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The truth about being a foreign teacher in China

Foreign teacher, AKA white monkey

Foreign teacher, AKA “white monkey”

Before I came to teach in China, i’d heard many things about how highly respected teachers are in China, and how good the students are and so on. The truth about being a foreign teacher in China  is that whole idea of being an actual teacher is a facade, your REAL duty is to make lots of jokes and act silly so the students can laugh at the funny foreigner. You need to be an entertainer, not an educator.  It’s called Edutainment! The ideal foreign teacher (in their eyes) has white skin and is very funny; a white monkey! The REAL teaching is left to the Chinese teachers who are able to communicate with the students in their own language. The foreign teacher is mainly just for marketing purposes. Continue reading