Controversial 'Tiger Mom' back with list of superior culture groups
Published Monday, January 6, 2014 11:06AM EST
Controversial author and self-proclaimed "Tiger Mom," Amy Chua has co-authored a new book that claims that there are some cultural groups that are more successful than others.
In "The Triple Package," Chua and her husband Jed Rubenfeld argue that there are eight distinct cultural groups that fare better in the U.S., because they successfully balance three critical character traits: a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control.
According to the authors, these eight groups are:
- Cuban exiles
In the book’s description on Amazon.com, the so-called "triple package" is broken down as follows:
Chua and Rubenfeld argue that while Americans are taught to believe that everyone is equal, "remarkably, all of America’s most successful groups believe (even if they don’t say so aloud) that they’re exceptional, chosen, superior in some way."
While having confidence is one part of the package, it is also vital to have a sense of inadequacy so that you are constantly striving for more, argue the authors. "In all of America’s most successful groups, people tend to feel insecure, inadequate, that they have to prove themselves."
The third part of the triple-package requires being able to show discipline and "impulse control," Chua and Rubenfeld say. This runs contrary to current American culture, which spreads a message of "immediate gratification" and "living for the moment," they argue.
The authors recognize that their argument, based on what the book's publishers describe as "groundbreaking original research and startling statistics," is controversial.
"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," Chua and Rubenfeld write. "In large part, this is because the topic feels so racially charged."
Unsurprisingly, the book -- which goes on sale in February -- has garnered negative attention.
Over the weekend The New York Post wrote that the book is "a series of shock-arguments wrapped in self-help tropes, and it’s meant to do what racist arguments do: scare people."
Twitter users have slammed the theory put forth by Chua and her husband.
You guys, I'm actually happy Amy Chua is letting it be known she's so awful. People swore by Tiger Mom but she's just a racist!— Samhita Mukhopadhyay (@TheSamhita) January 4, 2014
Gonna go out on a naming/shaming limb here but Amy Chua = flat-out sociopath— Roopika Risam (@roopikarisam) January 4, 2014
Chua, who is a Yale Law professor, is no stranger to controversy. Her 2011 book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom" outlined her parenting style, which she says is typical of many Asian parents.
She proudly outlines a list of rules she sets for her two daughters, which include: never attending a sleepover, never being in a school play, never watching TV or playing computer games and never getting any grade less than an A.
She credits much of her daughters' success to her strict rules.