Tiger Mom’s New Book Sparks Controversy

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Tiger Mom is roaring again.

In 2011, Yale Law professor Amy Chua – dubbed as “Tiger Mom” – caused a stir with a Wall Street Journal article titled Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior, describing her strict methods of parenting. Chua said her daughter are “never allowed” to partake in activities such as sleepovers, playdates, watching television, achieving grades less than an A, and so on.

Chua is attracting controversy once again, this time over her claims that some ethnic and religious groups are inherently more likely to succeed because of three specific traits.

In a review for her new book, The Triple Package, New York Post outlines some of the book’s content. Accordingly, Chua (of Chinese origin) and her co-author, husband Jed Rubenfeld (who is Jewish), argue that that eight groups are “just superior to others and everyone else is contributing to the downfall of America.” These “superior” groups are:

  • Jewish
  • Indian
  • Chinese
  • Iranian
  • Lebanese-Americans
  • Nigerians
  • Cuban exiles
  • Mormons

“That certain groups do much better in America than others — as measured by income, occupational status, test scores, and so on — is difficult to talk about. In large part, this is because the topic feels so racially charged,” the husband-wife team write in their book‘s introduction.

However, they go on to argue that “the Triple Package is accessible to anyone.” They go on to say: “It’s a set of values and beliefs, habits and practices, that individuals from any background can make a part of their lives or their children’s lives, enabling them to pursue success as they define it.”

The Post’s review immediately sparked online backlash directed at Chua.

“Tiger Mom is back with despicable new theory about racial superiority,” read one headline.

And here are some tweets in reaction to Chua’s new book:

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But Chua’s publisher, Penguin Press, released a statement with praise and support for the book.

“We are proud to be publishing ‘The Triple Package’ in February and we look forward to a thoughtful discussion about the book and success in America,” the statement read.

What do you think of Tiger Mom’s new theories? Racist or spot on?

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