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 // 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