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Racist Recruiters

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I brought this up several times before and I know that anyone that has lived in Korea for more than one day is well aware that racism is alive and kicking here.  I happened upon this thread on ESL Cafe and wasn’t too surprised to read the following:

Another guy I know had him simply tell him Korean schools don’t like to hire black people, and hasn’t tried to get him a job. Holy crap, at least he could pretend to make it sound like he does not agree with the schools and lie about the reasons why the school rejected him, rather than make people feel guilty for trying to work in a “modern country” with a certain skin color. The scary thing is their office is in Vancouver, but I guess whether it is Canada or America it is still the same ugly side of Korea that shows.

Now, I’m not sure if this is true or not but if it is, then again, I’m not too surprised.  Just so uneducated and so unprofessional but hey, at least you’re making me look better.

I can’t say that I’m 100% innocent when it comes to race relations but I definitely wouldn’t outright say something that would make me look like a racist (I’m not).  However, with this industry comes the demands of the clients (hagwons, old-school directors) and we have to give them what they want.  Smart/politically-correct clients would never outright say they don’t hire black people or Chinese-Canadians (born in Canada!); they would just make up some excuse as to why not to hire them.  However, if we do see a negative trend, we simply tell them that we cannot place an instructor on time.

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May 11, 2010 at 1:58 pm

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Non-teaching Foreigners in Korea Making Big Bucks

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We all know that there’s a lot of ‘ballers’ in Korea making an annual salary of 100,000,000 KRW (roughly a hundred grand) or more.

This piece caught my eye though.

An annual salary of more than 300 million won ($266,190), a rental apartment in the posh Gangnam area, and a chauffeur-driven car was what the Korea National Oil Corporation was willing to pay to become the first state-affiliated company to hire foreign executives.

For you instructors hoping to stay here and go into other fields though, it’s obviously tough with all the visa restrictions.  I do know a couple of guys who work as contractors for the U.S. army who make a pretty penny (provided apartment in the luxurious Yongsan complex, monthly stipend that almost equals to my salary-on top of their regular salary, but best of all U.S. work hours and holidays!), but you know you’ve made it when you got a chauffeur!!

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May 11, 2010 at 11:53 am

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