Saturday, December 31, 2011

A MIRACLE has occurred!

   Thanks to many of you, a MIRACLE has occurred.
   80-20 has achieved DOUBLING and some. See how the red line has shot above the green line.

   Click on a href="http://www.80-20initiative.net/about/membership.asp *.

See how our mebership list has become soooooooooooooo long. When the list will be updated for the influx of the last 4 days, another 250 names will get on.
                      Why is this a MIRACLE?
1) Pragmatically: When 80-20 announced this "Double or Die" campaign, how many of us thought it could be done? How many organizations, Asian or non-Asian, that has a dues-paying membership just below 2,000 can DOUBLE its membership in 9 months, at such a tough economic time?
2) Philosophically: POLITICAL APATHY is the fundamental weakness of our community. 80-20 challenged our toughest problem in order to prove the worthiness of its own existence. Now we know. Even our worst problem can be overcome.
3) Politically: It DOUBLED OR PERHAPS QUADRUPLED our political clout in a 9-month campaign. Tens of thousands of "word of mouth" recommendations have been made by our supporters to their friends and relatives. When 80-20 issues the NEXT "CALL TO ACTION," it'll create 2 to 4 times the impact.
                      What is in the future?
   Hopefully, 80-20's membership will double again in a few more years.
  Happy New Year! It's a great victory for our Community!
  
Respectfully and saying Good Bye,
S. B. Woo, who shall serve you from the 2nd line. Thank you. ☺ ☺ ☺
  
* a notation like (till 12/11) behind each member's name gives the expiration date of that membership. A 1-month grace period is automatically extended for all expirations. If it is NOT renewed within that period, then the name will be removed from the membership list. Please RENEW or upgrade. The larger the membership list, the more our clout.

Go http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp
or send a check to    80-20 PAC    13337 South St. #189    Cerritos, CA 90703. 

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

Friday, December 30, 2011

49 members short with 1.5 days to go

                       So close!
  49 members short with only 1.5 days to go
                     A MIRACLE seems to be happening!!!

   OUR COLLECTIVE BIG HEARTS are propelling this Miracle. Look to the day when we will have doubled and even quadrupled YOUR group political clout.


   Go take a look at 80-20's membership list. Click on
http://www.80-20initiative.net/about/membership.asp . It has gotten sooooo long, thanks to many of YOU. It is being constantly updated, although we may still be a day behind owing to the HUGE INFLOW in the last days. :) :)

   We still NEED 49 more members to DOUBLE!


   To join, clicking 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 yours,
S. B. Woo, who shall continue to serve you in the 2nd line, if you help to
                      achieve doubling of 80-20's membership by year's end.
  
Special Acknowlegement
William C. Hsiao, Cambridge, MA and
Trinh Quan & Patrick Lin, New York, NY joined 
as Life Members, when
80-20 is apparently heading toward dissolution on March 
23, 2013. 
 It
takes a Heart!  Miles and miles of hearts!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

99 members short with 3 days to go

  99 members short with only 3 days to go


   Let's make the MIRACLE happen. If 80-20 DOUBLES its membership in 9 months in such a bad economic time, it will be a POLITICAL MIRACLE.

   Where can the strength for that MIRACLE come from?

                     From YOUR HEART.

               What does that MIRACLE prove, if it happens?

It shows the tremendous affection that 80-20 enjoys in the hearts and minds of Asian Americans. More importantly, it doubles and perhaps quadruples YOUR political clout.


                   Let's empower ourselves greatly!

To join, clicking 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. Woo, who shall continue to serve you in the 2nd line, if you help
                        achieve DOUBLING by year's end - only 3 days away.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

215 members short with 5 days to go UNLESS …

215 members short with only 5 days to go!

o With 3,300 members, 80-20 is already 83% above last year's total membership -- a small miracle
o However, a BIG MIRACLE - DOUBLING - is needed to serve the Asian Am. community in issues where we really need service.

                         Example?
Sticking up for our college-age youngsters to fight against higher college admission bars against Asian American applicants. 80-20 is the ONLY national Asian American organization* that has spoke out on this issue. Indeed 80-20 intends to file a legal brief at the Supreme Court advocating a race neutral and merit-based college admission practice. To succeed, 80-20 needs your backing.

Who can help achieve this BIG MIRACLE?


    YOU! The miracle is in your heart.

