Open Letter to the School of Business in the University of Sydney
We are a group of Chinese Australians who are deeply concerned with an internal disciplinary investigation against PhD candidate and tutor Wu Wei in your School over allegations of racist online comments.
Collectively, we would like to express our concerns over the followings:
1. We do not believe Mr Wu's comments published on his personal password protected account on Chinese social website should be extracted out of context, scrutinized in isolation, and used to substantiate an allegation that will have detrimental impact on Mr Wu’s employment opportunity in Australia.
2. We believe Mr Wu is only expressing his opinion on a widely discussed topic of academic misconduct among Chinese international students. These conducts, including the hiring of essay writers, have been widely reported recently on international media such as Forbes and Wall Street Journal. At no stage has Mr Wu directed his comments against any individual student he is teaching.
3. We are concerned that Mr Wu is becoming a victim of the Chinese government’s increasingly intrusive attempts to curb voices of dissent among overseas Chinese. Mr Wu has a long track record of critical comments against the Chinese government, its political system and social affairs on social networks. We are particularly alarmed by a biased report on Honi Soit, where the burning of a Chinese passport was cited as an example of Mr Wu’s racism against Chinese students. From our point of view, the burning of a Chinese passport is only Mr Wu’s way of expressing political dissent.
4. As Chinese-Australians, we do not interpret Mr Wu’s passport burning posts or his comments about academic misconducts among Chinese international students as humiliation or hatred towards the Chinese ethnic group as a whole, and believe many Chinese-Australians like us would share the same view.
5. We are also concerned that no evidence has so far been presented on Mr Wu's disrespectful conducts towards Chinese students during his day-to-day teaching in the University of Sydney. Nor has any case been cited of Mr Wu’s Chinese student being treated unfairly due to their ethnicity. This, we believe, would be a much more direct way of exercising racism.
We will be watching the development of this matter very closely. We urge the School of Business and the University of Sydney to respect and protect Mr. Wu's
- Rights of exercising his freedom of speech; and
- Rights to equal employment opportunity.
2. 我们认为吴维老师很多激烈言论是有明确针对性的，其中包括参与学术造假的特定学生。尽管措辞强烈，这些的言论是以社会普遍认可的事实为基础的。 - http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/26/china-cheating-innovation-markets-economy-plagiarism.html … - http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/05/29/u-s-schools-expelled-8000-chinese-students-for-poor-grades-cheating/ …
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