Amy Chua, the author of book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” otherwise known as “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” was a guest on The Colbert Report last night.

The host didn’t waste any time putting the Yale Law School professor on the spot: “Your book has both enraged and secretly threatened mothers across America — they think you’re wrong, but privately think maybe you’re right and doubt how they’re raising their own children. Did you achieve your goals?”

Chua promptly gave Colbert a “nooooooooooo!” She went on to explain that her book is a memoir, not a parenting guide. A parody of sorts, she says, meant to be funny.

She also said anyone can be what she calls a “Chinese Mother” if you teach your kids to work hard and not give up and blame others. “I think they’re fundamental American values, ones championed by our Founding Fathers.”

crt_chuachinese.jpgIt’ll be interesting to hear what Chua tells potential readers in China when she begins promoting her book there.

The Chinese edition’s title translates to “Being a Mom in America.”

Apparently, these days, Western styles of parenting are in vogue in China.

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