WSJ: Rise of the Tiger Nation
On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled, “Rise of the Tiger Nation.” (Click on the link in the title to read the full article.) It adopted wholesale the conclusions and statistics from this summer’s Pew Research Center survey of Asian Americans. In fact, the author wrote at the start of the article:
No one would dispute the opening paragraph of the Pew Research Center’s massive study of Asian-Americans, released over the summer: “Asian-Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place more value than other Americans do on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success.”
Actually, this past summer, many APA groups came forward with strong criticisms of the Pew Research Center’s study, pointing out its oversimplification of the lives and experiences of the diverse community represented by APAs. Like the Pew Research Center report, this article perpetuates the model minority myth, painting a far rosier picture than actual circumstances would support. In the legal profession, APAs continue to be under-represented at the upper ranks of law firms, corporations, government, academia and the judiciary.
A search on this blog under “Pew Research Center” will call up the reactions we were able to collect this summer to that report. Take a look for yourself. Contrary to the WSJ article, many would dispute the opening paragraph of the Pew Research Center study. About the only statement that would not be disputed is the fact that APAs are the fastest growing racial group in the United States. But the growth of the APA population alone does not signify that all APAs are doing well and succeeding across the board.
What do you think of the WSJ article? Is there a “Tiger Nation” and is it on the rise?
WSJ Blog: Speakeasy Picks Up on “Revisiting Vincent”
Vincent Chin, Remembered: This is the 30th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit, an incident that triggered the 1980s political awakening of Asian America around racist stereotyping and hate crimes. This Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 pm, the Asian American Arts Alliance, the Museum of Chinese in America and the Asian American Bar Association of New York have organized a unique event called “Revisiting Vincent,” which combines a dramatic presentation of the case and the court proceedings that followed with a talkback led by University of California – Hastings College of Law dean Frank Wu, author of “Yellow.”
Thanks for the shout-out!
AABANY ED Yang Chen in the WSJ: Asians Lead City In Growth Rate
AABANY is proud to announce that its Executive Director, Yang Chen, was quoted in this very informative article published last week in the Wall Street Journal:
“It certainly shows the great potential within the Asian community for being more engaged civically,” said Yang Chen, executive director of the Asian American Bar Association. “It would be a shame if we weren’t able to mobilize because it is an election year and it is a chance for the Asian community to have their voice heard.”
Don Liu Quoted in WSJ Blog on Alternative Billing Arrangements
While the billable hour is not quite going the way of Tyrannosaurus Rex, alternative billing arrangements are on the ascendancy, according to the WSJ Blog. Xerox GC and AABANY Advisory Committee member Don Liu says: “For us, it’s no longer a necessity just because of the recession. It’s now part of the normal process[.]”
Any thoughts out there on the fall of the billable hour/rise of alternative billing? Or have we all heard this before?