Japanese Americans in the Workplace
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The paper discusses the growing problems faced by first, second and third generation Asian-Americans entering the American workforce. This includes various forms of stereotypes and discrimination and the presence of the 'bamboo ceiling' that blocks them from getting raises, promotions or better jobs. The paper goes on to explain how basic cultural differences explain a lot of these discrimination practices and therefore it is important that diversity training be provided in all American businesses today. The paper emphasizes that if utilized in the right way, a diverse workplace can be a very positive thing for a company.
From the Paper:"The make up of the American workforce has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. During the 1950s, more than 60% of the American workforce was made up of white males. They were usually the sole breadwinners in the household, expected to retire by age 65 and spend their retirement years doing leisure activities. Today, the American workforce is a better indication of the population with a significant mix of genders, race, religion, age and other background factors (Lindenberger and Stoltz-Loike, 2008).
"Diversity is many things in the workplace today. It is a bridge between organizational life and the reality of people's lives. It helps to build corporate capability. It describes the framework for interrelationships between people while promoting a learning exchange. The long-term success of any business calls for a diverse body of talent that can bring fresh ideas, perspectives and views to the workplace. The challenge that diversity brings is allowing managers to capitalize on the mixture of genders, cultural backgrounds, ages and lifestyles while responding to business opportunities more rapidly and creatively (Lindenberger and Stoltz-Loike, 2008).
"When people of different backgrounds work together, race and ethnicity becomes more tangible in people's consciousness than they ever have before. Race and ethnicity alone is not sufficient to understand the dynamics in transnational workplaces. Race and ethnicity are often socially constructed and used as an organizing principle by people in an organization (Oyama, 2003)."
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