Friday, April 29, 2011

Great News

80-20 already has more total members in April than
it had all of last year!
Thanks to YOU, what took
80-20 12 months last year took only 4 months this year, after 80-20's
decision to DOUBLE or DIE was make known.

80-20 is deeply honored by our community's wonderful initial
expression wanting 80-20 to live. Let's use the remaining 8 months to
achieve DOUBLING. Your $35 or $50 will be the best investment you can
ever make for your children..

Be proud. Be proud that you are a member or are now beginning
to think that 80-20 may be worthy of your $35 or $50 or $10,000.

80-20 PAC awaits

YOUR verdict for 80-20 PAC to
either DOUBLE
or DIE on March 21, 2013.

To help 80-20 live, join or donate. Go to http://www.80-20initiative.net
or send your check to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229.

Respectfully yours,

A volunteer,
http://www.80-20initiative.net .

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

80-20's 4th Top Accomplishment

If 80-20 didn't exist how might your life be different?

If your friend looks at the above table and concludes, "Therefore,
Democrats will treat AsAms better, owing to our bloc vote in its favor,
although Republicans will treat AsAms worse", THEN he/she is utterly
politically naive
about American democracy.

The reality is very different. Both D & R would treat AsAms MUCH
BETTER once they know that an org. like the 80-20 is fighting for AsAms.
They know that from that point on they'd need to EARN AsAm votes.

Here are the facts: 80-20 was established in 1998. Only 1
AsAm Acting Secretary, historically the first ever, was appointed in the last
days of the Clinton (D) Administration in 2000. Bush (R) won, although
80-20 endorsed his opponent. Nevertheless, Bush appointed 2 full-
fledged Cabinet Secretaries. 8 yrs later, Obama (D), endorsed by 80-20,
won. He appointed 3 Cabinet Secretaries. From 0 to 3, following 80-20's
formation, is it pure coincidence? You be the judge.

More facts: Before 80-20, AsAms were viewed as suckers by both political
parties. We donated generously for a photo with a candidate. The politicians
wondered if AsAms have any social consciousness. AsAms were in no-
man's land. We were ignored by both D & R. We had to be three times
as good to be treated as equals, and we seemed to be proud of it.
We are called the "model minority" while being treated worse than
all others.

80-20, as soon as it was formed, pressed for EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
in workplaces. The Bush Administration, through Labor Secretary Elaine
Chao, said "NO!" When 80-20 finally gave up on Bush's Administration,
it helped D gain leadership from R in both the House and the Senate.
In 2008, 80-20 worked its heart out for Obama in battleground states,
Obama won. The Labor Dept, under Obama, promised in writing, to
give EQUAL OPPORTUNITY to AsAms in workplaces by enforcing E. O.
11246. That'll lift about 2 million Asian Ams to equal citizenship, if
indeed the promise will be kept*.

Decide! Do you need an org. like the 80-20 PAC? If you don't help, 80-
20 PAC will be dissolved on 3/22/2012. 80-20 will love to serve you.
But it needs help!!!!!

To help 80-20 live, join or donate. Go to http://www.80-20initiative.net
or send your check to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229.

Respectfully yours,

A volunteer
http://www.80-20initiative.net

*Will the promise be kept? 80-20 is not certain yet. It is pressing the
Labor Dept for statistical evidence. Politics is completely pragmatic.
Only a national PAC using the right leverages can accomplish things
for you. All other minorities have their own powerful PACs. The
smallest minority needs a national PAC even more. Are you willing
to pay $35 or $50 for your own national PAC for your children's
sake? BE forever vigilant.

Monday, April 25, 2011

80-20's 5th Top Accomplishment

IF 80-20 DIDN'T EXIST, HOW MIGHT YOUR LIFE BE DIFFERENT?

Without that painful lesson of 2006 for the Republican Senate
leadership, GOP may still think that the Asian Am. community is all talk,
all timid and will never attempt, much less succeed, in punishing it for
ignoring our rightful concerns.

This lesson of 2006 and others, which will be reported to you in the next
few e-newsletters, are sinking in. Even Republicans running for US
Senator and Governor have begun to answer 80-20's questionnaires -- a
good beginning till the GOP presidential candidates also respond.

80-20 is NOT against the Republican Party. We punish it only because it
ignores our rightful interests. 80-20 is NOT pro-Democratic Party. We
support it only because IN COMPARISON it pays more attention to our
rightful concerns. In time both parties will realize that they best do the
right thing -- treat Asian Ams as equal citizens.

