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bamboo ceiling

A figurative discriminatory barrier in the workplace that impedes the career progress of Asians and people of Asian descent, preventing them from reaching top leadership positions in a company. Coined by the writer Jane Hyun, it is derived from the term "glass ceiling," which refers to the subtle discriminations that prevent women from advancing to the top positions in business. Mark was worried that his Chinese heritage might result in a bamboo ceiling if he tried to get a promotion down the line.
See also: bamboo, ceiling

the bamboo curtain

an impenetrable political, economic, and cultural barrier between China and non-Communist countries.
Formed on the pattern of the iron curtain (see at iron), this phrase dates back to the 1940s.
See also: bamboo, curtain
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Bamboo finds a new fashion in food with wonderful recipes of Bamboo shoots.
Once confined to a clump at the far edge of the yard and valued only for fishing poles, bamboo is beginning to find its place in the southern garden.
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Bamboo -- it's versatile, sustainable and renewable.
The Bamboo Sword And Other Samurai Tales by Shuhei Fujisawa is a superb collection of eight intrinsically interesting and truly evocative stories inspired by two popular Japanese films: "The Twilight Samurai" and "The Hidden Blade".
in Louis De Marco's lush, peaceful Siesta Key garden stands a magnificent grove of Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) full of filtered light and contemplative beauty.
Along with the rise in popularity for FSC certified wood, bamboo has also grown to be an important addition to our sustainable flooring options.
A natural, high quality product that would comply with the Green Building Specifications is a Bamboo Flooring--a new ideal Environmental choice for the Floor covering with incomparable qualities of hardness, durability, dimensional stability, which do not react to the climate conditions inside or to the environmental changes outside.
When you think of bamboo, your mind conjures up images of exotic places and swampy, remote areas of the world, but did you know that there is actually a bamboo native to North America?
As a building material, bamboo has many incredible properties its resilient, flexible, durable and ecologically sound.
Because I feel that this topic is extremely important to an understanding of China, both past and present, I wanted to articulate several temporalities together: one that is really ancient, the stories of "The Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove"; another set during the '50s and '60s, when there was a profound questioning of the status and role of intellectuals (and so the films will have a clear '50s, '60s kind of New Cinema flavor); and, ultimately, one dealing with the concerns and ideals of today.
Fuji, but it is also being ''polluted'' by bamboo thickets.
A three-inch layer of composted bark will feed a bamboo throughout the year.
Jag introduces it's new range of bamboo socks for men.
But the process of turning bamboo fiber to clothing is a lot more polluting, in most cases, than manufacturers have let on.