Book Review: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

The story of the Tiger Mother revealed from Blueprint’s latest book review.

As many people ponder on how Chinese parents grow so many virtuous and prodigies, our minds are immediately drawn to the assumption that Asian mothers are always directing their children into depressing lives—in which they are always dictated by their mothers to do well. Even most of us, as sons and daughters of Asian mothers, find it difficult to accept the fact that some are oppressed by our mother’s domineering orders and supervision. Amy Chua, however, reprimands this commonplace notion by including her own experience and entices us to appreciate the methods behind producing prodigies.  Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is a revolutionary novel that will perplex, illuminate and elucidate the readers to understand the collision of two cultures—western and eastern—and how one’s family story can change the perspectives of the society.


Chua, a mother of two daughters and a tiger mother, recounts her life with raising her children up in the ‘Chinese way’ whilst living in a society where her children are prone to become raised in the ‘Western way’. She describes how she constructed her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, to be hard-workers and best in everything they do. Tiger mother, also, highlights that “what Chinese parents understand is that nothing is fun until you’re good at it.”So, she scolds the two to play their instruments flawlessly—without even a single mistake—by calling her oldest daughter ‘garbage’;she bribes her youngest daughter with lollies in order for her to enter a competition;and, limits them to specific rules that could neither be negotiated nor altered. As distressing and oppressive these may sound, the author justifies her actions for acting in such way.

Book Review: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother











What makes this novel so notable and illuminating is the way in which Chua intertwines her own feelings towards her daughters and the cultural differences between Western and Asian parents;for example, she indicates that Western parents are always encouraging their children to well, while on the other hand, Asian parents believe that the most efficient way of raising children up 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.” This not only makes the readers acquire an insight of a typical Chinese family, but also grasp the concept on how divergent the cultures are. She, however, loosely claims that one is not better than other—for every parent want to do best for their children, it is just that Chinese have a different method of doing so.

Book Review: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother


If you are struggling to understand the strictness of your, own, mother’s or Asian mother’s actions and behaviours, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is the perfect novel for you;it will allow you to capture the dichotomy methods and how the role of an Asian mother is not immoral, but rather a desire to help fulfill their children. A ravishing novel that will guarantee you to be lured, paralyzed and delighted.


—Sarah Oh (’19)


Upcoming Disney Movies

(Most) of your favorite characters are coming back to the big screen.

Okay. It’s hard to refuse Disney movies, which captivates youngsters, relieves teenagers, and excites adults. Really, who doesn’t love Disney?

Disney has been pure magic to many of us, in fact, all of us. Disney movies were the source of every girl’s very first dream to become a princess. Whether it was deliberately dropping a shoe behind just to check, gaping at the mirror for longer than usual, just incase you miss it talking, our imaginations equally participated in this role of daydreaming. It built (albeit useless) desires of wanting to talk with animals like Mickey, Bambi, Stitch, Jaq and Gus, and the list goes on and on. On top of that, Disney dropped its four series of Pirates of the Caribbean craze with renowned Johnny Depp getting a new and even more noted identity, Captain Jack Sparrow. Frozen and Inside Out, recent additions to the Disney movie franchise, did not disappoint — children giggled and adults wept. With every movie adding more and more to the Disney fantasy and expectations getting higher than ever, the fans (such as yourself) isarepatiently waiting for the next movie release.

Let’s see what more magic Disney will bring to us!

(Walt Disney Studios)

1. The Finest Hours (2016)

Based on a true story, The Finest Hours guides you through the mission of the Coast Guard, intrepidly attempting to rescue other lives during a winter storm. Chris Pine from a 2009 film Star Trek takes the role of the protagonist. This is one of the handful of Disney movies with physical castings, and it’s unmissable.

2. Zootopia (2016)

This might not be familiar to you because it’s “like nothing you’ve seen be-fur,” but don’t worry, because a new kind of fun is guaranteed. Zootopia is another Disney movie where the animals talk. Not just talk, but walk. Not just walk but live together in a society built upon just by different animals. The filmmakers even visited Kenya just to observe various animals and their movements. The story revolves around an optimistic main character, a rabbit, Judy Hopps, surviving Zootopia, with her phrase, “anyone can be anything.”

3. The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book is no longer a poorly animated, but now it is returning with an all-new-action movie. Mowgli, you’ve heard of the name, adventures in the jungle developing both foe and friend relations with animals.

4. Finding Dory (2016)

It was not long ago, Disney released its Finding Nemo that gave all clown fish, the name “Nemo.” Now it’s back again with Dory, the talkative blue tang fish. Instead of helping Nemo as an extra, in this new film, Dory takes the role of the protagonist that quests to collect pieces from her past.