WHO BUT 80-20 has such courage to fight for you?

WHO BUT 80-20 will do such strategic planning & execution for your children?

HOW HAVE ASIAN AMS RESPONDED TO 80-20'S POSSIBLE DISSOLUTION
UNLESS IT DOUBLES ITS MEMBERSHIP?

Splendidly, thus far! See the graph below. At this rate, 80-20 may double
its membership by the end of this year! To keep the red line abve the green
for the current week (5th week since announcing "double or die") we need
20 more members. Keep the "impossible dream" alive. We ask for your help!

To help 80-20 live, join or donate. Go to http://www.80-20initiative.net or send your
check to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229.

Respectfully yours,

A volunteer,
http://www.80-20initiative.net .

80-20 Enters Social Networks (Thanks to a great group of volunteers: Lih Chen, Alex Dong, Wenkai Hsien, Ed Lin, & Jing-Li Yu )

(1) If you are already on LinkedIn, please join the 80-20 Initiative Group on LinkedIn and post/join discussions on how to empower AsAms in the political process. Be proactive and be engaged. Help us continue the AsAm civil rights movement. Thank you.

(2) Follow 80-20 on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/80-20-Initiative/139331419446330 . Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/8020pac . Thank you.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Air your view on Ivies' admission policies nationally

Want your views on Ivy League schools' admission policy toward Asian
American applicants aired nationally? Send me your name & phone
number to 80-20. A reporter at one of the largest newspapers of the
nation
(one of the top five in circulations) wants to interview such Asian
American individuals. 80-20 is assisting that reporter.

Two Contrasting Views

One is from Ben - an Asian Am. possibly in his late 30s. The other is a
recent article from The Boston Globe.

"While I empathize with the parent as well as your reasoning for
using this story, what's missing is this parent's fundamental lack of
understanding that academic admissions isn't solely about black
and white numbers
. Most top institutions want students that are
participative, inclusive and contributing to the diversity and overall
well being of an university's culture. . . .

For the record, I was admitted to a top 5 MBA school with less than
a 3.0 GPA
. I tested well with a 96th percentile on the GMAT's, but
this is not 98th or 99th percentile. What helped me most was the
extracurriculars, strong recommendations, and essays that "popped",
and created a personality that admissions felt was vibrant and would
add value to the community. . . .

Culturally, we Asian/Chinese Americans need to learn to develop the
extracurricular and soft skills that make us more rounded candidates,
not just automations as society fairly or unfairly views us.

Life beyond school demands high emotional and social IQ, not just
raw brainpower.
. . . Regards, Ben"

On the other hand, a Boston Globe article* of 4/17 titled "Competitive
disadvantage" reported evidence of discrimination against AsAm applicants:

"In 2009 . . . Princeton sociologist Thomas Espenshade . . . examined data
on students applying to college in 1997 and found what looks like different
standards for different racial groups. They calculated that Asian-Ams
needed nearly perfect SAT scores of 1550 to have the same
chance of being accepted at a top private university as whites who
scored 1410 and African-Americans who got 1100. . . .

By contrast, at California's competitive - and race-blind - state
schools,
Asian-Americans are much better represented: 52
percent of the student population at the University of bed California at
Irvine, 40 percent at Berkeley, and 37 percent at UCLA.

The difference suggests that, where considering race is allowed, elite
universities may be handicapping Asian-American applicants. "They just
all sort of magically end up with under 20 percent Asian students, "
Hsu
says. One Princeton lecturer has asked if that number represents the "Asian
ceiling." . . .

Brookline organizer Chi Chi Wu, who is a lawyer . . . says it may be
time to fight back, using a legal theory called disparate impact. "In other
areas of civil rights law, when you have statistical disparities, you can
often make a case. You don't have to prove the university is saying, 'We
don't want all these Asians,' but just having those statistics and being
able to point to disparities is enough."

She adds, "If we Asian-Americans don't organize, there's no amount of
piano practicing that will help us." "

Show the courage of your conviction! If you are convinced
that there is discrimination, SPEAK UP.

80-20 has no official position on this issue yet, owing to its
extreme complexity. But we invite the community to
together dig a bit deeper on this issue and see
where the truth is.
Note that the Supreme Court
permits using race as a factor in college admission.

Want 80-20 PAC to live or die on 3/22/2013? To help it live, join
or donate
, go to http://www.80-20initiative.net or send your check to
80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229.

Respectfully yours,

A volunteer,
http://www.80-20initiative.net .

