Essay: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.
China is a country who in the latest couple of decades has started to grow and excel in a lot of areas. One of the most apparent aspects is China’s talent to produce wonder kids, who on the leaderboards of the world are scoring top results in math, music and several other categories. A lot of people; the so called ‘Westerners’, have started wondering how it is possible for Chinese parents to raise their children into these top-scoring elitists.
Western people have almost begun, to become concerned about their own way of upbringing, when compared to the Chinese who is showing such success.
In Amy Chua’s article ‘’Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior’’ this exact topic is in the main focus. Amy Chua discusses the differences between Western parents contrary to Chinese parents, as well as her own personal experience of the Chinese way of raising children. Amy Chua is a professor at Yale Law School, as well as Chinese mother herself.
Amy Chua has raised both of her children in the way of the Chinese mothers, thus with her first-hand experience she tries to answer; a question common among Western parents – how exactly does Chinese parents raise such successful children? This essay will elucidate Amy Chua’s way of enlightening this topic by analyzing her way of engaging the reader, in which there will be looked at her intended function of this article, and how the quality of her rhetorical features are, which she uses to make way to the function that she desires. Furthermore the essay will contain a discussion on possible consequences relating to the adoption of Amy Chua’s values and methods of upbringing. Amy Chua tends to bring a lot of focus on the differences between being Chinese parents and Western parents; to her defense, she uses the words Chinese and Western parents quite loosely. In extend, she compares the two ethnicities throughout the whole text, always summing up the differences in a little conclusion.
To begin with, she mentions how Western mothers think they’re strict, when they’re in fact not even close to be as strict as Chinese mothers. Which relates to the her later assertion that Western parents respect their children a lot more than Chinese mothers do, thinking they owe their children everything; while the Chinese mothers have the exact opposite opinion, thinking the children owes them everything. To support her previous statement that when “[…] Western parents think they’re being strict, they usually don’t come close to being Chinese mothers” (ll. 27-28), she uses a scientific study of Western American mothers and Chinese immigrant mothers. The study proves that almost 70 % of the Western mothers believed that ‘’stressing academic success is not good for the children’’ in contrary to the Chinese mothers where 0 % of them agreed. According to Amy Chua, ‘’Western parents are extremely anxious about their children’s self-esteem’’ (ll 72-73). She thinks this is one of the primary differences between the two methods of upbringing, and her way of arguing for this, is by giving an example. In this case she uses the example “[…] if a child comes home with an A-minus on a test, a Western parent will most likely praise the child.
The Chinese mother will gasp in horror and ask what went wrong.” (ll. 78-80) This example clearly portrays the differences between the two when it comes to stressing success, as well as taking precaution of the child’s self-esteem. Amy Chua’s way of arguing mostly revolves around giving examples, which obvious cause could be because of her first-hand experience, when it comes to raising children in the way of the Chinese mothers, as she raised both her daughters using such method. This clearly shows that her use of rhetorical features mainly consists of topological features, in which she uses examples to express contrasts and compare the two ways of upbringing, as well as kinds of parents. In her story about Lulu, she explains how dedication and hard work leads to success, and how achieving something hard can be worthwhile. The function of this is to support her statement of Western parents worrying too much about their children’s self-esteem, and thereby exposing the difference and contrast between the two ways of upbringing. This topological feature is of good quality, because it is told through her first-hand experience.
Furthermore she also uses typographic features and argumentative features, but only to a limited extend. A typographic feature can easily be observed on the first page, where Amy Chua makes use of a bulleted list, which sums up the things her kids were not allowed to do. The function of the list is to draw attention from the reader, and make it easier for them to realize to what extend the rules had to be drawn, and in the way of a bulleted list, the message is told in a very pedagogical way. Another of her arguments belongs to the argumentative features, in where she makes use of a scientific study, by doing so she gains the readers trust, as they will expect it to be legitimate, thus it makes her appear more trustworthy. This argument is of high quality, since it is something proved by people with dedicated knowledge. When it comes to Pathos, Ethos and Logos; by looking at her way of arguing, it becomes apparent that she mostly uses Logos and Ethos. In the case of Logos, the scientific study she mentions is really good at appealing to the reader’s sense of logic, since it contains facts and statistics. Continuously, Ethos is her main tool for arguing. Amy Chua is clearly an authority on this subject, and she is someone with a status whom people might respect.
She has the status of Professor at Yale Law School, but most of all she has the authority of a Chinese mother. Therefore, she is definitely the right person to be discussing this topic. Finally, there is an interesting question which is able to cause a lot of speculation. What may happen if Western parents were to adopt Amy Chua’s way of raising a child, and what may the consequences be? They might seem very apparent, or perhaps not. Trying to answer this question, most people will look at it from a local angle, as if the methods of upbringing were to be adopted locally. This would cause the particular family, who adopted the methods, to greatly excel and differ from other families. Just as Amy Chua’s does. But, if we are talking about a global adoption of the Chinese way of upbringing, some unclear consequences might become the biggest. If every child is raised, with the purpose to surpass every other child, the range between the superior and the dumb children would be on a miniscule basis. And if everyone is equally smart, they are also equally as dumb.
A world with smart people cannot exist without dumb people. Furthermore, if the mothers do not allow their children to participate in certain social activities, such as Amy Chua did, we might see a future, where social bonds have been sacrificed for knowledge, creating a much more solitary reality.
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