodles for breakfast with chopsticks. Sure, they're training chopsticks because she's still working on coordination, but it's still chopsticks and spicy noodles for breakfast.
My Mom has been known to scold her children in at least three languages.
My family watches more Korean dramas than TV shows in their own native language.
"Skype Sibling" is a common term which here means grown siblings who communicate with the rest of the family via webcam calls.
America has been described by younger children as the land of candy and college. They really like the candy, but the college part, not so much, or at least that's what they've decided from seeing older sisters cry from homesickness on Skype calls.
Sarah recently said, "Don't you think my bindi looks like a teletubby?" (I thought that was the most hilarious juxtaposition of two cultures: bindis and teletubbies. But seriously, the bindi had a suspiciously teletubby-like shape to it)
My siblings are between the ages of 6 and 19 and they're already on their 2nd or 3rd passports. I'm on my 3rd passport too, but it doesn't sound quite that impressive at 22.
The most recent family vacation was an trip to see Angkor Wat.
My Dad, who spent over 30 years in the U.S, comes home from a long morning walk and says, "I walked 9 kilometers this morning!"
Among other beauty rituals employed by teenage girls all over the world, such as nail painting, it's also very common to see my sisters drawing henna tattoos on each other.
Over the last few years, the "big kids" have been looking into opportunities like language study in China, international travel nursing, dorm parenting at international boarding schools, nannying in Israel and teaching English in Korea, and our parents hardly bat an eyelash when hearing about such schemes.