The religiosity of filipina domestic workers in hong kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-102
Journal / PublicationAsian anthropology
Issue number1
Online published27 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


Filipina Christians pack their religion as they migrate overseas for work. And although Filipinas in search of work overseas do not list religious freedom and tolerance as one of their considerations for a destination country, once they have settled, religion functions as a coping mechanism in dealing with the migration process and serves to link migrants with their homeland. This paper explores this overlooked area in the research on Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong. It examines Filipina domestic workers’ religious beliefs and practices, and how these practices compare to those in their country of origin. It also examines how they make use of their religiosity as a survival and adaptive strategy in a city-state that has no state religion.

Research Area(s)

  • Domestic workers, Hong Kong, Labor migration, Philippine Catholicism