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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.

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