Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Swan Song as the President of PAC

Introducing the New Officers of 80-20 PAC
         First, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  Thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your great support to 80-20 PAC.  
(a) You have given selflessly of your time to respond to PAC's "Calls To Action".  Your pressure from the grassroots, coupled with 80-20's political connections and knowhow, induced our political establishment to respond to our grievances.
(b) You have given generously of your money, which enabled 80-20 PAC to to carry out its political actions on a scale large enough to make YOUR grievances heard.
   Secondly, GOOD NEWS.  The following Board members will collectively lead 80-20 PAC in the coming year.  
      Kathleen To: Co-coordinator and Secretary,
      Yin-long Qiu: Co-coordinator and V.P. in charge of Chapters, and
      Jing-Li Yu: Treasurer
To get to know more about each of these noble souls, please click here.
    In addition, PAC's board has instructed these officers to schedule a membership vote for Board members and officers within one year, in accordance with Bylaws article 3.2.3. That means, by 2018, 80-20 PAC will operate in complete accord with its posted Bylaws again, ending the aftermath of its 2013 retrenchment. That will be a GREAT day.
   Finally, A WISH!
     The Asian Am. community has many high-achieving individuals.  But very few are willing to TAKE SOME RISKS to stand up for our community.  I hope that in a small way, my colleagues and I have collectively set an example*.  This seemingly self-glorifying statements may make me the laughingstock of our community.  But I am willing to risk it, because it needs to be said.
     I wish that henceforth more capable AsAms would step forth to help win equal opportunity for the entire AsAm community which will also help to make America "a more perfect Union."

S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years, 80-20 PAC, Inc. 

* We have stuck my necks out often, but we were not hurt at all.  Indeed, I might have unduly and undeservingly benefited from taking the risks.  It may be that we were just foolish but lucky.  But doesn't the world need a few fools sometimes?
   Last month, as a parting gift for PAC, I mounted a fundraising effort to add to PAC's diminishing war chest.  Up till today, $28,200 has been raised, Including contributions from 
Prof. Mu-Ming Poo, Berkeley, CA:   $5,000
Kenneth Fong, Palo Alto, CA:          $2,000
Marisa Y. Chuang,, Berkeley, CA:    $2,000
Wai-Yim Ching, Leawood, KS :        $1,000
Gang-Yu Liu, Davis, CA :                  $1,000      
Hezhong Ma, Chesterfield, MO:       $1,000
Lung-Sheung Ng, Berkeley, CA  :     $1,000
Jonathan Wang, Chicago, IL:            $1,000
S. B. Woo, Newark, DE:                    $1,000.
If you are interested in pitching in, please send your check, payable to 80-20 PAC and mail it to   Katy Woo
                                5 Farm House Rd.
                                Newark, DE 19711.     
All contribution will also count towards your membership.  Thank you!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Is 80-20 PAC AsAms' Best Political Tool?
Q:  Gov. Woo, why do you claim that 80-20 PAC is the most powerful political weapon for AsAms?
 A:  Actually, I claim more than that. :-) I claim that 80-20 PAC is by far the most powerful AsAm political weapon available today.  My statement takes our elected and appointed AsAm officials into consideration, as well.  
Q:  That's hard to believe.  Can you explain?

A:   Here is why.  The appointed officials could be un-appointed the next day. So they are not likely to stick their necks out for us.  None of our elected officials has the strong political base (unlike some black House members) who can get re-elected without the support of their respective political parties.  They are not free agents.  To be sure, in many discrimination issues, we need the help of these officials.  For those AsAm officials who really stand with our community, sometimes they are most helpful. However, if and when an earth shaking event affecting AsAm's core interest happens (remember Japanese internment and President-elect Trumps' campaign rhetoric?), only 80-20 has the independence and ability to fight on your behalf.

Q:  OK.  I see it now.  Still, don't the appointed & elected officials have much more human & financial resources at their disposal than 80-20 PAC?

