Boys' Night Out

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:
Boys' Night Out

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This chapter describes night life in Hong Kong and specifically in Wanchai. Wanchai during the day and at night are two different places. The transitional parts of the day, the twilight of sunrise and of sunset, most starkly expose Wanchai's temporal rhythms. At dusk the offices empty, and the day shift scurries home. Another set of businesses—bars and other places that are not open in the daytime—light up and add to the glow of the night. A new set of workers arrive for the night shift. Among the waiters and barmen, beautiful young women arrive to dance on bars in exotic underwear and serve drinks, or simply to encourage men to dance and buy drinks. Older, more ferocious-looking women perch on stools outside the bars. They direct the flow of customers in and out, sorting out troublemakers and generally protecting the girls' working conditions.

Keywords: night life; Hong Kong; Wanchai; offices; bars; working girls; waiters; young women; working conditions

Chapter.  6014 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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