Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pres. Obama Urged by 80-20 EF ….

80-20 Educational Foundation, EF, gratefully acknowledges
a $10,000 donation
to 80-20 Educational Foundation, from the Fidelity
Charitable Gift Fund, through the generosity of The Emily and Savio
Foundation, New York, NY.
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Subject: S. B. Woo wrote Pres. Obama urging RE-nomination of two
Asian Am. judges "killed" by Senate Republicans.

When Pres. Obama took office, only 8 of the federal judges were Asian
Ams, all at the lowest rank of District Courts. Thanks to Pres. Obama's
nominations, that number could increase to 15 by the end of the year,
with 2 at the Appeals Courts, only one rank below the Supreme Court.

Unfortunately, on Aug. 4th the Senate Republicans, using a rarely
applied Senate rule, "killed" two of the outstanding AsAm nominations -
those of Goodwin Liu for Appeals Court and Edward Chen for the N. CA
District Court. Both obtained the highest rating by the American Bar
Association -- "unanimously well qualified."

Think about that!

If the Asian Am. community sits idly by, the number of Asian Am. judges
by the end of the year will be reduced to 13 , with only one in the
Appeals Court. Think about how you'll want to vote in the coming 2010
Congressional election
-- a message that politicians understand.

S. B. Woo has written Pres. Obama urging the RE-NOMINATION of
these two noted jurists
when the Senate comes back in session on Sept.
6. It is hoped that 80-20 PAC will take political action to stand up for our

Publicize your idea on how we may win this battle at EF's poster board .
Thank you.

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 Educational Foundation, a 501 c-3 org.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Easiest Way to Register & Vote. SAVE!

For US citizens only! If you are a citizen and have NOT
registered to vote, or have moved to a new address, then
read on. Otherwise, this email doesn't concern you.

Empower yourself! Be a voter. Here is the EASIEST WAY to register
to vote! Time required? 10 minutes.

Click on . you'll be on page 1.
Go to the map and click on your state. That leads you to page 2.

On page 2, fill out the form. Check the 3 square boxes on top and fill in
required info next to blanks with a red *. For "Choice of Party," we suggest
that you choose Republican, or Independent or Democrat. When you get
to "ID Number," click on the (instructions) immediately below "ID Number"
to know what to fill in. After you have filled in the required information, go
to the bottom of the page to click on the "Preview My Voter Registration."

On page 3, you proofread the information, then click on "Download Form" -
my registration application at the bottom of the page.

Print out the first 3 of the 4 pages. P 1 has instructions which you need
BEFORE you MAIL the registration form in. P 2 is the form you've just filled
out which has to be SIGNED & DATED. P 3 has the address you need to
send your application in.

Upon receiving your application, your state will mail you a" voter
registration card." YOU NEED TO FILL THAT OUT AND MAIL IT IN. Only
then are you registered.
Note that registering to vote is ALWAYS A TWO-
STEP PROCESS, whether you register via a website 
or go to a
registration place in person.

GO TO: NOW! Take 10 minutes
only!!! Be a voter for your children's and grand-children's sake.

When the "Voter Registration Card" comes,
you may want to choose to vote by absentee PERMANENTLY. That is you
can VOTE BY MAIL instead of going to a polling place. In many states,
including CA, no excuse is required. It is again the easiest way!!!

Most states allow it. About 20 days before Nov. 2, you will receive a ballot
on which you may check whom to vote for. Put the ballot in an envelope,
sign on the back side of the envelop, mail it and you will have voted. You will
have fulfilled you sacred duty as a citizen, and AS AN EDUCATED

SAVE this e-mail & forward it to your relatives & friends. Thank you.

Respectfully yours,.

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

PS Did it take you more than 10 minutes? Just give me a "yes" or "no" at . Thanks.

Grateful acknowledgement: $2,000 from Thomas Shen, Lexington, MA

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Opportunities Lost by AsAms

This e-newsletter affects Asian Ams. nationwide!

Opportunities Lost by AsAms !

Please read and internalize. Our becoming first class citizens
depend on YOUR understanding of their implications!

