I got a call today from my son while at work (he at school). His teacher was forbidding him from eating the lunch that we packed him, and telling him he had to eat what the other kids were eating, the usual biandong type fare: white rice, veggies and some unidentifiable meat.
Our son spent the first half of his life in Canada. Both of us parents are Canadian. He eats local food just fine, but is more accustomed to eating more western style food. Often he finds the pork blood, chicken’s feet, and above mentioned unidentifiable meat rather distasteful, and refuses to eat it. Rather than have our kid eat white rice day in and day out (which is what he had taken to doing), we decided to pack him a lunch. We signed a form last year that stated our wishes, and we never heard another whisper.
This teacher is the same teacher as last year. When I asked my buxiban manager about this issue, she said “yes, many Taiwanese feel that for children to eat sandwiches for lunch is child abuse, and that they need to eat rice, veggies etc.”
Child abuse? This woman’s English is very very good, (she’s a year away from an MA in linguistics) so I don’t think this was a lost in translation moment. She said child abuse.
I said, “these same Taiwanese who send their kids to school with chocolate cake and cola for breakfast? Who eat white bread with chocolate spread for snack? These ones think that what we are doing is ABUSING OUR CHILD???”
What the heck? I grew up on oatmeal in the morning and a good sandwich with snacks for lunch, and this is what I’m providing my son.
Someone please give me some perspective on this, and maybe some suggestions as to how to handle this. We have never really been able to make a connection with this teacher, and while I feel that perhaps she is trying to do what she thinks is right, this borders on ‘bullying the foreigner’ in my view.