18-20 August 2022

Viral(ised) (In)visibilities: Precarities of Ethnic minority food delivery workers in Hong Kong

Lisa YM Leung

Abstract:The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has provided job opportunities especially for South Asian workers in Hong Kong. It has also put these racial minority workers in additional layers of precarities, which also aggravated and unravelled the layers of embedded racism in Hong Kong. This paper examines the inter-sectional politics of race and class involved in platformed work, in the case of food delivery services. Combining quantitative and quanlitative analyses, it discusses how the algorithmically-controlled platformed economy could combine online with offline injustices for the racial minority (gig) worker. Employing notions of ‘invisibility’, it argues that neo-liberalized infrastructural capitalism aggravates racial surveillance of minority workers.


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