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Duke professor removed for telling students not to speak Chinese [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2019-1-29 11:28:09 |Display all floors
Freedom of speech in your native tongue is sorely trampled upon!  She deserves it!! No sympathy for a racist!

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Post time 2019-1-29 15:32:49 |Display all floors
It serves her right.
Believe it or not, it's true.

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Post time 2019-1-29 15:39:14 |Display all floors
This post was edited by wchao37 at 2019-1-30 11:48
pnp Post time: 2019-1-29 11:28
Freedom of speech in your native tongue is sorely trampled upon!  She deserves it!! No sympathy for  ...

Agreed.

Duke is in North Carolina -- a frontline state during the 1860-5 Civil War.

Looks like the Confederates are still fighting the war in their dreams.

No wonder that country is so divided -- some want to build a wall to fend off the Mexicans, others don't.

Some would even go so far as to find fault with Chinese students speaking their own language in public places -- comparable to stopping Americans or Englishmen from speaking English near Beijing University.

That's why there is no hope for these folks -- they are still at the 2G stage while 5G-equipped Chinese companies have roared past them.

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Post time 2019-1-29 15:47:53 |Display all floors
Being LOUD is the problem here. American tourists have also been admonished for speaking in LOUD voices.  Anyone who can't keep their voice down to an acceptable volume is annoying, regardless of race.

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This post was edited by wchao37 at 2019-1-29 16:05
msrong Post time: 2019-1-29 15:47
Being LOUD is the problem here. American tourists have also been admonished for speaking in LOUD voi ...

However, the objection is about the students speaking their language.  

The part about the noise level is so subjective that it sounds like an afterthought.

If noise had really been the target of the original complaint the professor wouldn't have been fired.

It WAS about the language.  

It never was about the noise until the case broke into the open.

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cmknight Post time: 2019-1-29 10:12
It sounds to me like the volume at which these students were speaking was the larger issue at play ...

Want to prove you are that glowstick again?

You can see from the picture that most of the students are from China.

They weren't in the lab or the classroom when they spoke their own language.

No professor in North Carolina would have been fired because of complaint of noise levels.

What's at stake here is the reference to take down the names of the students so that they wouldn't be admitted into the masters program if they went for an interview, which revealed the true nature of the complaint.

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Post time 2019-1-29 17:12:16 |Display all floors
This post was edited by wchao37 at 2019-1-29 17:15

In the majority of these cases, the only thing the Neelies of this world need to do is to put themselves in the position of the fee-paying students.

American universities welcome Chinese students because the latter pay full tuition as non-resident foreigners for the courses they take in the States.  Many such 'universities' would actually be near bankruptcy if funds from foreign students are not forthcoming.

That's why they are in a hurry to make amends for the mishap, especially since there is solid evidence presented in the form of a printscreen shot of Neely's email.

Would the faculty of Chinese universities feel strange if a group of American students gather in open spaces and communicate with one another only in English?

Would any Chinese faculty be talking about barring these American students from enrolling in the masters program?

The Chinese would actually feel very strange if relatively new American students gather as a group in common areas and talk only in Chinese!

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