What kind of a mother hauls
her then-7-year-old daughter’s dollhouse out to the car and tells the kid that the dollhouse is going to be donated to the Salvation Army piece by piece if the daughter doesn’t master a difficult piano composition by the next day? What kind of a mother informs her daughter that she’s "garbage"? And what kind of mother believes, as Chua tells readers she does, that: "an A- is a bad grade; … the only activities your children should be permitted to do are those in which they can eventually win a medal; and … that medal must be gold"?
Chinese parents can do things that would seem unimaginable ― even legally actionable ― to Westerners. Chinese mothers can say to their daughters, "Hey fatty ― lose some weight." By contrast, Western parents have to tiptoe around the issue,育才國小, talking in terms of "health" and never ever mentioning the f-word, and their kids still end up in therapy for eating disorders. … Western parents are concerned about their children’s psyches. Chinese parents aren’t. They assume strength, not fragility, and as a result they behave very differently。