National Geographic : 2007 Jan
age that was created by Japanese invaders who aimed to rule China. It is not different from someone from Holland preaching to the U.S. on how to address racial hatred in "New Amsterdam." WEN ZHANG New York, New York From the story's editor, Oliver Payne: We were aware of the difficulties surrounding the term Manchuria but decided to use it on the cover and sparingly in the article itself because most of our readers immedi ately associate it with the northeastern part of China. Throughout the article, we were careful to use the preferred Chinese term Dongbei or the geographic label Northeast. As much as I am aware of poverty around the world, this article brought home the desperate plight of the poor of this region. I despaired for the seeming hopelessness of their situa tion. Then I turned the page to look upon a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes. Could anything have been more inappropriate than to follow the story of the poor of China with this display of intolerable conspicuous consumption? STEVE MILLER Santa Fe, New Mexico The Joy of Shoes I read your interesting article about the extravagantly inventive, outrageously expensive, often impractical, but undeni ably elegant torture instruments for our feet. They were created for exquisitely sophisticated, body-crunching, but soul liberating martyrdom. I have found an escape from this foot-strangling prison a pair of old slippers, expertly molded by years of unstinting use by my own two feet. Beauty may be in the eye Write, Email, Fax Write National Geographic Magazine, PO Box 98199, Washington, DC 20090-8199 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 202-828-5460 Include name, address, and daytime telephone. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. What can we do about SO MANY PEOPLE slipping through the cracks of the HEALTH INSURANCE system? "SOMETIMES when people need their medicines most, they can't pay for them. To people who are eligible, we give GSK medicines for practically free. We believe it isn't enough to make medicines if people can't afford to take them." To learn more, call 1-866-GSK-FOR-U - GlaxoSmithKline Finding a way forward.