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Caucasian teachers only.....?

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Caucasian teachers only.....?

Postby Musicfan » 03 Aug 2004, 00:26

I've noticed this now and again, schools advertising for teachers that specify 'caucasians only' or 'Western looking' (whatever that is).
I don't want this to be an 'Is Taiwan racist?' debate but rather does anybody here work for those schools, and why would anyone respond to an ad that was basically racist in nature....?
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Postby ac_dropout » 03 Aug 2004, 02:10

Well there are also ads for counter girls under the age of 30. Not counter guys in their 50's.

So you can add in sexist and age-ism as well.
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Re: Caucasian teachers only.....?

Postby Satellite TV » 03 Aug 2004, 03:57

Musicfan wrote:I've noticed this now and again, schools advertising for teachers that specify 'caucasians only' or 'Western looking' (whatever that is).
I don't want this to be an 'Is Taiwan racist?' debate but rather does anybody here work for those schools, and why would anyone respond to an ad that was basically racist in nature....?


Nothing racist about that at all.... I got a government contract to teach that specified native caucasian speaker with ROC Nationality... sort of ruled out most of everybody else hehehehe...

People respond to these ads because they don't give a damn about what the ads say.. they are looking for work and an income. And who's to say that the work environment may not be a fun place to work. I worked for a school with an American owner that specified Caucasian with north American accent... but me being an Aussie he didn't notice the accent thingy
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Postby Flicka » 03 Aug 2004, 08:02

Even the American Chamber of Commerce has set age limits on job ads for their office.

If you are Caucasion and starving and/or drowning in school debt, do you think you'll really care how fair the ad is?
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Postby Mother Theresa » 03 Aug 2004, 09:17

Of course it's racism. It's also clearly illegal under Taiwan law. Want a good laugh? Check out Article 7 of the ROC Constitution:

All citizens of the Republic of China, irrespective of sex, religion, ethnic origin, class, or party affiliation, shall be equal before the law.


http://www.concourt.am/wwconst/constit/ ... iwan-e.htm

Nice sentiment, but as with most laws in Taiwan, apparently it's not really meant to be observed. Taiwan also has a Gender Equality Labor Law, that I can't find a link to, but I'm sure it too is widely ignored. Other than the Constitution, I don't believe the Labor Law or any other law specifically prohibits other types of discrimination.

In the US, on the other hand, state and federal laws prohibit discrimination in employment or housing based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, marital status, etc. and provide harsh penalties for violations.
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Postby TomHill » 03 Aug 2004, 09:26

I also think those "American/Canadian accent preferred" advertisements are a tragedy. Where are the "Guttoral or nasal cockney accent required" adverts? London is sometimes thought of as a business centre too!
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Postby Musicfan » 03 Aug 2004, 09:56

If you are Caucasion and starving and/or drowning in school debt, do you think you'll really care how fair the ad is?


Ah yes, all those starving caucasian graduates, makes my heart bleed....

My point is that there are many times on this forum where the Taiwanese have been criticised for being racist etc. and not as enlightened as 'the West', and often with some justification.

However some people think it's fine to perpetuate the problem, would you actually have a point where you would say enough is enough? Or as long as the money keeps coming, who cares....?[/code]
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blonde hair/blue eys

Postby Matchstick_man » 03 Aug 2004, 11:01

I saw an ad for a teacher in a Taichung pub over ayear ago that specified for a blonde haired female with blue eyes. If they'd said brown maybe a lot of Taiwanese girls would have applied.
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Postby Matchstick_man » 03 Aug 2004, 11:01

Brown eyes that is:
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Postby surfbunny » 04 Aug 2004, 21:36

When I was in Bangkok I saw ads that specified British, Australian or New Zealand accents only. Quite a few actually. Some of the jobs sounded quite awesome, was very tempted to move to a Country that loves my accent. But then my school likes my accent too, and I like my school, so I stayed here instead.
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