I just read and article regarding an Indonesian maid's daring escape from a 22nd story apartment.
while i have mixed feelings on the issue of foreign labor ... how many of you had foreign maids? Local maids are something of a rarity i found.
For those of you who don't know, my housekeeper was Malaysian-Indian ok... (Malaysia boleh!)
When i describe the culture of "maids" in Malaysia - Americans don't entirely grasp the concept. They either relate it to me being absurdly rich (which i contend i am not, merely fortunate upper middle class), or some odd form of caste-mobility-slavery case.
since I grew up with most of you, i am roughly familiar with your background(s) and situations - but when you tell a stranger where you are from, do they assume you are loaded?
also (somewhat unrelated), what the hell drives a homeowner to beat on his housekeeper?