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In celebration of MOCA FEST 2023, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) presents its next featured MOCA TALKS speaker, Margaret M. Chin, Professor of Sociology at CUNY Hunter College and the Graduate Center and author of Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder.

In the classroom, Asian Americans, often singled out as so-called “model minorities,” are expected to be top of the class. Often they are, getting straight As and gaining admission to elite colleges and universities. But the corporate world is a different story. As Prof. Chin reveals in this important new book, many Asian Americans get stuck on the corporate ladder, never reaching the top.

In Stuck, Prof. Chin shows that there is a “bamboo ceiling” in the workplace, describing a corporate world where racial and ethnic inequalities prevent upward mobility. Drawing on interviews with second-generation Asian Americans, she examines why they fail to advance as fast or as high as their colleagues, showing how they lose out on leadership positions, executive roles, and entry to the coveted boardroom suite over the course of their careers. An unfair lack of trust from their coworkers, absence of role models, sponsors and mentors, and for women, sexual harassment and prejudice especially born at the intersection of race and gender are only a few of the factors that hold Asian American professionals back.

Ultimately, Prof. Chin sheds light on the experiences of Asian Americans in the workplace, providing insight into and a framework of who is and isn’t granted access into the upper echelons of American society, and why.

This program is moderated by Nancy Yao, MOCA President. We look forward to your participation, and to sharing this and many more exemplary stories of the Chinese in America.

About Margaret M. Chin

Margaret M. Chin is Professor of Sociology at CUNY Hunter College and the Graduate Center, and the author of two award winning books, Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder and Sewing Women: Immigrants and the New York City Garment Industry. Margaret was also a witness supporting holistic admissions and affirmative action in the Harvard admissions case represented by NAACP LDF. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, USA Today and other news outlets.

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February 1, 2023
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This program is brought to you by MOCA friends and partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies.

This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.