Monday, July 12, 2010

Ohio's Impact On Asian Ams

Ohio has only 135,000 Asian Ams. However, it already has 2 active
chapters, forming a 3rd and aiming to have a 4th chapter -- hopefully
before Ohio elects its NEXT governor this November.

So what? Ohio might become the first of the 50 states whose Asian Ams
will enjoy equal opportunity in the state government agencies and the
state universities. That is the essence of 80-20, and the political process it
advocates.

What is so special is that Ohio is fairly conservative. It doesn't
have a large AsAm population. It is the perpetual battle-ground-state
of presidential elections. It is leading the way for the AsAm community.

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2 years ago, a NW-Ohio chapter, centered about Toledo, was formed
with a bare 25 members. Prof. Yueh-ting Lee, an 80-20 Board member,
was the leading force. It immediately emulated 80-20 National's method-
ology of using the election to get commitments from political leaders. A
questionaire was sent to all mayoral candidates of Toledo asking for "yes
and No" answers i.e. iron-clad commitments. All candidates save one
answered. When the mayor was elected, his commitments were fulfilled
and began to benefit the AsAm community. Both the mayor and Asian
Ams in Toledo were pleased. The chapter has grown to 52 members.

A couple of days ago, a SW-Ohio chapter centered about Cincinnati
and Dayton was formed. Munsup Seoh & others were leaders.

Munsup Seoh and Yueh-ting Lee are working to stimulate a NE-Ohio
chapter,
centered about Cleveland. The 4th, Central-Ohio chapter
shall be centered about Columbus. Imagine, if all that gets done soon,
and a questionnaire sent to Ohio's gubernatorial candidates.

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Wouldn't it be nice if the 135,000 Asian Ams in Ohio show the rest of us,
14 million strong, how to become equal citizens quickly.
When women,
blacks and Hispanics are all making great strides in ridding themselves of
the glass ceiling, why are we sitting relatively still? We look to our heroes
and heroines in Ohio.

Excitement & substance surround 80-20. Join 80-20! Clicking on
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp . Or send a
check to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229. $35 for
Basic & $50 for Family (2 votes). Please place your e-address(es) at the
back of your check.

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo

Acting Exec. Director (a volunteer), 80-20 PAC., Inc.

CORRECTION: Earlier I reported erroneously that the Cabinet officers in
CA Governor's Administration was 0%. it should be 13% (2/15). Their names are A. G.
Kawamura and Teri Takai.

 

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