Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Asian Ams laud 80-20/A High School Student Speaks Up

(A) Asian Ams are proud of 80-20. See how our folks want to openly identify with 80-20 by givng their names and titles. (Our apologies for publishing only a small fraction of such letters. We thank you all for your kind words.)

  1. Congratulations on a job extremely well done.
    KV Kumar, President & CEO Strategic Consultants International, Inc.
  2. i am printing this out and will be handing it to my customers. AsAm
    Moving Foward! Let's Go! Mabuhay!
    Eric Taneto
  3. Thanks for your effort and great work. Here are email addresses of some of my Asian friends and colleagues, who may be interested in joining 80-20.....
    Chiang-shan "Ray" Li
  4. ... I applaud your efforts to the max. Thanks, S.B, and many congrats on a brilliant job. Monolid salutes 80-20!
    Carrie Chang, editor in Chief, Monolid Magazine
  5. That was a great job! Your emails have been forwarded to my colleagues.
    Rick Chen DuPont Captial Management
  6. good job!!!
    Charles C. Zhang, CFP, MBA, MSFS, ChFC, CLU Senior Financial Advisor Certified Financial PlannerTM practitioner
  7. Thank you for your diligent and hard work to bring the 80-20 to such a land mark success.
    Race L. Kao, Ph.D.
    Professor and Chair of Excellence, Department of Surgery
    James H. Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State Univ.
  8. Thank you, History we are making. thank you for your visionary leadership.
  9. Yueh-Ting (Y-T) Lee, Ph.D.
    Dean and Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
    Minot State University
  10. Congratulations to all at 80-20. Getting on the Congressional Record is not a small achievement. ....
    Ignatius Wang
  11. Very brilliant campaign and very tactical move! ... all the work you did behind the scene.
    Ken Liang
  12. Thank you for your outstanding support and leadership.
    Tony Ubalde
  13. So amazing. Thank you.
    Andrew Yoon
(B) A High School Student Comments on why she wants to be a
Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien High School Intern Program

Last Tuesday, in our Government class, our substitute teacher began a discussion about the abuses of executive power in our current government. In our school, teachers are greatly discouraged to talk about their political views, yet many do. Our substitute was obviously a Democrat who was totally against our President, and the majority of the students in our class, mostly coming from upper-class Caucasian background, were hard-core Republicans. This seemingly innocent topic fueled into a huge argument about the war, and students began to shout out their own opinions. I looked around to see these girls arguing, then examined myself. It was not that I, Margaret Cho, did not care about politics, I just did not think I knew enough about politics. Then I looked at my friends, xxx Choi and yyy Chung, who were sitting next to me. All three of us were seventeen year old Korean girls who did not seem to care about politics. I wondered to myself why was it that the only three girls who did not participate in the debate happened to be Asian?

Today, I received an e-mail about the 80-20 Initiative, a national Asian-
American organization that encouraged the Asian American community to
politically make a difference in society. This ingenious initiative is designed
to unite 80% of the Asian American votes to one candidate in order to truly
influence the votes. During the presidential campaign, both parties will
realize just how valuable the Asian American vote is, and this desirability
will cause them to consider and examine the needs and wants of our
community. Only through this way can WE raise OUR voices. Only through
this way can WE decide and obtain what WE want.

I am a proud Asian American. I want to be able to voice my political
opinions, not only in Government class, but in the real world.
I wish to
become an intern, so I can fulfill this ambition.

Margaret Cho
Los Angeles, CA
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Put yourself in the position of our children in their school environment described by Margaret. Will you get involved to make their lives easier? For a review of the Internship, visit

Join 80-20. Using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html (easy to use) 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; Family (2 voters) is $50, Life Membership is $1,000.
Student membership is $15.

Friday, September 22, 2006

History: YOUR Ad in Congressional Record

US Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware saw YOUR ad in Washington Post and was so moved by it that he took the Senate floor yesterday to speak on the issue and read YOUR ad into the Congressional Record. It is now a part of US history. He said:

" The data indicates that Asian-Americans have half the chance of Whites of rising to management-level positions.

If this is right, then this is wrong. ...

The fight for equal opportunity is a fight we must not allow to lag.

I hope my colleagues will consider the important information that is presented here today and maybe take the opportunity to look at it.

