Once upon a time in China,
a mother moved and moved on from one place to another.
Not only once or twice, she moved three times.
She is looking for the best environment for her son’s education or growth.
For centuries, Chinese parents followed her path:
Traveling around the city, around the country and travelling around the world.
They are doing the same thing –
to look for the best educational environment for their children.
Why it is so important?
Because, education is the foundation for a child’s development,
and his or her possibility in the society.
We all care about our children’s education.
But how to do it differs from the East and the West.
My name is Cha-Hsuan Liu
I live half of my life in the East, half of in the West.
I received my education from both world.
When meeting the foreign or western people the first time,
I’m often confronted with this question:
“Hey, I heard about Asian parenting style.”
Sometimes they put on a scared face.
They asked me: “are you a tiger mom?”
那么 你们怎么看呢 我是吗？
Well, how do you think, am I?
Okay, you’re laughing!
I may look sweet, and soft like a cat,
but remember, I come from Asia.
I am a mom and I care about my son’s education.
And, I’m well prepared physically and mentally to fight,
fight for the constraints that existed in our environment, in our circumstances,
to ensure the best education for my son.
所以 毋庸置疑 我是来自亚洲的虎妈
So no doubt, I am a tiger mom from Asia.
And today I’m going to tell you,
what is the secret of the tiger mothers.
How the tiger mothers around the world help their children
在几乎所有社会 所有国家 能有好的表现
to have a high performance in almost any society, in almost any country.
It is not what we do, but what we believe.
There are three beliefs that stir the tiger moms in the world and their actions.
The first one: education leads to positive social movement.
My family moved from mainland China to Taiwan after the Second World War.
Throughout my education or my childhood,
my family constantly reminds me:
“you need to work hard, because education is the only way
to move us from the current social class to a wealthier living.”
The whole family work together to ensure
that the best education can be received by our next generation.
And the teachers and schools are expected to work together
to bring the best development for the child.
With this belief in Asian country,
the teachers have a special role in the society,
and we honor the teacher every year.
We celebrate the teachers’ day on the Confucius birthday,
and we say “one day a teacher, a father a life.”
So now, it’s the second belief: every child has talents.
噢 我们的父母和老师都持有这一理念 并有责任培养我们的潜质
Oh, our parents and the teachers have this belief and take the responsibility to cultivate our potentials.
And you know what the parents do,
we assign various assignments for all kinds of subjects that you can think of.
数学？文学？艺术？舞蹈？ 钢琴？ 音乐？
Mathematics? literature? arts? dance?piano? music?
Yeah now you know, why Asian kids don’t have time to play with other kids after school.
我读高中那会儿 学校早上7:30上学 下午5点放学
When I was in a high school, the school starts at 7:30 in the morning, ends at 5:00.
Sometimes, we stayed at school until 7:00 or 9:00 p.m.
If there’s important exams ahead,
we were expected to go to school in the weekends.
Yeah, our parents always believe in me or believe in us:”you will be somebody in the future.”
And they know how to cultivate our potentials
by the long our study, and the long study performance.
他们总是说：“嘿 加油 邻居那孩子得了99分 你也可以的”
They will always say: “hey come on, the neighbor’s kid gets grade 99, so you can do it.”
或者 他们会说：“你表哥刚得了钢琴比赛一等奖 你也可以的”
Or, they will say:” your cousin just won the first price of the piano contest, so you can do it too.”
But, what if my child only have little talent,
or all the potential are gone?
Don’t worry, because tiger moms have the third belief:
hard work beats talents.
Thomas Edison says: “genius is 1% talent, and 99% hard work.”
No hard work no genius.
So that’s the reason tiger moms always cultivate the self-regulation and displaying for hard work.
In school, my teacher gave us individual goals for the grades.
and then, paired us with each other who are from the same level for competition.
So how did it work?
拿到成绩后 我得了90分 我的对手得了88分
After received the results, I got grades 90 and my competitor got 88,
sorry, my competitor will get punishment for two points loss,
and how about me?
I was the winner, but I didn’t reach my goal which was 95,
so my teacher will punish me,
by beating me on my hands with a stick for five times.
所以 现在你可能知道了 分数在一些亚洲教育的环境中
So, now you may know, grades in some Asian education setting,
it is not an indicator for how much you have learned, or how much you have achieved,
but a reference to tell you,
that where you stand at this moment
and how much you are expected to go further.
Asian students have high performance in the world, can not be explained by their individual talents,
but by practice and practice and the practice again and again under the supervision of the tiger mothers.
Opportunities are for those are prepared.
Tiger mom wants to prepare their children
even before the opportunity arises.
Now I summarize the three beliefs.
1. Education leads the positive social movement.
2. Every child is talented and the potential can be cultivated.
3.I know you remember: no hard work no genius.
But no matter how strict the tiger moms are,
or busy with prepared our children,
Asian parents nowaday started to be aware of the happiness that we may take away from our children.
New tiger moms is holding the beliefs
and considering the strategies from the west.
Together we can bring the best idea to form a new education.
It is my humble aspiration for our inspiration to bring the light to our children.
就像今天在座的各位一样 这是我的梦想 也是我的儿子和各位的孩子们的任务：
Just like you come here, it is my dream and the mission for my son and for our children
to have a stimulating and instructive education system.
Where there is the freedom to discover the world and selves,
where there is discipline to reach the goals.
我是刘茶萱 谢谢 谢谢大家
I’m Cha-Hsuan Liu,xie xie and thank you.