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Monday, February 20, 2017

EF MORE Good news created by YOU

You Helped Cause These Developments
If YOU didn't help 80-20, would an UNIQUE and middle-of-the-road AsAm view on college admissions still have developed and spread like this? 
                          The Credit Goes to YOU
     Look at the time sequence of how this UNIQUE and independent AsAm view on college admissions had spread.  It originated with your support to create a financially independent 80-20.  
(1) On 8/1/2016, 80-20 EF took this unique & Middle-of-the-road position: We would embrace diversity, but oppose strongly the discriminatory practice by elite colleges, which force AsAm applicants to yield 140 SAT points to white applicants. 
     To spread the idea, EF started  a petition.
(2) On 9/14/2016, Harvard's own campus paper, Harvard Crimson, published an editorial to advocate this brand new idea.
(3) On 1/30/2017, The NY Times published an Op Ed supporting the same concept.  The title is  White Students' Unfair Advantage in Admissions.       
                            New Postive Development
(4)  On 1/31/2017, one day after the NY Times article, Frank H. Wu, former Chancellor and Dean of UC, Hastings College of the Law and Chair, Committee of 100, published in Huffington Post
       He supports the 80-20 position as the following except makes clear:
       "Now, the real problem has become clear. Asian Americans might be against "preferences." What we should understand, however, is that the vast bulk of such preferences operate to benefit whites over Asian Americans, not African Americans and Hispanics." 
      Being a law professor, he also stated his legal objection to asking AsAm applicants to yield 140 SAT pts to their white peers.
       "There is no good basis for saying that whites were discriminated against by Asian Americans historically, such that a remedy is necessary; or that they suffer some disadvantage vis-a-vis Asian Americans today, such that mitigation is needed."
                     To Cause More Positive Changes
        Shamefully, most AsAm "civil rights" orgs. supported "race -preference" admissions, then and now; in their press releases and in legal actions. Want to write to such organizations and ask them to reconsider their positions? Grassroots pressure is the most influential persuasion, although most of these orgs obtain an overwhelming % of their funding from outside of our community.  Money talks.
 OCA (Organization of Chinese Ams)    KMoua@ocanational.org
 JACL (Japanese Am Citizens League) byoshino@jacl.org
 APALC (AsAms Advancing Justice)      skwoh@apalc.org
 AALDEF (AsAm Legal Defense & Educational Fund)  mfung@aaldef.org
                      80-20's Petition
      This was the petition that started all of the positive development.  
      So join 80-20's petition now!   
  We need 100,000 signers in another 1.5 years to demonstrate the united support of our community for this unique and seeking the middle ground proposal for college admissions.   Otherwise, the $10 per petitioner donation will be returned.   Note:  My wife and I each donated $250 to this petition.
S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization
http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/index.php


Acknowledgement: Another big check came in from my "Swan Song" fundraising
Mr. & Mrs. Chuan Shue Lee, Newark, DE $1,000. Thank you

To know more about 80-20, view these videos
https://youtu.be/dB3eGVqG-wAÂ (Ignore the last 35 secs. The election is over.
http://youtu.be/h781_ECSJYM
80-20 EF Mission Statement

Monday, February 13, 2017

Do you know the 2016 election (final segment)?

