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UC Berkeley IG Post Says Xenophobia Towards Asians is ‘Normal’ Over Coronavirus Fears

A post on an official UC Berkeley Instagram account sparked concern and outrage on Thursday after listing xenophobia against Asian students as being a “normal reaction” to fears over the coronavirus threat.

Adrienne Shih, a former UC Berkeley alumni and an audience engagement editor at the Los Angeles Times, tweeted a screenshot of a post from the Instagram account @bewellcal saying, “Confused and honestly very angry about this Instagram post from an official @UCBerkeley Instagram account. When is xenophobia ever a ‘normal reaction’?”

UC Berkeley Removes Name of Lawyer Who Pushed for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

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The University of California, Berkeley “denamed” a law school building named after a lawyer whose views led to the promulgation of the notorious Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

The move, announced on Thursday, is the result of a three-year process that commenced after a lecturer discovered the racist writings of John Henry Boalt, who argued that two “non-assimilating races” — the Caucasian and Mongolian races — “never yet lived together harmoniously on the same soil, unless one of these races was in a state of servitude to the other.”

For The First Time in 150 Years, Taiwanese Student Gives Graduation Speech at UC Berkeley

A bioengineering student from Taiwan became the first Taiwanese citizen to give a graduation speech at the University of California at Berkeley.

Yeh Tsai-chu (葉采衢), who received her master’s degree in translational medicine (MTM), was chosen as the master’s student speaker at the university on behalf of graduate students from the College of Engineering.