To join, clicking 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 yours,
S. B. Woo, who shall continue to serve you in the 2nd line, if YOU HELP TO ACHIEVE DOUBLING OF 80-20's MEMBERSHIP BY YEAR'S END.

*The Asian American Legal Foundation, a worthy CA based organization, has filed a Amicus Curiae with the Supreme Court. 80-20 salutes it.
 
Special Acknowlegement
Samuel Lee, Belmont City, CA joined 
as Life Members, when 80-20 is
apparently heading toward dissolution on March 
23, 2013. He didn't say
a single word to us. But his message is DEAFENING. 
Heart!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

8 GIs charged in death of Danny Chen, a fellow GI

80-20 shall keep a close watch on this case and aim to prevent

A Vincent Chin II Situation.


See an MSNBC report on the death of Danny Chen. (Emphasis added)

"Eight U.S. soldiers have been charged in the death of 19-year-old Private Danny Chen, who was found shot to death in a guard tower in Afghanistan. It was first thought that Chen may have committed suicide. The military's investigation found however that Chen, an Asian-American from New York's Chinatown, had been the target of ethnic slurs and physical attacks at the hands of his fellow soldiers. Chen was found dead on Oct. 3 with a gunshot wound below the chin; it's not clear from today's charges whether the eight soldiers are accused of killing him or whether officials are alleging that their mistreatment of Chen led him to take his own life.

Last week, hundreds of supporters held a vigil and demanded answers in Chen's death. A group of community leaders at the vigil said it had a meeting at the Pentagon recently about the treatment of Asian soldiers in the military, and wanted the commanding officers to be punished. At the vigil last Thursday, the soldier's family ramped up pressure on investigators, reading aloud letters Chen had sent home, reflecting the state of isolation he was in from being harassed by his comrades and superiors.

"'Feb. 27, 2011: Since I am the only Chinese person here, everyone knows me by Chen,'" read his cousin Banny Chen. "'They ask if I'm from China a few times a day... They also call out my name Chen in a goat-like voice sometimes for no reason.'" "'People crack jokes about Chinese people all the time. I'm running out
of jokes to come back at them.'"


Chen's death is one of several recent cases of alleged hazing in the military, according to OCA, a national civil rights organization serving Asian Pacific Americans. One of those was apparently Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, who was hazed by fellow Marines, according to a U.S. military report on his April 3 death. The
military charged three Marines -- accused of beating Lew hours before he killed himself -- with hazing and they face court martial, . . . . . "

For a video report on this tragedy, please click on
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Danny-Chen-Soldier-Death-Hazing-Asian-American-Charged-Criminal-Probe-Military-135988423.html -- preferred

What 80-20 has done
See S. B. Woo's letter to the Secretary of the Army on Nov. 1 (emphasis added), letting him know that 300,000 of 80-20's supporters are keeping a close watch on Danny Chen's death.

What 80-20 will do

o To prevent a Vincent Chin II situation, we need to learn from our own mistakes.
In one of Vincent Chin's trials, a low level Asian American prosecutor was caught "coaching a witness," which made the case much more difficult.
o 80-20 shall keep a close watch on this case and ask all good-hearted Asian Ams to be careful. Support the case with your voice and demonstrations. However, leave the legal situation to experts & serious Asian Am organizations to ensure justice.
Forward this to AsAm youths
Our youths need to know this. Forward this to them.
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 yours,
S. B. Woo, a volunteer for 80-20 PAC who is soon to retire to the 2nd line

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Poll Results on AsAm sentiment on college admission

[A] The College Admission Issue & 80-20
   You may personally be strongly against the current college admission policy. You may be anguished over our letting our youngsters take it on their chins during the college admission process.
   But do you know how other Asian Ams, besides your friends, feel about this situation?
   Do you know of a single elected AsAm official, or an AsAm civic organization or an AsAm professional org. that will speak out for you on this issue?
   Do you know any entity except for 80-20 that will find out if there is a way to get our voice heard?
   80-20 just finished a formal test poll. It found that even the "most liberal" Asian Am sector, and therefore the most likely opposition to 80-20's advocacy of a DIFFERENT admission policy, very strongly support filing a legal brief at the Supreme Court for a different college admission policy.
[B] 80-20's Poll
   80-20 polled 1,000 Asian Ams who are associated with our universities i.e. those with email addresses ending in ".edu". It asked them if they agree or oppose 80-20's intention to advocate a race neutral and merit-based college admission policy at the supreme court. Here's the poll.