*Click on http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2011/04/17/high_achieving_asian_americans_are_being_shut_out_of_top_schools/?camp=misc%3Aon%3Ashare%3Aarticle .

"80-20's Top 10 Accomplishments" shall continue soon. 80-20 thanks
ALL OF YOU
for joining 80-20 at the rate of 10 per day since knowing
that 80-20 may die in TWO years. At this rate, 80-20 will double its
membership in ONE year & live! What a splendid statement on the
HEART of the AsAm community?
We also thank Sam Wong,
S. Pasadena, CA
: $1,000

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Father's Sad Letter about Ivy League Admission

Remember the proactive parent, an 80-20 member, who wrote the "heart-felt,
"no holds-barred letter from a Chinese American," shown below?

"We, Chinese Americans, often relish ourselves as the smartest and
the most educated ethnic group in the country, but in some aspect,
we are also the most stupid and selfish. We spend $35 per half hour
to give our 
children a piano lesson, countless hours of after school to
let them get ahead academically, move to good school districts, get
group average API of 997 or above, without asking whether the
academic performance will translate into equal opportunity in school
admission.
. . . Each of us busy educating our kids while hoping some-
one else would be doing the heavy lifting for the greater community.

It is very selfish and has served us very badly. . . .

Success is NOT defined as you have to be three times as good to get
the same opportunity (This is what most Chinese American parents
are preparing their children for). . . .

Your 80-20 membership will be the best $35 or $50 you have ever
spent on your children."

Below is a very different letter from a very different parent. This parent
said his children were unfairly treated by Ivy League school's admission
policy. He suggested:

"I have some advice for Asian kids trying to get into the Ivies. . . .
Change your last name to an Anglo name. I'm almost serious
about that."

He even gave an example: "My granduncle changed his name to Wood
from Woo in the early 1900's to avoid discrimination."

Let's empathize with those Asian immigrants of a century ago who
anglicized their names. They faced impossible odds, so they sacrificed
their dignity to eek out a life. Today, sacrificing one's self-respect and dignity
to survive in the US is no longer necessary. All we have to do is to put our
shoulders to the wheel and push for equal opportunity. An example? "Your
80-20 membership will be the best $35 or $50 you have ever spent on your
children," said the proactive parent.

The frustrated parent, not an 80-20 member, is not alone. There are hundreds
of thousands of parents like him in our community -- all the more reason to help
80-20 PAC grow, we think.

Both letters were from REAL persons. A few words were changed, a few
deletions were made in the SAD letter to honor his request "to keep somewhat
anonymous." See his letter at the footnote.

Which type of parent will you choose to be?
Shall 80-20 PAC DOUBLE or DIE on March 21, 2013? You decide!

To join or donate, go http://www.80-20initiative.net or send your
chaeck to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229.

Respectfully yours,

A volunteer,
http://www.80-20initiative.net . - - - - - - -

The Letter from the parent who half seriously suggested for Asians
to anglicize "your last names"

"I would not like this specific info posted, to keep somewhat anonymous. I
wanted to give you an example of the apparent bias there is against Asian
students at the Ivies. My child just got notifications of the college
applications. The student got rejected at basically every Ivy League school
and "near" Ivy, except one. Didn't even make the wait list except one.

The child has very high SATs (800 math) close to 800 verbal, 3.8+ GPA
from a nationally well-known very selective private school, four AP courses
all A's, all 5's on AP exams.
Model student. Was one of a xxx kids in the
country selected for an yyy Award, and National Merit Finalist. It's ridiculous.
What more do Asian kids have to do these days to get into these schools?

I had another child who did graduate from Ivy, but he(she) only got into
only one, and had an SAT average significantly higher than the other kids
at her particular Ivy. It's really unfair. These kids work hard, jump through
a lot of hoops to prepare for college only to hit that invisible ceiling. . . ."

Act! Join 80-20. It's NOT TOO LATE.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

80-20's 6th Top Accomplishment - 5th of a series

YOU be the juror. You decide if 80-20 is to GROW or DIE?

80-20's 6th Best Accomplishment

If 80-20 didn't exist, how might your life be different?

Without 80-20, you and your offspring will face the glass ceiling for
another 75 years i.e. another 3 generations. See Chart 1 and Research
Note B in the "Washington Post Ad" shown below.

With 80-20, we estimate the 75 years will shorten to 10 years.
This impacts EVERY Asian Am who works in the mainstream society.

