Year of the Tigress

Amy Chua's paean to 'Chinese' mothers has drawn a rickshawload of negative comments.

I'm happy to join the fray. I don't care for how the American-born Chua uses (misuses?) her ethnic heritage to make a case for ruthless parenting practices in the name of art and academics. Some of her essay may, indeed, be tongue-in-cheek, but Amy (pictured) comes across as just another western-style stage mother; a hyper-ambitious and elitist one at that.

It'd be telling to see this feminist's reaction if one of her daughters decided her dream was to be, not a scientist or judge, but a laid-back, stay-at-home(schooling) suburban mom. Would Ms. Yale Law Professor be furious? Crushed? Overjoyed?

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