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How do Asian parents prime their children for success from a young age by encouraging them to achieve academic excellence? Why do Asian kids do so well in math and science? What is the difference between an Asian upbringing and a Western one?

These are just a few of the fascinating questions posed and discussed in Beyond the Tiger Mom, a captivating new book by educator, a
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Tuttle Publishing
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Some years ago, I read, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” and was – like many readers – fascinated by the confrontational book. Even at the time, I felt that some of what that book said was useful, even if that parenting style would never be for me. However, some years on, we are given this book by author, Maya Thiagarajan. Thiagarajan was born in India, before moving to the United States, where she lived and taught, before relocating, with her young family, to Singapore. She is perfectly place ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education

Maya Thiagarajan is uniquely qualified to write this book. She grew up in India with Indian and American parents. She completed her education in the US at Middlebury College and Harvard University after which she taught in schools that served impoverished and elite American students. As a parent, she moved to Singapore and taught there as well. She shares her insight on eastern and western approaches to education.

The first two chapters dealing with reading and math show how both the Asian parent
Crystal McClean
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When was the last time you read a book about education and parenting that really had you thinking and making changes to the way you do things in your home? Beyond The Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age has had this affect on me!

A lot of this book compares the East and the West. Not in a negative way, but ways in which parents and schools raise their children and their beliefs in how to create a successful child and society. She then gathers the best ideas from both cultures and gi
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I havent been able to stop talking and thinking about this book. I appreciated this book's studies and comparisons much more than Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom. Will continue to refer to this ...more
Koji Sakai
I’ve always seen myself as a Tiger dad. I know saying that has a lot of negative connotations. But I have big dreams for my toddler. First, he’s going to get into Harvard, then either make the NBA or play Major League Baseball, whichever pays him more. After a hall of fame career, he’ll transition into politics where he’ll be the first Asian American president.

That’s why when the book “Beyond the Tiger Mom” by Maya Thiagarajan was up for review, I jumped at the chance. I figured it’d be good for
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
This book really made me think about how I want to educate my daughter. I like how the author includes ideas at the end of each chapter for supplementing the style of education you naturally lean towards (Eastern or Western).
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this--well-written, well-researched. Gave me lots of good ideas for parenting. I bought a Japanese abacus after reading this.
Fadilla Putri
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to give the book 4 stars, but a few things disturb me. Having lived in Singapore for five years and conducted research to write this book, I think the author overlooked one important thing: the lack of Malay representations. Even though Malays are one of the biggest minorities in Singapore, all I remember is the author only mentioned Fatima as the only Malay informant, while she interviewed many Chinese and Indians. Whether deliberately or not, I think leaving out Malays from her r
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Chinese tv series Tiger Mom (2015) tries to answer the question why Chinese mothers are superior to others. In Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age, Maya Thiagarajan, a born and breed Indian, landed 5 years ago in Singapore after years of education and teaching in the U.S., looks at differences between Western and Asian parenting and education styles. Interviews, literature, personal experiences as parent and teacher, and tips is packed in this rich and inspiring book ...more
Stel La
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Basically this book can be summarised as:
English education- Western style is good
Maths education- Asian style is good
Family values- Asian style is good

There is a lot of personal opinions so it's not for everyone but still an interesting perspective from an educator/mum who lived in a couple of different countries.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very insightful and balanced assessment of parenting practices. 👍
Ramona Pimentel
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must Read!

Great book! It had wonderful stories about culture and education. A must read for parents especially if you have young children.
Aarur Baskar
Great book, highly recommend for all parents especially people from Asia.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maya Thiagarajan writes about both the overt and subtle differences between Asian and Western parenting today, and offers her rich perspectives on how best to educate and nurture our children for the coming age.

What hit me first was her well-researched journey into the inner psyche of a spectrum of Asian parents. Maya makes it clear from the start that she does not mean to make sweeping generalisations, tarring all Indian parents, for instance, with the same brush. Rather, her observations are d
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Best. Book. Ever.
This educator and South Asian educated author compares and contrast education methodology and goals in an Eastern versus Western handbook for parents and educators. She handles the touchy areas with grace and aplomb with a great deal of rigorous data to support her evaluations of the cultural and social paradigms for various educational systems. Are the stereotypes real or imagined? Are Western children going to miss the science and maths boat due to our educational patterns in
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
This is such a good read and one that causes a parent to reflect on her parenting, education and family beliefs.

The author accurately described the mentality of the Asian moms and I couldn't help but agree with what she wrote. Being an Asian mom myself, I find myself feeling anxious about getting my children to start reading at an early age and therefore find ways to create a math-rich home so that they could understand concepts early and find math in their daily lives. She also provided an hon
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book comparing the ways parents parent in Asia versus the way they parent in America on such topics as education (math focus vs language focus, memorization or not), extracurricular activities, how to treat their elders and even the language used when talking to children. Maya Thiagarajan as an Indian who spent 15 years in America before moving to Singapore has a wonderful and unique perspective on straddling the divide between east and west but she also acknowledges, clearly ...more
Uttara Bharath Kumar
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had read it 10 years earlier when my children were at the age this book would have been even more relevant to us. Still, I am happy I read it now.

As parents we have deeply pondered many of these issues. Maya not just flags them but presents different points of view, helps the reader weigh pros and cons of each perspective and even references relevant studies and articles to substantiate her arguments. Without alienating some readers with overly academic language, Maya's simple and anec
Chris Huntington
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this book eye-opening. It would be easy to fall into broad stereotypes when approaching these subjects, and I would say most popular literature makes no attempt to avoid this—but this book is thoughtful and even-handed and a very readable balance of human anecdotes and interviews poised beside research and data. I read it hoping for some "tips" on parenting and instead I found that it changed the way I view my own experience growing up and my role as a parent now. I can't recommend it hi ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although I am neither a parent nor an educator, I found this book to be a thought-provoking read. Offering perspectives from both North American and Asian educational and child-rearing styles, it helped me gain insight into some of the patterns I've come across living in a multicultural society. It is well-written, and helpful in making suggestions for bringing out the best from both systems. ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
An intelligent, thought-provoking and balanced examination of the collisions and opportunities that can occur when East meets West in the world of parenting and education. The author draws upon personal experience and research to offer some eye-opening observations for parents and educators alike. An engaging read...strongly recommended.
Vanessa Wiseman
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Beyond the Tiger Mom" is very intelligently presented and written with much empathy for mums like you and me. The author speaks with such a warm and re-assuring voice, presenting you facts and anecdotes. I highly recommend it for mothers who believe in teaching children grit but also in allowing them to find their own unique place under the sun. ...more
Carolyn Wilhelm
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True information gathered first hand

As an American teacher in America, I have had a similar experiences with parents and students from Pakistan, China, and India mostly and have learned what was discussed in this book. A blending of the best ideas from East to West would benefit children, education, and society.
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very well written book.. As a parent of young kids aged 8 to 12 we always interested to know more ways to help our kids do better with their work. This book has loads of suggestions / ideas .. Worth reading again and again.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents
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