16 June 2014
Cultural Differences in Parenting
Chinese parents order their kids to get A’s, but western parents only ask their children to try their best. Why are cultures so different in their approach toward their child’s success? In several essays, the authors explore these differentness in western cultural parenting vs eastern cultural parenting. When it comes to parenting, different cultures have their way of raising their children, when it comes to music, academics, and extracurricular activities. In the essay “why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” by Amy Chua. She talks about how she raises her two daughters to be the best at everything they do. She says that Chinese children are more successful in life then the western children, she even thinks when it comes to Chinese children there better at doing school work like math, sciences, and health. This is because Chinese people are better at parenting and raising their children to be successful “from what” Amy Chua says. She begins talking about what her daughters can and can’t do, one activity was playing music, she begins talking and this is what she states. “Can’t play any instrument other than the piano or violin” (Cha53). Wow is what most people might say because it takes time to play these two instruments and you must focus more when learning how to play them. Well there was an author who disagreed with Amy Chua and he was kind of outraged by her statements, so in contrast to what Amy Chua states David Brooks who wrote “Amy Chua is a Whip”. States “practicing a piece of music for four hours requires focused attention” (58). Brooks was basically say that no one can focus that long without taking a brake because the brain only can take but so much information in at a time.
Secondly Amy Chua then goes on to talk about her daughter’s academics, she wants her daughters to be excellent in all that they do without taking any shortcuts. She knows that life is hard...
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