Mother Superior and Mother Inferior
It is no secret that one of China's most known stereotypes is that there children often are strictly pressured by their parents to become Doctors, Math prodigies or amazing musicians. This popular Chinese parenting method is known for forcing children to reach these almost impossibly high standards by taking away many of what we Westerners would call a "happy childhood" and replacing it with cruel long hours of practice or study of an instrument or school curriculum and then ensuring it all using negative reinforcement. This may seem to be the most promising method according to an Amy Chua, a Chinese-style mother, but Hanna Rosen, a Western mother, has written her own opposing perspective as a parent. Amy Chua is a prime example of one those stereotypically strict mothers. She has written an article and a book addressing the difference between Western and Chinese parents and she illustrates why she believes the strict Chinese method is what is best for children. In her article she has stated that there are “tons of studies” that prove that this Chinese method is more than just an exaggerated stereotype. In one survey she talks about a study involving 50 Western American mothers and 48 Chinese immigrant mothers, almost 70% of the Western mothers said either that "stressing academic success is not good for children" or that "parents need to foster the idea that learning is fun." By contrast, roughly 0% of the Chinese mothers felt the same way. Instead, the vast majority of the Chinese mothers said that they believe their children can be "the best" students, that "academic achievement reflects successful parenting and that if children did not excel at school then there was "a problem" and parents "were not doing their job." Hanna Rosen is a prime example of a Western influenced mother. She has written her own article that’s mostly designed to express a contrasting Westerners view of...
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