Monday, January 26, 2004

Yao Ming/Next US President/SARS


(1) 80-20 Protects You From Being Discriminated:

On 5/10/2003, at the height of SARS scares, 5 Asian Am.
teachers were turned away by 2 NJ schools from fulfilling their
CONTRACTUAL obligations. Imagine if you are told to go home
from your work,
because people of Asian descent are the prime
suspects owing to the SARS hysteria. Such a precedent must
NOT be allowed.
80-20 NEGOTIATED on the phone (not just writing a letter)
with the school superintendent to get 1) a public apology, 2) back
pay, 3) reinstitution of the program, and 4) a school district-wide
educational program to combat SARS hysteria.

(2) 80-20 Opens Your Path To Equal Opportunity:

All viable Democratic presidential candidates pledged in writing
that upon being the president they will enforce E.O. 11246 to
provide equal opportunity in workplaces for Asian Americans.
Currently it is enforced for all other Americans except us.
80-20 is confident that President Bush will soon sign it too.
At least, the National Chairman of AAPI for Bush/Cheney 2004,
John Tsu, agreed, as was reported in the 1/17/04 issue of The
World Journal.
In ten years, the number of APA Exec/Administrators is
estimated to increase by a factor of 3.
The glass-ceiling
shall be shattered!

(3) 80-20 Protects Your Personal Dignity:

The N-gger word is no longer used against blacks. Words like
Chinaman, Jap & Chink will not be used against you with
impunity so long as 80-20 is around. 80-20 has the leadership to
protect your dignity effectively, while turning those who had
used those words inadvertently into friends.

You have yearned for a powerful APA organization to stand up for
you. You've got it in 80-20, although our mission is not yet
80-20 AND PUSH! Do YOUR share.

Any US citizen or P.R. may JOIN NOW, using a credit card: or .
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu, 80-20 special Assistant,
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Write your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

PART II of Yao Ming Called A "Chinaxxx, "

TWO VERY DIFFERENT types of responses came to 80-20, after the earlier e-mail entitled "Yao Ming Called A Chinaxxx."

THE FIRST GROUP of responses were most positive. They thanked
80-20 for standing up for our community and its great effectiveness.

THE SECOND GROUP were from APAs who were puzzled over why
Chinaxxx was a bad term; some even accused 80-20 of being too
sensitive. A typical response was: "I was from China. I am a man.
What is wrong with being called a Chinaxxx? Why are Frenchman and
Englishman acceptable, but not Chinaxxx?"

Such questions probably came mostly from first generation
immigrants. Their puzzlement is most understandable. 80-20 uses
this occasion to let our diverse community -- from the 1st to perhaps
the 6th generation immigrants – know why the term Chinaman is

The English language is defined by its dictionaries, not by
individuals. The most authoritative dictionary in English is Webster.
Webster (10th edition) defines
N-gger: a black person - usu. taken to be offensive;
Chinaman: Chinese - often taken to be offensive.

The term "Chinaxxx" has a long & sad history in this country.
Chinaman didn't have a bad connotation a long time ago. It was
used just like Englishman and Frenchman. However, in 1853,
conviction of killers for the murder of Ling Sing was OVERturned on
the grounds that testimony from the "INFERIOR CASTE OF PEOPLE WHO
WERE NON-CITIZENS, " should be thrown out. It meant that Chinese
testimony against the whites was not admissible. Once that legal
precedent was set, the whites learnt that they could terrorize Chinese
without fear of legal consequences. Numerous such incidents
happened. Thereafter, the phrase "not a Chinaxxx's chance" was
coined, meaning "not much of a chance." The word "Chinaxxx"
became an offensive term to Chinese Americans and probably to all

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Mr. Steven Kerr who reacted to his inadvertent mistake admirably
just requested that I publicize his letter of apology. He told me that
he has reached Yao Ming who has accepted his apology. His letter
which reached me this morning, after his verbal apology of yesterday
is shown below. I hope that our entire community will now accept his

"Dear Mr. Woo,
First of all, let me apologize again for my mistake during
Monday night's telecast. I have felt horrible all day long today
knowing that I offended many people. I assure you I was
unaware that my choice of words was inappropriate, and in no
way did I use it maliciously. As I mentioned earlier, I was using
the term the same way I would use 'Frenchman' or 'Englishman',
and I was totally unaware that the word I used is a derogatory
one dating back to the 19th century.

