Monday, October 14, 2019

AsAms, lost legally, but GAINED more seats at Harvard. Why?

Who really won?  Our youngsters or Harvard?

    
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                                     The TRUTH Will Make You Smile

     Headlines blared that Harvard won the the case against SFFA (Students for Fair Admissions).  The TRUTH is that SFFA won in substance.   (I) Harvard changed its admissions standards just before the trial in order to win the legal battle -- changes that increased greatly the number of AsAms admits in 2019, and (II) Even then Harvard's legal victory is likely short-lived, possibly to be overturned if & when its appeal reaches the Supreme Court in 2 to 3 years.

[A]  More AsAm Applicants Admitted at Harvard in 2019 Than Ever Before

      Thanks to SFFA, whose president is Ed Blum, just before the Boston court trial was to beginHarvard was compelled to change its discriminatory admissions policy in 2 important aspects.  Read a Chronicle Article, entitled "What is New in Harvard's Admissions Procedures: Explicit Instructions on Race".  

      The 2 changes were:
     (1) "an applicant's race or ethnicity should not be considered in assigning the                 personal rating," and

     (2) new guideline, applied to 2019 applicants, that stated: "It is important to 
          keep in mind that characteristics not always synonymous to extroversion are 
          similarly valued.  Applicants who seem to be particularly reflective, insightful, 
          and/or dedicated should receive higher personal ratings as well."

      Recall that AsAms were rated the lowest of all races in the "personality rating" and many AsAms are perceived to be more introverted.  The changes raised the "personality" ratings for AsAms for the 2019 applicants.

       Result?  "More than a quarter of the students accepted identified as Asian this year, the highest number ever, up from twenty-three per cent in 2018 and twenty per cent in 2014, when the suit was filed."   The quote is from an excellent  10/7/2019 New Yorker article by Prof. Jeannie Suk Gersen of Harvard Law School. Its title is "Many Sins of College Admissions".  See the impact of this lawsuit?

[B] Harvard's Legal Victory May Most Likely Be Short Lived.

      Read last week's e-newsletter entitled "Strategic Assessment of College Admissions."  Does [A] & [B] combined tell you about the impact of this lawsuit?


                                                CONCLUSION: 
               Does That Mean That the AsAm Community Actually Won?

       NO!  AsAyouths now face a less harsh barrier in college admissions, thanks to Ed Blum and a gathering of AsAm activists.  Shamefully, the majority of AsAms,
especially our "rich and powerful", were "missing in action" in this battle for our children's  future.

        Our community produces way too many "success robots"
who know how to make money & nurture fame & power but who are timid;
who are emotionally without the social conscience for justice and equity, and
        without the empathy that "charity begins at home," (They donate mostly to
         non-Asian causes) and
who are intellectually incapable of understanding "enlightened self-interest." (They 
         fail to realize that a rising tide raises all ships.)

        Unless WE convert this group of "success robots" to CORNERSTONE citizens, AsAms are unlikely to contribute as an equal partner in the making of the American Dream. 

                     Play This Game to Touch Our "Success Robots"

        Name the three most famous AsAms you know.  See if 2 of the 3 will fit the category of "success robots."  :-)  Use the Poster Board to tell us your game result.
I've posted mine here.  The AsAm "rich & powerful" need feedback from us, since they are mostly missing in action in helping (a) our community and (b) to make America "a more perfect Union".

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S. B. Woo


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Monday, October 7, 2019

A strategic assessment of college admissions

Think Strategically!


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                                               News

   Harvard won and we lost.  However, we've always expected to lose this round.  We await our days in the next round.

   On 10/02,  EF sent a check of $10,000 to SFFA (Students for Fair Admissions) to keep up the good fight.

                

    Ed Blum, who spent millions to finance the Boston District Court battle and will spend millions more, just sent out a press release stating "SFFA will appeal this decision to the First Court of Appeals and, if necessary, to the U.S Supreme Court. "


           To Help Immigrants Make Sense of Legal Matters in the USA

    Is the US a nation governed by laws?  Yes, but written laws are interpreted by living individuals.  In many District Court and Appeals Court cases, the outcome depends on who is judging.  In Supreme Court cases, if liberal versus conservative politics is involved, the outcome depends heavily on whether the liberal or the conservative justices hold a majority of the 9 member court. Currently, the conservative judges have a majority.  Hence if the Harvard case gets to the Supreme court in 2 to 3 years, many expect the AsAms to finally see justice!   

