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Tiger Mom: 8 culture groups most likely to succeed in America

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff  January 7, 2014 12:31 PM

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By Lara Salahi

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Tiger Mom is at it again.

Author and Yale law professor Amy Chua first argued in her 2011 controversial book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” that Chinese mothers are superior to other mothers because of their incredibly strict parenting style. Example: herself.

Now the Tiger Mom has released a new book that's bound to bring on more flak. This one claims that eight racial groups are far more superior than the rest of the world.

Chua and her co-author and husband Jed Rubenfeld have drawn on "groundbreaking original research and startling statistics" (so the book sleeve says) to find the following groups are most likely to succeed in America: Jewish, Indian, Chinese, Iranian, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians, Cuban exiles and Mormons.

That's because they all have three traits in common: a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control -- what Chua calls "The Triple Package." Hence, the name of the book.

Each group believes they’re “exceptional, chosen, superior in some way,” but still feel the need to prove themselves, the authors wrote. “Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all.”

Chua and Rubenfeld purposefully left some groups off of their success list, including African-Americans, and explain why they don't have the necessary triple traits. Already the New York Post has blasted the book as "shock-arguments wrapped in self-help tropes."

We sense more criticism to come soon.

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