I ask unanimous consent to have the Washington Post item printed in the RECORD."

History may look back at YOUR ad and acknowledge it as the key document that ignited Asian Americans' struggle to win equal opportunity; and at this moment when Asian Americans begin to fight for our rights. To see the Congressional Record and your ad, see *** at the end of this email.

It is not just lowest odds of getting into management in the 3 areas of private industries, universities and the Federal government. It is also the lowest odds of getting into management in ALL professions. http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/washpost.html#q9 In addition, Asian Ams also have the lowest % of Federal judges per population. We have 4.5% of American population and 0.7% of the Federal judges! All AsAm federal judges are at the lowest level.

Remember all the lowest odds is a reality despite our having the highest educational attainment. If we keep our mouths shut, then it'll be 3 more generations before we'll enjoy equal opportunity.

How about it, Asian Americans? As one father said,
"Our children came to this country because of us, they did not have a choice. This makes it our responsibility to make this land a land of equal opportunities for them."
Will you do your share and join the movement? Visit

Go to: (http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getpage.cgi?dbname=2006_record&page=S9875&position=all)
on the last column of that page, about 1/4 the way down that column, under "EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ASIAN AMERICANS," to see the beginning of Sen. Carper's comments. You can read the rest of his comments by clicking on "Next Page" on the bottom right corner.

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80-20 is a national, nonpartisan, Political Action Committee dedicated to winning equal opportunity and justice for all Asian Pacific Americans through a SWING bloc vote, ideally directing 80% of our community's votes and money to the presidential candidate endorsed by the 80-20, who better represents the interests of all APAs. Hence, the name "80-20" was created. For more details, visit http://www.80-20initiative.net

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien High School Internship

Announcement: See next email for Washington Post ad's positive impact

Know of any Asian American high school students wishing to serve their community & preparing resumesfor their application to enter good universities? Forwardthis email to them please. ########

Student volunteerism is not only a practice of good citizenship, but also a highly sought after quality by college ADMISSION offices, especially the first-tier universities.

80-20 has a Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien* Memorial High School Intern Program that will give them o the sought-after credential, if they have earned it, It may also fulfill their community service graduation requirement.

  1. the sought-after credential, if they have earned it, It may also fulfill their community service graduation requirement.

  2. the pride of identity with their own community having volunteered for a nationally known Asian Am. organization, &

  3. a taste of the real world in organizing the Asian Am. community, which is not easy. There will be joy and frustration.

  4. various real world strengths, such as persuasion & persistence. Such skills will be severely tested and will be nurtured by 80-20.
The following program was proposed by Sherry Zhang, 2003 Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien Intern who was a high school sophomore then, and now a Princeton University student.

Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien* Memorial High School Intern Program

A student will first visit a special section of 80-20 website to learn about 80-20. http://www.80-20initiative.net/explain.htm

Then he/she will propose the number of members each will recruit by the end of June or December. Any student who has recruited at least 5 members will be certified as a Chang-Lin Tien intern. Those who have recruited less then 5 but more than 2 will still be recognized for their time and effort. We assume that a student will have to spend 8 hours learning about 80-20 before he/she can be an effective recruiter. A student who's recruited 20 members by the end of that time will receive a bronze certificate, 30 members a silver certificate, and 40 members a gold certificate.

The top 3 Gold-level Recruiters, will get on an hour long phone conversation with the president of 80-20 for the purpose of formulating a reference letter, if the intern so desires. The student is not paid, but the experience is priceless, and the letter of recommendation is effective, according to earlier college interns.

To apply, please email a 150 word statement describing what 80-20 is all about and why someone should join to Jing-Li Yu, 80-20 Director of projects, jingliyu@earthlink.net

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Who was Chang-Lin Tien and Why was he Honored repeatedly?

Chang-Lin Tien was the first Asian Am. to head a major university. He was the Chancellor of U.of CA, Berkeley from 1990 -97. Although he had achieved highly, he was willing to take risks to stand up for Asian Ams and other minorities. He didn't care about protecting his own eathers. He cared about doing the right things. Such persons are rare in our community. That 's why 80-20 honors him again and again. We hope Asian Am. youth will emulate him.

Chang-Lin Tien (1935-2003) was one of the six founders of 80-20. Chancellor Tien spent his life fighting for justice and equal opportunity. When he first came to America, he walked at least an hour a day to avoid riding the bus, as a way of protesting the segregation of blacks.

