Title

Live-in foreign domestic workers and their impact on Hong Kong's middle class families

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Family & Economic Issues

Publication Date

Winter 2005

Volume

26

Issue

4

First Page

509

Last Page

528

Keywords

Family dynamics, Hong Kong, Middle-class families, Paid domestic workers, Parental roles

Abstract

This paper discusses the impact of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) on parental roles and family dynamics of Hong Kong's middle class families. The increase in married women's labor force participation in Hong Kong has led to a greater demand for childcare, which has been filled by FDWs. Based on interviews with 15 dual-earner couples in middle class nuclear families employing FDWs, how FDWs affect the mother's gender role and family dynamics is discussed. Boundary work is used by parents in their daily interaction with their children and their FDWs so as to reconcile the perceived indispensability of these workers on the one hand, and the challenges they pose to the definition of parenthood on the other.

DOI

10.1007/s10834-005-7847-4

Print ISSN

10580476

E-ISSN

15733475

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Recommended Citation

Chan, A. H.-n. (2005). Live-in foreign domestic workers and their impact on Hong Kong’s middle class families. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 26(4), 509-528. doi: 10.1007/s10834-005-7847-4