Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Pol. Secrets VII: What An Election Is All About In America

Many Asian Ams. were surprised.

They ask, "How could 80-20 get away with fighting the leading presidential candidates and yet succeed in getting our grievances addressed by the same candidates?"

80-20's secret is knowing what an election is about in America.

New immigrants often mistakenly believe an election is ONLY about voting for the best candidate. However, that's not all there's to it.

The American Forefathers meant for elections to assure democracy. That is, during the election time, even the "weak and powerless" such as the Asian Americans, who are mostly new immigrants not knowing much about politics and not having the money* to hire lobbyists in Washington D.C., can still make politicians sit up and listen to their grievances.

Each adult Asian American has a vote just like he/she who is among the "richest and mightiest." If there is a grievance that most Asian Ams resonate with**, we can deliver a bloc vote. Politicians pay attention to even a small minority such as the Asian Americans that have proven to be capable of delivering a bloc vote.

That is what 80-20 is all about -- to organize our community so that our grievances will be heard during the election time and in that process help make America "a more perfect Union."

But more importantly, that is what elections in America are all about -- giving the ordinary people a chance to have their grievances addressed by the political establishment. If some of the presidential candidates show that they don't share our concerns, then 80-20 PAC*** will lead a bloc vote to defeat such candidates. The real world of politics is just like the real world we see in our workplaces. Its proper functioning depends on carrots and sticks.

Comments are welcome at

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc.

* Actually there are many very rich Asian Americans. However, owing to their lack of interest or understanding of Am. politics, they have mostly shied away from politics or been extremely ineffective. I wish more will soon step up to shoulder their social responsibilities.

** The issue that has hit the resonant cord of a large majority of Asian Americans is their lack of equal opportunity in workplaces and, if qualified, to be Federal judges. Fortunately, most prominent Democratic presidential candidates have already made iron clad commitment to help
Asian Americans achieve equal opportunity, except one -- Senator Obama. Is he too inexperienced to know that equal opportunity is America's core value?

*** 80-20 Educational Foundation conducts political education only. 80-20 PAC leads the bloc vote.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dawn of a New Era in AsAm Politics is Arriving

The Dawn of a New Era in AsAm Politics

There is an increase in Asian Americans' political savvy and
desire to serve our community. How come? The recent exposure
of the foolishness of our old practices in politics!

Bad Money Exposed By Recent News

(1) Selfish Asian Ams. who have raised money for politicians for their
personal vanity, or commercial interests or political careers have been
repeatedly exposed as suckers who sucked our community's money and
in turn got sucked by politicians. Indeed, many of them, Norman
Hsu and John Huang to name two, got in deep trouble with the law.

(2) Even well-intentioned but politically naive Asian Ams fundraisers have
also been exposed as suckers. A politician's apparent pro-immigrant
stands can change over night. When the fundraisers' over-zealousness in
raising money got exposed, politicians publicly embarrasses them.

(3) Executive Order 11246 that has been enforced for all Americans is not
enforced for Asian Ams. by an Asian Am. Labor Secretary. Visit
Click on A. 3.

In other words, our hard earned money when donated in a bad way
to politicians got us nothing but trouble. That is, bad publicity and
We must STOP donating in such foolish fashions. When
BAD MONEY dries up, good money will come in.

What is Good money?

When a fundraiser (bundler) asks you to donate to a politician, ask
yourself and/or the fundraiser 4 questions.

a) What deeds has this veteran politicians done to help our community?
Did he/she help win equal opportunity and/or adopt enlightened
immigration policy? If none, save your money. Only deeds deserve
our donations.

b) Does this fundraiser know American politics? If no, save your money.

c) Will this bundler likely use his/her political connections to help our
community? If no, save your money

d) If a novice politician is raising money, will he/she likely share our
community's concerns? Sharing our concerns, not ethnicity, is what

"GOOD MONEY"is money donated after passing those 4 checks.
Such money will bring our community immense political clout.

A Changing Wind

Asian Am. elected officials used to endorse presidential candidates
without asking what would the presidential candidates do for our community
if elected. All that has changed this year!

