I’m a mix of both, I suspect, but I’ll refrain from definitely making a choice until I’ve read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by law professor Amy Chua.
I’m rather surprised at the number of people who have made kneejerk responses and derogatory comments based solely upon the Wall Street Journal article which was a highly selective summary, including the most provocative bits.
I’ll leave with this quote from the WSJ article:
There are all these new books out there portraying Asian mothers as scheming, callous, overdriven people indifferent to their kids’ true interests. For their part, many Chinese secretly believe that they care more about their children and are willing to sacrifice much more for them than Westerners, who seem perfectly content to let their children turn out badly. I think it’s a misunderstanding on both sides. All decent parents want to do what’s best for their children. The Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that.