Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

By Amy Chua
(Zhong Xin Chu Ban She, Paperback, 9787508626116, 265pp.)

Publication Date: January 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
“Yale Law professor and history scholar Chua bravely and honestly relates her experiences in raising two daughters with her husband. Her self-defined 'Chinese parenting' approach presents a challenge to readers to understand how her unconditional love for her children can translate into such 'foreign' parental strategies that, from a Western perspective, seemingly impose stringent strictures on her children's development. Their accomplishments in violin, piano, and academics strongly argue for the effectiveness of her method, although the pitfalls of the approach manifest themselves, and the difficult process of reevaluation results in a provocative and instructive work.”
-- Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2011 Indie Next List

Simplified Chinese edition of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School. The headline "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" in the January 8, 2011 Wall Street Journal about the book, an instant bestseller (ranked #4 on Amazon as of 1/2011), has raised the debate on the merits of parenting Chinese or Western style to an unprecedented level, in America as well as in Chinese reading communities.

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011

Strict, uncompromising values and discipline are what makes children raised by Chinese parents successful. That's the message in a new parenting book by Yale Law Professor Amy Chua. "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," is based on Chua's personal experiences has raised questions about whether the book reinforces stereotypes of the unsparing Asian parent. Host Michel Martin speaks with the author about the memoir and her cultural views on raising children. More at

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  1. In the beginning of her book Chua describes her daughters Sophia and Lulu’s personalities from birth. In what ways are they inherently different from one another?

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