From USA Today:
Ellen Pao trial is big news in China
Elizabeth Weise, USATODAY 7:39 p.m. EDT March 17, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley may be watching the Ellen Pao trial with bated breath, but there are even larger audiences following on a daily basis: China and the Chinese-American community in the United States.
Pao is suing the Menlo Park, Calif., venture-capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for gender bias and retaliation. She is asking for $16 million in lost wages and future earnings.
Chinese-language media is following the case closely for Chinese speakers in the United States and in Taiwan and China.
“Because she’s Chinese American, she speaks Chinese, she went to Ivy League schools, and because it’s technology, everyone’s interested,” said Portia Li, a reporter with the U.S.based World Journal.
“For us, this is a top story in terms of hits on our site every day,” she said….
The Pao story brings up multiple themes that are of great interest to the Chinese community, Li said. Pao’s parents are from China, though she grew up in New Jersey. She is a fluent Mandarin speaker who helped set up Kleiner Perkins’ China office and traveled frequently to China for work.
Pao is also a graduate of the kind of name-brand universities (Princeton and Harvard) and with the degrees (electrical engineering, law and an MBA) to which Chinese families often aspire, said Li.
But the Chinese don’t seem to care about gender bias, they just care about picking up tips for their Tiger Cubs on Dos and Don’ts for getting ahead in venture capital:
“Her story fits with the hopes and dreams of the second generation. Parents want their kids to go to top schools, and they want them to work for top companies,” she said.
Silicon Valley is also a big employer of Chinese and Chinese-American workers. In some firms like Google, up to 30% of the tech staff is Asian. “It’s a window into this world,” Li said.
Unfortunately, the article doesn’t recount what the Chinese think of Ms. Pao’s gay black husband, The Talented Mr. Fletcher.