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Raising Hackles

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal published an excerpt from Amy Chua's book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" and it set off a storm of debate about cultural differences and parenting. In her essay, Chua wrote that "A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids," and then went on to discuss how she raises her own daughters by banning playdates, refusing to let them choose their own extracurricular activities, and requiring that they never get any grade less than an A.

We asked Belle Yang, a Taiwan-born artist, writer and author of several books for children and adults, to offer her response to the essay. Here's her take in the Wall Street Journal.


Illustration by Belle

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Congratulations on making the Wall Street Journal, Belle. And thank you for your insights. I think it entirely possible that only the brightest and best were able to escape to here, so naturally they are superior in accomplishments. Aren't we blessed to have you all here!!!

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And on that note . . .

Each one of us alive in the world today are somehow sharp objects.  Those genes didn't get carried forth without our ancestors being swift and smart.

Thanks, Sue.