Another year is coming to a close which makes it a great time to review and reflect on Bicultural Mama. Below are the top 10 posts popular with readers in the past year.
Of these posts, I’m particularly proud of the two covering Asian American DNA tests. These posts reflect my personal experience of struggling to find detailed DNA information about my background as well as the unique solution I eventually found. I am glad I’ve been able to share these findings with others to help with their genealogy journeys.
The top 10 posts below are listed in order by popularity.
This post originated when I received results back from my AncestryDNA test. To my dismay, I found out that due to a limited database of Asian DNA results (an issue with other DNA kits as well), the results were vague. For example, instead of outputting specific Asian backgrounds like Chinese, Japanese, Korean, AncestryDNA provided a vague “Asia East.” However, for other groups like Europeans, AncestryDNA was able to provide a detailed breakdown by country versus a generic “Europe West.” Read the post to find out the limitations with many DNA tests when it comes to Asian DNA.
This post is a “Part II” of the original post, “The Limitations of DNA Testing in Asian Americans.” From a reader’s tip, I was able to find a hack to find more precise DNA results for Asians using the raw data results from AncestryDNA and 23andMe.com. The hack uses a China-based site called WeGene that holds a large database of Asian DNA results. As a result, WeGene can interpret Asian DNA much better than many other DNA kits. People around the world have contacted me saying that they plan to use this hack. Many already have and stated how they, too, were now able to receive more precise Asian DNA results by using this hack.
Have you ever wondered if you ever moved to another country, which one would be the best fit? This fun flowchart maps out the different possibilities. Simply answer the questions, each which looks at your personality and lifestyle. Follow the flow of questions based on your answers. Your answers will lead you to the country that you may be the happiest in based on your “manners” or behaviors.
In an era when technology rules and kids are addicted to their electronic devices, mindfulness often gets lost. Kids forget to live in the “now” to enjoy life away from technology. They forget to be grateful and show appreciation for the things and people in their lives. This post offers parents 15 ways to teach mindfulness to kids. Adults will also find this information applicable to their own lives.
Going on a Disney Cruise is a big trip for any family, especially those with infants and toddlers. My family went on a Disney Cruise with our then toddler and older child. With an infant or toddler, parents need to prep so much more when going on a trip. There’s so much gear to bring, there’s the anxiety of disrupted naps and meltdowns, and there are so, so many diapers. This post looks at the tips and resources that I found based on my experience during our trip.
Smart Panda, the only English-Chinese magazine for kids in the United States, launched this year. In this post, I reviewed the two versions of the magazines – one that targets younger readers and another that is for older readers. The magazine is filled with cute, colorful illustrations and stories printed in both English and Chinese. It’s a great resource for parents who want to expose their children to both languages.
The Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is a popular holiday is both Asia and for Asians living in the United States. This post shares information from many influential bloggers on resources about this celebration. Information includes traditions, recipes, crafts, and personal stories about celebrating this holiday. Mooncakes represent the main food during this holiday, and several of the resources include recipes for this favorite dish.
Chinese New Year is the largest and most important holiday for those who celebrate it. The holiday typical takes place in late January or early February (the date changes each year as it’s based on the lunar calendar). For those looking to give gifts to special kids in their lives, this post recommends many items that could make great gifts for Chinese New Year. My family owns many of the gifts that are recommended.