Do you marvel at the Jewish political clout? Their influence extends even to foreign policies. In comparison, Asian Americans (AsAms) can NOT even win equal opportunity in workplaces and in college admissions - rights guaranteed by our constitution.
Why did we do so bad? We have 3 times the Jewish population, comparable average educational attainment, and comparable average economic income.
What is our biggest weakness?POLITICAL IMMATURITY!Jews have the highest political maturity, while we have the lowest. Lack of political maturity led to our sufferance of discrimination. Hence, our next few e-newsletters will focus on improving our community's political maturity.
Basic Concepts of Politics We Must Have
To understand what political maturity is, we'll first need to understand "how to properly reward or punish in politics?", "what does political clout really mean in America?", and "what is political maturity for a small minority like AsAms?"
THE RIGHT WAY TO REWARD OR PUNISH: Reward politicians who share our rightful concerns & punish those who don't. AsAms often support candidates whom they think will win. That'll only encourage politicians to care for their election victory instead of our rightful concerns. Use elections to reward or punish politicians, not as betting games, thereby wasting your vote.
POLITICAL CLOUT is the ability to help a politician or a political party win or make them lose the next election, through our decision to reward or punish. Then and only then will politicians care for our rightful concerns.
POLITICAL MATURITY is the ability to achieve our political goals, usingthe most cost-effective political process. Follow politically mature leaders. Don't waste your money and energy following leaders who'll only bring you politically humiliating results. Example? A request to meet FBI Director Wray by a group of 14 AsAm orgs.apparently didn't receive a reply in 2 months. The group of 14 is dead silent thus far. 80-20 EF had advisedthe group that it must carry a big stick. It didn't want to listen. EF is still more than willing to work with that group to help it produced results, for the honor of our community. Actually, by just publicly asking why there is NO answer after 2 months, 80-20 EF has already raised the pressure.
What Will Political Maturity Bring Us?
Unity will cost us nothing. However, it'll win us everything, including equal opportunity in work places and at college admissions. If and when the approximately 5 million registered AsAms will all vote according the recommendation of a hypothetical "Asians united", our national and state governments will immediately work to address the inequity suffered byAsAms. Much more on how to achieve UNITY in next few e-newsletters regarding political maturity.
(2) POLITICALLY EFFECTIVE which is counter-intuitive:
Most people, highly educated or not, think helping politicians win elections is the best way to gain political clout. Not so. Publicly declaring to defeat an incumbent politician, who has repeatedly ignored our rightful concerns, and make that promise stick will make us much more politically effective. The top Jewish political organization, AIPAC, is effective because it has repeatedly demonstrated that ability. Politicians listen to voter groups that know how to reward and punish. Indeed, they ignore those who have been known to quietly & meekly walk away from their earlier requests or demands. The above rule of politics may be counter-intuitive but it must be learned.
Let's also look at it from cost-effective considerations for a small minority. To help elect politicians is an unending job and requires immense resources, election after election. Even having succeeded in helping the politician get elected, we'll not gain much political clout. The winning candidate will always credit him/herself as the major reason for the successful campaign, not you. To defeat a given politician is to focus the national resources of a minority community on one election. It is not that difficult to defeat a politician, assuming we have the political know-how. AIPAC's effectiveness in defeating big-name-politicians is forever engraved in the memory of all politicians.
There is much more to come to help us all gain political maturity. The next e-newsletter will be entitled "Political Maturity 2 - Toughness Required."
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How Chintzy & Stupid We Used To Be
Times were AsAms hardly donated to help out our own organizations.
Apparent Result: AsAm organizations like OCA of D.C., AALDEF of NY,
& APALC of LA all had to go outside of our community
to get funding for their respective annual expenditures.
Real Result: Money talks. These same organizations all filed amicus briefs to support "race-preference" admissions, which 98 % of
AsAms are against*.
