Quote of the week
Posted Aug 5, 2006 19:14 UTC (Sat) by millenix
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He actually was not using "asian" as a slur as you suggest, but as the most concise representation of differing social norms between scholarly communities in eastern Asian societies and western societies. I don't know how far this extends, but in Chinese tradition, attribution of work receives a far lower priority than correct results and usage.
I ran into this like a brick wall this summer, when I was reading background papers for a research project that I was joining. I noticed a flagrant instance of plagiarism (two complete paragraphs, with no reference at all to the original source), and got very different reactions when I brought this up to different professors. The American born and educated program director was ahgast and suggested that we report this find to the IEEE; my project mentor, of Chinese extraction and education, saw this as perfectly acceptable behaviour, because the semantic contents of the duplicated text were fairly basic knowledge in the particular discipline.
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