Tiger Babies Strike Back

Tiger Babies Strike Back

How I Was Raised by A Tiger Mom but Could Not Be Turned to the Dark Side

Book - 2013
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""...What a Tiger Mother thinks is ferocity is just control-freakiness turned rancid like frozen breast milk left in the mini Tupperware too long. Tiger Mom, I'm just not that into you."-- From TIGER BABIES STRIKE BACK After Amy Chua's controversial parenting book became fodder for every morning talk show, Kim Wong Keltner wasn't surprised when she, and every Asian woman she knew, was suddenly asked, "So are you a Tiger Mother?" Kim, who was raised by a Tiger Mom herself, wasn't fazed. Instead, she's striking back. Hard. Traversing the choppy seas of both American and Chinese traditions, Keltner dives into the difficulties facing women today--Chinese-American and otherwise. At once deeply relevant and playfully honest, Keltner attempts to dispel Chua's myth that all Chinese women are Tiger Mothers and that all parents should rule with an iron fist. Topics include: - White Thing, I Think I Love You: East Meets West in the Board Room and the Bedroom - I Was Raised by a Tiger Mom and All I Got Was this Lousy T-Shirt: A Rebuttal to Chua, More Anecdotes from the Wong Family Tree - My Car and Kid Are Both Hybrids - Imperial Ferocity vs. Feminine Vulnerability: Dragon Lady or Chinese Mary Magdalene? The first and only book of its kind to take Tiger Mothers on by their teeth, TIGER BABIES STRIKE BACK combines personal anecdotes and tough love to provide a humorous, provocative look at how our families shape--and sometimes shake--our personal foundations"--
"Kim Wong Keltner is a Tiger Baby all grown up with a daughter of her own. but is she a Tiger Mother? Heck, no. This book describes--in hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking, detail--exactly why not.A battle hymn for every non-Tiger offspring of Tiger parents, Tiger Babies Strike Back examines why generations of kids have been made to feel inferior, isolated, suffocated, and humiliated in dogged pursuit of one goal: making their elders look good. In search of answers, Keltner delves into her own childhood, family history, and community traditions to expose the seamy underbelly of perfectionistic parenting. Can the Tiger-parented take back their emotional lives and love their own kids unconditionally? Keltner herself is living, hugging, fabulously flawed, Care Bear tea-party-throwing proof that they can.Traversing the choppy seas of American and Chinese traditions, Keltner dives into the difficulties facing women today--Chinese American and otherwise. At once deeply relevant and playfully honest, Tiger Babies Strike Back combines personal anecdotes and tough love advice for a humorous, provocative look at how our families shape--and sometimes shake--our personal foundations"--
Publisher: New York, New York, William Morrow,, [2013].
New York, NY : William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062229298
Characteristics: ix, 254 pages ; 21 cm.

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Jul 25, 2015

At first this book seems to be a direct response to Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, but it is really a far more comprehensive memoir than that. Kim Wong Keltner discusses her childhood growing up in San Francisco’s Chinatown and her ongoing connection to her hometown even after moving away. She writes beautifully about her relationships with her grandmothers, mother, and her own daughter Lucy.

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Aries__001
Oct 21, 2014

This was an interesting read. I enjoyed the humor and the way Keltner wrote about her experiences, and what it is like growing up as a Chinese American.

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