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2011 Asian Pacific American Corporate Survey Released

2011 Asian Pacific American Corporate Survey Released

Detail from the cover of Asia Society's 2011 Asian Pacific Americans Corporate Survey.

NEW YORK, November 28, 2011 — An annual Asia Society survey has found that the longer Asian Pacific American (APA) employees live in the United States, the less favorably they view their companies.

The 2011 Asian Pacific Americans Corporate Survey indicates that this decline starts after about 10 years and is most apparent amongst APA employees who have lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years or who are U.S.-born.

The model minority stereotype assumes that the hardworking, intelligent, Asian American employee, who does not “rock the boat,” has no problem rising up the corporate ladder. This is especially true for those who are culturally “American.” But a look at the senior ranks of most companies shows that the reality is quite different. Asian-American faces are almost entirely absent.

The country of origin differences are real and should not be overlooked. However, the survey data suggests that this could be less true as time goes on. With the APA population growing faster than any other ethnic group, except for Hispanics, the disengagement suggested by the data will fast become an even larger issue.

Click here for complete details on the 2011 Survey, including this year's "Best Company" award winners, frequently asked questions, and more.

December 9, 2011
by Jeff Tompkins