A:  Yes.  However, the resources are NOT free for them to use as they see fit. If a cabinet secretary or a Congressman were to use their resources to save the AsAm community from a crisis, the cabinet secretary would be dismissed and the Congressman would most likely not get re-elected.  Only 80-20 PAC has the legal right and self-interest to devote itself to help out the AsAm community, come hell or high water.
 Q: OK.  I am understanding more now.  However, is 80-20 PAC powerful in an absolute sense?
 A:  No, not on an absolute scale, when compared with others outside of the AsAm community.  80-20 is far far below AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and
NAACP.  AIPAC's annual expenditure was $69 million in 2014.  The NAACP is the darling of the mainstream media, corporations and foundations.   80-20  has mostly only courageous, and perhaps wise, war horses, with fairly good political knowledge.   Better yet, we BEG all AsAm orgs to work together so that our community will be much stronger politically.
COMMENT:  Thank you for being brutally honest, Gov. Woo. You are saying that 80-20 PAC is far from being strong enough on an absolute scale  But when it comes to the CRUNCH time for AsAms, 80-20 PAC is by far the best available today. Additionally, you yearn for a day when all AsAm orgs will work together.
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      Please join 80-20 PAC today.  We have stronger leverage when we have a stronger membership base. A 1-Year Basic Membership is $35, a family membership (2 votes) is $50, a Life Membership is $1,000, and there are several other options, as well.  To Join, click here.  Your membership will start on 1/1/2017.

S. B. Woo  :-)

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.

To know more about 80-20, view these videos :à(Ignore the CA Dem. primary part.) (Ignore asking for funds. SELF has succeeded)
80-20 Mission Statement

Friday, December 09, 2016

A Post Mortem: How AsAms Fared in 2016 Election?

Ask a candidate to help back, BEFORE giving your help

                     A Post Mortem - A National Review
     Did AsAm political groups, whether they supported Dems or GOPs, sufficiently seize the opportunity of the 2016 election to win equal opportunity?   Here is a nationwide review:
                               A. On the Hillary Clinton (HC) side:
(A1)  80-20
       AFTER HC gave written promises to help AsAms achieve many specific goals, 80-20 endorsed her.  80-20 PAC spent time and money to help her fight off Sanders in the Calif. Democratic primary.  80-20 REWARDS politicians who share our rightful concerns.
       In the general election, 80-20 invited HC to call in during our Endorsement Convention and ask for our support,  HC was willing to send a high-ranking surrogate,but not willing to make the call herself.  As a result, 80-20 endorsed HC with reservation only& didn't invest 1 penny to help HC in the last 4.5 months of the election.  
(A2) Non-80-20 groups:
       A few AsAm groups helped HC, including the Congressional Asian Pacific Am Caucus.  To our best knowledge, none asked for nor obtained promises from HC in exchange for their support. 
                              B. On the Donald Trump (DT) side:
(B1) 80-20:  
        80-20 asked DT to answer its questionnaire i.e. to give AsAms written promises.  DT didn't reply.   As a result, 80-20 turned to help HC only.  80-20 PUNISHES politicians who don't share our rightful concerns.
(B2) Non-80-20 groups:
        A few Chinese Am groups, composed mostly of immigrants from China, campaigned aggressively and conspicuously for DT using WeChat and other campaign tactics.   To our best knowledge, none asked for nor obtained promises from DT in exchange for their support.
      May We All Resolve to Ask for Promises from Candidates?
     Why get into politics?  To help America & ourselves!   So, shouldn't we always ask for the candidates to help our community back, before supporting  them?  Helping a presidential candidate without getting the promises back does NOT help us as a community.
       Is the rumor that 90% of Chinese Ams voted for DT true?
     No.  The groups that made such claims couldn't even deliver votes in their own little backyards, much less nationally.  

     The groups aggressively endorsed political candidates using WeChat.  Here is their won-lost record:
1) Besides endorsing DT, they also endorsed 1 Republican Senate and 5 Republican Congressional candidates in CA.  All endorsed candidates lost, except DT.
2)  To be effective at the US Senate and Congressional level would require huge number of votes and money, especially in CA.   So let's look at the won-lost record of their Assembly race endorsements.  Assembly districts are small. 
      From SF to LA, this group endorsed 10 candidates, one D and 9 Rs.  In 9 of those 10 districts, there were 20% to 36% AsAm voters.  Of the 10 endorsed, 2 incumbents, 1 D and 1 R won.  All the rest lost, including 2 incumbent Republicans.
      The group stated that it wanted to prevent the Dems in CA from obtaining a supermajority in the state Senate and Assembly, which didn't exist BEFORE the 2016 election.  However, AFTER the election, the Dems achieved a supermajority in both Senate and Assembly. PLEASE, you be the judge about the validity of that rumor.  
     NY Times' exit polls reported that AsAms gave HC an 65-29 advantage.  80-20 did a huge poll of Chinese Ams that agreed with that report.
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     Click here to join 80-20, which is buying reinsurance to add to your security.
              Are You a WeChat Member?  80-20 needs your help.   
      80-20 wants to reach out to all WeChat members.  If you are willing to post 80-20 e-newsletters on your own WeChat site,  which will be already have been translated into Chineseplease email me your name.  80-20 is planning an "Operation Reach Out."  Thanking you in anticipation, I am

