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Chinese Student's Commencement Speech In U.S. Isn't Going Over Well In China

Shuping Yang praised the "fresh air of free speech" in the U.S. during her commencement address at the University of Maryland. That sparked a backlash from classmates and from people in China.
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A Chinese student who praised the "fresh air of free speech" in the U.S. during her commencement address at the University of Maryland is facing an online backlash from classmates and from people in China who say she insulted her own country.

Shuping Yang, who graduated with a double-major in psychology and theater, is from the city of Kunming in southwest China. As

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