The following co-chairs of "Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Hillary"
have asked Sen. Clinton to reply with "6 yeses" to 80-20's questionnaire to
her campaign i.e for her to give an iron clad commitment to our dire
needs. These elected officials are our heroes/heroines. Their names are:

Judy Chu, member of Calif.'s State Board of Equalization,
Mike Eng, Calif. State Assemblymen,
John Liu, City Councilman of NYC,
Gary Locke, Former Gov. of Washington,
Fiona Ma, Majority Chip of CA State Assembly,
Henry Manayan, Former Mayor of Miltpitas,
Doris Mastui, Congresswoman and National Chair of AAPIs for Hillary,
Otto Lee, Mayor of Sunnyville, CA, and
Ellen Young, City Councilwoman of NYC.

Will Senator Clinton, who wanted these co-chairs to endorse her, share
these co-chair's concerns? We don't know yet. 80-20 EF shall keep you
posted. We are certain that these officials will know what to do, if Hillary
doesNOT listen to them.

Comments are welcome at

Thank you.


S. B. Woo
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc. (EF)

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Dr. Stephen Ko $1,000, Lawrence and Mary Tom $750
Larry & Sophia Ho $500, Tom & Laura Hsu $500
Eric Chengfen Liu $500, Betty & Brian Ng $250 and
Xinhai and Scott Chai with matching gifts from Adobe and Boeing
of $100.00 each.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Los Angeles Times Article & Cong. Honda's Retort

Another fitting title for this newsletter is " Obligation of Asian Am.
Fundraisers (Bundlers) ."

On 10/19, LA Times published an article on Sen. Clinton's fundraising
entitled "An unlikely treasure-trove of donors for Clinton." For details, visit,1,7444827.story

It has some good points. For example. could Sen. Clinton be taking
advantage of the political naivety of new Asian immigrants? That is a
point that 80-20 EF has raised before. Remember our email " Don't Be
Suckers" and names like Johnny Chung, Charlie Trie, Maria Hsia, Robert
Lee and Yogesh Gandhi?

Congressman Mike Honda's retort to that article also has good points.
"Could our media be too suspicious about political donations from Asian
Ams?" The media certainly erred in 1997. When John Huang and a few
others raised money illegally for Pres. Clinton and DNC, the media made it
seem like an Asian Am. cabal aimed to undermine our Federal government.
Hard to believe!

However, neither has raised the REALLY IMPORTANT POINT:
What have we gotten back for our political donations?
Among ethnic groups, Asian Ams' political donation is second only
to Jewish Americans. Shockingly, Asian Ams. don't even enjoy equal
opportunity in workplaces yet -- a right enjoyed by all other Americans.
For evidence, visit

which is a full page ad in Washington Post & carefully documented.

For a brighter future, we must

(1) ask for accountability from our fundraisers (bundlers). The
fundraisers are there when pictures are taken and their personal needs
taken care of by the politicians. They need to be there be there to ask
the politicians to promise to work for Asian Ams' equal opportunity &
in turn hold the politician accountable!
If they deliver, we must thank
them for their leadership. Otherwise, such fundraisers are using hard
earned money from the little people to buy their personal glory. We
need to reject them!

(2) also ask for accountability from those Asian Am politicians
who have raised money from us playing up their Asian roots and/or
endorsed presidential candidates in our name. If they deliver concrete
benefits to our community &/or solid promises from presidential
candidates to us, thank them & continue to support them. Otherwise,
hold them accountable & stop supporting them!

Voice your support for or objection to this view at


S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc.

Friday, October 19, 2007

What Is Expected Of Asian Am. Elected Officials

Help the right Asian Am. elected officials (AAEOs), all AsAms may
Help the wrong ones, all AsAms shall get hurt.

When a wrong AAEO gets support from our community, other AAEO
may imitate him/her. "Bad money drives away good money!"

What is expected of an AAEO? That is what our community needs to
discuss and reach a consensus in order to achieve the kind of political
cohesion necessary to win our basic rights like equal opportunity at work
and to be appointed federal judges. Here is my personal view.

