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Passive, Non-confrontatonal, and Without a Strong Presence

January 29, 2009

I haven’t been able to blog regularly since the Obama inauguration. Chalk it up to ObamaMania and the post-inaugural “I don’t feel like doing anything” drunken hangover effect that it seemed to induce in some people. 😉

Anyhow, here are a couple of insightful links concerning Asian Americans and their socio-economic status (or lack thereof):

Firstly, by way of Alpha Asian’s blog, he notes that a recent study by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) found that “Asian-American employees are underrepresented in the senior ranks of federal agencies, and likely are underreporting instances of discrimination on the job.”

Here’s a money quote concerning the study: 

“The report noted that stereotypes of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as being passive and nonconfrontational, without a strong presence, may mean that managers are unable to see their leadership potential.”



Without a strong presence?

Kind of like a piece of White bread, perhaps?

The second link is by way of Racialicious and concerns a study conducted by University of Maryland’s Asian American Studies program. The study appears to be one of the most in-depth and detailed examinations of Chinese Americans in memory, as it addresses everything from income levels and education to geographical location, occupations, and even divorce rates.

The findings suggest that “extreme diversity” characterizes the Chinese American community with a kind of “bi-polar picture of wealth and poverty, high and low education levels, white and blue collars.”

The bottom line of the study is that the “Chinese Americans, one of the most highly educated groups in the nation, are confronted by a ‘glass ceiling,’ unable to realize full occupational stature and success to match their efforts.”

In sum, both studies provide more documentary proof that contradicts the popular “Asian Americans as Model Minority” meme.

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 5, 2012 7:27 am

    I’ve said that least 3457535 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

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