Sweetness, Maids and Power : Globalization of First World Kitchen and Care Work

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2018

Seminar

TitleFriday Seminar
LocationChinese University of Hong Kong
PlaceHong Kong
Period6 April 2018

Abstract

Migrants’ food and food identity has long been a topic that has interested many anthropologists. In this talk, I will explore the roles played by food in the working space of foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong (HK). While many have studied the disadvantaged plights of female migrant domestic workers, few are concerned about their food-making experiences and how these Southeast Asian workers help globalize the kitchen of many middle class families in HK. With the contribution of their cooking skills and ethnic dishes, not only have foreign domestic helpers enriched their employers’ food choices, they have also created new power dynamics in the kitchen space. This presentation will bring you on a food journey to experience how migrant workers have added to the colors, tastes, and flavors of the dining table of Hong Kong people who come to learn about ‘Southeast Asia’ on their taste buds.

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Sweetness, Maids and Power : Globalization of First World Kitchen and Care Work. / Chan, Yuk Wah.

2018. Paper presented at Friday Seminar, Hong Kong.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)