I am ashamed of what happened, especially since I take great
pride in being extremely open minded and tolerant. I have
spent a good part of my life living in foreign countries and I
have respect for all cultures, races and religions. My sister in law
is Chinese American, and my brother in law is a respected
Chinese history scholar at Cambridge University in England.
One of my best friends, in fact, is also Chinese American. I called
them all today to explain what happened.

Anyway, I have already planned to apologize to Yao Ming, and
I will attempt to call him today. As you know he is a difficult
person to reach, but I will do my best to talk to him, or at least
to his interpreter Cxxxx Pxxx. I will let you know if I'm able to
contact Yao Ming. In the meantime, I wish you the best of luck
and I apologize again for this matter.

Also, thank you very much for not making this a public issue.
I realize that you have every right to do so, and the fact that
You have not is saving me great embarrassment. Thank you so
much for that. I will do my best to let people know that the
phrase I used is inappropriate because of the context in which it
was used in the past.

Steve Kerr"

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Yao Ming Called A Chinaxxx

Yesterday, Turner Broadcaster Steve Kerr described Ming Yao as a "7'6" Chinaman," during the Houston versus Memphis game. 80-20 induced a sincere apology within 3 hours.

(1) At 3:00 p.m. today, 80-20 obtained concrete evidence that Steve Kerr, a TNT broadcaster, described Ming Yao as a "7'6" Chinaman." At 4:15 p.m., 80-20- staff Jing-Li Yu left words with the secretary of TNT CEO, Philip I. Kent, that 80-20 President S. B. Woo wanted to be called regarding the incident.

At 5:45 p.m., TNT Senior VP Jeff Banky and Broadcaster Steve Kerr called S. B. at his home and apologized profusely. They asked him to in turn convey their apologies to the Asian American community. It seemed obvious that Kerr didn't know that Chinaman, unlike Frenchman and Englishman, was a derogatory term. S.B. accepted the apology with the condition that Mr. Kerr also called Ming Yao to apologize. S.B. also requested that Mr. Kerr to publicize, whenever appropriate, the impropriety of using derogatory terms in describing minorities. Mr. Kerr agreed. 80-20 TURNED A NEGATIVE CASE INTO A POSITIVE ONE IN 2 HOURS AND 45 MINUTES.

(2) A couple of months ago, General Wesley Clark also inadvertently used Chinaman together with the term Frenchman in an radio interview. Upon an e-mail from S. B., Gen. Clark called S.B. at his home to apologize. SB was impressed with General Clark's sincerity and his sensitivity towards minority concerns. ANOTHER INSTANCE THAT 80-20 TURNS A NEGATIVE EVENT TO A POSITIVE ONE.

(3) After learning about General Clark's apology, An Army Major e- mailed SB to let him know that a terrain in the Army map of Fort Irwin in the California Mojave Desert is designated "Chinaman's Hat." Upon learning that S. B. requested Julia Wan, a new Board Member to work with the Army to delete the name. A month ago, Brigadier General Joseph Fil, Jr. e-mailed Julia stating "The computerized data base from which they (the maps in question) are produced has already been changed, and no longer contains the Chinaman's Hat moniker. " YET ANOTHER HAPPY CASE HANDLED BY 80-20 ON BEHALF OF OUR COMMUNITY.

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Jing-Li Yu 80-20 special Assistant
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Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check. Basic membership is $35; Family (2 voters) is $50, Life Membership is $1,000. Student membership is $15. Thank you.

Saturday, January 17, 2004

ALL Dem. Candidates Answered Yes/Yes/Yes

(A) 100th Life Member Joined 80-20!

