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More responses to Amy Chua's 'Tiger Mother'



Seemingly everyone has an opinion about Amy Chua's "Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother" (originally discussed here). Here are a few more excerpts that didn't make it into our original article:

“… That straight-talking philosophy is something I value, and struggle with daily in raising my own young children. … No, what disturbs me most is that Chua … would so earnestly believe in this parenting style, and continue to cling to it for nearly the entirety of her daughters' childhoods, even when her own immigrant parents beg her to stop.” Grace Hwang Lynch,, Jan. 14

“In a world where our children are increasingly victims of a culture of perfectionism, celebrating a memoir of parenting that harshly judges any parents who don't push their children in the same way that Chua did, and that suggests that extreme parental harshness is the key to any child's success, is dangerous.” Joanne Bamberger,, Jan. 17

“I admit it: Having you as a mother was no tea party. There were some play dates I wish I’d gone to and some piano camps I wish I’d skipped. But now that I’m 18 and about to leave the tiger den, I’m glad you and Daddy raised me the way you did.” Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, New York Post, Jan. 17

“I’m not against the way Chua pushes her daughters. And I loved her book as a courageous and thought-provoking read. … I just wish she wasn’t so soft and indulgent. I wish she recognized that in some important ways the school cafeteria is more intellectually demanding than the library.” David Brooks, New York Times, Jan. 17.

“Ultimately, the book capitalizes on way too many mass-anxiety-points to seem genuine: no one worries about anything more than their kids’ futures, which we all know are doomed because of the crappy education system + the Rise of China + the Impending Fall of the American Empire + now us and our wrong ideas about parenting. Buy me! Chua's book says. Do not abandon your child to the whims of fate!” Macy Halford, Book Bench blog at the New Yorker, Jan. 14


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