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  1. I think that before doing any sort of write up, or review, of a book a person should actually read it first. Much like the hoopla over Amy Chua’s ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’ it seems like a lot of the comments and sound bites are from people who don’t really know what they are talking about. In other words they are talking like an authority about a book whose cover they haven’t even cracked open.

    Had you read the book before writing this piece I wouldn’t be as bothered by the tone of annoyance at the “inferiority of American mothers” presented in other books. However, you do not know for a fact that this is the stance Druckerman takes through her whole book.

    Excepts and reviews do not always paint an accurate picture of a book. The most recent example of this misleading portrayal being the hype surrounding Amy Chua’s ‘Battle Hymn.’ Having read Chua’s book I found a lot of the portrayals of her, and her book, to be a bit off the mark.

  2. Hi Grace, as I said previously I understand. The same thing happens to me. The blog post isnt about Chua or I would have gone into more detail. Anyone that is interested in learning more about Chua is welcome to read the book.

    Chua herself makes the distinction between “Western” and “Non Western” families so while I totally agree with where you are coming from in terms of perception the entire premise of her argument is the differences in parenting stemming from her foreign roots not her experiences as an Asian American.

  3. My main concern with this blog is that you are reinforcing the fact that people who have different cultural viewpoints, although born and raised here are foreigners. Just because Amy has adopted the Chinese tradition in raising her children in the United States, does not make her a foreigner. My point is that your blog misrepresents Amy and her “Americanization” status.

    I am born and raised here and am of Asian descent. It has bothered me for years that there is an automatic assumption that I am a foreigner because my looks are not representative of the average American. I do want to pass my Asian cultural tradition to my daughter so she doesn’t forget where her ancestors are from, but I am very much an American.

  4. Vanessa I don’t know. It is a tough issue for sure but one thing I do know is that every single generation swears that the current one is worse than the last. And the last generation raised the current one so who is really to blame?

    I try to look on the bright side and say to myself hey at least we don’t force people to fight in coliseums anymore. That’s *some* progress right? : )

  5. Grace, no generalizations were made. My facts were accurately checked. Chua states herself that she is raising her children in the Chinese tradition not the *Chinese-American* tradition hence my use of the word foreigner.

    Even her book tag line on her personal website states as such: “…revealing the rewards—and the costs—of raising her children the strict “Chinese” way.” Here is the link if you are interested:

    Also? I am part Chinese and was also born in America. Trust me. I get it. Thanks for your comment Grace and I highly recommend the book. It is a really interesting read.

  6. I think if this generation of American parents spanked their kids (and I mean moderately-I’m not advocating child abuse), perhaps we wouldn’t have such bratty kids. As a teacher, I notice every year the lack of focus and respect toward adults are is increasing. Parents of this generation are so afraid to discipline their children effectively because of ill feelings toward their own parent’s’ style of parenting that children are getting away with more and more out of control behavior.

  7. I think you have your facts wrong when you infer that Amy Chua is a foreigner. Although I find her parenting methods downright crazy, she is a born and raised American. Check your facts before making generalizations.

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