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September 05, 2004

Re: "Heights of the Himalayas" (Aug. 15): I read with great interest your article about the opening of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. However, it states that "one thing the museum will not do is focus on the politics of Tibet and its subjugation by China." I know I am not alone when I say I find this disturbing.

For the Rubins to profit so much from Himalayan art and not give back to the region by way of political advocacy is unbecoming, irresponsible and cowardly. There needs to be a sustained public consciousness and pressure about the ongoing occupation of Tibet if the situation is ever to be resolved. What use is trying to promote ancient artifacts when the artists themselves are vanishing as we speak?

Connie Pham

Laguna Niguel

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