I initially didn’t want to write something about this. But Amy Chua’s claim that she was just “joking” and that her "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" op-ed was taken “out of context” made me realize that all she’s doing is manipulating the childhood trauma and model minority stereotypes of Asian-Americans just to hawk her book. My response to her in the Boston Globe.
"There are a lot of questions to be asked about Amy Chua’s now-infamous op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Does she really call her children garbage in public? Does she really force them to perfect a piano piece before letting them go to the bathroom? And most of all, does she really think that her style of parenting is something for other parents to emulate?
But here’s the first question you should ask: Without the buzz created by the provocative op-ed, what are the chances that a memoir about Asian-American parenting from a relatively unknown author would make it onto any bestseller list?”