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Asian Fortune: Breaking Down the Bamboo Ceiling Will Take More than Hard Work for Asian Americans

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Fifty percent of Asian Americans have a college degree, well above the 28 percent national average. How is it then that Asian Americans only occupy two percent of upper management positions in Fortune 500 companies?

“What got you in the door is probably not going to get you promoted,” said Jane Hyun, author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians..

Hyun talked to Asian Fortune about what it will take for Asian American to bring down the ceiling.

“As you advance into management roles, what they’re looking for is someone with credibility throughout the enterprise. You need to ask yourself: Am I an influencer?”

Hard work and humility, virtues valued in the Asian community won’t get it done in the corporate world. She says something as simple as taking the time to chat with your boss can be a key to success.

You can read more of Hyun’s thoughts about breaking the glass ceiling and how you can apply them to your own career in Asian Fortune.



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