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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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


An answer to Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, author Kim Wong Keltner’s Tiger Babies Strike Back takes the control-freak beast by the tail with a humorous and honest look at the issues facing women today—Chinese-American and otherwise.

Keltner, the author of the novels Buddha Baby and I Want Candy, mines her own past in an attempt to dispel the myth that all Chinese women are Tiger Mothers. Keltner strikes back at Chua’s argument through topics, including “East Meets West in the Board Room and the Bedroom,” and “I Was Raised by a Tiger Mom and All I Got Was this Lousy T-Shirt: A Rebuttal to Chua.”

Through personal anecdotes and tough-love advice, Keltner’s witty and forthright opinions evoke an Asian-American Sex and the City, while showing how our families shape our personal worlds.

About the Author

The only thing that keeps Kim Wong Keltner from writing is when she’s trapped under an avalanche of her daughter’s stuffed animals. Keltner is the author of The Dim Sum of All Things, Buddha Baby, and I Want Candy. Tiger Babies Strike Back is her first work of nonfiction.

Praise For…

“The author writes with compassion, humor, love and anger about her mother’s combination of tough love and high expectations…A quirky reflection on the modern immigrant experience and hyphenated ethnicity in America.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“An inspiring take on mothering -- and daughtering. The book is smart, creative, and thought-provoking.”
— Linda Small, author of Wimpy Parents: How Not to Raise a Brat

“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.”
— generationrice

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

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: 9780062229298
ISBN-10: 006222929X
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
Pages: 272
Language: English