A professor at Laney College was put on administrative leave after asking a Vietnamese American student to “anglicize” her name because it “sounds like an insult in English.”
In the post, Hubbard asks Quynh’s sister, Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen, to anglicize her name. The freshman student refused his request and instead told him that she would file a complaint if he “can not refer to me by my given birth name.”
Hubbard continued to discriminate Nguyen.
“Your name in English sounds like F**k Boy. If I lived in Vietnam and my name in your language sounded like Eat a D**k, I would change it to avoid embarrassment both on my part and on the part of the people who have to say it.
“I understand you are offended, but you need to understand your name is an offensive sound in my language,” he added. “I repeat my request.”
Quynh says her sister is still in disbelief following the professor’s email.
“My sister is angry and in shock because of the treatment,” Quynh told NextShark. “This is her first time experiencing ignorance and direct discrimination of this kind.”
Prior to the exchange, Quynh explained that her sister was “emailing him to turn in an assignment that was due for his class.”
“He corrected her work and then followed with an email for her to ‘anglicize’ her name,” she added.
“He was very quick to reply with the second email making it clear that he did not respect her name and identity at all, and wanted to continue to uphold his request.”
In another post, Quynh shared a short clip of Hubbard referring to her sister as P Nguyen, adding, “I wanna [know] why he can’t just ask my sister how to pronounce her name.”
Many social media users called out Hubbard and Laney College in the now-viral tweet from user @aybarlyy
Another user also called out the Peralta Community College District where Laney College serves.
Hubbard is now under administrative leave as Laney College investigates the incident, according to a statement.
“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 statement reads.
“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.”