Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Progress on Harvard Lawsuit/ Hoover Inst. Report

Progress On both fronts

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HELP correct the Inaccuracy in Recent Media Reports 
on the Harvard Lawsuit
     On Feb. 13, the closing arguments in the Harvard lawsuit presented before Boston District Court Judge Burroughs was widely reported. She said to Harvard, "They have a no-victim problem," referring to Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), "but you have a personal rating problem." Click on 1 and/or 2.

     True.  Harvard has "a personal rating problem."  It's proof positive of Harvards' discrimination against AsAm applicants.

      However, to say that SFFA has a "no-victim problem" is NOT quite accurate. The Boston Court has 7 depositions from AsAm students who were victims of Harvard's admissions policy. A deposition is a witness's sworn out-of-court testimony. It is used to gather information as part of the discovery process and, in limited circumstances, may be used at trial.

       Beware!  If our kids names are exposed in the trial, they will be 
harassed, threatened and bullied. Abby Fisher's life was made miserable by social media and crank calls. 

       Nevertheless, I'll not be too surprised if one of our kids may one day say, "Afraid? We all are. Someone must make a stand. Let it be me." That is the way that 80-20 EF has always handled issues, in contrast to, say, C-100. :-( EF is not only standing but trusted & growing stronger. Similarly, the courageous students who will decide to "make a stand" will thrive and be the heroes and heroines of the entire AsAm community!

               CONCLUSIONS on the Hoover Institute Report 
       After hearing reports from many directions concerning the panel discussions held on Feb 11 and Feb 14, it seems fair to conclude:

1) Many of the panelists, including Larry Diamond, stressed that this was a "work in progress". They stressed that revisions would be made to try to address the strong concerns raised by the Chinese Am community, including the need to be accurate and try to prevent stigmatizing. So the threat to the Asian-/Chinese-Am community has drastically decreased. Any intimidation attempt, if there was one, has been completely turned back and negated!

2) However, the group of 32 China Hands still supports Pres. Trump's Big Power Politics Agenda.

                               China Hands Are Split

     On Feb 12, Susan Shirk, the lone dissenter in the Hoover Institute Report, was joined by Orville Schell as a co-chair in publishing a task force report on US-China relations.  It is entitled Course Correction:  Toward an Effective and Sustainable China policy.  That report didn't attack the Chinese-Am community, at all.  It states that it supports Pres. Trump's policy but also has some serious disagreements with it. 
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