Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  11 minutes
Date:  1996
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Amahs of Hong Kong

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Filipino women exploited as maids in Hong Kong.

The Amahs of Hong Kong

This film explores the lives of Filipino maids in Hong Kong. Forced by mass poverty and continuing economic crisis to leave their families and homeland behind, the amahs send 70-85% of their earnings back to the Philippines. The women often suffer horrific abuse from their employers, and the sacrifices they make are enormous, but so are the potential rewards: money to educate their children and to improve their own living when retired.

'Appropriate...for advanced high school, college or university classes dealing with labor, gender, and global migration.'
Nicole Constable, Asian Educational Media Service

'Express(es)...women's desire for independence, self-sufficiency and the important role of having a voice in the process of decision-making...fast paced, yet informative...geared toward the advanced high school student and above...has a place in all video collections in the areas of Women's Studies, History, Sociology and Anthropology. Highly Recommended.' Belinda L. Robinson-Jones, MC Journal

Citation

Main credits

Edwards, Anastasia (film producer)
Rankin, Stuart M. (screenwriter)
Cheung, Shelly S. K. (film director)

Other credits

Camera, Siv Ki Yip.


Distributor credits

bbf DAERRE Productions with TVE

bbf DAERRE Productions with TVE
Anastasia Edwards

Docuseek2 subjects

Women's Studies
Migration
Services Sector
Phillippines, The
Globalization
Economic Geography
Work

Distributor subjects

Anthropology
Asian Studies
China
Globalization
Human Rights
Humanities
International Studies
Pacific Studies
Philippines
Reproductive Rights
Social Justice
Women's Studies

Keywords

Philippines,; women, maids, Hong Kong,; domestics,"The Amahs of Hong Kong",Bullfrog Films

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