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2008 CA general election statistics*:

Number of CA voters in 2008 presidential election: 13.7 million
Number of CA Asian American voters in 2008: 1.1 million

2010 CA primary election statistics**

Number of voters in 2010 Rep. primary: 1.6 million
No. of votes for Fiorina, winner, US Senate GOP primary: 0.9 million
Number of voters in 2010 Dem. primary: 1.6 million
No. of votes for Harris, winner, Attorney General: 0.55 million

Note: Only 3.2 million CA voters voted in yesterday's primary, i.e. only 1
out of every 4 persons
who voted in the 2008 general election
bothered to vote in the 2010 primary -- a common pattern
throughout USA. Yesterday, was when AsAms in CA could have been
political kingmakers, Opportunities Lost!

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Seize the Next Opportunity !

Irish, Polish, Italian and Jewish immigrants gained their first class
citizenship through the POLITICAL PROCESS! What? Translate that please!
Be of sufficient influence in elections so that politicians will share your
rightful concerns.

How? Through California's primary elections.

Why? Because we have the highest % of voters in CA, & because
only 1 out of 4 other voters bother to vote, so we'll have
sufficient influence in primary elections if all AsAms vote &
vote in a bloc.

Do you have empirical facts to back up your proposal?
Yes. 80-20 secured Pres. Obama's extremely significant
commitments to the Asian Am. community through the 2008
presidential primary in CA.

OK, I'm with you now. Does that mean we don't pay attention
to all other elections?

No. CA primaries will be the most cost-effective. But other elections are
still important. Examples are CA's next gubernatorial and US senate
elections, and all other Congressional elections which are very closely
contested where our bloc vote can play the deciding role.

Do you see a connection between your own interests & US elections?
Please comment via . Thanks.

Respectfully your,

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



Monday, May 24, 2010

The "ABCs of US Elections"

Empower yourself by understanding the "ABCs of US elections."
Please forward this email to your friends.

What is a PRIMARY election?

Every Am. officials, whether federal, state, county, city or local,
normally go through two election -- a PRIMARY election (P.E.) & a
GENERAL election (G.E.).

In a P.E., only party members are allowed to vote. Purpose? To select a
representative for their party (e.g. Republican or Democratic or
Libertarian Party) to run in the GENERAL election. In CA, the
Democratic Party allows Declines/Independents to vote in its primary.

Which Is More Important, the PRIMARY or GENERAL?

The GENERAL is the more important, most will say, because the persons
who win the GENERAL become the officials. BUT!!!! For a small minority
like us, the PRIMARY is often the better instrument to protect our rights.

How so? Remember the CA primary of the 2008 presidential election?
That was where and when Asian Ams. got Sen. Obama to reply to 80-20's
questionnaire. More explanation will be given later.

A current example of how Asian Ams may have a larger impact in a P.E.
is Ted Lieu's campaign for Attorney General. He faces at least 5 other
opponents. However, if all Asian Ams. Democrats and Declines vote for
him in CA's Dem primary on June 8th, Ted will win. No endorsement of
Ted is implied in this email.

How could the 8% AsAm voters in CA control the Dem Primary?

Think more carefully! Most CA Dem's don't vote in a Dem. primary. An
even smaller fraction of Declines vote in a Dem. primary. Hence, if all
Asian Am Democrats and Declines vote in that primary, our % vote in the
6/8 primary will increase from 8% to about 20%. If those 20% will do a
bloc vote, Ted Lieu's victory will be guaranteed. For the power of a bloc
vote see the footnote.

Understanding the US elections enables you to protect your rights, often
better than hiring lawyers. It gives you the equal opportunity to become
cabinet secretaries, life-tenured federal judges, managers in Fortune
500s, administrators in universities. It short, it enables you to live to the
maximum of your potentials in whichever profession you are in.

80-20 has repeatedly demonstrated that every election can be used by
us to secure our rightful interests by the casting of a bloc vote.

Comments are welcome at

Respectfully yours,

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

A numerical example demonstrating the power of a bloc vote
Two candidates run against each other in a political division, which for
simplicity is assumed to have two constituent groups only. One group has
one million votes (8%) and the other has 11 million votes (92%). Candidate
A, a novice, courts the larger group. When the ballots are open, candidate
A wins the larger community by the ratio of 52/48. The margin of
difference is 4%. Since the larger group has 11 millions votes, 4% of 11
million votes provides a winning margin of 440,000 votes to candidate A.
His opponent, candidate B, is a seasoned politician. She courts the smaller
group knowing its ability to deliver a bloc vote in the ratio of 8 to 2, as the
black and Jewish communities can. B wins that community by a ratio of
80 to 20. The difference between 80% and 20% is 60%. 60% of 1 million
votes is 600,000 votes. As a result, candidate B wins the election by
(600,000 - 440,000) or 160,000 votes. Astounding? Does that knowledge
empower you?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Reactions to "Courage Needed"

3 days ago, 80-20 EF asked these questions:

Why Is Courage Crucial to the Asian Am. Community?
Why So Few Asian Am Orgs. showed Courage?
What YOU Can Do To Deter Meekness?

