Last night, for the first time in my entire life, I watched West Side Story. Whoever told me that it was Romeo and Juliet did me a great disservice. The current opinion about Romeo and Juliet as this romantic love story just makes me cringe. How did we get Shakespeare so wrong?! But West Side Story was poignant and the music and choreography were brilliant. And it was just real enough to make me grimace and marvel at the way America presented itself with all of its promised glory and tainted conflicts. For all the progress I like to think we are making as a country in integrating others' into our culture, I realize this musical still hits too close to home for me to think we have 'arrived'.
Have you heard the new controversy arising from an article and a book published touting the value of raising children "the Chinese way"? Apparently the appearance in the Wall Street Journal of the article, "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" has attracted over 1 million views and almost 8000 comments, as well as other published responses. Although Amy Chua herself was born and raised in America, she insists that Western-style parenting yields children who waste time and do not live up to their full potential. And so, she stalwartly defends the opinion that raising children to get straight A's, to play the violin and the piano, etc. by strong persuasion (to put it mildly) is the way to go. I think though that what makes her article so dicey is not she insists that it works - because frankly, her children are doing just fine - but that she seems to attack and make other women feel less for raising their children differently.
As an adult I cannot believe how non-adult I feel. As I told my sister the other day, "