FICTION + ART BY E SHON

Month: June, 2014

Sundays

BRIDGE HONG KONG TO CENTRAL STATION FILIPINO HOUSEKEEPERS WOMEN LADIES SUNDAYFILIPINO MAIDS MOBILES BRIDGE CENTRAL HONG KONG STATION SUNDAY DAY OFFFILIPINO MAID UMBRELLA HONG KONG CENTRAL STATION BRIDGE MOBILEFILIPINO HOUSEKEEPERS DAY OFF MOBILE STREET CENTRAL HONG KONG

Sundays are the only day off for domestic workers in Hong Kong, the majority of whom are women from the Philippines and Indonesia. The streets around Central district in particular are bustling with the influx of women who use this day to do their shopping and take care of all their personal needs. The few parks and public spaces sporadically dispersed throughout the city are filled with these women who relax and profit from their day of freedom. They come decked out in their Sunday best and socialize in small groups, huddled on blankets on the ground while doing each other’s hair, applying manicures, and chatting.

The top three photos above were taken on the bridge between Central station and Hong Kong station. A long row of women on either side of the bridge lounge around in makeshift cardboard shelters while napping or watching movies on their phones.

I couldn’t help but to feel a current of guilt as I walked through this bridge, camera in hand as I documented the scene. I knew that these women were very much here by choice and that their work was honest. But in the stark physical separation of the space allotted to them, dividing them from the rest of the population, the disparity in class was highlighted to an almost shameful degree. Shameful for whom, I can’t quite say.

 

 

Sheung Wan Heat

OLD LADY STRAW HAT SHEUNG WAN STREET HONG KONGANTLERS VENDOR STRAW HAT SHEUNG WAN HONG KONG STREET DRYINGSHEUNG WAN STREET ART GRAFFITI HONG KONGSCRAP METAL VENDOR JUNK SHEUNG WANG STREET HONG KONGOLD LADIES HATS SHOPPING SHEUNG WAN STREET HONGSHEUNG WAN CHINESE MEDICINE SIGN CANTONESE HONG KONG

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homeless TRIO STREET PARIS GRANDS BOULEVARDS CLOCHARD RUEHOMELESS FOOT STREET PARIS RUE CLOCHARD PIEDHOOKER PROSTITUTE PUTE PROSTITUEE PARIS RUE STREET

“Malgré la vue de toutes nos misères qui nous touchent, qui nous tiennent à la gorge, nous avons un instinct que nous ne pouvons réprimer qui nous élève.” -Pascal, Pensées

Despite the sight of all our miseries which press upon us and hold us by the throat, we have an irrepressible instinct which bears us up.