'Tiger Mother' Gets Death Threats

Amy Chua shocked by response to thoughts on parenting

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 18, 2011 2:23 AM CST

(Newser) – Amy Chua is shocked by the furious response to excerpts from her book, Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother, recently printed in the Wall Street Journal. The author—who hails the hardline method of Chinese parenting in the excerpts—has received thousands of angry emails and even death threats, reports ABC News. The book, she stresses, "is a memoir, not a parenting book! I think there are many ways to raise great kids."

The Journal "basically strung together the most controversial sections of the book" without her input on how it was edited, she tells the San Francisco Chronicle, "They didn't even hint that the book is about a journey, and that the person at the beginning of the book is different from the person at the end—that I get my comeuppance and retreat from this very strict Chinese parenting mode."

This 2007 photo shows author Amy Chua at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas.   (AP/Larry D. Moore)
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While it's ultimately my responsibility—my strict Chinese mom told me 'never blame other people for your problems!'—the one-sided nature of the excerpt has really led to some major misconceptions. - Amy Chua

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