Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A NEW Community Spirit Emerging!

 7 days ago, 80-20 announced that  "If SELF fails, PAC dies."  Since then, a powerful NEW community spirit -- "All for one, and one for all" -- is emerging.

    Donation to SELF has since jumped by " $27,800/yr for 5 years" or $20,000 per day for 7 consecutive  days .   Let's not be overjoyed, however.   Ask!  Is that NEW spirit pervasive enough and sustaining enough to save  PAC?    

                  New knights to PAC's Rescue

1)  A donor in the "$10k/yr for 5 yrs or morelevel  emailed  asking:
    . . .  What do you propose we should do to help?  xx.    What a spirit!

2) Aihua Xie,  Stillwater, OK   did a 30x from  $100/yr for 5 yrs.  Note: 30x !

3) Wei Li,  Elmhurst, NY  did a  1 0x from  $100/yr for 5 yrs. recently

4) Bing Xiao,  Troy, MI   did a  1 0x from  $100/yr for 5 yrs.   

5) Andrew Li,  Mountain View, CA   did a  5 x from  $200/yr for 5 yrs.      

6) Hao Zhang,  Framingham, MA   did a  5 x from 1 00/yr for 5 yrs.   

7) . . .   10 others became 2x or 3x donors  -  an idea advanced by  Ting-Wei Tang  of  Bristow, VA.  His idea ALSO  induced many non-donors to become donors.  80-20 salutes him.

    To verify items 2) to 6) click here.

                   Good News and Even Better News
(a) Good News:

    Last Friday, you heard from 80-20 that Bob Beckel was finally fired by Fox ! 
Beckel had spit in our faces. Unfortunately, 80-20 PAC was not strong enough to get Beckel fired right away.  But eventually, we helped make him pay.   His being fired will be remembered  by those who may want to tread on us in the future.   If 80-20 dies, we'll not even get that.

(b) Even Better News?

     Yesterday, the Supreme Court  announced they will RECONSIDER "race- conscious" college admissions.  

     The 3rd paragraph of one Boston Globe article  reported:
         " In returning to the case, the court signaled that it might be 
          prepared  to  issue a major decision on the role race may play 
          in government  decision making."  

      In a NYT article, it reported in its 2nd  paragraph
          "The move, which supporters of race-conscious admissions 
            programs called baffling and ominous, signaled that the court 
            may limit or even end such affirmative action." 

      The final outcome is not yet known, but the momentum has obviously shifted in our favor ever since  80-20 became the first AsAm national org. to oppose "race-conscious"  college admissions and to strongly disagree with all other so-called  "AsAm civil rights" orgs. 

       Remember that most of the so-called "AsAm civil rights" orgs. still support "race conscious" college admissions!  Why?   Could it be that they were and are mostly  financially supported by non-AsAm money?  In contrast,  80-20 Initiative insists  on operating on AsAm money only.   But! But!   80-20 PAC is dying.  

      Is there a  message here that all AsAms should understand?

               DONATE to SELFSelf Empowerment Long-term Fund.
Continue to e-mail me, if you want to participate in this rescue.

S. B. Woo, a volunteer for the past 16 years
President, 80-20 Initiative

PS                         A personal Apology from S. B. Woo

     I don't have an employed assistant any more - a money saving move.  Sarah Chang, a great volunteer, has a personal situation recently that she has to drastically cut down her commitment to 80-20.  As a result, I work 8 to 14 hours everyday, including weekends and holidays.  Even that is often not enough to take care of 80-20's responsibility to our community.   So I set clear priorities.  On BIG issues, I tried hard to represent you honorably and perhaps superbly.  On personal communications, however, I don't check typos. The lack of quality in such personal emails does NOT imply disregard for you personally.   Please accept my  apologies.  I'm  77.  I've lost some motor & other skills.  May I depend on your smarts to understand my emails in-spite-of typos and grammatical mistakes .  Again, my apologies.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Need More Knights

    More Knights Arriving

1) Lily Lawn-Ysao is a $1000/yr for 5 yrs donor.   Click here to verify.
 . . . I certainly will consider 3x.   It will be such a shame to let 80-20 go   . . .  Lily

2) Yuqing Li is  a $220/yr for 5 yrs donor.  Click  here to verify.
 . . . . will be happy to  double or triple my current level of donation. Yuqing Li

3) Adrian Ho is a $200/yr for 5 yrs donor.   Click here to verify.
 . . . .   I would like to  increase that to the  $500/yr level.        Adrian Ho

4) Heung Lam  is a $100/yr for 5 yrs donor.   Click here to verify.
 . . . . will increase from $100/yr to $300/yr for 5yrs. Thanks for your robust effort.

