Study: Glass Ceiling Remains for Chinese Americans

November 13, 2008

The study was done by the University of Maryland Asian American Studies Program with support from the Organization of Chinese Americans.

An interesting point the authors bring up is that Chinese Americans are split evenly between "poorly educated recent immigrants from China and a more settled, acculturated, educated and prosperous group of older immigrants and second generation Americans. These earlier arrivals came mainly from Taiwan and Hong Kong."

This is counter to the model minority stereotype, as the study points out. It seems many of these findings could mirror those of other Asian American groups, though I'm just thinking out loud. I have no statistical knowledge to back that up.

It's great to see more research like this and the recent survey of Asian Americans. I hope to see more research on groups other than Chinese Americans as well.

Anyone out there hit the glass ceiling? I'm wondering if people notice these things in real life situations and attribute it to discrimination or racism?


Harry Mok

Editor in chief

Editor in Chief Harry Mok wrote about growing up on a Chinese vegetable farm for the second issue of Hyphen and has been a volunteer editor since 2004. As a board member of the San Francisco and New York chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, Harry has recruited and organized events for student members. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student instructor in the Asian American Studies Department.



No need to waste money on any study. We know..look at the mess this country is to the ground by privileged incompetent whites!
It's getting better and better. There are many Asia-American CEOs. So keep working hard and climb up the ladder.I'm in Canada and my friends and I haven't encountered a glass-ceiling yet. We are still young and slowly climbing up. Maybe in the US it's different.