This is the classic story between parent and child in Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds.” The theme of this story revolves around a mother who wants nothing but the best for her daughter. Mrs. Woo, the mother of Jing-mei, is a struggling immigrant who had lost everything in China and believes in the American dream by stating, "My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America” (639). She puts Jing-mei into various activities to figure out what she could be good at.
In “Two Kinds”, Amy Tan uses visual imagery to reveal the true tension in of mother-daughter relationships, when parents push their children to their limits, they truly want the best for them to succeed and have no regrets about what they did or did not do in their childhood years. All relationships have their ups and downs, however parent and child relationships have some of the toughest challenges when it comes to pushing their child to be the best they can. Jing Mei and her mother have a hard altercation with one another when Jing Mei cries in frustration about her future and her mother “shouted. “Only ask you be your best. For you sake.
Kingston had not heard that from her mother in years. This is important for a young Chinese girl growing up in the 20th century because being angry all the time might affect you’re quality of life. This trait helps Kingston in the present because as a mature Adult she can see the world logically and see where her mother was coming
Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is a memoir full of thoughts and memories and contains a very complex style of writing that provokes important questions about the construction of culture, controversy, and identity. Her style of writing captures the reader's attention that the readers are able to come up with their own point of view about the controversies that have been mentioned throughout the book itself. This book is about an asian mother, Amy herself, who parented her children, Sophia and Louisa (Lulu), in the traditional East Asian culture way, following her own parent’s footsteps. However, as she shared her parenting skills in her story, it became a worldly topic that has created controversies among the different viewpoints
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Critique Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School, has created an article called Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother that intensively describes differences in the usage of parenting methods in Chinese and Westerners culture. The author has personally raised her children in a highly strict manner so her children succeed in life and academics. Chua often refers to the term “Chinese mother” that describes her parenting style apart from Western parents. The main purpose of this article is to show the two parenting techniques and how they affect the child 's success.
Dear Mrs. Amy Chua, As an experienced (seasoned) mother of four, having recently read an excerpt from your book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” I unconditionally disagree with your perspective on this idea. Your ideal parenting method is unacceptable as it damages self-esteem, confidence, and creativity. It truly scares me to think that the content of your article may persuade amateur parents to mimic you and your “tactics”, which would be an absolutely tragic plummet in parenting standards, sending us back to the 1900s. I understand that you believe that the best way to raise a child is through an intense regimen consisting of limited leisure and long hours of study. However, you must recognize that there is much more to childhood than this.
Mother knows best. And yet so many daughters in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club feel slighted by what the matriarchal figures in their lives have in mind for them, or rather, what they believe their mothers have in mind for them. A perfect storm of expectation, true and false, about love, about success, about being Chinese. The souring of mother-daughter relationships in The Joy Luck Club stem from unrealistic or ill conceived expectations that both parties hold for the other.
The cultural norms of a person's background often have a large influence on their life. For example, in "An Indian Father's Plea", Robert Lake describes to his son's teacher why his son "may be slow in grasping the methods and tools [the teacher is] now using in [her] classroom", because his cultural norms have told him to learn through methods such as to "watch and study the changes in nature", unlike the methods used by his western peers (Lake 111). In Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club", Lena St. Clair adopted her mother's "Chinese" ways of thinking, seeing things such as "monkey rings that would split in two and send a swinging child hurtling through space", things "that the Caucasian girls at school did not" sense (Tan 103). Both Lake's son and Lena St. Clair have been influenced in the way they think and perceive the world by their cultural norms. Wind-Wolf, Lake's son, was taught by his cultural norms to learn through observation of the world around him, which made himself seem "slow" in comparison to his peers, who were raised learning with the same methods as used in the classroom.
There daughters were always ashamed of and resented their mothers, especially while they were young. The daughters felt this way because of the way their mothers raised them. The mothers were very hard on their daughters, and pushed them towards successful, sometimes causing their daughter to feel overwhelmed. The mothers wanted their daughters to keep their Chinese heritage and culture, but also take advantage of the opportunities they have in America. The daughters were often ashamed of their Chinese heritage, and the way that their mothers acted.
The prejudice Ying Ying Saint Clair feels for American culture causes her to have a difficult time understanding and communicating with her daughter. Because Ying Ying Saint Clair was raised in China, she views western ways as valuing worthless material items and ignoring critical traditions and values. As she watches her daughter mature and make her
For example, most Asian students are raised in an environment to respect their parents and elders. Parents are often seen as the iron fist at home that forces children to study and focus all time on homework and improvement. This actually seems to be a great support system that leads to higher grades, test scores, and intelligence. Confucian ideas of filial piety are the source of this respect and fear of elders, parents, and ancestors. “Dishonor brought to the family by any one member reflects on all family members,” so students must be very careful to do everything in their power
People often say that there is no correct or right way to raise a child, and yet parents face criticism all the time. What makes a good or a bad parent? Well, let’s look at the kids. Surely the difference between a musically talented, straight A student, and an average C grade student depends on their upbringing, but that is not always the truth. For some people, their way is the only correct way, and the perfect example would be from one Amy Chau, a mother of two who embraces the stereotypical “Asian parent” role and scorns the “Western” way of parenting.
American lawyer and author, Amy Chua in her essay, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”, compares and contrast the stereotypical success of Chinese children versus the children of Western. 70% of Western mothers said that “stressing academic success is not good for children”, while roughly 0% of the Chinese mothers felt the same way. Chua’s purpose is to the point that Chinese children repay their parents by obeying them and making them proud, but Western parents don’t have the same view of children being permanently indebted to their parents. She adopts a formal tone in order to explain Chinese children’s success, in her intended audience, Chinese parents. Chua achieves her purpose through the use of anecdote and selection of details.
In Amy Tan’s short story, “Two Kinds,” she demonstrates the powerful, harmful effect of a parent's’ high expectations and how it can be detrimental to one’s child. Parents want to give what’s best for their kids and will go through any necessary means to obtain that. Whether it be through change of environment or change of behavior for the child, parents blindlessly strive towards that goal without a second thought. Expectations may arise along the way as parent’s form an idolized idea of what they want as their child. Much to Jing-mei’s chagrin, her mother believes that shaping her into a superstar will grant her the happiness and recognition she deserves.
Kieu Tran’s solemn tone reflects on the hardships that Americanization has caused Asians through the context of “the stereotype that Asian parents always hit their children” and how “Western culture and customs have destroyed the Vietnamese family structure”. Tran expresses how Americanization has given asian children more freedom, but in turn it has devastated the structure of a close-knit family. The U.S. is the land of the free, where people are protected by the law, and hitting your children is unjust. However, in asian culture, it is natural for a child to be reprimanded through spanking, hitting, or other forms of punishment. It ensures that children of asian parents will try their best to not make the same mistake again.