Thursday, 10 March 2011
Hare with Amber Eyes & Tiger Mother
Here's a Guardian review.
Like many Western (and Chinese) readers I was stunned and appalled by Prof Amy Chua's ambitious parenting techniques when I read The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Her daughters were not allowed to play with other children as they had to practise the piano and the violin almost all day long from the age of 5. Only straight As were acceptable in proper subjects and they were removed from school during art classes as Amy considered this a waste of time. Unrelenting and unrepentant, Amy's redeeming features are that she has a good sense of humour and likes dogs (for whom she is not ambitious) and her daughters are highly successful, charming and still love her. Though none of us would dream of going to Amy's seemingly insane lengths, it makes an interesting read. Allison Pearson reckons some contemporary British mothers might need a bit more tiger in their tank.