Absolutely disagree with your statement. While it is common knowledge that parents set the demand and preference for “white English teachers” in schools it is definitely not the norm to see it advertised as such in Asia.
I’ve worked in Korea, Japan and Vietnam. I have never seen such blatant discrimination against people of color there as I have in Taiwan. In all three of those countries I had black co workers. They were popular with the kids and the parents. If somebody put such an advertisement as “no blacks or dark skinned” teacher applicants there would be absolute uproar in the foreign community. Newspapers have and would be called.
Therein lies the problem with Taiwan. The foreigner community here is as bad as the local Taiwanese one in sitting back and watching injustices unfold. Yes, people here are disapointed and surprised here to see such a racist advert but who here will do anything about it? It’s their problem not ours is the general attitude here. Apathy all around.
We can do small things as educators (of which many are here) to teach the younger and current generation that racism is wrong. Period. We may not be able to change all but perhaps we can change a few. Many examples of racism here are just taught and enforced from a young age. Nobody challenges that behavior so it becomes the norm. Most have never even met a or personally known a black or colored person and yet they’ll have no qualms calling them "nigger " for laughs. I’ve seen this depressingly often here.
I would very much like to get in contact with the idiot who posted such an advertisement. I’ll give him a peace of my mind and I don’t need to be black or colored to do so. Black and colored people have played a large role in my life and continue to do so. I’m tired of seeing racism in this country and this is the part of Taiwan that greatly upsets me.
Taiwanese are friendly? That old chestnut is repeated time and time again by locals and expats alike. Tell that to the colored people here. Let’s pop that bubble now. Taiwan isn’t friendly to non whites.
It would be fantastic if a black or colored person would reply and prove me wrong. But hey, that isn’t going to happen sadly. This advertisement really set me up in a bad mood so early in the morning.