Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
51Trip End Jul 27, 2010
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During a meal in an Mongolian Yurt, this was the point when I met a very interesting person called Grace. I got to know her over the next few days and i think its safe to say that i probably wouldn't have spoken to her at all if it wasn't for the fact that we share the same dietary needs. Grace was an older women, probably at the age of 65. She had a very soft voice which was very hard to listen to. In fact i probably had to ask her to repeat herself 1 in 20 sentences. As i got to know her i found out what a colourful person her was. She was being deported from China for no other reason than being too ugly for the job. She also featured a non-contagious disease in the bones which also didn't help her case. It was an ultimate show of discrimination i have heard of during my stay in China.
The funny thing was about how over qualified she was for TEFL teaching. Here i am, responsible for the learning of over 1000 children and i don’t have a qualification to show for it. I don’t even have TEFL qualification yet, but Grace was very intelligent. One amazing fact that she told me (which i’m not sure whether to believe or not) is that she is the fastest person to complete a TEFL course in the world. It takes 3 weeks to complete a TEFL course, whereas Grace completed it in 8 days. An impressive completion time. (well ok, 12 days if you include the weekends, Grace assured me that she doesn’t work weekends!) At this point it made me realise that China was only seeking young, beautiful people to teach their kids English. TIC.
I enjoyed talking to Grace because she also had a masters degree in Modern Art, my favourite type of art. I had conversations with Grace about how great photojournalism is and how it has changed the view on photography. How photography conveys a great message and that the skill of a photographer is much aided these days by auto settings. Photography was not her passion, as she much liked to draw, so our discussions moved on to which artist best conveys reality. These type of conversations much reminded me of my Mother, so i welcomed the slightly nerdy chats.
Despite her slightly old fashion view on Chinese people, i enjoyed speaking to Grace.