This Asian Heritage Month, try foods other than ramen and sushi

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Regarding “17 Must-Try Restaurants for Houston Asian Restaurant Month, One for Every Cuisine(May 3): Houston, as you know, is very diverse, and it was nice to see the Chron recognize some elements of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month. But this article should have been written by a whole of writers familiar with Asian cuisine, however broad its scope.

Some of the choices seem unfortunately grouped together. Himalaya is a spectacular Indo-Pakistani restaurant, yes, but how could one represent the many outstanding restaurants in the North, South, East and West of India, which has a population of over 1.3 billion? and its own representation in Houston. There’s a whole neighborhood in southwest Houston that offers an assortment of delicious food from the many different countries that make up Southeast Asia.

Yes, we have a major “China Town” too, but three of the 17 entries in the article are from regions of China (a choice of typical American palates, I might add), and two entries for Japan (ramen and sushi, more American). oriented favourites). Yes, there are mentions of Filipino, Thai, Malaysian, South Korean, and Taiwanese food, but hundreds of better options exist.

What he tells me, an Asian American, is that the Chron doesn’t care to celebrate the truly magnificent repertoire of culture we have in this city – because it doesn’t fit the bland palates of its main readers. The Chron missed a great opportunity. Have you tasted Houston cuisine from Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Laos and the fusion cuisine that our melting pot has stimulated?

Sonal Patel, Houston

Student loans

On “Activists Keep Up the Pressure as Biden Assesses Student Debt Movement” (April 30): President Biden continues to consider forgoing student loans taken out. As a taxpayer, I don’t remember co-signing these loans. I don’t remember agreeing to the study programs or loan amounts. I can’t remember where the Constitution allows the government to print even more money to buy a generation’s votes.

Bryan Roy, cypress

Why is Joe Biden just trying to forgive student loans and ignore everyone? If he wants to be ‘fair and equitable’, shouldn’t he consider students who have actually paid off their student loans or students who have struggled to make their way through college and get a form of relief? And would there be some kind of forgiveness for open balances on second mortgages or loans that parents took out to pay for their child’s college education? And what form of reimbursement will there be for parents who dipped into their retirement accounts to pay for a college education? How far should this “forgiveness” go?

Robert M. Louie, Houston

I am very much in favor of the government canceling student debt, especially since I believe it will also repay those of us who have already struggled for many difficult years to repay student loans.

Debbie A. Schnautz, Pasadena

Regarding “Opinion: Biden is trying to buy votes with student loan forgiveness” (May 1): In a recent letter to the Houston Chronicle, David Reynolds claims that many college graduates cannot pay off their debts because they have picked the wrong major and couldn’t get a good-paying job, saying, “It’s safe to assume that very few of these low-paying graduates have degrees in engineering, math, or chemistry and that most graduates poorly paid have humanities degrees. I have news for David. My wife graduated with a degree in chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology and always struggled to find a well-paying job after we got married. Mr. Reynolds, you know what they say about “assuming,” right?

David Kelly, Spring

Sickness policies

Regarding “Houston ER doctors say they were told to work while sick and avoid COVID testing in new lawsuit” (April 27): As a patient safety activist, I work with many frontline caregivers in the medical professions. I am told that we are often expected to work, if possible, while sick. Of course, there is a limit to this when the disease becomes overwhelming. There are indirect ways of encouraging people to work in the event of illness. One way is for the employer to combine annual leave and sick leave into one category. By doing this, a sick employee knows that she is giving up time off if she is not working while sick. In health care, this can be an invitation to suboptimal care for the patient. Managing healthcare professionals at the height of the pandemic hasn’t been easy, but expecting employees to survive their illness seems a bit cruel to me.

John T. James, Houston

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