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'Tiger Mom' offers clues to race gaps
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Amy Chua's not so tough. The Yale law professor's new memoir, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," has touched a raw national nerve with its descriptions of her tough "Chinese way" of parenting, a way that shows all of the warmth and charm of a Marine Corps drill instructor. Emulating her own parents, who moved here from China before she was born, she refuses to let her daughters Sophia and Louisa Chua-Rubenfeld attend sleepovers, have play dates, watch TV, play computer games, get any grade less than an A, choose their own extracurricular activities, be in school plays, complain about not being in a school play, play any instrument other than the piano or violin, fail to play the piano or violin or "not be the number-one student in every subject except gym and drama."