Stanford University: Remove Joel Brinkley, No Place for Racism
  • Petitioned Stanford University

This petition was delivered to:

Stanford University
Department of Communications Chair Director
James Fishkin
Department of Human Resources
Provost, Stanford University
John Etchemendy
Stanford President
John Hennessy
Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence
Joel Brinkley

Stanford University: Remove Joel Brinkley, No Place for Racism

    1. Mark Nelson
    2. Petition by

      Mark Nelson

      Boston, MA

Joel Brinkley is the Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence, part of the communications department at Stanford University. He recently published an article in the Chicago Tribune, "Despite increasing prosperity, Vietnam's appetites remain unique," in which he alleges that "Vietnam has always been an aggressive country" and that this is a result of their diets, particularly dog meat. This is just one of the slanderous "theories" stated in the article, which generally perpetuates a post-colonial paternalistic attitude towards the Vietnamese people.

You can read some corrections to his assertions here: and here:

A professor this ignorant has no place at Stanford, or any institution of higher education. His leaps in logic are poor journalism, and most tragically, he is creating an unsafe environment for people of Vietnamese heritage at Stanford and beyond.

Brinkley should publicly apologize, and in a highly-visible way, defer to actual experts on Viet Nam to correct his lies. If he fails to do so, it is only right that Stanford remove him from his position.

Please also sign this petition, asking for him to have the decency to resign:

Dangerous ignorance and racism have no place in Stanford's mission, " to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization, teaching the blessings of liberty regulated by law, and inculcating love and reverence for the great principles of government as derived from the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Thank you for your support.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Another good response

      Mark Nelson
      Petition Organizer

      From the Vietnamese Student Association at Stanford, published in the school paper.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Let's keep it up!

      Mark Nelson
      Petition Organizer

      We're getting more and more people every hour! I am proud of how many great people have taken the time to sign this; please share with friends and keep the momentum going.

      Also, if you want to take some direct action on your own, you can contact Joel Brinkley here: [email protected], or (1)-650-723-2504 for his Stanford office. His department chair can be reached at: jfishkin@stanfo[email protected] or (1)-650-723-4611.

      Thank you all. This is an important stand not just for Vietnamese communities, but to send a clear message that NO group should be maligned in this way.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Lan Đào Thị LàO CAI, VIET NAM
      • 9 months ago

      I'm Vietnamese

    • Huy Vu THàNH PHố Hồ CHí MINH, VIET NAM
      • about 1 year ago

      I am Vietnamese !

    • Stefan Komar BELLEROSE, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Mr. Brinkley is obviously narrow minded and racist, and I am not Vienamese, yet I see this.

      • about 1 year ago

      I love and respect Viet Nam and I will oppose to ridiculous allegation to are detrimental to this country. PHP

    • Hoàng Minh Trần VIETNAM, VIET NAM
      • about 1 year ago

      Want to remove Joel immediately!


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