Letters to the Editor: Pacquiao’s Lightning Punches, Remakes Lost in Translation, Prop 8 ‘Yes’ Bandwagon, What the Country Needs

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Pacquiao’s Lightning Punches
As I was in Vegas watching the fight with my own eyes (“Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya,” Dec. 12), the quickness of Manny Pacquiao seemed to come so fast that his punches looked like a clip of a slow motion film. Similar to the Matrix-style gun shooting, I felt like the gloves of the “Pacman” were creating sonic waves in the air as they connected with De La Hoya’s face.

Josh Riturban
Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 12

Remakes Lost in Translation
When Asian movies are remade, the cultural flavors are lost in translation (Reel Stories, Dec. 12). The original movies are already complex and good, so the remakes tend to pale in comparison. Occasionally a remake works because the cultural elements are the same or can be replaced in another culture. There is no need for remakes if Americans are not too lazy to read subtitles. Plus, they can find more satisfaction in watching movies because foreign movies provide a wealth of stories that American movies don’t make due to the bottom line.

Hue Huynh
Castro Valley, Calif., Dec. 13

Prop 8 ‘Yes’ Bandwagon
As a pastor at a multi-Asian Christian church, our members voted either yes or no on Prop 8 but did not make an issue of it (“Behind the Asian American Split Vote on Prop 8,” Nov. 28). This was such a divisive issue that I held my vote on Prop 8 close to my vest. Our refusal to jump on the “yes” bandwagon sent a message to our people — that we will not be drawn into this fight that will put at risk our progress in making inroads for the greater community.

Rev. Dr. Ken Fong
Rosemead, Calif., Dec. 10

What the Country Needs

Stop focusing on the legal status and focus on the benefits (“Not ‘A Mexican Thing’: Undocumented Asian Students Face Stigma,” Nov. 7). The U.S. has already invested in K-12 education for these children and quite a few of them are intelligent enough to make it to college. Why not allow them to stay, grant them citizenship and allow them to invest back into the country? Paid citizens equal tax-payers.

We need people, educated and non-educated. We need them for social security, to become educated to make money and to buy houses. The economy cannot survive without them. How can you blame someone for the choices their parents made? And if you go back to the situation that their parents were in, how could you blame the parents for making the choices they made?

Erika Torres
Montebello, Calif., Dec. 2

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