TWO Beijing schoolgirls, already masters of manipulation at the tender age of ten, have unleashed a daring counter-attack against Tiger Mothers: the pushy, discipline-crazed scourge of children across China.
The Complete Book of Combat With Mum may be lacking in presentational polish, but it compensates for that with Machiavellian guile. For every tenet of parental doctrine described in Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Chen Leshui, right, and Deng Xinyi have a practical or devious solution.
The guide, written in ballpoint pen on a battered notebook, for children between 6 and 12, and illustrated with crude diagrams of each “trick”, catalogues how to navigate the relentless lectures and chastisements of everyday life.
Leshui’s father, glowing with pride, uploaded the guide on to China’s equivalent of Twitter, where it has been forwarded tens of thousands of times. State television has further drawn attention to the girls’ work.