A high-profile lawsuit against Harvard is forcing students and their families to choose sides. Photo illustration by Joan Wong. By Jay Caspian Kang.
The cultural line between East and West continues to blur, due in no small part to an unprecedented increase in career opportunities for American MBA graduates in Asia. Hong Kong and Tokyo continue to be hotbeds for Americans MBAs, but thanks to increased urbanization, increased and increasing incomes, not to mention widespread tech, China, India, and Singapore have all quickly joined the ranks as job destinations for financial service professionals in particular. There are incredible opportunities to do new things, solve big problems and be a part of enormous change.
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If you belong to one of these groups, keep reading to learn about the resources available to minorities to close that gap and earn more seats in the business school classroom. Bloomberg Business reported only 6 percent of MBA students identified themselves as Black, and another 6 percent as Hispanic in their full-time MBA student ranking survey. What this can mean, however, is there is opportunity for underrepresented minority students wishing to earn an MBA because many schools are hoping to increase percentages.
Asian American white-collar professionals are the least likely group in the United States to be promoted into management. But the problem exists in a number of sectors, from tech and finance to law and government. This was painfully obvious to us while reading the newly released diversity and inclusion report from a large Silicon Valley company: Its 19 pages never specifically address Asian Americans.
As the traditional home of the MBAto go to the US or not is an important consideration for many prospective business school applicants from Asia. However, while score reports from China to the US are on the rise, those from other Asian countries are declining. In the same period, the US has become less popular amongst applicants from other Asian countries.
A recent nine-year study of the technology industry found that despite efforts to improve workforce diversity, access to management opportunities continues to be a hurdle for people of color. Interestingly, the study conducted by Ascend: Pan-Asian Leaders found that although Asians have become the largest racial cohort in tech, they are least likely to become managers. In this two-part interview he shares his struggles, successes and lessons learned as an Asian American professional.
I am proud to be a member of Ascend and look forward to staying a part of this family for years to come. Together, we are connecting high-achieving students, who are striving to develop professionally, pursue an MBA degree, with internship and employment opportunities in the Pan-Asian community. I learned a lot from the other participants, met so many great mentors, and improved myself in so many ways!