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Geographies Of Domestication: Mapping The Oppression Of The Filipina Domestic Workers In Hong Kong

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This chapter contains a single but substantial discussion, that is, domestication as the experience of oppression of the DHs in Hong Kong. It begins with an overview of Filipino migration to shed light on the place of the migration of Filipino women as DHs in Hong Kong and the dynamics that inform it within the overall history of Filipino migration, particularly labor migration. The chapter then focuses on actual mapping of the geographies of DHs' domestication which begins with a discussion of the effects of the maintenance and regulation of difference in a way that puts them in problematic situations. It finally ends with the equally critical point in the DHs' domestication, that is, their oppression as migrant domestic workers. "DH" is the abbreviation of the new vocabulary invented in the Filipino colloquial dictionary to refer to the most prominent occupation of Filipinas in labor migration.

Keywords: Filipina domestic workers; Filipino women; Hong Kong; labor migration



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