It was 2006 and the Korean media was running a spate of anti-foreign English teacher shows. The Anti-English Spectrum people were starting their lynch mob, errr group, to get all those dirty foreigners dating Korean women, errr I mean committing acts of evil arrested and/or deported. Someone on Dave's ESL made a post about a racist school in Seoul. CYJ English Academy.
It turns out that this Academy started an advertisement campaign aimed at taking advantage of the BS the media was spouting about foreign teachers. The one that came to our attention was their ad on the CYJ website.
I had it translated by my gym buddy and another co-worker. Mainly I wanted to make sure that the translation I read years ago was right, and my memory was good. They are pretty much the same and it doesn't paint a pretty picture. Here it is.
We Don't Hire Native Speakers. (Only Koreans.)
1) Most foreigners are just in Korea for a year and are irresponsible. They don't care about the students.
2) Foreign teachers are not qualified and don't care if their students learn or not.
3) They didn't major in Education.
4) Most do not have a high quality education, they have 2 year certificates and not 3-4 year diplomas.
5) We have no way to check on their character. Many foreigners do drugs, are gay, are criminals, have aids, and have been convicted of sexual violence.
6) They don't prepare for class or counsel parents.
7) They have no passion for teaching and don't care about their students.
8) They don't care about properly developing their student’s English skills.
9) Many are not really Native Speakers. They are immigrants or the children of immigrants and therefore not fluent as fluent in English as a true Native Speaker.
10) It is impossible for parents to talk to them about their child’s progress because they can't speak Korean.
This caused a small shitstorm amongst the expat community. I remember reading one Dave's poster talking about contacting the Korean Human Rights Commission about this and being told that while it is discriminatory it isn't discriminatory enough to take any action.
A while later the same list appeared on the site with a disclaimer added. It basically said * Not all Native Speakers are like this.
Wow, gee thanks for the vote of confidence you racist bastards.
So, after having this translated and talking about it with my co-workers I asked one of them to see if it was still on the CYJ website. He was a bit harried, we were busy, and said he couldn't find it. I thought that was great they removed. Nice to see.
Then I remembered the type of fucktards I was talking about and decided to check myself. I found out that the list IS still there, in the last form I mentioned, in about 2 minutes.
Go to www.cyjenglish.com (Oh it is one of these moronic sites that only seems to be IE friendly.)
There is a long white bar with some links in the middle. The left most is 헉 원 소 거. Click on that.
On the left you will then see 5 links you can go to in orange. Click on FACULTY. (It is there in English and Korean.) You will then be given 4 links to go to. Click on the second one.
Voila. There is the old list pared down to 9 with the same disclaimer. At least the assholes are consistent. (And these assholes are still jumping on any bandwagon they can to drum up business. One of their popups declares they are an influenza free zone.)
The list exploited the fears the media was starting to build up in Korea then and continues to do so today. They were meant to scare parents off of Native Speakers and paint us as a bunch of diseased, drug using, perverts.
Nice to be made to feel so welcome isn’t it?