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Re: We Teach "Illegally" For You, China

Post by Opportunity In China » Thu May 18, 2017 2:13 pm

Expats Rights,

I am an American who has, among other education-related services, been providing foreigners opportunities to work in China for some time. Through my experience, I'd say you're both correct in your analysis while also blaming unfairly. Let's face the facts; we should all know the requirements for working in China. This information is easy to find online: you can find it here on our website for example (https://opportunityinchina.com/the-requirements-for-teaching-english-in-china/ ) Following the fact that this information is available to us for free and in a most easily accessible manner, then there must be two logical outcomes that are just as shoddy as the common scenario you mentioned above: first, foreigners are often gullible enough to trust the overly-optimistic words of recruiters without getting a second opinion (our agency gives the straight truth, and it is advisable to go through a non-Chinese recruiting company - such as ours or : gooverseas - to avoid troubles), and too frequently foreigners are willing to try going around the law for some perceived benefit, often due to a lack of credentials that the foreigner is unwilling to obtain prior to applying for the z-visa.

Your post reminds me of this VICE article:
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/the-chinese-esl-industrial-complex-shady-working-conditions-abound-for-foreign-english-teachers-in-china-127
Which I refuted in a similar way I'm responding to this post in my blog:
https://opportunityinchina.com/are-english-teachers-in-china-really-lied-to-and-exploited/

Look, I understand it is frustrating. But the onus is on the foreigner to do the due diligence. Occasionally, a company in China will still manage to lie about the work contract; that is fraud and entirely their fault. However, usually the matter is two parties (i.e. the foreigner and the Chinese entity) both colluding to break the rules, and then both suffering possible bad outcomes. Regardless, it is the case that virtually anyone between the ages of 20 and 58 can get a z-visa if they obtain the proper credentials. This includes non-native English speakers. We shouldn't just blame the Chinese (recruiters, schools, parents, children, etc) when there are other guilty parties.

Also, I know it's just a cranky aside from you, but don't insult those innocent children. They cannot help that they are virtually all the only child in their family, and all the trappings that come along with it. Calling them "little emperors", which is fashionable, I know, isn't doing justice to the complexity of the situation. Few foreigners could feel the pressure I'm sure most middle class children feel growing up in China. Foreigners' pressure is deciding what clique to belong to in school, deciding whether to chose some random, easy major or something that will provide real income. Meanwhile, these kids have the hopes and even livelihoods of their families riding on their backs in an extremely competitive market. Also, consider the pressure the parents feel. They are not the problem. Have some compassion and lighten up, eh? Keep your criticism where it belongs (aimed at parties knowingly doing the wrong thing.)

I hope this post of yours was merely written to vent off some steam. That is understandable. Sometimes situations in China suck. Every place has its problems. Let's have more compassion and sense of personal responsibility.

I only critique your post because I love China and Chinese people. China is my second home. Additionally, it is of great benefit to many that foreigners are able to work and live in China. I don't want some angry person spoiling the soup that everyone is trying to enjoy.

Best regards,

mc

We Teach "Illegally" For You, China

Post by ExpatRights » Mon May 15, 2017 10:12 pm

We've all heard stories about Chinese crackdowns on "illegal" foreign teachers. Every-time some foreign teacher screws up or an officials mistress smiles at a black guy there's a new wave of heavily publicized raids, arrests, deportations, and new regulations. It's just not right. And it's definitely not right that schools, recruiters and the regulations escape reform as well. When the parents of Happy Giraffe kindergarten decide they want their little Emperor to learn English it sets off a chain reaction with us as the lowest rungs on the totem pole. China, we teach illegally because Chinese Dads & Moms want us to.

Imagine if China started cracking down on the parents who enabled the entire system? The parents who are just trying to get their little Emporers and Princesses a few extra points on the brutal Gaokao? Imagine arrests, raids, deportations and fines on MOM & DAD who insisted that their kid have a foreign teacher, but they are only willing to pay him 4000元/month? It's unthinkable, right? But it's these very parents who created the demand for "illegal" teachers! And where there's money to be made, Chinese step in.

Everyday recruiters post job ads looking for illegal teachers. Everyday schools knowingly break the law and hire foreigners "illegally". In fact, they like it when we work illegally. They can f*ck us over without a worry in the world. When are the Chinese police going to close schools? When are the C‌hinese police going to pretend to be "illegal" teachers and lure in recruiters? When is China going to offer reward money for turning in Chinese? Why are all the enforcement measures aimed only at expats? Why do we get deported, fined, arrested and banned from China while locals get a slap on the wrist when THEY HIRED US?

Don't get us wrong - we're mostly happy with the status quo. China mostly ignores us. There's still tens of thousands of us teaching illegally. Let's face it, (almost) no native speakers from America, with 2 years experience, a teaching degree, uni diploma, HIV negative, etc are going to take that 4000元/month job in rural Anhui province!! Everyone knows it, including the officials and cops who decides that a "new crackdown" will sound good in the newspapers! But they do it anyway..

So why does China pick on us foreigners? We're just dancing monkeys for this generation of little Emperors and Princesses. China, stop using us for cheap political points. China, stop hurting your own kids! Let us teach legally! Reform the Visa system. Reform the education system. Make it REALISTIC, not IDEALISTIC. Get rid of this culture of fear, paranoia, raids and let Chinese parents hire the foreign dancing monkey of their choice!

Let's make "Expat Rights" a thing, together!

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