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December 18, 2009 at 4:01 PM

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'Bodies: The Exhibition' still hair-raising

Posted by Letters Editor

Better ways to educate public on human body, disease

Editor, The Times:

We are dismayed that the organizers of the “Bodies: The Exhibition” have chosen to bring their exhibit back to Seattle [“ ‘Bodies: The Exhibition’ returns to Seattle,” Seattletimes.com, Health, Oct. 10].

There are ways to educate the general public about the human body and disease without resorting to the mining of dead bodies from overseas for their prurient shock value. We are offended at the disingenuous attempt to profit commercially from human remains.

As Chinese Americans, we have a millennia-old culture of showing respect to our dead, a culture of respect that has been violated by the “plastination” process and staging of these bodies for sensational display.

This is desecration, pure and simple.

We encourage others to think twice before choosing to spend their money to support this kind of sordid moneymaking enterprise.

— Ron Chew, Lily Jung, Debbie Louie, Seattle

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