Are you fond of foreigners?

  • Imagine you are sipping tea or coffee while discussing various issues with a broad and diverse network of students, colleagues, and friends brought together by the common bond of physics, graduate school, and the physics GRE.

Are you fond of foreigners (Chinese/Indian/International)?

Yes
15
79%
No
4
21%
 
Total votes: 19

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twistor
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Are you fond of foreigners?

Postby twistor » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:14 am

Let's settle this once and for all!

hchemist
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Postby hchemist » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:17 am

But I prefer foreign student be TA for my theory class while I prefer domestic student to TA for my lab class. :cry:

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will
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Postby will » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:49 am

I like my TAs (not to mention professors) to have an exceptional mastery of physics and an exceptional mastery of the English language. I've met plenty of foreigners and domestics who have these traits, and plenty lacking in one or both.

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Postby tnoviell » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:04 am

I'm a plain ol' white guy that used to have a beard, and I love the company of Indian, Chinese, and all foreign people. It's interesting to learn about different cultures, and to make friends that have come from many different places. I've only had the pleasure of having one Indian physics TA, and we became very good friends. I had many Indian math professors and I thought they were all very good as well.

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Postby vicente » Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:30 pm

I like foreigners who speak English or at least make an effort to, and who make friends with Americans and don't form their own homogeneous group that excludes others because you need to speak their language to join it.

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:50 pm

hey vicente, i am sorry for my last post in another thread. I did not understand your sentiment and got swayed with the term xenophobia you used on your last post.

jzahid
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Postby jzahid » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:15 pm

Yo, this type of post fosters xenophobic attitudes and though that may not be the intention of the author, it certainly can be construed as that by others. In consideration of the international students who read this post perhaps you should reword your question so as to avoid the overt xenophobic tone it now has. Besides what does this settle?
Last edited by jzahid on Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Postby grae313 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:20 pm

:sigh:

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twistor
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Postby twistor » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:24 pm

Yo, this type of post fosters xenophobic attitudes and though that may not be the intention of the author, it certainly can be construed as that by others. In consideration of the international students who read this post perhaps you should reword your question so as to avoid the overt xenophobic tone it now has.


There is no need for rewording. Xenophobes will vote "no" and xenophiles will vote "yes." You may interpret the results as you see fit.

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Postby grae313 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:36 pm

jzahid, are you aware of the original thread that caused the starting of this thread?




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