What Can You Do When You Don’t “Fit the Mold”? Dismantling White Privilege Affecting Career Advancement in the Education System

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This paper describes the barriers to career advancement in the education system faced by a Chinese Canadian male. He receives suggestions to “Whiten” his name on his resume to increase his chances of being called for an interview for teaching positions. Later in his career it is suggested that he become a principal, he may need to change his manner of speaking to better reflect White norms. He resists both suggestions, instead opting to stay true to his personal identity and not conceal his ethnicity. By doing so he acts as an inspiration to others who may be faced with the same suggestions to hide who they are. Those who seek to better understand how White privilege impacts career advancement for minorities would be interested in reading this article.


Career advancement; Chinese; Education sector

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