What America Expects Of Its Elected Officials

Elected officials are expected to primarily serve those who live in their
respective election districts. Hence AsAms living outside of an AAEO's
district should NOT expect help from him/her. The life of any AAEO is
tough enough. Don't make their lives even tougher. Let them focus on
doing a good job for constituents in their own political district which still
indirectly serves our long term interests.

Two Big Exceptions!

I) Those AAEOs who have raised campaign funds primarily from AsAms
living within and without their election districts while emphasizing their
Asian ethnic origin, have the obligation to share the concerns of all
II) Those AAEOs who endorsed presidential candidates by becoming
members of "Asian Ams for XXX" therefore playing up their ethnic
connection have the obligation to persuade the endorsed presidential
candidate to promote the rightful aspirations of AsAms.

Asian Americas Deserve these Basic Rights

AsAms deserve

1) to enjoy equal opportunity in workplaces by the enforcement of Exec.
Order 11246 that is enforced for all Ams. except us, and
2) to have many more AsAm Federal judges -- currently only 0.6 % while
the % of our population and lawyers is about 4.5%.

80-20 has asked all presidential candidates to give us those to promises.

AAEOs who fulfill their obligations are the right ones! Support them.
We will soon publicize a list of such Vmodel AAEOs.

Your views and comments are most welcome via

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 Educational Foundation

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Friday, August 31, 2007

A New Asian Am. Scandal?

80-20 EF's "Don't Be Made A Sucker" was only 6 days old, when
another Asian Am. who raised funds for Sen. Clinton is clobbered in the
media and will probably end up in jail. His name is Norman Hsu. By now,
you have likely heard of him.

What can be learned form this and other similar campaign finance
scandals that have occurred too frequently in OUR community?

I like to suggest 3 DOs.

1) Respect the rules of democracy,
2) Realize that in Asia, people like us live as a part of the majority.
Therefore, politics can be a hobby and is often used for personal gains.
In the US, we live as a small minority, with much prejudice against us.
Therefore, politics is a must because we need GROUP political clout
to defend ourselves.
3) To achieve the above, we must give time and money to political orgs
such as the 80-20 PAC. That is how Jewish Ams and Cuban Ams won
their equal opportunity and justice.

To help get the above points across, here are 3 DO- NOTs.

1) Don't ever go against the laws governing politics/elections in America,
2) Don't be seduced by the sweet talks of politicians. Examine their record
of service to us before helping them,
3) Don't believe that politicians will do things for us unless we have
the clout to reward or punish their political careers.

How are Norman Hsu's political friends treating him now? Just read these

"A Fundraiser Shunned" - The Washington Post, 8/30/07
"Democrats Turn From Hsu" - The Los Angeles Times, 8/30/07
"Democrats Abandon Fundraiser ?? " - San Francisco Chronicle, 8/30/07

All this after Norman Hsu has given/raised so much money for Sen. Clinton
and other Democratic candidates. Now you know why 80-20 PAC sent
questionnaires to presidential candidates and asked for signed written answers
in Yes or No.

To read "Political Secrets VI: Don't Be Made A Sucker" again, visit Your
comments to be left at poster board will be most welcome.

Forward this and the above email to your friends. They may benefit from them.
Support 80-20! We work for you free. Some of us have even promised not to
run for offices and NEVER to accept a government appointment.

Best regards,

S. B. Woo
80-20 Educational Foundation

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Political Secrets VI: Don't Be Made A Sucker

"He who doesn't learn from history deserves to relive it"
-- George Santayana

In the 1996 election, many Asian Ams gave &/or raised big bucks for Bill
Clinton and DNC (Dem. Nat'l Comm.) & got zonked.

Remember these Asian Am. names?

John (F.O.B.*) Huang, Maria Hsia, Robert S. Lee (S. Korean), Yogesh
K. Gandhi (Indian Am), Pauline Kanchanalak (Thai), Charlie
Trie, Antonio Pan, and Johnny Chung. *Friend of Bill.

All of them helped raise money for Bill Clinton &/or DNC. All of them
were so eager to "serve" the politicians that they violated the law, some
were jailed and fined, others were put on probation and fined
. Lives ruined!

For proof, see a press release issued by the Justice Dept. under the Clinton
Indeed, much worse things were said about them by GOP politicians & their
press releases.

Their motives might have been good -- to help the politicians they
believe in and in the process help establish Asian Am. political clout.
But the results were disastrous -- for themselves and our community.

Day after day, mainstream media ran negative headline articles on
those individuals, fanning the belief that Asian Ams were "perpetual
foreigners" aiming to sabotage the American election system. Indeed, for
about 2 more years, D. and R. parties competed to distance themselves
from our community and went out of their way to stiff Asian Am big
donors to make each Party seem clean. HAVE WE FORGOTTEN?

To avoid a repeat, please be aware of the following:

1. Many politicians want you to believe that the more money you'll give
or raise for them, the more you'll get a personal reward after he/she is
elected. But they'll tell you that they can't discuss it in concrete
terms because it is against the law. "Caveat emptor." Don't be a sucker!

You may think that you are a F.O.B (Friend of Bill) or F.O.X. Chances are
that neither B nor X will remember you after the election is over. He/she
will have bigger interests after getting into the White House -- the affairs
of the nation.

2. In contrast, you can openly press the politicians about what he/she'll
do for the Asian American community. That is NOT against the
. The American forefathers had designed elections to be occasions
for little people like us to protect our rights, using the "power of the
ballot box." In addition, you'll feel great about yourself for having
pressed politicians to do the right things for us.

Only 3 Presidential candidates, Senators Biden, Dodd and Gravel, have
promised in concrete terms and in iron-clad manners to help Asian Ams.
achieve equal opportunity and justice, should they be elected. We are
confident that many more will do so. However, before they've done so,
don't help them in money or any other means!
Don't be a sucker!

Note that not a single Rep. presidential candidate has made a similar
promise yet. Countless AsAm Republicans have given most generously
to the GOP. What did they get back for our community? Ask them!

Love to get your feedback. Visit,

S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 Educational Foundation

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Political Secrets V: How to become strong politically

Cuban Ams (only 1.2 million in population) & Jewish Ams. (6 million)
have big political clout and enjoy equal opportunity in America. Cuban
Ams. have 2 US senators, 4 representatives and one cabinet member.
The number of Jewish Am political leaders? I have lost count. :-)
How come Asian Ams. don't enjoy equal opportunity yet, although we
are 13 million in number?

If the emerging anti-China political undercurrent alarms you in that its
aftermath may hurt Chinese/Asian Ams for decades to come, then
internalize the following two "MUSTS" to make ourselves politically much

(1) Politically, make very different choices while living in American

In Asia, we are members of the majority. A member of the majority
can take or leave politics, since the society is not prejudiced against us.

In USA, we are members of a very small minority composed mostly of
new immigrants
. There is a lot of prejudice against "Asians" &
"immigrants" in America. Hence, every Asian Am. MUST participate in
politics to build up our GROUP political clout. At the very least, you must

1) register to vote, and vote in all important elections,
2) give at least 0.1% of your gross income to Asian Am.
political organizations that truly fight for you, and
3) practice bloc votes to enhance our GROUP political clout.

(2) ONLY support politicians who help us achieve equality

Mainstream politicians have always known our folly to do just the
opposite. That is, we support "apparent winners" rather than those who
have performed services for us. Therefore they never bothered to do
anything to help us. When they wanted our money, they would sweet-talk
us into believing that they would be the likely winners.
Even Asian Am politicians are now exploiting our folly. They know that
the key to raising money from us is NOT their records of services to us. It
is whether they are likely winners in the next election, or whether they
have a high rank, or whether they will be holding the highest office in one
meaningless sub-classification or another. We need to demand service
from all politicians.

Please remember the above two lessons by heart, and we'll be much
stronger politically. Pass this message.

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Best regards,
S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 Educational foundation

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Political Secrets IV: Chinese Spies Everywhere!

A week ago, USA Today's started a Special Report. Its front page top
headline screamed "Combat Chinese Spying."
Two days later, Part 2 of the Report headlined
"Against China's Tech Spies." In San Francisco, FBI placed ads in
Chinese papers
seeking information on persons and events endangering
our national security.

