Female Indonesian migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong: A case study of advocacy through Facebook and the story of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih
Place of Publication
School of Arts and Humanities / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications
Hong Kong is a major receiving country for migrant workers, particularly women from Southeast Asia who work as domestic assistants and caregivers. One in five Hong Kong households employs migrant domestic workers (Sim 2003, 479) and there are over three hundred thousand migrant domestic workers in the country, with just about half of them from Indonesia (Amnesty International 2013). The Asian Migrant Centre (2007, 6) claims that Hong Kong is the premium destination for Indonesian migrant workers because of its moderately higher salaries, the perception of superior laws and regulations and an ambience of independence. Previous research on Indonesian migrant workers' lives in Hong Kong has mostly focused on the relationship between migrant workers and law, human rights and inequality, gender issues, political action and civil rights (Lai 2007: Ignacio and Mejia 2009; Lui 2010). However, there has been very little significant research relating Indonesian female domestic workers; activities to social media activism.