A Chinese nursing student is taking her tutors and university to the Human Rights Commission, accusing them of failing her in her final year of her bachelor of nursing course because of her accent.
"To say my English is not good enough is just an excuse. I feel that what they have done is discriminatory, especially to the Chinese, because we are penalised not for our lack of knowledge or ability, but simply because of how we talk."
Ms Tang, who holds a bachelor of english degree and is a former English lecturer at a university in China, said she was confident of her written English ability. Before enrolling at Unitec, Ms Tang said she was a bilingual teacher at Kingsland Institute and taught English to other immigrants.
This is very sad as we really need more Chinese speaking nurses here. What is even sadder is that as an immigrant, I am all to familiar with the xenophobia here in NZ. English is my first language and I came here to work in an area of serious shortage, but have been thwarted at every turn. But the issues NZ has with "Asians" is unbelievable. References to "Asian drivers" are made on TV and in the media. Tearoom discussions here surrounding topics like the "Asian invasion" are not uncommon.
While there are a great deal of immigrant nurses from India, South Africa, Fiji. Samoa, Tonga and the Phillipines, you see very little representation of our numbers in leadership or management positions. It is all very out there should anyone choose to look or listen. I hope this woman wins her case.
Apr 29, '09
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I wish people would read the article before they jump to conclusions. This woman scored a 6.5 on her IELTS (pretty good) and has a BA in English. Furthermore, instuctors here are called "tutors." I would guess that many Americans outside of my circle are just as racist as NZers when it comes to the Chinese.
Having a difference of opinion does not make a person racist. I have seen no one write anything derogotory about Chinese people (apparently there were some comments but they were removed...as they should have been).
I really hate to think that this woman was discriminated against because of her ethnicity. Without knowing the whole story (none of us do) it still sounds a little fishy to me. I mean, the school seems to have a decent % of Chinese students...so why are they only discriminating against her? Sure, she has a previous degree and she sounds intelligent, but that does not always translate into the critical thinking skills that are necessary to be successful in nursing school. I personally think she showed very poor judgement by dropping out. She would have made a better case for herself if she had finished the course and been failed by her TUTORS.
If she was discriminated against... then I say: go get 'em girl. There is no excuse for such things in the CARING profession of nursing.
Last edit by VickyRN on Apr 29, '09