Review: The Triple Package: What Really Determines Success


This book has stirred up a storm of controversy. But why shouldn’t Tiger Mother Amy Chua and her husband investigate the success of certain cultural and ethnic groups? The question is: are they right in their explanation of it?: The Guardian

Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld

Countercultural conclusions … Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld. Photograph: Mike McGregor for the Guardian

Asian-Americans make up about 5% of the US college-age population, and 19% of Harvard’s undergraduate body. At Yale, that figure is 16%. At Princeton, 19%. And at the California Institute of Technology, where, argue the authors of The Triple Package, admissions are based solely on test scores rather than a combination of scores and more opaque criteria, a whopping 40% of undergraduates are Asian-American.

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