In India, televisions interrupted their programming to announce the news. The statistics, which indicate that Asian Americans are nearly absent from the ranks of university presidents, are indeed vexing.
Although nearly 7 percent of tenured faculty members in American universities are Asian American, less than 1 percent of presidents and chancellors come from this group. Compared with Hispanics 3 percent of faculty and 4. The short answer seems to be that Asian Americans, though considered hard workers and academically inclined, hold values that are often in conflict with those perceived to be vital for a university president.
This discord between the Asian-based values and those perceived to Breaking the bamboo ceiling necessary for American leadership roles are reflected not only in the academic arena but also in society in general, including the worlds of business and politics.
What are these conflicts? Atkinson, and Peggy H. The study also revealed that these values did not differ substantially across generations since immigration. In other words, Asian-American descendants may assimilate and adopt Western ways of living, but certain ingrained Asian values are very slow to change.
Although those values are commendable under many circumstances, they also can be perceived or misperceived as being contrary to the generally accepted traits required for leadership in American universities.
A classic example, for instance, is the Asian cultural belief that too much eye contact is disrespectful and even confrontational. However, not making eye contact can be misconstrued within the American system as an indication of insincerity or discomfort. Similarly, deference to authority may be likened to timidity or a lack of opinions.
Self-effacement suggests indifference or a lack of ambition; avoidance of shame prevents one from publicly acknowledging his or her aspirations for fear of failing; self-control and modesty inhibit one from social interaction and public speaking; and so on.
Without a doubt, these are obstacles on the pathway to the presidency. In her insightful book, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians, human resources executive Jane Hyun explains it this way: As with many challenges, Asian Americans should acknowledge that barriers could also stem from self-limiting cultural influences on their behavior, attitude, and performance in various social and professional settings.
But, in my case, things changed. The program required me to write about my ultimate career goal and its importance to me. It took several drafts for me even to admit that I was serious about administration.
It was as far as I could dream.
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Writing it down and then publicly discussing it with others made the first crack in the barrier that stood between my dreaming a dream and working hard to achieve it. The program required me to have a mentor, and I selected our vice president of research simply because he was able to maintain his research while holding an important central position.
That initial impetus from my dean helped me take the first big steps of acknowledging my aspirations and seeking a mentor.
After the internship, I applied for, and was appointed to, the position of faculty assistant to the president. For the first time, I sensed the value of administration and learned my early, important lessons about the crucial need for networking and partnering.
I also realized that I genuinely enjoyed it. I rose from department chair to dean to provost to president.
Unfortunately, too few of my Asian-American colleagues have had similar experiences. Statistically, Asian Americans have been reluctant to prepare themselves as candidates for the presidency. A recent ACE survey found that only 15 percent of Asian-American chief academic officers have participated in leadership programs, compared with 57 percent of African Americans and 30 percent of Hispanics.
In contrast to survey results indicating that Asian Americans do not seek out mentors, I was most comfortable in seeking out such assistance and have benefitted greatly from having a mentor.
My favorite readings have always been biographies and autobiographies of political and social leaders. I am intrigued by how people build great things from nothing and how they conquer the most difficult summits in their lives. Seeking out real-life mentors was simply an extension of what I had been doing all along.
Now, unlike so many of my Asian-American colleagues, I am neither a scientist nor an engineer. The discipline of political science and public policy afforded me the luxury of continuing my research while experimenting with administration.
But I truly appreciate the additional difficulty that my Asian-American colleagues face in maintaining their lab-based research on a part-time basis while pursuing administrative experiences.In America it’s ‘the squeaky wheel gets the grease,'” says Jane Hyun, a corporate consultant and author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling.
“These things are totally different and at odds with. Career coach Jane Hyun explains that Asians have not been able to break the "bamboo ceiling" because many are unable to effectively manage the cultural influences shaping their individual characteristics and workplace behavior—factors that are often at odds with the competencies needed to succeed at work.
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