Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua -A Review
What I'm reading now-
Love, love, love it! Entertaining and insightful
I had ended this post here, but thanks to my good friend at Small Town Shelly Brown's comment, I thought I'd better give a bit of a summary. I was afraid to do so, simply because I can't do it justice. Reading my summary is not going to make you want to read it, but what I wrote above will. So, read this little summary and then make sure you pick it up. It only took me a couple hours to read and I'm a more tolerant person for doing it.
The Battle Hymn of the the Tiger Mother is a memoir of Amy Chua and her two daughters. After raising her first daughter, Sophia, as only a Chinese mother could ,without so much as a hiccup in protest, Amy is thrown for a loop when her second daughter, Lulu, refuses to be molded in the same way.
Headstrong and determined to be who she wants to be and not who her mother wants her to be, Lulu gives her mom fits and makes her re-evaluate her Chinese parenting style.
Really, all Amy wanted was to do what was best for both her children and couldn't understand how Lulu could be so resistant. Lulu wanted to be an individual and do what she loved, not what her mom expected of her. Of course, what her mom expected of her is what her mother felt would give Lulu the best future possible.
Amy has produced a commentary on Western vs. Eastern styles of parenting in a riveting, I simply can't put it down style.
I feel my eyes have been opened into a culture I've never quite been able to understand. It will make you crazy and it will give you validation...hopefully, it will make you think.
So, there you have it, my horrible attempt at summarizing a book that is hard to summarize.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.