Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Medical School Admissions Data, “Not a Chinaman's chance" in 21th Century

Dear Fellow Asian Americans:

Speak up! Take this SURVEY by 80-20 Education Foundation to project your voice to the
Supreme Court! Pass the words.
http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?l=8/11e/f&w=no

80-20 will present the result to the Supreme Court and elected officials to advocate YOUR
choice. 7000 Asian Americans have spoken in 2 days, voted 39:1 FOR a race-neutral,
merit-based college admission.

Why care?

American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has just released the 2009-2011 data.


The MAGNITUDE of racial preferences in medical schools admission is jarringly apparent:
For applicants with the average GPA and MCAT scores, Asian Americans will get 1/3rd the
chance of comparable blacks. The ratio drops to 1/8th if you are below average. You will get a
proverbial "Chinaman's chance" of success, which is a 19th century notion carrying all the way
into the 21th century, thanks to our collective inaction.

The schools call this "a celebration of diversity" and describe the use of racial preferences as "a
nudge factor" or "a tie breaker". Does the data support the claim? As Chief Justice John
Roberts wrote in 2007, "Racial balancing is not transformed from 'patently unconstitutional'
to a compelling state interest simply by relabeling it "racial diversity'". Asian Americans
should not be shoved into a rotten deal with neither our consent nor the benefit of
QUANTITATIVE data showing the magnitude of the problem. Let's call a spade a spade before
an honest debate can start.

Please join 80-20 TODAY. Go to http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp
Or send your check to: 80-20 PAC 13337 South St. #189 Cerritos, CA 90703.
Family membership is $50 (two), individual $35, student $15.

Respectfully,

The 80-20 Collective Leadership


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jeremy Lin’s Fortune Cookie, a Reflection on Asian Stereotype

Dear Fellow Asian Americans:

Jeremy Lin, the undrafted, unheralded, twice-cut player, has just set records for a first-time NBA
starter and swept the world into "Linsanity". His utter destruction of Asian stereotype does
not come without backlashes. Sports commentator Whitlock offered a gratuitous description of
Lin's anatomy, with boxer Mayweather concurring "All the hype is because he's Asian". MSG
network displayed a questionable fortune cookie image (Attached: "The Knicks Good Fortune").
Not to be outdone, three ESPN affiliated journalists described Lin as a "Chink" . (We salute
ESPN for promptly firing the script writer and suspended anchor Bretos.)



To Asian Americans, Jeremy Lin's experience resonated for different reasons. Some quotes:

o "Jeremy Lin has now gotten what every Asian American has ever really wanted - the
chance to succeed or fail based on performance and not on preconceived notions or
racial stereotypes."

o "He almost wasn't given any chance to show he could play, until Coach D'Antoni turned to his
final option, play Lin because he was one of the last warm bodies on the bench."

o "You hear endless debates about: 'How can this be happening? How can he be doing so well?'
They're looking for answers other than he's athletically gifted."

o "Deep down inside, many of us were decoding that secret language that resonated with our
own experiences which justified keeping him on the end of the bench. It translated into the very
troubling and all so obvious … "he's Asian".

o "There's this idea that it's OK to stereotype Asians. Just don't with African-Americans or
Latinos because you'll get in trouble and you'll get an aggressive response."

o "Asian Americans are supposed to be 1) short, 2) nerds, 3) devoid of leadership skills, 4)
unaggressive, and 5) virtually invisible."

o "As any member of the "model minority" can tell you, Asian Americans feel we have to work
harder to achieve the same level as our non-Asian counterparts. SAT scores for college
admissions is the perfect example."

o "Stereotypes act as another gatekeeper, deterring kids from even trying to compete."

o "Asian-Americans must dedicate themselves to becoming the Jeremy Lins of their
respective fields. If you feel pressure to be quiet instead of speak up, consciously push your c23 self
out of your comfort zone and share your thoughts. If you feel you've been overlooked, stand up
for yourself. If you think you think you might have the skills do so something your boss may not
see at first, fight to have the chance to prove yourself. We must take it upon ourselves to
change stereotypes …, just as importantly, our own minds about the limits of our leadership.
Society may not always be able to avoid stereotypes, but we all have the power to change them."

As Jeremy Lin moved off his brother's couch and into America's conscious, the stereotype of the
socially inept, meek Asian American is one that desperately needs changing. That ultimately
requires us to challenge ourselves - and society at large - to rethink the place of Asian-Americans
in our society. 80-20 is at the vanguard to challenge our own APATHY toward community
affairs and to challenge ourselves and the broader society to give Asian Americans the Equal
Opportunity to contribute to the best of our qualifications and abilities.

On Feb 21, 2012, the Supreme Court has taken up the "Fisher v. U Texas at Austin" case.
80-20 will file a legal brief to advocate for Asian American interest in college admission.

Please join 80-20 TODAY. Go to http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp
Or send your check to: 80-20 PAC 13337 South St. #189 Cerritos, CA 90703.
Family membership is $50 (two), individual $35, student $15.

Announcement:

80-20's Petition to Pres. Obama regarding achieving JUSTICE for Dany Chen has already gotten
7000 signers in a few days. Get us over 10000 quickly
Go http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?l=8/12ps/f&w=no

Respectfully,

The 80-20 Collective Leadership


Friday, February 17, 2012

Asian Women in Science and Technology: An Invisible Minority in a Double Bind

Dear Fellow Asian Americans:

Are Asian Americans doing fine in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers?
Because we are well represented and excel technically?

