Yearly Archives: 2013

Ikaw Ba Ay Isang Kasambahay? Mga Payo Para Sa Mga Kababayan Nating Domestic Worker (kasambahay) sa Hong Kong. 10

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via Amnesty International

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Kung ikaw ay nagtratrabaho bilang isang domestic helper dito sa Hong Kong at may kwento o karansan, masaya man o malungkot na gustong ipamahagi sa publiko. O di kaya nama ay isang mas komplikadong isyu na nais nyong maipamahagi sa media? Maari nyo po kaming i-contact dito at tignan ang aming kasapi Stories Beyond Borders na tumutulong din na maikwento and sitwasyon at kalagayan ng mga kapwa domestic helpers dito sa Hong Kong. (Kung pipiliin, ay maaari rin naman na hingin na maitago ang pagkakakilanlan— upang maiwasan ang pag-aalala ukol sa inyong trabaho o pinapasukan)

PHOTOS – Grainne Quinlan’s Stunning Portraits of HK’s Helper Community

Best known for her Elderly Tai Chi series, HK-based Irish photographer Grainne Quinlan has built on her first maid mini-project with some stunning portraits of the city’s foreign domestic helpers. The shots, entitled ‘Victoria Park’, are due to be publicly exhibited soon in Wan Chai. The set was commissioned the HK Helpers Campaign.

Quinlan says “the aim of this work is to humanise a marginalised and often vulnerable segment of the Hong Kong population through portraiture.” Click here for more details.

DEBATE – HK Literary Festival Panel: The Help, Their Stories

Saturday saw key figures from the foreign domestic worker community gather for a discussion and Q&A session at the McAulay Studio in Wan Chai. The event formed part of the 2013 Hong Kong Literary Festival which put three helpers-turned-writers at the centre of the live debate…

“The dishes are all washed and the baby is asleep. While you have your nose buried in your favourite novel or your eyes peeled to the TV screen, do you ever wonder what your domestic helper may be doing behind her door? Penning a tome may not cross your mind. But an increasing number of them are. Three Indonesian migrant writers, Susie Utomo, Yulia Jafar Purwanto, Pandan Arum, pen short stories and full-length novels about their lonely journeys far from home, working in strangers’ homes.”

PHOTOS – Dreamseekers: Photographer Reveals Helper’s Journeys from Indonesia to HK

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In her first major photography project, French photographer Gratiane de Moustier followed Indonesian girls from their training camp in Java to their final place of employment – the homes of Hong Kong families. She says, “They leave their homeland with high hopes and aspirations… But more often than not, the reality at their destination turns their dreams in to nightmares… I kept getting the feeling that these girls are not prepared for this life.”

She observed what she described as sadistic and bizarre abuse, with helpers becoming an outlet for explosions of suppressed anger and frustration. She says, “I’m illustrating what I consider a modern version of slavery and human trafficking”. The shots below were taken in late 2012 after almost a year of research and networking.

De Moustier graduated from the London College of Communication in 2009 with a master’s degree in photojournalism and documentary photography. Her work has been featured in the New York Times – you can visit her portfolio here.

Madiun, Indonesia

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আপনি কি গৃহকর্মী / গৃহসহায়ক/সহায়িকা? হংকং এ কর্মরত/রতা বাংলাদেশী গৃহকর্মী / গৃহসহায়ক/সহায়িকাদের জন্য বাংলায় পরামর্শ/নির্দেশ।

Are you a Bangladeshi Helper?

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আপনি যদি  হংকং এ বসবাসকারী কোন গৃহকর্মী হন তাহলে আমরা আপনার অভিজ্ঞতার কথা অন্য সবাইকে শোনানোর ব্যাপারে সাহায্য করতে চাই। হতে পারে আপনি এখানকার সাহায্যকারী সম্প্রদায় সম্বন্ধীয় কোন ভালো অভিজ্ঞতার কথা জানেন যা আপনি অন্যদের শোনাতে চান?  আবার এও হতে পারে যে আপনি কোন কঠিন সমস্যার কথা জানেন যা আপনি মিডিয়ার মাধ্যমে জনসমক্ষে আনতে চান?

