[quote=“theposter”]you pussies put up with about as much here. like i said, we need ORGANIZATION to fight these problems. teachers union/school finder booth at CKS. catch them FOB. give them a good deal and insure a proper wage and a good school for a good teacher. only good schools. we even help them get set up with trei ma ma for an apartment. is anybody listening ??
BOOTH AT CKS!![/quote]
In India, civil rights were obtained despite massive government opposition (including physical violence), by people with few or no rights. In the US, civil rights were likewise obtained despite massive government opposition (including physical violence), by people with few or no rights. One of these was a third world country, one a first world country. We can throw South Africa into the mix for good measure.
It will not happen in Taiwan, because the fundamental elements are missing, a sense of unity among those who are disenfranchised, and a strong leadership.
Ex-pat teachers in Taiwan do not care what happens to other ex-pat teachers in Taiwan. There is no sense of unity, camaraderie, or espirit d’ corps outside a general attitude of ‘We’re all in it together against the local primates’ (the Taiwanese nationals, in other words, whom I have seen characterised on these forums as ‘primitives’, ‘monkeys’, and ‘hicks’).
Other than that, there’s nothing to build on. Ex-pat teachers in Taiwan even view each other in national terms (‘You’re a Canadian, I’m from the US, he’s English’), which is not a mindset conducive to the unity necessary for social reform.
Ex-pat teachers in Taiwan are happy if they personally safe and making money, and will grit their teeth and bear the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune (whilst protesting too much online), but will prefer to buckle to the system rather than attempt to change it (they don’t like to stick their neck out).
And who can blame them? Ghandi, Mandela, and King are distant memories of an era long gone. People don’t think like that any more. We grew up. Throughout my public school education in the 80s, the mantra we were drilled in was ‘Look out for Number One’, meaning yourself (you could get it on t-shirts, stickers, the lot). You’re not actually supposed to register on my radar, except if you’re in my way or I can get something out of you.