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Silicon Valley and the limits of ‘leaning in’
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 Emma Jacobs

Working at Kleiner removed the scales from her eyes. “You can’t always get ahead by working hard if you’re not part of the ‘in’ crowd.” The culture, she writes, is “designed to keep out people who aren’t white men . . . for all the public hand-wringing about how unacceptable this is, no one on the inside can honestly say the absence of diversity is a mystery or a coincidence; this is the way they set up the industry”. Despite Asians being well represented in Silicon Valley, she writes, the “bamboo ceiling” means they don’t make it to the upper echelons.

She was frequently told to be bolder. Now she wonders whether the reserve of “introverted, analytical people, often women” was undervalued. “What if our inclination to assess and avoid the outsized risk of certain ventures could be an asset to our teams? Why does it never seem to occur to anyone that it’s an option . . . for the men to actually listen to us?”

Inspired by the arguments of Sheryl Sandberg in her book Lean In that women should take their place at the table, Pao recalls taking the advice literally and installing herself in one of the “power seats” in a private jet, only to find the conversation turn to pornography and sex workers. Once off the plane, the men ditched Pao to socialise together.
Ellen_Pao  Silicon_Valley  book_reviews  books  women  Kleiner_Perkins  gender_gap  gender_discrimination  Asian-Americans 
26 days ago by jerryking
Cyberpunk Cities Fetishize Asian Culture But Have No Asians - Motherboard
Like the original, 2049 uses Asianness as a visual cue for the future. You might have missed it, since the film wholly lacks Asian characters.
diversity  film  cyberpunk  orientalism  science-fiction  asian-americans  asian  blade-runner 
8 weeks ago by tarakc02
Race, Gender, and Likes on OkCupid
Rudder notes that Asian men are the most likely of any group to highlight a specific ethnic/national identity in addition to the more general “Asian” label:

So I wasn’t extremely surprised to see that Latino and Asian men specified identifies within those categories…but look back at the Latina image, and then this one for Asian women:

"Don’t Asian women have the highest rates of outmarriage in the US? It seems likely that they are advertising to find a man,not a man who wants an Asian woman […]."

That's a very interesting point.

My thought is kind of similar: My impression is that Asian women (by Asian I mean East and South East Asian) are much better integrated in Western countries than Asian men. If that is the case Asian women do perhaps just not need to identify themselves with a certain Asian nation or ethnicity, since they identify with/feel home in the Western society in which they live much more then Asian men do.

The better integration of Asian women compared to that of Asian men may be due to the frequent sexualization of Asian women in Western societies (they're much more welcome than Asian men), as I perceive it, and the frequent de-sexualization of Asian men in Western societies, which has been mentioned in the comments here earlier.
Asian-americans  gyopo  gyopos 
april 2017 by thegrandnarrative
I took an unconventional path after graduating from Harvard Business School and it made my career | Charlene Li | Pulse | LinkedIn
December 8, 2016F | LinkedIn | Charlene Li.

During the first ten years of being an analyst, I had briefings from a total four women CEOs, none of them women of color. While women still face tremendous discrimination in tech, I’m seeing progress but it’s not enough. To help change this, when I meet women CEOs of start-ups, I take them aside and ask how I can personally help them. I especially reach out to women of color in any position who are contemplating making a move out of their comfort zone. After all, I know what it's like to be different, to be first.

My hope is that my ideas and words provide people with a roadmap of how to manage disruption in their organizations and their lives. And I hope that my life and career serves as an inspiration especially for women of color for how to pursue and manage disruption in their lives.
HBS  Charlene_Li  women  CEOs  start_ups  unconventional_thinking  Asian-Americans  roadmaps  disruption 
december 2016 by jerryking
Letters For Black Lives
Letters for Black Lives started as a crowdsourced letter for Asian-Americans who wanted a framework for discussing issues of anti-Blackness and police violence with their immigrant parents. It’s quickly grown into a vibrant community with more than 200 contributors, 30 translations, and many more voices being shared through words, sound, and video.
letters  crowdsourcing  Asian-Americans  immigrants  African  Americans 
august 2016 by DiversePops
“You left your culture at the door”: Relationships, Misogyny, and Asian American Inside Baseball
Nikki: Hey, Noah. Thank you for being willing to chat about this subject with me, despite its general unpleasantness. This note was the first thing I saw in my inbox the other day: “One day, your son will look at you totally differently. You left your culture at the door when you married a white guy. I am pretty liberal, but the sheer number of Korean girls going after white guys is embarrassing. Your son will notice that too one day.”

[Ed. Note, 5.20.16 — My anonymous correspondent also sent me a cartoon with his insulting note, which I thought he himself had drawn given that it was so consistent with the tone and content of his note to me, but I have since been informed the cartoon is actually the work of someone else. Since I have not been given a means by which to cite it or reliable proof of its authorship, I’ve removed it from this post. –NSC]

[Here let us pause to grudgingly acknowledge that emailing a silly note and a cartoon to a stranger is really some dedicated, next-level
asian-americans  racism  mixed-race  children  yellow  fever  interracial  relaionships 
may 2016 by thegrandnarrative

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