Monday, April 18, 2011
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Written by Amy Chua
After watching an interview with author Amy Chua on the Today show promoting her latest book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, I was immediately intrigued and appalled! I just could not understand a woman that frowns on playdates and sleepovers, who does not allow her children to choose their own extracurricular activities and who forces her children to practice a classical instrument 6 hours a day! However, I think I was most offended by her constant criticism of Westerns and their parenting styles. Therefore, when a local book club suggested that this book be the topic of discussion this month, I became a very eager participant. I bought the book with the assumption that my initial impression of this woman would be justified. In addition, I couldn’t wait to express my contempt to the fellow members of my new book club!
To my surprise, though, I found a kinship to Amy Chua. In her book, she gives a very candid account of her struggles with parenting the Chinese way in America. She discusses her loneliness in defending her values, the arborous work of preparing her children for the future and the battles that emerged between her and her family. I must say, I found her honesty quite endearing.
Also, I discovered I agreed with many things in the book! I, myself, limit the amount of TV my children watch. I have intentionally steered my children toward activities that will benefit them in the future (Although, I do not think Amy Chua would agree with the activities I chose) furthermore I do believe in hard work and expect the same from my children.
However, where we disagree is with the concept of playdates. I am a teacher and I strongly believe that social development is just as important as academics. I believe this difference of opinion is cultural, for in America, a person will not go far in their career if they do not have social skills no matter how intelligent they are.
I enjoyed this book and I applaud Amy Chua for her frankness, bravery and determination. As an American, though, I have to say I did not appreciate the constant criticisms and overgeneralizations about Westerners and their parenting styles that she expressed so strongly in every chapter. There are many hard working Americans who do not “eat junk food and spend 10 hours a day on Facebook.” Perhaps, she is just meeting the wrong people.
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