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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Paperback – December 27, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
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." (Jan.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Most critics agreed that Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an entertaining read—lively and humorous, written with the intent to shock. More controversial is Chua’s stereotyping of Chinese and Western cultures, not to mention her authoritarian parenting methods. Critics judged the book largely by asking the following questions: Should self-esteem come before accomplishment, or accomplishment before self-esteem? If the latter, should it be achieved by threats and constant monitoring? Chua’s teenage daughters are undeniably accomplished, but at what emotional cost? While some reviewers found that Chua’s technique borders on abuse and her writing was, at best, self-serving, others were impressed by her parenting results and opined that the West could learn a few things from this remarkably driven Chinese American mother. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I don't completely agree with Amy's way raising her two daughters, but I enjoy reading this book, I like her honesty, sense of humor, and her hardworking. She didn't try to paint a picture that she is a perfect mom, she just wrote her own experience of raising her two daughters.
Many people hated that Amy pushed her daughters too hard, but I see Amy pushed herself harder than her daughters. She works harder than any one else. She is a law professor, teaching at Yale Law School, she wrote her book while raising her two children, she learned about piano and violin so she could supervise her daughters practice, she arranged many trips, she wrote notes to her daughters so to bring joy to them, she took care of their two dogs. I was very touched that she brought her mother-in-law to her home when her mother-in-law was fighting cancer, and she visited her sister many times while her sister was fighting leukemia. She does so many things. I admire Amy with my full heart.
I highly recommend this book to any parents and young adults.