Monday, December 08, 2003

80-20 Questionnaire To All Presidential Candidates

On 12/1, 80-20 sent the following questionnaire to all
presidential candidates -- the 9 Democrats plus President Bush.

80-20's Presidential Candidate Questionnaire:

"With liberty and justice for all." Thus ends our pledge of
allegiance to the flag with a ringing commitment to all citizens.
Unfortunately, liberty and justice remain an unrealized dream for
Asian Pacific Americans. A low glass-ceiling hangs instead over our
heads, denying us the opportunity to rise to the top of our
professions, just as it hung over women and blacks until recently.

Statistical evidence, mostly gathered by government sponsored
studies, shows a dismal picture: APAs have only one-third the
opportunity of all other Americans to "rise to the top," in the
academic world, in corporations, or even in federal government.

To illustrate, let's look at the situation in universities, the
so-called bastion of idealism in our society. University administrators
are recruited almost exclusively from the ranks of faculty and
professionals already employed in universities. Hence the ratio of
[administrators / (faculty + professionals)], broken down to races, is
measure of the opportunity enjoyed by American citizens of different
races. Nationwide, for full-time staff that ratio for blacks (non-
Hispanic) is 0.199. That is, for every 100 black faculty and
professionals there are 20 black administrators. The ratio for Native
American is 0.169; for white (non-Hispanic) is 0.157; and for Hispanic
is 0.143. However, it is only 0.055 for Asian American. For resident
aliens, it is 0.017. The
situation in the corporate world is worse, much worse. All Asian
American CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, with one exception, started
the companies themselves.

Therefore, we, Asian Pacific Americans, wish to know
(1) If elected, will you direct the Labor Secretary to hold public
hearings regarding the validity of the huge amount of statistical data
strongly suggesting discriminatory practices against Asian Pacific
Americans in workplaces today?

(2) If the data were shown valid, will you issue a directive to the
Labor Department asking it to focus on enforcing Executive Order
11246 on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans, since in the past similar
efforts have already been made on behalf of women and other

(3) Two years after you have issued a directive described in item 2,
will you meet with a group of Asian Pacific American leaders, put
together jointly by 80-20 and the Labor Department, to review the
progress in extending equal opportunity to Asian Pacific Americans?

My answer to Question 1 above is (Yes/No)_______

My answer to Question 2 above is (Yes/No) _______

My answer to Question 3 above is (Yes/No) _______

Signature: _______________________ Date: _____________
(Candidate Name )
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If our next president is a candidate who signs the above
document, APAs will get the same enforcement of 11246 as ALL the
other minorities. With that, in 10 years or less the ratio cited for
APA in the third parag. of the Questionnaire will NOT be the shameful
0.055 but instead be 0.15, an increase of 300%. Similar improvement
will occur in the corporate world, in law or accounting firms, in
federal and state governments !!!

A cover letter accompanies the above questionnaire. To see the
cover letter, visit .
To learn why Executive Order 11246 is so important, please visit .

We are on the verge of winning EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. Help 80-20
to help yourself and your children.