Monday, September 16, 2019

DO YOUR PART TO HELP YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN

For those of us who look different from the average white Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) there is always the fear in America that one day we might lose that job, or not get the promotion, or not be chosen as a leader. Even so, we work hard, obey all the rules, and take care of our families. The end result is that Asian Americans as a group have the lowest chance among all Americans (http://www.80-20initiative.net/action/equalopp_washingtonpost.asp) of reaching managerial and leadership positions in industry, in government, and in academia, despite the fact that Asian Americans earn more and are better educated than the average American. Racism has long been an endemic problem in the United States. It eats away at the core of what America stands for and prevents the development of the full potential of of the full potential of all its citizens.

That is why 80-20 Educational Foundation has worked hard to make sure that
Asian Americans are NOT selected as a group for "society wide surveillance" by the FBI. 80-20 made sure that the crackdown on Asian American scientists received broad journalistic coverage and that innocent scientists who are in the majority are not caught in the same web as those few who steal trade secrets and participate in espionage. You, who read this newsletter, have also responded to our call. Many faculty members at our prestigious universities have asked their university's administration to re-affirm their long-standing values: i.e. supporting work force diversity and open-exchange of information that is beneficial to all mankind. This initial groundwork by 80-20 has led to the mainstream professional organizations like the AAAS, ACS, ASM, AGU and many others to have organized and come out publicly to defend their ethnically Chinese faculty and student members.

To learn more of what is happening read this South China Morning Post article that came out on 9/11: https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3026617/peer-pressure-60-science-groups-call-end.  ....

We are not powerless. We live in a democracy. Our voices need to be heard. Our concerns are valid. Not only do we want our government leaders to advocate for us, we want this country to use our talents fully and allow us to contribute to the success of our country. That is why it is important that we participate in this democratic society beyond our professions and our families. Donate to those institutions that advocate for you and most of all DO cast your valuable VOTE in the coming elections.

Message from:
Alice S. Huang, Vice President of 80-20 EF 
Volunteer for 10 years

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Why I support 80-20 EF and the 80-20 SuperPAC

     
     It happened to me in 1989 during the Tiananmen events in Beijing. That is when I realized that no one represented Chinese Americans in the United States. We were completely unorganized and no one advocated for our interests at any of the levels of our government. When news reporters wanted to find out how Chinese Americans felt about the dramatic events going on in China, they were not able to find any one who was our spokesperson. That is when I started a Fund for China's Future (FCF), which was incorporated as a non-profit in Massachusetts. In contrast to the Committee of 100 (C100) which was also formed at that time, FCF existed for only a very short time.


     C100 had great leadership and soon I became a member. C100 had 2 main goals: to provide a bridge between the U.S. and China through business and political connections and to promote Chinese Americans' success in the U.S. As an organization, it was very successful in its first goal. But because of its elitist membership, it was not a strong advocate for all Chinese Americans, especially the increasing numbers working in scientific and technical areas. 

     It was in the late 1990's that I discovered 80-20 and met S.B. Woo through C100. He is a charismatic politician who had risen to be a Lieutenant Governor of Delaware in the 80's. As founder of the 80-20 initiative he is dedicated to using the democratic political system of the U.S. to promote the welfare of all Asian Americans.  Realizing that Chinese Americans as a minority group would be too small to have much political clout, he tried to have an organization that would pull together more individuals who share the common characteristic of a physiognomy that would be easily picked out in the U.S. The members also have the common cultural characteristics of valuing education and family ties. S.B. chose the U.S. presidential elections as a way to educate and unite Asian Americans. Compared to other groups dedicated to advocacy and education, 80-20 believes in political action, foregoing the usual social and cultural activities.


     Few in the Asian American community have S.B. Woo's political savvy and fighting spirit. As the Vice President of 80-20 EF and a member of the SuperPAC there is still much for me to learn about the political system. MORE ESPECIALLY, it is a privilege to be part of a team that is doing its best to advocate for and to promote equal opportunity for all Asian Americans. If you recognize that as a relatively successful minority group in the U.S. we are potentially in a more precarious position than other minority groups, you should want to join and support 80-20 SuperPAC. It is especially important this year and through the elections next year.


     Help 80-20 SuperPAC influence next year's elections and increase the number of politicians who understand and will advance the interests of Asian Americans.


Message from:

Alice S. Huang, Vice President of 80-20 EF, Volunteer for 10 years


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P.S.  S. B. came through his heart operation just fine.  He wanted me to particularly thank those readers of his e-newsletter entitled "Best Wishes to you" who were kind enough to send get well messages (about 300 persons).   He should be able to return to serve our community in about one week.