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Comparing Hong Kong moms and Chicago moms

March 8th, 2011

I came across this vid of Katie Couric interviewing author Ashley Merryman and parenting blogger Liz Gumbinner about controversial parenting approaches uncovered by Tiger Mom Amy Chua.

Don’t worry, the interview is not only about Tiger Mom and her berating methods. That horse has been beaten enough.

What I found interesting was Ashley Merryman talks about a study done with Chicago moms and Hong Kong moms. While she did not cite the source of that study for me to verify, the results bear out my intuitive understanding of how American moms and Hong Kong (Chinese) moms are different in responding to their children’s failure.

Start the vid at 11:29 to get the context of the mention of that study. If you don’t have time, start at 13:31.  There’s a lot of good info in this vid. It gave me an better understanding of how we need to view our role as parents.

Take a look and let me know what you think.


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  1. Interesting video. It makes sense to me that the Hong Kong parents would try to encourage their kids to do better on the 2nd exam. Academics are very important in their culture, whereas in the US, it’s not stressed nearly as much.

  2. Asianmommy, that’s true, and understandably so because I hear that in HK, college is VERY competitive, much more so than in US.


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