Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Chinese mom

If you haven't heard about this book yet, you probably will soon.

It's caused quite the uproar. The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals what the author claims is Asian-american kids' true reason for success: the "Chinese mom." Her main argument is that Americans have failed because they are too soft on their kids and care too much about feelings, whereas "Chinese mothers" are authoritarian and more focused on results. It looks like tons of fun, and from the excerpts I've seen, it's also quite funny. And who knows, she may just be onto (on to?) something. The world doesn't do kids any favors the moment they leave the home... Although after reading this review, I may just change my mind. Wow. Scathing. Although I still want to read it just to see who's right.

Also, I learned the origin behind the term "soap opera" today:
it goes back to the golden age of radio. Soap operas have clearly always been geared towards women, and at the time the main advertisers were companies like Proctor and Gamble selling products that good housewives were most likely to buy: soap! Soap flakes were the big thing back then, and of course there were detergents, dish soap, hand soaps, you name it. Cool eh?

Oh boy, here's a real gem!

Or should I have said "oh buoy!"

He he he...

More retro joy here.


  1. I recently read an article by her, and it was very interesting...I almost couldn't decide whether she was being serious or sarcastic because of some the things she said were so extreme.

  2. Laughed out loud at the soap ad. Thanks for sharing. :)