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about English teachers in China
[re-posted by me from the other thread]|
Here in China, I have worked with a private English-teaching institute -- one of those outfits that offers after school English classes to kids.
They are not too picky about who they have teach for them: they've used white Americans, black Americans, Africans, Austrailians, Irish, Mexican, Icelandic, and other teachers.
Which teachers do you think the students' parents complain about?
It's not the non-native English speakers (Mexican or Icelandic) -- it's the native English speakers who are not white that get the parents upset. Some parents pull their kids out of classes when a black teacher shows up.
I do give credit to the folks I work with -- their standard response to complaints about a teacher's skin color is to retort with, "if you were to go to America, you'd be yellow!"
To my knowledge, though, they've never had to deal with a complaint about a white non-native English speaker.
The only explanation that I can think of is simple, outright, racism. It's not the language, it's the skin color that matters....