To say that Amy Chua is a devoted parent is like saying the Sun is a good source of light. HUGE understatement. And she can't help but clash with Americans who allow their children more personal freedoms, even if that means the child chooses arts and crafts over math and science. Welcome to Amy Chua's traditional Chinese parenting model.

What makes Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother so endearing, and worth reading, is watching Amy express just as much self-doubt as she does confidence. The Chinese method is superior—she's sure of it!—except when it doesn't work, and then she struggles with what to do next. These revelations connect her with the reader through a hint of sympathetic vulnerability. At one point she even admits that Chinese parents don't handle failure well, and experiencing failure is arguably the best teacher there is.

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