ERIC Number: ED379701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Coping with Alienation in the Work Place: The Stories of Asian Americans.
Educators should be aware that recent rhetoric about diversity in this country often does not consider the continuing discrimination and mistreatment of Asians. Simply put, the employment situation for Asian and Pacific Americans is characterized by underemployment and the channeling of Asians into a narrow range of jobs. Many people today have developed stereotypes of the Asian populations; further, they are ignorant of some of the basic attributes of the Asian culture. For instance, Asians belong to the heritage of collectivism, which requires that the individual's goals be subordinated to that of the whole group. It is also a system in which people are patient with vertical relationships or power differences. Some of the myths and misconceptions about Asians are as follows: (1) that all Asians are alike; (2) that all Asians are successful; (3) that Asians are not aggressive; and (4) that Asians are poor communicators. In one reported case, a successful Asian man, whose distinguished career was documented by good evaluations and two promotions, was dismissed from his job by a new boss who thought he had communication problems. It is important that Americans come to terms with some of the misunderstandings about Asians. Politically disenfranchised, economically discriminated against, and socially ostracized, the majority of Asians work diligently against all odds of discriminatory practices for survival in all works of life in this great country of America. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (80th, New Orleans, LA, November 19-22, 1994).