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Asian Americans In Corporate America:

Some Questions & Challenges

ECC Brown Bag

Jim Kelly

Senior Vice President, TDBU


Topics
Topics

  • Defining Diversity

  • Statistics on Asian Americans

  • Stereotypes of Asian Americans

  • Working the Issue from All Sides

  • Emerging Resources


What is diversity why do we want it
What is Diversity – Why Do We Want It?

Definition of Diverse:

  • 1: Differing from one another :unlike<people with diverse interests>

  • 2: Composed of distinct or unlike elements or qualities <a diverse population>

    Synonyms: see different

  • We often mistake diversity for equality, equal opportunity -- or even sameness!

  • Why is diversity such a good thing for our Company?


Harsh Fact: Asian Americans, compared with all other groups,

are less likely to rise to management levels

Source: EEOC 2003


Harsh Fact: Despite high academic achievement and qualifications, Asian Americans’ career and leadership attainment declines after graduation1

Point of Demarcation

Mainstream

Career/LeadershipTrend

Educational Trend

Asian

Illustrative

Achievement

Time

1Source: Cabezas & Kawaguch, 1988; Chen, 2004; Committee 100, 2005; Federal Glass Ceiling Commission, 1995; Kuo, 1979; Landau, 1995; Oyserman & Sakamoto, 1997; Schmid & Nobe, 1965; Tang, 1993; U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1988, 1992; Wong, 1982; Woo, 2001


Harsh Fact: Asian Americans have lower leadership aspiration and confidence in their leadership abilities than Caucasian Americans

Source: Dr. Sy Research


Harsh fact asian americans are less likely to be perceived as prototypical leaders
Harsh Fact: Asian Americans are less likely to be and confidence in their leadership abilities than Caucasian Americansperceived as prototypical leaders

Source: Dr. Sy Research


Ny times report takes aim at model minority stereotype of asian american students
NY Times: Report Takes Aim at ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype of Asian-American Students

The image of AAs as a homogeneous group of high achievers taking over the campuses of the nation’s most selective colleges came under assault in a report issued by New York University, the College Board and a commission of mostly AA educators and community leaders.

Report found:

  • Contrary to stereotype, most of the bachelor’s degrees that AAs received in 2003 were in business, management, social sciences or humanities, not in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering or math.

  • The report quotes the opening to W. E. B. Du Bois’s 1903 classic “The Souls of Black Folk” — “How does it feel to be a problem?” — and says that for AAs, seen as the “good minority that seeks advancement through quiet diligence in study and work and by not making waves,” the question is, “How does it feel to be a solution?”

  • The under-representation of Asian-Americans in administrative jobs at colleges. Only 33 of the nation’s college presidents, fewer than 1% are AAs.


What are some american stereotypes about asians
What Are Some American Stereotypes About Asians? Stereotype of Asian-American Students


Some Questions… Stereotype of Asian-American Students

Why do Asian Americans have lower leadership aspirations and less confidence in their leadership abilities?

Why are Asian Americans not perceived as prototypical leaders?

What can be done to address these issues?


Working the issues from both ends
Working the Issues from Both Ends… Stereotype of Asian-American Students

  • Corporate executives must be sensitized to AA issues, culture and untapped potential

  • “Model Minority” must not be the “Ignored Group”

  • Leadership pipeline must contain AAs…or corporations will not have AA leaders!

  • AAs must take personal and collective affirmative steps to highlight their issues and develop leadership skills necessary to break through stereotypes

  • Supportive resources must be developed, recognized and seized


Resources are emerging
Resources Are Emerging… Stereotype of Asian-American Students

  • AAPA – Asian American Professional Association

  • LEAP - Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics

  • Ascend (leadership development conference)

  • Apex (Asian Professional Exchange)

  • National Association of Asian American Professionals

  • Asian Women in Business

  • Stanford Graduate School Advanced Leadership Program for Emerging Asian American Executives

  • Asia Society

All and others can be found on the internet!


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