The invisible care work propping up Hong Kong’s economy
Jia's story was touching and your writing left me wanting to know more about Jia and her life -particularly her second pregnancy and what she's up to these days, if she was able to reconnect with her children. I'm glad the two of you are still in touch and wonder if there's any way you might be able to share her tomato egg stir fry recipe?
Beautifully and poignantly written, illuminating the exploitation of female domestic workers and the complexity of the roles they are assigned within families. It reminds me of Songbirds, the novel by Christy Lefteri, based on a true story where a serial killer murdered five female domestic workers and two children and the police in Cyprus did not investigate because they 'were not interested in concerning themselves with the lives of foreign maids.' When a tourist came across one of the bodies, the killer was finally found and confessed, years after the women went missing. After hearing this, Engineer and activist Maria Mapporidou mobilised the community in a series of demonstrations and is still campaigning for justice for other cases. By sharing your story you are helping shine a light on the exploitation of women's labour - which is often poorly paid - if at all, and assigned very little legal protection, respect or support whilst propping up global societies and economies.