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Amy Chua In 'The Triple Package' Claims Jews and Mormons Produce More Successful People

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Controversial author and Yale Law professor Amy Chua gained notoriety for her tough parenting memoir "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," and now she's back to let the world know which eight cultural groups "do better than others" when it comes to achieving success in America.

"The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America" is her latest work, co-written with her husband and fellow Yale Law professor Jed Rubenfeld. They claim that some groups in America are simply inherently more likely to succeed than others.

The pair specifically names the eight social groups that they deem superior, which include two religious groups. Chua and Rubenfeld belong to two of them. The New York Post listed the groups worthy of praise:
  • Jewish
  • Indian
  • Chinese
  • Iranian
  • Lebanese-Americans
  • Nigerians
  • Cuban exiles
  • Mormons

The description for their book on Amazon.com states:

It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all.

Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success. A superiority complex, insecurity, impulse control—these are the elements of the Triple Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success.

Her critics have come from all sides to slam their characterization of race and religion in the United States.


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The Daily Mail reported that the reason for the inclusion of the two religious groups was because "Jewish Americans have the highest incomes per head across the nation," and because "Mormons such as Mitt Romney are high profile politicians."

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