[quote=“tinman”]No one doubts that there are Asians who speak English as well as any Caucasian. After all, language acquisition is not genetic. But do you deny that there are large numbers of Overseas Chinese who have the passports of English-speaking nations who have poor English skills?
You seem to have missed my point about parents, employers, and Chinese teachers. It is widely believed that this bias is the result of ignorance. It is not. It is the better speaking students of English, the parents who speak English, Chinese-English teachers themselves who promote the idea that ‘native speaker’ teachers are necessary. And they do this because they are aware that large numbers of Chinese teachers, overseas or local, are not the ‘real deal’.
Besides, as frustrating as it may seem in the beginning, there are many successful Overseas Chinese teachers of English in Taiwan. It’s all a matter of being able to demonstrate a high level of teaching ability[/quote]
1st point. I don’t deny large numbers of “xiao liu xue sheng” do not become fully fluent in English. But those actually born in their countries of origin (and make no mistake a CBC is just as much a Canadian as a whitey, as is an ABC, BBC and so on) are fluent almost without exception.
Point 2. Yes, it is ignorance. You are suggesting that White=fluent. If the parents doing this can speak English, they can tell if someone is fluent or not. Parents I have spoken to who hold this view are usually hicks who don’t speak a single word of English. I’m actually somewhat sympathetic to them. They honestly have no way of knowing how fluent a teacher is, so they demand white because, to them, a white teacher= fluent English. You place the words native speaker in quotes. Why? My girlfriend is every bit as much a native speaker as you or I am. Yes, there are frauds who pretend to be FBCs. But, then, there are people from continental Europe and South America who pose as English teachers simply because they are white. So, what of it? So you are asserting that English speaking parents assert that “white only” [inserted in place of native speaker] teachers are necessary? Seems to be a logical extension of your argument, if we accept that people like my girlfriend are not in fact native speakers. Bottom line: I don’t agree with your premises, ergo I don’t agree with your conclusions. I got your point. I didn’t miss it. I just don’t agree in the slightest.