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.
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