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Is Top of the Page the Best Location for Feng Shui Debate?

April 11, 1999

Can those who dismiss feng shui as being mumbo jumbo (Letters, March 28) also ignore the benefits and relief that acupuncture, acupressure and traditional Chinese medicine have brought to millions worldwide, including here in the U.S., from pain and suffering?

About 20 years ago, Western medical practitioners, who did not understand the basic concepts upon which these, feng shui and other alternative healing methods were based, scoffed at them.

Today, they are accepted and widely recognized as being beneficial and effective in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments and illnesses.

ANGI MA WONG

Feng shui consultant

Palos Verdes

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In this enlightened era, when lack of understanding of science and poor education in general [are] being lamented by our leaders, you choose to waste several column inches of important newspaper space to publicize and dignify some nonscientific garbage.

If an important and prestigious newspaper, such as The Times, treats this junk as though it were true, what is an uneducated or misinformed person to think? He is certainly going to have his belief in fairies reinforced.

You have done a grave disservice to truth and have greatly set back valiant attempts by many educators to teach scientific reasoning and critical thinking.

BRUCE L. SCOTT

Fountain Valley

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Don't let those primitive minds that wrote dissuade you from continuing this column. I applaud you for your progressive thinking and I know that when I buy my first home, I won't sign the dotted line until the house has been looked at by a feng shui practitioner.

LUCIA DEMASI

Via e-mail

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As a classically trained feng shui consultant, I can certainly understand why you are receiving complaints about the new feng shui column.

Once again, feng shui is being portrayed as a series of placebos and superstitions, further alienating those who have a right to be skeptical.

Even though Kirsten Lagatree is earnestly trying to dispense information that will help people, her knowledge of feng shui is very limited, and her column contains over-generalizations.

KARTAR DIAMOND

Feng Shui Solutions

Los Angeles

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I am thrilled that The Times is now running a regular column on the art of feng shui. I've been reading about feng shui for several years and have applied some of its techniques to my home and office and have found very positive results.

Though I'm about as American as can be, I find studying about beliefs of other cultures to be enriching to my own understanding of my fellow man.

With the large Asian population of Southern California, I applaud The Times for setting aside a regular section on feng shui for all of us to enjoy.

As for the comments of the letter writers: Chinese culture has been around for many centuries more than our own. I find it offensive that they scoff and make fun of something that nearly one-third of the world's population believes in.

DAN WEISS

Santa Monica

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Regarding your March 28 column on feng shui, you should have heard from every real estate person who is not Chinese by now. Basically what your article said was that Chinese deal with Chinese because they know feng shui.

The Chinese have already taken over the San Gabriel Valley, and when a local Realtor puts a home up for sale, it does not sell until a Chinese person comes in and takes over and makes the sale, and then that means a split commission.

I am not a real estate person, just a person feeling pushed out of the San Gabriel Valley area, and I have been watching all of this happen. These people wonder why we in the San Gabriel Valley do not get friendly with them; this is one of the reasons: They buy what they want.

Remember, Los Angeles is made up of many cultures, not just Chinese.

ALICE HICKS

Temple City

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We Americans pride ourselves on our ability to adapt. Nonetheless, we still need time to make changes. Feng shui is new, so it will take time to accept it. We are a clever bunch, though, and we know a good thing when we see it. So I doubt it will take long.

SHIRLEY JERRELS

Interior Designer

Feng Shui Consultant

Costa Mesa

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It is disservice to people of faith to simply say that your house should not be located near a temple because these can make you too passive.

Can you imagine the late Martin Luther King Jr. being too passive or Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa being too passive for living close to a church?

And where does this leave the countless Christian and Buddhist monastics--and monastics of other faith traditions--who spend their lives in the proximity of a church or temple in search of a more profound unity with the sacred?

Churches and temples are places of renewal and enlightenment, where people go to expand their human potential, build community and be closer to the source of all life. This is hardly a negative.

THE REV. WILFREDO BENITEZ

Anaheim

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