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Working Global Systems

Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper

in Hong Kong

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226448565
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226448589 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226448589.003.0005
Working Global Systems

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This chapter explores the working life of migrants in Hong Kong and describes the lives of American Chuck and his British wife Amanda. The economic motor of corporate life has been running a little slowly since the 1997 downturn in the Asia Pacific economies. But this does not impact on Chuck's life in any important sense. His job, pay, and social life and work conditions remain the same. It is life, if not business, as usual inside this mainstream sector of global corporate enterprise. It rides out just this kind of cyclical fluctuation. Chuck's conditions of employment are protected. Amanda's life is subtly different. She has had greater mobility and depth of expatriate experience in places with distinctive relationships to empire. Now a corporate wife in Hong Kong, she reconfigures her life as a corporate wife in the New York suburbs.

Keywords: migrants; working life; job; employment; global corporate enterprise; expatriate; corporate wife

Chapter.  10058 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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