Amy Chua’s 'Triple Package' is Tiger Mother Meets Horatio Alger, With a Side of Grit

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I would be able to place more stock in The Triple Package had the authors ever addressed changes in public education or corporate accountability as factors in the decline of America. In their section about Appalachia, they do mention corruption and exploitation of cheap labor (p.178) as a factor behind the region's entrenched poverty, but their only advice is: "Under these conditions, it takes more grit, more resilience -- perhaps a more exceptional individual -- to escape the cycle." (p.180)

In short, The Triple Package feels like a fantasy of America crafted by Hollywood or Madison Avenue. Only instead of using the images of bootstrapping and true grit to sell movies or two-ton trucks, Chua and Rubenfeld are trying to sell their ideology.

News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs about raising an Asian mixed-race family at HapaMama.


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