The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely. Traits Explain the Rise and the Fall of. Cultural Groups in America. By: Amy Chua, Jed Rubenfeld. THE PENGUIN. In a nutshell, The Triple Package discusses the three cultural traits of eight successful immigrant groups in the United States. These traits. In The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, out next week from Penguin, the.
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triple package, however, the authors raise issues relevant to current “Triple Package” cultures achieve superior outcomes in income, job. Editorial Reviews. Review. Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed): “In their provocative new book, Chua (Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother) and Rubenfeld ( The. Praise. Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed): “In their provocative new book, Chua (Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother) and Rubenfeld (The Interpretation of.
That childhood is essentially a kind of boot camp for what will hopefully be a lucrative adulthood, and thus should be free of sleepovers, school plays, and poorly performed piano sonatas. Children should be harangued into round-the-clock studying and prevented from taking part in leisurely activities. The piece and the book whipped up the expected firestorm. Throughout, Chua largely stuck to her guns, though she pointed out that she did not write the WSJ headline. But this time, Chua, together with her husband and fellow Yale law professor Jed Rubenfeld, wrote an entire book doubling down on that very headline.
The couple previewed their theory in a wildly popular New York Times opinion piece on Sunday.
The Triple Package traits work approximately like this: Those eight cultures have, first, a superiority complex stemming from a mystical creation story in the case of the Chinese or a religious doctrine the Jews and Mormons and therefore feel their family must outperform those of other ethnicities and creeds.
Second, they have insecurity, which can stem from either their precarious financial situations or from being discriminated against the authors use the Nigerians and Iranians as examples.
Finally, a certain grittiness or impulse control helps these groups persevere through adversity. Mormon missionaries, they note, are always getting doors slammed in their faces.
It does offer an in-depth look at the inner-workings of certain cultures, and it lays out plenty of strategies for the striving parent. Percentage of foreign born population by state Imgur The selection of the groups does appear somewhat random. Immigrants are indeed an ambitious bunch. Finally, while the authors do convincingly illustrate that many immigrants have these three traits, and that these groups are successful, the correlation and causation problem remains unanswered.
In a meta-analysis, the psychologist Roy Baumeister found that boosting self-esteem has not been shown to help academic performance.
Meanwhile, a study of students , academics, and workers published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people who are more confident achieve higher social status, regardless of their actual abilities.
In reality, two steps out of LaGuardia or LAX or whatever polyphonic airport greets them, many immigrants who lack English and connections are seized with an all-consuming terror of starving to death.
Research on immigrants has revealed widespread fear in their communities, particularly among the undocumented. And this fear tends to be immediate and causal: If you get an 85 on a science test one day, the thinking goes, you'll be chewing on shoe leather the next day because the family's meager cash reserves will have somehow evaporated overnight.
In another recent immigrant tome, Little Failure , the author Gary Shteyngart describes his father arriving home from work one day and raining blows upon him for not completing a set of math problems out of a Soviet textbook in time.
In the same breath, the elder Shteyngart worries that his "German boss" will fire him and the family will need their three-figure savings to live on. This is not because of some triumvirate of ironman characteristics. It is plain panic over survival. Shteyngart clearly turned out fine—after years of therapy—but even Chua and Rubenfeld point out that not every Triple-Package child does.
These folks start their journey into upward-mobility not at the bottom in tenement slums but in multimillion dollar McMansions in Silicon Valley. And for the most part, Chua has turned a blind eye to this glaring fact. She has cherry-picked her examples of success, focusing instead on cultural values, not recognizing that many of these people arrive with distinct advantages.
No doubt, Chua is quite aware of the racist baggage that her old-fashioned argument carries, so she made sure to focus on one black group. Touting the Nigerians, she focuses on how these recent immigrants have done better than other African Americans whom are, in her worldview, inferior. But even Chua admits that Nigerians arrive already with advanced graduate degrees: Is it a wonder that they have done well?
These people are not a broad selection of Nigerian culture but a specific sub-section and this casts doubt upon Amy Chua's thesis. Most critics have focused on a single irony: And this exploits the larger formula that did so well in her previous book on parenting--the one in which she berates lazy white people and basks in the glory of her superiority.
But Amy Chua did not arrive in the United States and claw her way up from a tenement slum. We know this because she has amply documented her own personal circumstances. Her first book points out that she grew up among Chinese in the Phillipines who, even as outsiders, own everything.
World on Fire -- a less successful, early attempt to storm the book market -- "explores the ethnic conflict caused in many societies by disproportionate economic and political influence of 'market dominant minorities' and the resulting resentment in the less affluent majority.
By her own account, these Chinese form a class who are so rich and powerful that they need bodyguards and live, isolated, in compounds. Her own Aunt Leona, twin to her father, was brutally murdered precisely because she was part of the 1 percent.
My own family runs a plastics conglomerate and owns swathes of prime real estate -- and they are only "third-tier" Chinese tycoons. They also have safe deposit boxes full of gold bars, each one the size of a chocolate bar. I myself have such a gold bar. My Aunt Leona sent it to me as a law school graduation present a few years before she died.
I could be nasty here. But I choose not to fall into the trap of so many of Amy Chua's critics. I do have this question: If you arrive in the United States as part of the 1 percent that drained off all the resources from a latter-day colony is it any surprise that you were able to leverage your fortune into a career at a top-notch university?
If you inherited your status, wealth, privilege, connections and all it got you was a well-paying job does it at all reflect your innate superiority? Or is your so-called success simply the logical conclusion to the fact that you simply started off better? Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.
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