Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians

We’ve talked about the bamboo ceiling on 8asians before; the book Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians ($10.19) is an attempt to try to actually do something about it. “A different take on people issues that corporations face is proffered by [Jane] Hyun, a former human resources executive who knows the subject well. […] Eastern values are almost diametrically opposed to Western. Asians are risk averse, for instance, preferring to keep their heads down rather than speak up or confront workplace issues. That emphasis on collective decision making and conflict avoidance hinders career advancement, at best, and, at worst, can derail future vocational choices. Hyun’s help is multiple, from individual profiles and skill-defining exercises to interviewing and mentoring tips, all geared to the special needs of people growing up Asian in a very macho, aggressive culture.”

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About Ernie

I'm the creator of 8 Asians and one of the editors. While I'm a regular blogger to the site as well, think of my role as Barbara Walters on "The View," except without the weird white hair. During the day, I'm a Developer for a major Internet company and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've also been writing in my blog,, for seven years.
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