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  • Filipina Catholics in Hong Kong find faith as a refuge
    Posted: July 22, 2013 - 3:11pm

    The Filipina experience in Hong Kong makes comfort and refuge very intense, dominant themes for the migrant Catholics. In interviews with Filipina househelp, women often cried when talking about prayer and their faith. While most of the Filipinos interviewed said that Filipino Catholicism was relatively emotional, all ascribed this tendency to cry to the social situation, strain and loss that women feel at such a distance from home. Religion became a particular refuge for them in ways that they had not experienced at home.

  • Localized practices of Filipina Catholics limited in Hong Kong
    Posted: July 22, 2013 - 2:08pm

    There is some evidence that Catholic practice in Hong Kong tends to undo some of the local variation that exists in the Philippines. Back home, Filipino culture and religious practice encompass many particular local practices and devotions from 7,000 islands in a big archipelago. Some of those local practices and identities are brought to Hong Kong, but in the eyes of the dominant culture, a person’s origin in Luzon, Cebu, or Mindanao is subsumed even more to their identity as Filipinas.

  • Hong Kong's Catholicism reflects globalized aesthetic
    Posted: July 22, 2013 - 1:00pm

    The population of Hong Kong grew enormously after the 1948 revolution in China. While some churches, like the cathedral, predate that period, the vast majority date to the 1960s.

    Missionary clergy who wanted to indigenize Catholicism by including statues and paintings that depict Jesus or Mary with an Asian face speak with some disappointment about the desire among Hong Kong Chinese to stick with images that portray them with European looks.

  • Home practice hindered for Filipina Catholics in Hong Kong
    Posted: July 18, 2013 - 3:24pm

    For many Filipinas in Hong Kong, the lack of personal space makes it hard to practice religion in their homes, whereas this was very important to them in the Philippines.

  • Filipinas in Hong Kong focus more on devotion than Chinese Catholics do
    Posted: July 18, 2013 - 2:36pm

     As one interviewee put it, “If you asked most of us Filipinos to explain our faith, we would say instead, ‘Come to church with me, and experience it.’” 

  • Filipina migrants adapt to secular culture in Hong Kong
    Posted: July 18, 2013 - 2:26pm

    Filipinas say that the biggest cultural difference between Hong Kong and the Philippines is the “right now,” driven, work-focused ethic of Hong Kong Chinese. They compare this to a culture at home that is more “manana”-focused and far less rushed.

  • Introduction: Hong Kong a modern, busy, mostly secular hub
    Posted: July 18, 2013 - 1:59pm

    Hong Kong, a British colony until 1997, is a mixing place of Western (primarily British) and Chinese cultures. Hong Kong is a highly modernized, very densely populated global banking and business center, and also a place with glimpses of peasant culture in alley shops and stalls. Chinese will sometimes say that old Hong Kong culture is a legacy from rough and tumble seafaring and port life, but Hong Kong is also a global crossroads. Cantonese, the local Chinese dialect, is the dominant language, but English is tremendously important as well, as it has been for a century.

  • Filipina migrants compose one third of Hong Kong's Catholic population
    Posted: July 18, 2013 - 1:29pm

    Some 144,000 Filipina women, most of whom are Catholic, work in Hong Kong, mainly as househelp. Many spend hours of their one day off a week in church and prayer meetings.

  • Salvadoran church design spans traditional European and modernist
    Posted: June 24, 2013 - 2:42pm

    In San Salvador especially, the design of churches is quite varied. Because the region is in an earthquake zone, few churches date back more than 100 years. Churches typically are designed in painted concrete, whether as variations on traditional Italian and Spanish designs, or modernist alternatives.

  • Grotto honors victims of peasant uprising in El Salvador
    Posted: June 24, 2013 - 1:38pm

    The grotto inside the ruins of the original Nuestra Señora de la Asunción church in Izalco, El Salvador marks the graves of thousands of peasants killed by the army in reprisal for the indigenous peasant uprising in 1932.


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