Law professor Benjamin Wagner talks about the history of discimination against foreign English teachers, and indeed foreign men. Vandom's interview talks about her challenge to the mandatory AIDS and drugs tests for E-2 visa holders and about the discriminatory background of the tests, and Gaymer's interview talks about the death threat against ATEK members, the influence AES wields in the media and among lawmakers, and AES's stalking activities. There's also a statement by the Korean Embassy in Ottawa and comments from a foreign teacher busted for smoking pot.
This comes after the National Post did a piece on Anti-English Spectrum the other day, an article that I do consider shoddy because of errors and vagueness, but it certainly succeeded in bringing attention to the group. Rob Brydon, the teacher interviewed in that National Post piece, provided background information on the article on the Facebook group "Dismantle the AES":
Basically about two weeks ago I decided to draft a letter and then sent it to the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Province and three Vancouver area members of Parliment. Within twelve hours of sending it, I was on the phon......e with a reporter from the Sun. His editor explicitly asked me not talk to any other news organizations until they broke the story first. I expected it only to be a local Vancouver story, but turns out its been sydnicated and run not only in the Sun and the post but at least 6 other major CanWest dailies in Canada, including Calgary and Montreal.
On this post about the National Post story I provided links that give background to Anti-English Spectrum, and I think it's also useful to remind readers about the so-called Wagner Report, the lengthy report to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea titled "Discrimination Against Non-Citizens in the Republic of Korea in the Context of the E-2 Foreign Language Teaching Visa," compiled by Ben Wagner. It details pretty clearly the bias against native speaker English teachers in Korea and gives statistics that challenge the misinformation spouted by Anti-English Spectrum and by in the media, and that which forms the basis of legislation against E-2-holding English teachers.
Nhrck Report 2