About us

Chantilly Patiño, Bicultural Mom

Welcome to Bicultural Familia, a multicultural blog focusing on family, food, culture and travel.

Here, we’ll share a little more about ourselves — ‘bicultural mom’ (Chantilly), ‘bicultural papi’ (Ricardo), and two little ‘bicultural niños’ (a six year old girl and baby boy on the way!).

Follow along as we share our interests, what our familia is up to and some of the topics we’re most passionate about.

We hope you’ll join us on this journey and share your own stories with us too.

So, what is a ‘bicultural familia’ anyway?

A bicultural familia is immersed simultaneously within two cultures, celebrating a mix cultures, languages, traditions and more.

You might be surprised to discover that most families are bicultural or multicultural in one way or another.  If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely that yours is too.

About Chantilly (Bicultural Mom)

I’m a woman, wife, mother and a wannabe lifetime student.  I love reading lit, non-fiction and watching educational television, like documentaries.  I’m also a bit of a science nerd…especially earth sciences and exploring the unknown (nazca lines, tenochtitlán, etc.).

I’m into history, culture, language, travel and all things that define personal and cultural identity. I’m a former Sociology / Cultural Anthropology / Spanish student, a bit of a perfectionist and an artist at heart.

I’m a white mom in an interracial relationship, raising a Latina daughter. I’m a woman who grew up in a big family and married a man from a little family.  I grew up being the strong one and he grew up knowing he was the baby. I’ve been called the “tomboy” and the “prude” and I don’t let people’s labels define me or my place in this world as a woman and mother.  I’m a feminist mom and a working mom, and no, I don’t think the two are a conflict.  I don’t submit to the mommy wars because I think we all have our own way of doing things and that each woman’s choices should be respected.

I’m a ‘bicultural mom’ who loves writing and analyzing social ‘norms’.  I blog honestly about race, feminism, culture and a variety of topics that affect mixed families, and I also like to blog about what’s happening in our life from day-to-day.

Read more about Chantilly by clicking here.

About Ricardo (Bicultural Papi)

Qué onda, gente!?

I’m a family man, devoted to my wife and kids.  Raised in the great state of TEXAS!

Bicultural Familia is a place where my voice can be be heard.  I speak out on the issues that matter to me most.  I speak up for the downtrodden and the disenfranchised.  It’s a place where I share my creative inspirations.  It’s where I share my family’s stories and my stories.

I invite you to listen to my personal reflections and share your own stories.  Travel this journey with me.  It’s a journey of self reflections, reactions and bicultural identity.

My Mission: to share untold stories and to call attention to life, family, culture, food and everything else that makes up a part of my identity as a man, father, husband, Tejano.

My abuelo has been and always will be a huge influence in my life.  Expect to hear more stories and quotes from mi abuelo.

“Mijo, you’re wild, but there are great things ahead for you.  You just have to keep on the path that leads you to the place you want to end up.” – abuelo

Read more about Ricardo by clicking here.

About our Bicultural Niños

Mija is six years old and loves martial arts, tough girls, super heroes and animals.

Mijo is on the way!  Due September 30th!

Read more about our niños by clicking here.

Our sister sites

MulticulturalFamilia.com (multi-author magazine for mixed race/culture families)
MulticulturalBloggers.com (a diverse directory of multicultural bloggers)
ChantillyPatino.com (brand strategy + web design)

Blogs we ♥

Aisha Iqbal // Balancing Jane // Barrel of Oranges // Born Bicultural USA // Caramels on Maple Street // Chocolate Hair, Vanilla Care // De Su Mama // Dulce de Leche // Empatheia // Florecita Growing Up // Hapa Mama // Ill Doctrine // Is That Your Child? // Kid World Citizen // Latinaish // Lucky Fatima // Multilingual Mania // Musing Momma // My Brown Baby // Nadirah Angail // The Lebinexican // This Nest // White Mom Blog

Comments

  1. Hmongstoryteller says

    Thanks for your blog…i have been searching for more bi-cultural Mom bloggers…you are the first I have found that strikes that voice for me. Your voice is definately refined, though you mention here that you are still striving for it. I think you have it. Just keep going with it!

    • says

      Aww…thanks so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it and I couldn't be happier that other bicultural moms out there are enjoying my posts. I hope we can connect and get to know each other better. Thanks so much for reading! =)

  2. says

    Hi,
    so glad I came across this blog. I am passionate about multiculturism as well, have known no other way to live since childhood! Look forward to reading more of your posts:)

  3. Nicole says

    Hi Chantilly,

    While I'm not a bi-culture Mom, I have to say that your blog still speaks to me. I lived in Mexico until I was 13 and I'm now a college student living in Boston- the lifestyle is so different and I'm trying my hardest to keep my Mexican heritage and culture from slipping away. This is a really good source of inspiration for myself and my own blog!

    Keep writing!
    Nicole Troelstrup

    • says

      Thank you so much Nicole!  You definitely don't have to be a mom to read this blog, but it sounds like you've already got the bicultural part down.  😉  I talk here a lot about balancing life between Mexican and American heritage and also the bicultural differences between our in-laws.  Thanks so much for stopping in!  I'd love to hear more about your experiences between Mexico and Boston…sounds really interesting!  :)  Feel free to leave your blog link!

  4. AdamaKone says

    Wow, your article that was posted on Foxnews is so riddled with disgusting assumptions it is nor wonder there is racial confusion and backlash rampant in America. There seems to be some misguided attempt to define racism by some childish  standard of vengeance. You seem to be implying that the accepted definition of racism is "white people doing bad things to black people". My word, are you serious. Your institutionalized victim attitude is what is keeping us down…not helping us….let's hope someone cuts your media relationships before more of us have to deal with your infantile drivel. 

  5. says

    Hello Chantilly! My husband stumbled upon your site and immediately emailed it to me, knowing I’d be interested. I, too, am a bicultural mom, raising a beautiful and brilliant (in my “unbiased” opinion!) biracial daughter with my African American husband (I am White). I look forward to exploring your blog and your other websites. By the way, I am currently writing a doctoral dissertation on transracial adoption (specifically, AA children being adopted by Caucasian parents), looking at the effects of TRA on racial identity, self-esteem, and resilience. I will begin data collection very soon. Would it be ok if I send you the link to my online survey, to be posted on your sites, as a way to recruit more participants for my study? I’m looking for adult participants, age 18 and over, who are AA and were adopted as children by EITHER AA parents or White parents. Please let me know if you are interested in helping me out by allowing me to post the link to my survey. Much appreciated and, again, I look forward to becoming a part of your blog! Take care. (:

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