Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Where discrimination is the fieriest; Good news

                       Where discrimination is the fieriest
   Discrimination is ALWAYS the fieriest where the GOOD JOBS are. The following research results, published by Prof. Marlene Kim, U. of Mass, Boston clearly demonstrates it.

   In less desirable jobs, Asian Ams may even be preferred because we are deemed smart and hardworking. However, when the job gets better and better, the persons who do the firing and hiring will discriminate against us more and more because we are deemed timid and powerless.

   Take a good look at the table shown below, and decide if you and your children will NEED an organization like the 80-20.

            Please Forward this E-newsletter To Your Young Friends
   You might see from the above that 80-20's intense focus on glass ceiling strongly indicates what it is doing. Please forward this e-newsletter to your young Asian Am. friends that that they don't sense discrimination.
Could the combination of the level of their jobs and their competence and work ethics be such that they've NOT YET seen discrimination?

   Discrimination and prejudice are human nature. To eliminate or reduce such injustice always requires a combination of power balance & enlightenment.

Asian Ams have not worked hard enough to produce that ciritical power balance.

                                                Good News
(1) 80-20's membership broke the 3,000 ceiling -- 40% above its record membership of 2150 set in 2005.

(2) "My three children Scott, Jessica, and Benjamin have joined the 80-20 as student members. I hope 80-20 will grow.        Patrick Cheung" MY! If only every parent will do that 80-20 will live!


(3) Three noble individuals joined as Life Members in the last week. They didn't say a word to 80-20. But the message is DEAFENING!

(4) 80-20 averaged 20 new members a day over the last 2 days. If that keeps up, 80-20 will live. ☺ ☺

   To join, using a credit card, click on http://www.80-20initiative.net . Or
send your check to    80-20 PAC    13337 South St. #189    Cerritos, CA 90703. 


Basic $35; Family 
$50; Student $15; Life Member $1,000.

Respectfully,
S.B.

See a 5-minute Video about 80-20 http://www.youtube.com/user/farlandchang8020
Achnowledgement
A annonymous couple, San Jose, CA: $1,500
Michael Ming-Chiao Lai, Pasadena, CA: $1,000

Monday, November 28, 2011

Letter from a Group of Prominent AsAms

We, the undersigned, are strong supporters of 80-20. We ask you to please consider joining 80-20, which is a uniquely effective Asian American lobbying organization for all 15 million Asian Americans. In America, lobbying is necessary for a small minority like the Asian Americans!

To join, using a credit card, click on http://www.80-20initiative.net . Or
send your check to 80-20 PAC 13337 South St. #189 Cerritos, CA 90703. 

Basic $35; Family 
$50; Student $15; Life Member $1,000.

