From Tiger Mom to Panda Parent

17 Asian Pacific American Law Journal 40 (2012)

5 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2013

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Peter H. Huang

University of Colorado Law School

Date Written: 2012


This response to Yale Law Professor Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, complements a much longer and related article that is also in part a response to Chua’s book: Tiger Cub Strikes Back: Memoirs of an Ex-Child Prodigy About Legal Education and Parenting, 1 British Journal of American Legal Studies 297 (2012). This brief essay discusses the cultural differences between Chinese and Western views about education, learning, and parenting. This editorial draws on research in social psychology to analyze the stereotype of Asians and Asian Americans as being competent yet unsociable. Finally, this reflection draws on economic and psychological research about identity priming to consider the possible impacts of Chua's book and popular cultural reactions to it on how Asians and Asian Americans identify themselves and are identified by others.

Keywords: Tiger Parenting, Asian stereotyping, model minority myth, learning, identity priming

JEL Classification: A12, A13, A21, K00, Z1

Suggested Citation

Huang, Peter H., From Tiger Mom to Panda Parent (2012). 17 Asian Pacific American Law Journal 40 (2012), Available at SSRN:

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