Everyone knows the typical Asian stereotype: smart nerd that excels at school and is good at playing musical instruments. What a lot of people fail to realize is that Asian children aren’t necessarily born as geniuses. They actually work hard for their achievements. However, their hard work is backed by the watchful eye of parents. Mothers who hoover over their children and push them to their absolute limits are known as Tiger Moms. Tiger moms are known to be extremely strict and harsh on their kids. Their idea is that tough love will earn better results than kindness or encouragement. The term Tiger Mom was first made known by Amy Chua who wrote a book called Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother which describes her experience when raising her two daughters. The children had to follow strict rules such as:
Here are some things my daughters, Sophia and Louisa, were never allowed to do:
• attend a sleepover
• have a playdate
• be in a school play
• complain about not being in a school play
• watch TV or play computer games
• choose their own extracurricular activities
• get any grade less than an A
• not be the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama
• play any instrument other than the piano or violin
• not play the piano or violin.
To read more about Amy and her method of parenting click here.
Rarely is there a sign of admiration or love shown in this method of parenting. When Americans found out about this, it caused a great amount of controversy. People became upset that such a harsh parenting technique was used on children. In Amy’s book she describes a scene where she had forced her seven year old child to practice a piano song without any water or bathroom break until she learned the piece. She practiced for hours and even had to practice through dinner. Stories like this don’t even faze me, sadly. Growing up in an Asian culture has taught me that Asian parents are willing to do anything in order to see their children succeed. The phrase “the ends justify the means” comes to mind. It’s not that parents don’t love their kids. It’s because many Asian parents have experienced or witnessed great poverty in their homeland. Most of the time, the only way to get out of poverty is to have a good job and the only way to get a good job is to have the best grades. Even though I understand the reasoning, doesn’t mean I agree with what is going on. I feel as if Tiger parents only cause a rift in parent-child relationships. Even if the child becomes successful, the parents may risk their relationship with their child.
NPR did a story on Amy Chua, so check it out if you want to hear her thoughts.
Amy’s response to the uproar her book caused:
So what do you think about Tiger Moms? Yes? No? Crazy?
Music isn’t just about noise and beats. Studies have recently found that music actually has therapeutic effects on an individual. True, there isn’t definite proof to support this claim, but the trends that are found in most studies supports the claim very well, in my opinion. One experiment that supports this hypothesis is Skingley and Vella-Burrow’s study of therapeutic effects of music and singing for older people. Results show that most patients benifitted from the music. Mostly for people with dementia, and specific disorders (osteoarthritis pain, post-operative delirium, sleep difficulties, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Read the rest of this entry »
I definitely don’t get enough sleep on weekdays. Every weekday I am overwhelmed with homework, projects, papers, and tests and I find myself going to bed at around 12 am or 1am and then wake up for school at 7:30. That’s a whole 7 and a half hours to six hours a night. Granted, I do waste time on Facebook and other social networking sites, which if I didn’t, I would probably be able to go to bed at 11 instead. Got to love this new age of technology and social networking sites. What’s scary is that I wasn’t worried about getting enough sleep. So what if I was tired in the morning? Drink a little coffee and I’m good to go. Not true. Lack of sleep affects us in small ways and when those small ways add up, they affect us in the long run as well. Read the rest of this entry »
“It had a hundred views, then a thousand views, then ten thousand views, so I just kept posting more videos and more videos,” Justin, now 15, says in a soft voice. “Eventually, I got found by my manager who flew me to Atlanta to meet Usher.”
After Justin Beiber’s story came out about how he became a star through posting videos on Youtube, an outbreak of people have been uploading their videos on Youtube in hopes of the same thing happening to them. In a negative light, there are more and more videos of people singing badly in their bathroom or bathroom. In a positive light, you get to hear a variety of people sing and make their own music.
Lately, I’ve been crazy about youtube videos of cover songs. Sometimes I find that the cover songs are actually better than the original song. Whether it be because the video is edited or the person singing is actually good, I don’t know. I like to believe in the latter as naive as that may be. The video above is of Sam Tsui and Nick Pitera singing “For Good” from the muscial, Wicked. This is my favorite cover song at the moment. Not only are they singing one of my favorite songs of all time, but their voices are amazing.
If you haven’t noticed, Facebook has changed drastically from when it first was launched. Actually it’s still changing now. Recently Facebook has been going on a remodeling rampage. Newsfeeds have been reamped and the chat boxes have been remade to include group chats and video chats. There’s even a ticker box that shows your friend’s and your friend’s friend’s activity the minute it happens. Some say its an improved and more efficient way to stalk people. I’d have to say I agree to some extent. Read the rest of this entry »