Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother

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0120110207

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Amy Chua raised her own daughters in America: starting from the premise that the Chinese parenting model got better results than its Western counterpart.

Given that Sophia and Louisa (Lulu) were polite, interesting and helpful girls with perfect school marks and exceptional musical abilities, this seemed to be borne out.

But what happens when you won't tolerate disobedience, and yet your daughter still says no?

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is not a child-rearing manual but a tale of culture clash and what happens when your own convictions are seriously challenged.

Encouraged by the young Sophia's musical precocity, Amy turns her attentions to Lulu.

But when she sits her down at the piano -things don't turn out quite the way she planned.

Amy Chua is the John M Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Her first book World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability was a New York Times bestseller, was selected by both the Economist and the Guardian as one of the Best Books of 2003 and translated into eight languages.

Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance - and Why They Fall was a critically-acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller.

Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and the Wilson Quarterly.

She lives with her husband, two daughters and two Samoyeds in New Haven, Connecticut.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Reader: Liz Sutherland

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Amy Chua.

It worked with Sophia, but with Lulu the piano is not so straightforward.

0120110207

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Amy Chua raised her own daughters in America: starting from the premise that the Chinese parenting model got better results than its Western counterpart.

Given that Sophia and Louisa (Lulu) were polite, interesting and helpful girls with perfect school marks and exceptional musical abilities, this seemed to be borne out.

But what happens when you won't tolerate disobedience, and yet your daughter still says no?

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is not a child-rearing manual but a tale of culture clash and what happens when your own convictions are seriously challenged.

Encouraged by the young Sophia's musical precocity, Amy turns her attentions to Lulu.

But when she sits her down at the piano -things don't turn out quite the way she planned.

Amy Chua is the John M Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Her first book World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability was a New York Times bestseller, was selected by both the Economist and the Guardian as one of the Best Books of 2003 and translated into eight languages.

Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance - and Why They Fall was a critically-acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller.

Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and the Wilson Quarterly.

She lives with her husband, two daughters and two Samoyeds in New Haven, Connecticut.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Reader: Liz Sutherland

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

By Amy Chua.

It worked with Sophia, but with Lulu the piano is not so straightforward.

0220110208

By Amy Chua.

The girls' swift musical progress takes up more of Amy's time and energy.

The Suzuki method of teaching musical instruments requires a parent to attend all lessons and supervise practice at home.

Both daughters are making rapid progress, but Amy is more than up to the challenge.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Reader: Liz Sutherland

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

0220110208

By Amy Chua.

The girls' swift musical progress takes up more of Amy's time and energy.

The Suzuki method of teaching musical instruments requires a parent to attend all lessons and supervise practice at home.

Both daughters are making rapid progress, but Amy is more than up to the challenge.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Reader: Liz Sutherland

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

0320110209

By Amy Chua.

Sophia prepares to play Carnegie Hall and Lulu has an important audition.

Music is getting serious for the Chua family.

Amy must help Sophia prepare to perform at Carnegie Hall and Lulu to audition for the Pre-College programme at Juilliard College.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Reader: Liz Sutherland

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

0320110209

By Amy Chua.

Sophia prepares to play Carnegie Hall and Lulu has an important audition.

Music is getting serious for the Chua family.

Amy must help Sophia prepare to perform at Carnegie Hall and Lulu to audition for the Pre-College programme at Juilliard College.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Reader: Liz Sutherland

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

0420110210

By Amy Chua.

Is Amy losing control over her younger daughter?

After an ill-fated concert in Budapest, relations between Amy and Lulu are under strain.

Amy fears she is losing some control over her younger daughter.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Reader: Liz Sutherland

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

0420110210

By Amy Chua.

Is Amy losing control over her younger daughter?

After an ill-fated concert in Budapest, relations between Amy and Lulu are under strain.

Amy fears she is losing some control over her younger daughter.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Reader: Liz Sutherland

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LAST20110211

By Amy Chua.

After a difficult time for the family the Chuas go on holiday to Russia.

But in Red Square, tensions between Amy and Lulu come to a head.

Can things carry on as before?

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Reader: Liz Sutherland

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

In Moscow, tensions between Amy and Lulu come to a head.

05 LAST20110211

By Amy Chua.

After a difficult time for the family the Chuas go on holiday to Russia.

But in Red Square, tensions between Amy and Lulu come to a head.

Can things carry on as before?

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne

Reader: Liz Sutherland

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

In Moscow, tensions between Amy and Lulu come to a head.