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advertisement advertisementOne of the brightest notes in the outcome of 2020’s tawdry political process is the historic election of the first Black and Asian American female vice president, Kamala Harris.

That’s at odds with the statistics: There are 1.6 times as many East Asians as there are South Asians in the U.S.

But in the world of business, an East Asian with a C-title is rarer than it should be.

And while all Asian Americans are still subject to widespread racism (especially in the COVID-19 era), East Asians tend to keep their heads down.

East Asian cultures draw from centuries of political and other systemic oppressions that valued conformity while stigmatizing dissent and individuality.

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