A few years ago, a controversial book entitled 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother' captured considerable media and public attention because it seemed to argue that overly-strict discipline borrowed from Chinese parenting philosophy was superior to the allegedly more casual Western parenting style. The book was actually less controversial -- and far less interesting -- than media coverage made it seem.
Did I over-love? Did I want their road to be so smooth, so flat and effortless that I ran ahead filling in the pot holes before they hit them? Am I in fact, Golden Retriever Mom? I want to run and play and lick you when you cry and growl at anyone who dares to cross you, whether you get an A+ or a C-, or worse.
I am curious if you have ever found a moment, undressed of your "Tiger Mom, celebrity author" costume and all of the salesmanship it entails, to sit in your natural skin as an Asian-American, and as a mother, to properly measure how the thoughts you spread might affect our community, and in particular our youth.