You HR folks are going to be horrified when you read this post (via Matt, via Rolf). I can’t comment on the veracity of this particular story, but I did spend a year of my life teaching English in South Korea, and I can say that it rings true to me.
The gist of the story is that an openly gay man was fired from his teaching job because, in all liklihood, he was gay. There’s even a subplot in the story about a doctor writing a note about the guy, saying he had throat cancer, just so parents of students wouldn’t be alarmed by the teacher turnover and leave the school. It’s such a cultural difference that it blows the western mind.
My wife reminded me that when she taught in Korea, she traveled there with an old school friend who was also female. Before they got jobs, they had to confirm that they weren’t lesbians. When I went there, I had hair down to my shoulders, which I had to cut before I got a job. Doesn’t really compare to being gay, but I was still bummed I had to cut my hair!