Sunday, 22 January 2012
And Now For Something Completly Different!
I also recently picked up Amy Chua's biography Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and got so hooked that I finished it within 24 hours. This is the story of Chua and her decision to raise her daughters in the Chinese Way, something that is totally at odds with the Western parental style. Here is a snipet from the book:
* 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 extracurricualar activities
*get any grade less than an A
*not be the #1 student in any subject except gym and drama
*play any instrument other than the pizno or violin
*not play the piazno 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 suddently becomes easy. Just the opposite, Chinese parenting - at least if your'e trying to do it in America, where all odds are against you - is a never-ending uphill battle, requiring at 24-7 time commitment, resilence, and guile."
I was so fasinated by this book because it is something that I have never experienced and really did not know a lot about. It was sometimes hard to keep an open mind about Chua's parenting style and I was often wondering if she had gone to far (for example, when she threatens to burn all her daughters stuffed animals if she doesn't go practice the piano), but all in all I feel like I learned a lot about a culture that I was unfamilar with. A really interesting, humourous, and heartrbreaking read and one that I would definetly recommend.
Two great non-fictions books in a row! We will have to see if I can go for three!
“Most of the time, there is no truth, only various levels of interpretation. Fact is a construct we provide to the public.”
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