Sincerely (Titles are for identification purposes only),

Alice Huang, President, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Past), President, American Society for Microbiology (Past), Harvard Medical
School, Dean for Science (retired), Professor of Microbiology & Molecular
Genetics (retired), New York University, Member, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Chenming Hu, Member, US National Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Academia Sinica, Board member, SanDisk, Professor of Microelectronics at University of California, Berkeley
Dean Lee, Formerly Chief Representative in China, Occidental Petroleum Corp., President of Occidental Investment Company of China, President, Hercules China, Inc.
Dominic Ng, President, Committee of 100, Chairman and CEO of East West Bank, East
West Bancorp. Inc.
Dr. Adrian Ho, Founding Partner, SageSpring Partners, LLC
Dr. William Tao, Trustee Emeritus Washington University and Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri
Efren R. Abratique, PE, President and CEO, Abratique & Associates Inc.
Farland Chang, Executive Producer, WorldBizWatch
Frederic Wan, Vice Chancellor for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies (1995-2000),
University of California, Irvine
Gareth Chang, Former Board member of Apple, Executive Vice President of Hughes; formerly Executive Chairman of Star TV
Hanming Tu, Former president, International Association of Chinese Professionals In
Geographic Information Sciences
Henry J. Lee, President, (Retired) Financial Marketing Group Inc., Entrepreneur
Hilary Hsu, Chancellor Superintendent (Retired), City College of San Francisco, CA
Hsia S. Choong, VP, Choong & Hsia Foundation
Ignatius C. Wang, AIA, Founder, UCI Architects, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
James M. Tien, PhD, DEng (h.c.), NAE, Distinguished Professor and Dean, College of Engineering, University of Miami, FL
Kenneth Fong, Trustee, California State University System, Trustee, University of California, San Francisco Foundation, Founder and Chairman of Kenson Ventures
Kuan-Teh Jeang, President, Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA)
Leonard K. Cheng, Dean and Chair Professor of Economics, HKUST Business School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Marilyn R. Donato, Author, "Phillipine Cooking in America," a pioneer in the private practice of nutrition and dietetics
Mark Le, M.D., President of Northcross Medical Center PC, Co owner of Medlab and Vet Lab inc.
Maxwell (Yung-man) Wong, Vice President, Citibank (retired)
Simon Chen, Director of Quantitative Services, InsiderScore LLC, Princeton, NJ
T F Wong, Ph.D., Director of Strategy and Business Planning, AT&T (retired)
Ted Lieu, California State Senator
Theodore C. Vora, PE, President, Veristic Manufacuring
Tony T. Donato, Thoracic cardiovascular, laser surgeon (retired)
Ved P. Chaudhary, Ph.D, (Former) Board of Trustees, Rutgers The State University, NJ
Youxue Zhang, James R. O'Neil Collegiate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Michigan
Yu-Chi Ho, Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Foreign member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering

The above is a partial list. To see a complete list, click on
http://www.80-20initiative.net/about/prominent-asian-americans.asp

Published by 80-20 PAC, Inc.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
A Korean and Chinese translation of S.B.'s "Swan Song" is available respectively at
http://www.80-20initiative.net/pdf/swan-song-korean.pdf &
http://www.80-20initiative.net/pdf/swan-song-chinese.pdf .

Please forward to your friends. The translation was done at the request of
Le Isaacs, an 80-20member. He emailed saying, "Do you know anyone who
can translate your swan song to Chinese or Korean? There are about 400
Chinese and 400 Korean residents here . . . I can make copies of your swan
song and ask to have it distribute."

80-20 is proud to have a member with a last name like ISAACS, who is so
GIVING in order to help us achieve a political voice.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Feedback to Swan Song; Prominent Supporters

Why are so few Asian Ams willing to serve as the President of 80-20 PAC? Take a look at the feedback to SB at the end of his terms.

He does NOT deserve any of the compliments shown below. The feedback are to show that fighting for our community has its rich reward -- the kind that MONEY & POWER CAN'T BUY.

Huge amount of emails poured in. The usual "thank you for your services" type are as deeply appreciated as the un-common ones. To increase readers' interest, however, only the un-usual ones are selected for publication below. ☺ ☺

1a) "I have never met you but believe you have been the single greatest
national leader in the Asian American political movement." Stan Sue
1b) "I met you in person at an event in Lafayette, California, a few months
ago. You have inspired me. Please note that I have decided to continue
your fight for our rights in my life." Jack Duan, Founder & CEO, Gliding
Eagle Inc.

2) "You are a pioneer of our community. Thanks." Manlan Liu

3 "Your devotion to this organization is unbelievable." Achamma Chandersekaran

4) "Usually, it's an email similar to yours, and coming from family members
( and friends who are like family) that naturally allow tears to drip from my
eyes due to emotions deeply felt..... your email message did...and so whether
you like it or not, to me you are family/friend. … " M. Donato
(What an honor for me - Note added by S.B. Woo)

5) "Even though my family lives in Singapore, we very much appreciate
what you have on our behalf. You are our hero!" Chenyang Li

6) "… Your letter is both eloquent and clear, very valuable advice to all of
us." P. W. Chen

