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Need help with discrimination in TESOL!!

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  • earleybird36
    3 March, 2016 at 16:37
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    Hi all,

    I have a big problem and need some advice. My mother has 30+ years working with kids, she has a Masters in education from the States and a 120 Tesol cert. She recently went to China for work through an agency and after 2 days she was let go because she’s black, overweight with natural dreadlocks. The agency, kids and assistant teacher loved her but the head lady in charge at the school couldn’t get past her appearance. I didn’t know it was like this in China. It seems most of Asia is that way. They tend to hire white women/men between 21 -45. She’s very embarrassed by all of this. She’s now stuck in a hotel waiting for the agency to find a place willing to accept her the way she is. Is there any advice anyone here can give her to help her out. Maybe countries not so judgmental about looks. She’s an awesome teacher and a great person, she just needs the chance to show her skill. Thank you!

    20 March, 2016 at 7:22
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    I’ve encountered this quite a lot unfortunately. It can be quite a shock when this happens when we’re (hopefully) so used to it not happening in our own country. The good news is that not all schools / recruiters in China are like this, but of course there’s no list to tell us which ones are and aren’t.

    There’s quite a good article about this kind of discrimination here.

    Hope that helps.


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