I studied education, phycology, and linguistics in the states before coming to Taiwan. Although it made me a better teacher, it did not make me more respected by the Chinese. They still saw me as a backpacker who’s only real qualification was playing with their children in English.
This is one of the major causes of my burnout after teaching for 10 years.
However, the other day, when I attended a parent/ teacher meeting over a student’s progress, I was introduced to the parent as having studied developemental phyc. I felt this was one of the first meeting where the parent actualy respected my qualifications. It felt good.
Maybe times are changing.