Amy Chua may be the Tiger Mom, but Hong Kong’s Corlin twins are trying their best to earn the title of Tiger Cubs. When the essay “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior” by Ms. Chua was published in the WSJ in January, parents world-wide engaged in a debate over how best to raise their kids. But in Hong Kong, the response was particularly acute. In a city where many parents fret over their kids’ interviews for pre-school at 2 two years old, many saw a bit of Ms. Chua within themselves.
But the South China Morning Post, the region’s biggest English-language daily newspaper, took it one step further, crowning a local tiger mom in Rosalind Corlin, and called her 10-year-old twins, Estephe and Perrine Corlin, as her tiger cubs. The paper profiled the mother and her own high-pressure parenting, and detailed her children’s achievements: They were judo champs, chess competitors, avid sailors and had written the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. It came out a few days after the first article was published that they ended up scoring straight A’s for the exam — news that only generated them more celebrity in the city.
So what do overachievers do when they’re on the top of their fame? Write a tell-all book, obviously. Self-published and with photos cribbed from the family album of the playful twins on an orange cover, the book, titled “The Roar of the Tiger Cubs,” was released on Friday for sale in Hong Kong. All proceeds from the book will be donated to non-profit organization that promotes literacy.