Friday, January 21, 2011 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Amy Chua is the highly accomplished John M. Duffy Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She is also the author of two major works on the global economy and its affects: World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability and Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominanceand Why They Fail. She is also a mother. In Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Penguin Press), she relates her own upbringing in a Chinese-American home and then how she tries to impart similar patterns and practices as a Chinese-American mother and spouse herself. She does so in this candid, lucid, very searching bookthe constant pushing part Chinese mothers play in urging their childrenin this case, two young daughtersalong. "Chua promotes what has traditionally worked very well in raising children: strict, Old World, uncompromising valuesand the parents don't have to be Chinese. What they are, however, are different from what she sees as indulgent and permissive Western parents: stressing academic performance above all, never accepting a mediocre grade, insisting on drilling and practice, and instilling respect for authority ... Her account of their formative years proves both a model and a cautionary tale." – Publishers Weekly.