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Grrrrr…Tiger Mom Talks About Internet Frenzy Around Book

Last night, BoomTown attended a Silicon Valley book party for Amy Chua, the author of one of this year’s most talked-about tomes: “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.”

Online chatter about it–or, more specifically, an essay Chua wrote in The Wall Street Journal related to the book, titled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”–quickly rocketed around the Web and mostly not in a good way for Chua.

In chat forums, on Twitter, on Facebook and all over the blogosphere, she was pilloried for her words about raising her children, which included:

Here are some things my daughters, Sophia and Louisa, were never allowed to do:

• attend a sleepover

• have a playdate

• be in a school play

• complain about not being in a school play

• watch TV or play computer games

• choose their own extracurricular activities

• get any grade less than an A

• not be the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama

• play any instrument other than the piano or violin

• not play the piano or violin.

As it turns out, even though it surely sold a lot of books, Chua said the badly-titled essay and the ensuing heated debate on the Internet misconstrued and twisted what was meant to be a much more funny and complex memoir about parenting.

Here is an interview with Chua talking about her online experience and book’s heated reception:


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— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus