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Monday, April 30, 2012

Call To Action (3rd of 3 on College battle)

             CALL TO ACTION -- Inducing The 4 Asian Am
               Organizations To Stop Opposing YOU!



   98% of the Asian Americans, who took an OPEN & NEUTRAL survey, chose "a race-neutral and merit-based college admission policy". The total number of participants is 50,277*. When projected to the national population scale, it is equivalent to a ONE MILLION person survey.

   Our community has spoken!

   The following 4 Asian Am. orgs, have filed a legal brief with the 5th Circuit Court, supporting "a race-conscious college admission policy" which discriminates against Asian Am. applicants. Since March 1, 80-20 EF has asked the leader of the group to please not do it again. Unfortunately, they intend to file AGAIN before the Supreme Court.
   They also filed in the Supreme Court in 2003 supporting Michigan Law School's race-conscious admission. That caused Asian Am students to endure the current race-conscious policy for the last 9 years.


1) Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)
    Stewart Kwoh,
President & Executive Director skwoh@apalc.org
       Web: http://www.apalc.org/
       1145 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor
       Los Angeles, CA 90017
       Telephone: (213) 977-7500
       Facsimile: (213) 977-7595

           2) Asian Law Caucus
             http://www.asianlawcaucus.org/ 

           3) Asian American Justice Center
             http://www.advancingequality.org (no email)
 
           4) Asian American Institute
             http://www.aaichicago.org

   Stewart Kwoh, is the key person. He is the President and Executive Director of APALC. The other three orgs are all APALC's affiliates. To verify, see http://www.apalc.org/who-we-are/affiliates-associated-groups .

   APALC and its affiliates have done some good things. We thank them. But they have no business, while purporting to speak for Asian Ams, to support a "race-conscious" admission policy, ESPECIALLY after a survey has shown that 98% of Asians Ams support a "race-neutral admission policy."

   PLEASE EMAIL Stewart Kwoh via skwoh@apalc.org plus info@apalc.org .

   He has to know that we, the 50,000 who took the survey, are serious about winning equal opportunity for our college-bound students. We shall hold him, APALC and its affiliates accountable for their NEXT brief in "Fisher vs. Univ. of Texas," while respecting their rights to speak out.

   You may post your email to Stewart Kwoh on our posterboard 
 http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/politicaledu/posterboard.asp or copy me in, if like. I've posted mine on the posterboard. Pls be polite. Just state your view and give your name, city & State.

   If Stewart Kwoh listens to YOU and joins us, he will be my hero because he sets a shining example for solidarity. Otherwise, our community should hold him accountable. Email him. Counting on you!

Sincerely,
S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 National Asian Am Educational Foundation.
 
* Did YOU take the survey? Go find your own name. The list is sorted in last and first names, and easy to use. Click on http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/projects/colleges.asp .
Soooooo proud of the 50,277. Salute!

Monday, April 23, 2012

College Admission Battle. (2nd of 3 articles)

   A lot of people thought 80-20 stepped into the college admission battle for the self-interest of Asian Americans.

   YES! 80-20 always thought having the ability and courage to protect self-interest is important. Otherwise, we don't deserve to be a part of America - "land of the free and the home of the BRAVE." Our community has been very weak in speaking up for ourselves.

   NO! We didn't do it purely for the narrow self-interest of Asian Ams. We did it for enlightened self-interest, taking into account the interests of the rest of our nation.

                         It is RIGHT for us to speak up!
   Step by step, 80-20 found out that a race-conscious college admission policy not only discriminates against Asian Am applicants but also doesn't help other minority students, owing to "academic mismatch."

   However, the discrimination against us is outrageously severe. In the 1st of the 3-article series, we already reported Prof. Espenshade's finding:
 
       "To receive equal 
consideration by elite colleges, Asian Americans must outperform Whites 
by 140 points, Hispanics by 280 points, Blacks by 450 points in SAT (Total 
1600)."

   Today, we'll show you a less known but an additional solid proof of discrimination.


   About a century ago, our "best" universities used to discriminate against Jewish students using such fuzzy concepts as "character" and "fit".  We are elated that such discrimination against the Jewish students has ebbed. Today, with a population that is only half the size of Asian Americans, the average % of Jewish students in "first-tier" universities is HIGHER than that of Asian American students. To verify, please click on a report entitled "Jewish student populations at various colleges".
http://www.inlikeme.com/jewish-student-populations-various-colleges-universities.html .
 
So why is the higher bar seemingly applied to Asian Americans ONLY?

   It's because we are easy to discriminate against! UNITE, fellow Asian Americans, so that we are not so easy to be discriminated against.

   How are our opponents to defend against the finding that the burden of diversity has been borne mostly by Asian Ams applicants? They haul out the "holistic" approach which is just as fuzzy a concept as "character" and "fit" and as destined to be rejected by history.

