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Well it doesn't specifically mention the fat, but more discrimination based on height and gender. You must be average people!

Source: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/sinosphere/2014/09/26/for-shanghai-jobs-only-normal-size-need-apply/?_php=true&_type=blogs&hp=&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpBlogHeadline&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0


Article, for those whose internet is disabled;
 

Want to work as an assistant science educator at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, a civil service position? You must be “normal size,” according to a website for government jobs in Shanghai. That means a height of 160 to 175 centimeters (5-foot-3 to 5-foot-9) for women and 170 to 185 centimeters (5-foot-7 to 6 feet) for men.

How about working at the Shanghai Publications Management Center, also a government job? You must be male, under 35 and married, according to the website of the Shanghai Professional Testing Authority, which administers the civil service exams and posts openings. This month, it offered 1,824 jobs — each with requisites such as height, age, the location of a person’s “hukou,” or residency permit, and gender. Some of these “qualifications” were hidden in a last column, labeled “Other.”

Civil service posts are coveted in China for their stability and social prestige, and the exclusions shed some light on the hurdles Chinese can face in finding a good job. According to ACTogether, a nongovernmental organization focusing on employment bias, this is blatant discrimination. It has called on the Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, which manages civil service posts, to ensure an “open, fair and just job-seeking environment,” according to a statement from the group, which is based in the southern city of Guangzhou.

“It’s a call for change,” Guo Bin, the director of ACTogether, said in a telephone interview.

“We want to let the government know that we really care about discrimination issues in the government hiring process,” Mr. Guo said. “We want the Shanghai government to standardize civil service recruitment and to abolish all requirements that are not related to the job, such as gender, age, hukou and height. We hope the government can provide an equal platform for every citizen.”

The bureau did not respond to several telephone calls seeking comment, but on Friday, more than a week after ACTogether express-mailed its letter to the bureau, some of the job advertisements had either deleted the contentious criteria or had been removed altogether.

Here is more detail on a widespread phenomenon in China dubbed “carrot job ads,” for the notion that each job can be filled by only one, very specific, person, just as each carrot fills just one hole in a garden:

For the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum job, “the person needs to give guided tours of the exhibitions, explain science and technology to our visitors, and represent the image of our center,” said a woman who answered the telephone at the museum and gave her name as Ms. Cao.

“Just as airlines have certain age and height requirements for hostesses, we would like to find some attractive, normal-sized people to represent our center well,” Ms. Cao said.

A person who gave his name as Mr. Xue, the director of the Shanghai Publications Management Center, said that it was looking for a married man because there might be some sexual content in the work, and women couldn’t necessarily handle it.

“We are looking for someone to review publications, who would be in charge of identifying if there is any pornography or obscene material in books or CDs,” he said. “This is a very special job, and we want to find someone who can handle it. In our traditional culture, women rarely have access to this kind of information, and we are worried doing such a job might have a negative influence on women’s mental and physical health.”

“We do have some young, unmarried men in our center, and we still hesitate to put them on this job, because I think this might cause some unnecessary trouble for their future life as well,” Mr. Xue said. “As you can see, it’s not about discrimination against women or unmarried men. We just base our recruiting guidelines on job functions and our employees’ best interests.”

At the Shanghai Fengxian District Huangpu River Flood Prevention Center, which was seeking an accountant, a man who answered the phone said: “We have female employees. We do not discriminate against women. But we want to hire more men, because this work includes night shifts. Women might be frightened to be alone in the building at night.”

“We are more concerned with women’s safety, and being on duty at night means dealing with emergencies from time to time, such as a typhoon,” said the man, who did not give his name. “We think, in general, men are more capable of dealing with an emergency like that.”

 

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God I can't wait to graduate and go home, no way in hell I will stay in China.

I call this "year 4 syndrome", although I guess the sickness if never really cured all the years after year 4 in China

Year 4 is when most westerners seem to go batshit crazy here

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I call this "year 4 syndrome", although I guess the sickness if never really cured all the years after year 4 in China

Year 4 is when most westerners seem to go batshit crazy here

I'm a bit slower, took me 6 years :p

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Discrimination in china is nothing new and it affects also foreigners: see blacks or asians applying for an english teaching job.

I've heard that now there is a new trend in discrimination, according to your zodiac sign...

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My gf didn't got a new job because she doesn't have a child...

Duckin Chinese sense.

What type of job requires you to have a child?

All I can think of is wet nurse... I do hear that's popular amongst the idiot rich, of which there are plenty

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What type of job requires you to have a child?

All I can think of is wet nurse... I do hear that's popular amongst the idiot rich, of which there are plenty

Gf is manager of 2 teams ( planning and design), this other job would be at greentown with a similar function.

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Nothing worse than slimy political correctness...

 

Employer can post the most bizarre, dumb or discriminatory employment ad... his thing. It's up to You to apply or not.

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Nothing worse than slimy political correctness...

Employer can post the most bizarre, dumb or discriminatory employment ad... his thing. It's up to You to apply or not.

Says the able bodied average man...

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I'd rather get rejected for being ugly and fat, than for being over-educated, under-skilled, in lack of team work capabilities or with other for intelligence insulting phrases that western HR departments tend to use.

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