On Monday, Chinese students arrived at the University of Melbourne ready for the first day of a new semester, only to be greeted by hateful flyers posted to the doors of buildings around campus.
One student, Lisa Lu, posted a picture of one these flyers to Twitter. Written in simplified Chinese characters, the flyer warns that Chinese students are not allowed inside the building on penalty of deportation.
Was shocked when seeing this post that said Chinese students are not allowed to the building otherwise they'll be deported! pic.twitter.com/LV2ZXkw3PM
— Lisa Lu (@lisatinglu) July 24, 2017
“I don’t know who would do this on the very first day of the new semester,” Lu wrote in response. “Even [if] it’s a joke, IT’S NOT FUNNY AT ALL.”
University security quickly removed the flyers and handed surveillance footage over to police for investigation while the university itself issued a public statement condemning the offensive posters:
The University does not tolerate activities of hatred and intolerance. We are committed to maintaining and strengthening a vibrant, inclusive and respectful campus community in which diversity is recognised, valued and celebrated.
These flyers were not produced by – or condoned by – the University of Melbourne.
Our University campus is open to the public. There is no evidence the flyers were produced or distributed by anyone associated with the University.
According to ABC, similar posters were also spotted and torn down at the city’s prestigious Monash University.
— Cheng Liu (@liu_da_cheng) July 24, 2017
Earlier this year, a similar incident occured on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin with flyers adversiting a “Special class to teach Chinese more about ethics” which asked “Did you know burping and farting are unethical? We know they aren’t bad in your culture, Oopse!”
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