Is Jackie Chan the Tiger Dad?

by doorhalfopen

I came across this article about how Jackie Chan will be donating all his money to charity when he passes away. That’s great and not something I see a lot of Chinese celebrities do, so I’m happy to see it. Then Jackie starts to talk about how he is leaving none of it to his son, and I was no longer sure how to react.

Chan, who already willed half his fortune to charity, expressed Thursday that his son will get nothing after he passes away.
“If he is capable, he can make his own money.
“If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money,” said Chan.
Although the younger Chan received an award that night, his father was still not satisfied and regretted not pushing him to greater heights.
“I really regret not sending him into the army in the past, to give him more experience and temper his character,” the 56-year-old star said.

Of course, this is most likely a result of the media giving it more emphasis than necessary, but considering how much attention Amy Chua got as Tiger Mom, it’s interesting to see an Asian celebrity dad call out his celebrity son like that. Personally, since I grew up in the US with relatively open-minded parents, I really don’t support this method of parenting. I just don’t see how telling someone they’re never good enough would inspire them. That’s definitely not how I get inspired.

On the other hand, I also am not a big fan of inheritance, so I understand his reasoning. Why should Jaycee Chan just be handed money? His dad was a rags-to-riches story. Jackie Chan has no reason to leave money for his son. I was just surprised at how harsh he was to Jaycee in public.

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