Melik Kaylan

A Tiger Education: Strict Has Always Meant Success

The controversy Amy Chua ignited with her new book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has now gone global, sparking debates from Hong Kong to New York about the pros and cons of ultrastrict mothering. Chua's revelations about the harsh measures she employed to force her daughters to master musical compositions have raised hackles, not least because she identifies the approach as a kind of archetypal Chinese-mother syndrome.