[VIDEO] Dr. Margaret M. Chin’s 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. In her new book Stuck, Prof. Margaret M. 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, Prof. Chin examines why Asian Americans fail to advance as fast or as high as their colleagues. 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.

This book talk was held on Friday, October 23, 2020, from 3pm to 4:30pm.

Co-sponsored by CUNY Graduate Center Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY Graduate Center Sociology Immigration Seminar Series, CUNY Asian American and Asian ResearchInstitute, CUNY Hunter College’s Asian American Studies Center and Program, CUNY Hunter College’s AANAPISI PROJECT.


Margaret M. Chin, Professor of Sociology, CUNY Hunter College & Graduate Center


Maurice Crul, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Free University in Amsterdam and the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Vivian S. Louie, Director of Asian American Studies Program & Center, Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, CUNY Hunter College.

Virginia Valian, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, CUNY Hunter College and The Graduate Center.