A Chinese student has apologized after she received heavy criticism for a graduation speech she gave in the American state of Maryland.
Yang Shuping gave the speech at the University of Maryland on Monday. A video of her comments was posted on the Internet. The video has been played more than 50,000 times on the YouTube website.
In her prepared comments, Yang talked about breathing "the fresh air" of free speech after arriving in the United States to study.
She described arriving in the U.S. this way: "The air was so sweet and fresh and utterly luxurious."
The moment I inhaled and exhaled outside the airport, I felt free, Yang said. She added, I grew up in a city in China, where I had to wear face masks every time I want outside, otherwise I might get sick.
Radio Free Asia reports that the video of her speech appears on China's Sina Weibo social media website. By Tuesday afternoon, it said, the site's users had played the video more than 56 million times. Many users accused the Chinese woman of unfairly criticizing the shortcomings of her home country.
Yang wrote an apology that appeared in the Chinese newspapers Global Times and the state-operated People's Daily. In it, she said, "I love my country and hometown and am proud of its prosperity."
She went on to write that "I also hope to make contributions to it with what I have learned overseas."
Yi Sulaiman Gu is a Chinese student at the University of Georgia. He said Yang was considered to be insulting China according to the received consensus of patriotic Chinese students overseas.
He voiced support for her comments, saying "Yang Shuping's comments were, in fact, a comment on the necessity of freedom of expression and citizen participation in politics."
Xia Ming teaches political science at the College of Staten Island in New York. He said Chinese state media seek to project an image of a rising world power. So, when they are faced with criticism, they get angry, he added.
The University of Maryland called for understanding.
In a statement, the school said, Listening to and respectfully engaging with those whom we disagree are essential skills, both within university walls and beyond.
Chinese state-operated media published criticism of the video. The People's Daily website showed a story about criticism of Yang's speech as its most-viewed news story on Tuesday.
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周一，杨舒平在马里兰大学发表了毕业致辞 。她的演讲视频被放到了网上 。这则视频在YouTube网站上播放量已达5万多次 。
杨舒平说，我站在机场呼吸着美国空气的那一刻，感觉如此自由 。她还补充道，我在中国的某个城市长大，在那里，无论什么时候我想出去走走，我都要带口罩，否则就感觉不舒服 。
据自由亚洲电台报道，杨舒平演讲的视频也出现在了新浪微博上 。自由亚洲电台表示，周二下午前，微博网友对这则视频的播放量已经达到5600多万次 。很多网友指责杨舒平对祖国缺点的抨击有失公允 。
杨舒平所写的道歉信已经发布在环球网和人民日报上 。在道歉信中，杨舒平写道，“我热爱我的祖国和故乡，并为它们的繁荣感到骄傲 。”
Yi Sulaiman Gu是乔治亚大学的一名中国留学生 。他表示，杨舒平的言行是在侮辱中国，而又爱国之心的海外中国留学生对这一点都达成了共识 。
夏明是纽约史坦顿学院政治学专业的老师 。夏明表示，中国的官方媒体想要给世界留下一个国力日渐强盛的印象 。他还补充道，所以，当面对批评之声时，就会愤怒 。
中国的官方媒体对这则视频进行了批评 。人民日报网站上发布了对杨舒平演讲的社评，这也是人民日报网站周二阅读量最高的社评 。
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