Wow, fantastic book. Contrary to the attention made about her original op-ed in the WSJ, the book is actually a story about a mother. Plain and simple, a mother who loves her daughters and her family. It particularly hits close to the heart, given my background, and the strictness in which I was raised. It was interesting to hear her perspective, her struggles, and how she coped with it all. Ultimately, I would say it’s a story about passing on generational cultures, values, and aspirations. It’s a struggle of any parent, immigrant, 2nd generation, or not.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is written and narrated by Amy Chua herself. I think this is another great aspect about the audiobook. When coming from her own voice, you can almost feel the emotion from her own experience. Definitely recommended for parents and children a like. It really has you questioning (at least it did for me) what it takes to “raise” a child or be “raised” “well.”