'Tiger Mom' to Colbert: 'It's Supposed to Be Funny'
Also, Amy Chua says she ultimately had to relent
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2011 6:28 AM CST
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(Newser) – "Tiger Mom" Amy Chua defended herself on the Colbert Report last night, saying her memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has been widely misinterpreted. "It's not a parenting book," Chua said. "It says on the cover, 'How I was humbled by a 13-year-old.'" Asked about the reaction to her controversial book, Chua said, "It's a little surprising. The book is a memoir, it's supposed to be funny."

"It is about some of the strengths that I believe that system has, but also about my mistakes," said Chua. Which led Colbert to tease, "Can I get you a bicycle to backpedal any faster?" Still Chua did not entirely retreat. "I think these values of hard work and 'don't give up' and 'don't blame others' are fundamental American values." Watch the video in the gallery.

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Jan 26, 2011 11:46 AM CST
"I think these values of hard work and 'don't give up' and 'don't blame others' are fundamental American values." holy crap, that is almost verbatim what my parents taught me. Do you think my Indian parents could have been secretly Chinese?
Jan 26, 2011 9:31 AM CST
In reply to BCto... Yes, I have read the book, and this is my report... The Tiger Mothers Club I am Chinese, and I am a mother. Now, that makes me a Chinese mother, right? The local chapter of the Tiger Mothers Club was looking for more Chinese members, and since I was new in town, and was eager to make new friends, I sent in my application. And they turned me down! Apparently I was not qualified. I found that baffling since I am a Chinese mother. Reading Chua's book explained everything. It was all about the piano. Despite years of lessons, my beloved daughter has no hopes of playing Chopin in Carnegie Hall. She can barely read music notes, and her repertoire is limited to The Carpenters. Oh well, it is a good thing I like Karen and Richard. www.thegoodchinesemother.wordpress.com
Jan 26, 2011 9:25 AM CST
Another perfect example of how Americans put something down and push it aside because they don't understand what the issue is. None of the commenters here have read the book so shut up, you can't have an opinion on a book and its ideas if you have not read it, if you do your a phoney and a liar and totally discards your credibility. Chua wrote a book that got attention, you didn't read it so shut the fuck up.