Religion in Hong Kong . The Religious Environment of Hong Kong is based on two things: Practicality and superstition Oh, by the way, yes, there is freedom of religion, so don’t worry . Religion and Ethnicity in Hong Kong. Religion. Ethnicity. Traditional Chinese Religion. Practical.
The Religious Environment of Hong Kong is based on two things: Practicality and superstition
Oh, by the way, yes, there is freedom of religion, so don’t worry
Superstitious (Da siuyan)
Practicality means that religion is only a way to an end, not an end in itself. If a God doesn’t “perform”, it gets thrown out
Superstitious is exactly what it says
Chinese religion is syncretistic, combining ideas from Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism
Islam: 200,000 in Hk
Sikhism and hinduism: About 45,000
Muslims in HK come from many backgrounds, but the large influx of Indonesian domestic helpers means Islam is increasing in HK
Sikhs and other Indians came to HK with the British to work as policemen and soldiers. Many stayed after 1997 and today the Indian community is so local that they speak Cantonese perfectly
A cultural mosaic (to borrow a phrase Canadians love so much)
Starting in the 1980s, Hker’s busy lifestyles made them hire women from the Philippines and Indonesia as domestic helpers
Filipinos speak English, and Hkers wanted their kids to learn English
Filipinos were usually hired by young families for their children, as parents were too busy to take care of kids.
Indonesian domestic helpers were hired to take care of seniors and families, and were trained to speak Cantonese and cook Chinese food
Filipinos are mostly Catholic and Indonesians are mostly Muslim.
Every Sunday is their day off and parks in HK are full of laughing, playing and relaxing domestic helpers
Quite a sad situation as many domestic helpers are university graduates, but can earn more doing these jobs in HK than in professions back home