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Tiger Mother, Major Controversy

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 4:15 pm in Parenting Issues.

Amy Chua (AP Photo/(CC) Larry D. Moore)  Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock – or vacationing somewhere really  remote – you’ve been hearing the froth of consternation about Amy Chua (pictured) and her book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” The book, by Yale Law professor and El Cerrito High alum Chua, has definitely touched a nerve. The Wall Street Journal got more than 5,000 comments from irate and impassioned readers after Chua was featured. She’s on the cover of Time, the New York Times has editorialized on the topic (David Brooks called her a wimp.), and bloggers everywhere have weighed in. Meanwhile on Amazon,  readers are overwhelmingly giving Chua’s book one or  five stars  – and virtually nothing in between.

But I’m loving this witty and wise rant by my colleague Tony Hicks, who says it’s the first book that has ever made his heart churn, beginning with the section in which Chua buys a dog and tries to turn even the puppy  into a super achiever. “That’s when my chest started to hurt,” he says. “It didn’t get any better when I read the part about her throwing back the homemade birthday cards her daughters made her, and demanding they make better ones.”

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