Amy Chua

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Amy Chua (蔡美儿)

Amy Chua (蔡美儿), a Chinese-American professor with the Yale University, has drawn the attention of American society because of her latest book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a memoir and reflection on cultural differences in child-rearing.

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She was born in 1962, the Year of the Tiger, in Champaign, Illinois. She lived in the Midwest until she was eight, when her father Leon Chua became a professor at UC Berkeley, and her family moved to California. Amy graduated from El Cerrito High School in 1980.

In 1980, Amy headed East. She graduated from Harvard College in 1984 and Harvard Law School in 1987. While at Harvard Law School, Professor Chua was executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, she clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald, who was a wonderful mentor to her and who performed the marriage ceremony for Amy and her husband Jed.

Amy practiced for four years with the Wall Street firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where she worked on international transactions throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America. In 1994, she joined the Duke University Faculty of Law. Amy and her family loved North Carolina. The only problem was that Jed was teaching at Yale. Amy joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2001.

Amy's first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, a New York Times bestseller, was selected by both The Economist and the U.K.'s Guardian as one of the Best Books of 2003. Professor Chua's second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance – and Why They Fall was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller. Her latest book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is a memoir and reflection on cultural differences in child-rearing.

At Yale Law School, Amy teaches in the areas of contracts, law and development, international business transactions, and law and globalization. She is also a recipient of the Yale Law School's “Best Teaching” award.

Amy lives with her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, two daughters, Sophia and Louisa, and two Samoyeds in New Haven, Connecticut.

In her Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua, the Chinese-American mother, recalled her forceful ways of ensuring her two daughters to achieve top grades at school and excel in other areas. Strict, uncompromising values and discipline are what makes children raised by Chinese parents successfully. That's the message in the new parenting book authored by Amy Chua.