Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
What Chinese and Western parents have in common is the fact that they want to protect their children at any cost. That being said, Chinese and Western parents are quite separated geographically. In which ways can the parents protect their children and how do the Western and Chinese differ in that matter? In the article, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”, Amy Chua discusses the differences and makes the readers wonder which upbringing is most optimal. Firstly, Chua is introducing the reader to believe that Chinese parents are not as mean and cruel as they are normally presented. She also initiates the article by telling about herself, which helps the possible sympathy she is trying to build up. “I’m using the term “Chinese mother” loosely.” (page 6 l. 22) and, I’m also using the term “Western parents” loosely. Western parents come in all varieties.” (page 6, ll. 25-26). By doing this, she warns the reader and she is sure to approach the reader about her generalizing. Later on, Chua goes on by telling the reader about the differences between Chinese parents think and handle things in contrast to Western parents. By making her point clear, she says: “Tenacious practice, practice, practice is crucial for excellence; rote repetition is underrated in America.” (page 7 ll. 49-50).
Amy Chua also attempts to explain about the “three big differences between the Chinese and Western parental mind-sets.” (page 6, l. 71). She says that the differences are: firstly, the Western parents are too worried about their children’s self-esteem, while the Chinese parents aren’t. Also, Chinese parents they have this thought, that their children owe them everything. And of course, the Western doesn’t share that point of view. Lastly, Chinese parents come from the opinion that they know exactly what is best for their children. It is quite noticeable when Chua succeed making the article reader-friendly, because of the use of humor: “If a Chinese gets a B – which will never happen – there would be a screaming, hair-tearing explosion.” (page 8, ll. 89-90). This fictional example helps emphasizing her point to the readers. Amy Chua continues and speaks about an experience she had with herself and her own daughter, Lulu. Lulu wants to give up playing piano composition, while her mother denies her to give up. Lulu still don’t want to play and she opposes her mother, Amy starts adamantly and tells her: “stop being lazy, cowardly, self-indulgent and pathetic.” (page 9, ll. 136-137). The husband, Jed, thought it was too much, and here begins the difference between the Chinese and Western parenting to show. But Amy and Lulu keep practicing, and later on, she learns to play the composition perfectly. Everything was fine now, no obstinate Lulu. The story shows how successful a Chinese upbringing can be.
In conclusion, she has now shown the reader the basic differences between the Chinese and Westerners. The Westerners are too careful and respectful of the children while the Chinese are more concerned of preparing their children for the future: “the Chinese believe that 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.” (page 10, ll. 178-180).