The Bamboo Ceiling In 1985, historian David A. Bell claimed that the triumph of Asian Americans was “America’s greatest success story” (Bell). While one might argue Bell is giving the success story of Asian Americans too much credit, no one can deny the advancement of Asian Americans in American society. Despite being exploited and subject to discrimination in the mid-1850s to mid-1950s, Asian Americans have become one of the richest ethnic group in America and have a higher percentage of individuals who have received a college education relative to other races. However, many Asian Americans suffer from the “bamboo ceiling” phenomenon, where Asians are unable to advance to highest level managerial, executive, or social positions.
Asians are educated in multiple languages at the same time being compared to some Americans who only know one language. Asians seem to be more educated, because they are required to know more than Americans. Asians are educated to live up to a high standard to rise above the line that does not exist. For example, Omatsu explains the roller coaster road of changes of Asian American neoconservatives through social movement and the struggle of racism in America since 1965. Everyone knows what it is like to be bullied seems to always find another way they can be accepted by a group.
The implication of the model minority was that those who had not yet made it were portrayed as not good enough, including their culture. The attention directed to good and bad culture diverted attention from the societal factors and blamed the culture for the racial inequality on
They report that whites with a criminal record are more likely to get a call back than blacks with no record. The expression “Pick yourself up by your bootstraps” has never had a more hopeless meaning. Consequently, as much as we would like to believe that race is no longer the defining issue, it still very much is. Minorities still face persistent discrimination in the job market, and it is not tied to socioeconomic status or a lack of a degree. So much for those bootstraps.
Stereotypes of East Asians, including the model minority stereotype, have a complex history and lead to negative effects both in education,socially, and in the workplace. The stereotype that affects most Asian Americans has been coined as the model minority stereotype. It is agreed that the model
Hollywood is unfair and pernicious in its portrayal of Asians, the research shows time and again. Stereotypical and often contradictory characteristics are imposed on Asians. There are clear indications that such media characterizations are reinforcing misperceptions that are manifesting in real life as everything from covert discrimination to unabashed racism. Stereotypes have very real consequences for Asians living in the West in terms of day-to-day interaction, current events and governmental legislation. Upwardly mobile Asians find themselves hitting glass ceilings and earning far less than their white counterparts due to preconceived notions about their temperament, lack of trustworthiness, innovation and poor leadership abilities.
The perception is that they are hardworking and many start their own business once they arrive in the United States (McNamara & Burns, 2009). The Asian Americans are one minority group that is underrepresented in crime statistic (McNamara & Burns, 2009). This could be due to the fact that they value education and prepared themselves for higher paying jobs making it less likely that they will turn to crime. Even though many own a business, many work long hours and still earn a median income lower than White Americans (McNamara & Burns, 2009). One problem with the positive perceptions about Asian Americans as a group is that it diminishes the problems faced by other Asian Americans in attaining
The connection to ‘Westernization’ is too strong to ignore. Perhaps “Fish Cheeks” was written before the trend of ‘Westernization’ died or maybe this is a thought unique to minorities living in America. Whatever the case, it is clear that Tan felt an inclination to merge with common societal culture, which is comparable to youth in Asian society. Popular trends or social media influences most of the youth in any society. In Amy’s case, this urge was probably stronger on account of being a minority in a culture that did not appreciate differences.
For the economic impact of past immigration, the current Americans have basically reached a consensus that they have made a great contribution to the economic development of the United States. But for the new immigrants since 1965, there has been a mixed consideration, with supporters and opponents arguing and arguing. Nico(1994) summarized that, the American public opinion are generally opposed to immigrants, who believe that immigrants have had a negative effect on the American economy, particularly with the influx of less-skilled relatives of immigrants, refugees and illegal immigrants. There are also many scholars who hold the opposite view that immigration has not had a negative impact on the U.S. Economy. It was mentioned by Frank(1997), in a survey in 1995, 82 percent of social scientists believed that immigration was beneficial or slightly beneficial to U.S. economic growth.
Some people don’t need to go to a four-year college because it's not for everyone. It does not also guarantee a job which means you will get your hopes up and won’t like the results. In addition, there are blue collared jobs that offer good pay as well. Therefore, success does not require a college degree. Students today believe that continuing higher education promises success.