Tag: Chinese parenting

Jackie Chan in the Eagle Dad’s Shadow

When I think of Jackie Chan, I usually think of a Kung Fu fighting Harold Lloyd. Jackie’s the bumbler, the well-intentioned but clumsy “nice guy” who’s just happened to save the day. Off the screen (from the interviews I’ve seen…

Indirect Spite & Engagement

There are two interesting Chinese documentaries streaming on Netflix right now: Weijun Chen’s Please Vote for Me (2007) and  Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home (2010). In Chen’s movie, a third grade class experiences democracy firsthand when they hold an election…

The Art of the Chinese Compliment

I pulled a real Chinese parent move recently. My eldest’s piano teacher told me he was playing very well but instead of turning to my eldest and saying: “Hey! Did you hear that? That’s excellent! Good Job!” I said: “Hey!…

Beyond 4 Walls

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLxoZEFoKlA] Before I was a parent I used to joke: “That’s how Chinese people show love.” I made that joke every time my friend complained about how critical her mother was of her. We were in our 20s then. It…