                         What History Taught US!
   When suffrage movement (women's right to 888 vote) was first started, many women were against it. Today 2% of Asian Americans still support a "race-conscious" college admission policy and the so-called "holistic" approach in admission. 4 Asian American organizations, purporting to speak for our community, filed amicus briefs to support the "race-conscious" policy with the Supreme Court.

   Look into history and UNITE, fellow Asian Americans. Winning equal opportunity for ourselves is good for ourselves and America -- it helps make America "A MORE PERFECT UNION."

   Post your comments by clicking on 

http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/politicaledu/posterboard.asp .
 
Sincerely,
S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 National Asian Am. Educational Foundation

PS: See if your own name is on the list. Click on http://www.80-20EF.org .
Move your cursor to "Projects" on the menu bar. 3 lines will drop down.
Move your cursor down to "Win Equal Opportunity in Colleges" and click.
Go to a list of the 50,000 survey-takers sorted in last and first names.
If you name is there, be proud that you've joined a historic battle.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Importance of College Admission Battle. (1st of 3 articles)

Why is 80-20 leading this HUGE fight??? Three main reasons.

(A) The current policy causes "academic mismatch" which hurts all students admitted under a substantial preference on race.

Professors teach to the medium level students in a class. Hence students who are ill prepared relative to their classmates are lost and frustrated. As a result, recent research finds that even highly talented students admitted through a race conscious admission policy often switching out from Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics (STEM) course. It has led to low graduation rates in these fields & in law for black & Hispanics students. [1]

Had these talented students attended colleges of their own level of preparation, they might have blossomed in their chosen STEM fields. Note that the damages don't stop at Ivies. After the Ivies have picked off the cream of the crop among the blacks and Hispanics, colleges in the next tier, eager to imitate the Ivies, also give substantial preference to what is left and cause the same problem.

IMPACT ON 80-20: It cleared the internal debate whether the heavy burden borne by us, shown in (B) below, is called for.

(B) Asian Am. applicants bear the heaviest burden of the race- conscious admission policy:

Princeton sociologist Thomas Espenshade performed rigorous analyses on the vast "National Study of College Experience" (NSCE) database and released the empirical findings in his 2009 book [2]: To receive equal consideration by elite colleges, Asian Americans must outperform Whites by 140 points, Hispanics by 280 points, Blacks by 450 points in SAT (Total 1600).

IMPACT ON 80-20: Outrage! Why are we, who have been historically on the receiving end of discriminations, to bear the heaviest burden for a college admission policy that doesn't work?

(C) Super majority support from our community -- 98%!

80-20 was created as a tool for our community to use to defend itself. Hence, before entering a HUGE & DIIFICULT battle, 80-20 sught the views of our community.

80-20 sponsored an OPEN, NEUTRAL survey for more than 30 days in which all participants had the FREEDOM TO CHOOSE between agreeing or disagreeing with 80-20's advocated position. The following was what we found:

o Total number of valid surveys: 50,277
o FOR/AGAINST radio of all survey participants: 48.6 to 1

o Valid surveys taken by Asian Ams (self-identiied): 47,107
o FOR/AGAINST radio of Asian Am. survey takers: 52.4 to 1.

o Valid surveys taken by non-Asian Ams (self-identified): 3,120
o FOR/AGAINST radio of non-Asian Am. survey participants: 23.0 to 1

IMPACT ON 80-20: 80-20 enters the battle.

Before ending the 1st of this 3-article-series, we like to APPEAL to the 4 Asian Am organizations which support the race-conscious college admission policy presuming to speak for the Asam community before the Supreme Court. Our community has spoken. Please join with us. Your current action is detrimental to the interest of the Asian Am community.

Post your comments, particularly regarding how to deal with those 4 Asian Am organizations taking the opposite stand. To post, click on http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/politicaledu/posterboard.asp
Should we simply leave them alone to the judgment of history? Thank you.

Sincerely,

S.B. Woo
President, 80-20 National Asian American Educational Foundation, Inc.

[1] "Encouraging Minority Students to Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers", US Commission on Civil Rights, Briefing Report, Oct 2010
http://www.elsblog.org/the_empirical_legal_studi/2006/09/ sander_2_black_.html

[2] "No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life" by Thomas Espenshade (Princeton University Press, 2009)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

POSITIVE Development in Danny Chen's Case

There are two POSITIVE developments in Danny Chen's case,
according to today's NY Times and 80-20 EF's own sources.

(1) The trial of the 8 accused soldiers has been MOVED from Afghanistan
to Fort Bragg, N Carolina. Click on
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/nyregion/any-trials-in-pvt-danny-chens-death-will-be-in-us-military-says.html

(2) The decision on whether to accept the recommendation of the investigators (after a preliminary investigation) to drop the most serious charge against the soldiers, involuntary manslaughter, has been MOVED WAY UP THE COMMANDS. The NY Times article alludes to that, but most people will not understand it, without 80-20EF's explanation. NY
Times reports:

"In a series of inquests known as Article 32 hearings, the military investigator recommended that the most serious charge against the soldiers, involuntary manslaughter, be dropped but that most of the other charges be forwarded to a court-martial.