Asian Am. civic organizations have talked about the glass ceiling for
decades. Many used "glass ceiling" as a sound bite to attract support or
contributions, without doing the hard work to gather the hard data to
confront America's political leaders to make America live up to its core
value of "Equal Opportunity For All."

80-20 changed that sad situation. It systematically, year by year,
induced America to live up to its nobler self:

In 2005, 80-20 gathered the hard data and got EEOC to vouch for their
validity and analysis.
In 2006, 80-20 bought the full page ad in Washington Post, seen below,
to jolt our nation's conscience.
In 2008, 80-20 confronted the presidential candidates with the information
shown in this ad & got the commitment of Obama, Biden and Hilary
Clinton to remove the glass ceiling for Asian Ams., when elected.
In 2009, 80-20 citing Pres. Obama's written commitment got the
Labor Dept. to commit to begin enforcing Exec. Order 11246 to
eliminate the glass ceiling against Asian Americans.

Without 80-20, will the above be done for Asian Ams?

If 80-20 fails to double its membership and dissolves itself on March 22, 2013,
will the duration of the glass ceiling on Asian Americans revert back to
75 years?
You decide!

We await

YOUR verdict for 80-20 PAC to
either DOUBLE
or DIE on March 21, 2013.

To join or donate, go http://www.80-20initiative.net or send your check
to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229.

Respectfully yours,

A volunteer,
http://www.80-20initiative.net .

A Public Service Washington Post Ad (Sept. 6, 2006)

We gratefully acknowledge the following generous donations.
These donors used deeds to say, "We want 80-20 to live."
Gang Yu Liu, Davis, CA to PAC: $1,000
Ming-Chuang Foundation, Berkeley, CA (Marisa Chuang Ming) to EF: $1,000
Mitchell and Priscilla Lou Trust Fund, Houston, TX CA: $500

Thursday, April 07, 2011

80-20's 7th Top Accomplishment - 4th of a series

YOU be the juror. You decide whether 80-20 shall GROW or DIE.

80-20's 7th Best Accomplishment

If 80-20 didn't exist, how might your life be different?

Remember when racist attacks against Asian Am. candidates were
common? Did you feel safe in an environment with attacks against
Asian Americans airing on TV, radio, or in newspapers all the time?
Remember the Daisy Ad? (See 80-20's 10th Achievement from 3/24/11.)
Without 80-20, not only would there be a lot fewer successful Asian
Am. office holders, but all Asian Am.'s will suffer from facing racist
attacks in the media constantly.

Racist attacks are mounted in an election campaign, because they
are effective! Only when no one dares to amount such attacks, for
fear of reprisal by 80-20 PAC,
will AsAm candidates have equal chance to
succeed. That is Group Political clout!

Why is 80-20 PAC so effective? Exaggeration?

While the candidates who mount such attacks are the apparent bad
guys, 80-20 has the unique political knowledge to know that such attacks
are normally designed by the political consultants.

The political consultants want a good win-loss record to further their
future business. Hence, the hypocritical ones often tempt candidates to
mount such an attack against an Asian Am. whose community is known
to be meek. The consultants ease their conscience by saying the
following to their candidate-clients, "We only advise you how to win.
You decide whether it is the right or wrong thing to do." Often, the
candidates can't resist the temptation; the vile deeds would be conceived
and delivered.

Normally, the vile candidate and consultant count on the fact that
once the election is over, all is forgotten. 80-20 knows that to stop such
attacks for good, it must hold both accountable and haunt them forever
for their vile deeds -- till the candidate is defeated and till the consultant
will be driven out of the consultant business.

In terms of political effectiveness, there is a big difference between
a PAC like 80-20 and Asian Am. office holders e.g. senators, congress-
persons, and governors. The office holders don't dare touch the tough issues
because they fear the repercussions in their next elections, although they
have much resources under their command. Only a political action
committee dares to tackle the REALLY TOUGH ISSUES, because a PAC
doesn't face a re-election in the mainstream society.

80-20's top accomplishments are examples of tough issues that it dared
to tackle while Asian Am elected officials remained silent. That is
not the fault of AsAm elected officials. That is the nature of American
election politics -- there are issues that only a PAC dares to tackle.

The Asian Am. community must have the wisdom and generosity to support
both office holders, who are important to us in the long term, and at least
one well-funded national PAC.

We await

YOUR verdict for 80-20 PAC to
either DOUBLE
or DIE on March 21, 2013.

To join or donate, go http://www.80-20initiative.net or send your check
to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229.

