Nia KHairunisa stand outside the Kowloon Mosque – photo by Emma

By Emma  Yang

HONG KONG – Nia Khairunisa, a 23-year-old woman, young and full of energy with the hope of future life. Like her over 1.3 million Indonesia brethren, she left her family, came to Hong Kong works as a babysitting three years ago.

Khairunisa comes from a Muslim family which contains four people – father, mother, elder brother and herself in Jakarta, Indonesia. Though both her parents and her elder brother had stabilized jobs there, she still chose to come to Hong Kong because “So many people try to find a job in Indonesia, but the job is limited, it is hard to find a job there, especially for young woman like me with little education background ,” Khairunisa said in a peace voice, just like she had totally accepted the life of hers, “In Indonesia, I worked as a babysitting, but only earned 300,000 IDR, equals to 375 HKD per month,” but soon, her voice became vivid, “and in Hong Kong, I work the same, but I can earn 10 times of that. That’s fantastic! And I can help my family now.”

Khairunisa now works as a babysitting. She lives with a Hong Kong family, spend most her time in taking care of a 5-year-old kid, and doing all the housework there. “It’s much easier than what I have done in Indonesia.” Khairunisa  said satisfied and smile shyly.

According to Hong Kong’s policy, babysitters can spend their own time of every Sunday and public holidays. Khairunisa is a Muslim, and at every rest time, she come to the Kowloon Mosque and spend a whole day here just like other Muslims in Hong Kong.  “Here I can meet my friends, I can talk to them and do the pray with them, I feel I’m free, and I like this feeling.” After a while, she added, “And I guess that’s why more than 90% Indonesia Muslims came here to earn a living.”

Khairunisa loves Hong Kong very much. In her mind “Hong Kong is a very good place”, it is clean, beautiful, and most importantly, offered her a job. Have a nice work, and can meet friend in Sunday, Khairunisa  feels “Hong Kong is more free than my hometown. I really enjoy the life now.”

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Five Facts about Hong Kong

Summarized by Emma Yang

1. Female in Hong Kong got higher employment rate in the non-agricultural sector since the year 1990 to 2010. (click here to see the statistics)

2. Hong Kong people spend 1000 more money in household in 2010 than the year 2004. (click here to see the statistics)

3. More than half employment in Hong Kong works in business field.  (click here to see the statistics)

4. Hong Kong does not have enough healthcare professionals. (click here to see the statistics)

5. Hong Kong people use electronic products more in quarter 2 than quarter 1 during 2012.(click here to see the statistics)

Reading resource: Chapter 3 Global and National News Agencies

 

Summary

This chapter mainly introduces the history of news agencies, especially the changing relationship between the “global” and “national” news agencies.

News agencies survived as a genus since the establishment in 1835 of the world’s first news agency, Havas in France. National agency development was critically shaped by the evolution of the global agencies. The relationship between the national and the global has shifted in five different development period.

The significant differences between global and national agencies are the sources, audiences, and financial independency.

 

New items:

As I’m not majored in journalism at university time, it seems everything in this chapter is new to me. So I do learn a lot by reading it. I learnt the development of news agencies especially we have 5 development period times; I learnt the history of Reuters, AP, AFP; I learnt the major differences between global agencies and national agencies.

 

Questions about this chapter:

Has the War made any contribution to the development such as the hegemony and dissolution of the news agencies?

Why news agencies appeared? What kind of facts lead people made such decision? Why the first news agency, Havas, established in France? Why the Havas turned or gave place to AFP?

Why we now named international and national news agencies instead of global and national news agencies?

Summary of a story of  Babysitting in ThisAmericanLife.org

By Emma Yang

This radio has 4 parts: prologue, act one, act two, act three. The first 20 minites has just finished the act one part, so I’ll give a summary about the prologue and act one.

The prologue talks about ritual in millions of families every week: kids getting dropped off at the babysitters. And the background information is Christiana, who is the babysitter, took care of four kids: Sarah, Dylan, Elliott and Emma. And in the conversation, Sarah and Dylan complain about babysitter and explain what they can or cannot get away when they have a babysitter. At end of this part, it introduce the whole progress of this radio.

Act One, What Big Teeth You Have. Hillary Frank get the chance to introduce a story about a Peary family in Iraho. Doug, the oldest son in the family has the responsibility to take care of his four younger siblings. However, he does a lot of job in threaten the younger kids which he named the brave test to make those fun for him.

 

By Emma Yang

HONG KONG – Zoeng cau fong, also known as Mrs. Wong, came from Fujian province of mainland China, ran a decoration co., Ltd. in Tin Ma Court marketplace 7 years ago. Zoeng’s husband, Mr. Wong has been to Hong Kong for more than 30 years. He built his decoration career from nothing. Few years later, Zoeng came to Hong Kong as well to take care of her husband. 7 years ago, they built such a company named “Yi Ju decoration co. Lid.”, and Zoeng decided to give up her job, and came to help her husband with the company work of serving and connecting with customers.

“It is not easy to get stable footing in Hong Kong, especially when you are doing the decorating work,” Zoeng said. To satisfy the customers, Zoeng and her husband train their workers to do job responsibly in every work aspect. Zoeng set “be responsible” as the basic rule of her company. During these years, they do benefit a lot based the “be responsible” rule.

“Be responsible means we would judge our work at first to avoid mistakes,” Zoeng said, “and if we made any mistakes, we should correct it before the customer realizes it.”

“And that made us satisfied all the customers, so that we never facing none-work embarrass,” Zoeng added proudly.

Years ago, Zoeng got a case to decorate the room in Tin Ma Court. One day, one worker there missed a working process in wall-building. And as soon as Zoeng and her husband noticed that, they asked the worker to rebuild it again. Customer questioned them a lot, such as: “why you take down this wall?” “Will the wall-rebuilt waste my time?” “Will it waste my money?” Zoeng explained that the situation based on their fault, so they would pay the money of wall-rebuilding, and asked the worker to work quickly and efficiently to catch up with the time. Therefore, the customer satisfied with the responsibility of the company. After her house decorating has been finished, she introduced the company to her friend.

Zoeng, looks like other traditional Chinese middle aged mother who devotes her life to her family. She is shy but kind, and in a  little fat shape. She talks not so much, just answering questions, but at every time she talks about her family, she will glimpse her young son, and smiles, shyly but proudly. Asked about the feeling of her life now, Zoeng look at her young son again, smiles, and saying: “I feel very satisfied with my life now.”