Letters Improve Cultural Understanding
In the May 2 issue of The Tech, Miguel Valença Pires describes the reaction of some Chinese students to the cartoons critical of their country as a personal “attack,” and advises “brushing aside the criticism” or “taking it at face value.”
Irony aside, why should those be the only choices? I, for one, applaud The Tech for tirelessly printing “endless [l]etters” from diverse opinions, including those of Chinese students at MIT — not a small part of this community.
These letters have been measured and thought-provoking in the main, and have since elicited an ongoing discussion from which we will all learn something. This is a great outcome, considering a few issues back we only had what the “ambivalent” author himself describes as unfunny cartoons.