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Building a bridge: Tri-Valley Asian Association hopes to help local immigrants raise their voices

Original post made on Feb 23, 2018

Sylvia Tian wants to be a "bridge" for new Asian immigrants in Pleasanton. To build a platform for them to become active community members and have their voices heard.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 22, 2018, 5:05 PM

Comments (18)

Posted by Rob U
a resident of Danville
on Feb 23, 2018 at 7:25 am

Immigrants already have a louder voice than your average member of the public here in California, the way see it.

Posted by Seth
a resident of Danville
on Feb 23, 2018 at 7:28 am

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I think we need to build a bridge for White People! Every other minority group has a clan and attacks us every single day even though we gave them the right to be here. Come on White Folks wake up. We need to stick together. There is nothing wrong with liking your own race and sticking together. They all do it why don't we?

Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 23, 2018 at 2:18 pm

California has devolved into a one party dictatorship that operates on identity politics. If you aren't a left leaning, democrat that hates Trump, loves more and more illegal immigrants, is totally in favor of multi-lingual ballots, and loves multi-culturalism, then you are walked on, and ignored.

Why not encourage assimilation of new legal immigrants, and encourage the idea that America is a melting pot ao people that love America, the American way, and speak the English language.

Or, do you favor the Balkanization of America and destruction of our way of life?

Posted by Seth
a resident of Danville
on Feb 23, 2018 at 2:58 pm

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Resident, I feel your pain. Dictatorship is an understatement! The old way was the best. And you know the saying, if it ain't broke don't fix it. All who came here respected our way and our culture. They worked hard towards assimilation and we applauded them. Now we are the outcast? The left leaning are destroying what the very people they hate built here. Pretty soon our small Danville town feeling will be gone never to return. I vote for them to stay in their own territories and stop invading ours. We are comfortable in our clean and conservative towns. If they hate us so much why are they always trying to take over our nice towns? I dare any of you to try living in the LA county or Socal. You will then really see what this diversity push is doing.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of another community
on Feb 24, 2018 at 5:56 pm

A Chinese group of ten formed the Tri Valley Asian Association, added another three hundred or so family members and friends, claim they want to "build a bridge for new Asian immigrants to Pleasanton", as quoted from Sylvia Tian (Xai Tian). Tian claims to be president of this association. The article is not clear if she was elected, appointed, or president by some default. There is much more to the Tri Valley than Pleasanton.

Asia is subdivided into forty-eight countries. The population of Alameda County California is 1.7 million. of that 1.7 million, 550,000 are Asian.

Sylvia Tian lacks credibility because she made no effort to recruit talent from the other forty-eight Asian countries. Thou, had she done so, she most likely would not be the president of this association.

With forming this association, Tian tends to insult those Asians that have been here for years, have successful careers, raised there children that are now carrying on with their own careers.

I believe this is nothing more than Sylvia Tian effort to get splashed on the front page of the local newspaper.

There are more then one hundred Asian organizations and associations already in place in the San Francisco bay area.

To name a few:
Asian American Association.
Asian American for Community involvement.
Asian American Women's Alliance.
Asian Immigrant Advocate.
Asian Women's Resource Center.
Bridge to Asia.

Posted by Seth
a resident of Danville
on Feb 25, 2018 at 7:36 am

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Isn't it odd no one is calling them racist or trying to shut them down? Only when Europeans try to form groups are we called racist, Nazis & KKK. It is time Europeans form coalitions and organizations to make sure we don't get over run by the voices who are trying to silence us. I am sure there are a lot of you reading this that are even afraid to hit the like button or even spell out the word 'White'. The silencing of white people is a totally evil, biased & racist behavior. Please do not be afraid to stand up for your own kind. We need to stick together and preserve our Danville town. It is not illegal to form White/European groups and fight for our causes.

Posted by Jerry
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 26, 2018 at 9:49 am

Seth, Don't generalized, not everyone is the same... I am Asian and I would like to see other cultural clubs:

Italian American Association
Spanish American Association
Irish American Association
European American Association
English American Association
ETC... ETC...

It's great to have cultural and share with other community members, this is the America I envision.

Posted by Seth
a resident of Danville
on Feb 26, 2018 at 12:47 pm

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Jerry I appreciate that. I do realize this thread is posting under the Asian category and I am not singling out Asians by any means. News channels have been pushing anti white propaganda and we see colleges condoning the brainwashing our European kids to hate their race and feel guilty for being 'privileged'. That is where we as Europeans and responsible parents need to draw the line. It is not your fault.

Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 26, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Don't let this idea of group identity & forming "identity group associations" fool you into the idea of crawling down the rabbit hole of the oft promoted idea of "multiculturalism", aka Balkanization of America, aka identity politics. If you must form a group, why not one that promotes the "melting pot of America" & Americanism. (But then, you would need to be astute enough not to vote for the likes of moonbeam Brown, Feinstein, C. Harris, Swalwell, G. Newsome, etc.,etc.

Posted by Jerry
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Resident - If you don't like "multiculturalism", my guess is you are in the wrong part of the country. You can check your DNA at one of those services, good chance you are not 100% of what you think you are... People like associations, its a matter of preference. If you don't like it don't join, no one is asking or begging you. I personally like different cultural experience (traveled to many different countries) and if I don't like it I just stop going.

