A “teacher wanted” ad with the words “No Black, No Filipino, No Asian” on Craigslist is the topic of controversy in this news article by John Redmond on Korea Times:
An advertisement for English teachers posted on Craigslist, an international classified advertising website, has sparked outrage for its overt racism.
A recruiting company, ACE, first posted the English teaching vacancy ad in June stating, “White English Teacher Wanted â€• No Black, No Filipino, No Asian (Seoul),” on the widely used online site among expats in Korea.
The ad is no longer available online but here is how it looks like. It’s a screen capture of a screen capture posted on Facebook ~ not mine. I just cropped it.
The original link on Craigslist: http://seoul.craigslist.co.kr/edu/4480771270.html
I’ve seen similar ads in the past, mostly in English ESL job sites. Many of the ads on those sites only want “native speakers” ~ and Filipinos are not considered native speakers. Sadly that such discrimination exists in Korea but I’d be a hypocrite if I say that it’s all fair back in my country. So many times I had seen job ads in the Philippines wanting only graduates of UP, Ateneo, DLSU, St. Paul’s and UST.
The ad above does not only discriminate against Filipinos, but also African-Americans, Korean-Americans and Koreans as well. So the issue is not about non-native speakers, but on the race of the applicant. African-Americans are native speakers but they’re not white.
I bet every Filipino in Korea who have applied for an English teaching position in Korea had experienced being rejected just because they are from the Philippines. Employment discrimination is an issue that affects us. Aside from rejection, there are times we are offered a salary that is so much lower than what employers would spend on a native speaker. Also, there have been cases wherein the hagwon would ask the Filipino employer to lie about her nationality.
This does not mean that ALL hagwon owners discriminate against Filipinos since I know many who have landed good jobs and are paid well. If one visits ESL site jobs in English, they mostly are looking for native speakers. The best way to get hired in Korea is to apply directly to hagwons. Also, check my post on Teaching Jobs for Filipinas Married to Koreans.
If you’re a Filipino living in the Philippines, remember that South Korea’s E-2 (language teaching) visa is NOT OPEN to countries other than the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.