Is there a chilling effect on Asian Ams, and particularly Chinese Ams?
You bet. Will such articles have adverse effects on our lives? You bet.

Under such an atmosphere, are we likely to enjoy equal opportunity in
workplaces? No way. Ask yourself, does your boss care more about
your career or his/her own career? What is easier? Shoulder the possible
liability of having promoted a Chinese industrial or military spy? Or, not
promoting you at all? If you are Asian but non-Chinese, ask yourself,
does your boss differentiate one Asian from another? Vincent Chin, a
Chinese American, was bashed to death by a baseball bat because two
Detroit autoworkers took him to be a Japanese.

80-20 doesn't get into the US foreign policy. However, 80-20 stands four
square to protect equal opportunity and justice for all Asian Americans!

The political secret is: YOU MUST GET INVOLVED NOW when the
presidential candidates need our bloc vote and are therefore willing to
share our concerns. That was why 80-20 PAC sent questionnaires to
presidential candidates asking them to promise in writing the vigorous
enforcement of Exec. Order 11246. 3 of the 8 Democratic presidential
candidates have already given 80-20 their iron-clad promises. Visit: . Under EO 11246,
statistics are used to measure objectively whether Asian Americans enjoy
equal opportunity in workplaces.

Here is how 80-20 EF views the alarming situation.

Protecting national security is important. However, if the equal
opportunity and civil liberties of 13 million Asian Ams. are being
trampled upon in the process, we are throwing out the baby together
with the bath water. That must stop. 80-20 EF will fight it.

80-20 will write the Director of FBI, Justice Department and media
such as USA Today and CNN. They include questions:

In peace time, is there a more sensible way to guard against the
stealing of our technical crown jewels?

Does America spy on other nations, militarily and economically?
What if China pulls these mirroring acts against Americans and American
Chinese in China? Would our government consider such acts as the
demonizing of the U.S.?

Which nation spies on America's military hardware more? Israel, Russia
or China? For the same amount of Chinese spying, if China is not a
powerful nation, and/or if Asian Americans were politically as strong as
Jewish Americans, would the same subject matter be handled more

Fellow Asian Americans. Do we want equal opportunity and justice? Do
we want to live free of fear and suspicion? Act to support 80-20 yourself
and getting others to support. Share your view at Thanks.

S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 Educational Foundation

Friday, July 6, 2007

Political Secrets III: Horse-Trading With Presidential Candidates

Using votes to horse-trade with presidential candidates is legal so
long as it is NOT for personal gains. That was how American Forefathers
have intended for our elections to achieve - give the "little people" the
power of the ballot box to induce politicians to do the right things for

What do AsAms have to swing trade?

That is why 80-20 PAC organizes a bloc vote - our community's asset
for a political trade.

How does 80-20 make a trade?

80-20 sends questionnaires to presidential candidates. If they reply
in WRITING with Iron-clad promises to improve the lot for Asian Ams, then
80-20 will help them back in th elction.

What a great trade 80-20 is making for you:

See below how relevant and powerful 80-20's questions are to YOUR
welfare. For the entire questionnaire of 6 questions and its cover
letter, visit to see
their signed answers.

Question 3: Two years after you have issued a directive to the Labor
Secretary to enforcement Exec. Order 11246 for Asian Ams, will you meet with
a group of Asian Pacific American leaders, put together jointly by 80-20 and
the Labor Department, to review the progress in extending equal opportunity
to Asian Pacific Americans? Please answer Yes or No.

Question 4: If elected, will you within your first term of office increase
the nomination of qualified Asian Americans to serve as Article III life-
tenured federal judges, such that the number of such Asian American
judges is proportionate to HALF the number of Asian Americans in the
United States (2%)? [This'll roughly triple the number of AsAm Federal
judges.] Please answer yes or NO.

Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Chris Dodd, both chairmen
of powerful senate committees, have each replied with the iron-clad
of 6 yeses! For their signed answers, visit

Do NOT help any other presidential candidate until they've also given
80-20 their iron-clad promises. With YOUR HELP, 80-20 is confident to
get iron-clad answers from most major presidential candidates. We'll
help those who share our concerns win, and make sure that others lose.
The end result? Our next president will be a one of the candidates who has
given 80-20 the iron-clad promise to treat AsAms as equal citizens.

If you know of friends helping OTHER presidential candidates, ask
them if they have gotten similar iron-clad WRITTEN promises from those
OTHER candidates. If not, ask them "Why not?" Ask them not to
our shared dream to win equal opportunity and justice through
the 2008 election! History will judge!

Forward this SECRET to your friends! 80-20 empowers YOU. Do you
know of other organizations that empower you as much? Thanks.

S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 Educational Foundation

PS Have you suggestions for the questionnaire? Voice it via

Friday, June 15, 2007

Political Secrets II: We Are the Kingmakers in Calif. Presidential Primary.

No one who has read "Political Secrets I" can fail to be impressed
with the power of a bloc vote. To review the earlier email, visit Here's
a bigger secret - the ABSOLUTE power of our bloc vote in the 2008
presidential primaries in California, and lesser power in a few other states.

The difference between a GENERAL and a PRIMARY Election:

The PRESIDENT is chosen by ALL voters in the GENERAL
election. ONLY the party NOMINEEs are chosen in separate party
PRIMARIES. In some states, only party members (those registered as R or
D) may vote in respective party primaries. In other states, (Calif. , New
Hampshire, W. Virginia, …, etc.) Independents may ALSO vote in a primary
by simply asking for a ballot. (Calif. refers to Independents as Declines.)

Why do AsAms have more voting clout in a primary?

Reasons are: a) in a primary election, there are many more candidates
competing for our votes (11 Republicans and 8 Democrats so far). b), the
number of voters is normally halved, because non-activists don't bother to
vote in primaries. c), the number of AsAm voters will actually double,
because in many states including Calif., at least the Democratic
Party allows "Independents" to vote in its party primary. Another secret:
while only 25% of the voter are Independents nationally, it is 43% for
AsAms. We also register 33% as D and 25% as R. 80-20 will use its emails
to drive all AsAms Independents to go vote for its endorsed candidate in
states where Ind. may vote in primaries, particularly in Calif.

Summary: In a primary, the number of other voters will be halved
and are spread among many candidates. Our number of voters will
double and they'll bloc vote for the candidate endorsed by 80-20.
With your help, we SHALL be the kingmakers in presidential PRIMARIES. If
80-20 endorses one of the two top candidates in the Democratic primary
in CA, that candidate will win! Stop. Period.

Do other minorities have this kind of voting clout in a primary?

No, although Hispanics have a larger population. The others don't have
the email list to reach and persuade their voters in primaries when the
choice is large and the attention span of voters is short. 80-20, using emails,
can reach at least 50% of AsAm registered voters again and again.

Who will Benefit?

This power is NOT used for 80-20. YOU & YOUR CHILDREN will benefit.
America will be "a more perfect Union." We want only equal opportunity.

Help 80-20 back:

Was this email informative? Have you questions? Post your feedback at and pass
this SECRET about our ability to become kingmakers in presidential
PRIMARIES to your friends and relatives! Tell them that unity is power.
Tell them to vote for 80-20's endorsed candidate. Unite! A historic
opportunity is at hand.

In Secrets III, we'll tell you how 80-20 uses this voting clout to horse-trade
with presidential candidates for equal opportunity for ALL Asian Ams.
Forward this email. Thank you.

S. B. Woo,
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Political Secrets I: Why is a bloc vote so powerful?

Once a month, you'll read here political secrets that made Cuban
Americans & Jewish Ams who are so small in numbers and yet so powerful
politically. This series is designed to empower YOU politically so that
TOGETHER we'll win equal opportunity and justice in America.
S. B. Woo

Subject: Why is a bloc vote so powerful?

David Broder, America's most respected political columnist, stated that
a bloc vote is "one of the unnoticed glories of American life." Why?
Because a bloc vote can make a small minority politically powerful
to protect themselves.

