January 6th, 2014
10:21 AM ET

"Tiger Mom's" New Book: Some Cultural Groups are Superior to Others

A controversial new book by "Tiger Mom" Amy Chua, says some cultural groups are superior to others.

Chua highlights Jewish, Indian, Chinese, Iranian, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians, Cuban exiles and Mormons and says they have three qualities that set them apart.

On Amazon, the write up for the book says, "A superiority complex, insecurity, impulse control—these are the elements of the Triple Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success."

Political commentators Marc Lamont Hill and Will Cain weighed in on "New Day" Monday.

Cain told CNN's Chris Cuomo , "We have, throughout history, said certain cultures are better at certain things... we do this correlation all day, I don't understand the controversy here."

Hill weighed in as well but took the opposite view saying: "She's not saying certain groups are better at certain things. She's saying certain groups are better at life, which is a whole different kind of argument."


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  1. troy

    She's entitled to her opinion and I'm entitled to disregard it. Case closed.

    February 4, 2014 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • moli

      Most of Asia family pay most of the attention to their children's education which is good, but we should not kill children's creativities. Just like each of child has different talent, US education and Chinese education have their own unique view, so we should try to combine the best parts of these two cultures. The book, The Chinese-American Method-Raising Our Children with Best of Booth World(by Dr. John Wang, at amazon.com, and barnesandnobles.com)) has many interesting points and stories, and discussed how to raising our children. It lead us to think it over.

      March 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  2. michael

    This woman is an irritating combination of arrogant and racist. Maybe the United States should stop giving away college seats to foreign students who are displacing American's out of a college education, and also displacing Americans in high paying American jobs. Maybe we should limit immigration for a while until all Americans who need a job and a college education can have one, this would be the same immigration policies then as Canada, France, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, etc., all these countries and many more ensure that jobs and college education first goes to their citizens. I'd like to see this arrogant woman move back to her home country, her dissing of Americans is gross after this country has provided her with a Harvard Education, riches and college professor job (displacing Americans).

    January 12, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  3. Vic

    I think that she could make a better argument by saying that those groups are better at achieving the American Dream than others, the dream being financial success and security for their families because of a strong work ethic, ingenuity and impulse control. Superior? That's a word I have a problem with.

    January 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  4. jerry

    It goes to show you how brainwashed this Chinese dissident is, that no Europeans, or people of European heritage, made the list, after all, they civilized and industrialized the world, created a platform for universities, to launch all major science and medicine advances, and in doing so set the high standards that we all live in. They were so superior in fact, that laws had to be made to accept the backwardness of other races.

    January 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  5. CrucialDebtCrusher (The CDC)

    Tiger Mom knows what to say to sell a book. She's chosen to be a permanent borderline racist. She's the new bell curve. She discounts how others view your culture and places all of the onus on how your own culture perceives itself. It's illogical and asinine.

    January 9, 2014 at 11:56 am | Reply
  6. Dan

    Great discussion. I agree with Amy 100%. The first generation of immigrants work like dogs to get ahead. The second generation get the PhDs. The third generation turn into punks.

    January 7, 2014 at 9:21 am | Reply
  7. Jason

    Well she is right about those groups having a superiority complex. Speak to any Indian, Chinese, Nigerian, or Iranian and you will quickly agree that each group identifies as being superior to all others.

    January 6, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Reply
    • Susan

      Does Chau see how silly her statements are? She says that before the 1960s Americans used to have the Triple Package , one component of which is a sense of superiority. If we still thought that way, then Chau would not have been allowed to immigrate here in the first place.

      Chau has benefitted from our political stability, our free and open society, and our free market economy. Yet she spits in the face of the people who created it. Ingrate.

      January 24, 2014 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  8. Andrew Gonzalez, MD JD MPH (Black)

    Why are the Koreans, Taiwanese, and Japanese lacking in the cultural superiority group? What is it about being Indian that make them have more of a superiority complex, insecurity, and impulse control compared to Pakistanis and Bangladeshis?

    January 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  9. Jack Rheinhard

    She should also mention Chinese cant drive their men are useless in bed that's why she married a jew with yellow fever.Sweeping generalizations about races begin in the home so your parents must be racist little unattractive people quite common amongst the chinese race.

    January 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  10. Jaks

    Why is she being attacked? For telling the truth to the PC police.

    January 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  11. Dom Di Stroia

    How does Mrs. Chua judge "superiority"?

    January 6, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  12. jintzu

    Please note.... Amy Chua, Amy Tan, and Michelle Malkin DO NOT represent Asians or Asian Americans. They are crazies off on their own, who a segment of American consumers love to soak up out of ego. These three clowns basically internalize whatever their white spouses have imparted onto them and DO NOT represent anyone else.

    January 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  13. Hawaiian2Na

    I love how she specifically left out Koreans, Vietnamese, and especially the Japanese. Very Han of her...

    January 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  14. Tatjana

    Although this woman has some interesting points that are worth considering, overall, I am going to have to lean towards my ultimate conclusion, that she needs professional help, of the psychological kind. I could go on at length as to how her theories are flawed (not to be confused with wrong, she might not be entirely wrong), but I will leave it at this: I am a scientist, as such, I follow the great scientific discoveries. Although there are many, many Chinese and Indians in science, interestingly, they are not the most successful scientist. In fact, just take a look at the list of Nobel Prize winners in Physiology and Medicine. Better yet, look at the overall list by country. Considering the size of Chinese and Indian populations you could potentially conclude, there is not much greatness there. You could argue that the Nobel Prize is a western form of measurement, but since Chua is measuring effects of Chinese education in a western society it seems fair to use a western measuring stick. From observations in my field, rigorous education is extremely important (points to Chua) but some flexibility of mind, and yes, impulse, is ultimately what sends some into true greatness.

    January 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  15. Onoriode Cecil Omiragua

    That is absolutely true, thank you Madam writer for making the world know as some cabals may claim ignorance of this while it remains the Gospel truth from ages.

    January 6, 2014 at 10:40 am | Reply

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