When Amy Chua published a list of things her children “were never allowed to do” growing up, including “attend a sleepover,” “watch TV or play computer games,” and “get any grade less than an A,” in The Wall Street Journal on January 8, the Yale Law professor and author ignited a firestorm of controversy from bloggers, newspaper columnists and, of course, parents across the country. The rules were excerpted from her forthcoming book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” which describes her journey as a Chinese-American mother.
The responses to Chua’s article have been so vitriolic that The Journal even published a follow-up piece with Chua responding to readers’ questions. Additionally, as noted on ABC News, the original Journal column might have highlighted only one piece of Chua’s parenting philosophy:
“I was very surprised,” she told the Chronicle’s Jeff Yang. “They didn’t even hint that the book is about a journey, and that the person at beginning of the book is different from the person at the end — that I get my comeuppance and retreat from this very strict Chinese parenting model.”