Professor suspended after asking Vietnamese student to ‘anglicize’ her name

A professor in Oakland, Calif. is facing

backlash after his email exchange with

a Laney College student leaked online.

In the exchange, Professor Matthew Hubbard

asks a Vietnamese student to “anglicize” her

name because it “sounds like an insult in English”.

In the email exchange, the professor tells the

freshman, whose name is Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen.

that he needs to address her by

a different name because “your

name in English sounds like F**k B**”.

When Nguyen replied explaining that

the request was discriminatory, Hubbard

said, “I understand you are offended,”.

“but you need to understand that your

name is an offensive sound in my language”.

Nguyen grew up in the U.S., so English is

not exclusively the professor’s “language”.

She had also been excited to start college

so she could use her legal name after

years of going by the nickname “May” .

Hubbard has since been

suspended from the school.

“People should not be embarrassed

of their name and they should be

proud of their name,” Nyugen told ABC13

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