After a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck Northern Japan, a UCLA student posted a video on YouTube complaining about Japanese students who, attempting to reach loved ones back home in Japan, were disturbing her studies.
The video has faced a myriad of criticism, prompting UCLA Chancellor Gene Block to release a video message openly criticizing Wallace’s YouTube post.
The original video, titled “Asians in the Library,” was posted by Alexandra Wallace, a junior majoring in political science at UCLA.
Wallace said Asian students talking on their phones lack manners and she blamed them for distracting her from her work.
“In America we do not talk on our cell phones in the library…when I’m about to, like, reach an epiphany, over here from somewhere, ‘Oh, ching chong ling long ting tong? Oh,’ ” Wallace said in the video.
Block said in his video response that Wallace’s YouTube post has “caused a lot of pain.”
“This has been a sad day for UCLA and a disappointing day for me personally,” Block said. “The UCLA described in the video is not the University that I know.”
Since releasing the YouTube video, Wallace has apologized.
“Clearly the original video posted by me was inappropriate,” Wallace said. “I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would.”
The death toll for the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, which occurred on March 11 , is currently 6,000, but continues to rise.
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