Earlier this week some incredibly racist fliers appeared on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, advertising a “Special class to teach Chinese more about ethics,” sparking outrage and disgust among the school’s Chinese students. The posters ask:
– Did you know copying someone else’s intellectual property is actually stealing their work and it’s against the law? We know it isn’t bad in your culture…
– Did you know faking yourself and your skills, when you are applying for a job or graduate school, is against the law?
– Did you know burping and farting are unethical? We know they aren’t bad in your culture, Oopse!
WE WILL TEACH YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
Before leaving a email address to contact to sign up to the class (which meets on Mondays from 5-7pm from April 10th to 24th) at the end.
The flyers, which were posted in multiple places around campus, have shocked the university’s Chinese students with their blatant racism.
“I’d never thought that racism could occur on the UT campus — dear friends and family, this has really touched a bottom line of civility. Everyone deserves the right to equality. Fuck racism,” wrote UT Austin student Vivi Chen.
Another Chinese student, Echo Lin, made the following post on Facebook:
When my friend send me this last night, I was in Seattle and thought it was some joke. But today, I actually saw few flyers around campus. And I am so heartbreaking💔
I was born in China and lived there for more than 20 years. It’s my homeland and Chinese people are my families. I am proud of my culture we have and still will be for the rest of my life.
I am a traveler as I visite at least one country every half year. I have seen and experienced the diversity of different cultures. Some I love, some I don’t understand but I respect. We can’t get everything we see, but we have to respect the rights of others.
I still hesitate to use the word Racist or Discrimination because it’s so painful and it’s not something we expect to happen nowadays. But admit the fact is the first step to heal. I have to say I felt racist in this flyer and I hope everyone who see this can help me make it right.
Racist concerns everyone, we are all in this together.
The university’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association has also responded to the fliers by releasing a statement, writing that: “We are deeply saddened and angered by this act of discrimination. These posters do not represent Chinese culture or traditions, nor the UT students who so proudly honor their country and heritage.”
After the fliers went viral online, UT Austin president, Gregory L. Fenves, released a statement calling them “completely unacceptable” and announcing that they were being torn down. Fenves later added that the student who had put up the offensive posters had been identified and is being dealt with under the school’s new anti-discrimination policy.
Update: We identified the student who may be responsible for hateful flyers, are reviewing under hate & bias policy https://t.co/D3zjcsEDif
— Greg Fenves (@gregfenves) April 4, 2017
In the past, Chinese students have been accused of committing ethical violations in mass in order to gain admission into top American univeristies. In China, getting Chinese students, who often lack English skills, into the most prestigious schools in the US has become a booming business with hopefuls often going to extreme lengths to get accepted.
According to a 2011 report by Zinch China, an educational consulting company, 90% of Chinese applicants submitted fake recommendations, 70% had others write their essays for them, 50% forged their high school transcripts, and 10% listed academic awards and other achievements that they never received.
In 2015, one of the biggest cheating scandals in recent memory was exposed with a group of 15 Chinese citizens accused of helping other foreign students gain admission to U.S. universities by providing intelligent impostors to take college entrance exams for their clients.
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