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‘Bamboo ceiling’ blocks Asian Australians from top jobs

Australia’s former foreign minister Gareth Evans has warned that “hyper-anxiety” about the global rise of China is marginalising Asian migrants and keeping them out of leadership roles in business, politics and higher education.

Evans, who is now chancellor of the Australian National University in Canberra, said there was “a bamboo ceiling”, or cultural barrier, that prevented Asians being promoted to executive positions.

In a speech to the Asialink think tank on 13 March, Evans said a recent report on cultural diversity by the Australian Human Rights Commission revealed that “Asian Australians are being left a long way behind” in appointments to top jobs.

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