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'Tiger Mother' On Colbert Report: "I Do Not Believe That Chinese Mothers Are Superior"

01/27/2011 09:45 am 09:45:32 | Updated May 25, 2011

Stephen Colbert interviewed Amy Chua, Yale professor and "Battle Hymns of the Tiger Mother" author, on last night's Colbert Report.

Chua appeared both defensive and uncomfortable during the interview, stating that the America's reaction to the book has been "a little surprising."

She said, "the book is a memoir. It's supposed to be funny. It's a self-parody." She doesn't understand how Americans could believe she is claiming to be a better mother than other American mothers when it is printed on the cover that she was "humbled by a 13-year-old."

Chua went on the explain that "anyone can be a Chinese mother." She believes that many of the values that Chinese parents cherish are already "fundamental American values championed by our founding fathers."

When you start with a Wall Street Journal article with the title, "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior," that might explain a misconception or two.

You can watch Colbert give Chua's introduction (hilarious), as well as the full interview below.

WATCH COLBERT'S INTRO TO AMY CHUA:

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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WATCH COLBERT'S INTERVIEW WITH AMY CHUA:

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