EF asked for readers' reactions, explicitly inviting negative comments. The
above questions seem to strike a resonant cord in our readers' hearts. No
negative comments. The consensus is that Asian Am. orgs need to
fight the hard fight
-- win equal opportunity in workplaces for the 15
million Asian Ams.

Here are some excerpts. Apologies to all for not being able to use all
your good comments.

1) "That's so true! Thanks and I'll forward it to other AsAm." Sherman

2) "pls read, share and forward with as many possible! this is really
important!" Seema Agarwal who forwarded "Courage
needed" to his friends.

3) "Great communique, SB! Thank you for your courage in raising this
systemic weakness in the Asian-American leadership circle. The diagnosis
may be unpleasant but it is what we need if we want things to
fundamentally improve. Thanks again for your leadership." Man

4) "Excellent article!"

5) "I strongly agree that AA leaders need to fight the hard fight. Continued
work for the enforcement of equal opportunity for all Americans. through
Exec. Order 11246 will be a good start…."

6) "agreed. we all need to get involved. one person at a time."

7) "i like it the most." J. C. Khurana

8) "Agree and support your view, thank you for your effort."

9) "I am 100% agree with you and hope to see some activities to have
younger people to recognize and proud of their race."

10) "Thanks, SB. You always lead by your example. We will follow." Quan

11) "The wealthy Asians should contribute more money for the fight,
again, like the Jews, but few seem to be doing it even as we keep hearing
about lots of Asians getting rich and being rich. . . . "

12) "I agree with you that Asian American organizations often shy away
from hard fights and pat ourselves on the back on small achievements.
Discrimination against Asian Americans is still very obvious. One salient
feature is the emasculation of Asian American men. . . . . . " Bob

13) "Thanks. I am keeping this email as new so that I can read every time I
open the inbox. " Teddy

14) "We are organizing a conference here in Fresno with the SE Asian
community (Hmong, Lao, Khmer, Mien….) . . . " Dr. Toulu X. Thao

To see many other comments, click on .

Asian Am. Activists:
Together, we can make more of a difference. Let's
share our knowledge, skills & leadership in the
service of our community?
Unity adds power to all our

To comment on this e-newsletter, click on Thanks.

Respectfully yours,

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

Monday, March 29, 2010

Courage Needed

Let me be brutally frank & discuss a topic seldom talked about.

Why Is Courage Crucial to the Asian Am. Community?

Courage is particularly important to the Asian Am. community. Read
what a US senator told me decades ago, "Your community needs to act
with more gusto. Even your activists, when ignored long enough or told to
go away, would quietly go way. Both political parties and the national
media knew that. The US is a nation where the squeaky wheel gets the grease."

Why So Few Asian Am Orgs. showed Courage?

When leaders of Asian Am. organizations fight for our community, they
unavoidably displease the powers they are fighting against. As a result, the
invitations, favors & appointments from the governors, cabinet officials &
the president may stop going to those leaders.

If our community honors such leaders for their dedication, as is the
tradition in the Jewish community, the psychological compensation
may be enough to keep our dedicated activists going. However, our
community is neither politically mature nor cohesive enough to
reward our community servants. That punishing combination makes leaders
of many Asian Am. orgs. attend to the mundane rather than the
unique needs of the Asian Americans. Mundane is safe, requiring no
courage and no extraordinary effort.


There are noteworthy exceptions. To name a few, they include 1)
organizing to redress US government's internment of Japan Ams, 2)
outcries against the injustice shown in the death of Vincent Chin.
Perhaps the defense of Dr. Wen Ho Lee may be another example.

For sure, a lot of our orgs have protested against racist disc jockey of
radio stations, and celebrities who cracked bad racial jokes. While these
actions were called for, they required no courage. There would be
no repercussion against individuals leading such fights.

Our better future Requires Courage

The Asian Am. community has unique needs. There are irrefutable
statistics and government reports that Asian Americans have been
severely discriminated against in workplaces. While 80-20's expose` of
such systemic discrimination, and its political actions have begun to get
government attention to corrective measures, the length of our
government's attention and the strength of the corrective measures are
as yet uncertain.