7) "May 4th Movement ... the immediate goal of appeal is not yet visibly
successful, but the aspiration it evokes later translates into many
(different) avenues of (further specialized) pursuits." K.P. Chen

8a) "We appreciate all your effort to the cause. I wish I am 20 years
younger to work with you." William Tao
8b) "I'm 82 and soon to be 83 years old in February and have volunteered
for Military Surviving Spouses for over 30 years." Rose Lee

9) "We have seen S.B.Woo's great effort in serving Asian American for long time. We feel fortune having people like him who struggle so actively for all of us while most of us do little for ourselves." Longyuan Mei

10) "SB Woo is the Martin Luther King of the Asian-Am. 6225 community and deserves the heartfelt thanks of all of us!" Betty Tomita

Prominent 80-20 Supporters Are Speaking Up for 80-20

Dean Lee (retired), formerly Chief Representative in China, Occidental Petroleum Corporation; President of Hercules China, Inc., sent an email to a long list of friends, urging them to support 80-20. Gareth Chang, formerly Executive Chairman of Star TV, Board member of Apple, and Executive Vice President of Hughes responded to support Dean's appeal.

Dean wrote: "Please excuse me for sending this message to you. I am an
Honorary Life Member of this 80-20 organization. I do think that 80-20
played a role in the appointment of so many Asians to cabinet positions
and other high-level positions under the Obama administration. . . .
With China and US in a sensitive relationship in commerce and world
politics as friendly strategic partners and competitors, we need to support
80-20 as one of the many organizations to speak out for Asians especially
for Chinese Americans. After all, this great nation passed Chinese
Exclusion Act and interned Japanese in the past. We shall do as much to
ensure that history shall not repeat again. Be mindful of the many
occasions that China was cast as the scapegoat of the problems of US
employment in many of the campaign speeches."

Gareth responded, "Dean: Thanks for the positive words for 80-20.
I have been a believer and strong supporter of the bi-partisan 80-20 and
SB Woo for a long time. Not only I am a founding member, but also served
as Chairman of national fund raising committee a few years ago.
. . . only through active political action that we can change the rules of
society, correct injustice and misperception toward our place of equal
opportunity and treatment in America. . . "

Join 80-20. Using a credit card, go to http://www.80-20initiative.net . Or
send your check to 80-20 PAC 13337 South St. #189 Cerritos, CA 90703. 

Basic $35; Family 
$50; Student $15; Life Member $1,000.

Respectfully,

S.B.
See a 5-minute Video about 80-20 http://www.youtube.com/user/farlandchang8020

ANNOUCEMENT of 80-20's Board Election Results:

Please welcome our new Board Members serving in 2012 & 2013

Haibo Huang (California) Yes=809 (=90.59 %),

Ruth Chang (New Jersey) Yes=794 (=88.91 %);

Edward Lin (Florida) - incumbent Yes=769 (=86.11 %);

Yin-Long Qiu (Michigan) Yes=769 (=86.11 %), and

Vivek Swaroop (Florida) Yes=645 (=72.23 %).


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

S. B. Woo's Swan Song. Farewell!

Farewell, friends!

In another 1.5 months, I'll NOT pull CEO/janitor duties at 80-20 PAC anymore. My age (74) and my depleting "fire in the belly" compel me to back off from the front line. Yet my devotion to you remains. I'll STILL try my best to serve you in the second line. I want to thank everyone, especially the core team, who has poured their hearts and minds out during the past 12 years working together. It has been a great privilege and joy serving you through 80-20 PAC.

Yet, I've failed you many times. The biggest is my inability to get the Asian Am community to understand how politics work in America. Without that awakening, we trip ourselves up badly. Will you give me a last chance to explain how politics works for AsAms? Below is my swan song and last lecture. :)

Friends: Our aspiration, belief, political reality in USA, and political investment are not in synch:

o Aspiration: We want equal opportunity or fairness. We want government policies to give us a level playing field.

o Belief: Erroneously, we believe that ONLY government officials can affect government policies, because that is/was the case in Asia.

o Political Reality: However, in America, a NGO (non-government organization) like the 80-20 PAC can impact government policies greatly especially in civil rights issues. An example is how the Jewish AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Comm) influences not only America's
domestic policies but also its foreign policies, even though the Jewish population is not even half that of AsAms.

