AirTalk for February 13, 2014

The ‘Tiger Mom’ strikes again with a controversial new book

Amy Chua and her husband Jed Rubenfeld co-authored the controversial book "The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America."

Yale law professor and self-described 'Tiger Mom' Amy Chua is no stranger to controversy. Her first book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother incited a rancorous debate in the so-called 'mommy wars' over the best approach to raising successful children. The book pushed cultural stereotypes about strict Asian parents that use harsh discipline to push their children to be the top of their class in every subject.

Now she and her husband, fellow Yale law professor and novelist Jed Rubenfeld, are back with a new book that fans the flames even further. The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America takes cultural stereotypes even further.

It argues that certain cultural groups - including Cubans, Jews, south Asian Indians and Iranians - experience more financial and academic success in the US because their cultures possess three common qualities: impulse control, feelings of superiority and feelings of inferiority. Their conclusions are controversial and have earned them some serious criticism within the academic community.

Do certain cultural traits make one group more successful than another? Can these traits be learned? Is culture really a good predictor of future success?

-FORUM EVENT PROMO: Tonight Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld join Patt Morrison at our Crawford Family Forum to talk more about their controversial thesis. This event is full, but you can watch the live stream online at KPCC.org.

Guests:   

Amy Chua, Yale law professor and co-author of The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

Jed Rubenfeld, Yale law professor and co-author of The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

 


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