Dreaming for others

Barricades built by protesters at Connaught Road (PHOTO BY Lorie Ann Cascaro)

A Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong once dreamed to improve her family’s house. After over two decades of working and getting involved in political activities, she dreamed something greater than for herself.

Hong Kong domestic workers want to junk ‘excessive’ fees

This article is first published by The Diplomat. By Lorie Ann Cascaro HONG KONG — Feliza Guy Benitez, 58, first came to Hong Kong in 1993 as a domestic worker. She was to be paid a monthly salary at 3,200 Hong Kong dollars ($413). She thought a contract of two years would be enough to… Continue reading Hong Kong domestic workers want to junk ‘excessive’ fees

HK labor unions say new minimum wage ‘unreasonable’

By Lorie Ann Cascaro HONG KONG — Labor leaders were dissatisfied with the city’s new statutory minimum wage rate at 32.50 Hong Kong dollars an hour, effective on May 1. They vowed to continue their fight for workers’ welfare. The minimum wage is “unreasonable, especially if the worker is a breadwinner,” Wong Pit-man, head secretary… Continue reading HK labor unions say new minimum wage ‘unreasonable’

At home with the homeless

By Lorie Ann Cascaro Hong Kong — Chan Kwok-cheong has two beds: one for chilly nights and the other for warm weather. His big roof is the wide bridge that stretches along Tung Chau Street in Sham Shui Po. On a Wednesday morning, the 58-year-old man woke up inside a box of plywood strips fully… Continue reading At home with the homeless

Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ continues

by Lorie Ann Cascaro Hong Kong — More people had filled up last Wednesday the streets in Mong Kok and Central to continue a mass demonstration called ‘Occupy Central’ that demands universal suffrage in choosing Hong Kong’s chief executive in 2017. The protesters held rallies simultaneously, allowing some speakers to express their opinions and emotions.… Continue reading Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ continues

“Occupy Central” goes on during National Day

by Lorie Ann Cascaro HONG KONG — The protesters had formed patches along Connaught Road at midday on Wednesday, while the whole country commemorated its 65th National Day. Some of them went home to freshen up or spend time with their family and friends, but promised to come back in the afternoon. On its fourth day, “Occupy Central”… Continue reading “Occupy Central” goes on during National Day

Asian migrants, youth groups support Hong Kong’s strikers

by Lorie Ann Cascaro Hong Kong — Groups of Asian migrants and youth expressed their solidarity to the Hong Kong people’s call for political reforms after police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters occupying the streets in Central on September 28. The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB), Asia Pacific Students and Youth Association… Continue reading Asian migrants, youth groups support Hong Kong’s strikers

Pro-Beijing and Occupy Central at Tamar Park

While Pro-Beijing camp is celebrating in advance the 65th year anniversary of the foundation of People’s Republic of China at Tamar Park, policemen block pro-democracy protesters from entering the LegCo Complex at Admiralty to join the second night of Hong Kong students’ strike and Occupy Central movement. After the program, more supporters gathered at the complex.

Another Day: A story about living in Vientiane’s wasteland

By Lorie Ann Cascaro on November 22 2013 7:39 pm VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 22 Nov) – Welcome to “Disneyland”! It is a mosaic of blue, black and white polyester unevenly blended with brown soil surrounded by green shrubs and bushes. It was a gloomy Monday morning and the air is redolent of putrid residues… Continue reading Another Day: A story about living in Vientiane’s wasteland