5) Shengli Zhou is a $100/yr for 5 yrs donor.  Click here to verify.
 . .    increase my pledge from $100 to $300 per year, for five years . . . . shengli

 6) Ping Tian is a $100/yr for 5 yrs donor.   Click here to verify.
 . . . increase my yearly contribution from $100 to $200 for 5 years, retroactive. 
 . . . email to my Asian friends asking them to participate  . . .
7)  Brian Chen is a $100/yr for 5 yrs donor.   Click here to verify.
 . . . . I want to double my contribution as well.  . . . . . Brian Chen

8)  Kim Chan and Edward Chen were not donors.
      Each became $1,000/yr for 5 yrs donors.    Click here to verify.

9) Agrawal Family Foundation was not a donor.    
      $250!   Click here to verify.  What an illustration of wisdom that we are one!
10) Wa Hing Chan  subscribed to a 3-yr PAC membership   the day after we sent an "Anticipated Demise of PAC" notice.  What a way to boost our morale.  :-)

     BUT!!!  Unless hundreds more knights will arrive, PAC is still dying.

                            Pick Your Answer

Q: Why are these knights trying to help SELF reach its target? 

A:  They are trying to  a) save 80-20 PAC, or
                                   b) save S. B. Woo's face, or
                                   c) save the rights and collective honor and dignity *of AsAms, which include those of mine and my children.

               DONATE to SELFSelf Empowerment Long-term Fund.
Continue to e-mail me, if you want to participate in this rescue.

S. B. Woo, a volunteer for the past 16 years
President, 80-20 Initiative

* EXTRA!  EXTRA!   Bob Beckel fired by Fox yesterday!  A CNN article reported:
"Beckel has been in the channel's doghouse before.  He apologized last summer for his use of the derogatory term "Chinamen" on Fox News. A few weeks later, Beckel  took to Twitter  to issue a cryptic and somewhat incoherent apology for an on-air comment that he said left his "Fox boss" unhappy."

   80-20 was NOT strong enough to get Beckel fired right away.  Fox is a private business which is much less vulnerable than a political  candidate to 80-20's clout. However, our protest certainly let Beckel feel  lots of pain.   His being fired will be remembered by those  who may want to tread on us in the future.   If 80-20 dies, we'll not even get that.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

An Unsolicited Movement to Save PAC

KNIGHTS -- male, female, young and old -- rode in to rescue 80-20 PAC.  With a collective spirit and "can do" attitude like this, mountains will move and dreams will turn into realities.   

     See what these knights have to say and will DO!

(1) Ting-wei Tang is a $2k/yr for 5 yrs. donors.   Click here to verify.

Dear S. B.: . . .  isn't it easier to ask the already committed donors to double or triple their commitments towards whatever amount needed to achieve the goal?
I will  . .  definitely consider it.    Ting-wei

(2) Wei-Jing Zhu is $3k/yr for 5 yrs donor.  Click here to verify.

Dear S.B.  . . .  We will be increasing our pledge from the  $3K/yr level to $10K/year . . . , and also to look into matching grants by Apple, Inc.   . . . I will be dedicating the next few months to personally seeking new donors for 80-20 from all my friends. . . .    Wei-Jing

(3) Dominic Ng donated $7.5k in the last 2 year.  Click here to verify.
Dear SB,  . . .   I will pledge $10,000 this year.  . . .   Best,    Dominic

(4)  Virginia C. Li who has not donated before.
 . . . I pledge to the organization  $1,000 a year for five years  . . .      Virginia C. Li

(5) Bing Xiao who is a $200/yr for 5 yrs donor.    Click here to verify.
Dear Mr. Woo: . . .  I'm willing to donate extra $1000 per year to SELF . . . Bing Xiao

