Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld: The Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

The Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld

Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, Professors Yale Law School.


Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, Professors at the Yale Law School, for a discussion of their new book, "The Triple Package." Chua and Rubenfeld explain the rise and fall of certain cultural groups, primarily, 2nd generation recent immigrants to the U.S. These groups which demonstrate high success rates manifest 3 characteristics -- a superiority complex (rooted in theology, history, or imported social hierarchies), a sense of insecurity (driven by scorn, fear and family) and impulse control(resulting in a drive to work harder). Chua and Rubenfeld analyze the interface of these characteristics with American institutions and incentives to create high rates of success as measured by material goals, academic achievement, and prestige. They also offer a critique of recent US cultural trends that contribute to American relative decline.

KEYWORDS: Diversity, Immigration.

Amy Chua
Jed Rubenfeld
Publication date: 
February 13, 2014
Publication type: 
Conversations with History