In 2011 Amy Chua wrote an article in which she involves people in how Chinese parents are raising their children. There are huge differences in how western parents are raising their children and how Chinese parents are raising their children. As a western person the methods Chua is using seems a little rough, but maybe it is the way to go. Her children have never been at a sleepover and the only choices they had was playing the piano or the violin. While reading the article it seemed to me more like fiction than reality.
Amy Chua is a professor at Yale Law School, USA. She is born in 1962 and she wrote the article about Chinese parenting to inform, to discuss and maybe convince people that she is raising her children the right way. The article is posted in the Wall Street Journal, which is a conservative, and very serious magazine. Besides the fact that the Journal is conservative and serious is deals with finans, business and often cultural social problems. Even though the it is not some kind of super hot news it do bring people to think about the fact that our way of parenting is so different from the Chinese way. Even though that a lot of people might already know this, there is also a huge group of people that doesn’t know it, and for them it is a eye opener. She says in the article that:
“Almost 70% of the Western mothers said 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 Chinese mothers felt the same way.” (Chua, Amy: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior, l. 35-37)
This is a very good description of how mothers are thinking. The Chinese mothers doesn’t think about their child having a good time. They are just thinking about them getting the best grades in class and them doing the best and even more. The western mothers are maybe a little to over-protective, but at least they are thinking about their children, if they are