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Poor attempt at "Asian Angst",
This review is from: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Hardcover)
Chua fails to write an interesting book.
Her matter-of-fact tone is boring, and the subject matter is so much more her own creation than any sort of real reflection on Chinese (or Asian) culture. She obviously draws on real leaders in the field of Asian studies like Ronald Takaki when she tries to describe the progression of immigrant generations, but she provides nothing of any value of her own creation.
As a narrative, it fails to entertain. There is no conflict except where Chua tries to contrast her maniacal fixation on maximum success to the caricature of Western parenting which lets kids fail in the name of freedom. There is no growth, no challenge, and no truly interesting point to the story she tells. The book reads like a thesis with a singularity of concept but it lacks terribly as a story.
In the end, Chua tells the reader that they are unworthy parents unless they demand absolute perfection from their children. It provides no real insight into any family except her own, so it is impossible to judge the validity of her claim that she is not unique. Chua is bully, both to her children and to the reader, claiming that her admonitions are for our own good when it turns out it's really all about her.