Amy Chua has caused a scandal with her “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” book, and many media appearances. Her book is about how she raised her two daughters to be extreme high achievers, and flies in the face of what Charles Murray calls “squishy postmodern parents.” She is a Yale law professor, married to an Orthodox Jew. Here are some of the articles about “Tiger Mom.” Here are some links about Chua’s book:
Here’s an especially good Charles Murray piece on Tiger Mom.
Back in the 1990’s I was a Russian linguist in the US Army Reserves, and every year we had a SAEDA briefing. SAEDA is:
Counterintelligence & Security Office
SAEDA Online Training
Subversion and Espionage Directed Against the Army
This course meets the annual training requirement specified in AR 381-12. Topics include; reportable incidents, identifying exploitable weaknesses, indicators of espionage behavior, reporting of SAEDA incidents, and penalties for those involved in espionage activities. v1.6
At the time, I was going to drill at Fort Devens and living in Arlington, Massachusetts, in a boarding house with a couch potato son of a Polaroid executive, a male Chinese PhD candidate in physics at Harvard, and the (Chinese) Chair of the Artificial Intelligence department at MIT, and his Chinese wife who was applying to business school.
The Chinese were very good natured, and expressed bafflement at how the US was giving away it’s technological base to the Chinese and Indians. The couch potato would be watching endless hours of television, and the Chinese would say, “why do you watch fiction?” They would tell me that all the grad student positions were occupied by Chinese and Indians, and a few Russians. It really bothered them that there were no Americans (meaning White Americans) in the graduate departments of the sciences and math at MIT and Harvard. They sensed something rotten in Denmark — the very same things that White ethnic advocates sense, but from a wholly different perspective. These Chinese had no ill will toward us Americans (White Americans); it bothered them to see us being taken down so handily, and expressed this to me quite bluntly.
They said this to me when they saw me suiting up for weekend drill at Fort Devens, and it just so happened that I had a SAEDA briefing. At the SAEDA briefing, the counterintelligence officer said if any of us knew of a security threat to the United States, we should tell him. I raised my hand and repeated what my Chinese housemates told me. The counterintelligence officer didn’t have a good answer for me at the time; the next year he was sort of prepared. He said something along the lines of:
Our government has decided that the benefit of Chinese scientists outweighs the security risk.
I replied to the very uncomfortable Defense-ocrat:
So we can’t find enough American scientists any more? Are we all a bunch of dummies that need to outsource our most sensitive technologies and secrets to a foreign and hostile communist government?
The counterintelligence officer refused to continue the conversation, and my fellow soldiers and chain of command derided my “paranoia” about the “yellow peril.” I had a conversation with one sergeant who said that “maybe we can all afford to just slack and go to Disneyland now that we are the rulers of the world.”
I also took my daughter to a private Waldorf school in Lexington, MA outside of Boston and saw the Asian and Jewish “high investment parents” and just shook my head — us “Middle Americans” don’t have a chance with our TV upbringings. The Waldorf teachers and parents regarded the television with the same horror and disgust as second hand tobacco smoke. They were a bunch of overweening, neurotic freaks, but their kids are given every possible leg up over Middle American White kids.
None of the commentary mentions that middle class and upper class Russians do the same thing. This is where I first saw high investment parenting in action. When Amy Chua said she forced her daughter to practice violin for 3 hours a day, if she was doing this to the kid before she was 9 years old it was counterproductive. The Russian approach to teaching violin is to start them at 5, but for the first 2 or 3 years the children aren’t allowed to play the violin without the teacher present. The child has 5 lessons a week, 1/2 hour in duration, and the Russian violin teacher (always a woman at the beginner level) will mold the child to have perfect Galamanian violin biomechanics.
The Asians still regard the Russians as the great violin masters. The Russians also produce great mathematicians, scientists, soldiers, chess players, politicians, and fighters. They have historically forced their children to do intense study. When the Jews started immigrating to the US in the early 20th century, they had this “Russian advantage,” just as the Chinese do now. And its no surprise that Chinese and Jews are intermarrying, such as Chua and her Orthodox Jewish husband did.
Just as Hunter Wallace over at Occidental Dissent had his epiphany about the need to mainstream our message, I had the realization that the most important White ethnic activism is high investment parenting.