Tiger Moms: Is Tough Parenting Really the Answer? Tiger Mother’: Are Chinese Moms Really So Different? It was the “Little White Donkey” incident that pushed many readers over parenting online magazine edge.
Lulu learned to play the piece. Chua had been called as a child by her strict Chinese father. And, oh, yes, for some readers it was the card that young Lulu made for her mother’s birthday. I don’t want this,” Chua announced, adding that she expected to receive a drawing that Lulu had “put some thought and effort into. Throwing the card back at her daughter, she told her, “I deserve better than this.
Even before Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Chua’s proudly politically incorrect account of raising her children “the Chinese way,” arrived in bookstores Jan. 11, her parenting methods were the incredulous, indignant talk of every playground, supermarket and coffee shop. Chua’s reports from the trenches of authoritarian parenthood are indeed disconcerting, even shocking, in their candid admission of maternal ruthlessness. Her book is a Mommie Dearest for the age of the memoir, when we tell tales on ourselves instead of our relatives.