I HAVE read several of David Chu's columns in the South China Morning Post and in the interests of putting a little variety into his writing, I feel I must bring to his attention a fact which should be obvious: the world is round, not rectangular. It is infinitely more complex and fascinating than the flat seesaw-style world in which he imagines that the liberal, decadent, drug-addicted 'West' is balanced against the morally upright 'East', where village elders rear the population on a diet of herbs and Confucius (March 21).
Rather than perpetuate the myths and generalisations that characterise the rectangularist thoughts of so many would-be political philosophers these days (mostly in China, Hong Kong and Singapore), why not focus on one or two of the ostensible vices and virtues mentioned in the column and expand upon them? Find out some facts, do some more in-depth research (you don't necessarily have to restrict that to Chinese and Anglo-Saxon societies), and then draw conclusions? That would be far more constructive and interesting, than these dreary East/West simplifications of the real world, even though knowledge obtained in such a way may sometimes be less flattering.
ALEX SHIH Tai Po