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Yu Ye’s PhoenixWeekly article on Chinese parents’ heightened anxieties and extreme competitiveness in child-rearing matters spread like wildfire online. It must have struck a chord with people. In discussions of the article on the Chinese question-and-answer forum Zhihu, people mostly agreed that the article accurately described the current state of parenthood in China but believed the author could have used better examples to portray the phenomenon. Yu’s analysis buys into the cliché of the Chinese “tiger mom,” but even some Western parents might find the depictions of parental competitiveness vaguely familiar. getAbstract recommends this article to sociologists, economists, parents and parents-to-be.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Chinese parents feel anxious about raising children and
  • How China’s middle-class hierarchy affects parental decisions.

About the Author

Yu Ye is a writer for Phoenix Weekly, which covers politics, current affairs, finance, business, social issues and culture.  



China’s middle-class parents as well as expectant parents live in a state of constant anxiety. Many people in the country’s highly competitive environment have subscribed to the idea that “if you aren’t moving forward, you are falling behind.” The sentiment magnifies when it comes to child-rearing: Parents move heaven and earth to give their kids a head start in life.

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