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|Title: ||Trading trash and creating destinies: Pakistani community in a second-hand market in Hong Kong|
|Authors: ||Ho, Doris Wing Yung (何詠融)|
|Department: ||Department of Asian and International Studies|
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Course: ||AIS6001 Thesis on a Selected Development Issue|
|Programme: ||Master of Social Sciences in Development Studies|
|Instructor: ||Dr. Chan, Yuk-wah|
|Subjects: ||Pakistanis -- China -- Hong Kong.|
Secondhand trade -- China -- Hong Kong.
|Abstract: ||This thesis examines a Pakistani community which is engaged in the second-hand
market in a poor neighborhood in Hong Kong. It provides ethnographic details of
how the Pakistanis make a living by collecting and trading used electrical items
through co-ethnic networks within their group and through inter-ethnic networks
among different groups. This thesis argues that the Pakistani community, rather than
being disadvantaged as generally perceived, is in fact a very resourceful community
which has formed a self-reliant ethnic economy to support the livelihoods of many
country fellows, including those who are locally born, immigrants, businesspeople,
“tourists”, asylum seekers and illegal immigrants. The second-hand market serves as
an epitome of contemporary migration and transnationalism. Social actors from
different ethnic backgrounds and with different migration statuses converge in this
translocal site to help each other to make a living. Unlike traditional immigrants,
many Pakistanis in this market are neither totally uprooted from their homelands nor
incorporated into the Hong Kong society. The statuses of many of them are
ambiguous and their migration trajectories are closely tied with global politics.
Recent decades have witnessed the emergence of translocalities in many metropolises.
By studying the everyday social interactions of Pakistanis in the market, this thesis
will enhance our understanding of the social dynamics of minority groups in Hong
Kong and also offer a glimpse on a spectrum of migration and transnational issues.|
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