The researcher was talking about what some refer to as the “Bamboo Ceiling”—an invisible barrier that maintains a pyramidal racial structure throughout corporate America, with lots of Asians at junior levels, quite a few in middle management, and virtually none in the higher reaches of leadership.
Then I read Sam Han‘s critique of “Paper Tigers” entitled “#Asianpeopleproblems: A Critique of ‘Paper Tigers’ ” and it was delightful. Here are a few excerpts that I found pretty smart.
“While Yang tries to balance the “de-Asianification” of ethos and values in the former example with the latter, I see a common thread running in the argumentative function in both, which ineluctably serve as “types of response to being Asian”: the desire not only to be white but to be white men, that is, to be like the top of the racial-gender strata. There is no hint of questioning the strata itself. What we are left with is quite frankly a meditation on how to acquire white privilege, not the questioning of the value-system of privileging based on race and gender itself.”
I find race and gender relations wildly interesting so I literally wanted to roll around in Han’s article and after reading the NY Mag piece I had to agree. Don’t question why you can’t have white privilege without asking why there is white privilege in the first place and how to destroy it. Thoughts?
props to @Aqua174 for tweeting @caughtintheweb’s article
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