Monday, March 30, 2009
Will it never end?
In another round of what is at play in this post, Brian in Chŏllanam-do has presented a whole slew of discriminatory "blond hair, blue eyes" job postings that are just screaming for attention.
But it's past midnight here and I'm aching all over from having played soccer for the first time since college, so I'm going to bed. If no one else has gone after these people in the morning, I'll deal with it then. (Wait a minute... it's past 7 p.m. in Korea anyway; it's pointless to write anything now.)
[above: If left to their own devices, hagwon managers would hire only the Eloi. Or Mormons if it weren't for the whole cult thing.]
I'll probably repeat the same boiler plate "you are in violation of ROK law" email content that I did before, but for sh¡ts and giggles I might threaten one of the hagwon with an actual lawsuit. I think a good tactic would be warning them that my organization is going to send a series of qualified applicants, but the most qualified will be someone who's Black (or kyopo, depending on which hagwon we go after). If they don't hire the non-White, I'll tell them, then they will face a lawsuit and a human rights complaint.
You see, kiddies, that is what ATEK should be going after. Job preferences favoring those with fairer skin, eyes, or hair is where discrimination truly lies, not in HIV tests, drug testing, and criminal background checks which Korean teachers are subject to indirectly.
[above: Well, not these eloi, but in all fairness, they don't speak much English.]
I noted in the 2007 ad that Brian linked that someone responded that the pay was pretty good. Now this may just be me and my system of ethics, but if I were one of whatever chosen group they chose to discriminate in favor of, I would still not apply for the job. In fact, I dare say that anyone who applies for such a job where such blatant discrimination is abundantly clear, should just STFU about discrimination in Korea in general, because you're part of the problem.
My company has actually put together a business model that would provide a workaround for the discriminatory hiring practices. But ATEK wouldn't like it because it comes across as elitist and it also accepts — no, encourages — the litany of health tests and criminal background checks they claim they support if made universal but which they really are against in general. But hey, I make no apologies about being an elitist: Wouldn't it be nice if English instruction were an elite profession again? (And for the record, I'm not an English teacher, but I've dated a few.)
[right: I guess that would make hagwon managers Morlocks. The
blond-haired and blue-eyed teachers Eloi should be concerned, because Morlocks eat Eloi for breakfast (and lunch and dinner). Come to think of it, the Morlocks bear a striking resemblance to traditional Korean dance masks (below). Maybe I'm really on to something here.]