(6) Wai-YIm Ching May is  a $1k/yr donor.    Click here to verify.
Dear SB, . . .  will make additional donations soon . . . Wai-Yim and Mon Yin

(7) Bob Chang has not donated before.  He wrote his children, friends and copied me in. . . . I have discussed with your mother, and will commit ourselves $200/yr, for 5 years to the SELF, and hope this waking-up call would lead you to do some  thing for your shares.                Love,   Mom & Dad

     With a community spirit like this, its impact will go way beyond just the saving of the PAC.  80-20 PAC is only a political weapon.  Ultimately, when we show the wisdom and the fighting spirit to maintain this weapon to defend ourselves, then few will dare to tread on us!

     When the going gets rough, the tough gets going! 
E-mail me if you want to participate in this rescue.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

80-20 PAC shall sadly cease all operations, if SELF fails.

Dear Fellow Asian Americans:

    Please accept my deepest apology.  It is my sad duty to inform you that
the Boards of 80-20 voted unanimously to  cease the operation of 80-20
PAC on Oct. 25, 2015, should SELF fail to reach its goal of raising $1
million per yr. and 5 yrs., as  anticipated.    This decision is final.

    We want to THANK those of you who have

               read and forwarded many of 80-20's e-newsletters,
               responded to some of 80-20's calls-to-actions,
               joined as PAC members, and
               donated generously and selflessly to SELF.

    We are NOT giving up on saving the PAC.   We still hope that once our 
community  knows that PAC SHALL DEFINITELY die if SELF fails, AsAms 
may yet in the remaining 3.5 months open their pocketbooks and help SELF 
reach its goals.  We know that the chance of a last  minute rescue is small, 
probably  less than 1 in 10.  However, we'll still do our best.  

            DONATE to SELF, Self Empowerment Longterm Fund.

    Many of you, who have worked hard to serve AsAms by saving PAC, may want to know more  DETAILS of our decision.  We owe you that.  They are provided as FOOTNOTES, below my  signature.
Sincerely yours,
 S.B. Woo

President, a volunteer for the past 16 years,
The 80-20 Initiative.


(1) What does the Demise of PAC mean?

     PAC  shall cease all its activities, including endorsing or opposing any political candidates, but its website shall be kept alive  by 80-20  EF.  We want to remind the AsAm community how much we together got  done, with our puny resources.  
    In addition, the current Life Members list and  Membership list will remain proudly in display.  The AsAm community should  remember the names of these valiant persons  who have scarified greatly to keep  PAC alive for 16 years.

(2) Donation to SELF Refunded in Full, If Requested

     Should the anticipated eventuality happen, EF shall keep its promise to refund all donations in FULL, if requested.  After Oct. 25, 2015, EF shall send 2 emails 
and one postal mail (certified to those who have donated $1,000 or more) to donors inquiring if he/she desires a refund and where 80-20 shall send a check to.

(3) Details of 80-20's Decision Process and Procedure

     First, the Board of EF voted unanimously to inform the Board of PAC that SELF would  likely fail.  As a result,  EF could not have the resources to hire highly qualified staff, to be trained  by S. B. Woo, whom PAC may share for its needs during election seasons.  In response. PAC deemed  that  without highly qualified staff, PAC cannot be effective in the rough and  tumble world of election politics , after S. B. Woo has retired.   Therefore, PAC's Board has voted  unanimously to cease all operations on Oct. 25, 2015, if SELF fails.

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    As the president of both EF and PAC, I bear the largest responsibility for the anticipated demise  of 80-20.  My deepest apology to you all.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Need a Higher Sense of Danger and Urgency

Dear Fellow Asian Americans:

Politically, our community is naïve, perhaps even suicidal. The following -- mostly things we know but don't want to talk about -- will illustrate the danger we are in.

o We are wealthy, but we don't put our money together to finance our own "Think Tank" to look at the big picture - how to win equal opportunity and contribute more to America.

o The existing AsAm "Think Tanks" are financed by non-Asian Ams. They mostly produce laundry lists. They don't even dare to touch such relevant topics as glass ceiling, "race preference" admissions and the spikes of negativism against Asian Ams., when America felt threatened.

