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API Forward provides education and training for local API students and young professionals to build skills and behaviors needed to break the “bamboo ceiling” and be successful leaders in our community. Together, with your help, we can make positive institutional changes, and ensure diverse voices and cultural experiences in decision-making processes. 

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Asian Last Names Lead To Fewer Job Interviews, Still

by JENNY J. CHEN, CODESWITCH

What’s in a name? A lot, according to a new study from researchers at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, both in Canada.

The study found that job applicants in Canada with Asian names — names of Indian, Pakistani or Chinese origin — were 28 percent less likely to get called for an interview compared to applicants with Anglo names, even when all the qualifications were the same. Researchers used data from a previous study conducted in 2011 where they sent out 12,910 fictitious resumes in response to 3,225 job postings. The previous study, also in Canada, similarly found that applicants with Anglo first names and Asian last names didn’t fare much better than applicants with Asian first and last names. 

The Bamboo Glass Ceiling: Asian American women face particular challenges in the workplace. And they’re not getting the attention they need.

by TIFFANY DIANE TSO, SLATE

A woman in marketing says she finds herself toning down her assertive personality around white male colleagues. Another, a photographer, says she’s never assumed to be the one behind the camera. A university professor says she’s regularly mistaken for a student on campus. Others, such as Ellen Pao and Charlyne Yi, have found themselves in the headlines for workplace sexism stories familiar to many women. But these women, all Asian American, may find the usual “glass ceiling” explanations of what they face miss the mark. But neither does the idea of a “bamboo ceiling” quite capture the ever-present obstacle hanging just overhead. 

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