No, they know the law, they just won’t tell you. The Taiwanese have a fetish for not answering questions. If you’re an inquisitive person, then you’d better be prepared for some thoroughly infuriating exchanges.
The people I was talking about not knowing about kindergarten laws though were just regular people I know here, not the boss. I’d certainly hope the people running the schools hiring foreign people know about it. I’ve met some nice people that have tried to help me find schools or who have introduced me to the principals of these schools (which also confuses me, since the boss of the school welcomes me with open arms, then their underling doesn’t like my hours, which the principal knew about, and that’s the end of that… I would have thought the boss had some influence?) and they keep finding kindergartens for me. I try to explain to them that I can’t do that, and they’ve never even heard anything about that being illegal. I live with my Taiwanese girlfriend and her whole extended family knows nothing about it. If I didn’t see so many people online talking about it, I’d think it was just some online rumor with so many people in Taiwan telling me they’ve never heard of that and they can’t see why that would be illegal.
I’ve never actually brought up kindergarten being illegal in an interview, I just tell them I have adult classes in the mornings so I won’t be available for kindergarten hours. My girlfriend thinks they’d get mad if I asked them if they were breaking the law.
I’ve heard the line about not understanding Taiwanese culture, or Asian students before, and I’d have to agree. It’s a pretty weak excuse to throw at me sure, but the longer I’m here the more confused I get about what these people expect from me. I get opposite stories about how things work wherever I go.
One school’s HR lady thought I was afraid of kids (she never actually saw me interact with kids, she just thought I was being “too serious” while at a JOB INTERVIEW with her. That school’s principal had met me before and told me my personality was great, and with some practice, since I’m new, I should be great. After the total failure at the school with the HR lady with obviously different opinions, the principal then actually took me out for lunch at a nice restaurant and even brought a couple students for me to practice with and concluded that she didn’t know what the hell the HR lady was thinking by turning me down… yet she can’t overturn or influence her decision. She even helped me find other schools, but they all want kindergarten.
My (Taiwanese) girlfriend doesn’t understand my thinking when I suggest that the boss of a company should have some influence. It seems like Taiwan is all about pulling strings and knowing people, yet the boss can’t tell their employees what to do? I don’t expect them to automatically give me jobs or anything, but I’ve met people that have gotten me n with the principals of a few different schools now, and that doesn’t seem to mean much.
If I could get enough adult hours I think I’d just forget these kid schools completely, I seem to be able to deal with them just fine. I’m dealing with a kids school now and making good progress, but the hours they want to give me are very part time, and overlap with evening adult classes… the entire point of going there is to get hours in the daytime, not to block hours that schools I’m already at could be giving me… It’s a big mess.