I was wondering how those who have to work on Christmas day this year feel about it.
My company is giving us the holiday off, but my friend’s ENGLISH school is not.
I find it rather ironic that they’d been teaching the kids all about Christmas for over a month, and now are forcing the foreign teachers to work that day.
Grant it some people are probably happy to get the extra cash, what with Chinese New Year coming and all, but I find the whole idea stinks because they’d made such a big hoopla about Christmas with the kiddies.
When they asked their management “WHY?”, the answer was, “the parents wouldn’t understand”.
Well, considering, Christmas/Constitution Day had been a long-time holiday in Taiwan until this year, then I reckon the parents WOULD understand, especially the ‘kindness’ of giving their hard-working foreign teachers who’re largely from Christian backgrounds, a well earned day off in order to not feel so alienated from their own cultures.
Isn’t that what Christmas is all about, anyway? Charity?
An image of a greedy Taiwanese Corporate Bushiban ‘Scrooge’ comes to mind.
This is the sort of thing that we may want to support Richard Hartzell with in working against foreigner human rights abuses. THAT Bushiban, probably not unlike many others in Taiwan, seems to regard its foreign staff, who by the way are the main drawing card for their business, as potentially ‘troublemaking robots under contract’. It’s astounding what ‘they’, the evil bushibaneers, can get away with. Christmas slavedriving is only just the tip of that dubious iceberg!