Upping the Numbers
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Mary C. Mattis
Chapter 7: An Empirical Test of the Glass Ceiling Effect for Asian Americans in Science and Engineering
7. An empirical test of the glass ceiling eﬀect for Asian Americans in science and engineering Tina T. Chen and James L. Farr It has been widely hypothesized that Asian Americans face a glass ceiling in their career progression (e.g. Cheng, 1997). Unlike other racial/ethnic minority groups, there are signiﬁcant proportions of Asian Americans concentrated in professional and technical ﬁelds. The often positive images of Asian Americans in general, predominately that of the ‘model minority’, have led to the prevalent assumption that Asian Americans have overcome structural barriers in the USA and have achieved economic success (Cheng, 1997). In contrast, the cumulative research eﬀorts of researchers in AsianAmerican studies have found that despite mass media images of Asian Americans as a successful minority group, Asian Americans still encounter barriers in their chances of advancing up the management hierarchy and experience lower returns on education. The concentration of Asian Americans in professional occupations, such as science and engineering, has often been used to bolster the claim that Asian Americans have overcome structural hurdles in the mainstream economy. This overlooks the fact that although Asian Americans may be highly represented in high-paying professional occupations, they still lag behind their white counterparts in pay and promotions. The model minority label has been used as a ‘divide and conquer’ strategy. The comparable educational and occupational success of Asian Americans, over and above that of African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans, has generated and sustained the idea of Asian Americans as a...
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