S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.
To know more about 80-20, view these videos : (Ignore the CA Dem. primary part.) (Ignore the appeal for funds. SELF has succeeded.)
80-20 Mission Statement

Monday, November 28, 2016

Political winds are changing - buy Insurance

Even 80-20 is Buying Reinsurance
The Political Winds May be Changing

    As 80-20 stated last week, IF President-elect Donald Trump is as bad as some think he is: 
       xenophobic (fear of foreigners),
     anti-immigrant (much fewer green cards issued in the next 4 years), and
     protectionist (very high tariff to limit imports from China & other parts of Asia),

 then we may all need 80-20 more than ever before.
    Click here to join 80-20 PAC.  Your $35, $50 or $1,000 could be your best investment, when you need that insurance.

                                 Even 80-20 Is Buying Insurance 
    You, as an individual, buy insurance from 80-20.  80-20, as an organizationbuys reinsurance to give all of us additional security.  
     80-20 buys reinsurance by coming up with politically effective ideas, and spending time, effort and energy to organize a loose Coalition so that the entire AsAm community will fight as one when needed. 
     For now we name the "reinsurance company" Asian American Unity Coalition, AAUC.   80-20 is NOT the leader of that coalition, although we pride ourselves for working hard to get it organized.
                                   The First four Members of AAUC

      Thus far, there are 4 members in AAUC.  They are
  (a) The National Federation of Indian Am. Associations, which is by far the largest Indian American civic organization. Click here to visit NFIA.
  (b) Educators' Society for the Heritage of India.   Click here to visit ESHI.
  (c) Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association.  It has 16 chapters. Click here to visit  APAPA, & 
   (d) 80-20 Educational Foundation. EF has a $2 million + reserve. It has a sister organization in 80-20 PAC, which is by far the largest AsAm PAC with proven political effectiveness. Click here to visit 80-20 EF.
    80-20 knows politics.  We know that effective politics depends on not only leadership but also the number of people involved.  The larger the number of people in AAUC, the more the leadership talent, the more the money, the more the votes, and finally the larger the GROUP political clout -- to protect ourselves.

YOU can help make AAUC bigger to help yourself
      If YOU belong to national organizations like Asian Am. Journalist Association (AAJA), National Asian Pacific American Bar Assoc (NAPABA), OCA, JACL, AAJC or similar national organizations in the Korean-, Vietnamese-, or Filipino- American communities, please talk to their respective leaders. Tell them that AAUC is eager to join them. To see a copy of AAUC's Bylaws, click here.
      Click here to join 80-20, which is buying reinsurance to add to your security.
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                             Are You a WeChat Member?  80-20 needs your help.   
       80-20 wants to reach out to all WeChat members.  If you are willing to post 80-20 e-newsletters, already nicely translated, on your own WeChat site, please email me your name. When we have 100 + such great volunteers, we'll begin our "Operation Reach Out."  Thanking you in anticipation, I am

S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.
To know more about 80-20, view these videos : (Ignore the CA Dem. primary part.) (Ignore the appeal for funds. SELF has succeeded.)80-20 Mission Statement

Monday, November 14, 2016

More Than Ever Before, You May Need 80-20

Empower Yourselves Now, Before It Is too Late
                         Donald Trump and Us
     IF Donald Trump is as bad as some think he is:
xenophobic (fear of foreigners),
anti-immigrant (much less green cards issued in the next 4 years), and
protectionist (very high tariff to limit imports from China and other parts of Asia),
then we may all need 80-20 more than ever before.

     Let's see politics from Trump's perspective:  He was elected by whites, while minorities largely opposed him.  He won by a big margin in electoral votes. So to ensure his success for the next 4 years and his re-election, he doesn't need to court minorities, he only needs to consolidate his white base.  That could mean tough times for us. 
    However, Donald Trump also said, "I will be president for all Americans."  I would like to believe him.  I also think we need to buy additional insurance.  The best way to protect ourselves is self-empowerment. 
      80-20 is not just saying "buy additional insurance", we are doing it.  80-20 is actively organizing a loose coalition of all national organizations in all components of the AsAm community.  It is called Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC). 80-20 is NOT the leader, but is proud to be a leading worker in forming the coalition.   
     So please consider joining those AsAm organizations which will fight for us. If you think 80-20 is the best, then click here to join 80-20. Your $35 or $50 will go a long way to build a stronger 80-20 and most important of all - a stronger us.  
                      Many asked 80-20 this question:
Q: Why did you show that HC would have won Michigan, if 80-20 would have endorsed her fully?  Is 80-20 glorifying itself?  
A:  NO!   In America, a minority must show the ability to CHANGE the outcome of an important election, in order to get attention from both major parties.  So 80-20 seized the opportunity of the past election to show that AsAms could have flipped Michigan.  By making this latent ability well-known, we EMPOWER ourselves. 
                                          Click here to join 80-20.
S. B. Woo

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.

