and I pretty much look like it. I could pass for Caucasian, but my skin is a little darker than most whites and my face might look a bit Asian. (My dad is American white and my mom is from Hong Kong.)
Will my physical appearance keep me from finding a job?
I am graduating from college this year and otherwise I think my background is similar to that of other first-time teachers. I will have a political science degree from a large state university. I am from Wisconsin and have lived in the US all my life. My English has a neutral Midwestern accent. I speak some limited Mandarin and Cantonese, but not very well.
I’m just worried that buxibans will refuse to hire me because I look like I might be Asian, or worse yet, an “inferior” race like Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Indian or SE Asian. Should I ever admit to being half-Chinese so they don’t think it’s something even worse? I have an Eastern European last name; maybe I could just say I’m Czech or something, would they have any clue that Eastern Europeans might have a more tan complexion? I was also thinking of claiming to be Jewish (I am often mistaken for this), but I wonder if Taiwanese have any clue that Jewish folks might look a little different too. I have an American-sounding name; hopefully that will be enough.
I am not unattractive, and most Americans just guess I’m white. However, my Chinese relatives all say they can tell I’m half-Chinese (although this might be because they know). My plan is to keep quiet about my ethnicity and hope the Taiwanese give me the benefit of the doubt.
(Of course, I do not endorse any sort of silly xenophobia–I’m just trying to get a job and improve my Mandarin.)[/i]