The bamboo ceiling
unam writes in a comment:
there seems to be a lot of anti-asian stuff floating around here. Hate to break the bubble for you guys, but if you look at the ivy;s and all the top schools, its like 20-25% asian. These guys might be employees for the first 10 or 15 years, but then the cream of the crop will shoot through like for every other group. So you will most likely than not be working under an asian guy/gal. Don’t kid yourself and pretend otherwise. The writing is on the wall.
It’s unfortunate that there is so much anti-Asian stuff floating around here. I need to be a little more discriminating when approving comments.
However, with respect to East Asians, I don’t see them moving up the corporate ladder. East Asians are underrepresented in corporate management positions relative to their dominance in top schools. Asians have the wrongful notion that high quality work is rewarded, but that’s not the case. Corporate America promotes extroverted people who are good at networking and schmoozing with their bosses. East Asians are too introverted to get promoted, and there’s no affirmative action to help them along. There’s a bamboo ceiling and the ceiling is pretty darn low to the ground.
On the other hand, I do see Indians being promoted, especially in IT departments, but even outside of IT. Unlike introverted East Asians, Indians (also considered “Asians” by the U.S. Census) are almost as extroverted as white Americans. They also have a lack of creativity and love of bureaucracy that corporate America seems to like very much, at least for middle management positions.
Once an Indian gets promoted to a position where they have the power to hire more people, they tend to hire mostly Indians.