The Triple Package stirs the pot


Amy Chua (better known as the Tiger Mom) has a new book, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success. A superiority complex, insecurity, impulse control—these are the elements of the Triple Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success. The Triple Package is open to anyone. America itself was once a Triple Package culture. It’s been losing that edge for a long time now. Even as headlines proclaim the death of upward mobility in America, the truth is that the oldfashioned American Dream is very much alive—butsome groups have a cultural edge, which enables them to take advantage of opportunity far more than others.
•   Americans are taught that everyone is equal, that no group is superior to another. But remarkably, all of America’s most successful groups believe (even if they don’t say so aloud) that they’re exceptional, chosen, superior in some way.
•   Americans are taught that self-esteem—feeling good about yourself—is the key to a successful life. But in all of America’s most successful groups, people tend to feel insecure, inadequate, that they have to prove themselves.
•   America today spreads a message of immediate gratification, living for the moment. But all of America’s most successful groups cultivate heightened discipline and impulse control.
But the Triple Package has a dark underside too. Each of its elements carries distinctive pathologies; when taken to an extreme, they can have truly toxic effects. Should people strive for the Triple Package? Should America? Ultimately, the authors conclude that the Triple Package is a ladder that should be climbed and then kicked away, drawing on its power but breaking free from its constraints.

Apparently this makes her racist.

Ponder that for a moment. A minority woman (who’s a professor at Yale) writes a book saying that a superiority complex, insecurity, and impulse control which goes hand-in-hand with great self-discipline compel people to better themselves, and, not only is this news, it makes her racist:
Tiger Mom accused of being a ‘full-blown racist’ as her new book names the eight ‘superior’ races and religions that make better parents
Tiger Mom Amy Chua has penned a new parenting guide called ‘The Triple Package’ which lays out a controversial theory for success in modern America
Declares there to be only eight successful and superior groups of people in the United States
Includes the Chinese are one of these groupings along with Indians and Jewish to name two others

Published in the new book, ‘The Triple Package’, that she has written with her Jewish husband Jed Rubenfeld, Chua names the eight groupings that are exceptional in no particular order – and unsurprisingly, the Chinese are one of the top dogs.

The other seven are Jewish, Indian, Iranian, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians, Cuban exiles and Mormons.

I would add that any parent anywhere in the world who motivates and guides their child to accomplish their potential through hard work, patience and perseverance is superior to a parent who does not.

Another Yale professor, Carlos Eire, a self-made man if ever there was one, writes about his experience:

Cuban exiles are among the eight groups identified by my colleague.

Perhaps identifying us as “superior” will end up causing her additional trouble.  We are, after all, sowrong about everything, so thoroughly despicable, and so worthy of being herded into boats and shipped back to where we came from.

I could be wrong about this, but I think that there is no other group of immigrants or subculture other than Cuban exiles that is so open to criticism, denigration, or open hatred or ridicule.

Imagine anyone publicly denigrating any of the other seven groups singled out by Amy Chua: Jews, Chinese, Iranians, Indians, Lebanese, Nigerians, or even Mormons.

As someone at one of my public lectures said a few years ago: “You people are ruining this country… It’s because of you people that our country is in so much trouble…Why don’t you all just shut up or go back to Cuba!”

Liberals’ expectations of Latinos/Hispanics are such that Carlos’s experience is not unique. The phrase they throw at me (since I have no qualms to point out that I’m a US citizen from birth, upon hearing you people), is “You don’t even look Puerto Rican!”

Racism, indeed.

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5 Responses to “The Triple Package stirs the pot”

  1. Jenny Says:

    I can’t believe you’re falling for that nonsense, but then again she framed it to appeal to the ego. Is your ego so big Fausta, that you fall for this? Fact, Chua is counting on the hatred those who have that ethnocentrism, and inner hate for Americans. She’s definately hoping Hispanic racists buy her book. She’s hoping all the 3rd worldies Obama has imported will be tempted to line her pockets, she’s hoping to enrich herself by sowing further divisions. Chua and her joke of a husband don’t rely on scientific data or research, just generalizations. Not one bit of statistical data to back it up. Last year Chua went on a rant agrandizing her Fujian ancesters, making the claim that Fujians are the intellectual brain trust of China, prized for creating so many “civil servants” when actually Fujian is the centre of Chinese sex slave trafficking, she shut her trap about Fujian when the Guardian did an expose on China’s sex slave trafficking around the world, and outed Fujian for what it produces, dumb whores like Chua, who value money, and lack any moral guidance.

    The facts are, China’s only wealthy cos Clinton pushed US manufacturing there, it’s not sustainable either. The same with India, neither country invents or innovates. Neither country, submits it’s full student body to international testing as does the US, and India doesn’t participate at all, after it was revealed that India’s students, far from being the best and brightest, actually ranked as the 6th lowest scoring country in the world, and 3rd lowest in math and science. The US, who invented so much, has it’s scores dragged down by tens of millions of ignorant, contemptuous of learning illegal alien children, but those low grades, we’re told are a sign we need more mentally deficient foreigners imported.

    As to Chua’s Jewish husband, who touts the Jews are intellectually superior line, according to the Wordsum vocabulary test, a very useful IQ proxy correlating at 0.71. Converted into the corresponding IQ scores, the Wordsum-IQ of Jews is indeed quite high at 109. But Americans of English, Welsh, Scottish, Swedish, and Catholic Irish ancestry also have fairly high mean IQs of 104 or above, and their combined populations outnumber Jews by almost 15-to-1, implying that they would totally dominate the upper reaches of the white American ability distribution, even if we excluded the remaining two-thirds of all American whites, many of whose IQs are also fairly high. Interesting, that leftist academics at the ivy leagues started rejecting white middle class students, claiming they had “nothing to contribute”. I think the leftist academics don’t like the fact that working and middle class white students given ivy league opportunities, blow the carefully crafted attempt to demean and marginalize white Americans out of education and potentially all positions of power in the US.

  2. Fausta Says:

    Jenny,
    Chua and her joke of a husband don’t rely on scientific data or research, just generalizations
    And you read her book . . . when?

  3. jlh Says:

    Another elite academic, another rant.
    (Posted by a retired survivor of academia.)

  4. Pat Patterson Says:

    Both India and China, the host country of the World University Rankings at Jiao Tung University, where both admittedly rank poorly versus the top ten in the world but do put their scholars and their works up for examination. Jiao Tung, the former Imperial School of Engineering, was specifically charged with open ranking of Chinese schools to make them comparable to the West. And it should also be noted that with Nixon’s entourage to China were the CEO’s of Boeing, GMC, Standard Oil etc., which predates anything Clinton did by over a decade.

  5. Fausta Says:

    As I understand it, the Chua book pertains to how these groups do in the USA, not how the countries rank. The book is being released on Feb. 4.