According to one study, Chinese American parents emphasised the importance of academic success a lot more than American parents did. Chinese parents expect their children to excel academically because they consider academic achievement to be the best pathway leading to career achievement, financial success, and increased socioeconomic status, a part of tiger parenting.
From the seventh century until 1905, examinations were used as the sole criterion for selection of officials in the Chinese civil service. Examinations still remain the primary path of upward mobility in contemporary China. This explains the extent to which Chinese parents are willing to push their children to achieve academic success ().
In China, students tend to believe that professional success is something that can be attained through hard work, and is not limited by innate ability. Given this cultural belief, Chinese parents feel that pushing their children to work harder is worth it in the end: if the students work hard, they can become as successful as they want to be ().