Last week, a group of leading Asian American executives launched the Asian American Foundation, an organization aimed at increasing opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and putting a stop to anti-AAPI violence and discrimination. The foundation’s board pledged $125 million—the biggest philanthropic commitment ever made in support of AAPI groups and causes—and a range of partners (including McKinsey) together pledged another $125 million.
A 2019 McKinsey analysis showed that Asian leaders made up just 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs—half the Asian American share of the US population. To advance workplace equity, organizations should start by tracking representation along the promotion pipeline, identifying where there are drop-offs, and asking why those drop-offs are occurring. Experiences can vary significantly across subgroups—which means collecting disaggregated data can yield important insights.
Source: McKinsey & Co, May 12, 2021 #stopasianhate
Violence and hate speech against Asians and Asian Americans have increased sharply since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but unfortunately the United States has a long history of marginalizing and othering people of Asian descent.
The insightful and though-provoking documentary series Asian Americans was first presented in 2020. In light of recent events, PBS is now streaming all episodes for free.
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