The focus of this paper is on Chinese immigrant parenting. By drawing on the discourses of Chinese immigrant parenting beliefs and practices, it provides an analysis of the childrearing stories told by Amy Chua (2011), an American Chinese mother. Chua shared in her book ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’ how she created excellence for her daughters through the use of Chinese parenting approaches. Chua’s ‘tiger mother’ practice, with its emphasis on parenting control, unyielding imposition of parenting rules, and strong focus on children’s success, captured my interest. In the context of her immigrant background and Chinese ethnicity, one would suppose that the ‘tiger mother’ book presented a standard account of Chinese immigrant parenting. Through reviewing relevant literature, and portraying an example of New Zealand Chinese immigrant parents’ beliefs and practices, this paper sketches some general patterns of Chinese immigrant parenting. I argue that Chua’s approach embodies traditions and ideologies of Chinese culture, but is not a typical example.
Field of Research
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective
930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
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