Who have suffered? We all have suffered, including OCA, AALDEF and
APALC, which are by now increasingly isolated from
How Glorious Our Donors are NOW
Times are 80-20 EF, seeing how raising money from outside of our community has terrible consequences, started the SELF project (Self Empowerment Longterm Fund) declaring to raise money from AsAms only. That project started a NEW donation trend in our community, which EF is
truly proud of.
Apparent Result: In 4.5 yrs, AsAm donors helped EF build a war chest of
$3 million plus its expenditures in those years
Real Result: AsAms have begun to practice SELF-HELP, which is of the
utmost importance for us to win our eventual equal
Who has gained? We all have gained, including OCA, AALDEF & APALC.
When these orgs. begin serving our community's true
interests, they'll be able to raise funds from AsAms
* 80-20 EF sponsored an OPEN, NEUTRAL survey in 2012 for more than 30 days in which all participants had the FREEDOM TO CHOOSE between agreeing or disagreeing with 80-20's advocated position - a race neutral admissions policy. The following was what we found:
o Total number of valid surveys: 50,277
o FOR/AGAINST ratio of all survey participants: 48.6 to 1
o Valid surveys taken by Asian Ams (self-identiied): 47,107 o FOR/AGAINST ratio of Asian Am. survey takers: 52.4 to 1.
o Valid surveys taken by non-Asian Ams (self-identified): 3,120
o FOR/AGAINST ratio of non-Asian Am. survey participants: 23.0 to 1
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THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT
TO HAVE NATIONAL BROADCAST DEBUT ON PBS ON TUESDAY, MAY 29 FROM 8:00-10:00 PM ET.
FORWARD this e-newsletter to all your friends. Reasons?
This film is NOT just about Chinese immigrants. It is also about America.It is NOT just about then. It is also about NOW!
A modern version of Chinese Exclusion Act is stewing. Just recall the conversation between Senator Rubio of FL and FBI director Wray on the Senate floor on Feb 13. Click one "Stand together or Hang separately" for a quick review.
FOWARD to as many of our compatriots as your email list will allow. That way, our
nation may review the past in order to prevent the recurrence of an earlier mistake.
Synopsis: On May 6th, 1882 - on the eve of the greatest wave of immigration in American history - President Chester A. Arthur signed into law a unique piece of federal legislation. Called the ChineseExclusionAct, it singled out by name and race a single nationality for special treatment: making it illegal for Chinese laborers to enter America on pain of imprisonment and for Chinesenationals ever to become citizens of the United States.
The ChineseExclusionAct, a two-hour film for national broadcast on PBS during the 2018 season, will explore in riveting detail . . . in American history - one that sheds enormous light on key aspects of the history of American civil liberties, immigration, and culture - during one of the most formative periods of U.S. history. . . . . . .
Directed by Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu. Narrated by Hoon Lee and featuring the voices of Russell Wong, Fenton Lee, Yuet-Fung Ho and Josh Hamilton. Produced by Steeplechase Films and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Premieres Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET on PBS.
The Certificate of Residence, a legal form of documentation that was added as a provision of the 1882 ExclusionAct when it was extended under the Geary Actin 1892. Every Chinese immigrant was required to carry a Certificate, or face threat of deportation. Over 100,000 Chinese residents refused to register for documentation under the Act- a massive act civil disobedience.
Saum Song Bo, a Chinese law student in America, wrote a formal response in The New York Sun after receiving a solicitation for funds towards the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. He points out the irony of soliciting funds for such an endeavor from a population deprived of basic American rights, "Whether this statute against the Chinese - or the Statue of Liberty - will be the more lasting monument to tell future ages of the liberty and greatness of this country, will be known only to future generations."
Wong Kim Ark's 1898 landmark Supreme Court case citing the 14th Amendment established birthright citizenship, securing citizenship for all children born in the United States. Women detainees at Angel Island. Unlike Ellis Island, where 98 percent of incoming immigrants made their way through, eighteen percent of the applicants at Angel Island were initially rejected - and five percent deported outright - after grueling interrogations, and harrowing detentions.
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
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 Crimsonyesterday evening: "DOJ Calls for Unsealing of Harvard Admissions Data."
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