A behind-the-scenes examination of Asian Americans in the workplace
In the classroom, Asian Americans, often singled out as so-called "model minorities," are expected to be top of the class. Often they are, getting straight As and gaining admission to elite colleges and universities. But the corporate world is a different story. As Margaret M. Chin reveals in this important new book, many Asian Americans get stuck on the corporate ladder, never reaching the top.
In Stuck, Chin shows that there is a "bamboo ceiling" in the workplace, describing a corporate world where racial and ethnic inequalities prevent upward mobility. Drawing on interviews with second-generation Asian Americans, she examines why they fail to advance as fast or as high as their colleagues, showing how they lose out on leadership positions, executive roles, and entry to the coveted boardroom suite over the course of their careers. An unfair lack of trust from their coworkers, absence of role models, sponsors and mentors, and for women, sexual harassment and prejudice especially born at the intersection of race and gender are only a few of the factors that hold Asian American professionals back.
Ultimately, Chin sheds light on the experiences of Asian Americans in the workplace, providing insight into and a framework of who is and isn't granted access into the upper echelons of American society, and why.
Margaret M. Chin
Stuck lays bare the ways both subtle and overt racial discrimination keeps Asian Americans from reaching the highest levels of professional life. Margaret Chin's extensive interviews with professional second generation Asian Americans shows how Ivy League credentials and hard work cannot overcome the 'bamboo ceiling.' This sensitive, insightful and ground-breaking work lays bare the impediments that keep second-generation Asian Americans from the very top jobs, and shows that America is not the meritocracy many believe it to be. -- Mary Waters, John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology, Harvard University In this brilliant and compelling study, Margaret Chin offers a rarely told account of how the Asian American second generation fares in the elite corporate workforce. Stuck is an eye-opening study on the continuing significance of race in shaping the professional lives of the new Asian American elite. -- Van Tran, Deputy Director for the Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center, CUNY Does race continue to matter even for Ivy-league educated, highly assimilated, and well-qualified minorities? Yes, and it limits opportunities that end up costing us all. Stuck offers a timely and highly readable 'playbook' on the fallacy of American meritocracy and how Asian Americans respond. -- Pawan Dhingra, author of Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough Stuck reveals the disappointment-and danger-of buying into a meritocratic version of the American Dream. Chin shows that Ivy League degrees and a willingness to work twice as hard are not magical antidotes to racism within the professional ranks. In holding up a mirror to corporate America, Stuck provides the understanding necessary to begin unraveling the structural inequalities faced by Asian Americans in the workplace. -- Anthony Ocampo, author of The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race