Only a UNITED Asian American community can assure truly equal
opportunity for the 15 million Asian Americans and their children.

We look to leaders of Asian Am orgs for guidance and cooperation
and together get the job done.

What YOU Can Do To Deter Meekness?

YOU can do a lot. You can speak out publicly, if you agree that our
community has been too meek, and that too many of our community
leaders are seemingly addicted to "being the big fish in a small pond"
and attending to the mundane! Your voice will have impact. Public
scrutiny is effective.

Please post your comments at
Negative comments are welcome too. We want to learn from you.

Respectfully yours,

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

Monday, February 15, 2010

Important Reply from DOL (forward to others!)

After a meeting with DOL in Jan., 80-20 Educational foundation, EF,
wrote DOL to seek written verification of EF's understanding of the
outcome of the meeting -- DOL will enforce Exec. Order 11246 for Asian

DOL's reply is seen below. Please read.

". . . . As you requested, I am offering the clarification below to
portions of your meeting summary. The information below may
be shared with others.

OFCCP intends to enforce Executive Order 11246 on behalf
of all protected persons, including, but not limited to, Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
OFCCP will broaden
its enforcement efforts and focus on identifying and resolving
both systemic and individual discrimination cases. …
Very truly
yours, Patricia S. Shiu"
For the complete letter, see .

The enforcement of EO 11246 will remove the glass ceiling from about
2 million Asian Ams working in private industries and universities.
Consequently, it'll benefit about 6 million Asian Ams, when their family
members are taken into account.

To help YOU understand what is really going on, 80-20 EF offers 3

1) The proof of the pudding is in eating. Whether OFCCP is truly
enforcing EO 11246 for Asian Ams. depends on a steady improvement in
the statistical odds of Asian Ams. being promoted to the managerial levels.
This result will be reviewed in a meeting with Pres. Obama, organized by
80-20 and DOL, in 2 years.

2) In words, the DOL under Pres. Obama says the right things. It is in
strong contrast to the negative attitude of the DOL when Elaine Chao was
the DOL Secretary for President Bush. See a letter from DOL in 2006 to
satisfy yourself. Visit .

3) The vigorous enforcement of EO 11246 for Asian Ams is not
guaranteed, just because DOL says the right words to us. It depends on how
vigilantly YOU & 80-20 will together pursued this matter.

Dear Friends: There is no free lunch. 80-20, its members and supporters
have pushed our fight for equal citixenship this far. Now, YOU need to do
YOUR share of the work.
It includes forwarding this newsletter to
friends who have sought, are seeking and will seek promotion to
management. If depends on whether you will file a complaint with
regional offices* of OFCCP, DOL
when you have been discriminated against by federal contractors & sub-
contractors. It also depends your giving strong moral and financial
support to 80-20. 80-20 is only as strong as YOU!

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo,
President (a volunteer), 80-20 Educational Foundation

* The 6 OFCCP, DOL Regional Offices

Northeast Regional Office
New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West

Southeast Regional Office
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Tennessee

Midwest Regional Office
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,
Ohio, Wisconsin

Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Office
Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota,
Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming

Pacific Regional Office
Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Ugly Truth about AsAm Inequality (Part 6)

Part I: 80-20 will meet with DOL's Director of Enforcement, Pat Shiu.
When & where? Jan. 11 (Monday); DOL, Washington, D.C.
Purpose? To show how we still face discrimination in workplaces and
urge DOL to implement what Pres. Obama has promised us: "to
focus on enforcing Exec. Order 11246 on behalf of AsAms."
Impact? 2 million AsAms directly; 4 million through family connections,
and 15 million directly and indirectly -- a rising tide raises all ships.
Who'll attend for 80-20? Prof. Chenming Hu & S. B. Woo, both flying
into D.C. at their own expenses.

Part II: Presented evidence that AsAms are discriminated in workplaces.
It'll take us 75 years or 3 more generations to reach EQUAL odds to
rise to the managerial level, if things are left at its current pace.

Part III: Presented irrefutable proofs that 80-20's evidence is VALID!.
The Chief Statistician of EEOC verified 80-20's data, methodology &
calculated numbers. After a year's study, EEOC on its own, reported
"discrimination against AAPI employees" in the federal government.

Part IV: Debunking 2 popular myths perhaps designed to confuse us
and keep us down.

Myth 1: AsAms don't have business degrees, only science &
engineering degrees. Therefore, not many managers!
Truth: We are our nation's number 1 in % of people with MBAs.

