you for running the very informative article by Denise Owen Harrigan
on “The Far East Connection” (Spring 2002) and enlightening me on
a subject about which I was totally ignorant.
I would, however, like to make one small suggestion, and that is
to annotate your style manual to avoid the use of the obsolete geographic
name “Far East.” For at least a half century it has been criticized
as being Eurocentric and has been superseded, at least among academics,
by “Asia.” For example, the Far Eastern Association, founded in
1939, changed its name about a decade later to the Association for
Asian Studies. But regrettably, I continue to attend monthly meetings
of the Far East Luncheon Group, whose membership primarily includes
State Department types and other government officials so steeped
in tradition that they cannot change. I have more hope for Syracuse
Warren Tsuneishi ’43
picture caption in the Spring 2002 issue refers to Beijing’s Red
Square. Red Square is in Moscow. Tiananmen Square is in Beijing.
I must tell you that overall I enjoy the magazine. As an alumni
representative for the Office of Admissions, I find the articles
and updates interesting and informative. Please, though, a little
more careful checking for accuracy.
Tony Hirsch ’69
the article “Exploring Diversity” and Project CODE (Spring 2002),
I’m disappointed that the University’s Center for Career Services
would spend time dealing with such a divisive and superficial subject.
What does “diversity” have to do with a good education? How about
a program that focuses on the fact that, as Americans, domestic
university students of whatever color have a lot more in common
than they have differences—and all should celebrate that fact. Programs
like Project CODE, by their nature, foster the opposite, and ultimately
detract from the “real” educational process.
Peter G. Parsons ’70
Winter 2001-02 issue was touching, uplifting, and quite memorable.
The photographs captured the horror of the day’s events and the
compassion of the people in New York and Washington, D.C. The personal
tales by SU students and alumni captured the true friendship that
these people feel for each other.
Karen Boyd Casey ’74
Your “Time of Terror” piece (Winter 2001-02) was astonishing in
its sensitivity and power. What magnificent journalism. You and
your staff are to be highly commended. The photography was gripping
and the stories were riveting.
Regardless of the evil designs of the perpetrators, there was good
that came of this awful tragedy. Our country has finally begun to
respond accordingly to those who defend, protect, and heal the human
soul. Thank you so much for this outstanding issue.
Steve Watrous ’71
take great issue with Mehrzad Boroujerdi’s remark about “America’s
unqualified support for Israel and its lack of evenhandedness” in
the Winter 2001-02 issue. All Israel has ever asked from the United
States is not to intrude itself so much that it spares Arab states
the need to negotiate directly with Israel. The second thing Israel
has asked is that the United States not propose a specific outcome
such as withdrawal to the borders of X or Y in exchange for recognition.
The root cause of ill will in the Arab world toward the United States
has little or nothing to do with Israel. It is the result of the
state-run media in most Arab countries spewing forth a steady diet
of anti-American and anti-Israeli rhetoric with mind-numbing frequency.
When the population of a totalitarian regime is for or against anything
en masse, it is almost always because the state has been actively
involved in shaping public opinion.
Elliot F. Eisenberg G’92, G’96
more of the Maxwell School faculty when commenting about the September
11 terrorist attacks than a parroting of “the official story” (Winter
2001-02). Based on my personal experiences by age 30, I had learned
quite a lot about the difference between what we read, see, and
hear from the news media and how the world actually is. Why haven’t
the faculty who wrote the articles been able to do the same? One
has only to subscribe to one or more magazines published by the
alternative press to discover explanations of some events that make
more sense than what our elected officials offer us. Once you realize
that everybody has a point of view, you learn to seek out several
sources of information before making up your own mind.
Andi Weiss Bartczak ’69
Catskill, New York