Indonesians Are Crazy About America Why Not Its Cars?

The articles "The Asia America is ignoring" (Editorials, Jan. 20) and "When will Bush stop thinking small on Japan?" (Top of the News, Jan. 20) were right on target. We were overwhelmed on a visit to Indonesia by the dominance of Japanese vehicles on the overcrowded highways in that country and the lack of representation by the U. S.

We found the people in Indonesia to be fascinated with America, and they were very curious about all aspects of our lives.

It is American music you hear everywhere, American clothes are worn by everyone, and schoolchildren stop you on the street to practice their English. An ambition of almost everyone we spoke to was to visit America, particularly California. Why, then, would they not want our cars?

William and Beverly Webster

Bakersfield, Calif.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.