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Vengeful majorities

In many poor countries, markets concentrate wealth in the hands of prosperous ethnic minorities. In these places, democracy can be an engine of vengeance

By Amy Chua   December 2003

One reason for global anti-Americanism is that Americans are perceived as the world’s dominant minority, wielding disproportionate economic power. A similar kind of resentment towards economically successful ethnic minorities motivates social tension in numerous countries—from Zimbabwe to the Philippines

One morning in September 1994, I received a call from my mother in California. In a hushed voice, she told me that my Aunt Leona, my father’s twin sister, had been murdered in her home in the Philippines, her throat slit by her chauffeur. My mother broke the news to me in our Hokkien Chinese dialect. But the word “murder” she…

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