Archive for September 2014

6 reasons you should watch The Karate Kid movie remake with your children (even four years after its release)

I loved The Karate Kid. The original movie that is. I must have watched it a dozen times. It was like I couldn’t get enough of Daniel (Ralph Macchio), Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) and Ali (Elisabeth Shue). It was a movie of the early 80’s – and one few others have been able to replicate. And, then a remake came... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - September 26, 27 and 28

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, September 26, Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28: 1. Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus St. Alphonsus Church 1429 W. Wellington St. (Lakeview) Friday, September 26, 5 – 10 pm Saturday, September 27, 11 am... Read more »

5 tips for finding multicultural family events in your hometown or travel destination

I feel fortunate that my family lives in a world-class city like Chicago. My hometown ranks high on my list of great urban locales. Why? Because of the stunning skyscrapers that form its skyline. Because of how Lake Michigan curves around the eastern most end of the city. Because of the energy that exudes from... Read more »
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David Černý sculptures in Prague: Czech artist’s public artwork infuses the city with personality

My husband and I recently returned from a stay in Prague. After extending our layover in Munich, we arrived in our final destination as the sun went down. By the time we first ventured out into Prague, evening had fallen upon the bohemian city. Have you ever arrived in a city after dark? If so,... Read more »

Making the most of a layover in Munich, Germany

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to join my husband in Europe. He was finishing up a week of business travel – and I was anxious to see him, spend time with him, and explore a new destination with him. After looking at potential travel options for us, we decided on Prague – a city... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - September 19, 20 and 21

It’s definitely starting to feel like fall in Chicago. To celebrate the change of seasons, you can choose from Oktoberfests, apple festivals, harvest festivals and more, making fall one of my favorite times of the year. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend... Read more »
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Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago - September 12, 13 and 14

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, September 12, Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14 1. World Music Festival Chicago Various locations across Chicago Thursday, September 11 – Sunday, September 21 Free admission The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago... Read more »

Japanese culture of kawaii: Even the signs are “cute” in Tokyo

This sidewalk sign helps show where the water supply is for use by emergency crews during the event of a fire - in a fun, light-hearted way.
Before my family ventured to Tokyo this past spring, I read up on kawaii – a word used to describe the quality of “cuteness” in almost all aspects of Japanese culture. As noted in a Associated Press story, Nobuyani Kurita, a sociology professor at Musashi Unversity in Tokyo, has said that the word “cute” is a “magic term” that encompasses everything that’s... Read more »

Crêpes aren't just French: Japanese-style crêpes delight fans in Japan and the US

I used to only associate crêpes with France – until I went to Tokyo. While in Paris, my family sampled many, many French crêpes, most often made to order with decidedly French ingredients like Nutella, lemon and sugar, and even ratatouille. No matter if we ate them from a street-side cart or a quaint Bretagne-style restaurant, the crêpes felt... Read more »
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Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago - September 5, 6 and 7

It’s hard to believe this is the first weekend of September. But, it is – and, despite kids being back to school, it’s technically still summer. So, that means there’s still plenty of fun, family-friendly outdoor events to enjoy with your family in Chicago. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five... Read more »