Our cover story on Asian kids being pushed to succeed sparked some thoughtful mail on parental pressure, and how the urge to make our children excel stems from religion, culture and history

Re "Asia's Overscheduled Kids" [March 27]: In Hindu mythology there are three goddesses of power. Durga represents physical power and courage, Lakshmi the power of wealth and Saraswati the power of knowledge. In the present context, you could say Saraswati occupies the commanding seat. Asia is emerging as a new power center, so it is natural for the continent's youth to focus on academic...

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