Instructor Erin Todey
Feb 9th, 2013
Tiger Mother Amy Chua and Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
It is true that the ways the parents raise their children will decide how well the children grow, especially the mothers who impact their children the most. There is no right or wrong in how a mother takes care of her children. All of them want the best for their children. The only difference is the level of intensity in how to raise a child. In Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior, Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School believes that the ways Chinese mothers raise their children are the most effective ways. Her main purpose of this article is to state the differences between Western mothers and Chinese mothers which show how great Chinese mothers are. To achieve her goal, she employs many techniques which are effective content, which includes examples and special writing style, and especially powerful tone in her piece. In Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior, Amy Chua argues that the ways Chinese mothers raise their children is the best way. There are three main differences between them just like Chua said in her piece. The first is that Westerner parents care a lot about their children pride which influences the words they use in conversation with the children; furthermore, they expect less than Chinese parents. The second difference is the effect of long time traditional thinking about the depth of children to their parents since parents give them the forms and lives. The last is that the Chinese mothers understand the children more deeply than Western mothers. Chua then applies her own memoir with her daughter Lulu as support for her points.
One of many techniques that Amy Chua uses throughout the article is effective content, for instance, statistics and especially examples. In paragraph 4, she provides impressive statistics which are dominant numbers about the thinking of Western and Chinese mothers. “70%” (217) in the number of Western...