Maid to Order in Hong Kong Stories of Migrant Workers

ISBN-10: 0801473233
ISBN-13: 9780801473234
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
Authors: Nicole Constable
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List price: $22.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 10/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

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. But today over 120,000 women from the Philippines, over 90,000 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. Nicole Constable tells their story by updating Maid to Order in Hong Kong with a focus on the major changes that have taken place since Hong Kong's reunification with mainland China in 1997, the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, and the outbreak of SARS in 2002-2003. Interweaving her analysis with the women's individual stories, she shows how power is expressed in the day-to-day lives of Filipina domestic workers and more-recent Indonesian arrivals.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Abbreviations
Foreign and Domestic in Hong Kong
Global Themes and Local Patterns
Superior Servants
The Trade in Workers
Household Rules and Relations
Disciplined Migrants, Docile Workers
Resistance and Protest
Docility and Self-Discipline
Pleasure and Power
References
Index

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