Some translations of para- and extra-canonical Chinese Buddhist texts are included at the end of the list. A bibliography of translations into Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian or modern Chinese, though of course desirable, is not even attempted. If you can spare the time, please browse through your bibliographies and add missing translations. Feel free to contribute to make this tool as comprehensive as possible.
After years of Western parenting, I spend most of my days and nights in abject terror that I might have done something wrong, tempered only by the sense that I might be fat.
True, I have great self-esteem.
I frequently walk into doors and I once spent an entire weekend fishing for compliments because I thought those were a rare fish and not an idiom. I have a great relationship with myself.
We frequently go out to dinner and occasionally I will buy myself small gifts for no reason. After all, too much eating tends to decrease your self-esteem, as does, in certain cases, sex.
Is this how the other half lives? In one memorable incident she forces one child to play the piano for hours, amidst tears and screams, until she masters a piece called "Little White Donkey. Instead, I spent a lot of time sitting underneath the piano, because I heard this was what Chopin had done.
My teacher came once a week to bridge the gap between me and Mozart, with little tangible impact. I felt great about my playing! Beethoven felt great about his! Surely we ought to sound identical. After reading the article, this suddenly made sense. Beethoven had what Chua describes as a Chinese mother, except that instead of being an Asian woman with high expectations, it was an alcoholic father who came home late at night and forced him to get up and play.
Neither of my folks were willing to commit to becoming alcoholics, straggling home late at night and hounding me to play, and as a consequence I slowly meandered through sparse patches of classical music over the course of several years.
Eventually my parents noticed that I was becoming better at it and suggested I stop. They spent vast amounts of time reading me literary classics and textbooks of art history. This had little impact except to inspire a vague but lasting hatred of art history, but it showed effort on their part.
The point was to find something that I would love enough that I would want to do it on my own. And I think it was worth it. Chua theorizes a virtuous cycle -- force your child to do something until he or she becomes good at it, and then allow the delight in mastery to handle the rest.
You know what I mean. How much you value the spark may vary. Are hundreds of lawyers and doctors worth one Picasso? In fact, the categories Chua singles out as ones in which she did not require her children to excel are telling -- gym, dance and theater; in other words, the ones that require a natural affinity rather than simple dedication.
This seems like a tacit acknowledgment that the Chinese Mother Method only goes so far. If musicians and mathematicians are what you value, then this is an excellent system.
But it seems to foreclose the alluring possibility of -- well, anything else. And we put a premium on inspiration these days. Look at college admissions. Increasingly, a benign eclecticism reigns -- maybe as a subconscious excuse to admit more children of Western mothers. Gifted math students and violinists are a dime a dozen, the logic runs, but this particular boy happens to play the Bulgarian Whistle -- and he makes skateboard art!
Our test-scores are squarely middle-of-the-pack. Our students are failing. Our economy seems to have come down with a case of something.Even if Asian and Western parenting styles differ radically, they represent two paths to the same destination, according to new Stanford research.
In , Yale law Professor Amy Chua provoked a. Dear Twitpic Community - thank you for all the wonderful photos you have taken over the years. We have now placed Twitpic in an archived state. Jan 14, · Chinese Mothers Vs Western Moms In The Corner Office.
outlines how Chinese mothers By contrast, Western parents have to struggle with their own conflicted feelings about achievement, and. Why Western mothers are inferior to 'Chinese mothers' (but feel better about it) By Alexandra Petri I am the child of Western parents.
According to a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal by Amy Chua, Western parents are mistakenly fixated on tending to their children's fragile psyches, in consequence wreaking more havoc than they avoid.
"I. Jan 13, · The Western touchy-feely approach runs counter to the Chinese Mom philosophy. Chua claims that heaping shame and ridicule on her children drives them to success. In her world, insults motivate.
Jan 11, · "A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies," writes Amy Chua in her provocative new book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.
"Well I .