‘We spend more time with the children than they do …’: Education, care and the work of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Nicola Jill YELLAND, Yarrow ANDREW, Mindy BLAISE, Yee On Christine CHAN

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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 culture where the dynamics of the unequal power relations are clearly demarcated. We raise new possibilities for interdisciplinary work to re-theorise the ways in which foreign domestic workers act as educators of young children and we call for new methodologies to enable their potential. Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-458
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Volume11
Issue number4
Early online dateJul 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

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Yelland, N., Andrew, Y., Blaise, M., & Chan, Y. O. (2013). ‘We spend more time with the children than they do …’: Education, care and the work of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 11(4), 443-458.

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Domestic labour
  • Foreign domestic workers
  • Education and care of young children