Friday, March 04, 2011
"Curse of the Tiger Other:" An Asian-American Mom Responds to the Tiger Mama Excitement
Hey Meltingpot Readers,
Over on the awesome website, My Brown Baby, blogger J. Lisa Oyama has taken on the Tiger Mama. That is, she's provided her opinion on how this Tiger Mama business has affected 'other' Asian-American moms who don't subscribe to Amy Chua's radical parenting style.
She writes, " We [have] been other-fied, once again, and by one of “us,” no less. Decades of civil rights activism fighting for Asian Americans to be recognized as Just Americans—poof! Decimated, like so many tiny fluttering cherry blossoms flying into a tsunami. One racially charged Wall Street Journal headline, and we were, once again, reduced to foreign freaks, something other than American. Other-fied."
I urge you to read the rest of the article to hear an opinion that up until now seems to have been largely absent regarding Chua's controversial book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (which coincidentally has been on the NYT Best Seller's List for the last few weeks.).
One of the commenters on Oyama's piece pointed out that it was good to hear the "other side" of being the "model minority" and I think that is a really important point. Suffice it to say, nobody wants to live under the burden of a stereotype, but it helps to hear first hand what that burden really feels like.
Any other Asian-American readers want to comment on Amy Chua's book and/or its backlash? I'm curious to know if many others feel like Oyama. Or if there is a different perspective they'd like to share. We want to hear about it here on the Meltingpot.