While lounging around on my bed, I wanted to see what previous language centers that I had worked for — were up to. I went to my last job, a language center with a lot of racial hate towards people of color, and I found this photo. For those of you joining me, this is the first time you will hear the backstory and how negative opinions of other people are completely FALSE.
The notorious Future Park Rangsit, located in Pathumthani just north of Don Meung International Airport, is known for its’ creeps. Pedaphiles would flock there and prey on children. Men would buy food for younger girls and touch them underneath the table while running their fingers through their hair (and the Thais just think this is normal and doesn’t report anything). Nonetheless, the job that I had accepted as a part-time role had a lot of problems when I first arrived in October of 2014.
First question at the interview, “Arsenio, how is it being a black teacher here in Thailand?”
Next statement, “just to let you know, there’s some racism around here.”
Wow, so much for a job interview. Unbeknownst, I had to win over management there. Ma’am, the name she’s formally known as, didn’t speak to me for one year because she was disgusted at the fact the head teacher from New Zealand hired their second-ever black teacher. So, the proving grounds were already set from the very beginning.
I made a personal development podcast speaking about my life and the things I saw on a routine basis. I told NO ONE about it, but after letting a snake from the Netherlands in the language center — after pleading to management not to let him in because he would create an obscene amount of division, they let him in. The amount of bickering, complaining, ignorance that developed in the office was heavy, feeling it as you walk through the doors every morning. Then one July 2016 day, the original head teacher who had hired me, walked into my room just before my 1pm class and said, “Arsenio, apparently you have a podcast that has gotten some people upset around here.” My jaw dropped. The guy from the Netherlands had google’d me and the only thing I had on google search at the time was my podcast. He shared it with everyone and the entire workplace was against me because I called out wife tourists. In the end, I was given a verbal warning for literally having an opinion, and the division was created.
Now, The Story
Kim Kim, a girl who I had brought onto my ESL podcast, who interviewed me on my personal development podcast, and has been my source of inspiration, had taken 200 hours worth of classes with me at this specific job (I should’ve told her to pay directly through me — lol). Although her speaking capabilities was astounding, she didn’t like writing so much, so when it came to getting her full score in IELTS, she received a 7.0 overall but a 5.5 in reading, which is quite low. Nonetheless, she just so happened to be on the promotional photo featuring one of my biggest critics EVER.
The Hellish Brit — My Biggest Critic Ever
Because I called him out on moving to Thailand to marry a woman, he never quite liked me — just like the rest of the teachers who had the same agenda in terms of taking advantage of poor-minded women. When this Brit had become the head teacher of my job back in April of 2017, ceasing the power from the previous New Zealanders, my workload evaporated. He wanted to get back at me as much as he could by believing in his feelings — you’re not good enough to teach these courses or that.
The frustration and discontent had been building for months, even working at corporate sectors, which I was actually forced to do. And then this happened…
The Infamous November Day
- “If you want to continue working here, we need to have a meeting.”
- “I don’t think you’re as good as you say you are.”
It was a threat, which he didn’t even have the power of using, and then the demeaning remarks that ensued over the course of 45 minutes during an afternoon. I went home, looked for a new condominium and moved to Bangkok within a month — following was the resignation in February of 2018. I felt that the oldies at this place had won, and because I wanted to feed my pride, I really wanted to send a brutally honest email with disparaging remarks towards everyone within the company, including those in Bangkok who didn’t like black teachers whatsoever.
Why I’m Writing This — They Took My Credit…lol
The photo of my student, unbeknownst to me, was put onto their social media page. I said to myself, “wait, they didn’t even teach this student! I DID!” Also, there was another native speaker who had learned with another teacher they promoted. These old photos are from 2016, and the two teachers they’re promoting in the photo (as you see from the blog post), didn’t even teach them, nor did they teach any of the others. What’s more is ALL OF THE STUDENTS received 5.5-6.0 in writing. The guy’s face you see, Mr. “I don’t Think You’re Good Enough,” told me I couldn’t teach IELTS because he said my writing was terrible? Yet, look at your work? At the time, your students got the same marks in writing! HA! So all of those ugly comments and degrading remarks in regards to my body of work was out of your “feels” instead of based on facts, as I stated years ago.
To sum this up, when I left, there was a lot of resent in my heart, but it’s because I accepted the negative opinions of those who slandered me without any real facts. They were part of Thai society which spewed as much racism at me as possible to get me to “leave” the country; but when I left the language center, it was because I knew that I had plateau’d there. There was nothing else for me to achieve there. This country and state is where oldies go to take advantage of weak-minded Thais who see only “white” through a monolithic lens. It was the greatest decision ever, because now I’m known worldwide and I get 6.5-7.5 in writing (with my students).
Since then, I’ve had to cut off other testing centers who would employ me to teach TOEFL iTP because they would also insult my intelligence saying, “you didn’t get this on the test so that means you’re not good enough to teach.” A very backwards way of thinking, although I was handed perfect scores in the grammar, listening and almost reading sections. Although with 18 hours of learning, a student had passed his exam after 66 tries and another one after 21. No credit given; zero fucks given.
And the story ends like this. When someone insults your intelligence, it’s normally because they’re afraid of the amount of power bestowed in you and what you’ll become. They know that you’re way better than what they’ll ever be, but to “bring you back down to Earth,” they’ll blast with you with their perception and tell you you’re not good enough based on: race, creed, color, religion, gender, etc. They’ll steal your work in the end and perhaps even post a photo of two white men, giving them credit instead of a black man….because remember, in Thailand, you can NEVER give a black man credit.
And what a beautiful journey it has been. Now that I’m switching back to conversational tone (as the teacher had said during that life-changing meeting in November of 2017), I can tell you that I had to take quantum leaps through my journey here in Thailand. The student in my photo was encouraged, by me, to move to Singapore…which she did. She’s now graduating and has her own business at the age of 22. I took her under my wings and she knew that I had so much in me to spur her onto success. In fact, she veered away from other teachers because they were too “literal” and “boxed in.” I saw her potentiality, just as she saw it within me and accepted me as a teacher. After teaching her last year again, four years later, I can say she has matured much more than the previous two years I had seen her in Singapore. And with that being said, the dirty laundry has officially been aired out.