Is there proof for the importance of 80-20 PAC?

The elected and appointed AsAm officials knew about the lack of AsAm federal judges and the lowest glass ceiling against AsAms in private industries, universities, federal/state/local governments. Did they do anything? The officials include at least 5 governors, 2 lt. govs, 5 US Senators, 10 Representatives & 5 cabinet members.

In contrast, 80-20 induced Pres. Obama to double the number of AsAm life-tenured federal judges in 3 years. It also induced the Dept of Labor to enforcing a law to give us equal opportunity in workplaces resulting in unprecedented number of AsAm presidents and provosts in large & prominent universities, and a beginning whiff of pressure to promote Asian Am employees in private industries and in federal government. Progress in such issues are not just giving us more "meat and potatos." They involve fairness, self-respect and dignity.

Why is a NGO like 80-20 more effective than elected AsAm officials?

80-20 and elected AsAm offici 606b als are driven by different interests.

Elected AsAm officials seek re-elections in which the % of AsAm voters is minute. Hence they DARE NOT do things for AsAms that REALLY count for fear of alienating other voters. Otherwise, they may not get re-elected. They also fear losing their upward mobility to higher offices.

In contrast, 80-20, like AIPAC, seeks support from their own communities. They don't face elections by other voters. So they DARE to tackle issues of importance to you. Since such NGOs are also politically astute about the needs of the national politicians during elections, they can use their bloc votes to affect our government's national policies -- a glory of democracy enabling tiny minorities like us and the Jews to have a political voice.

Friends! The progresses are easily reversible without continued pressure from a NGO like the 80-20, which is only as strong as your support. We must makes the right political investment. I tried -- 12 years of my life and at least $100,000.

Do still give to good AsAm political candidates. We must invest more in politics for our children's sake. AsAm officials are good for us in different ways.

Farewell, friends. I hope that 80-20 will achieve DOUBLING of its membership and live to fight the impossible odds to achieve the impossible dreams for all of us. Won't you fight along with us?

I devoted 12 years of my life to Asian Ams, because, in my mind, we and the Arab Americans are the most disadvantaged of Americans. If AsAms by working together can establish a sizable political clout, it will help not only Asian Ams but also America! America becomes a "more perfect Union."

Most sincerely yours,

S. B. Woo
To join 80-20, click on http://www.80-20initiative.net

P.S. SB Will Work for YOU Still, But Differently

If DOUBLING is achieved by 12/31 of this year, S. B. still will shed his current daily duties. However, he'll crisscross the nation at his 
own expense to recruit able, willing and noble souls to run for 80-20 President by Nov. 2012. He'll also help to raise at least $1 million to place 
80-20
Initiative on a more solid financial footing by 3/25/2013.

For S.B. Woo's Swan Song in Korean and Chinese (Thank you to those who helped translate), please click on the appropriate link below. The PDF will download when you click the link. Please distribute the Swan Song and help keep 80-20 alive to help you!

Swan Song (Chinese):

http://www.80-20initiative.net/pdf/swan-song-chinese.pdf

Swan Song (Korean):

http://www.80-20initiative.net/pdf/swan-song-korean.pdf


Thursday, November 17, 2011

80-20's Questionnaire to Presidential Candidates

80-20's Questionnaire for 2012 Presidential Candidates

Do you remember the immense STRUGGLE we together went through In 2008 to get Senator Obama and Sen. Clinton to answer our questionnaire with all yeses?

