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A mathematics professor at a college in Oakland, California, has been placed on leave after asking a Vietnamese student to 'anglicize' her name.

Matthew Hubbard took issue with the given name of one of his freshman students, Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen.

In a series of emails sent on Wednesday, on her second day in class, he told Phuc that her name was offensive.

'Could you Anglicize your name,' he wrote. 'Phuc Bui sounds like an insult in English.'


Phuc, who had been nicknamed May while at high school, was proud of her birth name and was looking forward to using it at college, she later told ABC.

She responded to her teacher that she did not want to change it just to please him, and said she would respond by filing a Title IX complaint if he did not drop his objections.


'I understand you are offended, but you need to understand your name is an offensive sound in my language.'

Phuc, whose email correspondence was photographed and shared on Twitter by a friend, said she had no idea what the term 'Anglicize' meant.

'I never heard that before,' she told ABC.

'At that moment I was surprised, so I Googled the meaning - I didn't know what it meant so I called my best friend to ask him what does that mean?

'I was shook because growing up, they were problems with how to pronounce my name, but they would ask me how to pronounce my name.'


Hubbard did not relent when Phuc said that she did not want to 'Anglicize' her birth name


She said that Hubbard should have made an effort with his students.

Laney College's 17,722 pupils are 26 per cent Asian - the largest ethnic background of all students.

Latinx students make up 25 per cent of the pupils, and African Americans 20 per cent.

White students comprise 15 per cent of the student body.

'He's being an ignorant person and not trying to learn my name,' said Phuc.

Laney College on Thursday issued a statementsaying that Hubbard had been placed on leave.


Laney College in Oakland, California, has suspended Hubbard pending an investigation

The college acknowledged allegations of 'racist and xenophobic messages from a faulty member' who is now on 'administrative leave.'

Dr Tammeil Gilkerson, president of the college, wrote: 'We have been firm and outspoken about our mission to educate, support and inspire students to excel in an inclusive and diverse learning environment rooted in social justice.

'We want our students to feel safe and know that we honor their backgrounds, their experiences and everything that makes them unique.

'They are everything that is beautiful about our college.'

Gilkerson said the college was investigating, but was troubled by the reports.

'On the surface this incident is obviously disturbing and comes after decades of discussing and working to combat structural racism, xenophobia, and violence in both the Black and Asian Pacific Islander community,' she said.

'While our mission has been bold and unrelenting, we also recognize that our college and its community is a reflection of broader society and we must actively fight ignorance with education.


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Instead of saying anglicise, he should've asked her to change her name to a different Vietnamese name that has similar meaning to her current name but does not sound derogatory in English. But this dumba** had to say anglicise. While the concern was understandable, his advice is not.
 
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I'm with the professor. I once asked a German girl to change her name while she was studying in our school. Her name is Sina but its pronounced exactly like zina...

It was an embarrassment for the teachers too.

However, the teachers decided to call her by her surname and so did we.
 

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A mathematics professor at a college in Oakland, California, has been placed on leave after asking a Vietnamese student to 'anglicize' her name.

Matthew Hubbard took issue with the given name of one of his freshman students, Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen.

In a series of emails sent on Wednesday, on her second day in class, he told Phuc that her name was offensive.

'Could you Anglicize your name,' he wrote. 'Phuc Bui sounds like an insult in English.'


Phuc, who had been nicknamed May while at high school, was proud of her birth name and was looking forward to using it at college, she later told ABC.

She responded to her teacher that she did not want to change it just to please him, and said she would respond by filing a Title IX complaint if he did not drop his objections.


'I understand you are offended, but you need to understand your name is an offensive sound in my language.'

Phuc, whose email correspondence was photographed and shared on Twitter by a friend, said she had no idea what the term 'Anglicize' meant.

'I never heard that before,' she told ABC.

'At that moment I was surprised, so I Googled the meaning - I didn't know what it meant so I called my best friend to ask him what does that mean?

'I was shook because growing up, they were problems with how to pronounce my name, but they would ask me how to pronounce my name.'


Hubbard did not relent when Phuc said that she did not want to 'Anglicize' her birth name


She said that Hubbard should have made an effort with his students.

Laney College's 17,722 pupils are 26 per cent Asian - the largest ethnic background of all students.

Latinx students make up 25 per cent of the pupils, and African Americans 20 per cent.

White students comprise 15 per cent of the student body.

'He's being an ignorant person and not trying to learn my name,' said Phuc.

Laney College on Thursday issued a statementsaying that Hubbard had been placed on leave.