These recommendations now rest with the commander of the soldiers' unit, the First Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division. He can refer some or all of the charges to the commander for allied forces in southern Afghanistan, who can send the soldiers to a court-martial, mete out punishment himself or take no action, officials said."

What that means is that normally the decision to accept or reject the recommendation of the investigator rests with the Brigade Commander, now it has been moved up to the Division Commander, and if necessary all the way up to the Corps Commander of the of the XVIII Airborne.

Friends of 80-20 Educational Foundation have been working hard to help us secure JUSTICE for Danny Chen and the Asian American community. Don't forget our friends if and when JUSTICE is achieved.

Don't forget your own magnificant contribution to this development -- signing the "Petition to Pres. Obama." To see your own name on the 12000 person petition list, sorted in last and first names, please click on
http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/projects/danny-chen-petition-sort-last-name.asp .

To donate to 80-20EF, click on
http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/donate/donate.asp .
Donation to 80-20 EF is tax deductible.

Sincerely,

S.B. Woo President, 80-20 National Asian American Educational Foundation, Inc.
http://www.80-20EF.org

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We gratefully acknowledge the outpouring of support from all corners of the Asian Am. community.

Alex New, Whitestone, NY: $10,000
James Cheung, S. Pasadena, CA $5,000 (to 80-20 PAC)
Charles & Lynn Zhang, Portage, Michigan: $5,000
(Charles is a registered investment Advisor.
He was ranked "Top 100 Advisor in the
nation" by Barron's, April 2010.)
Pauline P. Lee, Sun Lakes, AZ: $2,000
Sanghun Song, Dix Hills, NY $1,000
Weihe Guan & Dongwei Zhu, Winchester, MA: $1,000
Fred & Julia Wan, Irvine, CA: $1,000
S. B. & Katy Woo, Newark, DE: $1,000
Choong & Hsia Foundation, Los Altos, CA $1,000
Hilary Hsu, San Francisco, CA: $500
Laura Ting, Boulder, CO: $500

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A parent wrote: "I am shocked by this racial preferences"

End of March is a heartbreaking time for many Asian Am families who have kids applying to college. They foolishly believe that college admission is based on their children's academic performance, extracurricular experiences, leadership experience, and (to many) their superman effort to overcome the handicaps of being first generation immigrants.

They don't know there are greater forces at work. All the high qualifications get an instant deep discount because Asian Ams are politically weak, and few have dared or the know-how to fight for their rights.

One parent wrote me,

"My daughter - a National Merit Finalist, GPA 4.4, SAT-2350, two
SAT II - 800s, six AP tests with all 5s in Junior year, tennis
captain, decent extracurricular with 12 yrs piano, 10 yrs
dancing, president in two clubs, a lot of volunteering, has
been waitlisted or rejected by all the ivy schools, Stanford,
Washington University in St Louis, Rice, and Wellesley. I
am shocked and terrified by this racial preferences."

Need I say more? -- S.B. Woo

Do not wait until, you, your children, or your grandchildren become another sad statistics to wake up to the harsh reality. Fight!

If you've NOT take 80-20's survey on whether YOU support a "race-neutral and merit-based college admission policy," take it NOW! We eliminated more than 3000 duplicate names. As a result, we NEED 1,200 MORE SURVEY TAKERS to make the 50,000 mark which is the equivalent of a 1,000,000 persons mark when project to the scale of the national population.

Take the survey now or forward this email. Click
on
http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?l=8/11e/f&w=no
Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

S.B. Woo
President, 80-20 National Asian American Educational Foundation, Inc.

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*By asking "Need I say more?", I am not implying that this student definitely deserves admission by one or more of the schools. I only mean that this is another proof for Princeton sociologist Thomas Espenshade's finding that Asian Ams must out perform whites by 140 points … . I'll even go so far as admitting that there could be a common weakness among dome AsAm students which requires that kind of discount in their scholastic achievement. However, the universities must state its polcy publicly.

If their reasons are valid, the Asian Am. community could possibly mount a gigantic educational effort to correct that defect so that our nation and Asian Ams will ultimately benefit from the correction.

Our first tier universities mouth "transparency." Ho 5453 wever, they hide behind secrecy when it come to giving Asian Ams a level playing field in college admission.

Needless to say, I don't applaud those Asian Am. parents who take their children's going to Ivies as honor badges for themselves and lifetime meal tickets for their children. But there are such parents in every race.

The above is S. B. Woo's personal view. To comment on the above statement, please go
http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/politicaledu/posterboard.asp
Thank you.

S. B. Woo, as an individual.

 

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