What happens to all the Asian-American overachievers when the test-taking ends?
This was the paragraph that got me thinking:
“Earlier this year, the publication of Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother incited a collective airing out of many varieties of race-based hysteria. But absent from the millions of words written in response to the book was any serious consideration of whether Asian-Americans were in fact taking over this country. If it is true that they are collectively dominating in elite high schools and universities, is it also true that Asian-Americans are dominating in the real world? My strong suspicion was that this was not so, and that the reasons would not be hard to find. If we are a collective juggernaut that inspires such awe and fear, why does it seem that so many Asians are so readily perceived to be, as I myself have felt most of my life, the products of a timid culture, easily pushed around by more assertive people, and thus basically invisible?”
Are we successful in the real sense? Powerful? In charge? Possessing political clout?
I thought I would do a little digging around …
Asian American CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies
This is from Diversity, Inc.
Seven Fortune 500 CEOs are Asian, including two women of color. They are:
Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo
Vikram S. Pandit, Citigroup
Ramani Ayer, Hartford Financial Services
Andrea Jung, Avon Products
Rajiv L. Gupta, Rohm and Haas
Surya N. Mohapatra, Quest Diagnostics
Jerry Yang, Yahoo!
7/500=.014 or 1.4% of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies.
What is the takeaway here? If you are an Asian American MALE and not of Indian descent, you pretty much have no role model in corporate America. Don’t waste your time climbing the ladder, start your own company. See below for inspiration, Forbes 400 Wealthiest Americans.
Asian Americans in Politics
I located 48 Asian Americans of Chinese descent in politics. 48 of Japanese descent. 16 recent Korean American politicians with recent wins (which seems correct because I found 15 here). 13 of Vietnamese descent. 38 of Indian descent.
OK. I did not look up every Asian American ethnicity, but I think you see a pattern here?! Not so much, right?
So many the would-be Asian American politicians need to hook up with the Asian American Über Wealthy. No, seriously. Political clout = financial backing.