Amy Chua, whose reputation as the iron-fisted “Tiger Mom” ignited a global parenting debate, is back in the news, stirring the ethnic pot this time. After publishing her 2011 parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Chua has put out another book – a despicable new theory about racial superiority, says the New York Post on Jan. 4.
The Tiger Mom’s recent offering, “The Triple Package,” claims some ethnic and religious groups are inherently more likely to succeed because of three specific traits. Essentially, that is the politically correct way of saying what Chua so ineloquently puts forth in her book – that a specific concoction makes some of us racially superior. Chua says "culturally," but the inference is clear.
Chua claims that eight specific groups of people – Jews, Indians, Chinese, Iranians, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians, Cuban exiles and Mormons – are driven by the “triple package” of traits that allow them to succeed while the rest of us languish in middle-income hell.
“The Triple Package” has already dropped into the cross-hairs on social media, sparking widespread rebuke after an early review by the New York Post claims the book uses "some specious states and anecdotal evidence" to argue that these eight specific groups are "just superior to others and everyone else is contributing to the downfall of America."
Chua is a Chinese American law professor at Yale. She co-wrote the book with her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, who is Jewish. Coincidentally, the two authors belong to the “superior” groups of man.
The so-called “triple package” of qualities that sets them apart? A superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control. In her book, Chua teaches how to harness these seemingly negative qualities to one’s material benefit.
“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. In large part, this is because the topic feels so racially charged,” the intro to the book states.
That would be because it is racially charged.
The triple package is a “set of values and beliefs, habits and practices, that individuals from any background can make a part of their lives or their children's lives, enabling them to pursue success as they define it.”
Salon.com rips into Chua:
"Yale Law professor Amy Chua, who would live in obscurity among the general public if it weren’t for her persona as the disgustingly smug Tiger Mom, is trolling America with yet another personal rant about her cultural superiority.
Two years after releasing “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” a great step-by-step manual for parents who want to systematically weed out any genuine interest or passion for life that their children might innately have, Chua is releasing a book co-written with fellow Yale professor and husband Jed Rubenfeld called, “The Triple Package.”