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Born Out of PlaceMigrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor$
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Nicole Constable

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282018

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282018.001.0001

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(p.90) 4 Men
Born Out of Place

Nicole Constable

University of California Press

Who are the men? How do men and women meet? Do their goals correspond? Chapter 4 turns to the vast diversity of nationalities, histories, and juridical status of men who become the fathers of the migrant women’s babies. Against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s recent history—and based on interviews and conversations—I explore men’s perspectives on migrant women workers and their cultural and gendered (mis)understandings and (mis)communications. The chapter introduces several fathers and husbands and situates their varied social identities, nationalities, and residential statuses. Men who are partners or parents include South Asian and African asylum seekers, local Chinese residents, Southeast Asian workers, and Western tourists or businessmen. “Domestic helpers” are viewed by some men as immoral or sexually aggressive and by others as kind and generous. Men’s stories reveal conflicting or incompatible expectations, tensions between romantic and pragmatic choices, and gendered double standards within the multicultural gendered spaces of global migration.

Keywords:   masculinity, men, asylum seekers, class and citizenship, history, Africans, South Asians, Pakistanis, Nepalis, Sri Lankans, Indians, Bangladeshis, Hong Kong Chinese, Islam, domestic workers, morality

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