Tiger Mother's daughter speaks!
When EW first reviewed Amy Chau's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother — a controversial chronicling of her decision to raise her two children according to "the Chinese way"— we wondered what her two daughters Sophia and Lulu (who, we learned in the book, were never allowed to have play dates, sleepovers, or get anything besides A grades) thought about it all.
The New York Post tracked down Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, now 18, to get her side of the story, written as a letter to her mother. Not surprisingly, perhaps, Chua-Rubenfeld takes the opportunity to vigorously defend her mom's actions. She even even brings up those homemade birthday cards that Chua rejected! Says Chua-Rubenfeld, "Everybody's talking about the birthday cards we once made for you, which you rejected because they weren't good enough. Funny how some people are convinced that Lulu and I are scarred for life. Maybe if I had poured my heart into it, I would have been upset. But let's face it: The card was feeble, and I was busted. It took me 30 seconds; I didn't even sharpen the pencil. That's why, when you rejected it, I didn't feel you were rejecting me. If I actually tried my best at something, you'd never throw it back in my face"
Okay, so there you have it! But we'd be remiss if we didn't also point out that Sophia was the one described in the book as being the more obedient daughter…