August Book Group Discussion: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

  • August 27, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Author: Amy Chua.

Book information: http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Hymn-Tiger-Mother-Chua/dp/1594202842

 

Please bring book ideas for October; the topic is feminism and money.

 

Join us for our monthly book group discussion.  We meet at 6:30, chat, start introductions at 6:45 and begin talking about the discussion questions. We finish the discussion around 8:10, collect donations for Meetup fees and then we pick a book to read two months in advance.

 

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  • Brynn C.

    Excellent discussion questions that you circulated! I'm sorry I'm going to miss it....

    August 27, 2013

  • Zelekha

    Hi. Sorry, Can someone email me the address for the meetup tonight to [masked]. I'm not sure why I'm not recieving Meetup-related emails...

    Thanks and I look forward to talking about Amy's *brag book

    August 27, 2013

  • Sabrina

    Some additional links that I found interesting:

    http://on.fb.me/13Vb8Du­ May-lee Chai's "Mother Tiger Trope Masks Class Privilege" tackles the unquestioned class privilege that operates in Chua's modeling of "Chinese parenting."

    http://www.bridgew.edu/soas/jiw...­ Women's Movement and Change of Women's Status in China by Yuhui Li

    http://asianamlitfans.livejourn...­

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    August 26, 2013

  • Sabrina

    6// Chua maintains that the Chinese way is THE best way to raise children. Given that both American and Chinese cultures are grossly sexist, both historically and within a modern context – is it wise to look to either as the “best” representation of defining motherhood? Can you pick and choose some traditional forms of culture that serve your purpose, even though they derive from an entirely patriarchal philosophy? 7// Would Chua really have access to tiger mother her kids in China where gender inequities limit opportunity (much more so compared to America). Here is one of the articles that I referenced to learn more about Chinese gender politics and accessibility: http://nyti.ms/1dKxnO2­ 8// How do you think American feminism has impacted parenthood?

    August 26, 2013

  • Sabrina

    4// Is Chua’s form of tiger mothering solely attributable to the Chinese way as she defines it (give the best opportunities to your children and accept nothing but the best level of performance)? Or are there strong ties to economic and social privilege that allow her method of parenting to thrive?

    5// In America, what would tiger mothering look like for a poor, single mother of color with two daughters who also does NOT reap the benefit of being part a “model minority” culture? Is tiger mothering even possible, particularly for women of color and/or poor women, without the socio-economic privilege to level some of the gender and racial inequalities in the playing field of life success?

    August 26, 2013

  • Sabrina

    Hey-o!!! Here are the discussion questions (broken up into 3-4 posts). Just meant as a guide and some things to think about before the meetup. Looking forward to it! 1// Is tiger mothering a form of feminist parenting? Why or why not? 2// Can the argument be made that Chua’s way of parenting is quite feminist because she accepts nothing but the highest achievement for her daughters? Is the argument subjective based on the activities she chooses for her daughters?

    3// Is there any issue, from a feminist perspective, with Chua reaping the benefits of freedom of expression but pretty much denying access to her daughters? Or, as a parent, is it her right to unilaterally shape and define her children’s early life experiences?

    August 26, 2013

  • Abi W.

    I'm sad to miss this one! Hope to be in touch with you again soon. All the best, Abi

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Brynn C.

    I'm sorry for the late notice but I won't be able to come this month after all. I just got a new (second) cat yesterday and I need to spend some time refereeing. (Plus I didn't read this book--couldn't get past the first few pages.) Next month, my hope is that my cats will be best buddies.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Christine

    We should take a picture and post it on the response Tumblr page she created: http://m.xojane.com/issues/my-p...­

    1 · August 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Christine, thank you for posting that link. This woman's story got me misty. It is like a nightmare, totally not believable and totally not okay. Do you know if anyone has created a fan page for her? She's my hero! She's fighting back against Assholes Gone Wild. She's actually starting to get some press for it: http://www.dailymail....­

      August 22, 2013

    • Christine

      Not sure if there's a can page, but she made her own Tumblr. I think we should take a group photo of "this is what a feminist book group looks like"!

      1 · August 22, 2013

  • Liz

    I can't often make the meetings but read lots of the books at some point. Is there an open discussion somewhere else for this group to comment on these reads? :)

    August 2, 2013

    • Liz

      didn't even know there was one. :)

      August 6, 2013

    • Jasmine W.

      There is! Please feel free to recommend it to other SD feminists https://www.facebook.c...­

      August 6, 2013

  • Sabrina

    Hey everybody!! I will be moderating the August book selection discussion and I just thought it would be worth mentioning that if anyone wants to read one (or both) of the "rebuttals" to the Chua book, then that would prob add some interesting points to talk about. I found 2: "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Daughter": http://amzn.to/17WK0Sb­

    "Tiger Babies Strike Back": http://amzn.to/1bQg6EJ­

    I will try to skim them myself, but know I won't have time to read them in full. Just a suggestion (especially if you've already read Chua's)! ;->

    August 1, 2013

    • Christine

      I may try to find something online (more like articles vs. books). That may be more interesting to me, since this book is already totally irritating me!

      1 · August 5, 2013

    • Sabrina

      Feeling the same way (irritated)!

      August 6, 2013

  • Mylinh

    Are your meetings regularly on Tuesdays? I want to come but I have a class on Tuesday nights.

    August 1, 2013

    • Christine

      We do regularly meet on Tuesdays. I had to wait almost until I finished my grad program to make it a regular thing :)

      1 · August 5, 2013

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