The fuss over the "Tiger Mom" meme may have subsided since Yale Professor and Super-Mom Amy Chua’s best-selling book came out in 2011, but the notion that super-strict, stereotypically East Asian-style parenting is somehow a formula for academic success still strikes a chord with many parents.
Slate ran an article this week discussing University of Texas associate professor Su Yeong Kim’s research into Asian-American families and the results "may surprise Chua and her admirers."
Kim had been following more than 300 Asian-American families for a decade when the book came out. In March, she published her results; they will no doubt surprise Chua and her admirers. Children of parents whom Kim classified as “tiger” had lower academic achievement and attainment—and greater psychological maladjustment—and family alienation, than the kids of parents characterized as “supportive” or "easygoing.”
Read on to find out how and why she came to this conclusion here and feel free to share your thoughts below.