The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother C Why Chinese Mothers are Superior to Western Mothers?

Amy Chua, a 49 year-old professor of law at Yale Law School and daughter of ethnic Chinese parents born in the Philippines, brought her daughters (aged 19 and 16) up with a draconian regime. This meant that her daughters were banned from having play dates, acting in school plays or complain about not acting in school plays, watching TV or playing computer games and choosing their own extracurricular activities. This also meant that her daughters had to obtain A grades at school, had to be the No.1 student in any subject except gym and drama and had to excel at playing either the piano or violin.

According to Amy Chua, this is how Chinese parents typically raise successful kids. On the contrary, she believes that Western parents are not strict enough and worry too much about their childrens self esteem and psyches. She also believes that they focus more on respecting their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions, supporting their choices, and providing positive reinforcement and a nurturing environment whilst Chinese parents think the best way to protect their children is by preparing them for the future, letting them see what they're capable of, and arming them with skills, work habits and inner confidence that no one can ever take away.

Is this parenting style really a traditional Chinese norm? Or is it just simply a stereotype? Are these techniques still used in the Chinese society today? Is it really possible to assume that all Chinese mothers across the globe bring their children up in the same way? Are Chinese mothers really superior to Western mothers?

CCC has invited born and bred local Chinese of different generations, some of whom are parents themselves, as well as overseas Chinese to participate in the debate and we hope that you will be able to join us too !!

Venue: China Culture Center, Beijing, China.