I stumbled across this study that looked at Korean bias in hiring practices of foriegn teachers in regards to a...
. It is well done I am highly suggest taking a look.
First we see that Koreans prefer women over men. It took me a while to figure out why and then I remembered something form my Political Science days. What is the reason that sweatshops in third world countries are fill with women? Because women are precieved by employers (usually male) to be more docile and complacent. We see the same thing in South America as we do in South East Asia. So why not Korea as well?
This distrubs me. Not only because it harms my chances of gain employment, but also because I know well that an imbalance in the gender of people in a perticular field can tell you a lot about the precieved status of that field and the salary range. I mean to point out that fields that have seen drops in overall salary for that field. I have read nothing to suggest that this is causation, but it is most likely corralation.
The good news it that it seems I am hitting the sweet spot for the age Koreans prefer for men.
I think it is also worth highlighting the conclusion of the author of this study:
"This discrepancy between the candidates’ qualifications and the proper experience and education required of the positions offered, which this candidate both lacks, suggests Korean employers are less concerned with future job performance than with the appearance of having a young English speaker at their institution."
Korean educators are concerned more with the appearance of effective education that the actual educating? Tell us something we dont know.