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Congrats, Tiger Mom! Amy Chua's daughter accepted to Harvard

Amy Chua, the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School, who joined the Yale faculty in 2001 after teaching at Duke Law School has authored her third book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," a parenting memoir about her self-described very harsh Chinese-American parenting style and how it plays out with her two daughters.

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The daughter of vilified Yale professor Amy Chua - author of The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom - is leaving her mother's den and going straight to Harvard.

News of 18-year-old Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld's acceptance to the Ivy League school on Monday has Chua supporters crying "vindication!"

"The Tiger Mom's tactics seem to have paid off," reports the New York Daily News, before listing some of her house rules (no sleepovers, no instruments except the violin, no grades less than an A). As she previously told The Globe and Mail about her controversial parenting techniques, "I'm willing to be different than other parents and go against the mainstream."

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Some supporters, like the legal blog Above The Law, sank their claws into Ms. Chua's critics: "Some readers of Amy Chua's book wondered whether it was premature of her to 'end a parenting story when one child is only 15,' in the words of Elizabeth Chang of the Washington Post. Well, now we know how the story ends - very, very happily."

Comments like these are no doubt tiger balm for Ms. Chua's wounded pride. But does anyone seriously believe young Sophia is a typical tiger cub raised by sharp-toothed parents?

A piano prodigy, Ms. Chua-Rubenfeld made her Carnegie Hall debut at 14. She comes from a privileged family and both her mother and father, Jed Rubenfeld, are Harvard Law School grads.

Even Ms. Chua doesn't take credit for getting her daughter into the No. 1 school in this year's U.S News university rankings.

"I don't think my parenting had anything to do with it - I think Sophia did it 100 per cent herself," she wrote in an e-mail to the Boston Herald.

The Tiger Mom sounds positively declawed.

What do you think: Is a Harvard acceptance letter for the Tiger Daughter a vindication of the Tiger Mom? Or was she bound to be an Ivy League shoo-in anyway?

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Adriana Barton is based in The Globe and Mail’s Vancouver bureau. Her article on growing up with counterculture parents is published in a McGraw-Hill anthology, right after an essay by Margaret Atwood. She wishes her last name didn’t start with B. More

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