Parents' Guide to

Raising Asia

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fame-hungry family's "reality" feels forced and forgettable.

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age 10+

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age 10+

Sad parenting

It's painful to watch. This will be the last segment I view. The fighting amongst the all important adults clinging to the "Asia wanna be mealticket" is extremely low class.. She's a cute little girl but aside from brash self-confidence and conceit, I question whether she's getting the hard core professional vocal and dance training she desperately needs. Truer stage parents I've yet to see. Most embarrassing. getting the guidance one so young needs to "make it". The father, Shawn, is an embarrassment and the crew is simply silly. I wish her luck. She's got an uphill climb. Possibly much addo about nothing

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By now, we've accepted the fact that most "reality" series are anything but -- although that doesn't make Raising Asia's self-absorbed cast any less tiresome. From a cocky child who declares that all her male backup dancers must have six-packs to parents who have no problems with their 8-year-old smacking adult dancers' abs with a whip, the Rays, as a whole, are role models you can really live without. You have to wonder, too, whether they'll eventually look back on the show with a sense of shame or pride.

For families with young children -- particularly little girls with an interest in dance -- the most troubling aspect of Raising Asia is the family's comfort level with marketing their 8-year-old as a fully mature woman, complete with body-conscious outfits and sexually charged choreography that, by Asia's own simplistic descriptions, it's clear she doesn't fully understand. The Rays' goal is to make Asia into a mega-star, but is fame really worth the cost of what they're losing in the process?

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