Jackie Witherspoon, a former administrative aide to Chester’s Local 413 Laborer’s Union, has joined a growing list of African-Americans who have gone to live and work in China as English language teachers to Chinese students.
Witherspoon, who landed in Beijing in early December, ended up in Shenzhen and quickly attempted to learn more about her new surroundings.
According to the journal she sent The Spirit, she attended orientation sessions and began apartment hunting almost immediately.
On “Day 2,” she wrote, she got “turned around on the way to orientation.” She spent 20 Rmb (a little more than $3) for a “scooter taxi” and opened a bank account with others from her team and later took “the metro to visit the school where I will be working.”
Day Three was spent sightseeing and apartment hunting with an agent and “found a studio about 4,300 Rmb ($530 monthly). Put down a deposit of 1,000 Rmb or $156.00.”
After that, she said her days were spent attending to other elements of the experience including getting new physicals for extended visas; the visa that allowed her to enter the country expired in the first 30 days.