A conversation at work yesterday kept me up all night.
I was chit chatting with my coworker yesterday telling her that I was getting paid less than the other foreign teacher (white guy).
Just a little of background info:
I’m Chinese American. Lived in the states since I was a baby. English is my main language. Chinese is my fourth.
This conversation went down in Chinese by the way. I was very proud to speak Chinese because I’ve been learning it for 3 years.
I: I’m getting paid less than that other foreign teacher despite teaching all the same classes and having the same work experiences.
She: of course, he’s a native speaker.
I: I AM a native speaker.
I: No. I am an English native speaker. Chinese is my fourth language.
She: well, he’s white. Of course he gets paid more.
I won’t bother with the rest of the conversation because I blacked out after that remark.
Honestly, this is not the first time that this sort of things happened to me. After 3 years, it still hurts everytime.
Just looking for some support and people who understand what I’m going thru on a daily basis working as an non-white English teacher in Taiwan. Thanks!