Yo Tiger Mother.
This blind allegiance to all authority that Chinese Mothers teach their children is the reason China has fallen to a communist dictatorship. It’s the reason Chinese Mothers, who still live in China (unlike your lucky self and your lucky daughters), don’t experience the most basic of freedoms; deciding for themselves how many children to have, deciding for themselves what kinds of jobs they would like to have. You know, simple stuff that third-generation Chinese Americans might take for granted, the right to make choices.
Americans don’t teach our children blind obedience to authority for an exceptional and logical reason. We enjoy freedom. The freedom that Chinese American immigrants enjoy, didn’t come cheap. It was born of the American tradition of challenging authority. It was born of the American tradition of questioning our own governments. Scientific advancement that Americans have made, is born out of questioning what the teacher had to say about how the world works. Racism ends because children challenge their parents’ way of thinking.
We are who we are, experiencing all of our delicious freedoms, not in-spite of teaching our children to stand up to authority, but because of it.
My response to The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother