“You couldn’t have a full-blooded aborigine or Chinese teaching”

Yesterday it was a month since my Dad passed away.

And yesterday, the Brisbane Courier Mail published an obituary by his friend, Peter Edwards, Emeritus Professor of English at University of Queensland.

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You can read the full text here.

It talks about a 1949 article, of which I have obtained a copy via my Uncle Frank.

They misspelt his name, but it’s the story itself which is amazing. What can one say about this… well, it’s all summed-up by the comments from a union official at the very end.

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I suspect and hope that times have changed.

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4 Replies to ““You couldn’t have a full-blooded aborigine or Chinese teaching””

  1. Wow that’s pretty harsh.

    I too hope times have changed but can’t say I ran into too many Asian (or Aboriginal) teachers during my years at school and university.

  2. It still goes on in China. Still plenty of Chinese students/principals/language schools that would much rather a caucasian English teacher from a non-English speaking country, compared to Australian raised asian English teacher.

  3. Daniel, I’ve been reading your blog sporadically recently, so I’ve only become aware of your news.

    I am very sorry for your loss with your father’s passing.

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