When Chang-Lin Tien was Chancellor, Berkeley faced an 18% cut in its budget and the loss of 27% of its faculty through early retirement. Declaring, "It is not a matter of whether we can survive; it's a matter of being excellent or, mediocre," Chancellor Tien personally recruited young faculty members, retained prominent faculty, appealed to the public to lobby for Berkeley, and presided over record private fund-raising. Owing to his efforts, Berkeley remained a stellar university, with 97% of its graduate programs ranked in the top 10.

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Join 80-20. Visit http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html

Monday, September 11, 2006

Readers' Reaction to the Washington Post Ad

Praise for the Washington Post Ad poured in, as did contributions for 80-20 EF and membership for 80-20 PAC.
Many of the comments expressed heart-felt emotion and profound determination to win equal opportunity for the AsAm community. To save space, we apologize to those who commented for quoting only one or two phrases. Whenever there is a new thought, we quote in full so our readers can enjoy them.
  1. Job well done! Wego

  2. Great Ad. Ademan Angeles

  3. Thank you very much for your efforts for our behalf regarding this ad project. Please tell me more about the Education Foundation. kenhluk@????.net

  4. Dear Friends, .... All of us came to this country on our own free will, and hope that our children will be equal partners of this great and. However, we know too well that this has not been the case. It is about time when most of us are established, or are retiring, that we put our money and actions where our hearts and children, and our grandchildren are, and will continue to be. Our children came to this country because of us, they did not have a choice. This makes it our responsibility to make this land a land of equal opportunities, not a land of discrimination, to the best of our abilities, for their sake. 80-20 has many programs which will achieve this purpose, this ad is only one of them, and they require your participation. (Emphasis added)

    .... Asians, can speak their mind and bring their grief to the public eye, by purchasing advertisement in the most influential paper in the nation.

    May all benefit,

    Kelvin (The writer is a Life Member of 80-20 PAC, and a sponsor of the ad)

  5. I am so proud of what you have done. You are the hero of our Asian American group. Please accept our highest salute. drquinnli@????.com

  6. It's great Ad. Thank you for the email. We have posted it on http://www.tbccweb.com
    for our web community. Jim
  7. You have indeed done a great service to Asian American community by placing this ad. Rajen Anand, President, NFIA, National Federation of Indian American Associations.

  8. congratulations! Don Mo

  9. This writer, K. L. Wang, was S. B. Woo's political mentor. He is one of the Founders of OCA, and one of the earliest members of C-100. BTW, many C-100 members were sponsors of the Ad. We are quoting K.L. in full.

    Congratulations on your full page 80-20 Initiative advertisement on today's Washington Post (September 6th, 2006). Your wonderful ad will reach the AMERICAN mainstream including the news media. Thank you and your colleagues for financing this ADVERTISENMENT.

    When I got your email on this ad, I wanted to send your 80-20 Initiative a small contribution of $100, รข€¦ Keep up the excellent work of 80-20. I will support you always. Best regards to Katy and you. KL
  10. Keep up the good work. Guri Sohi
This is a NEW generation of AsAms. They know when and how to say THANKS for our community's sake. The Washington Post ad is the raison d'etre of our movement to win equal opportunity in workplaces. If you want to see the ad again, go to: http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/wpad.jpg Help spread it!

Join 80-20. Using a credit card, visit

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; Family (2 voters) is $50, Life Membership is $1,000. Student membership is $15.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Join 80-20? Here is why!

Fellow Asian Americans:

Here is WHY you may want to join 80-20. Because it serves YOU in a way that no other individuals and organizations have in the history of America.

1) 80-20 aims to win equal opportunity in workplaces for YOU.
Remember the great Washington Post ad? And that's only the opening gun!
Already, great reactions to the ad have poured in. 80-20 has also organized bloc votes to get Presidential candidates to commit to winning equal opportunity for Asian Am.

(2) 80-20 aims to win equal justice for YOU.
It aims to get many more AsAm Federal judges, including possibly an Asian Am. Supreme Court Justice, who have the integrity and courage to ensure justice for all. During the 2008 presidential election, 80-20 aims to get presidential candidates to commit to the above.