A bloc vote is, in the short run, much more effective than giving millions
of $$$ to politicians and/or registering tens of thousands of new voters
each year. Here is why.

One year, a Democratic presidential nominee (DPN) was running against
a Republican nominee (RPN) in a certain state which has 12 million
voters. That state had a small Jewish Am. community of 1 million votes.
It could deliver a bloc vote of 80-20 to its endorsed candidate. The
general community had 11 millions votes but didn't practice bloc votes.

The DPN decided to focus on the general community. The RPC decided
to focus on the Jewish community. When the ballots were counted, the
DPN won the general community by a margin of 52% to 48%. (Recall that
the last two presidential elections resulted in much smaller margin of
difference than that.) Hence the DPN had a 4% advantage in the
11 million votes, or a winning margin of 440,000 votes.

The RPN won the Jewish vote by a margin of 80% to 20%. Hence the
RPC had a 60% advantage in 1 million voters. That is a net advantage of
600,000 votes. As a result, the RPN won!

Wow, the power of a bloc vote!

Actually, the above is NOT about a "certain state and Jewish Ams." It is
about "California and Asian Ams." AsAms in CA are 8% of CA's 12
million votes which are just about1 million votes! The story is about our
political power when we practice a bloc vote!

All presidential candidates understand the power of a bloc vote. That
was why 9 of the 11 presidential candidates in 2004 answered 80-20's
questionnaire in 2004 with YES/YES/YES. Their promises were in writing
and signed! Go see the signatures and what they had promised AsAms:

The above is the proof of the power of "Political Secret I."

Bush and Sharpton were the two who didn't respond positively.
Bush felt he could give up on CA and spend his money & effort more cost
effectively in Florida and Ohio. Too bad for us in 2004. BUT! 2008 is a
very different year.

GOP can no longer count on the "solid" South and Mid-West. Many
political experts have predicted that a RPN must try to win in CA.
Hence, GOP will have to either work with us or lose Calif and with it the
White House.

WITH YOUR HELP, 80-20 aims to use a bloc vote to get all presidential
candidates of 2008 to pay much more attention to our concerns!

More political secrets to come! Forward this SECRET now! Ask
your friends to join us in a bloc vote in 2008.

Was this email informative? Have you questions? Post your feedback at I need
your feedback!

S. B. Woo,
President, 80-20 EF (80-20 EF can tell you political secrets, but may NOT
endorse political candidates. Only 80-20 PAC can endorse. )

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Adopt an ABSOLUTE standard to measure your success

SUMMARY of the Last Email:
Last month, we discussed how AsAms tended to use a
RELATIVE Standard, R.S., comparing our career achievement against
those of our friends/relatives, mostly fellow Asian Americans. Such a
system generates jealousy, hinters networking, lets others decide how
you want to apply yourself, and results in a splintered AsAm

To switch to an ABSOLUTE STANDARD, A.S., we need to:

1. Set an absolute goal, but be flexible about the timeline to achieve the
goal. The higher the goal, the more you'll realize that you'll need help
to achieve it. Hence, the more you'll network; and admire the skills of
your friends/relatives rather than being jealous.

2. Tell your goal to at least one person e.g. your spouse or a parent, if you
mean it. President Clinton told his wife about becoming the President
years before he ran.

3. Help others whenever you can. The more you help others, the more
you'll receive help from others to achieve your career goal.

4. Be subtle and patient in relating your goal to others in your network.
Don't let people think that you are rash or not realistic, or boasting.

Once you practice steps 1 to 3, you may feel like a different person.
You'll be confident, full of positive outlook towards the people around
you. Needless to say, an A.S. doesn't guarantee success. It does, however,
eliminate many self-imposed harmful baggage like jealousy and letting
others decide how you'll apply yourself.

Here are 3 examples showing the many differences between persons/orgs
practicing R.S. versus R.S..:

I) For an entry level professional in a company or university:

R.S. He is contemptuous of an AsAm Senior Scientist or Chaired Professor
in his workplace, considering him/her as an "operator" with less
technical skills than he has. The senior AsAm senses it.

