26 October 1962 |
Champaign, Illinois, United States
|Alma mater||A.B. Harvard College
J.D. Harvard Law School
|Occupation||The John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School|
|Notable work(s)||2003 World on Fire
2007 Day of Empire
2011 Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
|Amy Chua Official Website|
Amy L. Chua (traditional Chinese: 蔡美兒; simplified Chinese: 蔡美儿; pinyin: Cài Měi'ér, born October 26, 1962) is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She joined the Yale faculty in 2001 after teaching at Duke Law School. Prior to starting her teaching career, she was a corporate law associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She specializes in the study of international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law. As of January 2011, she is most noted for her parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.
Early life 
Chua was born in Champaign, Illinois. Her parents were ethnic Chinese from the Philippines who emigrated to the United States. She has Hoklo ancestry and was raised in a Hokkien-speaking, not a Mandarin Chinese-speaking household. Her ancestors (including her grandparents and her mother) were born in Southern China's Fujian province. Amy's father, Leon O. Chua, is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and is known as a leading authority on nonlinear circuit theory and cellular neural networks, and as the discoverer of the memristor. Chua's mother was born in China in 1936, before relocating to the Philippines at the age of 2. She subsequently converted to Catholicism in high school and graduated from the University of Santo Tomas, with a degree in chemical engineering, magna cum laude.
She was raised as a Roman Catholic and lived in West Lafayette, Indiana. When she was eight years old, her family moved to Berkeley, California. Chua went to El Cerrito High School and graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College in 1984. She obtained her J.D. cum laude in 1987 from Harvard Law School, where she was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Chua has written three books: two studies of international affairs and a memoir.
Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability (2003), explores the ethnic conflict caused in many societies by disproportionate economic and political influence of "market dominant minorities" and the resulting resentment in the less affluent majority. World on Fire -- which was a New York Times Bestseller, selected by The Economist as one of the Best Books of 2003, and named by The Guardian as one of the "Top Political Reads of 2003" -- examines how globalization and democratization since 1989 have affected the relationship between market dominant minorities and the wider population.
Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance – and Why They Fall (2007), examines seven major empires and posits that their success depended on their tolerance of minorities.
Her latest book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, published in January 2011, is a memoir that ignited a global parenting debate with its story of one mother’s journey in strict parenting techniques.
Personal life 
Chua lives in New Haven, Connecticut and is married to Yale Law School professor Jed Rubenfeld. She has two daughters, Sophia and Louisa ("Lulu"). Sophia was accepted by both Harvard and Yale and is now attending Harvard. Chua, whose husband is Jewish, has stated that her children can speak Chinese, and they have been "raised Jewish". She is the eldest of four sisters: Michelle, Katrin, and Cynthia. Katrin is a physician and a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. Cynthia, who has Down Syndrome, holds two International Special Olympics gold medals in swimming.
- World On Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability. 2002. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385512848
- Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance--and Why They Fall. 2009. Anchor. ISBN 978-1400077410
- Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. 2011. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0143120582
- Chua, Amy (2011). Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Penguin Press. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-59420-284-1.
- Chua, Leon O. (September 1971). "Memristor - The Missing Circuit Element". IEEE Transactions on Circuits Theory (IEEE) 18 (5): 507–519.
- Maslin, Janet (January 19, 2011). "Amy Chua's ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother' - Review". The New York Times.
- Yale Law School | Faculty | Curriculum Vitae
- "Home entertainment". The Economist. December 4, 2003.
- "Top political reads of the year". The Guardian (London). December 24, 2003.
- Hodson, Heather (January 15, 2011). "Amy Chua: 'I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!'". The Guardian (London).
- Chua, Amy (January 8, 2011). "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior". Wall Street Journal.
- I Am Amazed by Amy Chua — Chris Abraham
- Hong, Terry (January 9, 2011). "'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,' by Amy Chua". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Special Olympians Come To Berkeley For Summer Games - News Story - KTVU San Francisco