Laney College in Oakland, California, has suspended Hubbard pending an investigation

The college acknowledged allegations of 'racist and xenophobic messages from a faulty member' who is now on 'administrative leave.'

Dr Tammeil Gilkerson, president of the college, wrote: 'We have been firm and outspoken about our mission to educate, support and inspire students to excel in an inclusive and diverse learning environment rooted in social justice.

'We want our students to feel safe and know that we honor their backgrounds, their experiences and everything that makes them unique.

'They are everything that is beautiful about our college.'

Gilkerson said the college was investigating, but was troubled by the reports.

'On the surface this incident is obviously disturbing and comes after decades of discussing and working to combat structural racism, xenophobia, and violence in both the Black and Asian Pacific Islander community,' she said.

'While our mission has been bold and unrelenting, we also recognize that our college and its community is a reflection of broader society and we must actively fight ignorance with education.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...etnamese-student-Phuc-Bui-anglicize-name.html
why r u making fun of yourself?

Matthew Hubbard took issue with the given name of one of his freshman students, Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen.

In a series of emails sent on Wednesday, on her second day in class, he told Phuc that her name was offensive.

'Could you Anglicize your name,' he wrote. 'Phuc Bui sounds like an insult in English.'
you know how 'phuc' is pronounced in typical English pronounciation?

because if u do, u would understand why the teacher had a genuine concern about calling her name in the enviroment they were in
 
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A mathematics professor at a college in Oakland, California, has been placed on leave after asking a Vietnamese student to 'anglicize' her name.

Matthew Hubbard took issue with the given name of one of his freshman students, Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen.

In a series of emails sent on Wednesday, on her second day in class, he told Phuc that her name was offensive.

'Could you Anglicize your name,' he wrote. 'Phuc Bui sounds like an insult in English.'


Phuc, who had been nicknamed May while at high school, was proud of her birth name and was looking forward to using it at college, she later told ABC.

She responded to her teacher that she did not want to change it just to please him, and said she would respond by filing a Title IX complaint if he did not drop his objections.


'I understand you are offended, but you need to understand your name is an offensive sound in my language.'

Phuc, whose email correspondence was photographed and shared on Twitter by a friend, said she had no idea what the term 'Anglicize' meant.

'I never heard that before,' she told ABC.

'At that moment I was surprised, so I Googled the meaning - I didn't know what it meant so I called my best friend to ask him what does that mean?

'I was shook because growing up, they were problems with how to pronounce my name, but they would ask me how to pronounce my name.'


Hubbard did not relent when Phuc said that she did not want to 'Anglicize' her birth name


She said that Hubbard should have made an effort with his students.

Laney College's 17,722 pupils are 26 per cent Asian - the largest ethnic background of all students.

Latinx students make up 25 per cent of the pupils, and African Americans 20 per cent.

White students comprise 15 per cent of the student body.

'He's being an ignorant person and not trying to learn my name,' said Phuc.

Laney College on Thursday issued a statementsaying that Hubbard had been placed on leave.


Laney College in Oakland, California, has suspended Hubbard pending an investigation

The college acknowledged allegations of 'racist and xenophobic messages from a faulty member' who is now on 'administrative leave.'

Dr Tammeil Gilkerson, president of the college, wrote: 'We have been firm and outspoken about our mission to educate, support and inspire students to excel in an inclusive and diverse learning environment rooted in social justice.

'We want our students to feel safe and know that we honor their backgrounds, their experiences and everything that makes them unique.

'They are everything that is beautiful about our college.'

Gilkerson said the college was investigating, but was troubled by the reports.

'On the surface this incident is obviously disturbing and comes after decades of discussing and working to combat structural racism, xenophobia, and violence in both the Black and Asian Pacific Islander community,' she said.

'While our mission has been bold and unrelenting, we also recognize that our college and its community is a reflection of broader society and we must actively fight ignorance with education.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...etnamese-student-Phuc-Bui-anglicize-name.html
Btw, it seems that u have absolutely no understanding of the meaning of 'anglicized'
 

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Instead to saying anglicise, he should've asked her to change her name to a different Vietnamese name that has similar meaning to her current name but does not sound derogatory in English. But this dumba** had to say anglicise. While the concern was understandable, his advice is not.
And then the "Eat A D***" example...
 

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I mean the first 3 parts of her full name are a month full. "F**k Boy Dayum". But I have to say that in this day and age of touchy feely people the Prof should have avoided using the term 'Anglicize'.
 

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