Hey Amy Chua, what happened to Caroline Zhang?

After the garbage that was Macleans “too Asian” article, a new wave of Asian-mania has swept through the intertubes in the form of Amy Chua’s article on Asian parenting. In the article, Chua puts a positive spin on strict “Chinese parenting” stating that “the Chinese believe that 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.”

Some have criticized Chua’s article for stereotyping the Chinese and promoting child abuse while others have written rebuttals defending the more relaxed “Western” style parenting. Since I have yet to be a parent, I wouldn’t know if a certain “style” is better. At the same time, I don’t see how insulting and threatening your children is a good way to teach by example. All you’re saying is that if you want something done, you yell and threaten someone and although that is the way some of the world works (especially in politics), I fear that if that’s how we deal with all of our relationships in life, this would be a horrible world indeed.

Personally, I find Chua’s implications of cultural superiority and the justification of abuse as cultural norms rather disturbing and while Chua may feel that her “Chinese” parenting methods are superior, let us just say that it probably isn’t the case for every single Asian family.

Exhibit A: Caroline Zhang


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