Friday, 13 April 2018

bullying on and offline Part 3

So being sent to China and being an ELF made me no friends amongst my colleagues.  I was seen as a pest.

In 2003 I was sent back to China for another 4 months, before that I continued lecturing and doing my ELF duties.  There was relief amongst the staff as the pest was leaving for a while so they could sit on their laurels.

I returned to Beijing and was welcomed with open arms as were my children who were allowed to join me.  My boys were provided with a tutor, attended some of the Chinese classes, taught students how to play monopoly and taught by the Chinese students how to play ping pong.  

I went about my daily duties and this time as well as teaching, I was asked by my Australian employer to conduct an audit on how the program was being run when we were not there.

I discovered that the Chinese staff had been collecting all our data and were still running the courses in mandarin instead of in English.

Once again I was held in high regard and my comments did not upset everyone, instead they went about changing their methods.  No bullying anywhere or from anyone.

I felt sorry for many of the students who were hoping to come to Australia to study once they had their diploma of business.  Many just did not have the funds to do so.  

They were all entrenched in the communist country that was theirs.  They had to carry their red cards everywhere they went.  If they didn't they would be disciplined. Trust me though working in China just meant being careful of what you said to others and I was advised that every inch of tienaman square was bugged so not to say anything against communism or you could just disappear. We were advised not to trust anyone - a culture left over from the days of past reigns when even family members did no trust each other.  Sad but true. Whenever we went to the square we were very careful and just had fun flying kites.

Again I and my boys were spoilt rotten on the weekend with more day trips to all the significant destinations.  It was winter and freezing so everything was so different as we went in the summer the year before.

At one stage our toilet broke down and the only way to flush was to get water and place in the toilet.  The boys had a good idea - get snow put it in the microwave to get water.  So we shovelled snow, placed it in bowls in the microwave. When it was finished we opened the microwave to find a bowl of black sludge not clear water.  Even though there was a fresh blanket of snow, the coal in the air for heating had impregnated the snow.

We ended up having to use a bucket to do our business in - a real treat.

To be continued.......................................................................................................................


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