Title

“Tiger Mother” vs. “Cat Father”: Similarities and differences in Chinese and American teaching philosophies and pedagogies, and the impact of globalizing liberal art education

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

Spring 10-12-2015

Conference Location

School of Foreign Languages, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, China

Peer Review

Invited

Abstract

Drawing from Amy Chua’s controversial memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, this talk compares and contrasts dominant Chinese and American teaching philosophies and pedagogies within specific cultural contexts. The presentation then traces the historical root and development of liberal art education in mainland China and further elaborates on its paradoxical impact on students of one-child generation against the backdrop of China’s deepening political and economic reforms under post-Mao leaderships.

Keywords

liberal art education, one-child generation, post-socialist reforms

Disciplines

Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

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