Worrisome Implications for US Democracy
                            Are You Worried?
1) In 2016, all presidential campaigns were OPAQUE to American voters. An ordinary citizen would not have been able to find a phone or fax number, or an email address, or a website to make a suggestion to a campaign. Even donors and volunteers for future events could not find a way to make suggestion.  In 2008, citizen voices were still eagerly sought.  Why the drastic change?  Implications?
2) The near unanimity of the media endorsements plus the recommendation of the top political leaders of BOTH parties, failed to elect Hillary ClintonIs there any institution that the American voters still respect? On the other hand, one could see a silver lining from the above -- America is still a young nation capable of changing its course dramatically.
3)  Although the election is over, the partisan fever has risen higher among some Democratic voters.  Everyone hates the political gridlock in D.C. However, are we aware that the ULTIMATE reason for the political gridlock in D.C. is the partisan fever of voters like you and me?
      Defects that have always existed in Our Presidential Elections
a) Requiring way too much $$$$$.  The combined campaign cost was $(1.4 + 0.9) billion.  Implications?
b)  Candidates either expected us to be too sophisticated to believe in their campaign rhetoric, or too dumb to know that we're being fooled, or too cynical to care. [Note: Some of us might take on all 3 of the above characteristics when it came to defending our favorite candidate.]
                  - - - - This "2016 election" series ENDS.- - - -
                                   Continued Good News
     Andrew Lam, the author of NY Time's Op Ed,White Students' Unfair Advantage in Admissionsemailed me:
    "Dear Dr. Woo, 
          . . . . I just wanted to introduce myself and ask you to put me back on your newsletter email list. I respect everything you've done to advance the cause of Asian Americans.     Andrew"
    Andrew is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale, an M.D. who is a distinguished retinal surgeon, and the author of two books:
     "Saving Sight",  an Amazon.com best seller, and
     "Two Sons of China", which is based on a true story in China during WWII.  It won the Best Book Award from the Chinese American Librarians                     Association a couple years ago and some other awards.  I bought a copy.  :-)
        He just joined 80-20's petition.  Won't YOU join the petition too?
                 The Petition is Actually Failing!
      Although the petition presents a thoughtful, unique, middle-of-the-road solution to college admissions, it is failing.  Click here to see that it has only about 2,000 petitioners thus far, including that of Andrew Lam.  It must get 50 times more signers in 1.5 years or fail.  Why is it failing?  Because many of us don't care enough about our own rights and those of our children. 
       Won't YOU join the petition?  Your $10 donation will be returned to you, if the petition fails to reach 100,000 petitioners in another 1.5 years.
S. B. Woo 
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/index.php

To know more about 80-20, view these videos :
https://youtu.be/dB3eGVqG-wAÂ (Ignore the last 35 secs. The election is over.)
http://youtu.be/h781_ECSJYM
80-20 EF Mission Statement

Monday, February 6, 2017

Good news created by YOU

You Helped Greatly!

We interrupt the series of "Know the 2016 election?" to share GOOD NEWS.This newsletter may enhance your awareness of the significance of your money and support. You enabled 80-20 to form an UNIQUE and independent AsAm view on college admissions & make it heard nation-wide.
                   A Powerful Idea Is Spreading
    Most AsAm orgs. only follow mainstream views.  For example, they either support "race-preference" admissions or oppose it. However, 80-20 having studied the college admissions issue carefully for years dared to form an UNIQUE, independent, and middle-of-the-road AsAm view.  Here is how the idea has spread:
(1) On 8/1/2016, 80-20 EF took this unique & middle-of-the-road position: We would embrace diversity, but oppose strongly the discriminatory practice by elite colleges, which force AsAm applicants to yield 140 SAT points to white applicants. To spread the idea, EF started a petition.
(2) On 9/14/2016, Harvard's own campus paper, Harvard Crimson, published an editorial to advocate this brand new idea.
(3) 7 days ago, The NY Times published an Op Ed supporting the same concept. The title is:    
    Excerpts:    " ... the percentage of Asians in Harvard's student body had remained about 16 percent to 19 percent for two decades even though the Asian-American percentage of the population had more than doubled. . . . .  
     To explain that disparity some might cite the myth that while Asian students have high test scores, they lack the well-rounded extracurricular interests and activities that colleges prize. But the study isolated race as a factor by controlling for variables like academic performance, legacy status, social class, type of high school (public or private), athletics and other extracurricular activities. So that 140-point gap is between a white student and an Asian student who differ only by race. ...."  (emphasis added)
               The Significance of Your Support
     Here is how the college admissions battle has developed:
(1)  In 2009, Espenshade et al of Princeton published their book. The most important of its findings, so far as AsAm interests are concerned, was hardly reported in the media. The important finding is: To gain equal access to elite colleges, AsAm students need to yield 140 SAT pts. to white applicants*, 270 to Hispanics and 450 to blacks. Shamefully, most AsAm "civil rights" orgs. supported "race-preference" admissions, then and now.  What a shame.
(2) In April, 2012, after a national survey of 50,000+ AsAms, 80-20 resolved it would fight the outrageous discrimination against AsAm youths. 
(3) In 2013, Ed Blum, the architect of most of the legal battles against "race-preference" admissions, filed his first "Fisher vs. U. of TX (1)".  80-20 filed an amicus brief, to support that effort.
(4) Thus far, our side has lost all the legal battles, including Fisher (2) and the complaint filed by the AsAm Coalition for Education.
(5) However, since 2012 the handwriting is on the wall, that we'll eventually win.  Why?
       (a) All such lawsuits have increasingly focused on the discrimination against AsAm students, and
        (b) Our side has steadfastly won the battle in the "Court of Public Opinion."  Evidence?  The newspaper headlines have changed their tones greatly over the years:
             In 2012, a NYT headline was "Asian-Ams in the argument".  Note that we were "in the argument" only - a side show.
             In 2014, a NYT headline was "Is Harvard Unfair to As-Ams?"  We've moved to the center, but it is questionable whether we've been treated unfairly.
             In 2017, a new NYT headline was "White Students' Unfair Advantage in admission"  There is now a declarative recognition that we are being treated unfairly.
        Note that headlines are normally written by the editors, although the reporters or authors provided the contents.  Smell the shifting wind!
                   Winning Soon???  Do Your Share!
      When the vacant seat in the Supreme Court will have been filled by a Trump nominee, our chance to win the court battles will improves drastically.  Do you want to beat the discrimination back?  DO YOUR SHARE.
       Join 80-20's petition now!    We need 100,000 signers in another 1.5 years to demonstrate the united support of our community for this UNIQUE and middle-of-the-road proposal for college admissions.   Otherwise, the $10 per petitioner donation will be returned. Thanks.
S. B. Woo 

