7 Things NEVER to Say to Asian-American Executives

Jae Requiro remembers her friend’s story vividly: Following a meeting in which her friend was the only Asian-American woman, a male colleague said to her, “You’re not at all like my Asian wife … you speak up.”

Diversity Inc.

Glenda posted this on her blog and to me, this is a good primer for those of you who think there is such a thing as positive stereotypes. Some of my favorites from this article:

  • “You’re not a minority because all Asians are rich and successful.”
  • “Where are you from? No, where are you really from?” or “When are you going to go home?” or “How often do you go home?”
  • “You aren’t like them” or “You don’t act very Asian.”

Read the whole thing.

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