Saturday, September 27, 2003

Want to Serve on 80-20's Board?

YOU CAN NOMINATE YOURSELF!! Contact either S. B. Woo,
President of 80-20, via or Kenneth Fong, Chair,
of Nomination Committee, via . Provide
a short bio. Act today!! Here's what you need to know.


1) 5 of our 15 current Board members must face re-election from
Nov. 8th to Nov. 11th, and that at least ten candidates must be on
the ballot.

2) Only MEMBERS may vote &/or run for offices.

3) Names of candidates for those Board positions must be posted by Oct.
4, which is ONLY 8 DAYS FROM TODAY. Voters, as of 9/20, are already
posted at #####

80-20 is a powerful APA organizations that is completely open,
democratic, transparent and observes the rule of law (its own bylaws).
If you don't join & participate in its elections, you risk having a
good organization led by people who are worse than you.

Join 80-20. You must be a citizen or P.R. Go or .
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu 80-20 special Assistant
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.
Thank you.

Friday, September 26, 2003

Giving $ to Politicians is NOT Always Good

The campaign season has started. Let's learn a lesson from the
"campaign finance scandal" of 1996, which the NY Times termed "The
Asia Gate."

APAs gave about $4,000,000 to the Democratic Party, and
probably the same or more to GOP. IN RETURN, WE GOT TRASHED.
Let's review the facts:

A] From 1996-98, the image of our entire community was tarnished
for the misdeeds of a few. Our image as the "perpetual foreigners"
whose loyalty to America is questionable was greatly enforced.

B] After the scandal attracted media attention, Democrats &
Republicans competed to distance themselves from ALL Asian
Americans. They took $8 million from us; they should at least have
spoken up and pointed out that the misdeeds were done by about a
dozen corrupt APAs ONLY. Where were our community's fundraising
leaders, when we needed their political connections to get the
politicians to speak on our behalf?

Let's learn the lesson. Before giving generously to political
leaders, ask them what they will do for the APA community in return.
If their answers sound good, ask them to do some of the deeds for us
NOW. Otherwise, most'll simply take your money and forget you.

We still have glass ceilings above us and our children. We still
don't enjoy equal justice if you'll remember the Wen Ho Lee case.
Measure what you have given financially to 80-20 and what it has
done for our community and what you are planning to give to the
presidential candidates and what they have or will do for our

Above all, spread words about "THE FOUR DON'TS" listed below:

DON'T give thousands of dollars just to get a picture with a
presidential candidate. Are we that shallow?
DON'T raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a politician just
because the politician has flattered you. Are we that naive?
DON'T help those APA fundraisers who are always the FIRST to
organize fundraisers for politicians and the LAST to stand up to fight
for our community. Are we that forgetful or dumb or self-centered?
DON'T give illegally !!! This is USA!

******* Membership has reached 1800! Need 120 more members
to reach our goal of a 20% increase over last year’s record. *******

How about you? To join, you must be a citizen or P.R. Go or .
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu 80-20 special Assistant
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the
check. Thank you.

Monday, September 22, 2003

Students -- Our Future Leaders

(A) Student membership, with full rights & privileges, is initiated
at $15 per year. 80-20 is looking into ways to nurture our students
into our future leaders, perhaps political leaders.

(B) Tien Chang-Lin Student Internship

80-20 instituted the Internship this past summer. If interested,

It pays $1K per month but is very challenging work. Don't apply
unless you are among the best, the brightest AND THE TOUGHEST.
If you want real world political experience in serving the Asian Pacific
American community, then investigate this opportunity. See (C)
below to learn how challenging it could be.

(C) Sherry Zhang, A Tien Chang-Lin Summer Intern in 2003

Sherry Zhang was 16 and the only intern who is still in high
school. She was on Voice of America twice and on A.M. 1300 radio
station of Los Angeles for about 30 minutes as our intern. She
recruited more members than 80-20 had expected, including one Life
Member. She returned 80% of her stipend back to 80-20, in spite of
80-20's repeated request for her NOT to do so.

Her last act as an intern was to VOLUNTARILY write out her intern
experience for the benefit of our next summer's intern. Why? She was
planning ahead for 80-20. She so cares for 80-20 to succeed, perhaps
because she learned from her internship how much our community
needs political awakening.

Her essay has 3 sections. Its beginning & ending are shown below.
For the entire essay, go

1. A Strong Will Is Important

I considered quitting the internship several times.

When I applied, I thought as the chief-in-editor of the newspaper
of my Chinese school, 3500 families (about 10,000 people) had heard
my name for years, so it wouldn't be difficult for me to achieve my
intern goal. However, after I sent emails to the 14 branch school
principals, only one school was willing to mention 80/20 to their
school list. Since the schools were restricted from participating in
political activities, I could not get an email list from them. My action
plan was ruined and I had to start from scratch. On my first day of
recruiting at Chinese school, three close friends of mine said "No, NO,
and NO to me. One couple I sat down with started screaming and
cursing at me. They made me cry because I had not been treated that
way for 16 years of my life. I considered quitting then. ......

These types of situations made me consider quitting the
internship. I would be ashamed if I quit. ....... I repeatedly said to
myself, "I will reach that goal." I should not break my promise. That's
my will."

