Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior By Amy Chua

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Almost every parent has or will ask the question, “What is the best way to raise my child?” Children don’t necessarily come with instructions or tips on how to raise them when they are born. That decision is all up to the parent(s) who raises them. Amy Chua, who is a Chinese mother, thoroughly explains the strict parenting for Chinese mothers in her essay, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”. Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld wrote the essay, “Why I Love my Strict Chinese Mother” to express her appreciation of having a strict Chinese mom. In these two essays there are some similarities and differences between the perspective of a Chinese mother and a daughter’s perspective. These two views on parenting allow any reader to gain their own perspective about raising a child. In “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” Chua explains why Chinese mothers are superior to Western mothers due to the way they raise their children. When she refers to “Chinese” mothers, she is also including Korean, Indian, Jamaican, Irish and Ghanaian parents too. Chua also uses the term “Western” parents, which includes parents in all varieties. In Amy Chua’s perspective, she sees that the most promising way to have successful kids is by being strict. Some examples of what Chinese mothers don’t allow their kids to do are; “attend a sleepover, have a play date, get any grade less than an A, watch TV or play on the computer, play any instrument other than the piano and violin, [and the list goes on]” (Chua 53). Chinese mothers are often demanding and extremely stern, but it is for the good of the child. When a child is successful at something, it indicates effective parenting for the parents(s). Most parents want their child to be triumphant in their life, but Chinese mothers know that their child can be “the best” if they will focus hard enough and have the determined parent(s) behind them to help with reaching success. “Western parents try to respect their children’s individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions, supporting their choices, and providing positive reinforcement and a nurturing environment” (Chua 56). This is why Chua considers Chinese mothers to be superior to Western mothers. In her point of view, Western mothers mostly
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