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Pondering the 'tiger mother': parenting in changing cultural contexts

Guo, Karen 2011, Pondering the 'tiger mother': parenting in changing cultural contexts, Early education, vol. 49, pp. 25-28.

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Title Pondering the 'tiger mother': parenting in changing cultural contexts
Author(s) Guo, Karen
Journal name Early education
Volume number 49
Start page 25
End page 28
Total pages 4
Publisher Auckland University of Technology
Place of publication Auckland, N.Z.
Publication date 2011-09-05
ISSN 1172-9112
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Auckland University of Technology
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091024

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