Sunday, July 31, 2016

You promised to help in this fight.

You Promised To Help
   You promised.  Our Students Are Counting On You.
    You are one of the "Great 1000". You sent a personal email to me to encourage 80-20 to file a petition to the entire AsAm community to FIGHT the existing DISCRIMINATION against our students.
   If & when the petition is signed by 100,000 and results in a war chest of $2 million, 80-20 will lead a very difficult fight - to make sure that AsAm students will no longer be DISCRIMINATED against, when compared with white students, in their access to elite colleges.  
    I'll count on you to help in 3 ways, when the petition starts tomorrow:
1) To sign the petition immediately.  Induce your spouse to sign also.

2) To place this petition link 100,000@$10+ Petition on your Facebook,  Twitter, WeChat ..., etc. and urge people to be a petitioner.
3) To email 100,000@$10+ Petition to everyone on your computer's address  book, whether they are AsAms or not.  
   Well begun is half done. A full head of steam on the first day, hopefully getting 5000 signers, is CRITICAL. We must front load this very difficult fight.
Counting on you.  Our students look to us for protection.
Gratefully and fighting with you,
S.B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years

80-20 Initiative, Inc.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Lull Before A Great Battle

A Great Battle?
 Taking Up 2 Items of Some Importance During the Lull

1) SALUTE to all Honorable SELF donors
     Click here to see that the total donation to SELF is $2,220,659.  WowVery few donors have reneged on the pledges.  What a marvelous reflection on the quality of our community.  If you have trouble with Paypal's automatic payment to SELF, please email Stephen Lin ( for help.
2) Trump or Clinton?  2nd Reminder to 80-20 PAC Members.
     Want to be a delegate to 80-20's Endorsement Convention (EC) when we decide to endorse Clinton or Trump?  
    You must first be an PAC member.  To join, click here.  Then please step up to run for a delegate position to be selected by the the 2500+ PAC members, whether you are a Dem., an Independent or a Rep.  The convention will be composed of 1/3 D, 1/3 I and 1/3 R.   
     The date and location of EC will be set by 80-20 PAC, to be announced. Email me to give me your name and political affiliation to run for a delegate position.

  The Greatest Battle in the History of Asian Americans
    If you need reminding, here it is again.  80-20 plans to file a lawsuit charging discrimination against AsAm students in the admissions process of elite colleges. Discrimination?  Read the strong statements by 3 dissenting Supreme Court Justices, including The Chief Justice (pp 22 to 27) :

      "... But UT's plan discriminates against Asian American students ...including racial discrimination that undeniably harms Asian Ams ... the court's willingness to allow this "discrimination against individuals of Asian descent is particularly troubling, in light of the long history of discrimination against Asian Americans, especially in education ... In particular, the Fifth Circuit's willful blindness to Asian-American students is absolutely shameless."  (emphasis added)

    The 3 Justices have seen much more admissions data than all of us, during the court proceeding of "Fisher vs. U of Texas".  Yet they have no hesitation using such strong words as "discrimination" and "willful blindness". Unless we are also willing to be guilty of showing "willful blindness" to the discrimination against our own offspring, we must file this lawsuit and/or take
other equally effective measures to force the hands of these colleges, which preach transparency, but hide their admissions data.

    The going will be extremely difficult.  80-20 is willing to lead the fight, if YOU have the will.  80-20 will set the 2nd litmus test -- a petition to be signed by at least 100,000 AsAms combined with a total donation of $2 million.  $2 million is the minimum needed for a lawsuit that may reach the Supreme Court.  
    The PETITION will be ready soon.  Show your will to fight by ACTION!
S. B. Woo 
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.

PS: Tomorrow (Thursday), Congressman Ted Lieu will give brief remarks at the Dem. Nat'l Convention at approximately 6:20 pm PST/9:20 EST.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Q&A on The Tough Fight Ahead

Q&A on The Tough Fight Ahead
                  Why will the fight be so difficult?
     The AsAm community is full of hard-working & successful individuals.  However, we lack individuals good at fighting to defend the rights and honor of our community.
Q:  If we get our $2 million together, will prestigious law firms be lining up to take our case?

