Response to Amy Chua’s “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”. “You are so smart; you can achieve anything you want.” This was a common mantra in my house… at least when it came to me. It seems that I had set the bar for myself pretty high, walking at nine months and reading by the age of five. My brother, on the other hand was precocious in a different way, testing the limits of his physical body instead of stretching his mental muscles. The expectations for each of us were completely different. Thinking back to my childhood, I don’t remember ever hearing my parents say that I had to get straight A’s in school, but I would never have thought of bringing home anything less. My brother, however, constantly brought home C’s and below with never any consequence. I often felt the sting of injustice at what seemed to me to be double standards, and I’m sure I complained about it at the time. Just as I was expected to be good at school, my brother was expected to be involved in sports and get in trouble. We both managed to not only meet those expectations, but stand out at them. In Amy Chua’s essay “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” she asserts that superior children with skills, discipline and inner strength can only be molded by the tough practices of “Chinese mothers,” and that “Western parents” worry too much about the child’s consciousness to create such a child. While I would agree that Chua has had success with her method of parenting, I don’t believe that the success comes from the restraints that she imposes, but rather from the expectations that are put on the child. Chua asserts that there are three main differences between “Chinese mothers” and “Western parents.” Her choice of wording alone gives an essential clue to her particular bias. Chua uses the phrases “Chinese mother” and “Chinese parent” interchangeably throughout her essay, but she only uses the term “Western mother” once. Chua does a great job of breaking down, and even naming several stereotypes, while perpetuating them with her own language. Her first assumption is that Western parents are too worried about damaging their child’s self-esteem to be effective parents, where”Chinese parents… assume strength, not weakness.” I absolutely agree with Chua that assuming a child can do something is the keystone to success, but I don’t agree that concern for your child’s psyche and assuming success are mutually exclusive. Again, her syntax implies that the Western parent’s concern is connected to thinking that the child is weak or will be unsuccessful. What parent doesn’t want the best for their child or hasn’t at one time worried about an incident damaging their child’s inner strength? Being a parent is constant vigilance and hard work. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my parents’ high expectations of me or their instilling the ability for me to push myself, but I am certain that they didn’t always know if they were doing the right things as Chua asserts her “Chinese mothers” do. My parents led me to success by their exemplary life choices and the evidence of their own successes rather than instill in me a sense of indebtedness toward them. Chua’s second argument about Chinese mothers building better babies has to do with the issue of gratitude and power. She builds an illusion through her carefully crafted essay that Chinese parents are the only kind that sacrifice and work hard toward the child’s success. She claims that “Chinese mothers get in the trenches, putting in long grueling hours” to ensure that their children are successful. While she never comes right out and says it, this sentence assumes that by comparison, Western mothers neither sacrifice nor work to make their children successful. Chua feels that because of the Chinese mother’s dedication that “Chinese children must spend their lives repaying their parents by obeying them and making them proud.” My parents were my role models, and at times my heroes, but I was never once made to feel that
Honors English III, Per. 6
September 2, 2014
Why Chinese Moms Are Superior
The document “Why Chinese Moms are Superior” written by Amy Chua depicts the lifestyle of a stereotypical American-Asian family and its success in mastery of many areas of extracurricular, some of which include piano playing and math solving skills.…
Chua says Chinese mothers’ way of education is superior, but under the “superior” way of education, children are not able to feel good even if they are doing well. Opponents believe that there must be something wrong with it. The strict education is not superior at all.
Most importantly, opponents argue that it is not worth sacrificing a child’s freedom and happiness for glories and wealth in his future. Richness doesn’t equal happiness.…
Why being a tiger mother has many
advantages for the children ?
By: Crystal Liu
Course: 3520 level 5a
what is a tiger mother?
Advantages for the children
Opposition’s main points
what is a tiger mother?
A mother raising her children with a stri
ct method is called tiger mother .
Cultivating:to develop or improve by education or trai
By contrast, the Chinese believe that the best way to protect their children is by preparing them for the future, letting them see what they're capable of, and arming them with skills, work habits and inner confidence that no one can ever take away.
Chinese are more obliging and avoiding than Americans in managing conflicts. In managing conflict the Chinese are more concerned with maintaining interpersonal relationships.…
“Chinese parents believe that they know what is best for their children and therefore, override all of their children’s own desires and preferences” (Chua 263). Children of Tiger mothers do not get to “attend a sleepover” or to “have a playdate,” because children are all dependent upon their mothers towards choosing their own destinies, so-to-speak. Western parents tend to let their children be children… “the point of childhood is childhood itself.…
There are really no set rules on how to raise your child, as we can see throughout the articles written by Amy Chua, a self-described “Chinese Tiger Mom” and Hanna Rosin, a “Western Mother,” in The Wall Street Journal in January 2011. These articles show that the two authors have completely different parenting styles. On one hand, Amy Chua believes kids should not go to sleepovers, be in school plays, and get anything less than A's in school except for gym.…
She demanded: a virtual monopoly over Indo-China’s production of rice, rubber and coal; a free hand to exploit Indo-China’s natural resources; military garrisons along the Chinese frontier; Japanese inspectors at all Indo-Chinese customs houses; a naval base at strategic Camranh Bay and defense concessions at Saigon; air bases throughout Indo-China. From Thailand she demanded a naval base in the Gulf of Siam for a fleet of 15 battleships, cruisers and auxiliary craft.…
Google would like to provide Chinese citizens with the same search results it provides to citizens in democratic countries like the United States, but is finding that its efforts to do so are hampered by restrictions from the Chinese government.
Property Rights and Corruption
Finland has least corruption
Remember, that this type of corruption is present in every country, but it’s much more prevalent in countries with weak legal systems.…
Table of contents
Executive Summary 3
Introduction to LVMH 4
SWOT Analysis 7
Company Analysis 8
Porter 5 Forces Model 13
Industry Analysis 14
Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, a luxury goods provider is looking to expand their brand dominance in Asia. In order to expand successfully LVMH must evaluate challenges that may arise…
－ Mark Twain, American humorist,
novelist, short story author
Chinese Sayings about Friendship:
-Keep good men company and you shall be of the
-Even reckoning makes long friends.
-Birds of a feather flock together.
-A hedge between keeps friendship green.
-A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near.
-Isn’t it great when friends visit from distant places?…