Monday, March 30, 2009

Practice Plowing Back or ESI

Practice Plowing Back to Enrich Your Own Community

Here's a true story that may help you live happier.

I naturalized 35 years ago. During the ceremony, the presiding judge gave a speech that helped me live happier till this day. He said to hundreds of us new citizens that day,

"You may have mixed emotions today. You may be happy because you applied to be an Am. citizen, and you got your wish. You may also be sad, because you think you are saying good bye to the country and people you once identified with."

"That is NOT what becoming US citizens means. In becoming a citizen, it simply means that you now owe your primary allegiance to the USA. You don't need to cut your tie with your old country. You can still care about it and want to help its people."

"The US is a decent nation. It doesn't expect its new citizens to cut off their emotional ties with another people and culture upon naturalizing. If a person can do that during this ceremony, then the same person can probably cut the US off completely through another ceremony. America will NOT want people with such an easy value system to be its new citizens."

How well said!

The topic of "a value system" that Americans generally expect from their fellow citizens then get me to the subject of "plowing back to enrich one's own community."

There are many rich individuals and a few powerful political leaders in the Asian Am. community. How many rich Asian Ams have given tens of millions to an Asian Am. cause??? Which of our powerful political leaders have spoken out on the discrimination against us in workplaces or the lack of Asian Am. Federal judges???

There may be a few, but far too few. In contrast, I know quite a few rich &/or powerful Asian Ams who have consistently turned their backs to the need of our community, once they thought "they've made it."

You know what? They may actually have limited themselves. Here is a case I know:

A very powerful political leader once told me that he/she tends to trust those minorities who have a record of serving their own community. If they don't, he/she can't help but wonder, if those individuals might not turn their backs to her/him when she/he needs help.

America values those who volunteer to help their own people in need, NOT those who are "success robots."

If you agree with what is said here, pass it around. Practice "enlightened self interest" and plow back to enrich your own community.

Post your comments at Thanks.

Respectfully yours,

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

Monday, March 9, 2009

Letter to Labor Secretary Solis

I just reported to you that our stars seemed aligned just right to win equal opportunity in workplaces soon for the 14 million Asian Ams. 80-20 is not relaxing, however. Lots of activities are going on.

See below for a letter sent a week ago to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. She is authorized to enforce equal opportunity for all Americans through Exec. Order 11246. If you live in or close to her Congressional District which includes Monterey Park, CA, you have probably donated and voted for her. Judy Chu is now running for her vacant seat.

Here are the key points of 80-20 Educational Foundation's (EF) letter to Sec. Solis:

"Dear Madame Secretary:

. . . I am requesting a meeting with you concerning a written commitment by President Obama to the Asian American community to provide equal opportunity in workplaces for Asian Americans, when he became the President. His unequivocal commitment is attached below. . . . . .

Then Sen. Obama was deeply moved by the information presented to him by EF which included the following:

"Asian Americans have the least opportunity to enter management when compared with blacks, Hispanics and women; the slowest rate of progress toward equal employment opportunity, despite having the highest educational attainment."

To see the validity of the above statement, please click on and see Tables 1 and 2 and related statements in a full page ad in the Washington Post on 9/6/06. The data and conclusion have been verified, in writing, by EEOC's Chief Statistician Ronald Edwards. If you are interested, I can provide you with a copy of his letter. This ad had also been entered into the Congressional Record by Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware on 9/21/06. . . . . . .

Not a day should be lost in the delivery of equal opportunity to all Americans. Not a day should be lost to help make America "a more perfect Union."

I look forward to hearing from you soon. It will be an honor and a privilege to meet with you and answer your questions.

S. B. Woo, (title) , . . . "

The above is just to keep you posted. You need not take any action. If you happened to correspond or see Sec. Solis, you are naturally welcome to express our yearning for equal opportunity in workplaces ASAP.

See Table 1 to understand how badly we have been discriminated against. See also how firmly President Obama believes in equal opportunity for all Americans in his reply to 80-20's questionnaire.

For feedback to this email, leave your comments for all to read at I'd love to correspond with you. Thank you.

Respectfully yours,

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

PS If you like what 80-20 is doing, don't forget to help back. Visit and pull down "Donations" and click on "Donate." Donations are tax deductible.

Click HERE to view 80-20's full-page ad in the Washington Post on 9/6/06.
Click HERE to view President Obama's written commitment.