Tiger Mother

I just finished reading Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and I really enjoyed it. I think that she is remarkably honest which I can’t imagine was very easy. While she is a bit extreme, it did make me wonder how differently I might have turned out if my mother had been more tiger-like. It is very hard to envision praticing an instrument for three hours every night (in addition to homework) and spending 5 hours on  Saturday commuting into New York for a one-hour violin lesson. The one question that she never posed was “should Chinese mothers ever consider therapy?” Probably not since they consider this approach to be evidence of love and faith versus neurotic and/or narcissistic behavior. It is interesting how unresponsive she was to her daughter’s pleas to back off, and that she simply didn’t “get it” for so long.

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