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UCLA condemns video criticizing Asian students

UCLA officials are condemning a video making its way around the Internet that shows a white UCLA student criticizing the behavior of Asian students.

The video has generated criticism on campus and a university spokesman said officials were looking into the matter.

"We've seen the video and it includes comments that we find offensive," spokesman Phil Hampton said. "They are contrary to the values of UCLA."

In the video, the female student, Alexandra Wallace, complains about the manners of Asian students, among other things. An excerpt: 

The problem is these hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every single year, which is fine. But if you're going to come to UCLA then use American manners.

So it used to really bug me but it doesn't bother me anymore the fact that all the Asian people that live in all the apartments around me -- their moms and their brothers and their sisters and their grandmas and their grandpas and their cousins and everybody that they know that they've brought along from Asia with them -- comes here on the weekends to do their laundry, buy their groceries and cook their food for the week. It's seriously, without fail. You will always see old Asian people running around this apartment complex every weekend. That's what they do. They don't teach their kids to fend for themselves. You know what they don't also teach them, is their manners.


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People are offended by everything now.

Screw it. Those days are over.

People need to be emotionally honest and direct if we are to build a better society.

Let's face it. Not everyone is equally educated in proper manners and civility. The only way they become educated on these matters is to be confronted on them.

Avoidance only worsens a problem.

Alexandra Wallace's video only served to highlight her own ugliness and lack of class, and the fact that she thinks she speaks for UCLA with comments like "if you're going to come to UCLA then use American manners" is ridiculous. I'm embarrassed that she actually got in to this school, as I thought the academic requirements were pretty rigorous.

so ..... no free speech allowed? - I don't get it - this woman has an opinion and is entitled to it

She's not just racist, she's dumb. How did she even get into UCLA?

Alexandra Wallace wrote:"hordes of Asian people"
"But if you're going to come to UCLA then use American manners."
"everybody that they know that they've brought along from Asia with them"
"You know what they don't also teach them, is their manners."

Is she for real? Who is this ignorant racist "Alexandra Wallace"?
"hordes of Asian people"? REALLY???
She chose to use the word HORDES to describe Asians.
Alexandra Wallace uses the language last used in earlier 20th Century 's racist stereo type images of "Yellow Peril".

She is labeling Asians, not as individuals but as a group, with poor manners.
"brought along from Asia..."???
She thinks not one of them Asians were born in the U.S.?

She needs to see a shrink and take her medicine.
Asians are not her problem, Alexandra Wallace IS her problem.

hmm sounds like she's jealous she doesn't have anyone doing her laundry or cooking for her....

That's her opinion...think what you will. She's entitled to it.

Give her a break. She made it clear at the beginning she means no harm, and hope nobondy gets offended. She should be entitled to her own opinion. Besides, if what she says happens it true, i believe she has a point.

She's got the freedom to be a fool; and she's simply exercising it.

Those citing free speech, look at the UCLA Student Code of Conduct, which does not permit this. Even free speech has limits. It's pretty ironic that a Political Science major is being politically incorrect in her phrasing.

As an Asian-American who encountered racism from childhood to adult while living in the east coast (it never ends...especially in places like upper east coast states), I must say that she's entitled to her opinion. I'm not offended by her with all honesty nor do I have any personal comment about this young woman. Some people of Asian ancestry who go to UCLA are as likely culpable to have complained about particular ethnic groups just as she did.

UCLA officials should let it go.

Well, there are a lot of Asians at UCLA, and Cal for that matter - way out of proportion to their percentage of Callifornia's population. "Ms. Wallace" clearly is threatened by that disproportionate representation.

Okay, but what is UCLA going to do with Ms. Wallace? Isn't there a code of conduct by which all students are expected to abide? Or does that only include incidents of hate speech that physically occur on campus?

Of course she does have the right to voice her opinion, but she also has to be responsible and wary of the consequences when exercising that right.

I see nothing wrong with it, she's just auditioning for a job at Fox News.

What's her GPA I wonder? Is she looking over her shoulder at the Yellow Peril approaching? Gee whiz. What a bunch of dumb comments, although she has the right to them I suppose. Now we can all witness her silliness, and certainly her lack of "American manners."

Her use of racial derogatory in public media is a serious violation of the student code she is required to uphold. Hence, even if a sanitized version of her rant reflects honest observations, UCLA should discipline her and possibly even expel her.

UCLA must take the appropriate disciplinary measures befitting of Wallace’s violation against the UCLA Student Code of Conduct and UCLA’s Principle of Community, which states:

“We do not tolerate acts of discrimination, harassment, profiling or other harm to individuals on the basis of expression of race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religious beliefs, political preference, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, or national origin among other personal characteristics. Such acts are in violation of UCLA’s Principles of Community and subject to sanctions according to campus policies governing the conduct of students, staff and faculty.”

Free speech? Whatever. Regardless, she violated the code. Proper punishment should be enforced. As a UCLA alum, I find this beyond ridiculous and repugnant. I can't believe a person like her got into UCLA in the first place.

What Ms. Wallace said may have been her opinion and free speech, but it is very juvenile and does paint an entire ethnic group with a broad brush of disparaging remarks.

Although I find her act shameful for someone who claims to be seeking a college education, I would not categorize her race, whatever it is, as such.

Also, what she didn't take into consideration, as so many young people fail to do, is that in this era when everyone has access to these missteps through our latest technology, any potential employer will certainly have heard of this and Ms. Wallace can't even start practicing "do you want fries with that" because McDonald's holds their employees to a higher standard.

She needs a patient counselor who can steer her to the help she seems to desperately need. I hope UCLA recognizes that.

This is only one person's opinion. It may have made the rounds on the internet, but everything does nowadays. Why even give it a bigger audience - as you did today. An Asian write for San Francisco paper was using a broad brush the other day when he was generalizing and talking about 'white people' and it was not all nice. And he is a writer that should know better - a student has alot of learning to do about life and people.

Stay classy Bruins

Ms. Wallace is more than free to express her opinions about whatever she wants, but she cannot expect to makes statements like that and not encounter criticism and backlash.

Also, in any library anywhere in the country you will always have people, asian, white, black, indian, muslim, etc., who will talk on their phone in the library. Its not just indicative to one race.

As an Asian student, I am not offended - like many of you have suggested, Wallace has her right to free speech. I don't think she should face expulsion from the school, although some sort of warning needs to take place. However, I'd watch out if I were her - I don't think Asian students would jump her, but I don't think she'd be treated with any respect from this point forward. This girl just ruined her next 10 years (and perhaps her future) because of a moment of stupidity, and don't even try to defend her by saying that she tries to retract certain comments, because she knows very well how the internet works and that things like this go viral in a minute.

I am not Asian, I am a full-blood American who is offended by this video. For one thing, many of the Americans I know and have met, have horrible manners, and I've been to many different states and met many people from around the country. I've met more immigrants and children of immigrants who have more manners than Americans who have a 100 year history in this country. Another thing, maybe it's because UCLA has a high population of Asians that she notices them on the phone in the libraries, but I've studied at 3 different colleges and EVERYBODY uses their phone in the library... either that, or they have loud conversations without any consideration for other patrons. And to be culturally correct,most Asians, as goes with Latinos and African Americans, have a very family-oriented upbringing... meaning families are going to visit their relatives in dorms here. When I dormed my family came every week to visit me. What this student is lacking is exactly what she preaches: good manners.

So SP and Amused Asian--You honestly believe that an academic institution should (and constitutionally may) discipline a student for his/her personal opinions, as voiced in a YouTube video? This is irony, right?

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