Monday, September 30, 2013

How Will History See This Generation of AsAms?

   How Will History See this Generation of Asian Ams? 
The following are irrefutable facts.

FACT-1: ON OUR WATCH, our children suffer the HIGHEST barrier in college admissions. Our adults face the LOWEST glass ceiling in workplaces.

FACT-2: Yet we are highly educated. As a result, we have the nation's highest per capita and per family income.

        Note that Fact-2 doesn't contradict Fact-1. Most American institutions pay employees according to their educational attainment. However, the same institutions will NOT provide equal opportunity to AsAm adults to rise to the top, nor our children to be admitted to elite colleges.

FACT-3: AsAm civil rights organizations are supposed to fight and protect us. But they couldn't get much financial support from their fellow AsAms. As a result, they went OUTSIDE of our community to get their needed financial support.

        Money talks! We let others' money talk to them. By and by, even our own civil rights orgs. don't pay attention to AsAms' rightful interests.

FACT-4: 80-20 wants to reverse this trend. Therefore, it is trying very, very hard to establish a Self Empowerment Long-term Fund (SELF) of $10 million/yr for 5 yrs. 80-20's Board is carefully evaluating its chance of success, including poll data, promises from the elite of our community to donate generously, . . . etc.

   In less than 3 weeks, 80-20's Board will decide.

   If the decision is to "GO FOR IT!", will the SELF project succeed? It'll depend on all of us, including YOU.

   History watches and beckons. How will history view us?

   Please forward this email to your AsAm friends. To post your comments, click here .

S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National Asian Am Educational Foundation.