Respectfully yours,

A volunteer
http://www.80-20initiative.net

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A heart-felt, no-holds-barred letter from a Chinese-Am

A great letter! It tells it like it is. How many Chinese Am. families
do you know live like this? [The series of emails on "80-20's Top 10
Accomplishments" will continue after this.]

"We, Chinese Americans, often relish ourselves as the smartest and the
most educated ethnic group in the country, but in some aspect, we are
also the most stupid and selfish. We spend $35 per half hour to give our
children a piano lesson, countless hours of after school to let them get
ahead academically, move to good school districts, get group average API
of 997 or above, without asking whether the academic performance will
translate into equal opportunity in school admission. Definitely not. Our
children would need SAT near 800 to get into the best schools whereas
other kids can get in at 650. When they enter the work force after a good
education, they are more likely than others to be perceived as a "model
worker", which will serve them badly (do good technical job, quiet and
obedient, earlier glass ceiling). In daily life, they will be perceived by the
mainstream as perpetual foreigners regardless of their actual citizenship
and upbringing. Is that what a good education is for? Each of us busy
educating our kids while hoping someone else would be doing the heavy
lifting for the greater community.
It is very selfish and have served us
very badly in the past, and will continue to be so for us and our children.

Success is NOT defined as you have to be three times as good to get the
same opportunity
(This is what most Chinese American parents are preparing
their children for). It is defined as when you are equally qualified you get
equal opportunity (This is what most mainstream parents are preparing
their children for). The only way to achieve it in this country,
demonstrated over and over again by other ethnic groups, is through a
bloc vote in the election. 80-20 means achieving a 80% swing-able bloc
vote to support the candidates who pledge their support to our
community and hold them responsible for the delivery of their pledges.
This is what 80-20 is about.

Your 80-20 membership will be the best $35 or $50 you have ever spent
on your children."

Name withheld by S.B. Woo, since the author had intended the
letter for his personal friends only.

FORWARD this email to your friends & ask them to in turn to forward to
their friends. Your effort can help awaken our entire community.

We await
YOUR verdict for 80-20 PAC to
either DOUBLE
or DIE on March 21, 2013.

To join or donate, go http://www.80-20initiative.net or send your check
to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229.

Respectfully yours,

A volunteer
http://www.80-20initiative.net

Friday, April 01, 2011

80-20's 8th Best Accomplishment - 3rd of a series

YOU be the juror. You decide whether 80-20 shall GROW or DIE.

80-20's 8th Best Accomplishment

If 80-20 didn't exist, how might your life be different?

Our community may still be in America's political no-man's land
-- ignored by both political parties. Not a single full fledged Cabinet
Member instead of TWO under Bush and THREE when Obama took office.

80-20 was established in the late 1990s when both political parties
were competing to distance themselves from Asian Americans, owing to
the campaign finance scandal that New York Times called "The Asia
Gate". The Democratic Party even demanded past tax returns from ALL
its big Asian Am. donors. That demand was likely un-constitutional.
Nevertheless, our civic organizations sat meekly by. 80-20 was born!

80-20 will protect your rights against either political party. Indeed,
80-20 EMPOWERS us with our GPC and its unique knowledge of
American politics.

To understand why a bloc vote is politically so powerful, see end
of this email.

We await
YOUR verdict for 80-20 PAC to
either DOUBLE
or DIE on March 21, 2013.

To join or donate, go http://www.80-20initiative.net or send your check
to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229.

Respectfully yours,

A volunteer
http://www.80-20initiative.net

Explaining Why Politicians Respect a Bloc Vote So Much

Two candidates run against each other in a political race, which for
simplicity is assumed to have two constituent groups only. One group has
one million votes (8%) and the other has 11 million votes (92%). Candidate
A, a novice, courts the larger group. When the ballots are open, candidate
A wins the larger community by the ratio of 52/48. The margin of
difference is 4%. Since the larger group has 11 millions votes, 4% of 11
million votes provides a winning margin of 440,000 votes to candidate A.
His opponent, candidate B, is a seasoned politician. She courts the smaller
group knowing its ability to deliver a bloc vote in the ratio of 8 to 2, as the
black and Jewish communities can. B wins that community by a ratio of
80 to 20. The difference between 80% and 20% is 60%. 60% of 1 million
votes is 600,000 votes. As a result, candidate B wins the election by
(600,000 - 440,000) or 160,000 votes. Astounding? Does that knowledge
empower you?

 

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