I thought I would look for some Asians on TV. Searching through the iTunes Store, I got these two shows: “Silicon Valley” and “Start Ups: Silicon Valley”. Granted HBO suggests that the tech world is only 1/5 Asian. (“Asian” refers to both people of East Asian and Indian descent.) Ok, at least HBO gets it right that tech is still mostly male — but not 100 percent male!
I feel sorry for the guy from the Midwest or South who starts at his first day at MIT or any engineering school thinking that the class will be 4/5 white only to find that the he’s going to be competing with a bunch of people — stereotypically — known for being good at math. UC Berkeley 2013’s class is only 24.8 percent white.
|US Citizens & Permanent Residents*
Number of US states represented: 49
|American Indian/Alaskan Native||2%|
|Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander||1%|
|*Total exceeds 100% of class because U.S students may indicate more than one race/ethnicity.|
Number of countries represented: 53
By then he should be not be surprised when two of the largest tech companies are, at least, 30 percent Asian.
When things are this far off, I wonder if TV and studio executives are intentionally ignoring the diversity that exists in America.
Like with ER!!!!!!!! UCSF Medical School‘s class breakdown is:
As of Fall 2013 • 632 enrolled students
|American Indian/Native Alaskan||1|
Total is greater than 100% because students can select multiple values for race/ethnicity
My complaint is not just due to the underrepresentation of Asians but of all people of color in tech. After all, last year Apple bought HopStop, a website that provided the fastest way to get from A to B using mass transit, for an undisclosed amount. HopStop was founded by Chinedu Echeruo, one of my former bosses, and he was black/Nigerian!