(This post was originally written on Feb 2nd, 2017)
By the time I was writing this piece, I’m in my train ride to Yogyakarta. Because of the crazy-delayed-situation in the Soekarno-Hatta airport, I chose to rush up to train station to get the earliest train on the schedule. Still, my plan to arrive at Yogya was delayed for almost 24 hours due to this misfortune. Blah.
Back to the trip, every time I’m on a train or plane ride, I always bring myself a book or two. To be read or not, I still bring them anyway. This time I brought The Battle Hymn of Tiger Mom by Amy Chua. The book is not in the new release section, actually I bought this book almost 5 years ago, when I was a 17-years-old adolescence (why on earth a teenage girl bought a book about raising kids in tiger/Chinese parenting style). Throughout those years, I found that I couldn’t manage to finish the book. I don’t know if it’s my procrastination or the book simply couldn’t tickle my curiosity.
And now I just finished it. I guess it’s my maturity that whole lot different than I was five years ago (of course! duh), I found the book to be witty, smart and sometimes made me giggle in the middle of hopeless passenger due to this crazy delay situation.
Years ago, I found this book to be racist, too harsh, and blatant. How about now? Yes I still found that Amy Chua is an overachieving mother who’s really annoying and mega-competitive. But turned out I wasn’t offended by all those statement. Everyone has their own way to raise their children, so does Amy Chua. Of course that the way she described her style of parenting was exaggerated and that’s why it made to the New York Bestselling shelf.