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Reading:Battle Hymn of The Tiger Mother(finished:P31)  

2011-09-25 21:24:27|  分类: English reading |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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The chinese mother belives that:(1)schoolwork always comes first;(2)an A-minus is a bad grade;(3)your children must be two years ahead of their classmates in math;(4) you must never compliment your children in public;(5)if your child ever disagrees with a teacher or coach,you must always take the side the the teacher or coach;(6)the only activities your children should be permitted to do are those in which they can eventually win a medal;and(7)that medal must be gold.

Amy:hot-tempered,viper-tongued,fast-forgiving personality.

(P23-29)

A tiny part of me regrets that I didn't marry another Chinese person and worries that I am letting down four thousand years of civilization.But most of me feels tremendous gratitude for the freedom and creative opportunity that America has given me.My daughters don't feel like out siders in America.I sometimes still do.but for me,that is less a burden than a privilege.(Amy:being a Chinese-born-American,she has described exactly what she felt in America.

"prosperity can never last for three generations"

P29-

      The immigrant generation(like my parents) is the hardest-working.Many will have started off in the United States almost penniless,but they will work nonstop untill they become successful engineers,scientists,doctors,academics,or businesspeople.As parents,they will be extremely strict and rabidly thrifty.("Dont throw out those leftovers!Why are you using so much dishwasher liquid?You don't need a beauty salon--I can cut your hair even nicer")They will invest in real estate.They will not drink much.Everything they do and earn will go toward their children's education and future.

     The next generation(mine),the first to be born in America,will typically be high-achieving.They will usually play the piano and/or violin.They will attend an ivy League or Top Ten university.They will tend to be profeessionals-lawyers,doctors,bankers,television anchors-and surpass their parents in income,but that's partly because they started off with more money and because their parents invested so much in them.They will be less frugal than their parents.They will enjoy cocktails.If they are female,they will often marry a white person.Whether male or female,they will not be as strict with their children as their parents were with them.

    The next generation(Sophia and Lulu's)is the one I spend nights lying awake worrying about.Because of the hard work of their parents and grandparents,this generation will be born into the great comforts of the upper middle class.Even as children they will own many hard cover boks(and almost criminal luxury from the point of view of immigrant parents)they will have all they friend who get paid for B-pluses.They may or may not attend private schools.but in either case they will expect expensive.bran-name clothes.finally and most problematically .they will feel that they have individual rights guaranteed by the U.S.Constitution and threfore be much more likely to disobey their parents and ignore career advice.In short,all fator point to this generation being headed straight for decline.

The last shall come first

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