Myth 2: AsAms are already 2nd only to Caucasians in individual
income. What more do they want?
Truth: We want JUSTICE -- equal pay for equal work, & equal opportunity,
which are America's core values. The truth is that if AsAm are paid
the national average for our educational attainment, our individual
income would be 15% higher than Caucasians instead of lower. Does
America believe in its own core value any more?

Part V: Debunking 3 more popular myths against us.

Myth 3: AsAms simply don't have the "makeup" to make managers.
Truth: Identical charges were made against blacks, women & Hispanics
decades earlier. No one believes in such non-sense any more.

Myth 4: AsAms, with so many new immigrants, just don't have the
average seniority to have equal % of managers.
Truth: We have significantly more seniority than Hispanics. Yet Hispanics' %
of managers is at least 50% higher. Why? Hispanics have the political clout
with the federal government to get EO 11246 enforced for them.

Myth 5: AsAms certainly don't face as much "latent prejudice"
as blacks. How come blacks have a large % of managers?
Truth: Blacks may face more latent prejudice in many streets. However,
AsAms face more blatant dicrimination in private industries and universities.
It is because black 6e9 s have the political clout with the federal government to
get EO 11246 enforced for them.


[A] AsAm's lack of GROUP political clout is the main reason for
the discrimination against us in getting the good jobs.

[B] We must Act to strengthen OUR OWN GROUP political clout!
Actions may include but not limited to,

(1) SAVE & FORWARD to your AsAm friends this 6-part series on
"Ugly Truth."
(2) Donate! Make your check payable to "80-20 Educational Foundation," &
send it to 80-20 ; P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229. For using a credit
card, go .
Even $5 will show your commitment!
(3) Rate this article as "Informative," or "Somewhat informative," or "Not

informative," & wish all of us luck on the coming DOL meeting. Comments
are welcome. .
PLEASE do your part! "God helps those who help themselves."


Thousands of AsAms who toiled for
equal opportunity for you and America

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Ugly Truth about AsAm Inequality (Part 5)

Why is 80-20 sending you the "Ugly Truth" series? To whine
or to prepare for community-wide action?

Additional popular MYTHS against us are debunked below.

MYTH 3: AsAms simply don't have the ambition, language ability, social
and communication skills, & sense of humor to make managers.

The same accusations were made against women, blacks, and Hispanics
earlier. Now that there are hundreds of thousands of female, black and
Hispanic managers, on account of the enforcement of EO 11246, such
nonsense are no longer spread or believed. The same will prove to be case
for AsAms, once EO 11246 is enforced for us. For more details,
see Footnote 1.

MYTH 4: AsAms are mostly new immigrants. So most AsAms don't
have the seniority in workplaces to make managers yet.

Hispanics are mostly new immigrants too. When compared to Hispanics.,
AsAms have MORE seniority with their current employers. When we don’t
have the GROUP political clout, then the lack of seniority is used as a lie
to keep us beffudled. For a table of comparison, see Footnote 2.

MYTH 5: "Latent prejudice" against blacks is certainly higher. If blacks
are making managers, and AsAms are not, it proves that
AsAms just don't have the ability to be managers.

"Latent prejudice" against blacks is indeed higher on many streets in
America, not that prejudice should be tolerated anywhere against anyone.
However, blatant discrimination against AsAms is higher in workplaces,
because AsAms don't have the GROUP political clout to get EO 11246
enforced for us.

Have you heard enough "Ugly Truth"??? Are you ready to join the
fight for equal opportunity?

Dear readers:

What will it take to get a minority in the USA equal opportunity in
workplaces? Tell us your views/conclusions. There are no
clearly right or wrong answers. We just want to know your views. .
Do your part! "God helps those who help themselves."

Respectfully yours,

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

Footnote 1

How come the same myth is still held against AsAms? Two main
reasons. (1) Women, blacks and Hispanics have more GROUP political
clout. People who utter such stereo negative image against them face
severe repercussions. (2) Once the individuals in those groups become
convinced that they have the equal opportunity to be promoted, they
worked in earnest to develop the skills they need to become managers.

If AsAms are smart & hard working enough to get advanced degrees,
AsAms can certainly learn how to communicate tactfully, and crack jokes in
cocktail parties with a little hard work. The latter is the easier skills.

Footnote 2
See the Table below for worker with 5 or more years with their current
employers comparing Asian to Hispanics: