A Chinese University of Maryland student was ridiculed by her peers for praising the United States in a commencement address she was selected to deliver.

During her address, student Shuping Yang recalled her first experiences of the “fresh air” in America, comparing it to the air quality back home that often required her to wear “one of [her] five face masks.”

“The moment I inhaled and exhaled outside the airport, I felt free,” she explained. “No more fog on my glasses; no more difficulty breathing; no more suppression.”

She went on to extend the analogy to the climate of intellectual freedom that she found on campus, saying at the University of Maryland she breathed “the fresh air of free speech.”

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