David Waterstram

Obviously Chang is not only exquisitely exotic and desirable, she's also infinitely intelligent and all-knowing. My father was a tall Dutchman and my mother a small Indonesian woman. And to think all this time I thought my parents had fallen in love. Nope, it was nothing but Yellow Fever. I'm sure the Fever must have hit again with my uncle, who was Dutch- Indonesian, and my aunt, who is Chinese. Come to think of it, my entire family tree (Dutch, Indonesian, and some Chinese, to boot) was probably diseased by the dreaded Fever. As if being an immigrant and Eurasian didn't come with its own set of misunderstandings and cross-cultural confusion. Now I have to face the possibility that I'm just a product of my father's Asian fetish. I'm so sorry that Chang has to deal with the burden of being so wanted and desired by all those afflicted with the Fever. Poor girl.

Hans Curtius
Huntington Beach, California

Alternative weakly

I can only surmise The Village Voice thinks its female readers are brain-dead and undeserving of intelligent, quality health coverage. That's the only explanation I can find for the low-quality read your publication offered in the "Women's Health Supplement" [October 18–24]. The alternative-health article was ditzy and thin on substance. The best piece was the article on lesbian couples seeking fertility treatments, but even that seemed as though a student or intern wrote it. The supplement's not a terrible idea, but it needs a lot of improvement before your female readers will invest time in it.

Mary Lochner
Anchorage, Alaska


The research assistants for Wayne Barrett's story "Serph's Up" [November 15–21] were omitted. They are Adam Fleming, Keach Hagey, Luke Jerod Kummer, and Damien Weaver.

In the same issue, "Too Hot to Handle," a story by Catherine Wigginton in the Education Supplement, erroneously placed Stuyvesant High School in Brooklyn. It's in Manhattan.

Also in that issue, the wrong photo appeared with Deborah Jowitt's review of Sin-cha Hong's Pilgrimage. The photo was of Meredith Monk's piece Impermanence.

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