Friday, January 15, 2016

The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

by Sarah Yi

If you're sitting around at home thinking of a good book to read, this is the one to go! This book introduces a new concept which revolves around the ideas of parenting and the importance of education. Through Chua's method of exploring the differences between Western culture and "not so western" culture, she draws you into the book by recounting experiences that bring about a new perspective on education versus finding your true identity. 

Because Chua enforces harsh techniques on her two children, Lulu and Sophia, there is conflict within the family. Chua does not accept anything less than an A, believes in nonstop practicing on their highly competitive instruments, and believes there is not a second to waste. Grateful to her older daughter for her cooperation and self discipline, Chua emphasizes what she has learned through her younger daughter Lulu, as she is more rebellious about the situation at hand. This clash of cultures leads the reader to re-assess the difference between "reaching" one's potential and "maximizing" it.

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