Thailand race Issues

Postbox letter from Mr B

I came to Thailand with my girlfriend and within two weeks we both had a job in the same school - quite fortunate, I know. Neither of us have degrees, but we have TESOL certs and various tertiary qualifications. The process of getting the job was a little strange or different to what I'm used to. We both applied for the same job posts that we found online and many of these applications required a picture. My girlfriend got quick replies and I hardly got any or was told that I would be 'kept in mind' for future positions.


Clouds of smoke

Postbox letter from Fair go

Surely there must be the element in institutions where English is taught for profit in Thailand, that they want to adorn their business prospectus with a young and handsome or beautiful white face.


You give customers what they want - it's a business

Postbox letter from Joe Hoeson

I would like to say that my original letter was regarding whether or not it's okay to put 'native speakers only' need apply. Now, whether or not native speaker is used to mean we do not want black or Asian teachers is another story.


Aren't we flogging a dead horse?

Postbox letter from Nick

I have from time to time read several of the articles post on your website and many are both interesting and good, but at the same time, I think sometimes we are beating the same dead horse over and over and over again without any real value or change


Whites or native speakers?

Postbox letter from Terri

I am fluent in both French and English. My students were told I was French but I always told them I was African - born and raised in France. If you dont like my teaching methodologies, they can bring in another teacher but i am not gonna lie about anything.


If you're white, you're alright

Postbox letter from Spectre

I stopped attaching my picture to my applications and instantly started receiving more responses.


African Americans in Thailand

Postbox letter from Rae

I just want to say that prejudice is everywhere and some whites who traveled before me had definitely tried to pollute the waters and some, I know for certain, actively campaigned against hiring African American teachers.


Black American teachers in Thailand

Postbox letter from Evan Majors

Throughout my travels I did very much get stared at. Heads often turned as I walked down the street. When I was in Ko Samet I definitely felt the hesitation and/or fear of dealing with me by some of the Thai people, even at restaurants.


Don't take racism seriously

Postbox letter from F.Gibbs

My fellow Americans have made an art of bringing self-inflicted headache and drama overseas.


Learn the lingo

Postbox letter from Mark

Learn some of the language. Know something about His Majesty. Smile and dress nicely.


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