In late 2010, Yale law professor Amy Chua published a seminal, controversial article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” In the article, Professor Chua described some rather draconian techniques that she employed to raise her children. She wrote of a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games, and hours of music practice. That was just the start. For a glimpse into such macabre childrearing, the reading public sent the article into viral territory immediately, after which the spears flew at Professor Chua for her seeming cruelty. As the child of Chinese immigrant parents myself, I objected, but only to the degree to which she took her techniques. I believe she ...

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