A.S. He cultivates this senior AsAm professional and gets him/her to be
his mentor. After one year, he shares one or more of the following career
goals with the mentor:
No. of years spent in academia before getting tenure
No. of years spent in academia to become a Department Head
Salary received vs. average regional salary received by peers

II) For the president of an AsAm civic organization or company:

R.S. He wants to prove that he is better than the last AsAm president. So
he badmouths her and changes things for changing's sake.

A.S. He declares to accomplish one or more of the following goals upon
taking the office:
Set a record for higher earning or membership for the next year
Get a top rating in a survey of "Customers/Membership Satisfaction"
Declare to achieve a big goal that most thought to be impossible.
Having declare his goal and knowing how difficult it will be, he courts the
past president and presidents of sister organizations/companies to get
them to help him achieve the declared goal.

III) For An AsAm elected official:

R.S. She wants to show that she is the most popular and influential AsAm
official in her County. So she badmouths and fights with almost all the
other AsAm elected officials in the county, while getting little done for
the AsAms in her election district.

A.S. She wants to be an US Senator in 15 years. Knowing that it'll take
help from AsAms nationwide, especially in fundraising, she goes out of her
way to help other AsAms, forge unity for the entire AsAm community,
and serves its critical needs to establish a good track record. She of course
also networks with non-AsAm politicians as much as she can.

You be the judge. Which achievement standard is better for you?

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S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

How Do You Measure Your Career Success

This is my first communication with you as the President of 80-20
Educational Foundation. I'm no longer the President of 80-20 PAC. The
focus of my messages will shift from political actions to educational
endeavors. However, the goal will be the same -- urging AsAms to strive
on and become an equal partner in the shaping of the American Dream.

See if you approve of my first attempt below. Post your feedback by
It will help me and be read by other 80-20 supporters.

For today, let's talk about "How Do You Measure Your Career Success?"

Most of us are smart, well educated, and have good work-ethics. How
come statistically AsAms still face a very low glass ceiling at work? So few
AsAm Federal and State judges? Our kids face a higher admission bar?

The apparent reason is that we lack political maturity and unity. The
real reason is that we use the WRONG STANDARD to measure our career
success. Let me illustrate.

Something in our culture has induced most of us to measure our
career success by a RELATIVE STANDARD. We compare our own
career achievement with those of our best friends, closest relatives,
classmates and colleagues. With such a standard, when some of them are
more successful than us, we feel like failures in comparison. With that
frame of mind, can we ever succeed in networking? No way. We will not
help "them," because we will be failures in comparison. Naturally then,
"they" will not help us.

Do you agree that climbing ladders in America depends heavily on net-
working? Do you agree that the best persons to network with will be your
best friends, closest relatives, former classmates and former/current

We need to adopt an ABSOLUTE standard of measuring our career
success -- a standard adopted by most Americans of non-Asian extraction.

What is the absolute standard? How would that help?

In an absolute standard of measuring career success, one sets a goal e.g.
"within x years I want to achieve a particular career goal." One then
joins or establishes a network while sharing one's career ambition with
members of the network asking for help and helping back. In such a
relationship, the successes of one's friends/relatives/colleagues become
one's own power base to achieve career goals. The more successful they
are, the more they are in a position to help YOU succeed.

When AsAms switch from a relative to an absolute standard of
measuring career success, we, as AsAm individuals, will begin to work
together. If AsAm organizations begin to set absolute standard for its
organizational achievement, AsAm organizations will begin to work
together, which will lead to unity within our community. UNITY IS POWER.
Power is what we need to eliminate the glass ceiling and higher admission

Post your feedback & comments please. It's time that Asian Americans
discuss openly our stupid relative standard of measuring success. The
price for it is a splintered community, meekly and helplessly accepting a
low glass ceiling for ourselves and a higher admission standard for our

In addition, a relative standard is a self-imposed limitation on one's
own career. An absolute standard frees you from that limitation and
the consuming jealousy.

PREVIEW for next email: "How to switch to an absolute standard & win."

ANNOUNCEMENT: S. B. Woo will keynote an AAJA/NAAAP banquet on
May 19 in Philadelphia. Topic: Group Political Clout. Email for more information.