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Student drops out after backlash to racist video

Claims the rant was an ‘attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video’

Alexandra Wallace, the third-year political science student from UCLA who posted a video on YouTube in which she complained about Asian students speaking on their cell phones in the library, recently announced that she would no longer attend the university. The announcement was part of an apology letter released to the Daily Bruin on Friday.

“In an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video, I have offended the UCLA community and the entire Asian culture. I am truly sorry for the hurtful words I said and the pain it caused to anyone who watched the video,” her statement said.

Wallace says that her “mistake”- which included mocking students who were trying to reach family members the day of the disastrous tsunami and earthquake in Japan- has “lead to the harassment of my family, the publishing of my personal information, death threats, and being ostracized from an entire community,” prompting her to no longer attend classes at UCLA. Earlier on the same day, UCLA announced that it will not discipline Wallace for the video.

At one point in the YouTube video, Wallace speaks in a fake Asian language, saying “Ching, chong, ling long, ting tong.”

Fortunately, someone has recently attempted to explain what “ching chong, ling long, ting tong” actually means in a new YouTube video.

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