Amy Chua Clears Up “Tiger Mother” Misconceptions

February 10th, 2011, by

When The Wall Street Journal slapped the “Why Chinese Mother’s are Superior” headline on an excerpt of Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, it sparked a national controversy about parenting that took Chua by surprise.

The problem with the subsequent controversy and hate mail that the Yale Law professor received is that it was not reflective of what she had originally written.

As Chua states in her conversation with Tavis tonight, her book is a memoir, not a parenting guide. The author goes on to say that she feels she “got caught in this amazing perfect storm,” which is partially fueled by every mom or dad’s concern with being a good parent as well as Americans’ growing fear of a rising China.

Watch the clip below, where Chua talks about the pressures she felt while raising her two daughters, and tune in to the full conversation tonight, when she clears up all of the misconceptions surrounding her book.


Last modified: April 26, 2011 at 11:16 am