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The Tales of Super English Teachers in China

Bruce Wayne runs Wayne Enterprises during the day and roams the streets of Gotham at night. Clark Kent writes for the Daily Planet during the day and saves the world from aliens between shifts. Meanwhile in Shenzhen, Super English Teachers sing alphabet song to tots during the day and go down to Chicken Street to get […]

01·29·2014

The Tales of Super English Teachers in China

Bruce Wayne runs Wayne Enterprises during the day and roams the streets of Gotham at night. Clark Kent writes for the Daily Planet during the day and saves the world from aliens between shifts. Meanwhile in Shenzhen, Super English Teachers sing alphabet song to tots during the day and go down to Chicken Street to get […]

01·29·2014

Bruce Wayne runs Wayne Enterprises during the day and roams the streets of Gotham at night. Clark Kent writes for the Daily Planet during the day and saves the world from aliens between shifts. Meanwhile in Shenzhen, Super English Teachers sing alphabet song to tots during the day and go down to Chicken Street to get their balls massaged in the evenings.

This satirical music video made by a Shenzhen-based American expat, The Fred, gets stuck in your head, as he captures the stereotype of the Chinese Dream–the tale of the privileged life of a Super English Teacher in Shenzhen… but he needs a visa.

Poor Super English Teachers, always seem to be mocked and looked down on by society; low-brow expats, second-class citizens, cheap laowais, etc. Supposedly, when you’re a superhero, you don’t do it for the notoriety. Once upon a time, being a teacher was an honorable profession, educating kids, opening the door to a brighter future for the students. On the contrary, as The Fred argues, being a Super English Teacher just means you were once sleeping on your mother’s couch stumbling for a plan until, boom, you found out you could teach English in a foreign land- China.

But to draw a judgment of all the Super English Teachers in China from a 3-minute satirical video would be A folly. We’ve all got our own definitions of the ubiquitous English teachers found all over China: the drinkers, the part-timers, the homesick. Let’s face it, most of us here have had to teach the odd snotty-nosed brat. So, which type of Super English Teacher are you?

Image courtesy of Kevin McGeary/The Fred- “Super English Teacher”