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Friday, August 4, 2017

3 Items of Great News

How 80-20 Helps AsAm Youth

80-20's public WeChat account ID is: 8020ef.  Please scan our QR code, shown below, & on 80-20 EF's WeChat site. For a Chinese version of the "UGLY facts ...", click http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/7OHjXfRnxrsGRSirdBjiUQ

     Have you read "UGLY facts on discrimination against AsAm youth" yet?  If not, YOU, as an AsAm, NEED to know these ugly facts.                          

80-20 Did Its Share to Turn Lemons into Lemonade

   (1) On Aug. 2, The NY Times published a frontpage news, with the following summary: "The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action policies deemed to have discriminated against whitesa document says."   Since 80-20 deems that the investigation should be directed against discrimination against Asian Americans, EF President S. B. Woo sprang to action.   
     
      First, Woo submitted the following comment to NYT, which was published.
     
     "S. B. Woo Newark, DE 1 hour ago (Had 5 "thumbs up" by then) To read a summary of the  outrageous discrimination against Asian American youth committed by our nation's elite colleges, please click on http://conta.cc/2w2CNCK . The AsAm community is weak and dis-organized. We don't have very capable spokespersons. We may also be too timid. However, if you care for one of our core values of "equal opportunity for all", please go take a look. " (emphasis added)
      
      Secondly, Woo emailed and called many Republican legalists and civil rights leaders, asking to work together to turn NYT's focus on the discrimination against AsAms. All agreed. He also sent "UGLY facts on discrimination against AsAm youth" to one of the NYT reporters, Stephanie Saul and had a long conversation with her. See the NYT article published the next day written by Stephanie Saul and a colleague, shown below.

    (2) A day later, on Aug. 3, NY Times article, published "Affirmative Action Battle Has a New Focus: Asian Americans".  The following excerpts may quicken your pulse:

   "The Justice Department, which has signaled that it is looking to investigate ... may well focus on Harvard.  The Harvard case asserts that the university's admissions process amounts to an illegal quota system".
See the evidence of a quota in item 3 of "UGLY facts ..."  
     "It falls afoul of our most basic civil rights principles, and those principles are that your race and your ethnicity should not be something to be used to harm you in life nor help you in life," said Edward Blum...".  

See the evidence of a "Asian tax" in item 2 of " UGLY facts...."   
    "Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., in his dissent, said the Texas plan discriminated against Asian-Americans, ...." .      
Actually 2 other Justices, including Chief justice John Roberts and Clarence Thomas also saw discrimination against AsAms. See item 6 of " UGLY facts......"
     "The Harvard lawsuit likens attitudes toward Asian-Americans to attitudes toward Jews at Harvard, beginning around 1920, when Jews were a high-achieving minority. In 1918, Jews reached 20 percent of the Harvard freshman class, and the university soon proposed a quota to lower the number of Jewish students."  

Harvard no longer steps on Jews, who are politically powerful. However, it still cowardly steps on AsAms who are weak & disorganized. See item 4 of "UGLY facts ..."       
      (3) To the credit of the Trump Administration and Attorney General Sessions, Dept. of Justice has signaled that it will investigate "intentional race based discrimination in college and university admissions."  It explicitly mentioned seeking "volunteers to investigate one administrative complaint filed by a coalition of 64 Asian-American associations in May 2015".  80-20 is one of the 64 AsAm associations.  The complaint was against Harvard.

                                              

S. B. Woo 

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
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