Amy Chua, the author known as “Tiger Mom” is back with a new book and it’s equally as arrogant and controversial as her last tome, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom.

In her latest effort, The Triple Package, co-written with her husband Jed Rubenfeld, Chua argues that some cultural groups, primarily comprised of immigrants, are just better at being successful in America than others because of three key traits: a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control.

She writes:

“That certain groups do much better in America than others — as measured by income, occupational status, test scores, and so on — is difficult to talk about. In large part, this is because the topic feels so racially charged.”

So which groups make the cut?

  • Nigerians
  • Jews
  • Chinese
  • Indians
  • Iranians
  • Lebanese-Americans
  • Cuban exiles
  • Mormons

Who’s left out of the “most successful” list? Americans.

tiger-mom-triple-packageApparently Americans aren’t successful in America because “all three elements of the Triple Package run so counter to modern American culture, it makes sense that America’s successful groups are all outsiders in one way or another.” The authors continue, “Paradoxically, in modern America, a group has an edge if it doesn’t buy into — or hasn’t yet bought into — mainstream, post-1960s, liberal American principles.”

So all of the native-born Americans (black, white, or otherwise) who are out here doing awesome things? Too bad. You don’t count.

While immigrants who come to America often find success, holding them up as the standard—when many migrate to America with degrees, financial resources, and networks in tow (because acquiring Visas and immigrating is an expensive endeavor)—is somewhat disingenuous. Moreover, while many of the immigrants’ economies are experiencing a boom back home (China, India, Nigeria, etc.), Chua doesn’t explain why these groups have not repatriated their success back to their home countries (like China, which experiences high rates of poverty), or how they fare in other parts of the world.

Interestingly, Chua leaves African-Americans off the list despite the fact that we’ve managed to make amazing strides, moving from slavery to Jim Crow to the White House in less than 6 generations. Her reason? “In this paradoxical sense, equality isn’t fair to African-Americans,” because “superiority is the one narrative that America has relentlessly denied or ground out of its black population.” She also snubs Latinos who, according to demographers, will be one of the most powerful blocs in America by 2042.

In an extremely adept review, the New York Post called The Triple Package, “A series of shock-arguments wrapped in self-help tropes, and it’s meant to do what racist arguments do: scare people.”

Chua and Rubenfeld hope their work helps its readers reclaim or learn from the examples presented in the book so that “there are no longer any successful groups in the United States — only successful individuals,” but by exalting select groups over others it remains to be seen how this book can do little more than inspire people to feel either comfortable in their supposed superiority or contempt for the idea all together.

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  • Are you serious?

    Well here it is for all the world to laugh at us once again. Here we are fighting and bickering. Continental vs Caribbean vs AA. Feel good rhetoric and stroking that DOES NOT address the problem. The ubiquitous despicable black man who loves nothing but the white woman’s sweet nectar. Entitlement complexes. Reaching back for things that happened 50 to 400 years ago. At least no one was foolish enough to reach back 5000 years….

    What is happening right now? We are being dominated by every other group in this country. FACT. Koreans, Chinese, Arabs, and Indians bleed our communities dry every day. Look at the Hispanic community. They understand how the American political game works and have asserted their place in the political sphere.

    The same goes with the LGBT community.They organized, got their money right, and entered the political game with a clear goals and a concise agenda. And what do you know, it worked. Where are we? Last in line. Out in the cold. Mostly ignored and even openly ridiculed and mocked these days by none other than our own half-breed president. Why you ask?

    He doesn’t give a shit about us because

    1. We are the most disorganized and dysfunctional group in America.

    2. We are politically ignorant and economically retarded.

    3. We either don’t have any money (because we consume instead of produce) or refuse to put up the money to promote our agenda. Politicians are whores and will lay in bed with anyone, as long as the price is right.

    4. The political parties know that they don’t have to do jack shit for black people to receive our vote.

    Then again that goes back to number 1. You have to organize FIRST before you can even come up with an agenda. I guarantee that if AA’s received reparations for slavery, all that money would wind up right back into other groups hands within a generation.

    Look at us. We look like foolish children who have no place to demand being on the world’s social, political, and economic stage. All we do is fight, argue, beg, demand, cry, whine, complain, and make excuses. On and on the cycle of bullshit continues while other groups continue to go into warp drive surpassing us.

    And in all of the insanity that is displayed here, I have yet to see one iota of responsibility or accountability hoisted on our own shoulders for our current position. It’s always a deflection, denial, or pointing out irrelevant details about the underbelly of other groups. Who gives a shit? The context is in America, and in America they’re shitting on us, PERIOD.

    It all goes to show that we’re looking pretty shitty if we have to point to the lowest of the lowest common denominator, not even to feel good about ourselves but to show that “it’s not just us” that are fucked up. No other group would dare compare themselves to us in an attempt to mitigate the perception of their failures.

    Self esteem is a symptom, not a virtue. Maybe things will turn around when the AA can grasp and understand the causality of this simple truth.

    • Are you hateful?

      You just did it yourself by calling this brilliant man of color a “half breed” and attacking him. He was abandoned by his black father and still managed to love his race, his black wife and his black children. Saint Obama is not the one to save you. Save yourselves and stop blaming everyone. You are disgusting and bitter. Why don’t you get therapy and learn some humility and maybe you might be half the person he is. You are the problem. Just re-read your post.

  • Melissa

    It hurt me to read this but it is the truth.

  • Melissa

    I meant to reply to “Are you serious? “

  • latino people (particularly mexicans) are left out of being successful because they come to america (illegally) and refuse to learn english and then have 8 or 9 kids by the time they’re 24.