Asian Americans in the Workplace

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Asian Americans in the Workplace

An In-Depth Analysis of Korean Americans


Table of Contents
Introduction 3
History of Korean Immigration to the United States 4
Values and Customs 10
Demographical Profile 16
The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’: Barriers in the Workplace 22
A Personal Interview: A Different Side to the Story 26
Conclusion 27
References 28

Introduction The term “Asian American” has a rich history in the United States. It refers to a person of Asian ancestry who also obtains American citizenship. The term was originally used by the Census Bureau to clarify and distinguish the government’s equal opportunity programs and measurements. Also, the term “Asian American” was used by anti-war activists during the 1960s instead of using the “Oriental” which was perceived as more derogatory and demeaning. This phrase was finally popularized into mainstream academic usage in the 1970s, and is now the accepted term for government and academic research (Dacin and Hitt, 1997). Although this term allows for economists, sociologists, and statisticians to breakdown the different cultural groups found within the United States, one can delve much further into the evolution of the people we categorize as “Asian American.” In the following pages, we will attempt to explain our research findings on the evolution of one innergroup of Asian Americans within the United States, the Korean Americans. The issues raised will include:
1. An extensive overview of the history of the Korean immigration wave and assimiliation to U.S. culture including a description of their treatment
2. The transformation of their group’s values and customs over time
3. An in-depth analysis of their demographical locationing in the U.S. including any distinguishing trends
4. A discussion of the obstacles which these people have faced in relation to their progress in…...

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