Laney College professor put on leave after demanding student named 'Phuc Bui' 'anglicize' her name

  

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Via:  sister-mary-agnes-ample-bottom  •  4 weeks ago  •  18 comments

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Laney College professor put on leave after demanding student named 'Phuc Bui' 'anglicize' her name
Matthew Hubbard, a mathematics professor at Oakland's Laney College, has been placed on administrative leave after emailing a Vietnamese student and instructing her to "anglicize" her name against her wishes. A series of emails between the professor and student shared on social media reveals that Hubbard reached out to a student named Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen, and wrote, "Could you Anglicize your name. Phuc Bui sounds like an insult in English." In...

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Matthew Hubbard, a mathematics professor at Oakland's Laney College, has been placed on administrative leave after emailing a Vietnamese student and instructing her to "anglicize" her name against her wishes.

A series of emails between the professor and student shared on social media reveals that Hubbard reached out to a student named Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen, and wrote, "Could you Anglicize your name. Phuc Bui sounds like an insult in English."

In a response, Nguyen stated Hubbard's request "feels discriminatory" and warned the professor she would file a complaint if he refuses to refer to her by her given birth name. Despite the student's warning, Hubbard doubled down and repeated the request.

"Your name in English sounds like F— Boy," he wrote back. "If I lived in Vietnam and my name in your language sounded like Eat a D—, I would change it to avoid embarrassment both on my part and on the part of the people who had to say it. I understand you are offended, but you need to understand your name is an offensive sound in my language. I repeat my request."

The email chain went viral, and Laney College announced Thursday that Hubbard has been placed on administrative leave while the school investigates the incident.

"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," the college wrote in a statement. "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. We do not tolerate racism, discrimination or oppression of any kind."

Eric Ting is an SFGATE digital reporter. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting


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Thrawn 31
1  Thrawn 31    4 weeks ago

Lol, what a dumbass. 

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Thrawn 31 @1    4 weeks ago
Lol, what a dumbass.

I know!  But I can't stop laughing at the 'Eat a Dick' part.  Out of all the comparative names in the world why 'Eat a Dick'?

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    4 weeks ago

Your name in English sounds like Fuck Boy," he wrote back. "If I lived in Vietnam and my name in your language sounded like Eat a Dick...

The professor is so far out of line that he'll be job hunting before he hits the enter key on his public apology, but dang if the 'eat a dick' comparison wasn't funny as heck.  I'm going to hell, aren't I?

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1  Split Personality  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2    4 weeks ago

I here he will transfer to a Community College here in TX, lol.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2.1.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Split Personality @2.1    4 weeks ago
I here he will transfer to a Community College here in TX, lol.

I can hear it now:  "Dude, I've got Professor Eat a Dick for Intro to Algebra!  Savage!"

 
 
 
Freefaller
3  Freefaller    4 weeks ago

And the teacher couldn't refer to her as Miss Nguyen?

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
3.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Freefaller @3    4 weeks ago
And the teacher couldn't refer to her as Miss Nguyen?

That would seem to be the most logical and least offensive thing to do. 

 
 
 
Freefaller
3.1.1  Freefaller  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @3.1    4 weeks ago
That would seem to be the most logical and least offensive thing to do. 

And the easiest thing.  It's been a loooooong time but I don't ever recall a teacher addressing me by my full names, just Mr and my last name.  In fact the only person who ever referred to me by my full name was my mother and if she did I knew I was in trouble.

 
 
 
Suz
3.2  Suz  replied to  Freefaller @3    4 weeks ago

I was getting ready to ask that very thing.    How silly of him.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
4  Paula Bartholomew    4 weeks ago

Hey Hubbard...Phuc you.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
5  sandy-2021492    4 weeks ago

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How the hell did he earn a degree?

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
5.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5    4 weeks ago

A large box of Cracker Jack?

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
6  Dean Moriarty    4 weeks ago

This article reminds me of the many hardships Long Duk Dong faced in the movie Sixteen Candles. 

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
6.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Dean Moriarty @6    4 weeks ago

And then there's this:

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
6.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Dean Moriarty @6    4 weeks ago

We cannot forget the legendary dice player Phyuck Yiu

 
 
 
Tacos!
7  Tacos!    4 weeks ago

This is so dumb, it's funny.

 
 
 
Steve Ott
8  Steve Ott    4 weeks ago

Maybe it would help if the prof did 'eat a dick'. Might give him some perspective.

 
 
 
Kavika
9  Kavika     4 weeks ago

Matthew Hubbard translates into Vietnamese as ''I'm a huge dumb ass''.

 
 
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