Late last year, I mentioned reports I'd received from foreign teachers in China, who said that their visas were being revoked (or turned down for renewal) as soon as they reached age 60. Main post here, with links to previous items. For those affected, this was a big deal -- around the country, a lot of foreign English teachers I'd met were either right out of college, doing something exciting/worthy before beginning "real" life, or a generation-plus older, doing something exciting/worthy as a second career.
As with everything in China, reports and conditions varied. Some people wrote to say that, yes, their institution too was kicking them out. Others said, No change and no problem. The main post summarized the reports thus:
1) Circumstances naturally vary place to place and institution to institution. Some people say they're having no trouble staying on, at whatever age; others, that a crackdown really does seem to be under way.
2) Lots of other countries have mandatory retirement ages of 55, 60, 62, etc; and if visas there are tied to jobs, foreigners sometimes have to leave.
3) Historically Chinese institutions have used age brackets, or other "categorical" exclusions, as an excuse to move out people they wanted to expel for other reasons.
4) What seems to be an age-related crackdown might actually be aimed at people who have been in China for a long time -- a related but different objective.
Martin Wolff, the head of an organization called China Holistic English has written several times to object to my having posted this information. His complaint is that, in his experience, there is no problem with the age-60 rule; and that the reports I quoted have caused unwarranted fear, suspicion, altered plans, and general bad-feeling.