Dr. William Shine
27D Bond Street
Great Neck, NY 11021-2046
Dear Dr. Shine,
I am an independent researcher and have spent the last four years exploring my family roots. I have attached a short article that I wrote, and hope it will provide you with a small scope of my interests. I would like to find answers to the following questions, stemming from the controversy over MiddleView of April 2003. My concern in this matter is not on immigration, but rather on long-established discord between East and West. I hope you can take some time to help me by responding to the questions below:
- Why do you think the Asian community got so upset over the article?
- Was it obvious to you that she wasn’t targeting China, but only using it as an example to express her opinion?
- Do you think the Asian community has been so inflamed if she had used Greece as an example instead?
- Do you think the matter was blown out of proportion?
- To your knowledge, was any Asian student ever ridiculed in the cafeteria due to the article?
- If you feel that If You Move To America You Need To Be An American was inappropriate, what is your view of the article on the same page that suggested America Should Be Bilingual?
- Was Colette Lelchuk ever ridiculed for suggesting that America Should Be Bilingual?
- Would the furor have abated if you did not profusely apologize and promise to publish a former letter?
- How would school have handled the incident differently?
- Were those two articles picked to be published by the social studies teacher, or did the student-editors decide to publish it on their own?
- Specifically, what points in If You Move To America You Need To Be An American do you feel were inappropriate and why?
Thank you very much for your time and assistant. I am looking forward to your reply.