Monday, December 10, 2018

Pres. Bush, Sr. & AsAm history

Pioneers planted trees.  Followers enjoy the shade.

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In Memory of Pres. George H. W. Bush and Recalling
 the making of the first batch of AsAm Presidential appointees

Q: Is a presidential appointee a BIG deal?
A:  Yes! This person needs to be appointed by the president & confirmed
      by the Senate to earn that title. There are only 1212 such positions

Q: The U.S. was 213 years old, when Pres. H. W. Bush was elected, how
      many AsAm presidential appointees had there been before then?
A:  None, except for federal judges, to the best of my knowledge,

Q: So what made Pres. Bush Sr. take this precedent setting move?
A:  Two factors.  (a) The enlightened political philosophy of Pres. Bush, Sr.
      which we've been hearing so much about these days.  (b) The bold & 
      innovative political efforts of a group of AsAm pioneers.  

Q:  Who were this group of AsAm pioneers?
A: In the Spring of 1988, S.B. Woo, perhaps the best known AsAm
     Democrat at the time, and Anna Chennault, perhaps the best known
     AsAm Republican at the time, wanted to use that year's presidential
     election to advance AsAm interests.

      As Woo has always stressed: "Every presidential election year offers 
      the best opportunity for for a minority to use their votes to bargain for a 

       Woo and Chennault were the co-chairs of an Ad hoc AsAm Comm.
       The comm. was composed of just about the best known Chinese Ams
       at the time, including Yuan Tseh Lee, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
       in 1986, Chia-Wei Woo, President of San Francisco State university,
       David Lam, CEO of Lam Research Corporation and many others. The
       group wrote a letter to candidate Bush asking for appointments, if he
       would be elected. Dr. John B Tsu, a good person & an astute politician
       working for the Bush campaign, volunteered to be our liaison to the
       Bush campaign. Soon, a very short hand-written reply signed by Bush*
       arrived. It stated that he'd consider our request, when elected. Tsu
       used that letter to raise money for Bush from AsAms. A few months
       later, Bush won.

Q:  What appointments did Pres. Bush, Sr. make?
A:  Julia Chang Bloch - U.S. Ambassador to Nepal; Charles Bei Wang - 
      Civil Rights commissioner; David Lam - US commissioner on Minority
      Business Development; Elaine Chao - Deputy Secretary of 
      Transportation, and a few other appointments. 

            A Journey of a 1,000 Miles Begins with the 1st Step          
    AsAm appointment rose in ranks & numbers thereafter.  For example, Norman Mineta become the 1st AsAm full Secretary under Pres.Clinton (Commerce) and Pres. Bush (Transportation). Bush also appointed Elaine Chao as the Sec.of Labor.  Obama appointed 3 AsAms as cabinet members and numerous sub-cabinet members.  Trump appointed Elaine Chao as the Sec. of Transportation.

    Another illustration of a 1st step leading to a long journey is 80-20's success in working with Pres. Obama to increase drastically the number AsAm federal District Court judges and Appeals Court judges.  One day soon there will be an AsAm Supreme Court Justice!

    To be balanced, however, we can't just look at the rosy side of the political arena only. Let's remember that we are NOT equal citizens yet. The saddest feeling I have is that those AsAms, who have "made it" through our collective efforts, don't normally step up to help our community back.
     Let's think Big (3) - win JUSTICE with AsAm lawyers plus others

     In "Let's think Big (2)" 80-20 proposed to work closely with AsAm lawyers
to create a win-win situation for our community and our lawyers.  Some prominent AsAm lawyers are already helping actively.  Great!     

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* My memory is vague whether it was typed or hand-written.