5. Moana (2018)

Is Elsa getting too outdated? Do you want something new? Then Moana will definitely be your new favorite character. Meet Moana, Disney’s first Polynesian princess and the newest, and somewhat odd, addition to the original eleven, elegant princesses .

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

It’s the return of Captain Jack and Captain Salazar. Beginning with the escape of Captain Salazar, this series will, again, show us the invincible and fearless Jack Sparrow. Don’t miss out on Johnny Depp’s newest adventure!

With these exciting movies soon to be released, either next in a series or completely brand new, Disney will forever be our dream. Now, get your emotions ready cause you’re never too old for Disney!

– Yoo Bin Shin (’18)

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PSA: College Visits

You should definitely be checking out all of the colleges visiting KIS!

Why not Stanford?
Why not Stanford? (Tumblr)

Have you been signing up lately for all the college visits? Are you aware of the fact that various colleges from all over the world are visiting our school? If you have already signed up for some college visits through Naviance, you’re on the right track. If you have absolutely no idea what the last sentence meant, you have some reading (this article!) and signing up to do.

You might be thinking: “Hey, aren’t we supposed to visit the colleges, and not them visiting us?” Well, of course colleges gladly welcome students visiting their campus and observing what the actual school they’re potentially applying to looks like. However, according to Collegeboard, “representatives from college admission offices visits high schools around the countr[ies] to present informational programs to prospective students”. Meaning, colleges are willing to come to you too! When colleges visit high school campuses, the students, together with the admissions office representative, discuss topics such as academics, campus life, tuition, financial aid, admission procedures, and more. It is basically a chance for future undergraduate students to get a deeper insight into multiple schools. Representatives also visit high school campuses so that students can ask any questions they may have, clarify any confusions, and further persuade why they should apply to the respective college.

Now you may be thinking, I can just google all of the information I’m going to receive. Wrong. Here are some reasons why you should definitely be signing up for these college visits. They’re definitely opportunities you should be taking advantage of (especially for you juniors and seniors).

1. Face-to-face > Email

Of course, you can ask all the questions you want to by simply typing them up and sending emails off to the admissions office, or even searching them up online. However, it’s really important to realize the importance of meeting college representatives face-to-face, and asking them questions then. You’ll likely get more detailed answers, and you would be able to ask more distinct-to-you questions. For example, you could be asking specifically about the chances of getting accepted with your current test scores and GPA, which they can then use to help assess and figure out your possibilities.This also comes with the bonus of giving colleges a heads-up that you’re actually seriously interested, which would most likely help, rather than hurt your chances of getting in.

2. New Discoveries

Sure, you may not be serious about all the colleges visiting KIS. Though let me just say that it’s better to give it a shot than to not. You never know; you may have absolutely no interest in a college until you actually attend the meeting. You’re really not bound to lose anything because they’re visiting you instead of the other way around, and it’s an opportunity for you to discover other possibilities you never would have thought of or stopped to consider. After all, you’re receiving more information than what is merely on the college’s homepage.

3. Better early than late, better late than never

It’s true; some schools don’t encourage students who are not seniors to attend college visits. However, Bill Yarwood, a guidance professional in New Jersey, states “we encourage sophomores and juniors to participate for long-range planning.” High school students usually start thinking about college at the end of their junior year, or even at the start of their senior year. What students tend to not realize is that planning out things beforehand helps so much later on. Juniors, rather than pushing off everything until the very last minute, at least start thinking about potential options by attending the college visits KIS provides you with. And even if you’re already a senior, there is still time left to explore additional possibilities!

4. It’s not just advertising

Colleges also visit high school campuses for advertising purposes. But that’s not always the case. Their visits are beyond simple advertisement. Their visits help prospective applicants in various ways, and colleges also enjoy visiting high schools to see what they should expect for the applicant pool. The construction of such a basis is important for both the colleges and future applicants. So it’s not all about advertising and persuading students to apply. There is more to it and it’s important you play your part in the process.

If you’re a KIS student, you can simply log in to your Naviance page, and straight away, you will see a blue square on the home page with various college visit schedules which you can sign up for. Naviance tells you the college name, date, and time of the meeting so that you can plan accordingly. High school counselors, including our KIS counselors, highly recommend attending meetings in order to broaden spectrums of where you could be applying. September through October is a rush week for colleges, with numerous representatives visiting our school each week.

Interested in a school in New York? New York University’s college meeting at KIS is scheduled for October 20th during High School club block. Or is California your forte? Both UCLA (September 23rd) and California College of the Arts (October 28th) are visiting KIS. Sign up for college visits through Naviance and watch how your perspective towards college change!

– Leona Maruyama (’17)

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