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Maid to QueerAsian Labor Migration and Female Same-Sex Desires$
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Francisca Yuenki Lai

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528332

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528332.001.0001

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Imaginings of Home

Imaginings of Home

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Maid to Queer

Francisca Yuenki Lai

Hong Kong University Press

The chapter investigates the imaginings of home projected by Indonesian domestic workers while they are working in Hong Kong. Their imaginaries of future home provide important information for understanding their desires and sexuality in relation to the local ideology of migration and marriage as well as the political economy of family, that is, the gender division of labor and earnings contributed by women. The chapter also enriches the notion of Asian queer subjectivity by addressing how Indonesian women insinuated their homoerotic desires into the heteronormative logic of home. Addressing the Islamic context, the chapter also attends to the unmarried women who would not continue a same-sex relationship after returning to their natal family.

Keywords:   Imagination, Returning to home, Husband, Children, Two mothers, Sisterhood, Camouflage

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