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What are Your AAPI Issues? I’m Joining a White House Conference Call to Discuss!

AAPI Obama Eddie Lee White House Initiative on AAPI JadeLuckClub

AAPI Obama Eddie Lee White House Initiative on AAPI JadeLuckClubI 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.

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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:

Hi Eddie,

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.

Thank you!

Mia

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9 Responses to “What are Your AAPI Issues? I’m Joining a White House Conference Call to Discuss!”

  1. On July 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm HapaMama responded with... #

    How exciting! Talk about taking your concerns to the top, Mia. I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

    • On July 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      admin

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      To HapsMama,
      Thank you so much. I’ll keep posting to keep everyone upnto date and I welcome your input!

  2. On July 25, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Chien-Chi Huang

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    Dear Mia,

    I think “Mental Health” is one of the top issues that impacting the AAPI community yet few people talk about it openly due to stigma, cultural and linguistic barriers. Some of the alarming stats include: 1) AA women ages 15-24 have the highest suicide rate compare to other populations 2) Among elderly women of all ethnic or racial groups, Asians have the highest suicide rate 3) Suicide rates among AA college students are among the highest in comparison to other ethnic groups. The “model minority” myth might further contribute to the fact that AAPI have the lowest rates of utilization of mental health services among ethnic populations (National Alliance on Mental Illness factsheet on AAPI). Please help raise the awareness and advocate for resources to combat this health condition that plagues our community and prevents us from being a productive citizens!

    Let me know if I can help and provide you with more info on this topic.

    Sincerely,

    Chien-Chi Huang, Mass. Asian American Mental Health Forum

    • On July 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      admin

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      To Chien-Chi,
      Your point is well taken and I also heard a loud commitment from the Initiative on Asian Americans on healthcare though it sounded it was focused on letting AAPI small business owners know about affordable healthcare plans. I think we need to advocate for more aid for mental health services for our communities.

  3. On July 25, 2011 at 8:35 am

    AsianExpat

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    Dear Mia, there has been some mention of Asian corporations recruiting Asian Americans to make use of our knowledge of Western business practices. One aspect of this that is hardly, if ever, brought up is how many of these Asian co’s are simply chewing us up and spitting us out, luring us with promises that go unfulfilled, and taking advantage of our desire to “get back to our roots.”

    I was recruited by a major Asian conglomerate with a huge presence in US markets, where I earned a commendation for my work performance. Then I reported my concerns with practices that were in clear violation of Western anti-corruption laws. For this, I was demoted, suspended, threatened, and finally forced to resign.

    Without any attention paid to this type of behavior, Asian companies will continue to take advantage of this “back channel” to knowledge and acquire business and technical know-how on the cheap. They might as well be stealing it.

    • On July 25, 2011 at 11:51 am

      admin

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      I wanted to add a comment that came in from a LinkedIn Group discussion:

      Dear Mia,

      I think “Mental Health” is one of the top issues that impacting the AAPI community yet few people talk about it openly due to stigma, cultural and linguistic barriers. Some of the alarming stats include: 1) AA women ages 15-24 have the highest suicide rate compare to other populations 2) Among elderly women of all ethnic or racial groups, Asians have the highest suicide rate 3) Suicide rates among AA college students are among the highest in comparison to other ethnic groups. The “model minority” myth might further contribute to the fact that AAPI have the lowest rates of utilization of mental health services among ethnic populations (National Alliance on Mental Illness factsheet on AAPI). Please help raise the awareness and advocate for resources to combat this health condition that plagues our community and prevents us from being a productive citizens!

      Let me know if I can help and provide you with more info on this topic.

      Sincerely,

      Chien-Chi Huang, Mass. Asian American Mental Health Forum

    • On July 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      admin

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      To AsianExpat,
      I don’t think our Western business practices are trade secrets with the exception of copyright and trademark protections but I am sorry that you had a bad experience.

  4. On July 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Mary Jeneverre Schultz

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    What are the concerns of financial literacy among the Asian American communities?

    • On July 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      admin

      responded with... #

      To Mary,
      Good question. I am not sure about that.

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