Auteur: Amy Chua
"Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" is 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 daughters the Chinese way.
"A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereo-typically successful Kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's li ie inside he family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them, because I've done it.
Here are some things my daughters, Sopnia and Louisa, were never allowed to do:
• attend a sleepover
• have a playdate
• be in a school play
• complain about not being in a school play
• watch TV or play computer games
• choose their own extracurricular activities
• cet any grade less than an A
• 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
Chinese parenting is one of the most difficult things I can think of. You have to be hated sometimes by someone you love and who hopefully loves you, and there's just no letting up, no point at which it suddenly becomes easy. Just the opposite, Chinese par-enting—at least if you're trying to do it in America, where all odds are acainst you—is a never-ending uphill battle, requiring a 24-7 time commitment, resilience, and guide."