Asian Americans Need Not Apply

Racial profiling is alive and well in some parts of this world.

Teaching English in China has been a surefire source of income for those on temporary stay here from many different parts of the world. Americans, Brits, Aussies and Canadians, but also French, Russian, African, and Middle Eastern foreign students with English ability are all quickly hired at a good salary to teach Chinese students the English language.

Yesterday JM chatted with a fellow American student who comes from Las Vegas. He complained about failing to find any teaching leads that panned out with actual work offers. He said:

“I’ve tried like seven different places, but they all won’t take me.”

“Why not? Your English is perfectly fluent!”

“It’s because I’m Chinese, dude. It’s the parents- they don’t want someone teaching their kid who doesn’t ‘look’ like a foreigner.”

“That’s not fair!”

“Sh*t rolls down, man. Sh*t rolls.”

Wow- imagine being a member of the majority ethnic group in a country, but still end up being treated like a minority. For us of Euro descent, at least we get our discrimination head-on. We can’t imagine what it’s like to face this kind of discrimination by one’s own ethnicity.

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1 Response to “Asian Americans Need Not Apply”


  1. 1 Becca Lloyd December 19, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Guys! Hey, just catching up!

    It is amazing to read about your experiences. I admire you all for this adventure! Particularly the hospital–woah! Take care and have a very Merry Christmas!

    ps–Shane is interviewing in Michigan tomorrow for residency. We may become midwesterners in the end…


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