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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
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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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 and informative read for all the new parents.

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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 above their own, whereas Chinese children are enforced to act as per their parents’ wishes and choices.

­­Amy is a Professor at Yale University of Law and she has two daughters. The eldest daughter, Sophia, is the obedient and sincere Chinese-American. The younger daughter, Lulu is rebellious and there are a lot of skirmishes in the book between Amy and Lulu.

Amy forced Sophia to play the Piano. At one point of time Amy finds small teeth marks on the piano on which Sophia played.

Lulu played both violin and piano when young. As she grew up she played the violin more. Sometimes, Amy would make Lulu skip her lunch/recess breaks at school so she could practice violin. The children were always busy, with their piano or violin sessions. They were not allowed to go to sleep over, have a play date, be in a school play and get grades less than A.

I thought her parenting style was extreme when she rejected the birthday card her daughters’ made, saying that they have not worked on it enough and makes them do her a better birthday card. Amy’s mother-in-law expires due to cancer. The children have to write a short speech for their grandmother, which will be read at the funeral. Amy is behind the children correcting/editing their speech. Amy did not care about the kids’ grief at losing their grandmother; she wanted a perfect speech which everybody will appreciate.

I found it a bit humorous and ridiculous when Amy tries to practice her Chinese parenting style on her pet dogs. After her futile efforts she settles that her pets will not have jobs like bomb sniffer dogs and lets them be as they want.

It is definitely not a book from which you can take parenting advice but it gives you an idea of one extreme in parenting style.

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Excellent perspective

It is admittedly not a book that 'preaches' parenting. It is a book that tells a mother's experience in bringing up her daughters' in a way she passionately believed to be the right way (the Asian way).

Being an Indian parent with middle class moorings, I empathize with her on many occasions and agree with her on staying grounded to the values but she is driven to the extreme in her parenting methods. The contrast between the outcomes of her extreme parenting as virtuous circle and the vicious cycle among the daughters is evident. Amy does seem to get her views balanced in the end but the daughter sums it all nicely - one surely needs to strive hard and excel in what one likes, its just that the likes were decided by her mother in her case.

The narrative is lucid and lively - the incidents bring out the mother-daughter angst.

It would be a good read for the tension filled parents (most of the Indian ones!) just to get a perspective. It would at least be relaxing.

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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 of course how she was humbled by her 13 year old daughter.
A wonderful book indeed.

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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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