In 3 years, from 2019 to 2021, AsAms donated several million dollars to AsAm candidates running for (1) CA governor in the Dem. Primary, (2) U.S. president in the Dem. Primary, and (3) NYC mayor in the Dem. primary.
Did we get winning results? NO. Not even close.
We got a 5th place finish in Dem. gubernatorial primary in CA;
an extremely early drop out in the Dem. presidential primary; and
a distant 4th place finish, in NYC's Dem. primary.
Are we to blame the candidate for running? No!
Are we to blame our community for donating to them? No!!
Are we to do a post-mortem to know how to do better in the future? YES!!! We must.
Without getting politically wiser,we'll never be politically mature enough to have political clout to protect our basic rights!
Lessons that We MUST Learn
Don't go by politics in Asia.Here in America, political clout comes from helping to establish powerful NGOs (non-government organizations). Examples are NRA (Nat'l Rifle Assoc.) and AIPAC (American Jewish Public Affairs Comm.). Your good money, when donated to an extremely dedicated AsAm NGO like 80-20 can do you a lot of good in protecting your political rights.
Study polls, before donating to a candidate. Find out if your candidate has a fighting chance?
 Issues, not race, define a candidate. Some AsAm politicians are bananas. They support anti-AsAm issues such as "race-preference college admissions". Why donate to an AsAm candidate who denies AsAm children's equal opportunity to education? Think!
 Just watch of follow 80-20 -easiest thing to do. If 80-20 deems that an AsAm candidate is true, and that his/her campaign has a fighting chance, 80-20 would have done its share to help. 80-20 was stone-silent on the above 3 campaigns.
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We must get more WINNING results out of our good money. Otherwise, we FAIL our generational responsibility.
Dr. Juan Tang(唐娟), Visiting researcher (cancer), U. of CA at Davis
Xin Wang (王欣), Visiting researcher (neurology), U. of CA at SF
Kaikai Zhao(赵凯凯), Doctoral candidate (machine learning and artificial intelligence), Indiana U.
Apparently, DOJ has RE-EVALUATED*its prosecution procedure against suspects of Chinese descent.
80-20 played a role in stimulating that much needed RE-EVALUATION! 80-20 was the only organization that has written the A.G. directly and asked him to tighten his ship in the investigation & prosecution of Chinese scientists. We frankly called out some of the DOJ practices as the abuse of government power to violate the human rights of Chinese Americans - a very serious charge!
With such a positive development, we'd like credit the dropping of the 6 cases as the cumulative effort ofALL orgs. which worked on this issue.
UCA (United Chinese Americans) has written to the White House, and called for a moratorium on prosecuting Chinese scientists and scholars. Jeremy Wu's APA Justice Force has held webinars stressing the need to drop the "China Initiative" project.
Finally, with trepidation, 80-20 respectfully reminds our fellow activists that we may be spending too much time talking to fellow AsAms, which is like "preaching to the choir". ACTIVISTScannot be timid. If one can't stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen. All of us need to take BOLD & DIRECT ACTIONS.
Another Example: BOLD & DIRECT ACTION Gets the Result
In 6/2019, Woo wrote aletter to FBI Director Wraystrongly protesting Wray's "advocacy to apply a 'whole-of-society approach' to stop spying by students & scholars of Chinese origin." Woo described Wray's suggested methodology as "TOTALITARIAN". FBI acknowledged Woo's letter expressing appreciation "of your taking the time to express your concerns." Since then, Director Wray has NOT advocated a "whole-of-society approach."
In contrast, an AsAm coalition, which did NOT include 80-20, wrote Director Wray a timid letter about the same issue, and requested a reply. The letter was ignored. Being ignored, the coalition quietly abandon the fight. :-(