..... This internship taught me to believe in hard work and
determination, but more importantly, I've seen just how important it
is to have great friends who believe in you. I'll be hosting a family
party at the end of this month to thank all my recruits. ..."

S. B. Woo's reaction after first reading Sherry's essay:
All of a sudden I felt 20 years younger. My face was
flushed & my heart full of hope. The APA community is
the LAST best in political clout among minorities. We,
therefore, need future political leaders who will be the
best, the brightest AND THE TOUGHEST.

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To join as a member, you must be either a citizen or a P.R., go
http://www.80-20initia or .html.
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu 80-20 special Assistant
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.

If you are a student and have already paid $35 for this year's
membership, please e-mail <> . You'll get one
more year of membership. Thank you.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Gov. Dean & 2 Precedents Empowering Our Community

80-20 is proud to report that, thanks to YOU, it has set two
precedents helping to empower the APA community politically
. Both
precedents were established this past weekend at 80-20's Luncheon in
Los Angeles in which Gov. Howard Dean was the keynote speaker.

(1) The Leading Democratic Presidential Candidate Keynoted
An 80-20 Fundraiser.

APAs raising funds for a presidential candidates is common. A
presidential candidates keynoting an APA fundraiser is
news. However, the latter is common in the mainstream
society. Therefore, inducing the same to happen in the APA
community is politically empowering.

(2) Governor Grey Davis of California Requested To Attend The
80-20 VIP Reception

APA organizations requesting the presence of the Governor at their
events is common. The Governor initiating a request to
drop by an APA event is news. To be sure Governor Davis'
request is possibly related to the pending "Recall" election in CA.
Nevertheless, Governor Davis would not have made the request, if
he didn't think that 80-20's event was significant.

Besides setting good political precedents, 80-20's fundraiser was
well attended. 300 plus people packed into a ballroom decorated
with a patriotic theme. Everything was in red, white and blue. A huge
crowd of ethnic and mainstream reporters followed Govs. Dean and
Davis when they arrived at the VIP Reception room. Camera were
flashing, The bright lights of TV cameras lit up half of the room. It
was a big morale booster for 80-20 supporters and it increased our war
chest for the presidential election next year.

Gov. Dean got a standing ovation before and after his speech.
Our supporters appreciated Gov. Dean's outreach to us that set a
wonderful precedent. He gave his usual campaign speech.
Afterwards, while interviewed by an ethnic TV crew he said, "Should I
be someone 80-20 would like to help, I would be very helpful to
80-20 because we would love to have your votes.
" In the next few
months, 80-20 will be seeking the views of all presidential candidates on
key APA issues, including those of the Gov. Dean and President Bush.

Join 80-20. It serves YOU & YOUR CHILDREN greatly. Any US
citizen or permanent resident can be a member TODAY using a credit
card, go or .
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu 80-20 special Assistant
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .

Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.
Basic membership is $35 (one vote). Family membership is $50 (two
votes). Life member is $1,000. Thank you.


S. B. Woo will be the keynote speaker at the annual banquet of
the Chinese American Forum magazine, CAF, in St. Louis on 9/13.
CAF is a quarterly magazine which addresses issues of concern to
ChAms., including a summary of all 80-20 mass e-mails sent in the
preceding 3 months. Those interested in reading 80-20 e-mails but
don't use a computer may find the CAF magazine helpful.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Exciting News, Proposition 54, Breaking Records & .....

1) Exciting News & A Great Event

Gov. Howard Dean leads by 21 points over Sen. John Kerry of MA in
the latest poll in New Hampshire. He will be at a historic 80-20
Luncheon event: "A Dialogue with Gov. Dean."

Date: September 6, 2003 (Saturday)
Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 9750 Airport Blvd (near LAX)
VIP RECEPTION with Gov. Dean: San Francisco Room, 11 a.m. to
noon, $150 per person
LUNCHEON: California Ballroom, 11:45 a.m., $75 per person

Last chance! A few tickets are still available. Call 1-866-FOR-8020 to
reserve a ticket. Or go
or .

Note: 80-20 is non-partisan & doesn't endorse a presidential
candidate until its Endorsement Convention (NC) next year. Delegates
to NC are elected by members.

2) Membership Record Climbed to 1716

Since breaking last year's record of 1600 members, membership has
climbed to 1718. Help us achieve 2000. See our membership list:

3) Proposition 54 in California's Special Election on 10/7

80-20 has not studied Proposition 54. However, we note that most of
the APA organizations in CA which 80-20 respects are opposed to it.

4) Media Reports On 80-20

Village Voice, a well known East Coast weekly paper will publish a
long article on 80-20 in its coming Wednesday issue. For those who
read Chinese, World Journal has a good article on 80-20 recently: (030829)13_tb.htm

5) Subscribe to The World Journal? Singtao? Chao Pao?

If you live in either LA or SF and subscribe to one of the above AND
have a fax machine, please help S. B. Woo out. He needs timely
awareness of news articles to politically empower our community
effectively. Please get in touch with him via Thanks.

UPDATE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS with 80-20, when anticipating a change.
To join as a member, go or .