Monday, April 28, 2008

80-20, Chinese Americans and CNN‏

You haven't heard from 80-20 for a while. However, as usual 80-20 has been working for you, taken actions, and gotten results. We were waiting till emotion has ebbed and the long term interest of the Asian Am. community comes back into focus.

(A) 80-20's Effectiveness Regarding The Cafferty Statement

After Cafferty made his #@$!*& statement, 80-20 President Kathleen To emailed him on April 14 to express 80-20's "deep concern." She asked Cafferty "to clarify" whether his words "were not in any way intended to cast an aspersion on the millions of patriotic Chinese Americans," On the same day, Cafferty replied and went on air to make the same statement and told us when it'll be on air.

From: Cafferty, Jack []
Sent: 04/14/2008 6:06 PM
To: Kathleen To
Subject: RE: Letter from 80-20 Initiative

"I was referring strictly to the Chinese government and not to the Chinese people or Chinese Americans. I made that clear on the Situation Room broadcast this evening (4/14) at approximately 6:10 p.m. when I read a clarification of my remarks from last week. Thank you very much for your letter.

Jack Cafferty" See

Had he not clarified, 80-20 would have mounted a campaign with all its resources. Dire negative statements on one component of Asian Ams. casts aspersion on all Asian Americans.

However, since his statement is about the Chinese government, we figured that it'd best left to the Chinese government to handle, not that we agreed with the statement.

Please let your emotion ebb and then ponder if 80-20 has done the right thing that is amazingly effective. Also note that 80-20 is an Asian Am. organization, not a Chinese American organization.

(B) 80-20's Traditional Policy:
Not to take positions on US foreign policy and foreign matters, although we insist that we have the rights to do so.

Why? For two good reasons.

First, Asian Americans have come from many native lands with different histories. Taking positions on foreign matters could be detrimental to the unity of the Asian American community.

Second, speaking frankly, we are not yet equal citizens of America. We would be the most vulnerable in taking positions on US foreign policy. It is best that we "keep our powder dry" and fight for our equal opportunity in workplaces and equal justice in the US courts first. Channel your anger to your support for 80-20 -- an organization that works methodically and tirelessly to win equal opportunity and justice for you. To join, go

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo
Member, Executive comm. , 80-20 PAC

Sunday, April 13, 2008

UPDATE! Voters in CA - help elect AsAm Delegates

There are many Asian Am. candidates running to become either Obama (O) or Clinton (C) delegates at the National Democratic Convention in Denver. You can help get them elected today (Sunday)!

Your vote does NOT change the number of delegates for C or O. Your vote only helps decide who gets tot be the delegates.

Qualification: A registered Democrat
Time: from 2-3 pm; caucus at 3 pm. You do not have to stay for the caucus to have your vote counted.
Place: Depends on (1) which Congressional District you are in, and
(2) whether you want to vote for C or O candidates.

In either case, click on

Many thanks. Please go help elect Asian American delegates*.

* As soon as Senator McCain has replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all yeses, we'll provide information for electing Republican delegates as well. Until then, 80-20 urges you not to help Sen. McCain's campaign.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Voters in CA - Elect AsAm Clinton & Obama Delegates

80-20 urges you to help elect Asian Am. Delegates to the Democratic Nat'l Convention in Denver, whether they are for Obama (O) or Clinton (C). You need to be a registered Democrate living in CA's 12th CD (southwest SF and the Peninsula). As you may recall, 80-20 is neutral between Clinton & Obama.

Your vote does NOT change the number of delegates for C or O. Your vote only helps decide who gets tot be the delegates.

(A) There are 1 AsAm running to be a Clinton Delegate:

Phil Ting is running to serve as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The process involves getting one's friends and family (registered Democrats in the 12th CD) to show up and vote for them at a local delegate selection meeting in our Congressional District.

