Behind every great woman is a mother. If the mother has an identical or perhaps even stronger will and intelligence, is as beautiful as her daughter, and is a mere fourteen years older, so that
at times it’s difficult to know whether one is addressing the mother or the daughter, so much the better. And so much more the better if the mother is, if anything, even freer than her daughter of such weaknesses as vacillation, pity, self-doubt and
humility. If she also happens to be rich, literate, well-connected, and fearless, then she is Madame Yang, who puts every Tiger Mother who ever lived, or will ever live, to shame.