This post was edited by pnp at 2020-6-22 14:54|
A college professor has been placed on administrative leave following a racist incident where he refused to call a student by her given name and instructed her -- twice -- to “anglicize” her name.
Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen, a Vietnamese American freshman college student at Laney College in Oakland, California, was on her second day of classes and was looking forward to using her legal name after years of being called “May” when she received an abrupt email request from her trigonometry professor, Matthew Hubbard.
The request? Anglicize her name.
Nguyen said she spent time on Friday speaking with the vice president of Laney College and feels satisfied with the school’s response in spite of the “ignorant person not trying to learn her name” and that she still plans to use her legal name going forward, which in Vietnamese means “happiness blessing,” according to Nguyen.
"People should not be embarrassed of their name and they should be proud of their name,” Nguyen told KGO in an interview. “I hope they'll feel more comfortable using their real name rather than using a whitewashed name."
Many Chinese students unfortunately are very fond of introducing themselves with fake English names to foreigners. They shouldn't do that; they should be proud of their Chinese names!