The 12th Congressional District includes part of San Francisco and San Mateo counties (the late Rep. Tom Lantos' district and the district that Rep. Jackie Speier now represents.) In San Francisco this includes Diamond Heights, Sunset, Ingleside, St. Francis Woods, West of Twin Peaks, and other neighborhoods generally in the South and Westerly parts of the City. To see the entire district go to

The address for the selection meeting is:
Crocker Middle School 2600 Ralston Ave.
Hillsborough, CA 94010

Show up between 2-3pm (doors close/lock at 3) on Sunday, April 13th to cast your vote to help them. It should only take half an hour or less once you are there. The process allows for three votes - for one woman and two men, with a fourth vote for a male alternate.

(B) There is 1 AsAm running to be an Obama Delegate:

Vote for Angelica Jongco, .

Registration & Voting from 2-3pm; Caucus at 3pm*

UFCW (Local 101) Union Hall 208 Miller Ave.
South San Francisco 94080

* You do not have to stay for the caucus to have your vote counted. Unregistered voters or voters who are not affiliated with the Democratic Party will be allowed to register as Democrats upon arrival.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

3 Inspiring AsAm Political Role Models & Other Items

Three Asian American Political Role Models

Gordon Quan, Chris Lu and Ted Lieu are Asian Am. political role models.

Gordon, former Houston City Council Member and a very successful lawyer, endorsed Sen. Clinton. Chris Lu, Legislative Director of Obama's senate office on loan to the Obama campaign, is naturally for Sen. Obama. Yet, they are both our role models.

Gordon and Chris represented their respective candidates in negotiating with S. B. Woo regarding 80-20's questionnaires. They were both extremely loyal to their respective candidates. Yet, they also cared deeply about the grievances of Asian Americans having been denied equal opportunity. So how did they solve their dilemmas? They worked hard in finding a win-win situation with S.B. that will get their respective candidates votes while ensuring huge gains in equal opportunity for Asian Ams., if one of them gets into the White House.

Ted Lieu, Chair of California Asian Am. Caucus, California State Assembly, also endorsed Sen. Obama. We had minor run-ins against each other when I pressed Ted, perhaps too hard, to get Obama to reply with all yeses to 80-20's questionnaire last January. However, after a string of 10 primary victories by Sen. Obama, placing Obama is an apparent advantageous position in the presidential contest, Ted sent me a magnanimous email that really touched me:

Dear SB,
" . . .regardless of who the eventual nominee is, I look forward to helping you make sure our next President honors the commitments made to you and 80-20 . . . --Ted"

Wow! That is how caring and noble they all are.

80-20 has begun to work on Sen. McCain's reply to its questionnaire with all yeses. Will there be such Asian Am. Republican political leaders?

The dawn of a new era in AsAm politics has arrived. 80-20 salutes those 3 role models and others like them.

Audrey Magazine

Audrey Magazine is an upscale magazine for AsAm women celebrating its 5th anniversary. In its April/May issue, it gave a carefully researched & detailed report on the political clout of Asian Ams in the 2008 election. It's written by Jack d'Annibale, whose title is "Run. Win. Lead. -- In an historic election, AAs may be finding their voices.

Audrey's editor-in-chief, Anne H. Kim, said in her Editor's Desk: " 80-20 experienced a similar frustration, causing them to endorse Clinton in Calif. which may have influenced the overwhelming AA support for her there." Worth reading. Go .

Don't be complacent, however. Whatever clout we have is not enough. We've not won our equal citizenship yet.

Acknowledging Generous Supporters

80-20 has institutes a 10% discount for those paying membership dues for the next 3 years. It is very popular. About 1/3 of all who joined in March opted for that discounted rate. We also want to gratefully acknowledge:
Song, Sanghun and Mylinh $ 2,000.00
Wang, Peter and Grace $ 1,500.00
Chan, Ying & Kelvin; Ke and Zh, Bin & Jingyan; Liu, Dongzi: $ 500 each
Chen, York L. & Terry; Tsao, Hsueh Sheng & Kathleen Sye: $300 each
Kong, Loong F. $ 250

Asian Development Bank Seminar on April 24 in Los Angeles

Learn all about consulting, procurement and business opportunities from senior procurement experts. In 2007, the bank's lending reached a record $10 billion to such important & emerging markets as India, China, Vietnam, Pakistan & Philippines. . . Go