Saturday, April 7, 2018

Good Breaking News

Good News but the battle is NOT won yet


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Dear Fellow Asian Americans:


(1) Good News 1

    This NY Times article came out a few days ago.  The first 2 paragraphs read:

    "A group that is suing Harvard University is demanding that it publicly 
release admissions data on hundreds of thousands of applicants, saying 
the records show a pattern of discrimination against Asian-Americans 
going back decades."

    "The group was able to view the documents through its lawsuit, which 
was filed in 2014 and challenges Harvard's admissions policies. The 
plaintiffs said in a letter to the court last week that the documents were so 
compelling that there was no need for a trial, and that they would ask the 
judge to rule summarily in their favor based on the documents alone."


   Note: Asking the judge "to rule summarily" is normally an expression of
confidence by the asking side. In addition, a few paragraphs later NY Times
described Ed Blum, who heads this effort, as follows.



                               

   "The leader of Students for Fair Admissions and the architect of the case 
against Harvard is Edward Blum, a longtime crusader against affirmative 
action, who has recruited plaintiffs, hired sympathetic lawyers and raised 
millions of dollars from conservative groups to challenge voting rights laws and affirmative action policies, often successfully.


    When will we know the judge's decision?  April 10 or later.  Keep our 
fingers crossed.  

If a decision is made to release the admissions data, it shall be a giant step 
towards securing equal opportunity for all AsAm children. Even the U.S. Department of Justice has filed an Amicus brief yesterday (4-06-18) in support of Blum's law suit.  

Click here to read a report by Harvard's Crimson yesterday evening: "DOJ Calls for Unsealing of Harvard Admissions Data."

Read good news (2) from the NYT today: "U.S. Says It Might Enter Harvard Affirmative Action Court Battle".

    Will the court decision be final?  Don't know.  Many conjecture that  this case will likely go all the way to the Supreme Court again.   We should be thankful to Mr. Blum who raised millions to finance this lawsuit.  80-20 contributed $25,000 to this good cause over the last 3 years - a pittance.  However, if just the release of the admissions data were to be final, it will be earth-shattering. 

    I have often asked, "Where are our rich AsAms in this fight for JUSTICE for our children?"  All of you will PLEASE also ask that question every chance you 
get!!!    Seek, and we shall find!

(2) Good News 3

   "Affirmative Action Battle Has a New Focus: Asian Americans"  was a
NY Times front page article that came out a few months ago.  Have you ever 
thought about how the "college admissions" issue, which had always been
a black versus white issue, had been turned to focus on the truly deserving
minority - Asian Americans????   It was a combination of ,


(a) EF's tireless & meticulous presentation to Ed Blum and his lawyers that

     AsAm students were the true victims of Harvard's admissions policy, and
(b) Ed and his lawyers' great willingness to listen,

which did it.
    
     Things are looking better.  Whether it is in the courts or in the "court of the public opinion."  However, the battle for our children's equal opportunity to attend elite
colleges is NOT won yet.   Let's pledge our mutual honor to continue to do our best.

                                                    DONATE


S. B. Woo 
President and a volunteer for the past 20 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,

                                    In Memory of Anna Chennault

     Anna Chennault was a co-founders of 80-20 Initiative, together with Chancellor 
Chang-ling Tien, Professor Larry Ho, and Governor S. B. Woo.  She passed away
a few days ago at the age of 94.  We want to express our appreciation for her lending her name to the cause.


 
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Monday, April 2, 2018

5 UGLY facts of discrimination against AsAms

FORWARD these ugly facts to your best friends,
regardless of race



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Dear Fellow Asian Americans:

By now OUR children and grandchildren have heard back from the colleges
they applied to. Review the following 5 UGLY facts and decide what WE
ought to do to help OUR offspring.

The most complete documentation of UGLY discrimination against Asian American youth
     Here is a complete account of the ugly discrimination against AsAm youngsters by elite colleges, including a number of NEW discoveries. These colleges are using the nobility of diversity as a cover to give an illegal advantage to white applicants over AsAms, thereby imposing an illegal quota on the number of AsAm students admitted. Read item 2) carefully.

1)  DISCRIMINATION at the Graduate School Entrance Level:

     The following table is published by the Am. Assoc. of Medical Colleges (AAMC). The info in the first 10 columns shows that the acceptance rate for AsAm applicants is always the lowest in 9 different combinations of comparable MCAT score & GPA, lower even than their white peers. The info. in the last 2 columns on the right show that the average AsAm MCATs score is the HIGHEST among all races, and yet they are accepted at the LOWEST rates among all races. Outrageous!
    

    The bar chart below, based on the info shown in the above table, illustrates the glaring differences in admission rates.
     
     
The desire for diversity and the intent of the Affirmative Action Program causes the higher acceptance rate of Hispanic & Black applicants with comparable academic achievements, which most AsAms understand and embrace. However, why are AsAms given a lower acceptance rate than white peers? Isn't that the REVERSE of Affirmative Action?

