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Black-Asian Love

Glad to see something in the Asian community that’s not centering around white people only (“Talking Shop: ‘BlAsian Exchanges,’” Dec. 14). It is time we pay some attention to other interracial relationships other than white men/Asian women. Thank you for publishing such an enlightening article.

Robert Lau,
San Francisco, Calif.
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This is surprising. I myself have been very attracted to Asian males ever since I was young. Back then, I would always be worried of what others were going to think, and that look my boyfriend and I would always get in public. But now, I really enjoy the attention I am getting from them: whether they like us or not, nothing can break us apart.

(last name not provided)
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I am a black female college student who has always been attracted to Asian guys. In the past, I was always afraid to share that fact with anyone, especially other black females who usually think it’s weird. Now, I don’t care what people think.


We are all the human race, and it shouldn’t bother people to see a couple of different colors together in love. In a few decades, I know the numbers of BlAsian couples in the U.S. will increase tremendously.

Diana Asaolu
Arlington, Tex.
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Hmong New Year Traditions

Hmong New Year Traditions Continue Despite Generation Gaps” (Dec. 14) provided good insight on Hmong New Year celebrations and the Hmong community.


I was, however, surprised by Yia Vang’s comment that “the more successful you are in America, the less involved you become in your own community.”


My sense is that Ms. Vang has not had enough real world experience to appreciate the many things successful Hmong individuals offer to the general community, and not just the Hmong community. Successful, highly educated Hmong, like anyone else in America, are about evolving with better things and not sticking to traditions.

Fong Lee
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Lack of APA Movie Stars

One issue I take with Phil Chung is that he feels Jack Nicholson had what it took to be a star, and the example he gives is Nicholson’s persistence and hard work (“Where Are the APA Movie Stars?” Reel Stories, Dec. 14). He then goes on to say there aren’t any actors in our community who possess the “understanding” of a Nicholson — which means there aren’t any APA actors that practice persistence and hard work? If that is the message, Chung is gravely mistaken.

Brian Jian
Los Angeles, Calif.
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Giants’ Japanese Wish List

Kazuo Fukumori signed with Texas, and Kazuhiro Wada is now a Chunichi Dragon, so they aren’t available (“Bay Area Baseball’s Christmas Wishes Could be Fulfilled in Japan,” Dec. 14).

Yukinaga Maeda is an aging southpaw, who hasn’t been able to get lefties out the last three seasons and has been helpless against right-handers.

Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi is intriguing, but his fastball is usually in the low 80s, and he doesn’t get past the fifth inning much.

San Francisco should keep its powder dry for when Yomiuri standout pitcher Koji Uehara becomes available as a free agent after next season.

Gary Garland
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Vietnam-U.S. Relations

Thank you for the alternative perspective (“Vietnam and the U.S.: 100 Years of Missed Opportunities,” Giang Ho, Dec. 7). Too many young Vietnamese don’t know this part of history and have been fooled by the “truth” we were taught in school.

(last name not provided)
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Currently, the United States military’s Pacific chief of staff is visiting Vietnam to discuss regional security, and although the two events are not related, China is forming its local administration to run Paracel Islands. What will happen? Will it be a war between Vietnam and China? If so, should I go back and put my differences on a side and join the current government? Who will be the foreign superpower that Vietnam can lean on?

Tim Nguyen
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Butting Out

Let’s Help Smokers Quit” (Voices From The Community, Dec. 7) raises two important issues: smokers who want to quit usually need help to be successful, and Asian American smokers need culturally sensitive assistance.
The Center for Family and Community Health (cfch.berkeley.edu) at the University of California, Berkeley, is currently conducting a study of two self-help smoking cessation programs for Korean Americans. The study offers smokers the opportunity to quit smoking in the comfort and privacy of their homes.

Study participants are offered a free, self-help stop smoking program in Korean or English, which allows them to follow their progress through each stage of quitting.

If you are a Korean American and would like more information about the study, please visit beatsmoking.net.

Hyun-Ju Lee
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