The PJ Tatler

The Return of the Dragon Lady

How much of the fascination of Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is a mutation of the earlier idea of the Dragon Lady,  with the beautiful, bead-curtain parting, lacquered-fingernail femme replaced by the iron-willed, clenched-tooth and inhumanly overachieving counterpart? With fears over Chinese economic world dominance running high, even the Boston Globe cannot resist examining the “Chinese parenting style” whose motto is said to be “if the next time’s not PERFECT, I’m going to TAKE ALL YOUR STUFFED ANIMALS AND BURN THEM!’’