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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

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