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Art of the Tiger Mother: Five spoofs, rap song included

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It's been more than two weeks now since author Amy Chua's essay titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" appeared in the Wall Street Journal, prompting an uncountable number of news stories, columns, blog posts, essays and assorted reflections on the take that Chua, author of the memoir "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," presented on raising her two daughters.

Her description of extreme-tough-love child rearing, which she associated with her Chinese American background, was meant to be self-mocking, Chua has said in interviews, but no matter. In the past couple of weeks, parenting experts have excoriated Chua while others have defended her, while others still have cannily pointed to what lurks behind the racial stereotyping of Asian parents and successful Asian American students.

In the end, part of the Tiger Mother controversy's legacy will be the voluminous amount of work it has spawned: some of it forgettable, some of it quite good, and as with similar media phenoms, a torrent of comic art to help take the edge off.

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Mr. Hernandez goes to Washington

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Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez, the young college intern who came to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' rescue after she was shot earlier this month in Tucson, will attend President Obama's State of the Union Address as a guest of Michelle Obama, along with the family of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who died in the Jan. 8 attack at a Tucson grocery store that killed six and injured several others.

Here's what Hernandez, who turns 21 today, told USA Today:

"It's definitely a very exciting way to be spending my 21st birthday," Hernandez said in an interview. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I only wish it had happened under different circumstances."

In the weeks since the shooting, Hernandez has drawn a legion of fans, in part because of his heroism, in part because he also happens to be Latino and openly gay

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In the news this morning: New tack on employers and immigration, trucker in 2003 smuggling deaths re-sentenced, Homeboy Industries gets roll

GOP to target employers who hire illegal workers - 89.3 KPCC After long pushing border enforcement, GOP leaders in the House are taking a different tack, promising to go after employers who provide an employment magnet by hiring unauthorized workers.

Opening statements set to begin today in Shawna Forde murder trial - KVOA Tucson Forde, who was part of a Minuteman group, is accused of being the ringleader behind a May 2009 home invasion in Arizona in which a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter were murdered.

Rights group’s report on immigration focuses on Kobach - Kansas City Star The Southern Poverty Law Center's report is critical of the legal and other costs involved with the anti-illegal immigration measures - among them Arizona's SB 1070 - drafted with advice from attorney and activist Kris Kobach, who recently became Kansas Secretary of State.

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Why kimchi on a burger makes perfect sense

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A Seoul Burger with veggie patty and garlic fries, January 2011

While food bloggers and food consumers on Twitter buzzed last week over the Sushirrito (exactly what it sounds like, though only in San Francisco at the moment) I contented myself with a more humble creation from an L.A. mini-mall, that environment which never fails to produce some of our fair city's finer homegrown concoctions. And this one couldn't be more L.A.: The Korean hamburger.

Foodies who frequent Koreatown aren't strangers by now to Kalbi Burger, a tiny burger shop tucked into a strip mall at Wilshire Boulevard and Wilton Place. It opened last summer, just as I was getting my bearings moving back to town, so it had been on my to-do list a while.

Here's what's different about the burgers at Kalbi Burger, as explained in Serious Eats' burger blog A Hamburger Today:

I'm probably going to get the explanation of the name a little wrong so I encourage those in the know to give us the heads up in the comments, but I'll try to do it a modicum of justice. Kalbi Burger is named after the Korean dish most familiar to Americans: barbecue. Kalbi (or galbi) while literally meaning "rib" can actually refer to a number of different grilled dishes.

The kalbi referenced here is the Korean marinated short rib. Traditionally made with Korean soy sauce, garlic and sugar, it can also get a little kick from some rice wine, sesame oil, and chili paste. It's a savory and sweet flavor that is, quite simply, delicious. Does it work for a burger? Depends.

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