English teacher in Taiwan resigns over TutorABC’s intrusive ‘one China’ policy

American English teacher resigns from TutorABC English over their draconian 'one China' policy for Taiwan employees

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/11/04
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An email from the English teaching website TutorABC surfaced on Saturday (Nov. 2) sent in response to the resignation of an instructor who refused to conform to new draconian, "one China" regulations for staff in Taiwan, giving a strong indication of the firm's new Chinese masters.

An American English teacher based in Taiwan told Taiwan News that when she was first hired by TutorABC she received an email about China's new policies effective Nov. 1. She was informed that although tutors that work for them must live outside of China, they must follow the laws of the communist country.

She was also told that it is company policy to check exit-entry travel stamps in the tutors' passports to comply with the Chinese government. She said she contacted the person that recruited her and told her that she lives in Taiwan and did not think it was necessary to comply with the new regulations, since she does in fact not live in Taiwan.

The instructor was also shown a training video which outlined several other strict new rules, such as the fact that teachers are not allowed to ask where the students are from. Disturbed by both the requirement allowing the Chinese government to access her travel documents and the restrictions on student interaction, she informed the company that should would resign immediately.

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