Maids to order in hong kong

There are welfare and activity groups recognising their value and contribution, but when it came to granting permanent residency the Hong Kong government baulked.

Constable explains how domestic workers are controlled and disciplined by employment agencies, by employers themselves, and by state policies such as the rule against working for more than one employer.

Maid to order in Hong Kong

Local, cultural, and historical factors influence their treatment, as do preconceptions about gender, ethnicity, and class.

Their escape from daily work is going to church, shopping sprees with friends on off days, splurging at MacDonald and KFC or music soirees in different parks.

Some find real satisfaction in their work, Constable says, and she warns against any simplistic characterization of domestic workers as either empowered or oppressed, class-conscious or unaware. The forms of discipline range from physical abuse to intrusive regulations including restrictions on hair length and the prohibition of lipstick.

The writing is highly engaging. Nicole Constable tells their story. The forms of discipline range from physical abuse to intrusive regulations including restrictions on hair length and the prohibition of lipstick. Maid to Order in Hong Kong "This book contains rich qualitative data and provides sophisticated analysis of the plights, resistance, and accommodation of domestic workers.

Approximatelyindividuals now serve on two-year contracts, and the vast majority are women from the Philippines. I strongly recommend this lively and readable study of the complex lives of domestic workers in Hong Kong as a textbook for use in a variety of classes.

I strongly recommend it to students of qualitative methodology, gender and migration studies, as well as to all those who are interested in agency and contestations of women, and who care about the struggles of the disadvantaged.

Maid to Order in Hong Kong: An Ethnography of Filipina Workers

Do I judge them? You will never know which face you will be dealing with next time, which one to trust. Approximatelyindividuals now serve on two-year contracts, and the vast majority are women from the Philippines. It is impossible to walk or stroll around in Central, the parks and now even the remotest corners of the New Territories.

Chiu, Work and Occupations Maid to Order in Hong Kong "This ethnography is an indisputable contribution to both Asian studies and anthropology and a pioneering work in the field of transnational migration studies.

Interweaving her analysis with anecdotal evidence collected in interviews with individual domestic workers, she shows how power is expressed in the day-to-day lives of Filipina domestic workers.

Some find real satisfaction in their work, Constable says, and she warns against any simplistic characterization of domestic workers as either empowered or oppressed, class-conscious or unaware. Detailed info Middle-class Chinese women in the global city of Hong Kong have entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers over the past three decades, and the demand for foreign domestic workers has soared.

A decade ago some foretold the decline in foreign workers and the influx of mainland workers. According to her not all helpers from her home country are maids by profession, but better opportunities in Hong Kong make them take the maid route out to improve their lifestyle.

Their strength can be gauged on weekends when every available open and public space becomes their personal fiefdom. Constable explains how domestic workers are controlled and disciplined by employment agencies, by employers themselves, and by state policies such as the rule against working for more than one employer.

The good and bad…. Some prefer to work, such as the Filipino who doubled as a masseur on house calls, after her earlier employers had housed her at the YWCA. She was not only earning extra cash, but it was a change from long hours managing kids.

Interweaving her analysis with anecdotal evide As middle-class Chinese women have entered the Hong Kong work force in unprecedented numbers over the past two decades, the demand for foreign domestic workers has soared. Filipina guest workers flooding into Hong Kong are implicitly compared to Chinese domestic workers and found wanting.

The interviews are lively, presenting an array of experiences. Interweaving her analysis with anecdotal evidence collected in interviews with individual domestic workers, she shows how power is expressed in the day-to-day lives of Filipina domestic workers.

Filipina workers resist oppression through legal action and political protests, through their use of household or public space, and through less confrontational means such as jokes and pranks. Nicole Constable tells their story. Filipina workers resist oppression through legal action and political protests, through their use of household or public space, and through less confrontational means such as jokes and pranks.

Weekends are their off days and they have full liberty to their space and enjoyment. But today overwomen from the Philippines, over 90, from Indonesia, and thousands more from other parts of South and Southeast Asia serve as maids on two-year contracts in Hong Kong, sending much needed remittances to their families abroad.

Hong Kong is helper haven with nearlydomestic helperslargely from the PhilippinesIndonesia, Nepal, India with newcomers added from Bangladesh and now Myanmar.

Filipina guest workers flooding into Hong Kong are implicitly compared to Chinese domestic workers and found wanting. Local, cultural, and historical factors influence their treatment, as do preconceptions about gender, ethnicity, and class. Generally, however, they manage to hang on, to save and remit to their families.A decade ago some foretold the decline in foreign workers and the influx of mainland workers.

But today overwomen from the Philippines, over 90, from Indonesia, and thousands more from other parts of South and Southeast Asia serve as maids on two-year contracts in Hong Kong, sending much needed remittances to their families abroad. "Maid to Order in Hong Kong is a stimulating and compellingly written book."- American Anthropologist "The combination of analyses of the social structural forms of domination and the individual forms of resistance makes Constable's work insightful and useful.".

Jan 26,  · Maids are in the news lately, with Hong Kong being offered unlimited choice by importing helpers from Myanmar. Hong Kong is helper haven with nearlydomestic helpers, largely from the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, India with newcomers added from Bangladesh and now Myanmar.

Maid to Order in Hong Kong.

Maid to Order in Hong Kong

Middle-class Chinese women in the global city of Hong Kong have entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers over the past three decades, and the demand for foreign domestic workers has soared. A decade ago some foretold the decline in foreign workers and the influx of mainland workers.

As middle-class Chinese women have entered the Hong Kong work force in unprecedented numbers over the past two decades, the demand for foreign domestic workers has soared. Approximatelyindividuals now serve on two-year contracts, and the vast majority are women from the Philippines.

Nicole Constable tells their story. Maid to Order in Hong Kong looks at domestic work historically, locally and contextually, within a capitalist world system. It does so movingly, with tales of individual women who have migrated to improve life for themselves and their families.

In the s, Hong Kong experienced remarkable economic growth.

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