Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

by Amy Chua

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Do you agree or disagree with Amy Chua's argument in Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

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The response to Amy Chua’s argument in Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother depends on one’s views about parenting. Someone who thinks that parents should be strict with their children might agree with Chua’s approach to mothering. They could write a couple of supportive paragraphs explaining why it’s ultimately better for children to be raised in a stern environment. Chua writes, “What Chinese parents understand is that nothing is fun until you’re good at it.” As tough as Chua comes across, her approach is presented as rewarding. The “Little White Donkey” story suggests that severe parenting can produce positive results. To get Lulu to learn how to play “The Little White Donkey” on the piano, Chua issues manifold threats. Once Lulu learns the song, Chua describes her as “beaming” and wanting to play it “over and over.”

If one believes that parents don’t have to be so rigorous and harsh with their children, then one can respond differently to Chua’s book. It’s reasonable to contend that children should have fun and that parents can have a good time with their children without spoiling them. One might say that there’s more to life than accumulating tangible accomplishments. A more laid-back approach can help children understand that success and work are important but aren’t everything.

One could also respond to Chua’s portrayal of severe parenting as an integral part of Chinese culture. However, one can also find disciplinarian parents from diverse cultures and ethnicities. More so, one can find Chinese parents who aren’t as harsh as Chua.

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