Tiger Babies Strike Back: How I Was Raised by a Tiger Mom But Could Not Be Turned to the Dark Side

Tiger Babies Strike Back: How I Was Raised by a Tiger Mom But Could Not Be Turned to the Dark Side (Paperback)

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Staff Reviews

I read all of Kim Wong Keltner’s books. They are light, warm, funny, and truthful life experiences written with easygoing style. This book is no exception to that pattern.
It is always nice to read about other cultures, their customs, and family stories. And it is really amazing when you realize that the Chinese mother "Tiger Parenting Model" is not so far away from many "mother behavior models" from my native Balkan area :)
This is definitely a book that makes you smile and reminds you to tell your own mother how much you love her and appreciate everything that she did for you.

--Aleksandra, JFK New York


Kim Wong Keltner is a Tiger Baby all grown up with a daughter of her own . . . but is she a Tiger Mother? Heck, no. This book describes--in hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking, detail--exactly why not.

A battle hymn for every non-Tiger offspring of Tiger parents, Tiger Babies Strike Back examines why generations of kids have been made to feel inferior, isolated, suffocated, and humiliated in dogged pursuit of one goal: making their elders look good. In search of answers, Keltner delves into her own childhood, family history, and community traditions to expose the seamy underbelly of perfectionistic parenting. Can the Tiger-parented take back their emotional lives and love their own kids unconditionally? Keltner herself is living, hugging, fabulously flawed, Care Bear tea-party-throwing proof that they can.

Traversing the choppy seas of American and Chinese traditions, Keltner dives into the difficulties facing women today--Chinese American and otherwise. At once deeply relevant and playfully honest, Tiger Babies Strike Back combines personal anecdotes and tough love advice for a humorous, provocative look at how our families shape--and sometimes shake--our personal foundations.

About the Author

In the fourth grade, Kim Wong Keltner won a cutthroat spelling bee, which encouraged her aspirations as a writer. Over the years, she honed her ear for dialogue by listening to elderly Chinese women dish dirt over endless games of mahjong. She met her husband at a Chaucer seminar when she stretched out her hand and said, "Come with me if you want to live." They now reside in San Francisco's Sunset District, where all the other Chinese people live.

Praise for Tiger Babies Strike Back: How I Was Raised by a Tiger Mom But Could Not Be Turned to the Dark Side…

“Full of feisty humor. . . . Smart and sassy.”
-USA Today

“A sort of Asian American Sex in the City...like meeting someone who voices thoughts or experiences that you presumed were wholly yours...cynically humorous and genuinely touching...Keltner’s wry sens of humor leaps off every page.”

It’s awesome to find such deep truth that makes you laugh this hard.
-Beth Lisick, author of Everybody Into the Pool

Product Details ISBN-10: 006222929X
ISBN-13: 9780062229298
Published: William Morrow & Company
Pages: 254
Language: English