USC Communications Professor “on a Short-Term Break” for Giving Chinese Word “Neige” as Example …
Campus Reform has the story on Prof. Greg Patton, who is “no longer teaching his” Fall semester course:
“Recently, a USC faculty member during class used a Chinese word that sounds similar to a racial slur in English. We acknowledge the historical, cultural and harmful impact of racist language,” the statement read.
Patton “agreed to take a short term pause while we are reviewing to better understand the situation and to take any appropriate next steps.”
It includes this video, which USC confirms is authentic:
His international work has primarily focused on China and the Pacific Rim. He is a key advisor to the Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership at USC, a member of USC’s US-China Institute and teaches several courses at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai in the Marshall School’s Global Executive MBA Program.
Dr. Patton leads MBA learning programs in Korea and China and has advised on several hundred consulting engagements throughout the Pacific Rim in more than a dozen countries.
Prof. Victor Mair (Language Log), a linguist and Sinologist, passes along this statement from the USC Marshall School of Business dean about the controversy:
Dear Full-Time MBA Class of 2021,
Thank you for your interest and involvement in the current situation concerning the Class of 2022 and their GSBA-542 experience. This matter is of great importance to all of us. Accordingly, I want to make you aware of the action we are taking. This action is described in the attached email* that was just sent to all students in the Class of 2022.
[*see next item below]
Last Thursday in your GSBA-542 classes, Professor Greg Patton repeated several times a Chinese word that sounds very similar to a vile racial slur in English. Understandably, this caused great pain and upset among students, and for that I am deeply sorry. It is s
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