China: Foreign English Teacher Attacked by mob
Zhuzhou, China, (Hunan
Province) Sunday, April 20th, an angry mob protesting Carrefour (large French supermarket chain) brutally attacked a foreign US English teacher. The mob thought that the man was involved with the supermarket and began chanting, “Kill the French man!” while beating him. The teacher attempted to escape by dodging into a taxi, but was soon kicked out by the driver facing the mob again. Luckily, the police arrived before the teacher was seriously injured or even killed.
This can be seen as a lesson for all teachers alike. Teachers can be easily viewed as a “French man,” or “American GIs” or just about any other nationality or race. When problems do arise you are an “outsider”, angry mobs or even individuals may look at you as the source of the problem and the outcome may not be good. As the Olympics approach and tension increase throughout China, teachers may find themselves in awkward situations. It is best to use common sense in circumstances like these. Avoid protests by reading local newspapers and keeping an eye open. Don’t walk through large crowded areas that are not normally too crowded. Carry a cell phone to call for help. Try to travel to new places with a friend rather than alone.
By Korea Jim