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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (English, Paperback, Amy Chua)

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother  (English, Paperback, Amy Chua)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • ISBN: 9781408828984, 1408828987
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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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  • Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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  • Amy Chua
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  • 0.63 Inches (US)
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  • 7.8 Inches (US)
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  • 5.08 in
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  • 186.0 Grams
Ratings & Reviews
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Loved it ...

The book is beautifully written. Simple flowing language and must read for all parents.
Chronicles the efforts of a working mother to raise her kids with the right values and the feeling that hard work earns dividend.
Although the book showcases Chinese way of parenting, but is very similar to Indian style.
The way we compare our kids, criticize them in front of everyone, ask them to focus only on studies and don't waste time on sports and art.

I had originally picked up the book because of ...
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Surabhi Singh

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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 ...
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SOUMYA%20KANTI GUPTA

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Mar, 2012

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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...
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Simran Sidhu

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Mar, 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, s...
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Dhanalakshmi Ayyer

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Sep, 2014

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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, Sophi...
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Soumya Gudiyella

Nov, 2013

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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...)
The book is an eyeopener,if you don't see it as a perfect parenting guide,simply, b'coz its not meant to be one..
The book is all about the fact that,kids are lot more stronger than what we think them to be..
And truly agree with Amy Chua about the need to shed the pretences while praising your kids..
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Malu Vinod Mohan

Feb, 2013

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Strong opinions but a lovely read

The book is engaging and thought -provoking and thus a wonderful read. The author does have extreme opinions in certain places however, being an Indian mother I can certainly relate to the moorings of this Tiger Mom. You don't have to agree with the author , 100% , but no matter what your opinions on parenting are you will surely find the book a good mirror to reflect and re-think and reform your own beliefs about parenting. Highly recommended.
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Divya Jain

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Sep, 2012

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A good book!

Amy Chua has done a fine job - both of raising her kids and writing this book. I completely identify with her beliefs and values of parenting. I wish I had more of her determination, dedication and perseverance as a parent. She is right - letting the kids do exactly as they want/ or what keeps them happy is 'lazy parenting'!
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Manisha Lath Gupta

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Sep, 2012

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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 vici...
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May, 2012

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