Here is a transcript (as found on youtube):
Okay, so here at UCLA it’s finals week.
So we know that I’m not the most politically correct person so don’t take this offensively. I don’t mean it toward any of my friends I mean it toward random people that I don’t even know in the library. So, you guys are not the problem.
The problem is these hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every single year, which is fine. But if you’re going to come to UCLA then use American manners.
So it used to really bug me but it doesn’t bother me anymore the fact that all the Asian people that live in all the apartments around me — their moms and their brothers and their sisters and their grandmas and their grandpas and their cousins and everybody that they know that they’ve brought along from Asia with them – comes here on the weekends to do their laundry, buy their groceries and cook their food for the week. It’s seriously, without fail. You will always see old Asian people running around this apartment complex every weekend. That’s what they do. They don’t teach their kids to fend for themselves. You know what they don’t also teach them, is their manners.
Which brings me to my next point. Hi, in America we do not talk on our cell phones in the library. I swear every five minutes I will be — okay, not five minutes, say like fifteen minutes — I’ll be in like deep into my studying, into my political science theories and arguments and all that stuff, getting it all down, like typing away furiously, blah blah, blah, and then all of a sudden when I’m about to like reach an epiphany… Over here from somewhere, “Ooooh Ching Chong Ling Long Ting Tong, Ooohhhhh.”
Are you freaking kidding me? In the middle of finals week? So being the polite, nice American girl that my momma raised me to be, I kinda just gave him what anybody else would do that kinda like, [puts finger up to lips in a “shh” motion]. “You know it’s a library, like, we’re trying to study, thanks!” And then it’s the same thing five minutes later. But it’s somebody else, you know — I swear they’re going through their whole families, just checking on everybody from the tsunami thing. I mean I know, okay, that sounds horrible like I feel bad for all the people affected by the tsunami, but if you’re gonna go call your address book like you might as well go outside because if something is wrong you might really freak out if you’re in the library and everybody’s quiet like you seriously should go outside if you’re gonna do that.
So, thanks for listening, that was my rant. I just — even if you’re not Asian you really shouldn’t be on your cell phone in the library but I’ve just never seen that happen before so thank you for listening and have a nice day.
I’m Asian and spent 9 years at UCLA so figure I have some “standing” to briefly weigh in on the subject. My opinion has nothing to do with the “Chinese perspective,” just mine.
I personally think what this girl did (I won’t divulge any more personal information about her since she clearly has voiced her concern for her privacy and safety as a result of the public attention) is not that bad. Finals week is a stressful time, and a little rant here and there is fine. At UCLA, we have the midnight scream (where students just go beserks making noise – yelling, screaming, bashing pots and pans, etc. – midnight everyday during finals week), so why not a little YouTube rant?
I don’t think she is spouting hate toward Asians – even with her mentioning of “hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every single year” and “everybody … they’ve brought along from Asia with them.” That’s could be taken as a lack of sensitivity, but given the context – she said she was ranting, her tone, her body language, I don’t think it could be taken as anything beyond slight insensitivity.
The only thing I think that’s really done in bad taste is the mentioning of the tsunami in Japan. It’s not anything she said that was offensive, but her speaking about the tsunami victims in this way at a time of great grief.
Her “targeting” of Asians for bad cell phone behavior in the library should not be taken as a hate attack. At the end of the video, she clearly stated she wanted all students – of whatever ethnicity – to show better cell phone etiquette in the library.
I am glad UCLA is not disciplining this girl officially, and I hope this girl does come back to UCLA to complete her studies soon. To all fellow Bruins, don’t get too much hung up on this. Not all her observations are completely groundless: many, many Asian parents do do for their children on the weekends what she claims in the video; and cell phone conversations carried loudly on a different language do seem to carry that much further in the library.
I’ve heard UCLA to stand for University of Caucasians Lost in Asia. I thought it was funny – although if I wanted to be extra sensitive, I might take it as an insult.
UCLA is a world renowned institution with a great international reputation. It needs to have an open and confident attitude about diversity. That means being sensitive to diversity as well as not being too politically correct about it.