LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles said Monday he was "appalled by the thoughtless and hurtful comments" that a white student made about her Asian classmates in a video that has drawn national attention.
Alexandra Wallace posted a three-minute rant on YouTube called "Asians in the Library," in which she criticizes the school for accepting "these hordes of Asian people" who she said have no manners and invite their extended family to visit on the weekends. The UCLA political science student also faulted Asian students for disrupting her studies at the library by calling family members in the wake of the tsunami.
"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, overhear from somewhere, 'Oh ching chong ling long ting tong, ooohh," she said.
UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block said the video doesn't reflect the views of the university community
"Like many of you, I recoil when someone invokes the right of free expression to demean other individuals or groups," he wrote in a statement posted on the university's website.
Wallace, who couldn't immediately be reached for comment, issued an apology to the university's Daily Bruin newspaper on Sunday, calling the video inappropriate.
"I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would," she said. "I would like to offer my apology to the entire UCLA campus."
University officials are evaluating whether there have been any violations of the student code of conduct and what sanctions if any are appropriate.