Duke Professor Is Sorry For Urging Chinese Students Not To Speak Chinese

A professor sent an email instructing Chinese students at Duke to speak only English in certain campus buildings. An uproar and an apology followed.
Megan Neely's email to Duke University graduate students in biostatistics was circulated in a tweet. Source: @siruihua via Twitter/Screenshot by NPR

A Duke University professor's email asking Chinese students not to speak their native language in the buildings that house the department of biostatistics has created quite a stir both in the United States and in China.

The email was sent by Megan Neely, director of graduate studies in the biostatistics. After two colleagues complained to her about Chinese students speaking their mother tongue "VERY LOUDLY in the student lounge/ study areas," she emailed first- and second-year biostatistics graduate students: "PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep these unintended consequences in mind when you choose to speak

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min read
Imelda Causing 'Major, Catastrophic Flooding' In Southeast Texas, Forecasters Warn
Some parts of southeast Texas could see rain totals of 25 to 35 inches through Friday, the National Weather Service says.
NPR7 min read
Jon Pardi's Hyperactive Honky-Tonk Brings The Past Into The Present
Heartache Medication favors muscled-up guitars and booming drums, but reserves a place of honor for gutsy, tunefully expressive fiddle and steel solos.
NPR2 min readPolitics
UAE Agrees To Join U.S.-Led Maritime Coalition To Protect Gulf Shipping
The contingent was organized by Washington following attacks in June on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz that it blames on Iran. Britain, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have also joined.