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Should I Stay Or Should I Go? The Contextualized Intersectionality Among Global Professionals.
After studying or working for a period in the United States, young professionals from all over the world face a migration dilemma--whether to stay or go. In this research, we propose that the expected status differentials in heritage countries and the host country may motivate East Asian women rather than East Asian men to stay. In study 1, we found that the male advantages in Congress positions and Netflix exposures disappeared or became reversed among East Asians in the United States. In Study 2, by analyzing global MBA job placement records from an elite business school, we found actual rates of staying in the United States differ sharply by gender, especially among East Asians. In Study 3, a survey on another MBA cohort, we found that the greater rate of female stayers is explained by their social status expectancy differential in their heritage countries and the United States.