Nicole Constable Professor; Director, Asian Studies Center
Nicole Constable is a sociocultural anthropologist whose interests include transnationalism, migration and mobilities; the commodification of intimacy; gender and reproductive labor; ethnographic writing and power.
Her geographical areas of specialization are Hong Kong, China, the Philippines and Indonesia. She has conducted fieldwork in Hong Kong on constructions of Hakka Chinese Christian identity, on resistance and discipline among Filipina and Indonesian domestic workers, and among migrant parents. Recent publications have focused on cross-border marriages, internet ethnography, the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act, religion and labor protests among migrant workers.
She has been working on a new book project entitled, Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor (University of California Press, April 2014), about Filipina and Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong who become mothers, and the legal and personal struggles they face regarding migrant work, intimate relationships, and parenthood.
Gender and China
Sundays in Central District are a spectacular sight. There in Hong Kong's most celebrated financial district, amidst awesome high-rise structures ... crowds of domestic workers, mainly from the Philippines, but also from other regions of South and Southeast Asia, gather to socialize, to attend to personal matters, and to escape the confines of their employers' homes and their mundane weekly routines of domestic work.
Constable, Nicole, 1997, Maid to Order in Hong Kong: Stories of Filipina Workers. Cornell University, p.1
Long Lines at the public phones in Statue Square on Sundays.