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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Hardcover – January 11, 2011
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Ms Chua claims herself a representative of Chinese mothers. I'm a native Chinese and came to this country with an advanced degree earned in China -- I'm no stranger to educating children the Chinese way. Yet I don't treat my children as she does and I know that most of the Chinese in the US (and in China, for that matter) don't "educate" their children in that extreme fashion. From reading the book I believe that her philosophies and behaviors are largely due to her seriously flawed personality. I list some revealing examples below. Since I don't have the paper copy handy, my quotes are not accurate to every word.
* When she learned that her dog was not among the most intelligent breeds, she felt "nauseated". To her, everyone, everything is a tool for competition.
* She bitterly criticizes the American "shopping mall" materialism. Yet she herself is a huge spender. To celebrate her daughter's Carnegie Hall debut, she threw a party that cost the family's winter AND summer vacations. How she spends her money is her own business. But condemning others for going to the mall? That sounds hypocritical to me.
* She has a strong sense of superiority that shows here and there throughout the book. She says some white men have "yellow fever". They would date any Asian woman, "no matter how ugly she is and what part of Asia she is from". That's deeply racist and offending.Read more ›
You also get to go along with Chua as she raises her two daughters. They had incredibly strict rules to follow: no play dates, no sleepovers, and two hours a day of instrument practice. You see that her parenting isn't perfect in their achievements: the oldest played in Carnegie Hall at the age of 14 and the youngest...well I don't want to give away one of the best parts of the story but lets just say they had different paths. You live her struggle with a parenting style that's seen as extreme in America.
Even though I'm deeply implanted in the "lax" Western style of parenting, I still related deeply to the struggles of raising children. The book is hilarious and shocking in places. The kind of book you can't put down. The transformation Chua moves through is powerful. Her writing still is brisk and lively and you're sure to empathize with her struggles and her dreams. The book is striking a chord with so many because it hits hard at the questions we all must answer for ourselves in life: love, achievement, self-esteem, ambition, pride...Read more ›
I imagine that most people are drawn to this book because of the WSJ article, "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior." Is the book just more of the article? For the most part, yes.
In this memoir type of a book, Amy Chua sets out the dreams she has for her daughters and recounts her relentless pursuit of those dreams at all costs. Her stories alone would not be so offensive had she not tied them all together with the assertion that the Chinese parenting philosophy produces better progeny than the Western parenting philosophy.
First of all, I completely disagree with the Chinese parenting philosophy. It is true that the Chinese parenting philosophy might produce high achieving children. But it is equally true that it might produce some very miserable ones. There is a cost in terms of time, energy, missed social interaction, and mental health.
Amy Chua casually dismisses the idea of any harm to self-esteem, but I couldn't disagree more. Perhaps it's true that Amy's two daughters don't have any self-esteem problems. But their mental health may be attributed to just plain luck rather than to Amy - that is, nature rather than nurture. If Amy had more sensitive children, I wouldn't be surprised if they ended up in the mental hospital.
In the book, Amy Chua spends a disproportionate amount of time on her daughters' musical pursuits.Read more ›
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I have only read 7 pages and I am hating "Tiger Mother". She comes off as arrogant.My Fiance is Chinese (born and raised) and she agrees it's to an extent. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Randy Morales
I love Amy's book so much. At first, I ordered it with skepticism as I have been reading and experiencing so much pressure from the college application process myself. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Thao
It's a great read. I think Chinese way of raising kids is very similar to Russian:) I better have my kid playing violin for 8 hours a day than wasting time on Facebook and eating... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sveta
Nice novel but what's the point? Well written but not too compelling a story.Published 11 days ago by Paul B.
Whether you agree or disagree with Amy Chua's approach to parenting or fall somewhere in-between, the book holds your interest and makes you think. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Anna G
This is a fantastic and humorous book. Period. Amy Chua was able to create a lot of scenarios in her book full of conflicts between her daughter and her. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Junlun Li
Defending “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”
I am limiting my comments almost entirely to Amy Chua’s book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” as a literary work only. Read more
Funny, intense at times, heartwarming ending. I couldn't put the book down! Amy Chua is very inspiring. I would totally recommend this bookPublished 18 days ago by pasfrances
I'm giving this book three stars because the writing is compelling and I definitely wanted to know how the conflict resolved. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Nel