For Yang, however, the notion of Bamboo Ceiling is not the result of racism but is “a matter of unconscious bias” that is based on cultural observations and assessment of employees “not as Asians but as individuals” (Yang). Choosing these words to describe the nature of stereotypes in regard to Asian American men, Yang somehow mitigates the seriousness of the issue under consideration. Based on the above-mentioned premises, the author of the article draws a conclusion that stereotypes take roots from Asian Americans’ character and upbringing. That is to say, Yang claims that Asian Americans themselves have created these stereotypes and now they justify them by their behavior and features of character, such as obedience, commitment, eagerness, submissiveness etc.
From what is mentioned above, it becomes clear that stereotypes about Asian American men do have background and are created based on what the representatives of other cultures observe in life. In addition to this, as Yang writes only about men, it is possible to draw a bottom line and say that stereotyping works for men in relation to their actual abilities and skills applied at the workplace.
When it comes to women, the situation is different, as it is shown in the article by Jennifer Pozner. More specifically, while stereotypes about men are created and applied in regard to their abilities to perform a particular kind of job as well as certain roles at the workplace, stereotypes about women have nothing to do with their professional skills or skills related to the completion of specific tasks. On the contrary, the stereotypes created are more personal and, in many cases, are too generalized and at the same time too misogynistic views.
Compared to what one learns about stereotypes about men from Yang’s article, stereotypes about women are mostly of negative character. All the stereotypes about Asian American men discussed in Paper Tigers are relatively neutral and even positive if to compare them to stereotypes used in relation to female representatives of different ethnicities described in Pozner’s work. In Ghetto Bitches, China Dolls and Cha Cha Divas, racial stereotypes about women are negative ones. In Yang’s essay, characteristic features that serve as the basis for stereotypes do not have a negative component in them.
They are described as reserved, obedient, hard-working, smart, organized, self-reliant, uncomplaining, and sometimes shy; they make sacrifices for the future, appreciate harmonious relations and respect their family and parents (Yang).
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