Left Coast Voices

"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Amy Chua’s Supporters Rally

I don’t feel too motivated to get involved in the Amy Chua debate any further than I have already here or here. Whether I agree or not (and I don’t think I do), I am appalled that she has received death threats for her view – here in America, a couple of weeks after Tuscon.

Chinese characters for mother and daughter

I want to give a platform to responses regarding one aspect in particular: the high suicide rate among children of Chinese parents. Lloyd Lofthouse, an author of two historical Chinese novels, and a colleague here in the Bay Area that I have grown to respect  has posted a response to the suicide rate.

Be warned, it is a powerful article with a haunting personal anecdote. Here is Lloyd’s post:

Amy Chua’s Suicide Critics


Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com

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