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Even Asian-American Students Face Higher College Admission Bar PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 January 2008 08:34

Are you angry that you will meet or have met "higher college admission bars?" You may even be angry at the 80-20 for not fighting for you against that inequity.

Angry or not, the problem you face has the same root cause as the problems faced by ALL Asian Americans. ALL Asian Americans face a higher admission bar in ALL walks of life! For example:

    1. Only 0.6% (1/6 of one-percent) of Federal judges are Asian Americans, while the Asian-American population is 4.5% and the % of Asian-American legal professionals in law firms of 100 or larger is at least 5.3%, and many of these Asian-American lawyers trained in the nation's top law schools.
  Conclusion? Asian Americans face a HIGHER admission bar to become Federal District Court judges.

    2. None of the 179 Article III Circuit judges is an Asian American. Conclusion? Again, Asian Americans face a HIGHER admission bar.

    3. Asian Americans have the lowest odds to break into management when compared with all Americans, including all other minorities*; the slowest rate of progress toward equal employment opportunity in spite of having the highest educational attainment. See . It has been read into the Congressional Record by US Sen. Tom Carper. Conclusion? Yet another proof that Asian Americans face a HIGHER admission bar.

Jewish Americans used to face "higher admission bar" in all walks of life also. How come they don't face that problem any more? Simple. They have established their political clout. They can UN-elect politicians who don't share their concerns. All other politicians got the message.

This is what the 80-20 is trying to do. Sen. Obama doesn't share our concerns. While claiming to be an "agent of change," he refused to commit to change the discrimination against us mentioned in 1, 2 and 3 above that are addressed in the 80-20's questionnaire to presidential candidates. Given the above, is he likely to change the "higher college admission bar" against Asian-American students?

In contrast, Senator Clinton gave us an iron-clad commitment to use the power of the President to eliminate such discrimination against us. Click on to see how she replied to all our questions with one word: YES! and signed it.

So let's form solidarity, young and old. Vote overwhelmingly for Senator Clinton in California's Democratic primary to soundly defeat Senator Obama. It shall, once and for all, establish our political clout.

SOLIDARITY! We face the same problems of the same root cause! We fight as ONE united community.

Respectfully yours,
S.B. Woo
Member, Executive Comm., 80-20 PAC, Inc.
Founding President, 80-20 Initiative


* Quite a few recent Asian-American graduates told me that they didn't sense a glass ceiling. It could be that the problem is attenuating. However, most likely it is because those young professionals are too early in their career to experience the glass ceiling.

The 80-20 gratefully acknowledges $2,000 from Dr. Ming Jeang which came in yesterday. It is the highest per person donation in 2008. # # #

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