Do you see the immense IMPROVEMENT in equal opportunity for Asian Americans in jobs (cabinet level, federal judge level, university administrator level, and perhaps even in private industries) after Pres. Obama, V.Pres. Biden and Sec. of State Clinton, having all answered YESES, got into their respective offices?

Please READ our questionnaire for 2012 presidential candidates. Let's work together to get answers of all YESES for the NEXT round of improvement.

Do you see any other Asian Am. organization working for you like that?

Keep 80-20 ALIVE to fight for the NEXT round of IMPROVEMENTS. TO JOIN, using a credit card, go to http://www.80-20initiative.net .

Or send your check to 80-20 PAC 13337 South St. #189 Cerritos, CA 90703. 

Basic $35; Family 
$50; Student $15; Life Member $1,000.

Respectfully,

S. B. Woo, privileged to be 80-20's CEO and Janitor for the last time :) 

See a 5-minute Video http://www.youtube.com/user/farlandchang8020


Friday, November 11, 2011

SF has Asian Mayor; Largest 80-20 Chapter formed in MI

(1) San Francisco has An Asian American Mayor

Ed Lee has bcome the city's first elected Asian-American chief executive, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting. The vote count has not finished yet, but Lee's lead seems insurmountable.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/11/san-francisco-elects-its-first-asian-american-mayor/1?csp=obinsite

America is the land of opportunity. Step up, speak up and be politically involved. "Seek and ye shall find."

(2) The Newest & yet Largest 80-20 Chapter Formed in MI

Here is another example of "Seek and ye shall find." Prof. Yin-Long Qiu is a strong believer in how 80-20 can help Asian Ams locally & nationally. So he decides to establish a Southeast Michigan chapter. I referred him to http://www.80-20initiative.net/about/chapters.asp and a few relevant leaders* to assist him.

Yesterday, the newest and largest chapter in 80-20's history was formed with 96 members! It has very prominent members too, including but not limited to
Prof. Yu Xie who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, & Charles Zhang who is recognized by Baron's Magazine as one of the top 100 Independent Financial Advisor 2004-2007, 2009 and 2010.

Help our SE Michigan chapter go over 100.

(3) Get Politically Involved

See how 80-20 has served our community. Read "80-20's Top 10 Accomplishment": http://www.80-20initiative.net/images/data/top10.pdf

To join, using a credit card, go to http://www.80-20initiative.net . Or send
your check to: 80-20 PAC 13337 South St. #189 Cerritos, CA 90703. 

Basic $35; Family 
$50; Student $15; Life Member $1,000.

Respectfully,

S. B. Woo, who has volunteered for 12 years to 80-20 and donated $100,000 

See a 5-minute Video http://www.youtube.com/user/farlandchang8020

Acknowledgement:
Kevin Chiang, Forest Hills, NY: $1,500
Francis F. Lee, San Matei, CA: $1,000

*80-20's V.P. on Chapter Development Yueh-ting Lee, and Life Member Marisa
Chuang & others helped greatly.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fighting the Glass Ceiling is about Survival

If you are one of 80-20's members, THANK YOU. This message is not meant for you. This message is for people who are frustrated in life but feel powerless to act.

The glass ceiling is a kind of murder, and not fighting it is a kind of suicide. Sounds too dramatic? Actually Not -- 80-20's fight, our fight, for equal opportunity is not just about promotions and higher pay. When you consider Asian Americans' high educational attainment and low chance to rise to management, we are not just talking about earning a decent return on investment.

Our fight for equal opportunity is a fight for your productive life, because that's what your work is. Your work is called your "vocation" because it is your calling. Work is what you choose as fulfilling your being. People across the political spectrum, from Republicans to Democrats, recognize the dignity of your work.

So equal opportunity is the chance to really live. It's only a chance that we ask for. The glass ceiling denies you that chance. So the glass ceiling is murder. And when you don't fight something that threatens your life, you are committing suicide.

