Posts tagged with "Asian-Americans"

Trump calls House Democrats’ anti-bigotry resolution ‘a disgrace’

March 11, 2019

On March 8, the House passed a resolution (H.R. 183), by a vote of 407-23, condemning “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry,” The Hill reported. Nearly two dozen Republicans voted against the measure.

The measure was brought to the floor after remarks by Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) about the so-called “dual-loyalties” of Israel supporters unleashed a torrent of debate. “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said in late February.

In reaction to the passage of the resolution, President Donald Trump commented, that “… the House vote on an anti-hate resolution shows the Democrats have become an ‘anti-Israel’ and ‘anti-Jewish party,’ the political news site reported.

The president further asserted that, since the resolution did not specifically denounce Omar by name, it “ was “a disgrace.”

According to The Hill, the vote had been delayed earlier in the week as Democrats fought over what should be included in the measure, with additional tweaks— to condemn bigotry against Muslims as well as “Latinos, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the LGBT”—being made as late as the afternoon of March 7.

It also includes language condemning Japanese internment camps in World War II, the century-old Dreyfus affair in France, former President John F. Kennedy being questioned over Catholicism; and the white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017

Some Democrats feared that the original resolution would have played into Republican efforts to use Omar to stoke divisions on the left, the political news outlet said.

Trump, himself, has repeatedly faced backlash for his own incendiary comments about white nationalists and Jews. Most notably, the president said in August 2017 there was blame on “both sides” of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, where a demonstrator killed a woman when he rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

“You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people [who] were very fine people on both sides,” Trump said.

White supremacist marchers carried Nazi banners and chanted “Jews will not replace us.”

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In Silicon Valley, Asian-Americans are most likely to be hired; but last in line for promotions

June 5,  2018

Asian-Americans are the most likely ethnological group to be hired into high-tech jobs in Silicon Valley—so who would think that they would be the least likely to be promoted into management and executive levels?

It’s surprising, but true, based on a 2017 report (“The Illusion of Asian Success”), co-authored by the Harvard Business Review; and the Ascend Foundation , which describes itself as the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America.

Together, the researchers from Harvard and Ascend analyzed 2007-2015 EEOC data on the San Francisco Bay Area workforce employed by technology companies—finding that there were no major shifts in upward mobility for racial minorities in climbing the management ladder to become executives.

Indeed, by 2015—despite being outnumbered by Asian men and women in the entry-level professional workforce—white men and women were twice as likely as Asians to become executives and held nearly three times as many executive jobs.

Black and Hispanic professionals also were much less likely than their white peers to become executives; and their researchers found that, over time, their numbers actually declined.

Overall, the report found that, although Asian-Americans make up just 5.6% of the U.S. population, they comprise 12% of professional workers. HBR says some of the disparity might stem from Asian-Americans being classified as a non-underrepresented group in the workforce. Asian men are categorized with white males as “non-underrepresented” and Asian women are usually assigned to a vague category with women of all races, but neither are targeted for advancement into leadership posts.

To reverse this trend, the report recommends that HR leaders should include Asian-Americans in diversity and inclusion (D&I) goals, get CEO buy-in to secure D&I resources, and be proactive about promoting members of the group into top leadership slots.

“Having a clear line to leadership positions is a strong way to retain talent; [in addition] … transparency about the path to pay raises and new titles can go a long way in keeping people interested and engaged,” the researchers noted.

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