Example of spikes of negativism are (i) Chinese exclusion Act of 1882, (ii) Japanese internment during WWII, (iii) Japan bashing when its cars flooded our auto market, bringing about the murder of Vincent Chin, and (iv) Sherry Chen episode, when the U.S. feels China breathing down its neck e.g. AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank).

Why aren't the scholars in various Asia study centers writing articles that affect AsAms' lives? Because their salaries are NOT paid by us?

o Our so called "civil rights" orgs., mostly financed by non-Asian corporate and foundation money, shamefully supported "race preference" college admissions. In contrast, 80-20 is supported by AsAm money only, providing us with the freedom to examine the college admissions issue independently. Do those "civil rights" orgs know that school counselors are advising Asian Am college applicants to deny their own race and heritage when applying to America's first tier colleges? Isn't that a blatant violation of our human rights? Why are our so called "cilvil rights orgs." so blind to our plights? Because the staff salary of these orgs didn't come from us?

o Denying one's own race in order to get accepted by first tier colleges may contain an extremely racist message - Asians are not that welcome at the top echelon of the U.S. However, if we are willing to deny our heritage, then our application to rise to the top may be considered more favorably. Doesn't the lowest glass ceiling in workplaces, in spite of our highest academic attainment, possibly contain the same message?

What a shame that we have not pooled our resource together to finance our own "think tanks" and civil rights orgs to tackle these real challenges? Why are the AsAm super rich climbing over each other to donate to Harvard, while Harvard is the prime culprit of "race preference" admissions? Did our super rich even dare to ask Harvard to stop such practice or at least to publish its admission records so that society can decide if Harvard is being fair? I'll bet that our super rich didn't dare. Why are they so subservient? The cause is complex. The type of colonial education in English schools in Hong Kong and Shanghai in the last century, which bear resemblance to the college admissions policy in the U.S. of today, could be one main cause.

We Are Partially at Fault in Being Perpetual Foreigners.

o All of us have sworn allegiance to the U.S. when we voluntarily changed our citizenship. However, a large % of us STILL basically consider ourselves as citizens of our "old countries." We can't have the cake and eat it too, fellow Asian Americans! If we want equal opportunity in the U.S. then we must owe our primary allegiance to America.

While the first generation Irish, Polish, and Jewish showed same tendencies, the one billion plus population each in China and India does pose a different geopolitical consideration for a declining U.S. Are we wise enough to understand the real world?

o The rotten apples among AsAms even sold America's life blood -- classified and proprietary information -- for their personal gain AND at the expense of 99.9999% of Asian Ams who will face the consequent suspicions. Have we ever initiated preventive educational programs to try to stop such behavior to protect America's vital interests and to present ourselves from being considered "perpetual Foreigners"? Shouldn't we do that? Isn't the U.S. our chosen country? We must be fair with America, if we want America to be fair with us.

o We may be smart, but we are not wise. We produced community leaders who see a "zero-sum world" for AsAms. They assume that the gain of one group of AsAms must come at the expense of another group of AsAms. Indian-Ams community leaders jealously & secretly wish Chinese-Ams community leaders ill and vice versa. Even within a given ethnic community jealousy prevents unity. Being "a big fish in a small pond" seems the ultimate goal of most AsAm community "leaders". How small we are!

80-20 worked hard for ALL AsAms, whether in breaking the glass ceiling for cabinet level officials, federal judges, in workplaces, or in college admissions. However, financially 80-20 is 95% supported by Chinese Americans. Why?

Are We Hopeless?

NO. I am full of hope for the future of AsAms. But we truly need a sense of danger and urgency to build up our future. We need:

(1) to look at ourselves honestly, which is what "We Are Partially at Fault . . ." is all about, and;

(2) to use our strengths -- education and above average income -- to build up much needed community infrastructures - think tanks, good civil rights orgs, PACs, and a pan-AsAm-coalition - to defend ourselves with a sense of urgency and approaching danger.

DONATE to SELF, Self Empowerment Longterm Fund.

S. B. Woo, a volunteer for the past 16 years
President, 80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc.
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