The Hybrid Tiger

The Hybrid Tiger

Secrets of the Extraordinary Success of Asian-American Kids

Book - 2014
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Why do Asian and Asian-American students consistently perform so well on standardized tests? Why are students of Asian descent disproportionately admitted to America's top colleges?

This informative and entertainingly written comparison of educational methods in America and China answers these questions and more, while assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each culture's distinctly different education systems. Education expert Quanyu Huang notes that both Asian and Asian American students excel early on at mastering lesson material and test-taking, whereas many of their non-Asian American peers do not perform as well. The author also points out that American students generally demonstrate far more creativity and independence than students in China, where conformity and rote learning are emphasized. This is evident from the American record of award-winning innovations and discoveries. By contrast, the Chinese educational system has not yet produced a Nobel Prize winner in science.

For Americans to achieve more consistent academic success at primary and secondary grade levels, the author recommends a blend of the virtues inherent in both cultures. He says this is exactly what often gives Asian American students an edge. They have the advantage of an Asian heritage that drives them to succeed and an American culture that teaches them creativity and independent thinking. Above all, Asian families extoll the virtues of education; this attitude is a key component in the success of these students.

Drawing on his own experiences as an immigrant to this country in the 1980s, and as a parent to a son raised in the US, the author concludes by suggesting that Americans rediscover the immigrant attitudes of their ancestors several generations ago. Like Asian immigrants today, they too saw education as a ladder to success in American society. Students anywhere will thrive when their families reinforce the seriousness of education and help children develop the study and discipline habits that ensure academic success.
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781616148515
Branch Call Number: 371.82995 HUA
Characteristics: 264 pages :,illustrations


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Feb 09, 2017

A good book that discusses the differences and similarities between American and Asian family values and their views on education. The author stresses a blended approach. I particualary enjoyed his comments on why Asian parents value education as a game of winning rather than an arena for learning. Moreover, his idea of making his son live in the countryside with his grandfather for 7 continuous days is something that I will consider as a parent. Besides verbal teaching, by placing someone in a situation and feeling how life is like can/may open your senses to not to take things for granted. Very insightful book and I enjoyed reading it.

Mar 22, 2016

I've thought about this book long after I read it. If all parents took such an interest in children and their schooling, I don't think kids would feel nearly so daunted by it all. Definitely gives you a lot to think about as a parent or as a student/child. At the very least, I think it shows some good ideas of how parents can help their children succeed, especially the parents that send their kids to school and think that's enough or don't know what else to do to help their kids.

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