Summary Of How Chinese Mothers Are Superior By Amy Chua

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Plato once said that, “A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.” Plato is both right and wrong in this situation. Sometimes the math is what one must use to back up their knowledge which, in the end, makes them more scholarly. In her essay, “How Chinese Mothers Are Superior”, Amy Chua claims that her parenting style, although cruel to some, is the most efficient way to raise children. She states that, “Even when Western parents think they’re being strict, they usually don’t come close to being Chinese mothers” (316). Chua acknowledges the fact that most Western mothers would disagree with her and she simply does not care. Three years earlier, an author named, Motoko Rich, published an article called, “Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really…show more content…
Rich says, “Some traditionalists warn that digital reading is the intellectual equivalent of empty calories” (331). Her statement is credible because one can tell that she is using fact other than her own personal perspective. Her lack of pathos doesn’t take away from the quality of her work but if it was there it would let the reader connect with her on a higher level like Chua does in her essay. To clearly state Chua’s well thoughtful use of ethos she states, “The Chinese believe that the best way to protect their children is by preparing them for the future, letting them see what they’re capable of, and arming them with skills, work habits, and inner confidence that no one can ever take away” (321). She references earlier in her essay that she raises her children in this manner just like she was by her mother helping the reader understand why she feels the way she does about this type of parenting. Whether she is agreeable or not, the reader makes sense of what she does and why she does
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