‘Tiger Mom’ Amy Chua Denies Being Racist After Listing ‘Superior’ Groups In New Book
“Tiger Mom” Amy Chua has denied being racist despite promoting a new book that lists Chinese-Americans and Cubans among the seven most “superior” groups. The author co-wrote her latest book with her husband Jed Rubenfeld, entitled The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, which argues that certain groups do better than others in America. The seven groups are Cubans, Nigerians, Jews, Mormons, Indians, Lebanese, and Chinese-Americans.
In the book, Chua and Rubenfeld argue that these groups succeed because of three key characteristics. a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control. However, they did not believe the book had any racist intent.
“The focus on groups is what’s making everybody so upset. The groups actually change over time. The groups successful today won’t be 10 years from now,” said Chua while appearing on TODAY. “Our book is the polar opposite of racist… (it) is written to prove that what propels success has nothing to do with race. It’s not innate, it’s not biological; it comes down to three qualities that are open to anyone of any background.”
Chua previously made headlines for her 2011 book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, in which she argued that the traditional Chinese style of parenting was superior in preparing kids for the future. She revealed in the book that she chose the extracurricular activities of her daughters, never let them attend sleepovers and wouldn’t accept grades below an A.