One of the most popular blog posts I have ever written was my response to Amy Chua’s essay in the Wall Street Journal, which was a teaser for her upcoming book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. You can read my post yourself, but I shared that in my personal experience as a product of the “Tiger Mother” methodology, there are some dire consequences that go unnoticed until children grow into adulthood. While I was pretty even-handed in my approach (at least in my own eyes, which probably means very little), I do admit that I have always felt a little uncomfortable with my piece because I had written it prior to reading Ms. Chua’s book. My response was based solely on the excerpt that was printed in the WSJ. And given that the excerpt was designed to drum up interest in her soon-to-be-released book, that’s not really fair. So I do apologize, and feel badly for that.
But after two years, I have finally gotten around to finishing her book and would like to rectify my previous error by posting some additional thoughts, this time based on a fuller reading of her memoir. And here’s what I think now: