Saturday Feb 12

Excerpt from Amy Chua's book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother": Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

This article is both interesting and comedic. A must read; I can’t do it justice by summarizing it so please go and read it. 

Chua is a Yale Law school professor whose book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” is based off her her own adventures as a mother of 2 daughters. In the article, she outlines her very strict and stereotypical Chinese mothering style complete with banning:

  • sleepovers
  • participation in school plays
  • complaining about not being in a school play
  • any grade less than an A
  • not being the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama
  • playing anything other than the violin or piano
  • not playing the violin or piano

 Suffice to say, her article published in the Wall Street Journal aroused much controversy. She has been called “the worst mother ever” and other derogatory things, but what does her daughter, who at the young age of 18 has played at Carnegie Hall have to say?

Well, Sophia Chua-Robenfeld expresses nothing but gratitude for the way her mother raised her in a letter she published in the New York Post. She reveals that although her mother was strict and made her do many things, there were times when she and her sister were given some freedom and enjoy being children. In the letter, Chua-Robenfeld says, “I think your strict parenting forced me to be more independent”. At any rate, when most Western parents were horrified with Amy Chua’s parenting style, believing it to produce children with developmental issues, etc. Chua’s daughter reveals that her mother gave her a gift, the gift that she could do something that she never thought was possible. She gave her daughter the knowledge of working towards something to “the limits of [her] own potential”. And it is the knowledge that she has completed something (in her case the piano) to that limit that she says, “If I died tomorrow, I would die feeling I’ve lived my whole life at 110 percent. And for that, Tiger Mom, thank you.”

Sohia Chua-Robenfeld’s letter:

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