Bamboo Ceiling Analysis

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Bamboo Ceiling
When we remind of Asian talented basketball players, Jeremy Lin and Yao Ming are seeming to get an idea out of our head. However, they have quite different traits. Yao Ming is a Chinese basketball player who was the tallest basketball player in the National Basketball Association. On the other hand, Jeremy Lin is an Asian Americans who has the common physique as a basketball player. Jeremy Lin grew in the American basketball system. In Jeremy Lin’s model minority problem, Maxwell Leung, the author, is talking about the racial discrimination which is derived from racial stereotype in the United States. Asian Americans usually seem “the model minority” to the others. Therefore, people tend to think Asian Americans have less or
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In the early days of Jeremy Lin’s career, he was out of the picture because of his Asian American heritage. Basketball directors used to estimate Jeremy Lin by one of the stereotypical Asian American have, physically inferior since he was a high school student. After his huge success, he encourages Asian Americans to broaden the domain, not limited doctors, engineers, or accountants. He broke the bamboo ceiling for Asian Americans everywhere.
The author goes further and highlighted about an enormous gap in Asian Americans. In educational area, Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnams Americans have lower graduation rates than Latinos, and African Americans. Latinos and African Americans have education systems to improve their education. Even though these results are contrary to the common myths about Asian Americans, they easily being ignored. The Statement that Asian Americans are a model minority is a myth. Asian Americans still bump into the glass ceiling with low
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As the article said, the textbook, Cambodians, Hmong, Laotians, Vietnamese have low level of high school education. Only 4.8% of Japanese do not have a high school diploma, contrary to the rates of Cambodians (35.3%). Power of the term, “model minority”, has enough power to recognize inaccurate blueprint for solving the ignored minority’s issues. Plan for specific changes are: First, we should recognize that a generic “Asian American” name does not give any value to Asian Americans. It is not right to lump all of them together as a model minority. Telling the stereotypes about Asian Americans into a bundle with the truth may not be lying, but it is certainly not open or honest. Second, we must look Asian Americans impartially. It is time for us to solve this problem by getting over the prejudice of looking only at one’s the typical stereotypes. Telling “model minority” to whom who are not actually “model minority” is not a compliment. It is ignorance and a new kind of discrimination. Asian American differ a good deal from each other. Third, children should be educated in racial differences. Early education is the most effective way of reducing the stereotypes. Lastly: Hollywood and the corporate media should stop the stereotypes. People should not forget about the influence media has on the attitudes about Asian Americans. Myth of Asian American espoused in the media play a

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