Your average person has an incredibly weak sense of sociohistorical specificity. So when an Asian father wants to put his kids in SAT classes because thats what everyone else at church is doing, it is read as a sign of ancient “Asian Confucian values” or typical “groupism” when in fucking reality, it is because the church is a good source of information for a school system he is unfamiliar with and maybe he is anxious his peers will look down on him.
When people automatically vomit out the phrase “Tiger Mom,” they are not talking about sociohistoric circumstances or even the shared political experience that codes us all as “Asian American” — things that most scholars discuss. Rather, the term “Tiger Mom” is stereotypical shorthand for crazy Asians who are cold hearted task master dragon-lady/robots who just churn out violin prodigies and math whizes with zero creativity. There is no reality behind this stereotype.
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