Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, on tour January/February 2011

Posted By on November 23, 2010

About Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

• Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (January 11, 2011)

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards—and the costs—of raising her children the Chinese way.

All decent parents want to do what’s best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children’s individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua’s iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way—the Chinese way—and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

Here are some things Amy Chua would never allow her daughters to do:

  • have a playdate
  • be in a school play
  • complain about not being in a school play
  • not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama
  • play any instrument other than the piano or violin
  • not play the piano or violin

The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin.

Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene:

“According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her practicing:

  1. Oh my God, you’re just getting worse and worse.
  2. I’m going to count to three, then I want musicality.
  3. If the next time’s not PERFECT, I’m going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!”

But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices—the exacting attention spent studying her daughters’ performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons—the depth of her love for her children becomes clear. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting—and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.

About Amy Chua

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, a New York Times bestseller, was selected by both The Economist and the U.K.’s Guardian as one of the Best Books of 2003. Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance—and Why They Fall, was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two Samoyeds in New Haven, Connecticut.

Amy’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Tuesday, January 11th: Book Club Classics!

Thursday, January 13th: Lisa’s Yarns

Monday, January 17th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

Wednesday, January 19th: Overstuffed

Thursday, January 20th: Pickles and Cheese

Tuesday, January 25th: Chocolate & Croissants

Wednesday, January 26th: Books, Movies, and Chinese Food

Tuesday, February 1st: Simply Stacie

Wednesday, February 2nd: Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva

Tuesday, February 8th: Susan Heim on Parenting

Wednesday, February 16th: BookNAround

Thursday, February 17th: Family Volley

Wednesday, February 23rd: Peaceful Parenting

Monday, February 28th: Flower Patch Farmgirl

Tuesday, March 8th: In the Next Room

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one

mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards—and

the costs—of raising her children the Chinese way

All decent parents want to do what’s best for their

children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals

is that the Chinese just have a totally different

idea of how to do that. Western parents try to

respect their children’s individuality, encouraging

them to pursue their true passions and providing

a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe

that the best way to protect your children is

by preparing them for the future and arming

them with skills, strong work habits, and inner

confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles

Chua’s iron-willed decision to raise her daughters,

Sophia and Lulu, her way—the Chinese way—and

the remarkable results her choice inspires.

Here are some things Amy Chua would never

allow her daughters to do:

• have a playdate

• be in a school play

• complain about not being in a school play

• not be the #1 student in every subject

except gym and drama

• play any instrument other than the piano

or violin

• not play the piano or violin

The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never

have had time for a playdate. They were too busy

practicing their instruments (two to three hours

a day and double sessions on the weekend) and

perfecting their Mandarin.

Of course no one is perfect, including Chua

herself. Witness this scene:

“According to Sophia, here are three things

I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised

her practicing:

1. Oh my God, you’re just getting worse

and worse.

2. I’m going to count to three, then

I want musicality.

3. If the next time’s not PERFECT,

I’m going to take all your stuffed animals

and burn them!”

But Chua demands as much of herself as she

does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices—the

exacting attention spent studying her daughters’

performances, the office hours lost shuttling

the girls to lessons—the depth of her love for

her children becomes clear. Battle Hymn of the

Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the

differences in Eastern and Western parenting—

and the lessons parents and children everywhere

teach one another.

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