Deborah Amos in for Tom Ashbrook.
The "Tiger Mom" mentality has pushed Asian-Americans to dominate in schools, but how do they perform in the real world? We’ll take a look.
When an Asian-American mother wrote a memoir recounting the tough love of Chinese-style parenting, the "Tiger Mom" was defined: A demanding mother driven to produce successful, goal-oriented children.
But what happens when the test-taking ends and the meritocracy of test scores gives way to American-style competition at the top?
There is a "bamboo ceiling," says an Asian-American writer who describes the limits of the lessons.
This hour, On Point: What your Tiger Mom didn’t teach you and why it matters.
- Deborah Amos
Wesley Yang, Korean-American writer. His cover article for New York magazine was "Paper Tigers: What happens to all the Asian-American overachievers when the test-taking ends?"
Jeffrey Yang, Asian Pop” columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is co-author of "I am Jackie Chan."
Gene Cajayon, filmaker and director of “The Debut,” a groundbreaking indie film about a Filipino American family
This program aired on May 17, 2011.