                 The Current State of College Admissions - Shocking!                 

     The title of a recent Wall Street Journal's editorialHarvard's Legal Discriminationsuccinctly reveals that discrimination against AsAm applicants to colleges is now legal.   To me, Judge Allison Burroughs' decision of Oct. 1, 2019 could be the worst District Court decision in modern history, because she made discrimination legal.

How 3 Supreme Court Justices Viewed Discrimination Against AsAms

    On June 23, 2016, Justice Samuel Alito, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts, issued a dissenting opinion after the Supreme Court decision on Fisher II.   On pp 22 to 27, it was stated:
   
"... 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 AsiaAmericans, especially in education ... In particular, the Fifth Circuit's willful blindness to 
Asian-American students is absolutely shameless." (emphasis 
added)

    Do you sense intense indignation expressed by the 3 justices on behalf of AsAms? The three conservative justices have since been joined by 2 more conservative justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. How the SFFA case will fare before the Supreme Court with 5 conservative justices may be anyone's guess. After all, the Supreme Court may not even take the case. However, those who are wise should take note.

Walking in Harvard President Bacow's Shoes

     After this recent court victory, Pres. Bacow has a great chance to straighten out a historic mess for Harvard and the other Ivy League colleges. He may now have the political capital - a victory in hand while facing a likely utter final defeat in 2 to 3 years - to induce Harvard and its allies to thoroughly re-examine their admissions policy. A step they may want to tighten is the subjective personality rating of applicants, some sight unseen. Being objective is the only amicable and lasting way to correct the historic mistake. This is what being the president of Harvard is ALL ABOUT - to do the right thing which seems impossible at first.

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S. B. Woo


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80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1985-89)

PS:  We gratefully acknowledge the outpouring of donations of generous amounts, perhaps aiming to encourage me to recover quickly from my heart surgery. Thank you.  I am recovering normally.  SB   :-)

 
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Monday, September 30, 2019

A Reply to Woo from FBI

FBI now avoids using the term "whole-of-society approach"
    
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     Remember my letter to FBI Dir. Wray?  The FBI finally replied after 3 months.  It was from FBI Assistant Dir. Michael Sullivan.

                          My 4 Take-Aways from this Reply

1) Ironically, the reply's 3rd paragraph stated "The FBI encourages timely, ...information-sharing with ... the general public." (emphasis added).  It's so sad to see that the FBI's words contradicted the FBI 's actions in a short one-pager.  Is a reply after 3 months timely?  

2) The reply was decidedly NOT a form letter in that it refers to specific matters I mentioned.  However, it was full of platitudes such as  "... the FBI does not use ethnicity or national origin as the basis to open an investigation ..."  To me, such bureaucratic answers reflect that the FBI higher ups are completely unaware of the general public's perception of the FBI's actions.  Click here to read public statements from the academic, scientific and industrial pharmaceutical world about the FBI's actions and planned actions. SAD!

3) My letter to Dir. Wray directly confronted his advocacy to use a "whole-of-society approach (WOSA)" to catch Chinese spies.  My letter mentioned  "WOSA" or the equivalent 14 times pointing to the central and collateral damage of Wray's attempts to use a "Chinese totalitarian methodology to deal with an American challenge."

    Ironically, Assistant Dir. Sullivan's reply mentioned WOSA or the equivalent ZERO times.  How conspicuously un-usal!  Is there a hidden message?


4) A tentative conclusion: The FBI might have backed off its "whole-of-society approach" to catch Chinese spies.

   If so, that is GREAT NEWS!  We appreciate Asst. Dir. Sullivan taking the time to understand our concerns.  His reply is shown below for your examination:
      Last Monday, EF sent you an e-newsletter entitled, "You helped reject FBI dir. Wray's "whole-of-society approach.
  Today, I show you an FBI letter which may imply that FBI's "whole-of-society approach" to catch Chinese spies is a thing of the past.  With your help, 80-20 usually gets results. 

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80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1985-89)

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