Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

By Amy Chua

An awe-inspiring, frequently hilarious, and unerringly sincere tale of 1 mother's workout in severe parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of elevating her youngsters the chinese language manner.

All respectable mom and dad are looking to do what's most sensible for his or her kids. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother finds is that the chinese language simply have a unconditionally diverse proposal of the way to do this. Western mom and dad try and appreciate their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their real passions and offering a nurturing surroundings. The chinese language think that how one can guard your kids is through getting ready them for the long run and arming them with talents, powerful paintings behavior, and internal self assurance. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed determination to elevate her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way-the chinese language way-and the notable effects her selection evokes.

listed below are a few issues Amy Chua may by no means let her daughters to do:

• have a playdate
• be in a college play
• bitch approximately no longer being in a faculty play
• now not be the number 1 pupil in each topic other than health club and drama
• play any software except the piano or violin
• now not play the piano or violin

actually Lulu and Sophia could by no means have had time for a playdate. They have been too busy practising their tools (two to 3 hours an afternoon and double periods at the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin.

in fact nobody is ideal, together with Chua herself. Witness this scene:

"According to Sophia, listed here are 3 issues i really acknowledged to her on the piano as I supervised her practising:
1. Oh my God, you're simply getting worse and worse.
2. I'm going to count number to 3, then i would like musicality.
3. If the following time's now not ideal, I'm going to take your entire crammed animals and burn them!"

yet Chua calls for as a lot of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices-the exacting realization spent learning her daughters' performances, the workplace hours misplaced shuttling the ladies to lessons-the intensity of her love for her youngsters turns into transparent. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the variations in japanese and Western parenting--and the teachings mom and dad and youngsters in every single place educate each other.

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A particularly disgusting variation of this phenomenon can be found in modern-day California: men with Yellow Fever, who date only Asian women— sometimes dozens in a row—no matter how ugly or which kind of Asian. For the record, Jed did not date any Asian women before me. Maybe the reason I can’t appreciate gamelan music, which I heard when we visited Indonesia in 1992, is that I fetishize difficulty and accomplishment. I don’t know how many hundreds of times I’ve yelled at Lulu, “Everything valuable and worthwhile is difficult!

But my father was also a Chinese patriarch. When it came 18 amy chua time to apply to colleges, he declared that I was going to live at home and attend Berkeley (where I had already been accepted), and that was that—no visiting campuses and agonizing choices for me. Disobeying him, as he had disobeyed his family, I forged his signature and secretly applied to a school on the East Coast that I’d heard people talking about. When I told him what I had done—and that Harvard had accepted me—my father’s reaction surprised me.

But I also remember Girl Scouts and hula hoops; roller skating and public libraries; winning a Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest; and the proud, momentous day my parents were naturalized. In 1971, my father accepted an offer from the University of California at Berkeley, and we packed up and moved west. My father grew his hair and wore jackets with peace signs on them. Then he got interested in wine collecting and built himself a one-thousand-bottle cellar. As he became internationally known for his work on chaos theory, we began traveling around the world.

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