Life Behind The Wall

Hi there! Love reading the blog and seeing a black woman living a successful life in an Asian country with a great loving husband at that. This question has been on my mind a lot. It seems like whenever someone decides to live in an Asian country they always become teachers. So I was wondering is that the only way one can get to China, Japan…etc, is teaching the ONLY job a foreigner can get or is it one of the easiest jobs to get as a foreigner?


Thank you for your question.  Actually, there are many jobs for expats in China.   Teaching just happens to have decent pay for the most part, provide you with some kind of housing or housing assistance, and handles your working visa.  It is basically the easier way to get into the country.  However, if you don’t like to teach or you have…

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  1. merlin says:

    There’s actually plenty of different jobs in China I noticed in job forums. Unfortunately many require skill and experience. A lot I found were exec positions. Some required knowledge of Chinese. English Teacher seemed to be the easiest to jump into, but if you know some people you can always try hocking junk at a metro exit and running when the chengguan make their appearance. I actually did that twice. First with my old roommate over CNY 2010 when she tried selling glasses. It was cold outside, so she setup in the station, but police heckled her about a license so she moved. The other time, I was near broke, and I decided to take action on my friend’s suggestion to sell his hand bags. Well, I discovered nobody was buying them, so I walked down the sidewalk to a bag shop and had a friend translate to ask the value of the bags. I was told my bags were only worth 30rmb because they were out of fashion. My friend apparently forgot that fashion trends change every few years. What was once a hot item yesterday, is now the rich man’s garbage today.

    My own personal opinion is I’d rather start my own business (online or physical location) because working for others requires a lot of trust and for all the effort put into a job, you are paid less than you are actually worth. One thing I found greatly upsetting was the English Training centers had a Chinese director at the helm. I actually met with a CEO of Easy Education whom was of Chinese descent, but received her business degree in Canada. The actual director of Easy Education (my first employer had to meet with her to discuss a partnership with his new english club), the director was Chinese to the core. What I mean by that is she spoke no english because she just handed me her business card but never thought to talk to me (the future head of the English dept for Alexander English Club). She was a grumpy old bat that spat some bad words to my boss. He never told me exactly what she said, but I could tell by his demeanor that she struck a chord that upset him. He only got a small partnership by calling the CEO and asking her to talk with the director on his behalf. Long after I left Alex English, the thought finally hit me that I should’ve contacted the friendly CEO to explain my situation and see if she could’ve either hired me or assisted me to find a suitable job somewhere in China. I was ultimately the one screwed out of everything and struggling to stay afloat on a sinking ship with images of dry land floating through my head.

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