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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Asian Glass Ceiling

Despite their success, Asians not rising to heights of Silicon Valley's corporate world - San Jose Mercury News (Silicon Valley)

In Silicon Valley the percentage of Asian execs and board members is way below the percentage in the work force.

Per the article, possible reasons include:
  • Cultural deference to superiors, which U.S. managers may view as a worker lacking confidence or knowledge

  • Lack of strong English skills

  • Failure to invest enough effort in networking.

While East Asian cultures and educational systems tend to encourage technical excellence and respect for authority, they may not do as good a job developing leadership and communication skills per Gee and Hom

"The culture says you don't have to raise your hand — just do a good job," Hom said.

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