Joining 80-20 is then fighting for your – our – survival. 80-20 is the one organization with the persistence to attack the glass ceiling year after year. But it is an effort that may require 10 more years. And without your support, 80-20 is running out of time and resources. Without 80-20, it may take three generations (75 years) to achieve equality.

Membership to 80-20 is only $35 per year. Is that as painful as donating a unit of blood?

And this is about your survival. Fight for yourself. Please join!

To join 80-20 using a credit card, go to:

www.80-20initiative.net

Or send your check to: 80-20 PAC 13337 South St. #189 Cerritos, CA 90703

Basic Member $35; Family Membership $50; Student $15; Life Member $1,000.

Respectfully,

Jing-Li Yu
Life member since 2007.


Friday, November 04, 2011

80-20 talks to Presidential Candidates

(A) The Presidential Election Has Begun. Who But 80-20 Fights For YOU at That Level?

o 80-20 will begin corresponding with presidential candidates for YOU on
Nov. 10. See excerpts of its letter to all candidates.
http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2012_coverletter.asp

o A similar effort in 2008, obtained the commitments of President Obama, VP Biden and Sec. of State Clinton. See document at the end of this e-newsletter.

Such commitments resulted in the

o doubling of life-tenured Asian Am. Federal judges
http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008_record_b.asp

o significant breaking of the glass ceiling against Asian Ams in higher ed
http://80-20initiative.blogspot.com/2011/10/fwd-good-question-from-strong-supporter.html

o the beginning of the similar breaks in private industries;
http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008_dol_reply2.asp

o the pending break of the glass ceiling against Asian Ams in state/local
govs.

(B) Will such Progress Continue if 80-20 Dies?

80-20 hopes so. Knowing how pragmatic politicians are, 80-20 fears that it'll stop.

(C) Why Doesn't 80-20 Continue in spite of a Small Membership?

80-20 is NOT omnipotent. It derives its power from YOU. The larger its membership, the more effective 80-20 will be in speaking for YOU before the presidential candidates. With less than 3,000 members in a community of 15 million, 80-20 will likely fail even when it tries this year.

In contrast, when 80-20 can double its membership within a year simply because it calls for it. it stirs the imagination of all presidential candidates to YOUR benefit. Politics like the real world works on "hopes and fears."


When you make 80-20 look good, you help YOURSELVES.

If YOU want continued progress, YOU must do
YOUR SHARE.

(E) Join! Otherwise, YOU'll soon be on YOUR Own.

Using a credit card, go to http://www.80-20initiative.net .

Or send 
your check to
80-20 PAC 13337 South St. #189 &n 213 bsp; Cerritos, CA 90703. 


There is a matching fund of $3,000 for dues of anyone joining. Basic $35;
Family 
$50; Student $15; Life Member $1,000.

Respectfully,

S. B. Woo, who has volunteered for 12 years to 80-20 and donated $100,000 

See a 5-minute Video http://www.youtube.com/user/farlandchang8020

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

An emotional 5 minute Video about 80-20

Great music and emotion! Please click on the 5 minute video about 80-20. http://www.youtube.com/user/farlandchang8020 *.

If you like it, please forward it to your friends. If you are moved by it, please join 80-20.

To Join 80-20, using a credit card, go to http://www.80-20initiative.net .

Or send your check to:
80-20 PAC 13337 South St. #189 Cerritos, CA 90703.

There is a matching fund of $3,000 for dues of anyone joining. Basic $35;
Family $50; Student $15; Life Member $1,000.

Respectfully,

S. B. Woo, who has volunteered for 12 years to 80-20 and donated $100,000
http://www.80-20initiative.net .

*This is a gift production by Farland Chang for 80-20 Initiative, using materials taped at my home many years ago. The woman is my wife, Katy. Farland is an Emmy Award winning international journalist and Executive Producer at WorldBizWatch -- a global media. Farland used to be S. B.'s Press Secretary, when S.B. was the Lieutenant Governor of Delaware.

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PS: Will 80-20 live? It depends on you. Need 600 more caring souls. See below:


 

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