Tiger Mom, Panda Dad: Make Way for Tiger Cub


There’s a new tiger in town — Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, the daughter of Yale professor Amy Chua, aka Tiger Mom, whose best-seller book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, stirred heated controversy about parenting styles and culture clashes.

Sophia is now choosing between Yale and Harvard for college, and in her spare time, just launched a blog, New Tiger in Town, to show the world that not only is she exceptional, she’s also normal. 

One thing they are, clearly: self-branding and -promoting tigers, this mother and her elder cub.[more]

On her new blog, Sophia (right) invites the public to ask her questions about her upbringing, now infamously known for a dearth of playdates, sleepovers, school plays, TV, computer games and a requirement of no grade less than an “A” and learning no instrument except piano or violin — all while being raised as an American teenager.

Asked by Business Insider why she started the blog, Sophia said:

“When the whole world’s calling you a mindless robot, you kind of get the urge to start talking! Even though ‘Sophia’ in the book is much more impressive than Sophia in real life. I think I’m sullying my impeccable image one post at a time, but so be it.” 

Tigers are very popular these days: first, Charlie Sheen’s rants about Tiger Blood rendering him impervious to the dangers of addiction; and now Sophia’s blog, which just featured a story about real tigers Dale and Alia, used in a photo shoot for her mother’s inclusion in the 2011 TIME 100 Most Influential list.

Interestingly, in her TIME 100 video (below), Amy Chua cites her father as being the most influential person in her life.

Sophia’s move into a personal blog brand gives new meaning to the long tail — of the tiger, that is.