   "Kindly please respond to this poll. 80-20 needs to know the sentiment of 
our members, who have apparent association with a university, towards 80-20's decision to file a "friend 
of the court" legal brief with the Supreme Court arguing for a merit-based and race 
neutral college admission policy. That is, based on an applicant's current scholastic 
achievement and evaluated future potential only. You response is absolutely confidential.

   Please REPLY in the form of, say, 1b, 2c, 3d, etc.

1) I am registered as a
       a) Republican,   b) Independent/Decline,   c) Democrat,   d) others

2) I am a
     a) faculty/staff   b) graduate student   c) Undergrad   d) none of the above

3) My feeling toward 80-20's filing a legal brief that is described above as a college admission policy at the Supreme Court is

  a) strongly for  b)somewhat for  c) neutral  d) somewhat against  e) strongly against

4) I know some Asian Am. student leaders on my campus     a) Yes     b) No

5) When 80-20 endorses a presidential candidate, it affects my vote
     a) 100%. I vote accordingly.
     b) somewhat positively
     c) not at all
     d) somewhat negatively,
     e) the opposite way.

[C] The Poll Result -- based on a 14% respond rate:

[D] Is 80-20 Worth Saving - 275 more members, with only 10 day to go?
   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 yours,
S. B. Woo, who shall continue to serve you in the 2nd line, if YOU HELP TO ACHIEVE DOUBLING OF 80-20's MEMBERSHIP BY YEAR'S END.
                        Special Acknowlegement
Wilson S Wang, Sunnyvale, CA and Paul C. Yang, Princeton, NJ joined as Life Members, when 80-20 is apparently heading toward dissolution on March 23, 2013. They didn't say a single word to us. But their message is DEAFENING.
How Noble!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Good News for AsAm Government workers

[A] Exec. Order 11246 Doesn't Cover AsAm Federal workers
   Remember the diagram below that shows Asian Ams facing the lowest glass ceilings in private industries, universities and the federal government?

   Through 80-20's effort, the Obama Administration has agreed in writing to remove the glass ceiling against us in private industries and universities (but NOT in federal government) by enforcing Exec. Order 11246 for Asian Ams.  Note that E.O. 11246 applies to "government contractors and subcontractors" only. The federal government is not its own contractors or subcontractors.

[B] Good News
   A few months ago, Chris Lu was named a co-chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) together with Sec. of Education Arne Duncan. Since then there seems to be concrete actions coming from that initiative. Here is one to break the glass ceiling against Asian Am federal workers.


         New SES (Senior Executive Service) Development Program
The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) is sponsoring a new SES Development Program with participation by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), . . . The program will be offered at NO COST to selected candidates and their respective agencies. Selected candidates are expected to commit time to the program. Successful candidates must obtain permission from their agency to participate and an agreement from their agency to cover any travel-related costs. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. A selection panel consisting of members of AAGEN, WHIAAPI, and OPM will review all qualified applications and select up to 20 highly motivated candidates for the class commencing in March, 2012. To be considered, candidates must apply online via http://www.aagen.org . . . .

   80-20 is NOT a part of that program. But we are absolutely delighted to see such a concrete action taken. In 80-20's questionnaire to 2012 presidential candidates, 80-20 has also emphasized that point. See Q2 in its questionnaire:
   (Q2) If elected, will you issue an Executive Order asking the federal agencies to promote qualified Asian Americans to Senior Executive Service so that Asian Americans will have an equal opportunity to reach the SES level relative to the national average, up from the current egregiously low 33%?

[C] I Got What I Wanted for Christmas
   Yesterday, my two granddaughters each handed me $15 to join 80-20 as Student members. Happiness! :) :)

[D] Want 80-20 PAC to serve you?
   Unfortunately, 80-20 is still headed towards dissolution. With 12 more days to go, 80-20 still needs 300 more members to DOUBLE & serve on.

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

Respectfully yours,
SB who has volunteered for 12 yrs for 80-20 and given $100,000
http://www.80-20initiative.net .

Friday, December 16, 2011

Do or die for 80-20 in 15 days

   If 80-20 is to survive, it needs 346 more members to DOUBLE its membership in the next 15 days.  See the chart below. The red line must meet the green line in 15 days.

