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Real Talk, An American Story,
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This book is real talk. This mom knows what it takes to excel in this world, not just get by. Some sensitive people may not be able to handle the direct and frank language. But I was able to see past the authors curtness and marvel at the discipline she posses and instills in her children.
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Initial post: Mar 12, 2011 7:18:08 AM PST
Lloyd Lofthouse says:
No mother/parent need parent "exactly" as an Amy Chua but there is a lesson to be learned here that popular Political Correctness that has led to the sad state of the "average" American parent and the resulting average American child/teen is wrong and has been destructive for American culture.
Some of Chua's critics take issue over her use of the term "Chinese mother" as if it stereotypes them. I understand why these critics are sensitive of this but they need not feel that way.
Too bad if a few "ignorant" people that read the book think that all Chinese mothers are the same-they aren't but that doesn't not erase the fact that the average Asian-American parent raised the average Asian-American child differently than the average American parent and those Asian-American children go on to be more successful in life than all other ethnic/racial groups in the US on average.
The statistics gathered from many sources do not lie.
If we were to quantify what an average Asian-American parent looks like, that should be the role model for parenting in the US-the standard to raise children by.
However, I am not saying that Amy Chua represents the average Asian-American parent. The excessive parenting that Chua dedicated to her children is above the Asian-American norm. I doubt that many of any ethnic, racial group would have the energy and obsessive dedication to devote that much time to their children.
In fact, the average Asian-American parent should be proud that they do not fit the "average" American parent profile. These people represent what family values really mean and they do not need to duplicate what Amy Chua did 100% to achieve that.
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