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Language of social etiquette worth learning

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When political correctness meets racism, you get a wholly avoidable furore like the one at Duke University in North Carolina.

Sadly, such clashes of value and culture are not all that unusual on North American campuses these days. Nonetheless, Chinese students overseas should take this incident as an opportunity for self-reflection, rather than endorsement of their social etiquette, or rather the lack thereof.

Following an outcry, a director of a graduate programme has had to step down and the dean of the medical school issue an apology as the whole incident became international news.

The incident began when two faculty members complained that several international students were speaking Chinese “very loudly” in student lounge areas. They said they wanted to take down their names to........

© South China Morning Post