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Research on Migrant Domestic Helpers’ Healthcare and Communication Challenges in Hong Kong Spotlighted in Local Newspaper

22 May 2024

Prof. Hans Ladegaard, Professor of the Department of English and Communication (left) , led research into the human rights issues and communications challenges faced by migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong; Dr Jeffry Oktavianus, Assistant Professor of the Department of English and Communication (middle), explored the influences of community storytelling networks on migrant domestic workers; Dr Margo Turnbull, Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Communication (right) , led research focusing on the health literacy needs of migrant domestic workers.

Research on the health and other structural issues faced by migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, conducted by Prof. Hans Ladegaard, Dr Jeffry Oktavianus and Dr Margo Turnbull of our Department of English and Communication is featured in a local newspaper.

The researchers have interviewed more than 700 Filipino and Indonesian migrant domestic workers and surveyed more than 400 to investigate their life stories and well-being in Hong Kong, covering topics from narratives about their (traumatic) experiences, health literacy and healthcare needs to their communication networks. In view of the increasing number of workers driven by growing demand for domestic elderly care in Hong Kong, these studies aimed to highlight the significance of cultivating favourable conditions for workers.

In light of the structural issues uncovered by the studies, a symposium, Migrant Worker Lives Matter, organised by ENGL in collaboration with two local migrant worker NGOs, PathFinders and Mission for Migrant Workers, will be held at the PolyU campus this Friday (24 May):
Venue: Room N002, PolyU Main Campus
Time: 24 May 2024, 2:00pm-6:15pm

The event is free of charge and is open to public. Click HERE for the programme flyer and registration.

Click HERE to read the full press release.

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