Simu Liu is ‘changing the world’ as Marvel's first Asian superhero
This hotel room in West Hollywood, dimly lit with the curtains drawn, shows no signs of film-star excess. No half-full bottles of flat champagne, no overflowing ashtrays. No powder-flecked mirrors on the countertops. No cracks in the plasma television.  Just some fresh clothes folded neatly over a chair and, on the table in front of us, a Nintendo Switch and a big bag of sour candies. And anyway, its occupant isn’t exactly a film star. At least not yet. Thirty-year-old Simu Liu clears off a spot on the couch and apologizes for the mess.  This room – what a TripAdvisor review might deem “perfectly adequate” – has been his home for the past few months. The only clues Liu has spent that time in
How cultural differences contribute to the bamboo ceiling
Calm and reticence are highly prized in Confucian culture, but these traits may hurt the job prospects of ethnic Asians in the US. That’s because American employers are more likely to prefer candidates who demonstrate excitement and enthusiasm, according to a new study by Stanford University.   Psychology professor Jeanne Tsai, one of the co-authors of the study, believes the findings might help explain the phenomenon of the “bamboo ceiling”, the underrepresentation of Asian Americans in leadership positions. Mainstream American culture associates good leadership with being excited and enthusiastic Jeanne Tsai, director, Stanford Culture and Emotion Lab “We think it might be because many Asi
Our own Harvards discriminate too, say Chinese social media users
Accusations of alleged discrimination and bias against Asian American applicants at Harvard University have stirred debate in China about its own education system. With 540,000 Chinese students studying abroad in 2016, the country is the world’s biggest source of international students, and Harvard has a particular cachet with the millions of Chinese students aspiring to study abroad. Last week, documents unveiled as part of a lawsuit by a group representing Asian American students accused Harvard of consistently giving these applicants lower ratings in admissions assessments when it came to personality traits such as courage and kindness. The suit argues that although Asian Americans score