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Mothers Superior: From China to France, It’s Childhood that Counts

Mar 05, 2011

One day, while driving through the suburbs of Los Angeles, my French husband noticed a bumper sticker on a car that read: "My child is a superstar at Kester Elementary School." He turned to me and asked: "What's the point of that bumper sticker?"

We'd just returned to Los Angeles after living in France for over 10 years, where I'd had two children and become a French citizen. Somehow in that span of time, America had gone from being a culture of trophy wives to a culture of trophy kids…No wonder Amy Chua, author of "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," is every American parent's worse nightmare: a Chinese icon of steely perfection and punishing taskmaster whose obedient, high-performing uber-academic offspring seem poised to take on the New World Order. Chances are that New World Order speaks Mandarin. And chances are, your kids do not.

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