Asian Americans have yet to break glass ceiling in Silicon Valley

(From Asian Journal/

Asian Americans may constitute a sizable percentage of the tech workforce, but a new report has found that they are severely underrepresented at the executive levels.

The Ascend Foundation, a non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals, released “Hidden in Plain Sight: Asian American Leaders in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, May 6. It analyzed 2013 employment data filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Google, Hewlett-Packard, LinkedIn, Intel and Yahoo.

Comparative disadvantage

The analysis examined a sample size of nearly 140,000 employees at the five companies and found that white men and women hold a 150 percent advantage compared with Asian men and women.

Additionally, it found that while Asians account for 27.2 percent of the workforce, there are only 13.9 percent in executive positions.

When gender is factored into the equation, the disparity is greater. Read more

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