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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Chinese Edition)

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Chinese Edition)

by Amy Chua
     
 

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After igniting a firestorm of debate across the nation, Amy Chua's daring, conversation-changing memoir is now in paperback.

At once provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother set off a global parenting debate with its story of one mother's journey in strict parenting. Amy Chua argues that Western parenting tries to

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After igniting a firestorm of debate across the nation, Amy Chua's daring, conversation-changing memoir is now in paperback.

At once provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother set off a global parenting debate with its story of one mother's journey in strict parenting. Amy Chua argues that Western parenting tries to respect and nurture children's individuality, while Chinese parents typically believe that arming children with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence prepares them best for the future. Achingly honest and profoundly challenging, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way-and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking results her choice inspires.

Editorial Reviews

Janet Maslin
…a diabolically well-packaged, highly readable screed…
—The New York Times
Elizabeth Chang
Readers will alternately gasp at and empathize with Chua's struggles and aspirations, all the while enjoying her writing, which, like her kid-rearing philosophy, is brisk, lively and no-holds-barred. This memoir raises intriguing, sometimes uncomfortable questions about love, pride, ambition, achievement and self-worth that will resonate among success-obsessed parents…
—The Washington Post
Susan Dominus
So many parenting memoirs capture the various ways the authors' children have taken them to hell and back. Refreshingly, and perhaps uniquely, Chua instead catalogs the various ways she tortured her two young daughters, all in the name of Chinese tradition and the goal of reaching Carnegie Hall…Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is entertaining, bracingly honest and, yes, thought-provoking.
—The New York Times Book Review

At the onset, I should admit that I'm not part of any of this book's most likely audiences: I'm not Chinese, or Asian-American, or a book club member; or a woman or even a parent. All that said, I still found this memoir irresistible. First of all (and I'm surprised that this not mentioned more prominently in reviews), Amy Chau is a fine writer. Her memoir isn't a just wiser-than-thou catechism on child-rearing, although she certainly doesn't conceal or sugarcoat her beliefs about raising offspring properly. She is so frank about her micro-management of her daughters' educations and their responses that Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother actually invites all the controversy that has been raging ever since it first hit bookshelves. All of us have ideas or at least impulses about parenting and somehow, wonderfully, this engaging book brought them to a boil. —R.J. Wilson, Bookseller, #1002, New York NY

Publishers Weekly
Chua (Day of Empire) imparts the secret behind the stereotypical Asian child's phenomenal success: the Chinese mother. Chua promotes what has traditionally worked very well in raising children: strict, Old World, uncompromising values--and the parents don't have to be Chinese. What they are, however, are different from what she sees as indulgent and permissive Western parents: stressing academic performance above all, never accepting a mediocre grade, insisting on drilling and practice, and instilling respect for authority. Chua and her Jewish husband (both are professors at Yale Law) raised two girls, and her account of their formative years achieving amazing success in school and music performance proves both a model and a cautionary tale. Sophia, the eldest, was dutiful and diligent, leapfrogging over her peers in academics and as a Suzuki piano student; Lulu was also gifted, but defiant, who excelled at the violin but eventually balked at her mother's pushing. Chua's efforts "not to raise a soft, entitled child" will strike American readers as a little scary--removing her children from school for extra practice, public shaming and insults, equating Western parenting with failure--but the results, she claims somewhat glibly in this frank, unapologetic report card, "were hard to quarrel with." (Jan.)
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly Audio
Considering the polarizing controversy her book has engendered, Chua comes across as surprisingly likable and engaging in her audiobook. Her narration and the text make it clear that while she vaunts her strict, "Chinese parenting," she is aware how and when she went too far. Her voice toggles between firm and self-righteous (this is her "earlier self" talking) and self-deprecation: she pokes fun at her extremism, muttering grumpily, "I didn't see what was so funny!" when her husband laughs at her insistence that he have big ambitions for not only their daughters but also the family dog. Chua's voice softens with doubt and questioning as she wonders how her daughters will look back at their childhoods, and she acknowledges that it's still a struggle for her to relinquish control. A thought-provoking and engaging listen. A Penguin Press hardcover. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789862161517
Publisher:
Tian Xia Wen Hua
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Edition description:
Chinese-language Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Tom Brokaw
"Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is the book we've all been waiting for—a candid, provocative, poignant and vicarious journey through the Chinese-American family culture. It will leave you breathless with its bluntness and emotion. Amy Chua is a Tiger Mother, a greatly gifted law professor and, ultimately, a honest, loving woman with a lot to say."
—Tom Brokaw

Meet the Author

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her first book, World on Fire, a New York Times bestseller, was selected by The Economist as one of the best books of 2003. Her second book, Day of Empire, was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two Samoyeds in New Haven, Connecticut.

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