To know more about 80-20, view these videos : (Ignore the CA Dem. primary part. Hillary won.) (Ignore the appeal for funds. SELF has succeeded.)
80-20 Mission Statement

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Clinton would be the President, with 80-20's full endorsement

 The Price Hillary Paid by NOT Working with 80-20
      Sec. Clinton was not willing to spend 10 minutes visiting with 80-20's Endorsement Convention (EC) to request our support.  As a result, 80-20 endorsed her with reservation.  Why?  To punish her.
     Consequence? In 2004 when 80-20 endorsed Senator John Kerry with reservation, the winning margin shrank to +9, and the candidate lost. This time the margin shrank from + 47 to +36, and HC lost. See the table below.

Asian American's Growing Bloc Vote
In Presidential Elections Led by 80-20
(All data provided by the New York Times.)

to Dem.
1992 (no 80-20 Initiative yet)
W. Clinton 
 Bush, Sr. 
- 24 points
1996 (no 80-20 initiative yet)
W. Clinton
- 5 points

80-20 was born in 1998 It was created to counter unfair treatment of Asian Ams. by both political parties and the national media during the "Asian Gate."
2000 (endorsed by 80-20)
Bush, Jr.
  + 13 points
2004 (endorsed  with reservation)
J. Kerry
Bush, Jr.
   +  9 points
2008 (endorsed by 80-20)
   +  37 points
2012 (endorsed  by
80-20 )
   +  47 points
2016 (endorsed  with reservation)
Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump
   +  36 points
HC would be President had she received 80-20's full endorsement. Read the proof below.
     80-20 took a large poll in August, 2016 which many of you participated in. From that poll, we were certain we could deliver an AsAm bloc vote of 80% to 20% for HC, if she would have attended our EC and asked for our support. But she didn't want to come.  So we punished her by delaying our EC for about 2.5 months & even then only endorsed her with reservation.
        A Concrete Example of How the AsAm community could have flipped the outcome in Michigan and helped HC become the next President
    (A) The election result in MI :  
Trump: 2,275,770 (47.61%)           Clinton: 2,261,153 (47.31%)     Trump's winning margin in votes is 14,617, while the total number of votes cast in MI is 4,779,481. Hillary lost Michigan's 16 electoral votes.
    (B) What would have happened, if 80-20 had given its full endorsement
    The AsAm population in MI is 1.8%.  1.8% of the total MI vote = 0.018 x 4,779,481= 86,030 AsAm voters
      Those AsAms voters voted 65 to 29 in favor of HC.  The winning margin provided by AsAm voters was [(65 - 29)% x 86,030] = 30,971 votes. However, if they would have voted 80% to 20%, the winning margin would have been  [(80 - 20)% x 86,030) =51,618 votes.
      The difference would be (51,618 - 30,971) = 20,647 more votes for HC. This would also have given Trump 20,647 less votes.  (Think to understand this step please.).
      As a result, 
Trump:  (2,275,770  - 20,647) = 2,255,123  (47.16%)                  
Clinton: (2,261,153 20,647) = 2,281,800  (47.76%)
      That is, HC would have won MI's 16 electoral vote has 80-20 endorsed HC fully and started campaigning for her in August.   
    Similarly, the election result of Wisconsin, having 2.7% AsAms in its population and with 10 electoral votes; Pennsylvania, having 3.2% AsAms in its population and with 20 electoral votes could have been flipped by 80-20's bloc vote. Altogether, 80-20 could flip (16+10+20) = 46 electoral votes.
     Support President-elect Trump Now. Let's Hope that He'll Help us Win EQUAL Citizenship.
    The election is over.  For the good of the U.S., we wish Pres. Trump good luck. We hope that he'll appoint Supreme Court Justices who will stop the the elite colleges from discriminating against AsAm college applicants.
    4 years will pass quickly.  Indeed, in two years, both major political parties will begin preparing for the 2020 presidential election.  When 80-20 can show with mathematics how its endorsement could have changed the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.   We will have clout. 
     Finally, 80-20 would like to humbly appeal to those AsAms who supported presidential candidates in 2016, without asking them to help back.  Next time, do ask for the sake of yourself and your children!  We've not won EQUAL opportunity yet.
S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.

To know more about 80-20, view these videos :à(Ignore the CA Dem. primary part.) (Ignore asking for funds. SELF has succeeded)
80-20 Mission Statement