* Tiger Babies Strike Back by Kim Wong Keltner

Tiger Babies Strike Back: How I Was Raised by a Tiger Mom but Could Not Be Turned to the Dark Side is a collection of essays by a Chinese-American writer and mother that starts as a shrill attack on her mother’s Tiger Mother style of parenting and a stern defense of her own, consciously relaxed approach. The best part of the book are the autobiographical asides, whether it’s her mixed feelings about moving away from San Francisco, her love for her maternal grandmother, or her parents’ belated acceptance of her Caucasian husband. The rest felt too vituperative and rather pointless to me: who really thought that Tiger Mothers were to be emulated, anyway?


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