Monday, September 16, 2019

DO YOUR PART TO HELP YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN

For those of us who look different from the average white Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) there is always the fear in America that one day we might lose that job, or not get the promotion, or not be chosen as a leader. Even so, we work hard, obey all the rules, and take care of our families. The end result is that Asian Americans as a group have the lowest chance among all Americans (http://www.80-20initiative.net/action/equalopp_washingtonpost.asp) of reaching managerial and leadership positions in industry, in government, and in academia, despite the fact that Asian Americans earn more and are better educated than the average American. Racism has long been an endemic problem in the United States. It eats away at the core of what America stands for and prevents the development of the full potential of of the full potential of all its citizens.

That is why 80-20 Educational Foundation has worked hard to make sure that
Asian Americans are NOT selected as a group for "society wide surveillance" by the FBI. 80-20 made sure that the crackdown on Asian American scientists received broad journalistic coverage and that innocent scientists who are in the majority are not caught in the same web as those few who steal trade secrets and participate in espionage. You, who read this newsletter, have also responded to our call. Many faculty members at our prestigious universities have asked their university's administration to re-affirm their long-standing values: i.e. supporting work force diversity and open-exchange of information that is beneficial to all mankind. This initial groundwork by 80-20 has led to the mainstream professional organizations like the AAAS, ACS, ASM, AGU and many others to have organized and come out publicly to defend their ethnically Chinese faculty and student members.

To learn more of what is happening read this South China Morning Post article that came out on 9/11: https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3026617/peer-pressure-60-science-groups-call-end.  ....

We are not powerless. We live in a democracy. Our voices need to be heard. Our concerns are valid. Not only do we want our government leaders to advocate for us, we want this country to use our talents fully and allow us to contribute to the success of our country. That is why it is important that we participate in this democratic society beyond our professions and our families. Donate to those institutions that advocate for you and most of all DO cast your valuable VOTE in the coming elections.

Message from:
Alice S. Huang, Vice President of 80-20 EF 
Volunteer for 10 years

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Why I support 80-20 EF and the 80-20 SuperPAC

     
     It happened to me in 1989 during the Tiananmen events in Beijing. That is when I realized that no one represented Chinese Americans in the United States. We were completely unorganized and no one advocated for our interests at any of the levels of our government. When news reporters wanted to find out how Chinese Americans felt about the dramatic events going on in China, they were not able to find any one who was our spokesperson. That is when I started a Fund for China's Future (FCF), which was incorporated as a non-profit in Massachusetts. In contrast to the Committee of 100 (C100) which was also formed at that time, FCF existed for only a very short time.


     C100 had great leadership and soon I became a member. C100 had 2 main goals: to provide a bridge between the U.S. and China through business and political connections and to promote Chinese Americans' success in the U.S. As an organization, it was very successful in its first goal. But because of its elitist membership, it was not a strong advocate for all Chinese Americans, especially the increasing numbers working in scientific and technical areas. 

     It was in the late 1990's that I discovered 80-20 and met S.B. Woo through C100. He is a charismatic politician who had risen to be a Lieutenant Governor of Delaware in the 80's. As founder of the 80-20 initiative he is dedicated to using the democratic political system of the U.S. to promote the welfare of all Asian Americans.  Realizing that Chinese Americans as a minority group would be too small to have much political clout, he tried to have an organization that would pull together more individuals who share the common characteristic of a physiognomy that would be easily picked out in the U.S. The members also have the common cultural characteristics of valuing education and family ties. S.B. chose the U.S. presidential elections as a way to educate and unite Asian Americans. Compared to other groups dedicated to advocacy and education, 80-20 believes in political action, foregoing the usual social and cultural activities.


     Few in the Asian American community have S.B. Woo's political savvy and fighting spirit. As the Vice President of 80-20 EF and a member of the SuperPAC there is still much for me to learn about the political system. MORE ESPECIALLY, it is a privilege to be part of a team that is doing its best to advocate for and to promote equal opportunity for all Asian Americans. If you recognize that as a relatively successful minority group in the U.S. we are potentially in a more precarious position than other minority groups, you should want to join and support 80-20 SuperPAC. It is especially important this year and through the elections next year.


     Help 80-20 SuperPAC influence next year's elections and increase the number of politicians who understand and will advance the interests of Asian Americans.


Message from:

Alice S. Huang, Vice President of 80-20 EF, Volunteer for 10 years


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P.S.  S. B. came through his heart operation just fine.  He wanted me to particularly thank those readers of his e-newsletter entitled "Best Wishes to you" who were kind enough to send get well messages (about 300 persons).   He should be able to return to serve our community in about one week.

Friday, August 2, 2019

GREAT NEWS. Wray's Ways rejected!

Now you know why you MUST support 80-20 EF!!!
    