Wrong! In particular, Asian women face a double bind: a bamboo ceiling because of Asian
stereotyping and a glass ceiling because of implicit gender bias. Full report here.



80-20 carefully collect and publicize QUANTITATIVE social study data to effect policy
changes in government, academia and private industry. We advocate Asian American interests
using OBJECTIVE criteria: (1) Are our achievements commensurate with our qualifications?
(2) If not, ask the government to enforce existing laws (such as EO 11246).

Please join 80-20 TODAY. Go to http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp
Or send your check to: 80-20 PAC 13337 South St. #189 Cerritos, CA 90703.
Family membership is $50 (two), individual $35, student $15.

Announcement:

80-20's Petition to Pres. Obama regarding achieving JUSTICE for Dany Chen has already gotten
950 signers in less than a day. Get us over 1000 quickly
Go http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?l=8/12ps/f&w=no

Respectfully,

The 80-20 Collective Leadership


Thursday, February 09, 2012

Indian Americans Rose to Prominent Deanship Positions

Indian Americans Rose to Prominent Deanship Positions

Dear Fellow Asian Americans,

Deans are high visibility and influential positions in American universities. Asian Americans reaching to Deanship is a sure sign of breaking (or at least raising) the glass ceiling in academia. The recent appointment of Soumitra Dutta as the dean of Cornell University 's Johnson Graduate School of Management adds to a growing list of prominent Indian Americans serving as deans in renowned business schools. Some of his contemporaries include:

o Nitin Nohria, dean of the Harvard Business School
o Sunil Kumar, dean of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business
o Dipak C. Jain, (former) dean of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
o Jaishankar Ganesh, dean of the Rutgers School of Business
o G. (Anand) Anandalingam, dean of Univ. of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

With the growing importance of Asian economies, more Asian Americans are finding opportunities for upward mobility in today's highly competitive workplace because of their excellent education and experience with global perspectives. However, it will take a sustained collective effort from influential leaders and organizations in our community to raise the profile of Asian Americans in business, academia, and government that would lead to LASTING improvements in prospects for all Asian ethnic groups.

80-20 PAC is the leading organization building a strong group clout for ALL Asian Americans, including people of South Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. Ved Chaudhary, the 80-20 coordinator who happens to be of Indian descent, observed: "Officially, all Asian Americans are treated as one ethnic group in all US government branches. All laws and court decisions (for example regarding college admissions, equal opportunity and justice) apply equally to all Asian Americans. Thus all Asian
Americans and their future generations will equally benefit from the activities of 80-20. Therefore, people of South Asian and Pacific Islander heritage must also UNITE with and support 80-20. Remember, there is strength in unity!"

"YOU must be the change you wish to see in the world" — Mahatma Gandhi

Please join 80-20 TODAY. Go to http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp
Or send your check to: 80-20 PAC 13337 South St. #189 Cerritos, CA 90703.
Family membership is $50 (two), individual $35, student $15.

WHAT HAVE WE DONE? 5ab9

o 80-20 gathered the data to construct and repeatedly publicized the
following chart, e.g. a full page Washington Post public Service ad.
The chart shows a very low GLASS CEILING over Asian Ams:


o Using this chart, 80-20 induced President Obama to promise
in the 2008 presidential election to help us break the GLASS CEILING.
Click on http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008_obama.asp
to see Pres. Obama's written & signed promise to 80-20 Educational
Foundation in this regard.

o After Pres. Obama was elected, 80-20 turned Pres. Obama's promise
into the enforcement of a current law by the Labor Department on behalf
of Asian Ams. See a written promise by the Labor Department to enforce
Exec. Order 11246 in order to break the GALSS CEILING over us in work
places. Click on
http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008_obama.asp

Respectfully,

80-20 Collective Leadership

Friday, February 03, 2012

Harvard Targeted in US Asian-American Discrimination Probe


"Harvard Targeted in US Asian-American Discrimination Probe"

Dear Fellow Asian Americans:

80-20 WORKED with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Daniel Golden to voice Asian American concerns in the national news media. Please read this just published Businessweek article
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-03/harvard-targeted-in-u-s-asian-american-discrimination-probe.html .

Asian Americans face a much higher college admission bar than people from any other ethnic groups, yet most of us just resign to our fate or force our children to work even harder. Do you know there is another way? Unite and use our group clout to influence and change the system.

You may recall 80-20 voted in Dec. 2011 to enter this battle for equal opportunity, using the pending Supreme Court case of "Fisher v. Univ. of Texas at Austin" as a vehicle to advocate a race-neutral, merit-based college admission policy.

We don't just sit around waiting for the Supreme Court to do something. We are actively working to gather pertinent data, establish the factual basis of Asian American opinions, and supply time-sensitive information to the news media. We choose to get involved in this and other issues, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. So hard that no elected Asian American official or other national Asian American organization dares to tackle, yet so much is at stake in your and your children's future.

The power of 80-20 rests in You.

WE together had just delivered 80-20 the DOUBLE-or-Die miracle. By Dec 31, 2011, 80-20 added 2095 more members in 9 months. Join this growing national movement to build-up our group clout, and make our voices heard loud and clear again in tough battles to come. JOIN 80-20!
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp

"YOU must be the change you wish to see in the world" — Mahatma Gandhi

Respectfully,

The 80-20 Collective Leadership

 

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