Suicide Note and Chinese Mothers: Cause and Effect

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Japan has the second highest suicide rate per 100,000 people in the world, according to a study by the Washington Post. The reason behind this ranking is clearly portrayed in the cause and effect status of the two texts Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior by Amy Chua and Suicide Note by Janice Mirikitani. Chua’s essay and Mirikitani’s poem go hand in hand with cause and effect, and the general ideas of this cause and effect are a cause for the high suicide rate in Japan as well as other Eastern countries. Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior by Amy Chua is written to inform readers of the parenting method differences between Eastern parents and Western parents, as well as persuade the readers that the Eastern methods are “superior” or more effective. One point that Chua makes is that Eastern parenting is the correct method of parenting because they do not take the psyche or self esteem of the child into consideration during critique. Suicide Note by Janice Mirikitani is the farewell of a college student who committed suicide due to feeling inadequate. Eastern parenting techniques are psychologically damaging to their children and the parents are taking the risk of pushing them over the edge with the extreme pressure and expectations. Chua says in Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior that “Western parents are concerned about their children’s psyches. Chinese parents aren’t. They assume strength, not fragility, and as a result they behave very differently.” (pg 412) The issue with the idea in this passage is that Eastern parents do not realize that children are not born with a strong confidence in everything that they do. Confidence and feelings of competence and ability must be instilled in a child through praise and reassurance. If a child is “assumed” to be strong enough to withstand extreme expectations, pressure, and harsh critique at th hands of their parents, they will
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