On January 8, 2011, the Wall Street
Journal published an article by Yale law professor Amy Chua titled, “Why Chinese
Mothers Are Superior.” The piece was provocative; indeed, much more so than the book from
which it was excerpted. Reactions to it quickly filled up other newspapers’ columns, blogs, and Twitter and
Facebook feeds. The article quickly became one of the newspaper’s most-read for 2011. Its
meme—the notion of a Tiger Mother—endured throughout the year and, I suspect, beyond.
In the predigital era, Chua’s piece would likely have gained the attention of other newspapers, which would have republished it. Its ideas certainly would have generated discussion. But the process would have been slow. If you had wanted ...
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