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'bamboo Ceiling' Hampering Asians In Australia - Yahoo News

"Because while Australia does extremely well in social mobility for immigrants, including those from Asia, equality of opportunity isn't enjoyed in equal measure in all spheres. "We may boast about education and employment, but our efforts in opening the doors of power to all who knock are more questionable. A 'bamboo ceiling' exists in Australia for Asians entering positions of power in business, e read "Our cultural diversity is far from proportionately represented in positions of leadership." As an example, Soutphommasane said that while around one in 10 Australians had an Asian background, there sites were only four people with Asian origins in the national parliament. There are also two Aborigines, but the rest have European ancestry. "In percentage terms, only 1.7 percent of those who sit in the federal parliament bear an Asian cultural background," he said. It was a similar scenario in senior leadership at Australia's educational institutions, with only two people of Asian background among the 49 senior executives at the top eight universities, his speech to the Asian Studies Association of Australia said. "The private sector doesn't far fitness much better," he added, pointing to a Diversity Council Australia study last year that showed very low representation of corporate leaders with an Asian background. It showed that only 1.9 percent of executive managers and 4.2 percent of directors had Asian origins. "There is a question to be asked.

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