Sunday, January 05, 2014

Tiger Mom has new book

I posted about Tiger Mom Amy Chua 3 years ago (also here, here, and here). Now she has another book on why Chinese and Jewish parents like herself and her husband are superior:
It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. ...

• Americans are taught that everyone is equal, that no group is superior to another. But 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.

• Americans are taught that self-esteem—feeling good about yourself—is the key to a successful life. But in all of America’s most successful groups, people tend to feel insecure, inadequate, that they have to prove themselves.

• America today spreads a message of immediate gratification, living for the moment. But all of America’s most successful groups cultivate heightened discipline and impulse control.
Some ethnic groups do better than others. If she is right, then you should be able to teach those values to your kids and have them do better. I doubt it, but I haven't read the book and I don't know.

Update: Chua is getting publicity like this:
"Tiger Mom" Amy Chua is known for claiming that Chinese women make the best mothers, but now she and her husband say that some groups are just plain better than others.

She’s doubling down.
And this:
She gained notoriety in 2011 as the uncompromising 'Tiger Mom' - boastful that Chinese mothers make better parents and ultimately have more successful children.

Now though, Amy Chua, 51, has inspired the fury of the public on Twitter with her new controversial theory that some races and religions are just superior to everyone else.

Dubbed 'simply racist' by one commentor on Twitter, another pulled no punches and called her a 'full blown eugenics pushing racist!'
Maybe she is right that some ethnic groups are better, but I don't know how she separates nature and nurture. My guess is that her book tells a log about what Chinese and Jews believe, but not so much about Mormons and other groups,

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Asian women and Jewish men seem to be the new masterrace.

Asian women are definitely the best wives.

John Aimone said...

Its not the groups' values, its the group that is here represents the population that was brave and motivated enough to come here.

She included "mormons" as a group with values and it is true that their values are family oriented but these values are not taught. These values are inspired by a faith that is central in their lives and community. Many people abandon "mormonism" and mormons are not innovators but they are hard workers.

The other groups are a hodge podge of people who are basically motivated first and 2nd generation immigrants with the exception of jews who are like mormons too small a minority to really focus on. You might as well focus on Presbyterians who are wealthier and more educated than average christians.

Indian
Chinese
Iranian
Lebanese-Americans
Nigerians
Cuban exiles

Tiger mom is brilliant at making headlines and money though.

George said...

Her book does seem carefully calculated to generate publicity to increase sales, without being too offensive about racial and ethnic stereotypes.

lisa said...

I think its more clever than that. Its definitely racist but its racist towards the majority which makes it okay.