YAAM Redpath Lecture – A Night with Amy Chua, May 2018
On Tuesday evening, May 1st, over 80 members of our club turned out to hear the celebrated Yale Law Professor Amy Chua, often known as the “Tiger Mom,” in a wide-ranging talk at the Baltimore Country Club. Professor Chua, whose academic specialties include international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law, led off by discussing some of the key points from her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, which examines how ethnocultural and economically-based rivalries influence relations among ethnic groups both in other countries and within the United States as well. But Professor Chua, who displayed neither teeth nor claws during an engaging and free-wheeling discussion, also talked about the media firestorm surrounding her earlier 2011 book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which was triggered when an anonymous editorial editor for the Wall Street Journal retitled (without her knowledge) an op-ed piece based on the book to read “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” Professor Chua brought us up to date on how the two talented daughters she wrote about in that book are doing, and also discussed her role in encouraging Yale Law student J.D. Vance to write Hillybilly Elegy, his acclaimed memoir of growing up in Appalachia. Club members also enjoyed socializing with each other and Professor Chua at the cocktail hour in advance of her talk on a lovely spring evening in a beautiful setting.