September 24, 2020

In a nondescript Hong Kong flat, Alexandria*, 26, is nursing her newborn. The infant’s cheeks are plump and the face kind, as if she isn’t perturbed by the number of people in their temporary shelter.

In the living room, two other Filipinas are listening to a teleconference on a Macbook. The speaker is teaching them how to handle their finances. In the room adjacent to Alexandria’s, a string of colorful balloons hangs above the ceiling—remnants of an earlier birthday celebration of the newborn child of an Indonesian migrant worker.