January 27, 2014

The End of Childhood in Asia

Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

The freedom and innocence of youth has been cruelly foreshortened by the imperative to train early -- through a joyless regime of coaching classes and entrance exams enforced by tiger moms, dragon teachers and other fierce taskmasters. Many among the striving young then find that success is not guaranteed in the scramble for skills and jobs in an unforgiving new world, where whatever comparative advantage one may have always seems to be slipping away.

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TAGGED: Children, Childhood, China, Tiger Moms, Japan, Asia


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