Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Paperback)
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DescriptionA 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.
- Published: 01 April 2011
- Format: Paperback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781408813164 ISBN 10: 1408813165
- Sales rank: 5,058
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Reviews for Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Humorous and Honest
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 Felix Li
Great book not for the fainthearted
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! by Michelle D