Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui

Listen to the Squawking ChickenEver read “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”? This is the other side of it, the grown-up daughter telling her story about being raised by a fierce but caring Chinese mother. Her mom seemed like a tough old B, but also a real character who came from a hard life and has quite an amazing back-story. It was interesting to think about how some child-raising tactics I would deplore (like shaming) might actually be appropriate in a different context. And there was a lot of humor, especially in the chapter about fung shui. The author really makes her mom pop off the page.

Reviewed by Katie


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