Monday, May 10, 2021

Great News on College Admissions


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Good News: Pew Research Center Survey found that 
All Races Against "Race Preference College Admissions"
     "... a new Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans (73%) say colleges and universities should not consider race or ethnicity when making decisions about student admissions."

     Note from the top of the table, shown below, how clear cut the survey question is. It asks "Should race or ethnicity be a _____ in college admission decisions? The choices are "Major factor" or "minor factor" or "Not a factor". 
Are you puzzled why AsAms are only 58% 
Against "race preference college admissions?

     80-20 is not puzzled, because many AsAms may say to themselves, "We already have such a large % of students in the best colleges. Let's be noble and let students of other minorities have a better chance to enter such colleges?" 

     Indeed, 80-20 considered taking such a position many years ago. Then our usually thorough research led us to discover the phenomenon of "Academic Mismatch". It points to the negative effects that "race preference admissions" creates for students admitted into a college that is too difficult for them. They include:

1) lower graduation rate and STEM majors switching to non-STEM disciplines;
2) Less career success when compared with students of comparable ability 
    who enter colleges of their own ability level.

        Much research was done on "mismatch". Some were confirming. Others did not. Given the uncertainty, 80-20's Board unanimously concluded that there was no sense sacrificing the equal educational opportunity of our own children to accept a controversial admissions policy that may even hurt the children of other minorities. 

Forward this News to your AsAm Friends
particularly the AsAm Democratic Elected Officials in CA

        Forwarding this news to as many AsAms as possible may be the best way to stop more talk of "race preference admissions" in high schools and colleges in YOUR own state.

Help Win the Looming Supreme Court Battle! 

        SFFA, led by Ed Blum, sued Harvard for discrimination against AsAm applicants. As a result. Harvard has increased its admission of AsAm applicants by 53% in 10 years. Now Blum is asking for our assistance so that 
his legal team may WIN THE SUPREME COURT CASE for us. He asked 80-20 to send the following message to YOU.      
" if you know of any students who were recently rejected from Harvard, Yale, the University of Texas, or the University of North Carolina, please have them go to our website and share their story with us. Our website is:
Our litigation against these universities is ongoing, and member support is very important to our success! .....
The next significant event in this lawsuit will likely occur around May 17thwhen Harvard files its brief in opposition to our petition. After SFFA files our reply, the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear our case. I hope to bring you good news soon!"
      80-20 most strongly urges you to help. Mr. Blum has spent years of his life and raised many millions of dollars to finance OUR LAWSUIT against Harvard to protect OUR CHILDREN. HELP SFFA back for our own sake. 

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S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 22 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1985-89)

80-20 gratefully acknowledges
Wai-Yim Ching and Mon Yin Lung, Leawood, KS, who having fulfilled their 2nd pledge of $2,500 per year for 5 years, have just pledged for a 3rd round of 5 years for $2,500 per year. They are a fantastic role-model-couple.

Alfred & Shirley Foung, Woodland Hills, CA who having fulfilled and exceeded their pledge of $8,000 per year for 5 years have just pledged for $5,000 per year for 5 years. What a great couple.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Make 80-20 Your World-Class Shield

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     YOU've known 80-20 for a long time.   No one can fool you about what 80-20 has done or not done.  I shall unabashedly re-count for you 80-20's achievements in the last 12 months. If you think they are accurate, please help make 80-20 your world-class shield.
Magnificent Achievements

      (1) When Trump used "Chinese virus" repeatedly, he denigrated persons of Chinese orgin. In addition, it led to hate crimes against Chinese-AsAms. Hence, 80-20 hit back fiercely. 80-20 emailed Trump directly & vowed to defeat him, if he didn't apologizeNot a single other AsAm nat'l org. mounted a protest. Few deemed Trump beatable back in March, 2020. So 80-20 battled ALONE, confident that right is might. Who won? YOU won! 

       (2) An overwhelming majority of the AsAm elected officials and orgs. in CA supported Prop 16, which pushed "race conscious college admissions". Again, 80-20 battled alone, confident that right is might. It led from afar to oppose Prop 16Prop. 16 was defeated by a landslide.  Who won? YOU won!

       (3) Harvard practices "race conscious college admissions" at the expense of AsAm youngsters. 80-20 lacked resources to fight Harvard alone. Hence, we sought out a powerful ally - Ed Blum who has a legendary reputation in winning court cases. He sued Harvard for discrimination against AsAm applicants. Result? In 2011, when 80-20 first entered this battle, Harvard admitted 17.8% AsAm students. This year, Harvard admitted 28.2% AsAm students - a 58% increase in 10 years. Who won? YOU won!

