The Korean practice of including a picture with the resume leaves nothing up to assumption, including skin color.
Deíja Motley, 34, has a master’s degree, TOEFL certification and years of teaching experience, including time in Japan and university work in Haiti.
She says she’s faced a constant barrage of criticism from her bosses over “my hair, about my skin, my weight. Hernandez says parents ganged up on her and were forever trying to get her to leave her job, or get the bosses to fire her, even though she insists the kids “loved” her classes.
Africans live in a backward, single African country, consisting of little more than jungle.
These views are not universal, but they are commonly heard in Korea. While some black residents say they have never felt a touch of racism here, others say they must deal with it every day. Lee convinced the academy owner that he was a perfectly good teacher, and was asked to stay.
It does not look good to parents and may (give the academy) a bad reputation and lose in competition against other hagwons with white teachers,” he says.
An American recruiter, who also asked to remain anonymous, says schools will “usually” request white teachers only.
“Whites only” ads, while not as commonly found as they were in the late 2000s, can still be spotted on job posting sites.
Some recruiters will tell black teachers flat out, “Your options are limited because you’re black.” Although academies that Groove Korea interviewed for this story did not acknowledge discrimination against black teachers, recruiters said hagwon owners explicitly discriminate when searching for teachers.He says the school does not consider race, but rather career, nationality (for visa eligibility), passion and English-related studies.However, he says the school has not reviewed any black candidates for employment, claiming it has only seen the resume of one half-black, half-Hispanic teacher so far.“I would send my resume out without a picture and would get ambushed with replies from recruiters.Every recruiter, every school,” says Motley, from Chicago.But when he shows up, the owner opens the door, stutters and then says, “Oh, no, no.” “Why not? There is still a clear disconnect between the 98 percent ethnic Koreans and the 2 percent “foreigners” of all sorts — mixed-race children, foreign brides, native English teachers, migrant factory workers and the tiny number of permanent immigrants and refugees who are now Korean citizens.