As for cage homes.....it's been said many times that these guys choose this accommodation rather than share larger digs. For some, arguably it's not, but for most it's a choice....Using emotive language like cages is just plain stupid and admitting that you've sheepishly lapped up what the media spoon fed you. The grills are security to stop your gear being nicked....nothing more, nothing less...
What are you fishing for me to say?
Its obviously not the "norm" in many expat home countries which is why when they come to Hong Kong they find the whole process so difficult. That wasn't the case with us as we grew up and came from a country with a lot of cheap labour. Being a domesic wasn't sneered at it was a life saver for many families. We did have a driver so do many living in our area in Hong Kong.
Get out more.
But it is a normal sight in a world city (London, NYC, Paris), to see beggars all around, gangs of youth operating in Subways etc etc....
Each "world city" has misery, HK is no different than the others. Well sorry, it is different because it is smaller (in size) and as such more "in your face" while in bigger places (paris for example), you can stick the poors away from the center and the touristy places.
yes - we havwe asked permission from the helper & called the employer. I do not know what kind of stupid people this are even giving a good reference for a total "no brain"person.
We do not expect a jamie Oliver in our kitchen, but for a helper over 6 years in Hong Kong we expect can do more than just 3 dishes & then if being not able to do - is fine. We teach her - but if 5 times teaching the same dish & the 6th times still cannot do alone & the reply is: Sorrryyyyy Maam I forgot - then who will not get crazy on this ? I am not talking about a 5 course 4 stars french menu. Just simple cooking.