An excerpt from Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother unleashed a firestorm of controversy across the country when it was published in the Wall Street Journal in January.
In depicting her parenting style throughout Tiger Mother, Chua does come through as a tough, controlling mom, and in many instances, she makes no attempt to present herself as a likable character.
Lulu and Sophia, Chua’s more compliant daughter, often bring their mom back from the “la la land” of idealized perfection in Tiger Mother.
In a stop on a hybrid book tour-PR campaign, Chua noted that the most outrageous portions of Tiger Mother had already appeared in the Journal.
Behind the satire of Tiger Mother, there lies a careful conception of the familial good life.