Author Amy Chua..
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A new book naming Jews as one of the eight most successful cultural groups in America has already caused waves among readers and critics, the Huffington Post reported.
The book, called The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, was written by Yale Law professor Amy Chua. Chua gained notoriety after publishing the memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother about her tough parenting methods.
The Triple Package, co-written with her husband and fellow Yale Law professor Jed Rubenfeld, makes the case for why eight minority populations in the US are inherently more likely to "do better than others."
The groups examined are: Jewish, Indian, Chinese, Iranian, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians, Cuban exiles, and Mormons.
Chua has been criticized widely for promoting certain races as "superior" to others, yet the three elements she says are behind their success are a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control.
The book's description on Amazon.com states:
"Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all."
Twitter users have lashed out at Chua, calling her "an embarrassment to Yale" and a "full-blown eugenics-pushing racist," while Salon.com called her new book "another crackpot theory of racial superiority."
Both Chua and Rubenfeld are members of two of the groups listed in their book.