Updated with a new postscript by Amy Chua and a letter from her eldest daughter, Sophia
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is a story about a mother, two daughters, and two dogs. It was supposed to be a story of how Chinese parents are better at raising kids than Western ones. But instead, it's about a bitter clash of cultures, a fleeting taste of glory, and how you can be humbled by a thirteen-year-old.
Witty, entertaining and provocative, this is a unique and important book that will transform your perspective of parenting forever.
Chua (Day of Empire) imparts the secret behind the stereotypical Asian child's phenomenal success: the Chinese mother. Chua promotes what has traditionally worked very well in raising children: strict, Old World, uncompromising values and the parents don't have to be Chinese. What they are, however, are different from what she sees as indulgent and permissive Western parents: stressing academic performance above all, never accepting a mediocre grade, insisting on drilling and practice, and instilling respect for authority. Chua and her Jewish husband (both are professors at Yale Law) raised two girls, and her account of their formative years achieving amazing success in school and music performance proves both a model and a cautionary tale. Sophia, the eldest, was dutiful and diligent, leapfrogging over her peers in academics and as a Suzuki piano student; Lulu was also gifted, but defiant, who excelled at the violin but eventually balked at her mother's pushing. Chua's efforts "not to raise a soft, entitled child" will strike American readers as a little scary removing her children from school for extra practice, public shaming and insults, equating Western parenting with failure but the results, she claims somewhat glibly in this frank, unapologetic report card, "were hard to quarrel with."
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A must read
A must read! Whilst this is not my parenting style I can respect and praise Amy on her journey as a parent. She armed her children the best way she could to be self sufficient, determined, respectful, caring and resilient. If only more parents would take such interest in their own children. She has taken responsibility for her children and not left it to today's educators and carers to raise her children. Amy well done.
Enlightening and entertaining
Certainly thought provoking but truly meaningful
a fantastic book, great read and very interesting