According to Chua there are three differences that cause the Chinese mothers to be “superior.” First, Chinese parents don’t care as much about their kid’s self-esteem as Western mothers do. Second, Chinese parents assert that any goal their kids reach is all thanks to their parents. Lastly, Chinese parents are sure that they always know what is best for them. Western parents might see some of these as unacceptable, and even in some ways abusive, but according to Chua, these are the things that make Chinese mothers have such successful children. One of the things Chinese mothers seem to be very good at compared to
Conflict in Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds” Amy Tan’s, “Two Kinds”, is a short story of a Chinese immigrant mother’s conflict with her daughter Jing-Mei. In this story, Jing-Mei tells of how she resisted her mother’s overbearing efforts to inspire her to reach her fullest potential twenty years ago. Jing Mei’s mother only wanted her daughter to be a prodigy in some way. So she dominated and controlled her daughter’s life. When these traits did not surface, Jing-Mei began to realize she did not have these traits and started to feel internally inferior.
Chua and Rosin have very different ideas on children’s self-esteem. Chua states that Chinese parents make comments to their children that Western parents find unimaginable such as “Hey fatty, lose some weight” (Chua). Chua herself was called garbage as a child and she said “it worked really well” (Chua). She explains that Chinese parents can say things like that to their children because, they believe “their child will be strong enough to take the shaming and to improve from it” (Chua). She insists that Chinese children know that their parents think of them highly, and criticize them only because they know their kids can achieve high expectations.
In Amy Chua’s article, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” and Hanna Rosin’s “Mother Inferior”, both want what’s best for their kids, but their parenting styles are on opposite sides of the spectrum. They both want their children to be successful and reward successes, but for Chua, the end goal is to be successful and for Rosin, the end goal is to have happiness. This contrast can be seen through their views on the child’s autonomy, their parenting techniques, and what their child’s goal in life should be. Amy Chua describes a child as inherently un-driven blank slate. A parent must intervene and project priorities and goals to the child.
Some studies show that Chinese parents spend about 10 times as long as Western parents on academic activities with their children on a daily basis. But will discipline and high expectations create content and successful adults or does it in fact create children who will eventually resent their parents? At first the article introduces, which activities her daughters aren’t allowed to do, like sleepovers, watching television or having a playdate, like normal stuff a western child could not live without. But it gets even spicier while one of the activities on the list is that they aren’t allowed to; complain about not being in a school play or choose besides their other obligatory activities, what they want to do in their free time. What is good and bad about Amy’s method can be well discussed, but from a child’s point of view the upright would be; That they would rich their maximum of their abilities and will be prepared to an adult life in the real world with best opportunities to a good and well educated life.
Assess the effectiveness of the Chinese One Child Policy. (15 marks) The Chinese One Child Policy (OCP) is a scheme to encourage families to have less children in order to slow down the rate of population growth in China. The policy was introduced because they wanted to avoid a Malthusian-type of disaster and the government realised that only controlled population can improve the living conditions of its people. The One Child Policy draws a clear line between rewards and punishments, citizens are given benefits if they follow the policy completely. However, on the other hand, penalties are given if they disobey the rule set.
The people of China have been most influenced by Confucian ideas, and during the Han Dynasty Confucianism became part of the official education. Since Confucianism was being taught widespread it influenced the minds of the Chinese people enormously. Something the Confucian ideals taught was that women must hold a position that has less power than men, lowering the status of women. The only way a women could gain any type of respect was by birthing a son. It was taught that women should not have any type of rule and no one should care about a women’s ideas.
The first difference is that Western parents worries a lot of their children’s wellbeing in the form of their self-esteem than Asian parents does. Asian mothers believe that the worst possible thing you could do to a child’s self-esteem is to let them give up and fail. The second difference Lu Chin displays is that Asian parents believe that their children owe them everything and must use their lives to repay and obey them. The third difference originates in Asian parents who put up very strict and firm rules for their children to follow. The rules are not made to harm the children’s childhood, for an example like Chinese daughters who can't have boyfriends in high school and can’t participate in sleep-away camps, but it simply
Why Chinese Mothers are Superior There are numerous different ways to raise your child, and the “Western” parents often wonder how the Chinese can get so successful kids and in this article Amy Chua, who is a professor at Yale Law School and author of “Day of Empire” and "World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability." explains how the difference in the Chinese and Western methods of raising your child. When I write Chinese- and Western parents it’s in a very loose way, just like Amy Chua writes in the article. Amy Chua has two girls, Louisa and Sophia, they live in New Haven. She comes with examples throughout the book on how she raised her two girls.
Amy Chua talks about the focus thats lately been on the Asian mothers about their way of being parents. “There are all these new books out there portraying Asian mothers as scheming, callous, indifferent people indifferent to their kids’ true interest.” This is a bad focus on Asian mothers, and together with the title, that makes the reason for the pause for the many western parents. It will definitely cause some anger that the asian mothers “relate” in the form of this article, and then it will draw them in and engage them in the debate, if they can disprove the article’s theories to themselves by disbelieving it. The author uses provocation to make the reader notice and be interested in the topic and make the readers relate to their own parenting. Once she has make the reader interested she engages them more by gaining their credibility by using herself as an example.