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This post was edited by seneca at 2017-9-8 13:04|
JohnV Post time: 2017-9-8 07:57
The difference between us seneca, is that you apparently spent ten years here, (but tell me ...
John verbal again, a tad more personal:
tell me you had a pleasant experience and then spend your time complaining about China and everything else under the sun, including N. Korea, medicals and Trump! I can see social science, politics and adapting to varying ideological theories are not your strong points,
Yes, I have had a swell time in China as a teacher. I wouldn't want to trade my time in for experiences anywhere else. But is that reason for me to wax lyrical about China? I see that you are here because:
"...social science, politics and adapting to varying ideological theories are YOUR STRONG POINTS", John (pardon me for editing your quote a little!).
You are right - these are not my strengths: I am not a fan of politics or sociology. I always care more how politics affect people who have no political rights.
I had good jobs in my time here, and many others. I once quit a position after two years and the employer was very, very upset about this, and she took revenge in a petty manner but I wanted to be free from her office politics that so negatively affected the quality of my life.
My next job was a misadventure. It was a brand-new college for women. I was promised a decent salary but they procrastinated with the paper work and I had some time left on a residence permit. I taught but then I noticed that every week my workload changed. At the end of the month I didn't have the promised salary but was paid according to the number of lessons. There soon was a second foreign teacher and he fared the same as me After two months they wanted to retain me and sign a deal but I was by then unwilling to work for hourly wages when I could not foresee at the beginning of a month how much I was going to be paid at the end of it. I quit and I left a secretary there in tears. As an aside, the students there were nice to me and they had their own complaints about the college...
My next job was a respectable one with a noted university and I stuck it out there for 5 years. They would have retained me much longer but they decided to not renew my contract because of a personal matter: I had divorced my first wife, and she had a run-in with the law, went to jail and after being released came to look for me to extort money.She phoned the president of the university and threatened death to someone. You can understand, I hope, that my employer at that time was not exactly looking for this kind of social intercourse with the ex wife of one of his foreign staff.