   Starting Jan 1, 2012, 80-20's membership will experience a very large DECREASE each day, week and month, because hundreds of its 2011 memberships will expire and only 80% or less will likely renew. So the time to achieve DOUBLING is BEFORE the end of the year!


   If you value 80-20's service to the community which fights the big issues for you that others avoid, then help 80-20 now.

80-20 will help the community back for at least decades.


   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 yours,

S. B. Woo, who shall continue to serve you in the 2nd line, , if YOU HELP TO ACHIEVE DOUBLING OF 80-20's MEMBERSHIP BY YEAR'S END.

                        SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Sing and S.K. Lo of MN UPGRADED their membership to Family LIFE Members with $1,500, when 80-20 is on the verge of dissolving. They didn't say a single word to us. But their message is DEAFENING. How noble!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Does anyone ever fight for Asian Ams on BIG ISSUES?

     An Open Challenge to All Asian Americans:


Which Asian Am. individuals or organizations fought for Asian Ams. on the 3 BIGGEST ISSUES in the last 3 decades, that grossly discriminated against us?


BIG ISSUE [1]: The campaign fundraising scandal of 1996-97 which NY Times
christened "Asia Gate."

   A handful of Asian Ams were raising money illegally for political candidates. Remember names like John Huang, Charlie Tri, James Riady and Pauline Kalchanalak? The media whopped it as if there was a cabal by the entire Asian Am community to sabotage the American election system. After that, the Democratic and Republican parties competed in being as harsh as possible to Asian Ams. The Dem. Nat'l Comm. even asked all Asian Am. big donors for a copy of last year's tax return and proof of their citizenship or permanent
residency - a move that seems unlikely to be constitutional.
   Did any Asian Am elected officials or civic organizations or professional organizations step forth to stop this abuse? 


   80-20 didn't exist then. In a direct response to this humiliating episode, 80-20 PAC was established. Purpose? To provide forceful & effective defense of our community.

BIG ISSUE [2]: Asian Am ADULTS face the lowest glass ceiling in private industries, universities, and federal governments. We have only 0.7 % of life-tenured federal judges as recent as 2006 & a few cabinet-level officials . . . Every Asian Am. politician and organization TALKED about it. BUT . . .
   Did any Asian Am elected officials or civic organizations or professional organizations do anything to affect corrective measures?


   80-20 did. It induced Pres. Obama to side with Asian Ams on the above issues during the 2008 election. To see how the campaign promises are being fulfilled, click on http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008.asp & see item 8 "Pres. Obama's record AFTER his election."


BIG ISSUE [3]: Asian Am. YOUTH face an apparently much higher college admission bar. Our community is against it by a 10 to 1 ratio. There had been repeated challenges to the current college admission policy, appealed all the way up to the Supreme Court.
   Did any Asian Am elected officials or civic organizations or professional organizations try to fight for us at the Supreme Court?
   80-20 will do so.


* To our best knowledge no Asian Am. individual or organization has EVER challenged the current admission system in the Supreme Court, although a number of Asian Am organizations are SUPPORTING instead of CHALLENGING the current admission policy in the Supreme Court.

         Strengths of Other Asian Am organizations and individuals
   Every Asian Am org. has it unique strength. Some may not rise to the challenges of the big issues, but they raise scholarship money, train interns, give seminars about leadership, and protect civil rights. The professional organizations help improve Asian Ams' benefits in various professional fields. In many such cases, 80-20 looks to these orgs. for leadership.

   WANT TO KEEP 80-20 PAC ALIVE TO FIGHT FOR YOU IN BIG ISSUES?


   Pls. do YOUR share. 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 yours,
S. B. Woo, a volunteer for 80-20 PAC for 13 years & donated $100K

* After the Supreme Court decides to take the case, 80-20 will have the next 2 months to file a Friend of the Court legal brief. Know any qualified lawyer to do a pro bono job for the Asian Am. community? It's a historic opportunity.

Friday, December 09, 2011

80-20 enters battle & shall file at the Supreme Court

      80-20 Enters The Battle for Our College Bound

   In a Board meeting last night, in a 13 to 2 vote, 80-20 resolves to file a amicus curiae (Friend of the Court) legal brief at the Supreme Court. It asks the Court

      to support a merit-based college admission policy (based on 
      current scholastic achievement and evaluated future potential)
      that does not discriminate against any race.



