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Still, the commodification of race is something Chinese employers, parents, and teachers alike should actively seek to better understand, particularly as long as Chinese continue to get the short end of the stick in all this. For all its anti-colonialist rhetoric, in some ways China still bears one of colonialism’s heaviest shackles — namely, a colonial mentality.


This characterization is false for two reasons: 1) China does not have a problem with racism unlike the West 2) Chinese don't view Westerners of Chinese descent as "real" Westerners. Quite the contrary, Chinese parents are just displaying their "consumerist" mindset when they insist that native speakers of English teach English to their children. If they want a "Western" teacher, they want the real one. The article could have cited cases of English speakers from non-Western countries like India, Philippines, etc. who would also face the same treatment as Chinese-American or English-speaking Chinese teachers in English teaching jobs.

Or to put it another way, if Westerners wanted to learn Chinese, why would they hire other Westerners to teach them Chinese?

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pnp Post time: 2015-5-6 12:42
'in some ways China still bears one of colonialism’s heaviest shackles — namely, a colonial mental ...

Disagree.

If that were true, then the CPC would have allowed the Capitalist West to own China's economy as part of the neo-liberal, semi-colonial Capitalist international order -- which afflicts large parts of the Third World. Quite the contrary, Western expats live a marginal life in China, with their "white skin" being turned into yet another commodity to be consumed by the Chinese market.

We are on the same page on this one. I have mentioned it several times in my blogs. The Chinese don't seem to be able to shake off their colonial past.

I have read your blogs on this topic and your rants against the Chinese treatment of Western citizens of Chinese descent betray your own psychic insecurity of being a non-white minority in a Western country. The problem is not the Chinese; it's the way you project your racial issues onto the Chinese who don't share your agony of being a non-white minority in a Western country.

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sfphoto Post time: 2015-5-7 11:55
This characterization is false for two reasons: 1) China does not have a problem with racism unlik ...

'If they want a "Western" teacher, they want the real one.'

How stupid can you get! Are you suggesting that Chinese born and bred in Western countries are not real westerners? They are native English speakers too! Let's admit it, the Chinese are just going for looks, not ability!

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seneca Post time: 2015-5-6 22:44
Your characterisation of hina as "bearing one of colonialism's heaviest shackles…" is way over  ...

'Under Deng X. English was introduced and made a compulsory subject but there were insufficient numbers of adequately trained local English teachers.'

Yes, it was Deng Xiaoping who made English compulsory, and that was a very very smart move.
But Mr Deng also said, " Doesn't matter if it's a white cat or a black cat, as long as it catches mice, it is a good cat!" So, why this Chinese obsession with white teachers?

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This post was edited by sfphoto at 2015-5-7 13:23
pnp Post time: 2015-5-7 12:19
'If they want a "Western" teacher, they want the real one.'

How stupid can you get! Are you suggesting that Chinese born and bred in Western countries are not real westerners? They are native English speakers too! Let's admit it, the Chinese are just going for looks, not ability!

There are lots of native English speakers in India, Philippines, etc. Even Chinese-Singaporeans and Chinese-Malaysians speak English as an official language. But the article only singled out English-speaking Westerners of Chinese descent and English-speaking Chinese citizens while excluding non-white English speakers from non-Western countries. Someone from India or the Philippines applying for an English-teaching job would face the same treatment in China. Are you going to say that the Chinese suffer from the alleged "colonial mentality" for refusing to hire Indians or Filipinos to teach their children English? Your problem is to assume that Chinese citizens need to accept your status as a Westerner who speaks English natively regardless of your ethnic background. In Western countries, non-white Westerners would call this "racism" but to the Chinese, it's just ethnic stereotyping not reverse racism. There's a difference between non-white Westerners seeking equal treatment from white Westerners in Western countries vs. non-white Westerners seeking equal treatment as Western expats from Chinese citizens in China.

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