Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians

  • 4h 51m
  • Jane Hyun
  • HarperCollins
  • 2006

The popular media often portrays Asian Americans as highly educated and successful individuals—the "Model Minority."

As the ethnic minority with the largest percentage of college graduates, many Asian Americans do enter the professional workforce. However, many of them seem to stall in their careers and never make it to the corner offices.

Leading executive coach Jane Hyun explores how traditional Asian values can be at odds with Western corporate culture. By using anecdotes, case studies, and exercises, Hyun offers practical solutions for resolving misunderstandings and overcoming challenges in an increasingly multicultural workplace. This timely book explains how companies will benefit from discovering and supporting the talents of their Asian employees and shows Asians how to leverage their strengths to break through the bamboo ceiling.

About the Author

Jane Hyun is an executive coach and diversity strategist to Fortune 500 companies and universities. She was formerly a vice president of HR at JPMorgan and director of recruiting at Deloitte & Touche and Resources Connection. She has appeared on CNN and Marketwatch, and in Fortune, Newsweek, and Time. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in New York City.

In this Book

  • Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling—Career Strategies for Asians
  • Introduction
  • Your Asian American Roots and You
  • “But I Didn’t Mean It That Way!”—How Cultural Values Can Help or Hinder You at Work
  • The Latest Trends in Corporate Diversity Practices
  • Doctor? Lawyer? Or Inner-City Teacher? —How Cultural Influences Impact Your Career Choices
  • To Thine Own Self Be True—Understanding Yourself, Your Vision, and How to Break Your Bamboo Ceiling
  • Perfect for the Part—Mastering the Face-to-Face Job Interview
  • Moving Past the Hors D’oeuvres Table—Finessing the Art of Networking
  • On-The-Job Mobility Strategies
  • Extending Your Reach—Professional Associations and Affinity Networking Groups
  • Getting and Maintaining Your Worth—Show Me the Money… And a Promotion!
  • Epilogue: Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling
  • Summary of Challenges to Management
  • Asian Pacific American Organizations
  • Bibliography