Raquel Carvalho

Hong Kong

Raquel Carvalho

Asia Correspondent

Raquel Carvalho is Asia Correspondent for the Post. She joined the newspaper in 2014. Most of her investigative and in-depth stories have been focused on human rights, cross-border security, illicit trade and corruption. She was previously the chief reporter at a Portuguese daily newspaper in Macau, where she moved to from Europe in 2008.

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As I see it | I write about Hong Kong’s dead domestic workers, and wait for the change that hasn’t come

Better support systems are needed for these vulnerable migrants – who contribute millions to the cities they work in – and their families, writes Raquel Carvalho.

23 Oct 2020 - 11:00AM

Better support systems are needed for these vulnerable migrants – who contribute millions to the cities they work in – and their families, writes Raquel Carvalho.

I write about Hong Kong’s dead domestic workers, and wait for the change that hasn’t come
Slow boat to nowhere: coronavirus leaves exploited fishing crew members stuck on the high seas

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are estimated to be trapped at sea in dire conditions because of travel restrictions brought on by the pandemic. Labour groups have called on governments to help in the repatriations of the crew members, who are often subject to abusive working conditions.

20 Oct 2020 - 3:29PM

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are estimated to be trapped at sea in dire conditions because of travel restrictions brought on by the pandemic. Labour groups have called on governments to help in the repatriations of the crew members, who are often subject to abusive working conditions.

Slow boat to nowhere: coronavirus leaves exploited fishing crew members stuck on the high seas
Coronavirus: death of Filipino domestic helper in Hong Kong underlines stark health care gap amid pandemic

The woman, who recently died of ovarian cancer, had claimed that her employer did not provide her with sufficient support. Advocates say the case highlights the plight of migrant workers who often face pressure from their employers to not seek medical help over fears about Covid-19.

12 Oct 2020 - 1:11PM

The woman, who recently died of ovarian cancer, had claimed that her employer did not provide her with sufficient support. Advocates say the case highlights the plight of migrant workers who often face pressure from their employers to not seek medical help over fears about Covid-19.

Coronavirus: death of Filipino domestic helper in Hong Kong underlines stark health care gap amid pandemic
Indonesia’s scrapping of placement fees for migrant workers welcomed – except by agencies, employers

Advocates say Jakarta’s new rules will help prevent workers from falling into debt traps – though questions have been raised about enforcement and increased expenses for employers.

28 Sep 2020 - 5:44PM

Advocates say Jakarta’s new rules will help prevent workers from falling into debt traps – though questions have been raised about enforcement and increased expenses for employers.

Indonesia’s scrapping of placement fees for migrant workers welcomed – except by agencies, employers
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh struggle with fear and stigma amid coronavirus

Stigma and fear about Covid-19 have prevented some Rohingya refugees in cramped camps in Bangladesh from seeking medical care.

13 Sep 2020 - 9:46PM

Stigma and fear about Covid-19 have prevented some Rohingya refugees in cramped camps in Bangladesh from seeking medical care.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh struggle with fear and stigma amid coronavirus
Portuguese envoy pledges ‘humanitarian’ support for Hongkonger detained in mainland China

The consul general says intervention for Kok Tsz-Lun, who holds a Portuguese passport, will be limited to ensuring the student is treated with dignity and has access to a lawyer.

2 Sep 2020 - 10:28PM

The consul general says intervention for Kok Tsz-Lun, who holds a Portuguese passport, will be limited to ensuring the student is treated with dignity and has access to a lawyer.

Portuguese envoy pledges ‘humanitarian’ support for Hongkonger detained in mainland China
Academic marginalisation of Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups increases amid coronavirus pandemic

Advocates and parents say underprivileged children from these groups are finding it hard to keep up with studies at home as they lack computers or internet access.

1 Sep 2020 - 12:43PM

Advocates and parents say underprivileged children from these groups are finding it hard to keep up with studies at home as they lack computers or internet access.

Academic marginalisation of Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups increases amid coronavirus pandemic
Family of Filipino domestic worker who died in Shenzhen still looking for closure, three years on

She was employed in Hong Kong but died in mainland China in 2017. Support workers say thousands of domestic workers are illegally taken across the border.

21 Aug 2020 - 5:52PM

She was employed in Hong Kong but died in mainland China in 2017. Support workers say thousands of domestic workers are illegally taken across the border.

