As Newser points out today, Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld-you remember, the "good" daughter from Amy Chua's memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother -has a blog. It’s called new tiger in town , and it's obviously a response to all the media attention her family has received. ("I'm Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, daughter of the Tiger Mother," the header reads.)
There are only four posts so far (along with a lot of attractive photos), but Sophia's already got an enviable audience-her latest post, from April 14, has 100 comments, and two of her four entries are simply Q-and-A's with her readers. The site has been covered by the likes of Gawker and Time . Meanwhile, her January op-ed in the New York Post about loving her "strict Chinese mom" was widely circulated, and the news that she had been accepted to both Harvard AND Yale breathlessly reported.
Amy Chua has been raked over the coals since her controversial book came out, with readers (and non-readers) wondering if she's insane, heartless, witless, or some combination thereof. Sophia, on the other hand, has come out of the whole thing smelling like a rose-a hot, grounded, well-spoken, well-rounded rose that survived a crazy mom and a media blitzkrieg and is still the picture of precocious self-possession. If she wrote a book right now about post traumatic daughter disorder, or how to be a tiger cub, or whatever, it would sell like hotcakes. (Hot dumplings?)
Do you ever get the sense that the whole Tiger Mother fracas was some kind of elaborate act of extreme mothering? Like, "I will immolate myself and my reputation so that you, my daughter, can brand yourself 'Tiger Sophia' and rise from my ashes! And become a national figure with your own bully pulpit at 18!!"
Or maybe, as my own Chinese mom once put it, I just "read too many Chinese novels."