       (4) The Atlanta tragedy generated a lot of press release from all AsAm nat'l orgs. 80-20 did not issue one! 80-20 strongly believe AsAm nat'l orgs. must do more non-AsAm orgs.. We must to "DO rather than talk." So 80-20 announced appropriating $200,000 as grants to seed AsAm Community Watch Teams. Who will win? In time, YOU'll win.

YOUR CHOICEYou Decide 80-20's Fate? 

     Depending on whether you are willing to sacrifice & donate, 80-20 can [A] slowly fade away, after 80-20's aging war horses have faded away or [B] transform to become a world class and lasting shield for you.

       To help you make an informed choice, please review why the Jewish-Am community is politically so powerful in America.

      There are only 7 million Jewish Americans, about 1/3 the size of AsAms.  However, even the smallest of its “big 5“ community orgs, Simon Wiesenthal Center, has an annual budget of $26.2M.  The other four, ordered by the size of their annual budget, are American Jewish Committee ($46.2M), Jewish Federations of North America ($49.2M), American Israel Public Affairs Comm. ($69.3M), and Anti-Defamation League ($70.8M). 

      In contrast, 80-20 has an annual budget of $0.25 million. 

      Hard work can make up the difference of a factor of 2 in funding. There is no way to make up a difference in funding of 100

Donate Till It Hurts TODAY

        On our watch, AsAm kids face the tallest barrier in college admissions. AsAm adults face the lowest glass ceiling in workplaces. We may be proud to have worked twice as hard to get to where we are today, we should be ashamed to leave that as a legacy to our children.
       80-20 wants to raise another $5 million by year's endWhy? When that money is added to the existing $5 million, a modest return of 5% per year will allow 80-20 to hire 2 more professionals as staff. They will be trained by Alice Huang and S. B. Woo fo a couple of years. 80-20 will formally be transformed from a volunteer org. into the seeds of a professional org. like all the powerful orgs. in the USA.
       To raise $5 million in 7 months is hard. YOU need to not only donate but also help seek out wealthy AsAms to donate in five to six figures
       What if we fail to reach the goal? I also continue to work as hard as possible for you. However, 80-20's entire Board had unanimously concluded that 80-20 will slowly die. This particular shield for you will slowly vanish.

S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 22 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1985-89)

Monday, April 26, 2021

Real Significance of Senate Bill on Anti-Asian .....

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NY TimesWashPostLA TimesVOA. & USA Today All Blared:

    The Senate Anti-Asian Hate-Crimes Bill passed the Senate with an overwhelming bipartisan 94-1 voteThe Bill is certain to pass the House, after amendments, if any, to become a US Law.
      Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer said, " ...hate and discrimination against any group has no place in America. By passing this bill, we say to the Asian-American community that their government is paying attention to them, has heard their concerns and will respond to protect them."
What Is the Substance in that Senate Bill?

      To establish a position at the Justice Department to expedite the agency’s review of hate crimes and expand the channels to report them.

Is That it?

    YES, Just about. There are words to the 50-states, which the federal gov. does NOT govern: "encourage the creation of state-run hate crime hotlines, provide grant money to law enforcement agencies that train their officers to identify hate crimes and introduce a series of public education campaigns around bias against people of Asian descent. " 

    Don't belittle this Senate bill, however.

The Hidden SIGNIFICANCE of This Senate Bill!!!

      If, Heavens forbid, the US and China would get into a hot warwill Chinese Americans still be interned? My answer is NO, not after all that has been said and will be said in the Senate, House, the White House and the major national media orgs. on the passage of this law, and with such a law in our books, that then could be the hidden but real SIGNIFICANCE of this bill!!!

       There could be additional significant mileage to be gained. There has never been as much attention focused on AsAms as during the last couple of months. We should work hard to use this momentum to discard our 'perpetual foreigner" image. Get involved! Get involved with the mainstream community and our political establishment. The following should help.

Do YOUR Share

      80-20 strongly suggests that YOU urge your governor and Congress-person to support this Senate Bill. We suggest the following short message, aimed to convey a sense of "let's win together." If you want use your own words, it'll be so much better.

"Dear Governor/Congress-person:

      I urge you to support the Senate "Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Bill" regarding its specific requests to the 50-states. If you are not familiar with that bill, please ask your staff to look into it. The political leaders of Asian nations today are not stupid. They'll never be enthused about American world leadership and/or doing business with our great State so long as they know that Asians who are US citizens still face severe hate crimes." Give your name, city and state.

      To email and/or phone your governor, please 1) click here and 2) place your state’s name at the window. 
      To email and/or phone your congressperson, please 1) click here and 2) put in your zip code. 

     After you've done your share, reply to this e-newsletter and add "DID IT"on the subject line. We need to keep each other informed. Thanking you in anticipation,

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S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 22 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1985-89)

We gratefully acknowledge:
James M. Tien, Coral Gables, FL who upon fulfilling his first $5,000 per year for 5 years will pledge another $5,000 per year for 5 years! What a role model.