Putting Tiger Parenting in Context of the Immigrant Experience

What drives a parent to force her kids to practice piano or study for hours on end? For many immigrants, it's not so much blind ambition to climb the social ladder... but to merely gain a foothold in a new country. This spring, I've been reading a lot of Asian American literature: Lac Su's I Love Yous Are for White People, Jean Kwok's Girl in Translation, and Erin khue Ninh's Ingratitude. I have to admit, there are some common themes -- the pressure and tangible rewards of academic success, the fraught parent-child relationships....more

Book Review "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother"

When the book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” hit the bookshelves the controversy lit up the skies as if it was July 4th. As the fireworks started and the author Amy Chua, her “Chinese Mothering”, and her children were under attack I became completely fascinated by the topic I mean c’mon I’m the Unnatural Mother, a complete antithesis of Amy Chua, and the Chinese parenting model.The excerpts and the reviews that I read online at The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and several other sites made Amy Chua out to be Hitler....more


The Adagio of A Reluctant Pony Mom

Is there anyone in the galaxy who hasn't yet weighed in on The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Very Scary Amy "Well, it's a memoir, Stephen" Chua thing?   Ever slightly behind the curve, here's my semi tongue-in-cheek take:  ...more

Asian Persuasion

I’m sure everyone has now heard of the infamous Amy Chua, a.k.a. “Tiger Mom.” Her WSJ article spread virally across the web within the Asian community and now parenting, and Ms. Chua has been seen on just about every TV show back-pedaling her strict parenting ways. Just about every tweet and newsletter from the AAJA (American Journalism Association) discussed Tiger Mom’s effect on society....more

Am I a Tiger Mom?

Third post in less than 30 mins... This blogging this is kind of fun. Anyways, since I'm Asian the news of the Tiger Mom spread quickly. Though she writes from a Chinese mother POV and I'm Laotian, I'm kind of sad to see some traits in how my parents raised me....more

My 40-year old Confession

Why pushing your kids is *sometimes* the right thing to do

If you haven't heard about Amy Chua's Wall Street Journal article, "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior" then you must not read much. Rather than me summarize, you should just go read it. Go ahead, link above, cause I'm nice like that....more

STOP! We're Doing It Wrong.

From this point forward, you all need to start calling your children "garbage" when they disappoint you.  You need to call them "fatty" if you feel they are overweight.  Make them practice an instrument for three hours a day, and if they can't get the music right - at age 7 - take away their meals, throw away their toys, berate them and scream at them for hours until eventually they've no choice but to play the piece correctly.You'd think this was an exaggeration, but since it was written in an article by Amy Chua detailing her own homelife, I have to take it seriousl...more

Why This Chinese Mom Chose to Evolve - Huffington Post Response

Wow.  822 tweets.  322 Facebook Likes.  105 FB shares....more