Recommended: Putting the “Tiger Mother” in Perspective

This week’s issue of The New Yorker includes a sage analysis of Amy Chua’s controversial and, in my opinion, overrated Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. After reading the same excerpt everybody else did in The Wall Street Journal, I bathed briefly in self-indulgence, wishing my own non-Chinese mother had taken a few tips from Chua. I tend to lean toward the opinion that borderline child abuse is a small price to pay for academic excellence :-). But truth be told, my mom is perfect. And TNY sums it up perfectly: “Imagine your most self-congratulatory friend holding forth for two hours about her kids’ triumphs, and you’ve more or less got the narrative.” Touché.

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