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Wednesday, 22 August 2007 09:13

Making It in the USA 


"He who doesn't learn from history deserves to relive it"

                        George Santayana

In the 1996 election, many Asian Americans gave and/or raised big bucks for Bill Clinton and the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and got zonked.

   Remember these Asian-American names? John (F.O.B.*) Huang, Maria Hsia, Robert S. Lee (S. Korean), Yogesh K. Gandhi (Indian American), Pauline Kanchanalak (Thai), Charlie Trie, Antonio Pan, and Johnny Chung. (*Friend of Bill).

   All of them helped raise money for Bill Clinton and/or the DNC. All of them were so eager to "serve" the politicians that they violated the law, some were jailed and fined, and others were put on probation and fined. Lives ruined!

   For proof, see a press release issued by the Justice Department under the Clinton Administration:
Indeed, much worse things were said about them by GOP politicians and their press releases.

   Their motives might have been good – to help the politicians they believe in and in the process help establish Asian-American political clout. But the results were disastrous – for themselves and our community.

   Day after day, mainstream media ran negative headline articles on those individuals, fanning the belief that Asian Americans were "perpetual foreigners" aiming to sabotage the American election system. Indeed, for about two more years, the Democratic and Republican parties competed to distance themselves from our community and went out of their way to stiff Asian-American big donors to make each Party seem clean. HAVE WE FORGOTTEN?


   To avoid a repeat, please be aware of the following:

1. Many politicians want you to believe that the more money you'll give or raise for them, the more you'll get a personal reward after he/she is elected. But they'll tell you that they can't discuss it in concrete terms because it is against the law. "Caveat emptor." Don't be a sucker!

You may think that you are a F.O.B (Friend of Bill) or F.O.X. Chances are that neither B nor X will remember you after the election is over. He/she will have bigger interests after getting into the White House – the affairs of the nation.

2. In contrast, you can openly press the politicians about what he/she'll do for the Asian-American community. That is NOT against the law. The American forefathers had designed elections to be occasions for the little people like us to protect our rights, using the "power of the ballot box." In addition, you'll feel great about yourself for having pressed politicians to do the right things for us.

Only three presidential candidates, Senators Biden, Dodd and Gravel, have promised in concrete terms and in iron-clad manners to help Asian Americans achieve equal opportunity and justice, should they be elected. We are confident that many more will do so. However, before they've done so, don't help them in money or any other means! Don't be a sucker!

Note that not a single Republican presidential candidate has made a similar promise yet. Countless Asian-American Republicans have given most generously to the GOP. What did they get back for our community? Ask them!

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(Editor's Note: Former Delaware Lieutenant Governor S. B. Woo is the president of the 80-20 Educational Foundation.)


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