There’s a new survey out about being of Asian or Pacific heritage in the American workplace. And people, it’s stressful. But the good news is that we’re talking more about the pressures, and looking for ways to deal with the top 10 issues for Asian Americans in the workplace.
The latest findings were commissioned by Asia Society, the Park Avenue-based museum and cultural organization. Details were presented during the 2017 Diversity Leadership Forum (May 25) at the swanky Time Warner Center in Manhattan. About 175 spent the day there, discussing the results.
Based on survey results, here are the top 10 issues for Asian Americans in the workplace.
The bottom line is, professional talent matters. But true success also demands the “soft skills,” like being able to express ourselves well verbally and in writing. Creativity, confidence and critical thinking are essential too.
There’s also a lot more going on than the top 10 issues for Asian Americans in the workplace. The ability to deal with the challenges vary from community to community. On this point, the survey found real differences between folks of South Asian and East Asian heritage.
(South Asian typically refers to Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan. East Asian usually means Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese.)
According to the report, employees of East Asian heritage are:
These numbers and other interesting findings come from “Decoding the Myth of Model Minority: Challenges and Opportunities for Asian Pacific Americans in the Workplace.”
What’s at stake is evolving, according to Moni Miyashita, a mergers-and-acquisitions expert who moderated one of the panels. Today, the conversation no longer focuses on diversity. “Inclusion” is the greater goal.
“Diversity means you’ve been invited to the party,” she explained. “Inclusion means you’ve been invited to dance.”
Does any of this make sense to you? I’d love to hear what you think of these findings. And since workplace issues are sensitive, you can comment without using your real name. The more we talk about this stuff, the sooner we can be the change. :)