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Do Asian Cultural Values Impact Career Advancement?

Today, only one Asian American holds the top corporate spot in the Fortune 500– Avon Products’ chair and CEO Andrea Jung. Author Jane Hyun explores the reasons for this disparity in a new book entitled Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling–Career Strategies for Asians. Hyun, an executive coach and diversity strategist to the Fortune 500, contends that U.S. corporate culture often comes into conflict with traditional Asian values, thus preventing Asian Americans from getting ahead. To correct this, Hyun’s focus is on the individual’s need to adapt and change: a curious viewpoint from an author who purports to encourage inclusion in the workplace.

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