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

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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 to be asked, Are you a Tiger Mother? Raised by a Tiger Mom herself, Kim wasn't fazed. Instead, she's striking back. Hard. 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, 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, with 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 advice for a humorous, provocative look at how our families shape-and sometimes shake-our personal foundations.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 006222929X
  • 9780062229298
  • 760,384

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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.
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"The author writes with compassion, humor, love and anger about her mother's combination of tough love and high expectations...A quirky reflection on the modern immigrant experience and hyphenated ethnicity in America." -- Kirkus Reviews "An inspiring take on mothering -- and daughtering. The book is smart, creative, and thought-provoking." -- Linda Small, author of Wimpy Parents: How Not to Raise a Brat "A sort of Asian American Sex in the City...like meeting someone who voices thoughts or experiences that you presumed were wholly yours...cynically humorous and genuinely touching...Keltner's wry sens of humor leaps off every page." -- generationrice "Full of feisty humor... Smart and sassy." -- USA Today It's awesome to find such deep truth that makes you laugh this hard. -- Beth Lisick, author of Everybody Into the Pool
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About Kim Wong Keltner

The only thing that keeps Kim Wong Keltner from writing is when she's trapped under an avalanche of her daughter's stuffed animals. Keltner is the author of The Dim Sum of All Things, Buddha Baby, and I Want Candy. Tiger Babies Strike Back is her first work of nonfiction.
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