Posted by Cape Town
a resident of Danville
on Feb 27, 2018 at 9:42 am

To Michael Austin, hope you could do a little be nobler thing than making personal attact to an individual. It is OK you don‘ like Sylvia Tian or TVAA. They already have much endorsement from the community that support them, enough to make up the portion from you. You know what? Best way to demonstrate what level of credibility you can earn from community absolutely is not by battling on keyboard like what you are doing now. Go to spend your personal time to participate local meetings, cascade down to the population who care but no time to be there, mobilize them to act, voice, and participate. Those are what Sylvia Tian is doing and earn her credibility. No one is perfect. We appreciate the one who dare to stand out and put herself under spot light and inspire a group of people to do something constructive to the community. It is such a joke to me that you suspect there is personal economic interest here. LOL. You tried to do some of community volunteer jobs , please, to experience how much you could make from spending so much time participating community affairs.

Posted by Seth
a resident of Danville
on Feb 27, 2018 at 10:37 am

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To Resident, Michael Austin, Rob U and all others who agree with us, based on the number of likes we have all received it is clear the silent majority wins once again. The others who are attacking us are most likely part of the Asian Bridge or some other minority group wanting to silence us. Not going to happen. However, if anyone is interested in finding out what Europeans are doing to form their own territory where we can live in peace without the multi cultural destruction of our towns, please hit the like button and I will fill you in.

Posted by Ben
a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2018 at 10:53 am

I am a pleasanton resident and a proud legal immigrant from China. Based on my observation, TVAA is not a "typical" minority group that you might have seen before.

The truth is,many Asians, especially Chinese from Mainland China, are actually conservatives. We believe in the freedom of speech, we embrace personal responsibility, we value diversity of ideas instead of skin color, we think unity is our strength, and we despise identity politics.

It is very sad that in California, you almost have to play victim to gain influences. Chinese Americans are doing well due to hard work, and are thus considered "privileged" by many and get penalized. Taking college admission as an example. Chinese kids have to get a SAT score 300 higher than some other race groups on average to get admitted. How fair is that? The recent math curriculum change proposed by PUSD is similar in rationale , i.e., Chinese in advance math classes are "over represented".

I apprecite TVAA 's effort in organizing members from the asian community to fight for color blind and equal treatment.

Posted by Emerybay
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 27, 2018 at 5:38 pm

As an original member of Gale Ranch/Windemere the issue as I see it is assimilation. I get that like will stick with like. When families moved here, back when Bollinger ended at the top of club sport in 1998, Shappell built out Gale Ranch and new young families moved in of all races and we knew everyone and their kids. There was 110% family participation in the schools and our kids put Gale Ranch on the map. Fast forward to 2011. Demos changed...Quickly! There was very little class/school participation (check out sports, music and extra classes that us founders paid for). So having our kids do without or having us pony up more cash, we had to ask why? Help out at school registration or the book fair and you will know why. See who is buying and paying for extra classes during those time. 2015 DVHS had aprx 2500 kids(800 family donated to Ed Fund). So the frustration starts with that. One group told me that the other group only takes they never give(She was from Fremont and has lived there for 20 years) I was shocked at her observation and she was not US born. In my business I've have helped certain people navigate things, not for the money,exactly, but to just help. Later to discover that they used me and had one of their own to do what I do for a living. Not just twice. I have good friend tell me it wasn't me. It's culture. Big nose vs small nose. I'm like WTF? We are all one. Or so I thought. Here is a test. Look at certain groups and see if the moms are carpooling your kids to practice, school or the like. See how many mom are emailing you about extra curricular activities or meeting up with you for coffee. We use to do that in the olden days of 2001! It's sad for some of us and there is no real answer. My old neighbors sold and moved away because they felt like strangers. I stayed because i'm used to being the oddball. My kids are almost done and my home is almost paid for. I don't have to participate in our neighborhood cookout or yard sales anymore. I don't have to trade wine. I'm not spending my Saturday morning at Peet's saying hello to everyone(I don't know anyone anymore) and I'm not making as many diner plans at my house. This is San Ramon living!

Posted by Donald
a resident of Blackhawk
on Feb 28, 2018 at 6:19 pm

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Posted by Seth
a resident of Danville
on Feb 28, 2018 at 6:20 pm

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Removed because it was directed to another poster and did not further the conversation.

Posted by Tom T
a resident of Danville
on Mar 5, 2018 at 1:29 pm

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I think it wise for Americans to learn more about China. Here is an excerpt from their current leader:

BEIJING — One Sunday last month, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, traveled to a village in the mountains of Sichuan Province. He wore an olive overcoat with a fur collar, which he kept zipped up even when he entered an adobe house to meet with villagers. Around an indoor fire pit, he sat among a circle of people wearing traditional clothes of the Yi minority group.

“How did the Communist Party come into being?” he asked at one point as he extolled the virtues of socialism. Without hesitating, he answered. “It was established to lead people to a happy life,” he said, and then he added:

“That’s what we should do forever.”

Mr. Xi’s remark — specifically its open-ended pledge — suddenly resonates more deeply than before. Barring the unexpected, delegates gathering this week for the annual National People’s Congress in Beijing will rubber-stamp constitutional changes that will enable Mr. Xi to remain the country’s leader indefinitely by presidential term limits.

Posted by Seth
a resident of Danville
on Mar 6, 2018 at 9:59 am

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