Hong Kong from a Domestic Helper’s POV

Hong Kong is considered as one of the financial districts of the world. If you are into trading and business then Hong Kong is the right place for you. It is also a shopping capital, you can find all brands from all over the world and you can shop till you drop. Aside from trade and commerce you will also meet different kinds of people. From the locals, expats, and tourists. Each of them has different takes on how they describe Hong Kong and we have mostly heard about it. What you may not have heard are the stories of minorities living and working in Hong Kong. These people have more stories to tell and more lessons to teach- they are the foreign domestic helpers.

According to South China Morning Post, as of 2013, 320,000 foreign domestic helpers work in Hong Kong and this equates to 3% of the country’s population. 50% of them are Filipinos, 47% are Indonesians, and the rest are from Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

In this series, I will be posting anecdotes of the experiences of these domestic helpers and how they dealt with it. It may be a first hand experience as I am a domestic helper here myself or as told by friends, relatives, and acquaintances. Identities and locations will be changed as for the protection of the subjects. It may be about their hardships, their gratitude to their employers and so much more. This series does not intend to give a bad image of the working conditions in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong people but just to give people a glimpse of the other side.

Each of the 320,000 foreign workers has their own story to tell and let me help them share even just a fraction of their stories.

 

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