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This post was edited by jiayangguizi8 at 2012-11-5 19:02|
When it comes to hiring foreign English teachers, 90% of the employee will be whites and the majority of the rest will be Black or other. But no Asians. The reason that is always given is that "parents believe that only white faces know how to speak English".
I am not a native English speaker, but since recently, I've been mostly hanging out with Westerners of Chinese origin. Most of them were born in English speaking countries and have English as their native tongue. Some of them applied for English teaching jobs in China, but most got rejected despite having teaching qualifications and experience. Others got accepted, but at a much lower wage and with fewer benefits than their white workmates who have the same teaching background.
Before that, when I arrived in China, I was hanging out with foreigners who happened to be Black and white. Some of them were English teachers. One was Russian with absolutely horrible English skills, and others were French, Swedish and German with fluent English but mild accents. All of them got a full-time job teaching English. Some in private institutions, and others in public ones.
When we hit the bar after work, some even brag about how they manage to sleep with different of their female university students on regular basis.
I would understand that the institutions are there to make money, but China has been open for 30 years now, so parents must certainly know by now that a Norwegian with blonde hair and blue eyes doesn't necessarily speak fluent English.
So, my question is: Are the parents only willing to spend their money on the looks of the person teaching their kids for face, rather than focusing on their teaching skills?