2)  DISCRIMINATION at the College Entrance Level:
     


In Table 3.5 on p 92 of Princeton Prof. Espenshade's famous book, "No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal", the following shocking

fact was revealed:

                   







Table 3.5 (emphasis added)

Race Admission Preferences at Public & Private Institutions Measured in ACT & SAT Points, Fall 1997
     ----------------------------------------------------
            Public Institutions          Private Institutions
         ACT-Point Equivalents   SAT-Point Equivalents
  Item            (out of 36)                    (out of 1600)
  -------------------------------------------------------------------
  Race
    (White)         --                              --
    Black            3.8                          310
    Hispanics     0.3                          130
    Asian           -3.4                        -140   

      For the sake of diversity, we do embrace the idea of granting extra points to the ACT & SAT scores of blacks and Hispanics -- we would add even more, if needed.  However, why are 140 SAT pts. taken away from AsAm applicants? To give the white applicants an advantage of 140 SAT pts. over the historically disadvantaged AsAms by using the nobility of diversity as a cover? This is the reverse of affirmative action. This is a gross abuse of affirmation action. This is outrageous discrimination.

     We estimate that the AsAm admits into the Ivy Leagues colleges would be about 25%, not 18%, if AsAms were not deceitfully forced to yield 140 pts to whites.
3)  DISCRIMINATION - a cabal to impose ILLEGAL quota on AsAms?


     On page 203 of Ron Unz' book, entitled The Myth of American Meritocracy, the following diagram was shown.  It was based on data released by the National Center for Education Statistics.
    The black dotted line shows that the number of college aged AsAms in our population has approximately doubled over a recent 20 year period. The red solid line indicates the % of AsAm students at the California Institute of Technology where "race preference" admission is not permitted, tracks that increase.
     In strong contrast, the Ivy League colleges converge to 16% +/- 3% AsAms students..  It smells of an Ivy League cabal against AsAm students.

      

4)  Cowardly DISCRIMINATION against the weak & disorganized
     Some may say AsAms are only 6% of the national population, 16 +/- 3% is already too many. Really? Are they advocating a quota, which the Supreme Court ruled as illegal? America's ideal is meritocracy.

     Jewish Americans comprise only 2% of the national population. Look at the % of their youngsters in the Ivies, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.
    Yale:         27% (1,500 Jewish undergrads out of 5,477 total),
    Harvard:   25% (1,675 out of 6,694 undergrads),
    Cornell:     21% (3000 out of 14315), and 
    Columbia: 35% (3000 out of 8,613).
    Further internet research reveals the following:
    
Penn: 25%
    Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown: 13% to 20%
     Nay, the Ivies have only courage to step on those whom they see as weak and unorganized. It is cowardly discrimination. 

5) Harvard's "Holistic Evaluation" is a Charade.  The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars tells annually that AsAms are not Nerdy:

     Harvard has never defined its "holistic evaluation."   It fought tooth and nail to keep its admissions records secret.  What is Harvard afraid of? How about practicing the transparency, which Harvard preaches to its students and the rest of the nation so frequently? 

     Fortunately, another group also performs a holistic evaluation of high school graduates annually.  The esteemed  "White House Commission on Presidential Scholarsevaluates  all high school graduates "on academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership, service, and other extracurricular activities, and an analysis of their essays."   

The Presidential Scholars Award Program, where clearly defined holistic evaluation is used, has named AsAms to 28% of their finalists spots averaged over the last 15 years. Over that same period, AsAms have made up only 18% of Harvard's admissions.
      
     Shame on you, Harvard.  Your holistic evaluation is a charade in order to place a quota on AsAm students, just as you did against Jewish students decades ago. 

6)  3 Supreme Court Justices also saw DISCRIMINATION:
   Supreme Court Justices J. Alito, John Roberts and Clarence Thomas stated in their dissent, issued on June 23, 2016 (pp 22 -27):
   "...  discriminates against Asian American students...including racial discrimination that undeniably harms Asian Ams ... the court's willingness to allow this discrimination against individuals of Asian descent is particularly troubling, in light of the long history of discrimination against Asian Americans, especially in education ... In particular, the Fifth Circuit's willful blindness to Asian-American students is absolutely shameless." (emphasis added)

7)  How 80-20 EF Sees Things:

     On Ivy League colleges: These institutions are superior in numerous ways. However, they have committed discrimination against AsAm students, and have practiced hypocrisy and deceitfulness with their decision to favor white students over their AsAm peers. It is a very shortsighted policy, possibly induced by racism and self-conceit. History will not be kind to the presidents of these colleges, who participated in this apparent cabal.

    On AsAm community: Our community is definitely at fault as well. We have the average educational level and financial strength to understand the seriousness of this discrimination against our children.  We have the generational responsibility to urgently put our assets together to fight against it. But we have not been able to get our act together yet
     
    
History will not be kind to us, and will possibly be very harsh on those families who donated tens and hundreds of million dollars to get a Harvard building named after themselves. Those ignorant and vain acts will be seen as marks of shame on those families.

    Let me hear from you please. Does this e-newsletter improve your understanding of the admissions issue & how our children are suffering?


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S. B. Woo 

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
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