1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.
3. a literary genre comprising such compositions.
Maybe this is the satire Chua is referring to in her book. (Yes, I read the book and it’s just a longer version of the Wall Street Journal article, though Chua claims otherwise.)
Here’s a question I often get: “But Amy, let me ask you this. Who are you doing all this pushing for — your daughters” — and there’s always a cocked head, the knowing tone — “or yourself?” My answer, I’m pretty sure, is that everything I do is unequivocally 100% for my daughters.
“Your daughters are amazing,” [mom Elizabeth] said. In the old days, I would have said modestly, “Oh, they’re really not that good,” hoping desperately that she’d ask me more so I could tell her about Sophia’s and Lulu’s latest music accomplishments.” …
“Aren’t you glad I made you play the ‘Hebrew Melody’?” I asked her. Lulu seemed happy, but not particularly warm towards me. “Yes, Mommy,” she said. “You can take the credit.”
Lulu snapped back, “You’re a show-off. It’s all about you…”
Had I perhaps just chosen the wrong activity for Lulu? Tennis was very respectable — it wasn’t like bowling. …
Lulu overheard me one day. “What are you doing?” she demanded. When I explained that I was just doing a little research, she suddenly got furious. “No, Mommy – no!” she said fiercely, “Don’t wreck tennis for me like you wrecked violin.” …
Sometimes, when Lulu’s least expecting it — at breakfast or when I’m saying good night — I’ll suddenly yell out, “More rotation on the swing volley! or “Don’t move your right foot on your kick serve!” And Lulu will plug her ears, and we’ll fight but I’ll have gotten my message out, and I know she knows I’m right.
Chua says her book is satirical. Many think this her way of backpedaling — death threats can do that — but the satire she exposes of her own parenting is like the “virtuous circle” she likes to refer to but can also be described as “different activity, same old shit.” At least that is what her own words seem to indicate. Do you think she is making “fun of herself?” Hardly, right? She’s comes off as so smug.
Erin Patrice O’Brien for The Wall Street Journal
Amy Chua with her daughters, Sophia and Louisa.
Tiger Mom Amy Chua chirps in on the anniversary of her book in an attempt to reposition her book as a feel good satire that was meant to be funny. This is the thing about Amy Chua, I don’t know what to believe about her. She’s the queen of backpedaling, avoiding self-reflection, and a tireless self-promoter. If she didn’t have all those Ivy League degrees, she’d make a great grifter!
Seriously, does her book use irony, ridicule to expose her parenting folly? After reading her book, I got the sense that she is quite smug about her approach, particularly those piles of papers detailing to her children how to play every note of their music pieces. Does she really have regrets? Does she really think that her career choices were limited to medical school versus law school after graduating from Harvard or was this the path of least resistance? Risk is not an option if failure is not embraced.
has been posting a series on Convergent versus Divergent Thinking
. Amy Chua clearly falls under Convergent Thinking and that’s very sad to me but fully explains her life choices including her parenting style. “Dammit, Lulu, color WITHIN THE LINES!”
This is the true satire to me: Tiger Daughter Tiger Sophia
‘s acceptance to Yale and Harvard. A result of her “successful” Tiger parenting model OR due to the fact that both parents work as professors at Yale, and Sophia is a legacy applicant many times over. Her mother went to Harvard and Harvard Law School. Her dad went to Harvard Law School. Both her aunts went to Harvard. Of course, the bigger question is what her kids do with their lives. Will they take the path of least resistance or will they finally be able to take enough risks to actually fail.I wonder if Amy Chua thinks her career is an enviable one. What do you think? If she had a Tiger Mom, she’d be asked why she’s not the president of an Ivy League college yet or on the Supreme Court orbat least nominated for the Supreme Court or on a short list for either the President of a prestigious college or the Supreme Court.
Also, what do you think of Amy Chua’s video clip? Does she come of as likeable or fake? I’m leaning towards the latter. Maybe her parents should have let her have a few play dates growing up to get some social skills. Maybe I’m too harsh? Please vote!
*Her hardcover book is now discounted from $25 to $16.77 at Amazon.