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ahammernik



Joined: 02 Jun 2003

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2003 8:37 am    Post subject: african american teachers? Reply with quote

okay, so they don't like fat teachers. what about african americans?
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waggo



Joined: 18 May 2003
Location: pusan baby!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2003 10:29 am    Post subject: A won Jang Nims nightmare teacher..... Reply with quote

Probably A Fat ,Black One Parent Biker on Acid who has genuine teaching scruples.
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Hank Scorpio



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2003 5:43 pm    Post subject: Re: A won Jang Nims nightmare teacher..... Reply with quote

waggo wrote:
Probably A Fat ,Black One Parent Biker on Acid who has genuine teaching scruples.


With tattoos.
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Gord



Joined: 25 Feb 2003

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2003 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The secret is the afro.
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Ryst Helmut



Joined: 26 Apr 2003
Location: In search of the elusive signature...

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 5:04 am    Post subject: Americans that are black... Reply with quote

Aham,

Well, I've not first-hand experience, but had a co-worker that was Zimbabwe-American and he told me of overt prejudice he encountered. This was 5/6 years ago, but I doubt things have changed.

Koreans seem to have a notion that them Amarykans are ____, _____, ____ and ____....you know, just as the movies, TV programs portray. In my discussion classes, I've found that my students (20's-30's) think that Af-Am are exactly like those in movies...with all the negative connotation that may render.

I even had one academy director tell me that he wouldn't hire a black teacher, because their English level is not gut enuff.

That is about it for my experience with the subject.

Good luck.

Shoosh,

Ryst
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waterbaby



Joined: 01 Feb 2003
Location: Baking Gord a Cheescake pie

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only known one African-Canadian person and she was very qualified as a teacher and she got a great job in Korea, great conditions and great pay. Hmmm, I don't know if this is saying more about being black or being well qualified Confused ???

If you're interested, here is a thread about non white teachers in Korea (all five pages!)...
http://www.eslcafe.com/forums/korea/viewtopic.php?t=3523
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Tiger Beer



Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2003 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a difficult one to answer.. as most are going to be of a discouraging nature..

Try JW on this forum, as he's African-American..

I've met at least a half dozen or maybe a dozen African-American English teachers here in Korea.. they seem to stick around and do well..

I've known one of which has been here for 5+ years as was a director of a group of teachers.. he works for the Korean gov't regarding English training.. very nice guy.. i just met him a couple times as I was almost hired there..

I met another guy who was Ethiopian-British.. he had a great parttime job.. well, essentially, i mean he had a work visa to work parttime hours and fulltime pay and all the benefits.. he'd been around for while to get that..

I met another woman from the Carribean who had British citizenship who teaches at a university and been here quite a long time.. she seems to like it as she's been here for quite a long time now..

General consensus is Koreans don't like african pigmentation.. but many of the african-americans or british or whatever that i've met seemed to have overcome that quite easily as well.. if they decide they want to be here for whatever reason..

Anyhow, most people are going to probably post negative stuff.. which probably has alot of truth to it as well.. i'm not sure.. but if you are looking for positive words.. those are some that i can give..
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HardyandTiny



Joined: 03 Jun 2003

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2003 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's good see so many positive posts about this issue. I do not teach in Korea but I live here and I do see, in general, a positive rapid progress towards eliminating racial stereotypes.
Hey, one up for Korea on this one!
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logan2003



Joined: 20 May 2003

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2003 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too am African American I can tell you I have had little problems.
Stupid comments from Kids do not bother me. I get along very well with the staff.

But I think it takes a thick skin period to work here. If you are too tall, if you nose is too big, black, red, ,.....what ever they will ask you stupid questions or make dumb comments. Many here do not have the expousure to culture that we all have comming from the west.

So it is not ONLY blacks. I too know of other teachers of African dissent.
One recently finished...no two finished thier contracts. One really wanted to stay but her friends had gone home so she decided to go....it was a tough choice for her. It was not like she was thinking about bad Korea had been to her.


ok so it is ok to be black just make sure you have extra time to look for a job. Also it is better if you are here in Korea with all of the docs you need for the e2 visa. I have worked at two places, and have signed a contract at the second.
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little mixed girl



Joined: 11 Jun 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2003 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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chi-chi



Joined: 15 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2003 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They will probably be cool with it, and you'll probably get lots of compliments from the Koreans about how you look.
Expect confused looks from the older generation/strangers.
They will probably think you know the language and will go on and on at you in Korean when you first get there, it will be kind of funny.
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dulouz



Joined: 04 Feb 2003
Location: Uranus

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2003 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lmg, the phrase i hear from korean women is that when an anglo on korean have a kid, the kid is always "beautiful". well, they can test that theory out now.
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little mixed girl



Joined: 11 Jun 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2003 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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