A: Not at all!   We are likely to have great difficulty finding a prestigious law firm to represent us.  For example, a well-known lawyer with a winning record at the Supreme Court told us, "Given the current makeup of the Supreme Court, there is no way you could win.  I'll be glad to take your $2 million, but, as a friend, I'd rather tell you the truth."
      Another reason is that most elite universities hire prestigious law firms.  So almost all prestigious law firms are connected with at least one elite university. There is an incestuous relationship between the two establishments.
Q:  If we get a good law firm to fight for us, will it be fought on legal points only?
A: NO.  We'll also have to fight against all the myths at the same time. Some of the myths are even believed by AsAms ourselves.  Here are some examples.
     Myth 1: Asian Americans will become the majority in elite universities, under a  fair college admissions policy. 
       Not true. The % of AsAm students will increase from the current 20% to about 35%.  Click here to understand why.    
   Myth 2: 6% AsAms populating elite colleges by 35% is unfair & unprecedented. .
       Not true 1.6% JewishAms populate at least 22% of the elite colleges.  22/1.6 = 13. In    comparison, even if the elite colleges stop discriminating against AsAm students, the ratio will  only be 35/6 = 6.  Merit has always been the determining factor in gaining membership in any    sector in America.  No one complains against 15% of the AfricanAms winning a majority  membership in football teams at the college and professional levels.
   Myth 3:  80-20 is against diversity.
       Not true.  We appreciate the importance of diversity.  However, we strongly protest that  under an affirmative action program, AsAm students need to give SAT points to white students  in order to gain equal access  to elite colleges.  The affirmative action program is supposed to give advantages to the minorities.  In addition, AsAm students, coming from so many different nations & distinct cultures, are at least as diverse as the white students.         
   Myth 4: That more white students enjoy legacy advantages is why AsAm students need 140  SAT points more than white students in order to have equal access.
         Not true.  Prof. Espenshade, who discovered the SAT point differences, certainly didn't say  that.  In addition, none of the elite colleges has proven that point with data, which should be  easy for them to do.  Elite universities preach transparency but hide their own admission data. 
   Myth 5:  Holistic evaluation "concocted" by Harvard got low-scoring but talented students admitted.
         Not true.  Not a single college in the nation has used SAT scores and GPA as the sole criterion for admitting students.  Extra-curricular activities, the strength of the letters of recommendation have always been used as other important criteria.  "Holistic" evaluation simply lets some elite colleges to "admit and deny at will". Read what an admissions insider has to say about Holistic evaluation in a Huffington Post article:
              "Our elite colleges admit and deny at will under the auspices of "holistic admissions." - Sara Harberson.  
   Sara Harberson is the former associate dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania and the former dean of admissions and financial aid at Franklin & Marshall College.
   Myth 6:  Students from AsAm sub groups had benefited (e.g. Hmong!)
          Not true.  That myth was advanced by some "AsAm civil rights orgs".  Has anyone ever seen any data from any of the elite colleges stating how many Hmong students they have admitted or graduated? Or for that matter of any other AsAm sub-groups?  Why do these colleges hide their admissions data?

   CONCLUSION:  That is why we'll have to fight.  The 3 dissenting Supreme Court Justices became aware of much more admission data than us during the court proceedings, yet they didn't mince their words.  They called it DISCRIMINATION against AsAm students that has been intentionally ignored by the other Justices!  

     If you feel that your soul has been violated, get ready for a very very difficult fight.  80-20 is willing to lead this fight, if you will show your will to fight.
S. B. Woo 
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Are You Ready to Win?

It’ll Be a Very Tough Fight

   Winning doesn't come naturally.  It comes from knowing 
  o what we are fighting for, 
  o fighting skills and extreme determination, and
  o willingness to sacrifice to achieve victory.

   Our last e-newsletter informed you the 2 components of our strategy, and what each component aims to achieve.   

   Today, we report to you our draft petition will be signed by at least 100,000 AsAms, & aim to raise $2 million for the court battles.  The petition will be the 2nd litmus test of our will to fight.  80-20 will only fight, if you have the will. 

   Substantive comments on the draft are welcome.  Thanks.  SB

DRAFT PETITION: A Must Win Fight for Our Children

   Our children's fate is in our hands.  No one else will fight for our children, but ourselves.  This petition aims to change that part of the admissions policy of elite schools which singles out Asian American students for discrimination in order to provide advantages to white students (Footnote 1).  When we succeed, we will have proudly helped make America "a more perfect Union."  

   We, the undersigned, appreciate the importance of diversity to education. Hence, we proudly or at least reluctantly consent that Asian American students yield an advantage of 450 SAT points to African American students, and yield a 270 SAT point advantage to Hispanic students, in order to have equal access to elite colleges.    

   However, we strongly PROTEST that Asian American applicants have to score 140 SAT points higher than white applicants in order to gain equal access.  This is blatant discrimination against a non-Caucasian minority, and is diametrically opposed to the original intent of affirmative action. 

   In the words of three Supreme Court Judges, including The Chief Justice, penned by Justice Alito regarding the current college admissions policy, it is clear and simple "discrimination" which has been given "willful blindness" by the Justices.
      ".... the court's willingness to allow this discrimination against individuals of Asian descent is particularly troubling, in light of the long history of discrimination against Asian Americans, especially in education ... In particular, the Fifth Circuit's willful blindness to Asian-American students is absolutely shameless."

