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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (English)

Author: Amy Chua
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In Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, the author Amy Chua not only strikes a blow at “Western” parenting but introduces the “Chinese” way of raising children.


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In Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua introduces her readers to her own parenting methodology. The author criticises the Western way of dealing with kids, which allows them a childhood of fun and games, and she also looks down upon junk food and Facebook, as these aspects are detrimental to the future lives of children.

 

While the Western notion is that children must be allowed to explore their own creative sides and encouraged, owing nothing to their parents when they grow up, the Chinese are of the view that children are the parents’ responsibilities and it is up to the parents to turn them into skilled, confident, and gifted individuals. Even if that “gift” is forced upon them, once they grace it, they will start loving it, and it will prove to be beneficial to them once they step out into the world.


Some of the parenting techniques she describes have been lashed at and condemned. For instance, the author details how she refused her daughter water breaks or bathroom breaks until she perfected a piece on her piano. Eventually, the child masters it. The kids were not allowed sleepovers, playdates, or roles in school plays. Instead, they were made to prepare for the future. At one instance, on receiving a handmade birthday card from her daughter, she snubbed her by telling that she could have put in more thought and effort into it and she even told the child that she didn’t want it.

All these incidents sound extremely harsh when it comes to parenting. However, there is no denying the fact that it results in highly skilled and competent children who excel in every field. Of course, the average American parent, much like Chua’s husband himself, was mortified at her treatment of her children. However, in a world where it is assumed that emerging powers like China will soon topple the United States, it also instills a quiet fear.


Published on January 11, 2011, this book went on to sell millions of copies and garnered a lot of hype for its controversial content. It received mixed reviews. While some readers and critics were generally appalled, others were impressed by the results of her parenting. Most critics, however, were of the view that it was an engaging, at the same time a shocking, read. The Wall Street Journal garnered a lot of responses for the book, which were both negative as well as positive. Chua, in her defense, said that this was in no way a parenting guide, but just a memoir.


About Amy Chua

After teaching law at Duke University, Amy Chua now teaches law at Yale Law School.


Other books by Amy Chua include World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability (2003), and Day of Empire: How Hyper-powers Rise to Global Dominance – and Why They Fall (2007).


Amy Chua’s writing style is humorous, engaging, and revelatory.


Chua is married to Yale professor of Law, Jed Rubenfeld, and has two daughters Sophia and Louisa. She is of Chinese descent and lives in Connecticut. Her first book was a best seller, and she is also an expert in ethnic conflict, globalization, law and development, and the study of international business transactions.

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Author Amy Chua
Book Details
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Year 2011 December
ISBN-13 9781408828984
ISBN-10 1408828987
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 272 Pages
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Weight 185 g
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Tarun Mangal
21 Oct 2011
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A good read for new parents

Unlike the description text all I can say is that I???m not blown away by the Chinese parenting model. For one reason, it is exactly how it works with us Indians. So there is really no takeaway as far as the Chinese parenting model is concerned. What is useful though, is it gives you an opportunity to self-reflect. It also does help you appreciate the good pieces of both Asian and Western parenting models. In the book too, Amy eventually does give in and accepts the hybrid model to parenting.
All in all, a good read. It flows through very easily and no point feels draggy or overdone. A good...
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Unlike the description text all I can say is that I???m not blown away by the Chinese parenting model. For one reason, it is exactly how it works with us Indians. So there is really no takeaway as far as the Chinese parenting model is concerned. What is useful though, is it gives you an opportunity to self-reflect. It also does help you appreciate the good pieces of both Asian and Western parenting models. In the book too, Amy eventually does give in and accepts the hybrid model to parenting.
All in all, a good read. It flows through very easily and no point feels draggy or overdone. A good...
Unlike the description text all I can say is that I???m not blown away by the Chinese parenting model. For one reason, it is exactly how it works with us Indians. So there is really no takeaway as far as the Chinese parenting model is concerned. What is useful though, is it gives you an opportunity to self-reflect. It also does help you appreciate the good pieces of both Asian and Western parenting models. In the book too, Amy eventually does give in and accepts the hybrid model to parenting.
All in all, a good read. It flows through very easily and no point feels draggy or overdone. A good and informative read for all the new parents.

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Simran Sidhu
10 Mar 2014
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The Story of a Mother

I know this book has invited a lot of criticism so I decided to read it even though I am just a teenager.
Firstly, this book chronicles the life of a working mother, trying to extract the best out of her kids. Its a memoir of a mother, not a "mastering the art of parenthood" kind of book. The author learns as much from her daughters as she teaches them. That being said, I really enjoyed reading this book, its a great story for mothers and daughters alike and sons and fathers. My mom and I had a great time recalling the details and comparing it with our experience.

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S K Gupta
07 Mar 2012
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A must read for Indian Mothers

The so called 'advanced' parents in India must read this book to understand the futility of raising kids in western style. The recent riots in London suggest distinctly the implications of western way of parenting.
In her book the battle hymn of the tiger mother Amy Chua has highlighted the dividend one draws if the child is made to realise that life is not all fun but contains elements of hard work and drawing dividend out of it.
However Chua has never proposed any dogma while stating about the chinese way of parenting. Rather, she has herself pointed out her ineffectiveness at times and o...
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The so called 'advanced' parents in India must read this book to understand the futility of raising kids in western style. The recent riots in London suggest distinctly the implications of western way of parenting.
In her book the battle hymn of the tiger mother Amy Chua has highlighted the dividend one draws if the child is made to realise that life is not all fun but contains elements of hard work and drawing dividend out of it.
However Chua has never proposed any dogma while stating about the chinese way of parenting. Rather, she has herself pointed out her ineffectiveness at times and o...
The so called 'advanced' parents in India must read this book to understand the futility of raising kids in western style. The recent riots in London suggest distinctly the implications of western way of parenting.
In her book the battle hymn of the tiger mother Amy Chua has highlighted the dividend one draws if the child is made to realise that life is not all fun but contains elements of hard work and drawing dividend out of it.
However Chua has never proposed any dogma while stating about the chinese way of parenting. Rather, she has herself pointed out her ineffectiveness at times and of course how she was humbled by her 13 year old daughter.
A wonderful book indeed.

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Gorika Dhawan
10 Jan 2012
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Guidelines to parenting

this book is a great book......awesome piece of writing. Illustrates the correct way of raising a child according to "tiger mother"....
A good and debatable book about the correct way of raising a successful and a standout child.

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Dhanalakshmi Ayyer
02 Sep 2014
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Battle Hymn for the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Amy Chua???s Battle Hymn for the Tiger Mother chronicles a community???s social and societal mores, even while exposing its angst in a trans-placed circumstance.
Yes, it is one approach to parenting, to building character, and instilling value systems in the young, for after all ???the child is the father of the man???. However, the debate is wide open as to whether these ???age-old??? techniques that have stood the test of time in a particular milieu till a certain period will still abide in a time, space and society which is far removed from the environment it blossomed and persisted in...
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Amy Chua???s Battle Hymn for the Tiger Mother chronicles a community???s social and societal mores, even while exposing its angst in a trans-placed circumstance.
Yes, it is one approach to parenting, to building character, and instilling value systems in the young, for after all ???the child is the father of the man???. However, the debate is wide open as to whether these ???age-old??? techniques that have stood the test of time in a particular milieu till a certain period will still abide in a time, space and society which is far removed from the environment it blossomed and persisted in...
Amy Chua???s Battle Hymn for the Tiger Mother chronicles a community???s social and societal mores, even while exposing its angst in a trans-placed circumstance.
Yes, it is one approach to parenting, to building character, and instilling value systems in the young, for after all ???the child is the father of the man???. However, the debate is wide open as to whether these ???age-old??? techniques that have stood the test of time in a particular milieu till a certain period will still abide in a time, space and society which is far removed from the environment it blossomed and persisted in. While time honoured practices are to be respected for what it is, it has done, it has contributed, one has to also consider the times we live in. Unless practices are put in context and evolve accordingly it will be rendered meaningless.
Chua???s parenting techniques are not to be belittled or disputed. Eastern societies, ancient traditions are rather regimental and didactic. It works but not always, especially when in a different remove. It is that distance and context that needs to be considered at length. Chua was lucky that her methods worked, she has success stories to bask in, even where there was rebellion and resentment. Above all, she has a spouse who had no quarrel with her ways, for whatever reason. Life is not all so cooperative, nor fulfilling. You win some, you lose some.
How much of a takeaway these practices are is an individual chant???.the hymn may be hymnal but the refrain has to be customized.
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Battle Hymn for the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Amy Chua???s Battle Hymn for the Tiger Mother chronicles a community???s social and societal mores, even while exposing its angst in a trans-placed circumstance.
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honest and interesting!

I'm an Indian, I know what a tiger mom is. I was raised by one and I'm doing alright :) I'm a mother too and understand a lot of things she says. Although this book may seem racist and based on too many generalised statements, if taken in the right spirit as a memoir and self parody it's a great... (View complete review)

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I know this book has invited a lot of criticism so I decided to read it even though I am just a teenager.
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Soumya Gudiyella
09 Nov 2013
One extreme in parenting style

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is a book written by Amy Chua. Amy Chua is a Chinese American. In this book she writes about her strong and willful parenting style as a Chinese mother and compares it with the weak American style of parenting. Americans hold their children???s whims and wishes abo... (View complete review)

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Malu Vinod Mohan
11 Feb 2013
Amazingly truthful-A mom's struggle to get the best out of her girls!

Found the book totally hilarious..Amy trying her "parenting techniques" on Coco too!
Which turns out to be a total disaster...(might be b'coz Coco does'nt have the Asian lineage...)
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