WeChat account ID is: 8020ef.  Please scan our QR code, 
shown below, & on 80-20 EF's WeChat site. For a Chinese 
version of this e-newsletter, click on https://goo.gl/6GsJWe

             
                     FBI Dir. Wray's "Whole-of-society approach" Rejected

     The following organizations, some extremely prestigious,
  Association of American Colleges & Universities (https://www.aacu.org/),           American Association of University Professors (https://www.aaup.org/),             Association of University Presses (http://www.aupresses.org/),
  PEN America (https://pen.org/), 
  Scholars at Risk (https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/),
  80-20 Educational Foundation (http://www.80-20ef.org), and many others 

co-signed a powerful document, shown near the bottom of this page. They together urged universities to reject "the advisement of FBI and other govern-ment officials" to "develop protocols for monitoring students and scholars from Chinese state-affiliated research institutions." 
     
     As a former univ. professor, univ. trustee and national leader of Am. Assoc. of University Professors (AAUP), I predict that

there is now little or no chance that any reputable university
will work with the FBI to target Chinese students and scholars 
because of their national origin.  This ill-conceived and un-
American idea of FBI Director Wray is dead!


      80-20 EF is NOT the originator of this statement, but it has much indirect, and perhaps even direct influence on its creation.


    Evidence of EF's Direct and Indirect Influence on this Breakthrough


[A] In EF's e-newsletter of July 15, it stated: 

"The Above Picture Should Cause ... many administrators of universities to reflect:  
 "Why am I betraying my academic principles and letting grant dollars and politics lead me by the nose, since becoming an administrator?  I used to be a strong believer in free and open exchange of science for its advancement!  I used to be against race profiling.  What FBI Director Wray is advocating is nothing less than urging the entire US society to race profile scientists of Chinese origin.  Yes, I am shamefully implementing that policy.   I need to re-set my moral compass this moment."
     
     The administrators of American universities, through their national organization, Association of American Colleges & Universities, responded nobly and splendidly. I salute them.

[B] In an EF e-newsletter entitled, "Woo's letter to FBI Director Wray":



    Woo described Director Wray's "whole-of-society approach" to catch Chinese spies as totalitarian, and said Wray was "ironically inspired" by the success of the Chinese government. The drafter of this powerful letter apparently agreed with Woo. In its 2nd sentence, 4th paragraph, it was said "Efforts by the United States to fend off the global arm of autocracy must not mimic the very tactics it professes to reject." (emphasis added by Woo).

                            Why You MUST Support 80-20 EF!

     You know any other AsAm or ChAm orgs. sending a "certified, return receipt requested" letter to Dir. Wray, telling him that was wrong to use a totalitarian approach to try to resolve an American challenge?

     You see any other AsAms orgs cajoling university administrators publicly to get them to "reset their moral compass"? 

     If your answer is "None," then consider supporting us. YOU'll also win.


      Celebrate YOUR victory by posting YOUR views here.      Donate
  

S. B. Woo


President and a volunteer for the past 20 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1985-89)
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STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO REPORT THE FBI IS URGING UNIVERSITIES TO MONITOR CHINESE STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS
  
According to recent public reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other government officials have advised some U.S. universities to develop protocols for monitoring students and scholars from Chinese state-affiliated research institutions. This move seemingly stems from growing suspicion that the Chinese government is engaged in espionage of American higher education, with the aim of stealing data and intellectual property. However, this is an area where the government must tread carefully. 

Some recent incidents suggest concern with the mounting global reach of Beijing's tech-enabled authoritarianism is valid; but calls to monitor individuals solely based on their country of origin violate norms of due process and should raise alarms in a democracy. If there are articulable concerns about specific individuals because of their activities and affiliations, those should be pursued without regard to the individual's country of origin. Disclosure requirements, information sharing and export control enforcement all offer powerful means to protect against intellectual property theft and espionage without resorting to tactics that cast suspicion on potentially hundreds of thousands of students and scholars. Federal agencies need to clarify and specify their concerns, and ensure that their efforts do not trample on individual rights nor on the principle of free and open academic inquiry and exchange.

More than 340,000 Chinese students are reportedly studying in the U.S., as of last year. If not conducted with care, this move risks hampering the future recruitment of talented foreign students and scholars to American shores. This move could also significantly impede the training of new scientists, as well as damage ongoing projects. The pursuit of scientific knowledge should be advanced under conditions of intellectual freedom without political or ideological restrictions.

Further, to the extent that China or other governments are utilizing international students and faculty in the United States as a means to carry out spying or to furtively funnel information back to officials at home, such activities infringe upon the academic freedom of those scholars as well as the institutions that host them and must stop. Unless researchers possess a formal and disclosed government affiliation, they must be permitted to pursue their work free from state interference or involvement. Failure to adhere to this principle violates the precepts of academic freedom and threatens global scholarly exchange.

China's government is notorious for its aggressive use of surveillance. Efforts by the United States to fend off the global arm of autocracy must not mimic the very tactics it professes to reject. As concern on these matters grows, we advise universities to zealously safeguard their independence--to maintain their commitment to academic freedom, to uphold the principle of due process, and to respect the privacy rights of students and faculty, no matter their national origins.

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