Chapter 38: No Job, No Visa | Speaking of China

9 Responses

  1. Friend
    Friend March 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm | | Reply

    Oh my goodness, I hope things will turn out well for you soon.

  2. Gerald Schmidt
    Gerald Schmidt March 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm | | Reply

    Chapter 39, please, no cliffhangers!

    I haven’t been here so long, but this is a major reason why I want to have some savings in-country, and why it bothers me tremendously that it always takes a loooong time until the new contract is made.
    Or, to be more precise, that the new contract is made only just at the time the old one expires. Leeway? Planning ahead? A chance for alternatives, if need be? – Doesn’t seem to be in the Chinese business vocabulary, not when it comes to employment, anyways…

  3. Jessica
    Jessica March 16, 2010 at 1:31 am | | Reply

    Well, I think I’ve been more on the giving end than the receiving when it comes to the ol FU regarding jobs in China. I was only ever “fired” from one job, but then it was more of a “we’re asking you to resign” sort of situation. I have quit quite a few though! It is hard to find that perfect job in this country. Even what seem like the jobs can really go belly-up very quickly. I am lucky with my current job, but I never let my guard down.

    In truth the internet company you were working for probably found someone willing to do the same job for less pay. They can’t say that, so of course it becomes about you and how you’re not doing the job well. The concept of loyalty to a company is not common here, bosses don’t expect you to be loyal and they aren’t loyal to you in return, especially if you’re a foreign employee.

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