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Is Amy Chua right?

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Suzan Song, Child/adolescent psychiatrist
Is Amy Chua right?


Is Amy Chua right when she explains “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” in an op/ed in the Wall Street Journal?

The question asks for anecdotal responses, but I’ll supplement it:
As a medical director and child/adolescent psychiatrist of an Asian community clinic in California, as well as researcher in Asian adolescent mental health and an Asian-American woman myself, I’ll have to disagree from a clinical, research, and personal perspective.
Depends on how one defines success – obtaining professional degrees in ivy league schools, high income level, or “status” vs. personal happiness/fulfillment, well-adjustment, good mental/emotional and social health. Not socializing one’s child (play dates, plays, etc) could clinically create anxiety for your child in the future.

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