                Why Now? Why Not Earlier?
o  the composition of the Supreme Court has changed such that many legal experts are expecting the court to rule in favor of eliminating race as a factor in college admission.
o  four Asian American organizations have filed amicus curiae supporting the current college admission policy.
o  80-20's preliminary poll indicates that our community is against the current college admission policy in a 10 to 1 ratio.
o  the college admission policy advocated by 80-20 will benefit the "college bound" of all races. Click on
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-unintended-consequences-of-racial-preferences/2011/11/29/gIQAbuoPEO_story.html .

                How To Win This Battle? How You Can Help!
   80-20 shall do whatever is necessary to greatly strengthen the impact of its legal brief including but not limited to:

  o  presenting the strongest legal brief
  o  presenting data relevant to the case that may not be well-known. For example, see the following % of Jewish students in some Ivy League schools:


      Columbia 30%, Yale 27%, Harvard 25%, U Penn 25% Cornell 23%, and Brown 22%. Source: http://www.hillel.org/index There are twice as many Jewish students in elite schools as Asian Ams even though the Jewish Am. population is only 40% that of Asian Ams.

      However, the prevailing college admission policy artificially places highly-qualified Asian Am. applicants to compete against each other rather than against the general pool of all applicants, instilling such a fear that many Asian Americans hide their own racial identity in application. Click on
    http://news.yahoo.com/asians-college-strategy-dont-check-asian-174442977.html .

  o  communicating with other Asian Am. orgs. whether they have filed for or against the plaintiff in this case. Asian Ams. must understand the need for political cohesiveness in order to have our voice heard.
  o  commissioning a formal national poll to find out the views of Asian Ams on this issue.
  o  Benefiting from community ideas. LET US HEAR FROM YOU.

     Helps Our Children To Be Proud Of Their Ethnic Identity !


                  80-20's FIGHT is EFFECTIVE!


   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 yours,
S. B. Woo, a volunteer for 80-20 PAC for 13 years & donated $100K

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

College Admission Strategy -- deny being an Asian

   Many Asian American supporters urged me to make a maximum effort to call our community's attention to this AP article.

     Some Asian's college strategy: Don't check "Asian"

   One said, " When Asian American students are apprehensive to even state themselves as "Asian Americans" in their college applications, there is something fundamentally wrong with the whole process. Being born to be of a certain race or ethnicity is not something one can choose. To be handicapped by such a factor is a violation of the very American value of Equal Opportunity. I am whole heartedly in support of the noble ideal of achieving diversity, but totally against such crude attempt in social engineering that put such as a large group of people under such injustice for so long. Therefore I am in support of 80-20 to take on the issue of race-based affirmative action."

   To read the complete article, click on
http://news.yahoo.com/asians-college-strategy-dont-check-asian-174442977.html .

   Here are some excerpts:


" Lanya Olmstead was born in Florida to a mother who immigrated from Taiwan and an American father of Norwegian ancestry. Ethnically, she considers herself half Taiwanese and half Norwegian. But when applying to Harvard, Olmstead checked only one box for her race: white.

"I didn't want to put 'Asian' down," Olmstead says, "because my mom told me there's discrimination against Asians in the application process."

For years, many Asian-Americans have been convinced that it's harder for them to gain admission to the nation's top colleges. Studies show that Asian-Americans meet these colleges' admissions standards far out of proportion to their 6 percent representation in the U.S. population, and that they often need test scores hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of admission. Critics say these numbers, along with the fact that some top colleges with race-blind admissions have double the Asian percentage of Ivy League schools, prove the existence of discrimination.

The way it works, the critics believe, is that Asian-Americans are evaluated not as individuals, but against the thousands of other ultra-achieving Asians who are stereotyped as boring academic robots. Now, an unknown number of students are responding to this concern by declining to identify themselves as Asian on
their applications.

. . . Amalia Halikias is a Yale freshman whose mother was born in America to Chinese immigrants; her father is a Greek immigrant. She also checked only the "white" box on her application. . . . . .

. . . "The whole Tiger Mom stereotype is grounded in truth," says Tao Tao Holmes, a Yale sophomore with a Chinese-born mother and white American father. 6387 She did not check "Asian" on her application. "My math scores aren't high enough for the Asian box," she says. "I say it jokingly, but there is the underlying sentiment of, if I had emphasized myself as Asian, I would have (been expected to) excel more in stereotypically Asian-dominated subjects."

