Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 54762
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1/7     Are you from a family of Mormons, Cuban exiles, Nigerian Americans,
        Indian Americans, Chinese Americans, American Jews, Iranian Americans
        or Lebanese Americans?
        http://www.csua.org/u/123d (shine.yahoo.com)
        \_ Somehow she misssed WASP Episcopalians.
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www.csua.org/u/123d -> shine.yahoo.com/parenting/tiger-mom-39-book-stirs-culture-wars-195300564.html
Tiger Mom," the Yale professor who brought us the most buzzy and controversial child-rearing philosophy since helicoptering and attachment parenting? Well, now the ire-raising author of "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," Amy Chua, who argued that strict, Chinese-style moms are best, is back -- and likely to raise even more hackles this time around. The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America," deems eight cultural groups here superior to others. And, though the book is not due out until February, Twitter criticisms are already flying, with many calling Chua "racist" and a self-promoter. More on Shine: Why Helicopter Moms Might Get the Last Laugh But the reality, notes the book, co-written by Chua's husband and fellow Yale professor Jed Rubenfeld, is that "uncomfortable as it may be to talk about," some "religious, ethnic, and national-origin groups are starkly more successful than others." Those groups, according to the authors, are Mormons, Cuban exiles, Nigerian Americans, Indian Americans, Chinese Americans, American Jews, Iranian Americans and Lebanese Americans. And the reasons they excel, the book declares, is because of a basic "triple package" formula: a superiority complex, insecurity, and impulse control. Publishers Weekly review calls the book a "comprehensive, lucid psychological study," which balances its findings with the downsides of the "triple package." And the authors address cultural stereotyping early on in the book, explaining, "Throughout this book, we will never make a statement about any group's economic performance or predominant cultural attitudes unless it is backed up by solid evidence, whether empirical, historical, or sociological. But when there are differences between groups, we will come out and say so." They add, "Group generalizations turn into invidious stereotypes when they're false, hateful, or assumed to be true of every group member. and assume that the authors' intentions are primarily meant to enhance marketing and publicity for their book." He adds, "The self-serving nature of the argument does seem to reveal the authors' own senses of superiority and insecurity, but not so much their impulse control." And Ed Liebow, executive director of the American Anthropological Association, tells Yahoo Shine, "To generalize about some common characteristics is not a very productive way to talk about culture." Though he has not yet read the book, he adds, "I find it very troubling. As anthropologists, we have always avoided value judgments, or the idea that one cultural group is more exceptional than another." January 6, 2014 Some choice phrases on Twitter: "racist," "awful," "racist psychopath," "idiot," "nonsense," "race baiting clap trap" and, finally, from the political organization MOMocrats, "Amy Chua trolls us all for college tuition for child number two/book number two. Race Files blogger Soya Jung about the book's subtitle and marketing. Jung says she hasn't read the book and doesn't intend to, explaining, "My main problem with this is that it ignores the history of race in America," particularly when it comes to that of black Americans. Kenton Ngo, meanwhile, blogs, "It's too simplistic to read Chua's thesis as a form of racism. The worst part about this sordid saga is that both of them are tenured law professors at Yale. If anything exposes the dark, seedy underbelly of the elite views of their own superiority, it's that the people teaching future white-shoe lawyers and M&A sharks genuinely believe that some ethnic groups are simply not cut out for life. Chua and Rubenfeld have not yet responded to the wave of criticism. But if the book's narrative is any indication, it won't be taken to heart. "Scorn," the duo writes in Chapter 4, "is a legendary motivator."