Stanford University: Remove Joel Brinkley, No Place for Racism
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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: http://www.rustycompass.com/blog/168-a-response-to-stanfords-joel-brinkley-on-vietnam#.URJuPR3AfeQ and here: http://www.reddit.com/r/asianamerican/comments/17vncg/pullitzer_prize_winner_joel_brinkley_and_his/
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 change.org petition, asking for him to have the decency to resign: https://www.change.org/petitions/professor-joel-brinkley-stanford-university-resign-from-teaching
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."
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