by Sarah Yi
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.