Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
The article ” Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” is a new article, written by Amy Chua in the beginning of 2011. The text is about the Chinese way of raising kids, and the comparisons in the article gives us a view of what the pros and cons are, when it comes to high expectations and stereotypical raised kids.
In the beginning of the text Amy Chua has included a column with things she never would’ve allowed her own kids to do, and this is actually some of the things, which builds the stage for many of her comparisons through the text. Things like sleepovers, attending in a school play or to watch television are in the western world regarded to be very normal stuff to do when you are a kid, but in China it’s not the kids who decide what talent they want to cultivate, but the parents. In most cases they choose school and a classic instrument to be the first priorities for their kids.
Amy Chua writes about improving the kid’s self-esteem as one of her three main differences between Chinese and Western family’s mind-sets.
First, I’ve noticed that Western parents are extremely anxious about their children’s self-esteem. They worry about how their children will feel if they fail at something, and they constantly try to reassure their children about how good they are notwithstanding a mediocre performance on a test or at a recital. In other words, Western parents are concerned about their children’s psyches. They assume strength, not fragility, and as a result they behave very differently. Page 3
They seem to have a very different view of how to respond to a “bad” grade. This is only a stereotypical Western family’s reaction, but it looks like there is much more room for the emotional part of a child, than there is in a Chinese family. I don’t think that we should jump ahead to the conclusion, but it seems like both parts could learn something from each other. It’s definitely a very extreme way to raise a kid, and it steals...