She was not in a powerful position...she had a ton to lose if she decided to do that. It would have been commendable for her to pursue that...but lets not pretend there was no great risk to her life goals and ambitions by going this route and alienating herself from the industry. Victims of racism are NOT in a powerful position. They have to sacrifice the most if they want to contribute to the fight against racism. It irks me that you are trying to even argue this.
And I would say that she *was* in a powerful position. Even though the station manager wasn't the one who told her to have eye surgery, his saying she wouldn't be on the anchor desk because she's Chinese is outright racism -- and she says that on the show! She didn't do that, nor did she pursue jobs at other stations, or in other cities, or seek out a different agent. Instead, she stayed at that station for a year and developed a complex about herself that led her to decide that eye surgery was the best decision. Racism is illegal, and she could have (should have?) filed a discrimination complaint against that employer, which may have opened the door without her feeling she needed to resort to surgery.