June 5, 2012
Affirmative Action in China?
Affirmative action...uh, diversity...is alive and well in China, a distorted fun house mirror image of its application in the USA according to Isaac Stone Fish writing in Foreign Policy. Referring to an article, "Rent a White Guy" in The Atlantic, Stone writes that this liberal reviled US male is valued in China because a Chinese company will employ a foreigner part-time to sit near the front of an office or to join in on meetings because it apparently adds a level of sophistication. Fish sums up the ideal candidate as "a tall, white, male, Jewish, Harvard-educated fluent Mandarin speaker." There is no mention if being 1/32nd Jewish and/or white and/or male with low cheekbones and family lore of this background qualifies. Looks are apparently important. If interested please apply to... Oh, Elizabeth Warren need not apply. (Read Full Post)