Hi Meltingpot Readers,
I’d like you to weigh in on this for me. An Asian friend of mine recently had an incident at work where she made a comment about some trouble her children were having at summer camp and a White co-worker called her a “Tiger Mom” as a joke. My friend was furious and hurt. Not only does she find the term racist, but it effectively diminished her ability to “parent in public.” The worst part is, she’d already schooled her co-workers on a previous occasion as to why the term “Tiger Mother” was offensive.
So, I ask you, dear readers, is the term Tiger Mother racist, offensive, insensitive, rude or all of the above? Would we file this under racist microaggressions? I have to admit, until my friend pointed this out to me, I never really thought of the term Tiger Mother as racist, but I also never thought about calling anybody a Tiger Mother either. I more or less only thought of it as the title of Amy Chua’s 2011 book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.
So school me, dear readers. Share your knowledge and opinion about this loaded term. I’m totally listening.