June 23rd, 2006

indonesian maids singing in the park -

every sunday in the streets and parks of hong kong - scores of maids meet up to enjoy their one day off a week -- they are temporary residents of Hong Kong and no matter how long they stay here for they must return home - there was a case last year of a lady who having worked here for 25 years wasnt allowed to stay..

these migrants mostly live with their chinese employers - who treat them very much like slaves, working long hard days, some of whome get to sleep on kitchen or bathroom floors...

They arent wealthy so on their days off can't afford to go restaurants an cinemas and any way they are all here to earn money to send back to their families and children, since they cant afford much they tend to gather in groups in to dance and sing, or sit and eat play cards.

I just so happened past a 'street' party in victoria park and took a recording as it sounded very exotic and all the people seemed happy in way I couldnt describe - altho I feel this recording is actually a little sad?


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    rikigo 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Beautiful and very sad... Thank you for sharing your story. If I can use you song... I shall get back to you. This is fabulous! :-R

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    Raqswell 4 years, 6 months ago


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    falstaffe 6 years ago

    A wonderful document. Thankyou!

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    martian 11 years, 11 months ago

    yeah not real sure - was it my md recorder - or a bad pa system? it was in a field full of muslim ladies - who were clapping and singing along....

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    ERH 11 years, 11 months ago

    Yes - beautiful unusual sound, shame about the clipping but still agreat upload.

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