Author Jie-Song Zhang Calls Out “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua

Amy Chua, everyone’s favorite “Tiger Mom,” has received nothing but backlash upon the publication of her newest book, The Triple Package –– and rightfully so.

The Chinese American law professor outdid herself with yet another controversial work –– one in which she acknowledges that some races are superior than others. Online publications and morning talk shows have acknowledged Chua’s blatant racism, and Facebook friends have posted links to articles with captions like “WTF is she thinking?!”

But few have delved into the book itself and emerged with other various reasons why The Triple Package –– and Chua, for that matter –– is problematic. Huffington Post writer and author Jie-Song Zhang took to his blog in a post titled “Tiger Mom vs. Brooklyn Dragon: I Hereby Challenge Amy Chua to a Barefist Kung Fu Duel.”

“Tell me how you want it, Chua,” Zhang writes. “We could match fists across the rooftops of a small rural village, the shadow outlines of our battle poses stitched across the cold black fabric of night…We could get down in Chinatown at the corner of Mott and Bayard, with a gathered crowd of elderly Chinese men, all of them squatting and smoking cigarettes as they watch us. Whatever you want to do.”

Zhang writes that by penning controversial statements in regards to Chinese superiority as a public figure, Chua is only increasing anti-Chinese, and therefore, anti-Asian sentiment. It’s not Chua everyone will end up criticizing, but all Asian Americans. As if there wasn’t already a wedge driven between American communities.

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As for her book, Zhang criticizes the standards by which Chua measures the value of communities –– through income and test scores –– calling it “simple-minded.”

“…our nation, and the world, might come to intuitively understand that it can only be in the recognition of our great common cause, in the joining together of our individual strengths, and in the sharing of our collective responsibilities that we will pass through honorably to the next stage of humankind,” Zhang concludes.

CONTROVERSY ALERT: Tiger Mom Claims “Some Races Are Superior”

Amy Chua is no stranger to controversy. In 2011, she gained the nickname “Tiger Mom” through her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother which advocated for a strict “Chinese” parenting style as well her belief that Chinese mothers are superior.

Now, she’s making headlines once again by taking that belief one step further.

Chua, a Chinese American law professor at Yale, joins forces with husband Jed Rubenfeld to write The Triple Package. The point of this book? To prove that certain groups of people are superior because they have innate qualities that make them more likely to succeed in life.

The Triple Package lists these groups as most likely to succeed in America: Jewish, Indian, Chinese, Iranian, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians, Cuban exiles and Mormons. As the title indicates, the duo believe that these cultural groups have three traits in common which make them inherently more superior than others: a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control.

“Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success,” the authors write. “Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all.”

According to NYDailyNews, the book also explains why some cultural groups, including African Americans, “might not have what it takes to reach the top.”

The authors seem to recognize that they are making rather controversial claims, but are standing by their work. The books publisher, Penguin Press, released a statement yesterday in support of The Triple Package.

“We are proud to be publishing ‘The Triple Package’ in February and we look forward to a thoughtful discussion about the book and success in America,” the statement read.

Although the book will not hit shelves until February, it has already gathered a handful of criticism (for obvious reasons) from critics and public alike.

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