Author: Amy Chua
What’s it about? Amy Chua describes the strict disciplined methods she used to shape her two daughters into accomplished Chinese-American musicians and students. Persistent criticism, narrow-minded outbursts and manipulative tactics were the norm in this toxic family environment. A rebellious younger daughter pushes back, forcing Chua to double down on her methods. Includes many insulting stereotypes of other parenting styles, declaring her altered version of the Chinese method superior.
How did you hear about it? A book club selection
Closing comments: This book received a great deal of attention when it was first published in 2011. While Chua fully admits to making mistakes along the way, she clearly believes her method is the best and shows little respect for other cultures.
A 2014 article from The Guardian, “The truth about the Tiger Mother’s family” takes a closer look at Chua a few years later.
She and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld are law professors at Yale and have since co-written a new book (2014), The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, a look at why certain groups in America do better than others (check it out here).
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