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Background[ edit ] Following her widespread fame with Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother inChua wrote this book with her husband Jed Rubenfeld after observing a more prevalent trend of students from specific ethnic groups achieving better academic results than other ethnic groups.
For example, a striking demographic pattern that more Mormon students in Yale are emerging than Triple package couple years ago. According to an interview conducted by Harry Kreisler from the Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeleythe authors explained such phenomenon prompted them to "look further into how those groups perform outside of school, and come to a conclusion that for some reasons, those groups have a tendency to experience most upward social mobility than others.
This led critics to note the book was "sure to garner just as much if not more controversy as her first book did. These virtues are the presence of a superiority complexthe simultaneous existence of a sense of insecurity, and a marked capacity for impulse control.
Superiority complex[ edit ] By definition, superiority is "a deeply internalized belief in your group's specialness, exceptionality, or superiority. First, from a religious perspective, Mormons are introduced to their people's magnificent history and civilization.
Second, from a social viewpoint, Nigerian immigrants belonging to the prestige entrepreneurial Igbo people. Third, a mixture of both: Chua compares that with the Marshmallow Experimentwhere a child can either enjoy a piece of marshmallow instantly or wait and have twice as much of the treat later.
The authors add that a superiority complex and insecurity are not mutually exclusive. The coexistence of both qualities "lies at the heart of every Triple Package culture", producing a need to be recognized Triple package an "I'll show them" mentality because the superiority a person has is not acknowledge by the society.
Namely, immigrants suffer status collapse though moving up the economic ladder. Thus, this circumstance results in anxiety but also "a drive and jaw-dropping accomplishment.
By cultural groups, they refer that as members of the group that tend to be united or pass on a certain sense of outlooks and cultural values to their next generations.
During an interview with Harry Kreisler,  the authors explained how they collected the data by going through months of Census data, all available economic data, and from personal experience; and at last narrowed down to the eight cultural groups listed as the successful groups in the United States: As both authors belong to one of the above groups and coming from an immigrant family, namely Chua being Chinese and Rubenfeld being Jewish, Chua further claims that "Chinese Americans are three generations behind the Jews" as both Jewish Americans and Chinese Americans share lots of similar behaviors like being instructed to learn how to play a musical instrument when they were little and encouraged to become a doctor, teacher or a lawyer.
Reception[ edit ] The book has received polarized reviews from critics and public. Since Chua has been seen as a provocative figure who sparked a tense debate about parenting with Battle Hymn, this book certainly attracted lots of attention with its racially charged arguments.
Stewart, writing for CNNclaims that "it's no surprise that her latest book about success and cultural groups was given a bit of side-eye, even before it published. But its premise is flawed, arguments pernicious and methods disingenuous. And there is a whiff of aromatic complacency on every page.
Positive reviews[ edit ] Publishers Weekly reviewed the book, concluding: The authors' willingness to pursue an intellectual inquiry that others wouldn't is bracing.
Though coolly and cogently argued, this book is bound to be the spark for many potentially heated discussions. The book serves as an opportunity to discuss what has helped drive America's triumphs in the past — and how we might harness this knowledge for our future. Vancewriting in the National Review Onlinedescribed the book as "sometimes funny, sometimes academic, and always interesting study of the cultural traits that make some groups outperform others in America.
I'm not sure that Chua and Rubenfeld have all the right answers. But I do know that by focusing on people—and the cultures that support and affect them—they're asking the right questions.
That's more than I can say for most of the social policy experts occupying the airwaves today. In her article, she claims that Chua and Rubenfeld overlooked institutional and structural factors, "if you measure success not just by where people end up—the cars in their garages, the degrees on their walls—but by taking into account where they started?
Some cultural groups are superior" for New York Postgenerated heated debate in the public with its incendiary topic, calling the book "a series of shock-arguments wrapped in self-help tropes, and it's meant to do what racist arguments do: I do have this question: If you arrive in the United States as part of the 1 percent that drained off all the resources from a latter-day colony is it any surprise that you were able to leverage your fortune into a career at a top-notch university?
If you inherited your status, wealth, privilege, connections and all it got you was a well-paying job does it at all reflect your innate superiority? Or is your so-called success simply the logical conclusion to the fact that you simply started off better? Some cultural groups are superior" which sparked controversy, including people using social media to voice their concerns.
Chua stresses that the thesis of the book is "intended to be a nuanced idea, not some superficial celebration.The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America [Amy Chua, Jed Rubenfeld] on tranceformingnlp.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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