Tiger Mom's Daughter Breaks Free -- Look Out!

Sophia Chua Rubenfeld
Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld
"Superior Chinese mother" Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and the controversy-sparking WSJ essay titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior," may be losing grip of her hardcore parental reigns. Her older daughter Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, who's 18 and a high school senior, has started her own blog called New Tiger in Town. Uh oh. Tiger cub is on the loose!

While Sophia may have broken free from beneath her mom's paw, she might also very well be making her mom proud -- cause she doesn't come off like a messed-up freak child at all.


Tiger Mom's daughter Sophia doesn't come across, in her writing, as the socially awkward, wounded teenager Chua's critics might expect. Instead she's confident and smart, and she's rather hilarious as well, totally making fun of her mom and her strict upbringing, too. Maybe all that hardcore parenting isn't the worst thing after all, or maybe Amy Chua isn't really the badass mom she claimed to be in her book.

Here are some of our favorite clips from Sophia's new blog.

On why she's blogging:

When the whole world’s calling you a mindless robot, you kind of get the urge to start talking! Even though "Sophia" in the book is much more impressive than Sophia in real life. I think I’m sullying my impeccable image one post at a time, but so be it.

On her mom's book:
It’s despicable to suggest her book is satirical, and I’m deeply traumatized. If you lay awake every night weeping over the charred remains of your stuffed animals, you’d be traumatized too. [edit: for the love of god, people, I'M KIDDING]
On her expectations of college life (Sophia was accepted to both Yale and Harvard!):
Sleep all day, rave all night. Learn by osmosis.
On her college major pick: 
Absolutely no idea. I’m glad I have plenty of time to decide. As of now, I am shying away from Pre-Med, Pre-Law, or Pre-any-other-predetermined-career-path.
On her childhood "deprivation" from play dates, sleepovers, and drama class:
... when you spend 7 hours at school a day, 180 days a year, for 13 years, you rack up 16,380 hours of social interaction. That’s the equivalent of over 3,200 five-hour playdates. So overall, I don’t feel too deprived.

What was your initial reaction to Tiger Mom's parenting philosophy? Does her daughter's writing change your mind?

Image via New Tiger in Town

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