I received this email four days ago, but with having 5 email boxes to check daily (and some getting hundreds of emails daily), I don’t always check my JadeLuckClub inbox since I don’t get much email yet. You know, new blog and all. Plus I spent two days wrestling with the Hyper Cache plugin update which gave me a Red Warning and asked me hand create a new “cache” folder which my web host, Go Daddy!, did not seem to know how to do. I think I fixed it?!
I GOT INVITED TO JOIN IN A WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE CALL ON AAPI ISSUES! Wow! It’s for bloggers. Double Wow because my blog is just 4 months old!
So I ask of you, please share with me your concerns about AAPI issues by leaving a comment. I will phone in, listen and report back. I am at your service!
p.s. My reply to the email is below as is my agenda to address Affirmative Action and how it hurts Asians who apply to elite private colleges.
Dear AAPI blogger –
I’m writing to introduce myself and to invite you to our first White House AAPI blogger call on Wednesday, July 27th at 2pm EDT/11am PDT.
As the AAPI community grows rapidly, the Obama Administration has made it a priority to engage the community and develop initiatives to meet their needs. The AAPI blog community is an important partner in engaging the community and providing them with the news and information they need. This call will include an overview of the work we do at the initiative, announce an upcoming video contest for the AAPI community and allow for a Q+A session. Also, please respond to me with any questions/topics you’d like for us to cover during the call.
To introduce myself, I work at the White House Initiative on AAPI’s. In this capacity, I will provide you with regular updates from the White House initiative and work with you to address the needs of the community. Please feel free to forward this email to other blogger contacts you may have in the AAPI community. The call information is attached and included below.
WHO: Eddie Lee, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27 at 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT
Wow! I wrote back:
The topic that I am blogging on extensively and very concerned about is Affirmative Action and how Asians are harmed by this policy on many levels. 1) Asians applying to elite private colleges have to score higher than any other group including Caucasians. 2) Affirmative Action is not helping the Asian subgroups who need the boost the most (refugees, new immigrants, inner city Asians, Asians living near the poverty line. Instead, Affirmative Action has pitted Asians against each other creating the most competitive applicant group. The winner of this group are the Asians who need it the least: legacies, middle class suburban Chinese/Japanese/Koreans. This policy is outdated and harmful to Asians that it supposedly is trying to assist.