Stolen Youth

In East Asian culture, amidst a multitude of virtues, filial piety stands as the foremost importance. The concept of filial piety, deeply rooted in Confucianism, is often upheld by tiger parents as a guiding principle in the upbringing and education of their offspring. Any expression of independence or assertiveness by children is deemed disrespectful and insubordinate since it runs counter to parental expectations as emphasized by the philosophy of filial piety. Consequently, the children of tiger parents are practically left with no choice: either comply with a predetermined trajectory dictated by parents or endure social censure as recalcitrant kids.

Study finds that the lingering effects of childhood psychological trauma resulting from authoritarian parenting practices may accompany individuals into adulthood and persist throughout their entire lifespan. Every parent harbors the aspiration for the absolute best for their kids; nevertheless, the precise determination of what constitutes the notion of “the best” remains a topic of controversy.

Stolen Youth deals with a sense of loss, vulnerability, anxiety, and disconnection of people from different walks of life, as consequences caused by the manipulative parenting method. Additionally, this body of work also voices the inner sentiments of children who are grudgingly traversing the path of fulfilling their parents’ lofty dreams.

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