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Tiger Mum Amy Chua takes aim at rising tribalism among Americans

Made famous as the Tiger Mum by her 2011 book, Ms Amy Chua takes aim at tribalism in America. The Yale Law School professor discusses with ST's US Bureau Chief Nirmal Ghosh the country's dangerous "tribal anxiety".
Professor Amy Chua's latest book, Political Tribes - Group Instinct And The Fate Of Nations, which was released last month, has drawn hate mail but also has back-cover endorsements from two top US generals.
Professor Amy Chua's latest book, Political Tribes - Group Instinct And The Fate Of Nations, which was released last month, has drawn hate mail but also has back-cover endorsements from two top US generals.ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH

In new book, Amy Chua warns of a fracturing of US, backlash among elites against populism

She was the Tiger Mum made famous in a 2011 book that revealed her strict ways of bringing up her two daughters. Now, with her cubs all grown up, Professor Amy Chua is taking aim at tribalism in America.

The United States is facing a dangerous and unprecedented moment of "pervasive tribal anxiety", the Yale Law School professor warns in her new book, Political Tribes - Group Instinct And The Fate Of Nations, released last month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2018, with the headline 'Tiger Mum takes aim at rising tribalism among Americans'. Print Edition | Subscribe