James Chang of Newport Beach, CA just became our 100th Life
Member. He upgraded his Basic membership to LIFE membership. The
stock market is up. 80-20's achievement is worthy of your support.
Hope that YOU will consider supporting as a Life Member (from $1000
to $10,000 per membership). Together we shall overcome.

(B) Grand Slam in winning over Dem. presidential candidates:

ALL viable Democratic presidential candidates responded to 80-20's
questionnaire with yes/yes/yes. They are, in order of promptness in
response, where (1) means the earliest:

(1) Congressman Dennis Kucinich, (2) Governor Howard Dean,
(3) Amb. Carol Braun (dropped out) (4) Senator John Edwards,
(5) General Wesley K. Clark, (6) Senator John Kerry
(7) Senator Joe Lieberman, and (8) Congressman Dick Gephardt

If a Democrat is elected the president in 2004, the federal
government will employ its immense power through Executive
Order 11246 to help Asian Americans break the glass ceiling. We
estimate that in 10 years the number of Asian Americans in the
Executive/Administrators rank will increase by a factor of 3 in
all mainstream corporations/ firms/ universities/ institutions/

Unfortunately, Mr. George W. Bush, the only Republican running
for president in 2004, has not yet responded to 80-20's questionnaire.

As a result, 80-20 urges Asian Americans to

(a) vote for any of the above 8 candidates during the Democratic
PRIMARY elections, taking into account their promptness in
answering the questionnaire
(b) withhold financial and other forms of support from Mr.
Bush's 2004 campaign until he has responded with yes/yes/yes to
80-20's questionnaire.

If Mr. Bush also answers yes/yes/yes, then, whoever gets elected in
Nov., our children will get equal opportunity in workplaces.

So hold firm. Don't contribute to Mr. Bush, UNTIL he responds
positively. Any APA who gives to his campaign before he responds
positively is hurting OUR CHILDREN'S chance to win equal opportunity!

The above rules do NOT apply in the GENERAL election. After
each major party has elected a nominee, 80-20 will hold an
Endorsement Convention. Delegates to the Convention will be elected
from and by our dues-paying members. The composition of Delegates
shall be 1/3 Republicans, 1/3 Independents and 1/3 Democrats. The
endorsement criteria shall be DEEDS done by either party in the
preceding 4 years, and the response to 80-20's questionnaire. For
details see Article 7 of 80-20's Bylaws. Please visit . TOGETHER, we'll overcome.

Thursday, January 08, 2004

Sen. Lieberman Said Yes/Yes/Yes Too!

SENATOR JOE LIEBERMAN OF CONNECTICUT just became the 7th of 9 Democratic presidential candidates to answer YES/YES/YES to 80- 20's questionnaire. The goal of shattering the glass ceiling through the enforcement of the Exec. Order 11246 is a step closer.

To learn more about EO 11246 and how it affects you and see the
7 signatures, visit .

Here's how we induced Sen. Lieberman's signature. Two groups of 80-20 supporters deserve our particular thanks.

1. Our supporters in CONNECTICUT: They sent numerous faxes & e-
mails to Sen. Lieberman under the leadership of two 80-20 Board
members, Profs. Peter Luh & Jerry Yang, both of CT. They identified
themselves as citizens of CT & urged him to sign with yes/yes/yes.

2. Our supporters in NEW HAMPSHIRE: Upon the request of the
National 80-20, these supporters either personally confronted Sen.
Lieberman or his campaign staff in Meet The Candidates gatherings
or called his campaign headquarters in NH to request a positive
response from Sen. Lieberman.

Congressman Dick Gephardt still has not signed. WE LOOK TO our supporters IN MISSOURI & IOWA TO DELIVER Rept. Gephardt.

After that we'll focus in on getting President George W. Bush's positive response.

Join 80-20. Any US citizens & PRs may join, using a credit card,
visit or .
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu, 80-20 special Assistant,
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Write your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check. Basic membership is $35; Family (2 voters) is $50, Life Membership is $1,000. Student membership is $15. Thank you.

There has never been an APA org. that is as effective as the 80-20. Please consider joining it. Thank you.

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