Analysis Of Amy Chua 's Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother Essay

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A common question among parents is “Are we raising our children right?” This question is addressed in Amy Chua’s book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”. Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School, asserts that the best parenting technique is that which the Chinese use, and that the parenting in the United States, the “Western” parenting technique, is horribly ineffectual. For children to shine they must succeed and for them to succeed they must submit to their parents who know best. This is the essential argument that Chua makes. “Chinese parents understand [that] nothing is fun until you’re good at it” (Chua 306), the only way for a child to succeed is hard work, and since children never want to work on their own, parents must override their children’s desires to lead them toward success. Because Chua believes this so strongly she has taken it upon herself to override every decision of her children, they can’t: Attend a sleepover. Have a playdate. Choose their own extracurricular activities. Not play the piano or violin (305). Chua further states that Chinese parents can order their children to succeed, and if they don’t then the Chinese parent knows it is because the child didn’t try. American parents will question the school system and teacher before questioning if their child’s ability, fearing they’ll hurt their children’s self-esteem. The worst thing a parent can do for their children are let them give up. While Western parents think that yelling…

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