While Asian Americans are well-represented in the non-managerial workforce, they’re often significantly under-represented in the executive suite. A recent study by Ascend found that among five of the largest tech companies, Pan-Asians represent 27% of professionals, but only half that among executives. This is all despite the fact that Asian Americans outperform the average American when it comes to education, employment, and income, according to Pew Research.
The "model minority" stereotype paints Asian Americans in a positive light; however, the positive facade hides the insidious nature of the generalization, such as when Asian Americans are categorized as meek, submissive, and unqualified as leaders. These unique barriers comprise the "bamboo ceiling".
We’re capturing more data than ever before, and we’re doing it more precisely. But we’re still not using data to its full potential to understand and address the challenges facing the Asian American workforce.
How can we use recent data to highlight key trends and insights within the Pan-Asian workforce? How might we shatter the bamboo ceiling?
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