(Daily Mail) Stanford researchers Alyssa Fu and Hazel Markus suggest in a new study, both culture-centric approaches can be effective.
Motivation, the researchers wrote, is understood to come from within an individual in Western families, while Asian children find strength in parental expectations.
The bottom line is that children can be motivated either way, they say.
'These findings underscore the importance of understanding cultural variation in how people construe themselves and their relationships to others.
'While European American parents give their children wings to fly on their own, Asian American parents provide a constant wind beneath their children's wings,' wrote Fu, a doctoral student in psychology and the lead author of the study, and Markus, a professor of psychology.
The debate was sparked in 2011, when Yale law Professor Amy Chua provoked a cultural clash with a Wall Street Journal article, 'Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,' that advocated a strict approach – 'tiger parenting' – common in East Asia.