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/index.php

*AsAm students mostly lose seats to white applicants, because there are so many white applicants who are less than 140 pts below AsAm applicants. AsAms students don't lose many seats to Hispanics and blacks, in-spite-of the 270 & 450 pts disadvantages.

To know more about 80-20, view these videos :
https://youtu.be/dB3eGVqG-wAÂ (Ignore the last 35 secs. The election is over.)
http://youtu.be/h781_ECSJYM
80-20 EF Mission Statement

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Do you know the 2016 election Part (4)?

Info on 2016 election that you may not know
                                   About the 2016 Election
   In Parts (1)(2) and (3) we cited Hillary Clinton's (HC's) huge advantages in money raised, endorsements by media, and party unity.  We also discussed why all that didn't help her.  In part (3), we also cited facts to show that HC was not a good campaigner, although she is highly respected by her fellow politicians.  We now focus on a more sensitive topic -- Did HC make good political decisions?
.                Does HC Make Good Political Decisions?
   The answer to this question is subjective.  Hence, I provide NO answers, ONLY questions. I hope that each of you will examine the facts, then rely on your own prowess at logic and deduction to form your own conclusions.
1) Was her vote for the optional war in Iraq, to support the Arab Spring, and to actively interfere in Syria's civil war good decisions?
2) Did she ever look at her campaign rally videos & compare them with those of Sanders & Trump in terms of audience size enthusiasm? Did she do self-evaluation - a necessary exercise because subordinates normally hesitate to point out what would really hurt the boss emotionally?
3) Did she have the ability to walk in others' shoes, including her opponents' shoes? Did she have a sense of "entitlement" causing her to use "a basket of deplorables" to describe DT's supporters?When Madeleine Albright, standing next to HC, stated  "There is special place in hell for women who don't help each other," did she get HC's approval first? They were both pros in campaigns.  Fold the above into the fact that her campaign planned to explode fireworks over the Hudson River the night of the election.
4) HC is "candor deficient", yet she hid her health situation when diagnosed to have pneumonia. Did she know that she must protect her weakest flank?
5)  Did HC apply her immense resources wisely?  She received 65 million  votes nationally.  However, had she applied her resources to drive out an additional 11,000 votes in Michigan;  23,000 votes in Wisconsin; and 45,000 in Pennsylvania, she would have been the president. Look at the following shocking facts.

       State         Electoral votes  DT's winning margin in votes
       Michigan            16                                10,704
       Wisconsin          10                                22,748
       PA                      20                                44,292
    Total:                     46               77,744 or 1.2/1000th of 
                                                    HC's total 65.8 million 
                                                    votes.  
       Were HC to get those additional 80,000 votes, then in terms of electoral votes:      
             DT would have (306 -  46) = 260
             HC would have (232 + 46) = 278, making her the winner!  
Answer for yourself:  Did HC make good decisions? Was she a good strategist?   
 

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