. . . Susanna Koetter, a Yale junior with an American father and Korean mother, was adamant about identifying her Asian side on her application. Yet she calls herself "not fully Asian-American. I'm mixed Asian-American. When I go to Korea, I'm like, blatantly white." And yet, asked whether she would have
considered leaving the Asian box blank, she says: "That would be messed up. I'm not white."

. . ."Identity is very malleable," says Jasmine Zhuang, a Yale junior whose parents were both born in Taiwan. She didn't check the box, even though her last name is a giveaway and her essay was about Asian-American identity.

. . .Asian students have higher average SAT scores than any other group, including whites. A study by Princeton sociologist Thomas Espenshade examined applicants to top colleges from 1997, when the maximum SAT score was 1600 (today it's 2400). Espenshade found that Asian-Americans needed a 1550 SAT to have an equal chance of getting into an elite college as white students with a 1410 or black students with an 1100.

Top schools that don't ask about race in admissions process have very high percentages of Asian students. The California Institute of Technology, a private school that chooses not to consider race, is about one-third Asian. (Thirteen percent of California residents have Asian heritage.) The University of California- Berkeley, which is forbidden by state law to consider race in admissions, is more than 40 percent Asian — up from about 20 percent before the law was passed. "


   History will evaluate the worth of this generation of Asian Ams one day.


   I believe one key factor is how we teach and nurture our children. Whether we are tiger-moms or lion-fathers, whether we pay nothing or $65,000 per year for a child's college education, if we don't make a concerted effort to alleviate the current situation -- when one popular college admission strategy is to deny one's own racial identity -- then we deserve the worst rating. Unite! Help grow our GROUP Political clout.

 Do your share.

   80-20's Board will vote on filing a "friend of the court" legal brief with the Supreme Court supporting a "merit-based college admission that does not discriminate against any race" tomorrow evening. Express your view. Forward this e-newsletter to your friends & relatives.

   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 yours,
S. B. Woo, a volunteer for 80-20 PAC for 13 years & donated $100K

Monday, December 05, 2011

80-20 may fight against higher admission bars against AsAm students

A momentous decision, deeply impacting Asian Am. youths, will be made by 80-20 tomorrow. Please read this e-newsletter and let me know YOUR view before Tuesday's vote.

80-20's Executive Committee voted 5 yeses and 1 abstain to call a Board meeting tomorrow to vote on a motion to file a "friend of the court" (amicus curiae) brief with the Supreme Court supporting the banning of race as a decision making factor in college admission. (Note: the Board has voted 13 to 2 to take on this issue on Dec. 8, 2011.)

Currently, Asian Am. college applicants face an apparently much higher admission bar* to enter first tier universities -- a situation twice confirmed by our Supreme Court to be legal.

However, the Supreme Court's composition has changed. Samuel Alito has replaced Sandra O'Connor, who voted with the last ruling in a 5-to-4 decision. Alito has consistently voted against the use of racial classification. Hence legal experts are predicting a reversal when the court takes up the "Fisher versus Univ. of Texas" case.

Click on a NY Times article for more information http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/sunday-review/college-diversity-nears-its-last-stand.html?pagewanted=all .

Should the Supreme Court reverse it, the student body at the University of Texas and many other public colleges and FIRST TIER private universities would almost instantly become whiter and more Asian, and less black and Hispanic. However, 80-20 is pleased to learn that the ABSOLUTE number of black and Hispanic students and graduates are NOT expected to decrease.

See a recent Washington Post article by George Will:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-unintended-consequences-of-racial-preferences/2011/11/29/gIQAbuoPEO_story.html .

Tell we YOUR view, before the 80-20 Board's vote is taken.


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Respectfully yours,
S. B. Woo

* A study by Princeton sociologist Thomas Espenshade examined applicants to top colleges from 1997, when the maximum SAT score was 1600 (today it's 2400). Espenshade found that Asian-Americans needed a 1550 SAT to have an equal chance of getting into an elite college as white students with a 1410 or black students with an 1100. However, SAT score is not the only factor in admission considerations.

PS: See an USA Today article, "Some Asians' college strategy: 5770 Don't check 'Asian'"
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2011-12-03/asian-students-college-applications/51620236/1

(Imagine that. Will we survive as a minority if our youths feel that way?)


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