Traditional Chinese edition of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School. The headline "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" in the January 8, 2011 Wall Street Journal about the book, an instant bestseller (ranked #4 on Amazon as of 1/2011), has raised the debate on the merits of parenting Chinese or Western style to ...
Traditional Chinese edition of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School. The headline "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" in the January 8, 2011 Wall Street Journal about the book, an instant bestseller (ranked #4 on Amazon as of 1/2011), has raised the debate on the merits of parenting Chinese or Western style to an unprecedented level, in America as well as in Chinese reading communities. Other bestselling titles on the subject of parenting mentioned in a related Wall Street Journal article: "In China, Turning Away From Tough Love," also published January 8, 2011, are available on www.BooksWindow.com as well: A Good Mom is Better Than a Good Teacher by Yin Jianli (Simplified Chinese edition 9787506345040); My Kid is a Medium-Ranking Student by Fang Gang (Simplified Chinese edition 9787807335344); Catching Childrens Sensitive Periods by Sun Ruixue (Simplified Chinese edition 9787802038257); Children are from Heaven by John Gray (traditional Chinese edition 9789861772158); and How to Talk So Kids Will Listen by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (simplified Chinese edition 9787802115279, Vietnamese edition 8932000115120). Simplified Chinese edition (9787508626116) is also available. In Chinese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
I was interested to see what all the hype was about and very curious to read this story. It started out very engaging and I could very well relate to what she was saying growing up in an Asian home myself. But the whole story revolves around her obsession with getting her children to practice music which 1) you get tired of even reading about and 2) really feel bad for the children. She tries to redeem herself in the end by saying how her children appreciate her for pushing them so hard but I can't imagine what the children lost in the process. She defines that giving her children this hard discipline leads to happiness in the Chinese sense which I don't agree. Success does not mean happiness and the way she ended her story was weak, as if she had to come to conclusion as to how she chose to raise her children to justify her doing it in this way.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-05-02 Considering the polarizing controversy her book has engendered, Chua comes across as surprisingly likable and engaging in her audiobook. Her narration and the text make it clear that while she vaunts her strict, "Chinese parenting," she is aware how and when she went too far. Her voice toggles between firm and self-righteous (this is her "earlier self" talking) and self-deprecation: she pokes fun at her extremism, muttering grumpily, "I didn't see what was so funny!" when her husband laughs at her insistence that he have big ambitions for not only their daughters but also the family dog. Chua's voice softens with doubt and questioning as she wonders how her daughters will look back at their childhoods, and she acknowledges that it's still a struggle for her to relinquish control. A thought-provoking and engaging listen. A Penguin Press hardcover. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-11-15 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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