Amy Chua, known to many as Tiger Mom, was determined that her two American-born daughters would grow up as she had: speaking Chinese. How else could they appreciate their heritage?
Amy’s parents, who immigrated to the US in the 1960s, inculcated in their children many of the values from their homeland. In some surprising ways that Amy describes in this episode, these same values led Amy to become both a participant in America’s democracy and a concerned observer of it.
DISCOVERING HOW ‘BILINGUALISM’ AND ‘AMERICAN’ CAN CONNECT
As an author, Amy is best known for her Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, the international bestseller that has become a parenting meme. But her five other books are very different from this one, which, as you’ll hear in this episode, Amy wrote when her own parenting was in a state of whipsaw.
Four of the books are the kind of deeply researched, thoughtful treatises on societal phenomena that you would expect from a Yale law professor, Amy’s career path for the past 20-odd years. She and Steve have their own thoughtful discussions on the two most recent ones in this episode: The Triple Package and Political Tribes.