Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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By (author) Amy Chua

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 19mm | 346g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408813165
  • ISBN 13: 9781408813164
  • Sales rank: 5,837

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A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what Chinese parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's like inside the family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them, because I've done it...Amy Chua's daughters, Sophia and Louisa (Lulu) were polite, interesting and helpful, they were two years ahead of their classmates in maths and had exceptional musical abilities. But Sophia and Lulu were never allowed to attend a sleepover, be in a school play, choose their own extracurricular activities, get any grade less than an A, and not be the #1 student in every subject (except gym and drama). And they had to practice their instruments for hours every day, as well as in school breaks and on family holidays. The Chinese-parenting model certainly seemed to produce results. But what happens when you do not tolerate disobedience and are confronted by a screaming child who would sooner freeze outside in the cold than be forced to play the piano? In Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua relates her experiences raising her children the 'Chinese way', and how dutiful, patient Sophia flourished under the regime and how tenacious, hot-tempered Lulu rebelled. It is a story about a mother, two daughters, and two dogs. It's also about Mozart and Mendelssohn, the piano and the violin, and how they made it to Carnegie Hall. It was supposed to be a story of how Chinese parents are better at raising kids than Western ones. But instead, it's about a bitter clash of cultures, a fleeting taste of glory, and how you can be humbled by a thirteen-year-old. Witty, entertaining and provocative, this is a unique and important book that will transform your perspective of parenting forever.

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Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, translated into eight languages, was a New York Times bestseller, an Economist Best Book of the Year and one of the Guardian's Top Political Reads of 2003. Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance - and Why They Fall, was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller. Amy Chua has appeared frequently on radio and television and her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and the Wilson Quarterly. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two Samoyeds in New Haven, Connecticut.

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By Felix Li 31 Aug 2013 5

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this memoir, which doesn't take itself too seriously. It acknowledges itself not being a parenting guide, just a window into her parenting method. Arguably it worked, but at what price? It was quite fascinating, and made me realise how easy I had it. Definitely would recommend it.

By Michelle D 03 Jan 2012 5

Loved her candid style of writing and the way she is able to look back and tell it as it is.

People who are aghast at her parenting style shared in this book should realise that this is not meant to be a parenting guide. It is simply a shared story about how an Asian mother grooms her children in the way she knows best.

Great book!

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""Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" is the book we've all been waiting for - a candid, provocative, poignant and vicarious journey through the Chinese- American family culture. It will leave you breathless with its bluntness and emotion. Amy Chua is a Tiger Mother, a greatly gifted law professor and, ultimately, an honest, loving woman with a lot to say." -Tom Brokaw "This is one outrageous book, partly thanks to Amy Chua's writing style - Chua is pugnacious and blunt, with an unerring nose for the absurd ...The cultural divide Chua so brilliantly captures is one we stand to witness more and more in our globalized age, after all; and what with Asia and Asian achievement looming ever larger in the American imagination, the issues inherent in "Battle Hymn" are as important as they are entertaining... I was riveted by this book" -Gish Jen, "The Boston Globe" "Amy Chua's "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" did more than speak to me. It screamed, shouted and lecture