Friday, July 15, 2011

Defending the Honor of the Chinese Am Community

Prologue: 80-20 is a Pan-Asian-American organization,
it serves all ethnic components of our community
including the Chinese-Am. community.

Many of you might have heard about a racial slur incident at the
University of California, San Diego. 80-20 has been quietly involved in
the investigation of this matter. To prevent untruthful rumors, 80-20
is making a complete report to the national community.

Background:

About 2 months ago, a laboratory rule stating "Don't believe anything
the Chinaman says
" was discovered on a Univ. of California, San Diego
(UCSD) professor's website. The UCSD's Administration quickly ordered
the deletion of the offensive statement and apologized.

The professor also apologized. But he stated that the derogatory
statement was on his website without his knowledge. Since the statement
has been on the website for more than 2 years and his apology seems
ambiguous, the Chinese American community in SD was not satisfied. It
requested 80-20's help and put up a petition site, which was signed by
1500 persons in two days. The petition demanded "a full investigation …
involving at least two members of the Chinese American community in SD"
to find out if the professor's statement was true. If otherwise, it requests
due, severe consequence for the professor. See
http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?w=no&l=/8/11p/f&w=no

Outcome:

o UCSD appointed 3 Chinese American faculty members to help assess
the report of the inquiry. The 3 professors have vouched in writing
that after a thorough inquiry there is "no inference of anti-Asian bias
by the professor."

o UCSD sent a campus-wide educational communique and created a
new "Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion"
to prevent
future similar incidents and to enhance Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

o The professor concerned send a 2nd apology stating
"It is most regrettable that an unacceptable derogatory statement
appeared in the website of my laboratory. I sincerely apologize to
the entire Chinese community, which has my highest respect. . . . I
take full responsibility for this most unfortunate happening."

For details and the formal documents involved, visit
http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?w=no&l=/8/11p/f&w=no

Before ending, we want to thank the Admin 2dc istration of UCSD for
understanding the concerns of the Chinese Am. community and for
its cooperation.

Help 80-20 to help yourselves. To join using a credit card, go to
http://www.80-20initiative.net
or send your check to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229.

Respectfully,

S. B. Woo, a volunteer, 80-20 PAC, Inc.,
http://www.80-20initiative.net
 

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