80-20 works on and achieves things that individuals are practically powerless to affect. Indeed, 80-20 works on great and difficult issues that no other AsAm orgs. work on. So 80-20 is UNIQUELY valuable to you.

Using a credit card, visit:

http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html (easy to use) or
http://www.80-20initiative.net/paypal.html PERSONAL checks are

payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:

Jing-Li Yu Director of Operations
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .

Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check. Life
membership is $1,000; Family (2 voters) is $50; Basic Membership is $35; Student
membership is $15.

Important Announcement

Want to be a part of history? Two opportunities:

  1. 80-20 PAC is looking for dedicated Board and officer candidates. All officers are up for election this year. Must be willing to give time and help with some fundraising. People with political and managerial experience preferred. Don't be shy. It's a job that will require a lot of dedication that nevertheless may yield inner satisfaction. Please email Julia Wan, Nomination Chair via juliawan1@cox.net or S.B. Woo via sbw@udel.edu

  2. A full-time staff position is available. She/he is to help achieve the above described historic mission. If you know of capable and very dedicated individuals who might be interested in applying, encourage them to apply to me via sbw@udel.edu. For a job description, see

  3. S. B. Woo, 80-20 President, will be speaking at Minot State University, ND
    (9/23, 7:30 p.m., Aleshire Theater) and Univ. of Alabama (9/23, 3 p.m., UAB
    ) earning $4,500 in fees which he will donate to 80-20 Edu. Foundation.
    The trips were arranged by Board members Dean Yueh-Ting Lee and Pete Wang.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

YOUR ad in Washington Post on Wednesday

The final version of your ad will be in Washington Post on 9/06/06 (Wed). It is the clarion call for us to stand up and win our equal opportunity in workplaces.

Please do your part in this historic struggle. Please
  1. Go buy a copy of Washington Post, one of the nation's most prestigious newspapers and find the full page, color ad in the back page of the Business Section!
  2. Show it to you family members first. Afterwards, show it to people whom you think you can reach and ask them to work with us to assert America's Core Value: Equal Opportunity. Show it to your boss!
  3. Volunteer your time and money (tax deductible) to 80-20 Educational Foundation. Enjoy the satisfaction that comes with giving to others.
The ad below is just the beginning. See areas listed under the ad to see if you can help.

The ad above is just a door-opener to win equal opportunity for us. Do you have a special connection to open one of the following doors?

  1. editorial boards of major mainstream media,
  2. TV news programs such as 60 Minutes of CBS, 20/20 of ABC & Dateline NBC in our attempt to induce them to publicize our plight,
  3. major foundations in our application for big grants to make a long and sustained effort to win equal opportunity for Asian Americans,
  4. Senate and House Committees to induce public hearings*,
  5. Nat'l Republican Party (RNC) and DNC to induce action PRIOR to the 2006 election*,
  6. Large law firms to take our case to the courts for the enforcement of Executive Order 11246, which will be very costly in time and money and will be our last resort.
Get involved. Most of our institutions think AsAms are smart, but gutless and lacking a public conscience. Prove them wrong! What is more important is to prove to yourself that you have the character and guts to do the right things. It is YOUR ad, YOUR rights and YOUR fight.

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 Educational Foundation

For a list of individuals and organizations each giving $1,000 or more, please see the lower right corner of the ad. They are part of our history. Others gave less. However we are equally proud of them. Doing YOUR share is what counts:

Erica Liu, Astrid Szeto, Joseph H. Tsao, Larry Shen (his donation will be matched by his employer Amylin Pharmaceuticals, San Diego), Lawrence Tom, Victor C. Li, Chungsoo Lee, Kong-Pei Chen, Amy Fujimura, Helena & Roger Hou, Wei Huang, Sally Huang-Nissen, Wing Lam, Ramon Lim, Chi-Man Lo, Paul & Amy Sung, William H. Wong, Diyang Wu, Jasper Wu, Edward Lau, Ben Bimin Chen, Shelby Chien, Tjendrawani Ong-Dahl, Tim Wong & Irene Tsang, Lily Yap, Allen Y.K. Wong, Hok To Yeung, Daming Zhu, Thomas Lee, Wing Ho, Lin Ji, Yakko Chang, Larry Zhang, Linda & Chris Choi, James Lee, Laini Tsang, Grace Wu, Daniel Cheung