A New Perspective on Race-Related Problems in Corporate American Companies

Non-Fiction - Cultural
298 Pages
Reviewed on 11/21/2013
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Author Biography

Jermel Shim is a retired mechanical engineer who during his engineering career developed an interest in writing non-fiction. Due to the demands of his engineering career, he was unable to pursue his interests in writing. Following his retirement he immersed himself into his new writing career and this effort culminated in the publishing of two books in 2013: A New Perspective on Race-related Problems in Corporate America (Outskirts Press, July 28,2013) and Whom God Has Blessed Let No Man Curse (Infinity Publishing, August 9, 2013).

Born in Jamaica, Jermel was educated at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada where he graduated in 1979 with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. Following his graduation from Queen's University, he moved to the US where he began his engineering career with Gilbert/Commonwealth an architect/engineering firm located in Reading, Pennsylvania and rated then as one of the top firms in the design and start-up of electric utility plants. After three years with Gilbert/Commonwealth, he relocated to Richmond, Virginia to start his employment with Dominion Virginia Power, an electric utility company ranked in the top ten of the nation's utilities.

Following his retirement in 2010 from Dominion Virginia Power, Jermel and his wife relocated to Clermont, Florida.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

In A New Perspective on Race-Related Problems in Corporate American Companies, author Jermal Shim explains that most problems between persons of different races and/or cultures are interpreted as racial problems when, in reality they are problems involving lack of understanding in the workplace. The author contends that particularly in America, we have been conditioned by our history of racism and that this collective consciousness is transmitted from one generation to the next. Behaviors are seen as consistent among and between racial groups with attitudes reflecting the group mentality rather than the individual thought process. Shim believes that race-related issues in the workplace affect both white and non-white employees and that they oftentimes pervade the work environment.

Probably the most productive portion of the book was that which dealt with solutions for the non-white employee who feels racial discrimination. Shim suggests that Blacks and other minorities first need to know who they are internally before they can fight against negative external forces. Emotions must be controlled while values are developed and practiced. Then, approaches to trusting relationships may be tried while looking toward traditional role models for guidance. Although A New Perspective may not be applicable in many progressive companies, Shim has given the reader food for thought as well as strategies for coping, means of producing work-related harmony, and programs to produce change in currently noxious work environments. While trying to avoid placing blame and judging, Shim offers non-white employees a means to begin to make changes without taking drastic measures.