Professor Asks Student to “Anglicize” Her Vietnamese Name And Won’t Take No For an Answer

A girl named Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen was targeted by her professor, Matthew Hubbard, at her school Laney College. Nguyen’s name is Vietnamese, which means it is not pronounced in the way it would phonetically be in English. Perhaps an appropriate message to send to Nguyen from Hubbard would include a question about how to pronounce it correctly, but instead he tells her that her name means something insulting in “his language.”

Nguyen’s sister posted screenshots of the conversation to Instagram, writing:

“So I’m disgusted and disappointed. Honestly, I really liked laney college but this teacher had the ignorance and audacity to tell my sister to anglicized her name is disgusting. Anglicized means to make English in form or character. As a professor, he should be trying to learn her name and culture and not try to white wash her name. My sister graduated high school thinking she can finally be able to use her name. But this is f*cking disgusting. I really hate cussing on social media but the fact that this white professor had the audacity to ask her to make her name easier is disgusting. If you read the last page, he’s calling my sister’s name an embarrassment and that it’s sounds like an insult. I love that my parents want to keep my culture alive by keeping our Vietnamese name. If you can’t say it then ask. In addition, Hubbard said that English is his language. But also forgot that my sister also spoke English and that’s not his language.”

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So I’m disgusted and disappointed. Honestly, I really liked laney college but this teacher had the ignorance and audacity to tell my sister to anglicized her name is disgusting. Anglicized means to make English in form or character. As a professor, he should be trying to learn her name and culture and not try to white wash her name. My sister graduated high school thinking she can finally be able to use her name. But this is fucking disgusting. I really hate cussing on social media but the fact that this white professor had the audacity to ask her to make her name easier is disgusting 🤮🤮🤮🤮. If you read the last page, he’s calling my sister’s name an embarrassment and that it’s sounds like an insult. I love that my parents want to keep my culture alive by keeping our Vietnamese name. If you can’t say it then ask. In addition, Hubbard said that English is his language. But also forgot that my sister also spoke English and that’s not his language.

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After Nguyen had said she would not change her name, and he shouldn’t ask her again or she would make an official complaint, he doubled down even harder, and compared her name to meaning “eat a d*ck.” Classy!

“I understand you are offended, but you need to understand your name is an offensive sound in my language,” he concluded.

Her sister also showed a clip from what looks like a Zoom class in which is refused to call her my her name and said, “P. Nguyen.”

Nguyen’s story was further publicized on Twitter, when an old classmate of her from high school tweeted about it. People started contacting the school and the teacher on behalf of Nguyen:

According to an update, Phuc Bui met with college officials, and Hubbard was put on administrative leave as the situation is being investigated:

At this point, Hubbard’s inability to simply apologize and ask how to pronounce one of his own student’s name is pretty ridiculous. if you’re willing to lose your job over learning something new, you shouldn’t be a teacher.