HONG KONG SUNDAYS

Though 95% of Hong Kong’s population is Han Chinese, its minority groups have an obvious and significant presence. One such group is the female domestic workers from Indonesia and The Philippines. Their one day-off from work is Sundays, and since they live with their employers, they don’t have homes of their own. As a result, thousands of them congregate in outdoor parks to meet up with friends and family. The freedom to choose how each woman wants to spend the day is on public display for all to see. Women in matching sweat suits perform in hip-hop competitions or eat brightly colored meals that look like edible art. More religious individuals can be found in quiet areas, singing and praying in beautifully designed headscarves. The following portraits of people and space capture this cultural phenomenon on an individual level. They aim to show viewers who haven’t been to Hong Kong how female bonds, appearances, and cultural ties manifest themselves on these Sundays in the park.

 
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