Yale Dean Loves Diversity Save “White Trash”

[Yale University | Source: Yale.edu]
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Yale University Dean June Chu, a huge proponent of social acceptance, recently had to make a public amends due her “insensitive” Yelp* reviews for various eateries, gyms and movie houses—in addition to some quips referencing “white trash” patrons and the staff being “barely educated morons.”

Yes, the Pierson College head bowed in humility for her insulting words (a conversation topic of choice for the university’s students) upon Yale Daily News running screenshots in a May 20th issue.

[Yale University: Pierson College Dean June Chu | Source: ScalawagandVagabond.com]
“To put it quite simply: If you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!” Chu wrote in reference to a Japanese restaurant. “This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of any imagination and perfect for those low-class folks who believe this is a real night out. Over salted and greasy food. Side note: employees are Chinese not Japanese.”

More Chu-generated comments pontificated on her being skilled at judging Japanese, rice cakes—she labels herself Chinese-American on Yelp*. (Hmmm)

“Remember: I am Asian,” Chu stressed. “I know mochi. These are not good and overpriced. They are ice-cream mocha, which are small in size and easily become freezer burned if not stored well. … I guess if you were a white person who has clue what mochi is, this would be fine for you.”

When assessing a movie house, Chu recalled the staff to be “barely educated morons trying to manage snack orders for the obese” amid calculating concession-purchase totals. “Unfortunately, it’s this or the Hanover Nugget; but [H]eaven forbid [T]he Nugget get movies which pander to the masses,” Chu mocked. “You’ve got no choice; and like a fool, I remain in line with all the other idiots.” (Hey, Chu, it’s actually “you’ve” or “you have”—“you’ve got” is redundant, Ms. Yale U. of Perfection. Perhaps you’ve not had to work s**t jobs to pay the bills whilst in school.)

Chu didn’t stop there…“Be kind, my ass. I pay for my ticket and decent customer service. Decent. I’m not asking for stellar. I’m asking for a bare minimum of competence.”

[Rendering of would-be Chu spewing hate via her mobile. | Source: CampusReform.com]
While Chu’s Yelp* account is no more, she distributed apologetic correspondence to Pierson College students, stating her reviews were “insensitive” and adding an admission of overstepping her boundaries. “I have learned a lot this semester about the power of words and about the accountability that we owe one another,” Chu elaborated in correspondence. “My remarks were wrong. There are no-two ways about it. Not only were they insensitive in matters related to class and race; they demean the values to which I hold myself and which I offer as a member of this community.”

However, the correspondence’s sincerity is questionable due to Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway and other heads advising Chu to send out the aforementioned statement to students upon them “wrestling with how to do the right thing.” “I’ve not asked for her resignation, and neither has [Pierson College Head Stephen Davis],” Holloway commented in Yale’s newspaper. “She’s terribly sorry, and I think she’s doing exactly the right thing by saying, ‘I’ve learned from this;’ I want to stand by all of you, and I hope that you’ll stand by me as well.”

Even with Chu’s apology and Dean Holloway backing her, not all students resume their complete faith in Chu. “I will never be able to look at her the same way,” one, anonymous student disclosed to the Yale publication. “She needs to formally apologize in person to the college. Dean Chu is trained in human development and psychology so [she] should clearly understand the gravity of her actions, yet the fact that she would put such things on the [I]nternet shows that she really should not be in a position of advising students.”

[One of Chu’s many Yelp* reviews | Source: Yelp*]
Yale’s publication offered Chu to answer for her actions, but her reply seemingly steered away from the subject at hand. Yale’s publication offered Chu to answer for her actions, but her reply steered away from the subject at hand. “I am concerned about the shadow that my actions have thrown on my efforts to create an environment in Pierson that respects everyone, and I am especially concerned that it could prevent anyone from coming to me for the support that I offer to all Pierson students,” Chu explained away. “I see that I now have work to do to repair the trust you have all shown me.”

Dean Chu’s professional profile avails a University of California Social Psychology Ph.D. under her belt. Chu came onto the Yale administration upon a stint at Dartmouth College (undergrad dean). Back in high school, Chu put in an internship at…*drumroll*…Yale Daily News! (Be careful, journos who think their previous, editorial mates won’t check up on them…)

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