ABSTRACT

This chapter is about working class women from Thailand who seek work in Hong Kong. They join some 200,000 other foreign nationals who work legally in Hong Kong, receiving low, but still, for them, relatively attractive wages. These workers are part of the increasingly large movement of labour criss-crossing Asia. Migration for work is now a central – and highly contested – element of globalization. Despite the increase in migration and the significance of this movement, accurate data remain difficult to obtain (see Young Chapter 2, this volume).