It’s exactly the kind of thing that contributes to our perfection-oriented culture, where people are afraid to admit weaknesses or failures, and we all pretend, like ducks, to glide gracefully on the surface of the water while paddling furiously underneath.
Unintuitive Things I’ve Learned about Management (Part 1)
Julie Zhuo

That is exactly like you said, I can’t find a better metaphor as duck to describe the culture of working in asia. 
I love your article so much, and admire your writing, it’s like you put some magic into your words and make the reader easily connect with you. Thank you for sharing your experience and looking forward to see more :)