Journal article

'We spend more time with the children than they do...': education, care and the work of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

N Yelland, Y Andrew, M Blaise, YO Chan

Globalisation, Societies and Education | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2013

Abstract

Despite the ongoing global financial crisis, there is an increasing deployment of migrant workers across the globe, and in Hong Kong the foreign domestic worker occupies a ubiquitous presence in the lives of many families. Seven domestic workers from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand were interviewed to gain insight into their role in providing education and care for children in Hong Kong. This exploratory study focuses on the educational and care aspects of the work of foreign domestic workers. It considers the nature of their work and their relationship with the mother of the family. Findings reveal the difficulties of maintaining coordinated education and care of children in a cult..

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