Loyola Marymount University
In praise of ethnic studies -- and ethics studies

To the editor: Ethnic studies does not need to be isolated from other teaching. It can be blended into the curriculum as it was in my American literature classes before my retirement in 2002, before the curriculum became test-driven. ("In L.A. schools, the time has come for ethnic studies classes," Dec. 15) Aside from the usual literary tomes, we read Native American and Latino poetry, records from Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and Olaudah Equiano as well as slave journals and sale records. We read longer works by Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison and Rudolfo Anaya. We read about Japanese internment. If ethnic studies is to be an isolated program, I hope that it can still use...