Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

ISBN-10: 1594202842
ISBN-13: 9781594202841
Edition: 2011
Authors: Amy Chua
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Description: An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of raising her children the Chinese way. All decent parents want to do what's best for their children.  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/11/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of raising her children the Chinese way. All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Motherreveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Motherchronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way-the Chinese way-and the remarkable results her choice inspires. Here are some things Amy Chua would never allow her daughters to do: • have a playdate • be in a school play • complain about not being in a school play • not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama • play any instrument other than the piano or violin • not play the piano or violin The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin. Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene: "According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her practicing: 1. Oh my God, you're just getting worse and worse. 2. I'm going to count to three, then I want musicality. 3. If the next time's not PERFECT, I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!" But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices-the exacting attention spent studying her daughters' performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons-the depth of her love for her children becomes clear. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Motheris an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting- and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.

Amy Chua is a professor at Yale Law School and lectures frequently on the effects of gloabalization to government, business, and academic groups around the world. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Chinese Mother
Sophia
Louisa
The Chuas
On Generational Decline
The Virtuous Circle
Tiger Luck
Lulu's Instrument
The Violin
Teeth Marks and Bubbles
"The Little White Donkey"
The Cadenza
Coco
London, Athens, Barcelona, Bombay
Popo
The Birthday Card
Caravan to Chautauqua
The Swimming Hole
How You Get to Carnegie Hall
How You Get to Carnegie Hall, Part 2
The Debut and the Audition
Blowout in Budapest
Pushkin
Rebellion
Darkness
Rebellion, Part 2
Katrin
The Sack of Rice
Despair
"Hebrew Melody"
Red Square
The Symbol
Going West
The Ending
Coda
Acknowledgments
Notes

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