   Our community of course knew of the cruel discrimination a long time ago from our own historic experience.  So let's make sure that we do our part to fight back.  Our fighting back has two parts.

 (1) To financially punish the elite schools which blatantly discriminate against us:
   WE, the undersigned, urge all Asian Americans, especially our super rich, to stop donating to such colleges and start donating to Asian American organizations which fight such discrimination. Whether we are graduates of these elite universities or not, we pledge to stop entirely or at least reduce by 50% our donations to them.  

(2) To donate $10 or more towards funding a $2 million war chest for a lawsuit or other equally effective measures to fight against these colleges (e.g., full page ad in the New York Times.)  

   $2 million is the minimum required for such a lawsuit, that may end up at the Supreme Court.

   Click on 100,000@$10+Campaign (NOT clickable yet) to sign on.  Thank you.  

The Undersigned and 
the Board of 80-20 Educational Foundation

Footnote 1:
   White students gain about 5/7 of the seats that AsAm students lose under the current admissions policy.  Please review 80-20's last e-newsletter.

Special thanks to Zhang Financial, Portage, MI
   At the end of last year, 80-20EF invested $1.4 million of the money which many of you donated to SELF, with Zhang FinanciaI.   Charles and Lynn Zhang who both volunteered for 80-20 for many years, own the company.  They offered to serve EF on a pro-bono basis.  For the first six months of the year the net return was 5.35%.  WE thank them and their staff.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Powerful Info in our favor. Spread it.

Preparing Us for a Very Difficult Fight

A New Strategy to protect Our children - 80-20's Petition

   80-20 aims to WIN a very difficult fight with a brand new strategy, whose 2 components are:

(1) We embrace the importance of diversity to education. Hence, we consent that AsAm students shall yield an advantage of 450 SAT  points to African American students, and yield a 270 SAT point advantage to Hispanic students, in order to have equal access to elite colleges. This commitment lasts as long as the higher education institutions deem it desirable,

(2) We strongly resent that Asian American applicants have to score 140 SAT points higher than white applicants in order to gain equal access. 

   For America to see the merits of this solution, we must first allay the real but unfounded FEAR of people both within and without the AsAm community.

The Fear from Outside of Our Community Is:

   If the elite colleges stop discriminating against AsAm students, will they flood those colleges?

   NO!  Just look at the %s of AsAm students in elite universities, which are prohibited by respective state laws to practice "race-conscious" admissions:

California Institute of Technology:  44%
University of California, Berkeley:  39%
University of Washington:              23%
University of Michigan:                  13%
University of Florida:                       7%
Universities of Arizona, Oklahoma, Nebraska, & New Hampshire:  no data available, but we suspect the average to be below 10%.

the average % of AsAm students in Ivy Leagues schools will be 
below 35%, if they stop discriminating against AsAms. 

   Why?  How about CalTech & UCB?  CalTech & UCB's %s of AsAm students would decrease, if they were not located in CA, whose AsAm population is 15%, a factor of 2.5 higher than the national average.  CalTech faces another special factor - AsAms major heavily in science and technology.
The fear from Within the Asian Am. Community:

   Will agreeing to give 450 SAT pts. to blacks and 270 pts. to Hispanics be giving the store away?  Will the % of AsAm students on Ivy campuses remain at about 20%, even it we win the lawsuit?

   NO!  If we win the lawsuit, the average % of AsAm students in the elite universities will increase by about 15%.  Here is how we came to this conclusion by a "back of the envelope type" estimations.

   The %s of black plus Hispanics students on Ivy campuses is about 21%. About 9% are international students.  20% are AsAm students.  About 50% are white students.  Since AsAms students have to yield SAT pts. to blacks, Hispanics and whites, what % of the seats are AsAms students yielding to whites?  Roughly, it'll be [50% / (21% +50%)] = 5/7.   Of the seats we "lost", about 5/7 of them were "lost" to white students!  

    What is the % of the seats that we've "lost," owing to discrimination?  It is about (40% in UCB and CalTech - 20% in Ivy leagues) = 20%.  

    Hence, if we don't have to give points to white students, we'll get back an additional (5/7 X 20%) = 14%.  That added to the 20% we are already getting in Ivy League colleges, is 34% - very close to the 35% we predicted earlier.

     Does the above rough estimate confuse you?  Sorry, if it does. Just remember the key conclusion:

Contrary to the common belief that the current admissions policy
benefits African Ams and Hispanics, the policy actually primarily 
the whites! 

   Spread the word.  Forward to all your friends.  When the myths are broken, truth will emerge!   Our endeavor will help make America "a more perfect Union."

Display a flag today!  Equal rights comes with equal commitment.

S. B. Woo 

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.

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