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Vivian Wu

Peoples Platform

April 1986 Peoples Platform: For a copy of final draft contact Vivian Wu.[1]

Rainbow Agenda

In 1987 Vivian Wu was at Stanford, and active in the Asian American Students Association and the Rainbow Agenda.[2]

"Education: Taking Action for Our Future"

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis will not appear at a student-sponsored education conference this Saturday, but his stepson, John Dukakis, will join presidential hopeful Jesse Jackson at the event, conference organizers said May 9 1988. Jackson is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. Saturday in White Plaza, while John Dukakis will speak at Memorial Auditorium that morning at a separate session of the conference. The 28-year-old Dukakis, son of Kitty Dukakis and her first husband, John Chaffetz, is a coordinator of Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign.

The one-day conference, "Education: Taking Action for Our Future," is being sponsored by minority student and student government groups from around the state. Tickets for the event are $2 each and will be on sale in White Plaza Wednesday through Friday, from noon to 1 p.m. Participants in the conference will present the speakers with an "educational bill of rights to influence the direction of education over the next four years," said senior Vivian Wu, a member of the Asian American Student Association. Last month, members of MEChA, a Chicano-Latino student group; the African/Black Student Statewide Alliance and the Asian/Pacific Islander Student Union wrote agendas highlighting their educational concerns.

Members of all three student networks are working to draft one agenda that draws from the three already written. Members of MEChA, A/BSSA, and the A/PSU will ratify the educational bill and present it to statewide student government organizations in hopes of getting their endorsements. Elsa Tsutaoka, one of the conference organizers, said that the concept behind the event is that "education is a right for all, not a privilege. It is a human right that any just society provides and is necessary for progress." Students hope to apply this concept to issues in education such as admissions, curriculum and financial aid. The groups also support changes in universities' core curriculum "that reflect all groups that contribute to American culture," according to Tsutaoka. She

added that a university's "curriculum should be relevant to current demographics," and noted that the "lack of ethnic studies is a hole in education." The students would like "admissions opened up so more people have access," Tsutaoka said. She said one way to implement this would be for "the University of California and California State University systems to accept the top third of every class from each high school instead of the top third of students overall." Tsutaoka, a 1987 Stanford graduate and a member of AASA, said that AASA voted to endorse Jackson's candidacy. The educational conference is the second event the three minority networks have done together. Last April, they joined in a march on the state capitol in Sacramento to protest proposed budget cuts in education and to highlight issues in education. Jackson participated in that March. MEChA, A/BSSA, and the A/PSU are the statewide umbrella groups for the Stanford MEChA group, the Black Student Union and the Asian American Student Association, respectively.[3]

"What bad checks has Stanford given students of color?"


"What bad checks has Stanford University given to its students of color?"

"What We are Fighting For What We are Working Toward?"

Otero Lounge, Tues. Jan. 26, 6:15 a one-hour panel discussion in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.[4]


In 1989 Vivian Wu, was a contributor to League of Revolutionary Struggles' Unity.


In 1990 Vivian Wu, Asian American Caucus MIT, East Coast Asian Student Union, contributed to the April 16 issue of Unity, newspaper of the League of Revolutionary Struggle.


In October 1989, and November 1990 Vivian Wu was a member of the Student Unity Network.[5]


Arthur Hu '80 has filed a formal complaint with the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights against the University of California at Berkeley for discriminating against Asian-Americans. Hu, an activist against affirmative action in university admissions, charged the school with using "quotas and differential admissions standards" to turn away Asian-American students in order to implement affirmative action.

Because schools would rather not reduce the number of white students, he said, and because they have a limited number of spaces in each class, they turn away qualified Asian-Americans to make room for underrepresented minorities.

Many Asian-Americans in the MIT community oppose Hu. "Affirmative action does not have to conflict with the `merit-based' plans touted by its opponents," said Vivian Wu, a research fellow with the Community Fellows Program in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. The solution lies in increasing student enrollment across all racial groups, she stressed. Moreover, Asian-Americans have benefited from affirmative action, according to Wu, who is also a member of the newly formed Asian-American Caucus at MIT.[6]

"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"

Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.

This group was a split in the League of Revolutionary Struggle which soon became the Unity Organizing Committee.

Those listed as supporters of the call included Vivian Wu, U Mass/Boston, East Coast Asian Student Union, Boston. .


  1. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 189, Issue 43, 16 April 1986]
  2. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 191, Issue 58, 13 May 1987 ]
  3. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 193, Issue 56, 10 May 1988 ]
  4. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 192, Issue 65, 26 January 1988 ]
  5. [Unity October 30, 1989]
  6. [1]