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Wendi Deng: Tiger Mom From Hell

I thought she was a nice, submissive Asian woman.

"A former household staffer and tutor for Rupert Mudoch and Wendi Deng's children is speaking out for the first time about the relentless nightmare that is working for the Murdochs: Screaming tantrums, nannies discarded by the side of the road on a whim, no benefits, unpaid overtime, young girls body-shamed by their mother—and near abandonment for workers injured on the job. Ying-Shu Hsu spent more than year as a full-time Chinese tutor and nanny to Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng's daughters, Chloe and Grace. Six years ago, while holding then 2-year-old Chloe in her arms, she tripped over a tricycle in the Murdochs' Beverly Hills home and fractured her knee, causing permanent damage. Unable to work and cut off from workers' compensation benefits owing to the Murdochs' shoddy paperwork, Hsu was sent packing with a severance payment and told never to contact the family again. She sued the Murdochs unsuccessfully for damages in 2007 (the lawsuit has never been previously reported), and has never been able to work since. She lives off Social Security now.

Hsu's saga began in December 2004, when the 69-year-old lifelong educator (she'd previously managed a daycare in Queens) answered a want-ad for a Chinese-language tutor. She had no idea that her potential employers would be Murdoch, the media mogul worth an estimated $8 billion, and his Chinese wife of five years, Wendi Deng. She was originally hired to teach Grace and Chloe how to read and write in their mother's native language—a 40-hour-a-week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. gig that required frequent travel with the family to the Murdochs' Beverly Hills estate and Arizona compound. But the job quickly metastasized into childcare.

"Basically, the nanny didn't do well, and Wendi told me to do this extra stuff that I wasn't supposed to do," Hsu told me in an an interview translated by her son. The Murdochs had a household staff of roughly seven or eight in New York, she told me: two secretaries, one cook, two housekeepers, a nanny, a tutor, and one part-time laundry person.

Working for Wendi, Hsu said, was like being in a "war zone": "Everyone who works for her hates her and is scared of her," she said. "When she's there, it's like a war zone."

Deng's public image is hardly demure. She came to international fame a year ago when she landed a swift and merciless blow on a protester who threw a pie at her husband during his testimony before Parliament. And given her facility with bending older married men to her will—her first husband was a married man whose family sponsored her student visa; she was 21 at the time—she has often been described as a conniving man-eater.

Deng was given to profanity-laced outbursts for seemingly minor affronts, Hsu said, often in front of her daughters. "She had a very bad temper and would get angry very easily. Once, when we were leaving the house, I forgot to bring a hair clip for one of the girls, and Wendi yelled at me. So I ran back into the house to get it, but I got the wrong one. Wendi threw it on the ground in front of the girls and everyone." On another occasion, Hsu says, after a housekeeper turned on the baseboard heating at the Murdochs' Arizona compound against Deng's orders, "she went nuts—yelling, cursing."

"She would curse like that in front of the kids," Hsu said. (That comports with what Deng told British Vogue last year: "We don't talk to them like babies. They know all about the phone hacking.")

"Everyone who works for [Wendi] hates her and is scared of her." The most drastic example of Deng's abusive behavior that Hsu could recall was the time she kicked an instransigent nanny out her chauffeur-driven car. "One of the nannies made a mistake in the car, and Wendi told the chauffeur to stop the car and told the nanny to get out and then drove off. She has a hot temper." Hsu, who couldn't recall the nature of the nanny's grievous error, said the woman considered suing the Murdochs over the incident but never did."

by Anonymousreply 711/07/2012

Oh my gawd! Half an hour goes by without comment about an article about an imperious, Asian, Murdoch, tiger mother, whore?

by Anonymousreply 107/19/2012

Run and hide when Dragon Lady comes into room.

by Anonymousreply 207/19/2012

Tiger moms don't give their daughters the tutor's sandwich. They threaten to burn their teddy bears if they don't get As.

by Anonymousreply 307/19/2012

Me so horny.

by Anonymousreply 407/19/2012

She's evil and will eventually get what's coming to her, karmically-speaking.

by Anonymousreply 507/19/2012

NEW YORK November 7, 2012 (AP)

A disgraced dean of St. John's University accused of using students as personal servants was found hanging in her apartment Tuesday, dead of an apparent suicide one day after she testified in her own defense at her criminal trial, a law enforcement official said.

Cecilia Chang's body was discovered hanging from a folding ladder that leads to her attic in her Queens home Tuesday morning, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly because Chang's family had not been notified and thus spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Chang, 59, was the former dean of the Institute of Asian Studies and was charged in 2010 with stealing $1 million from the school and with forced labor. Federal authorities said she forced students to run personal errands for her and do mundane tasks like making meals at a veteran administrator's home or answering her personal emails— or else they would be kicked out of school.

Her federal trial started recently. On Monday, Chang gave rambling, bizarre testimony where she admitted lying to an FBI agent, expensing personal items and using her students. But she denied stealing from the school.

"I laid out so much money over the years," she said on the stand. "I raised $20 million for St. John's."

A day later, U.S. District Court Judge Sterling Johnson declared a mistrial in the case. Johnson called her death "a Shakespearean tragedy" and suggested her testimony Monday was a purposeful confession.

"That could be one of the reasons she wanted to testify," Johnson told the prosecutors and Chang's lawyers, according to the Daily News of New York and New York Post. "Sayonara. Get it off her chest. We never know how an individual handles the pressure. She admitted everything on the stand."

Chang's attorneys Joel Cohen and Alan Abramson, who had objected to Chang's decision to testify in her own defense, said she dedicated 30 years of her life to the university.

"She was a prolific fundraiser and tireless advocate for her beloved Asian Studies program at the university," they wrote. "Her death today is a sad ending to a complex human drama."

The medical examiner's office will determine a cause of death.

by Anonymousreply 611/07/2012

Why would anyone be surprised?

Wendi will out bitch anyone.

by Anonymousreply 711/07/2012
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