Maid in China : media, morality, and the cultural politics by Wanning Sun

By Wanning Sun

'Maid In China' examines the mobility of family staff, at either fabric and symbolic degrees, and of the formation and social mobility of the city middle-class via its intake of household provider. Intimate stranger : an advent -- Theater of suzhi : dramas of latest sociality on post-Mao tv -- Spectacles of affection : the ethical economic system of compassionate journalism -- Morality or funds : the gendered ethics of fine residing -- Latent geography of the town : the poetics of inconspicuous intake -- Continuum of transgression : the practicalities of daily politics -- The paintings of "making do" : the cultural practices of the subaltern spectator

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However, Professor Tian’s luck seems to take a turn for the better when Huijuan arrives. Huijuan has been a factory worker in a state enterprise, but, like so many other factory workers, has been laid off with the nationwide restructuring of state enterprises. She signs up with a domestic work training center, and, much to the embarrassment of her family, becomes a certified domestic worker, her first job being in Professor Tian’s home. Despite her family’s misgivings, Huijuan proves that a laid-off factory worker can regain her dignity and achieve independence by becoming a domestic worker.

Inside the apartment building, part-time cleaners vacuum floors and dust your furniture, clean your toilet, and hang your laundry. Alternatively, your full-time maid not only tends to your ageing parents or cares for your baby, but also cooks the meals you eat, and cleans the quarters you inhabit. New and recently designed urban housing has indeed taken into consideration the need for many urban families to employ live-in maids, with a maid’s bedroom becoming an increasingly common feature of such dwellings.

However, Professor Tian’s luck seems to take a turn for the better when Huijuan arrives. Huijuan has been a factory worker in a state enterprise, but, like so many other factory workers, has been laid off with the nationwide restructuring of state enterprises. She signs up with a domestic work training center, and, much to the embarrassment of her family, becomes a certified domestic worker, her first job being in Professor Tian’s home. Despite her family’s misgivings, Huijuan proves that a laid-off factory worker can regain her dignity and achieve independence by becoming a domestic worker.

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