আমাদের সহযোগী সংস্থা Stories Beyond Borders ( স্টোরিস বিয়ন্ড বর্ডারস) হংকং এর বিদেশী গৃহকর্মীদের বিভিন্ন সমস্যার কথা প্রচার করে থাকেন। এঁদের কাজ সম্বন্ধে বিষদে জানতে হ’লে, আমাদের সঙ্গে এখানে যোগাযোগ করুন

আপনার পরিচয় সম্পূর্ণ গোপন রাখা হ’বে যদি আপনি আপনার চাকরী বা নিয়োগকর্তা / মালিকের ব্যাপারে উদ্বিগ্ন হন।

আমাদের অন্যভাবে সমর্থন ক’রতে চাইলে আমাদের সঙ্গে আমাদের সঙ্গে এখানে যোগাযোগ করুন

PROTEST – HK Maid Community Gather for Global Dance-Off

Ahead of the fourth International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees in New York this week, Hong Kong’s migrant community gathered in Central for a globally coordinated dance flash mob…

The UN is set to decide on the fate of 214 million migrants around the world. The ‘High Level Dialogue’ will set policies that enable governments to profit more from the money migrants send home to their families. Millions of migrants and refugees will be excluded from having a say in these negotiations.

VIDEO – Can an Elevator Be Racist?

Can an elevator discriminate? One of the most common complaints from HK’s foreign domestic helper community is that of ‘day-to-day discrimination‘ – a phenomena which can often be difficult to prove. However, a video commissioned by the upcoming HK Helpers Campaign revealed how Causeway Bay Centre Shopping Arcade (near Victoria Park) is in the habit of charging HK$5 for the use of their elevator. Manned by two security guards and surrounded by ‘no photography’ signs, the fee is only applied on Sundays, when Indonesian maids pour into the area on their day off.

As HK Helpers Campaign went to investigate, Stories Beyond Borders spoke to an activist for Open Door HK. Her organisation noted that the guards were highly inconsistent in their application of the fee, targeting those who can least afford it…

Starbucks at Alexandra House closes their bathroom to customers and non-customers only on Sundays. And seating around the base of the IFC miraculously disappears each Sunday, only to reappear on Mondays…

PHOTOS – Why Do You Do What You Do?

HK-based Irish photographer Gráinne Quinlan (famed for her ‘elderly Tai Chi‘ series) recently teamed up with the campaign to ask foreign domestic workers why they left their home country to work in another city. A city which often treats them a second-class citizens..

Erna在香港居住愛爾蘭籍的攝影師 Gráinne Quinlan,為於維園聚集的外傭拍下照片,記錄她們為何要離鄉別井去打工。


ART – Maids Plant Toy Grenades for Art… But Were the Curators Ethical?

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu‘s series ‘Intervention‘ examines the working environments of Hong Kong’s Filipino domestic workers.

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100 people took part – placing a toy grenade in their employer’s home whilst they were away and photographing it.

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The project explores spacial intrusions and tensions between local families and their foreign helpers. Each participant was free to place the grenade anywhere within the home, though the artists insist the toy is neutral, does not carry implications of danger and that it is a game”.

คุณเป็นลูกจ้างใช่หรือไม่ ข่าวสารในไทยสำหรับแรงงานในฮ่องกง

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via Amnesty International

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ถ้าคุณเป็นแรงงานต่างชาติที่ทำงานในฮ่องกง เรายินดีที่จะบอกเล่าเรื่องราวของคุณ คุณอาจจะรู้ว่ามีความสุข หรือเรื่องราวจะเป็นไปในทางที่ดี จากพวกลูกจ้างในฮ่องกง ที่คุณต้องการที่จะแบ่งปันให้คนอื่นรู้ หรืออาจจะเป็นเรื่องยากมากที่คุณคิดว่าอาจจะไม่น่าสนใจที่บอกต่อสื่อ ติดต่อเราได้ที่นี่ และดูที่พันธมิตรของเรา นอกเหนือจากเรื่องพรหมแดน ที่ยังครอบคลุมประเด็นเรื่องราวของแรงงานในฮ่องกง (คุณสามารถปิดบังชื่อ – เราจะปกป้องคุณหากคุณมีความกังวลใจ เกี่ยวกับงานหรือนายจ้างของคุณ) คลิกที่นี่ สำหรับวิธีการอื่นๆ ที่จะสนับสนุนเรา


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