Family of Filipino domestic worker who died in Shenzhen still looking for closure, three years on
Can Mexico lure investment from Asia, as USMCA North American trade deal takes effect?

Mexico wants to lure international companies based in Asia, as the new North American trade deal went into effect. But can Mexico match Asian economies?

25 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

Mexico wants to lure international companies based in Asia, as the new North American trade deal went into effect. But can Mexico match Asian economies?

Can Mexico lure investment from Asia, as USMCA North American trade deal takes effect?
Amid national security law fears, Hong Kong’s Free Conversations have only just begun

Local volunteer invites Hongkongers to sit down, have a chat and – if they agree – share their stories on social media. In doing so, she hopes to keep the city’s freedom of expression alive.

12 Jul 2020 - 9:15AM

Local volunteer invites Hongkongers to sit down, have a chat and – if they agree – share their stories on social media. In doing so, she hopes to keep the city’s freedom of expression alive.

Amid national security law fears, Hong Kong’s Free Conversations have only just begun
From Philippines to India, women are leading the coronavirus fight – and still losing out

From world leaders like Jacinda Ardern to humble villagers, women are at the front line of the fight against Covid-19. But they are also among those hit hardest – and the gender gap may be widening.

7 Jul 2020 - 6:35PM

From world leaders like Jacinda Ardern to humble villagers, women are at the front line of the fight against Covid-19. But they are also among those hit hardest – and the gender gap may be widening.

From Philippines to India, women are leading the coronavirus fight – and still losing out
‘Limited food, no wages’: domestic workers struggle amid quarantine in Hong Kong

Some domestic workers say their employers are not paying them or giving them enough to eat during the coronavirus quarantine, according to rights groups.

21 Jun 2020 - 10:05PM

Some domestic workers say their employers are not paying them or giving them enough to eat during the coronavirus quarantine, according to rights groups.

‘Limited food, no wages’: domestic workers struggle amid quarantine in Hong Kong
‘Snowden refugees’ call for family reunification in Canada amid coronavirus crisis

Sri Lankan family that housed American whistle-blower Edward Snowden hopes to build a new life and see their two children reunited with half-sister Keana, who has been granted refuge there.

17 Jun 2020 - 2:24PM

Sri Lankan family that housed American whistle-blower Edward Snowden hopes to build a new life and see their two children reunited with half-sister Keana, who has been granted refuge there.

‘Snowden refugees’ call for family reunification in Canada amid coronavirus crisis
Why are overseas Filipinos worried about Duterte’s anti-terror law?

Migrant leaders fear a vague definition of terrorism could be used to stifle criticism and curtail freedom of speech. Manila’s envoy to Hong Kong says there is nothing to worry about.

14 Jun 2020 - 9:15AM

Migrant leaders fear a vague definition of terrorism could be used to stifle criticism and curtail freedom of speech. Manila’s envoy to Hong Kong says there is nothing to worry about.

Why are overseas Filipinos worried about Duterte’s anti-terror law?
Can China win over the locals in Latin America?

‘China and all international financial actors have to stop supporting projects that threaten the health of people and the planet’.

15 Jun 2020 - 6:06PM

‘China and all international financial actors have to stop supporting projects that threaten the health of people and the planet’.

Can China win over the locals in Latin America?
As US turns inward, coronavirus gives China ‘opportunity of the century’ in Latin America

With the region heading for a coronavirus-induced economic crisis, Beijing is well placed to capitalise on the vacuum left by the US, experts say.

15 Jun 2020 - 6:08PM

With the region heading for a coronavirus-induced economic crisis, Beijing is well placed to capitalise on the vacuum left by the US, experts say.

As US turns inward, coronavirus gives China ‘opportunity of the century’ in Latin America
Stanley Ho: how the Macau casino tycoon’s love life shaped his success

Ho had four women he called his wives, and a complex network of family relations that were sometimes shaken by fights over power and money.

30 May 2020 - 8:33PM

Ho had four women he called his wives, and a complex network of family relations that were sometimes shaken by fights over power and money.

Stanley Ho: how the Macau casino tycoon’s love life shaped his success
Stanley Ho: the Macau casino tycoon who set his sights far beyond the gambling table

Involved in formulating the Basic Law for Hong Kong as well as Macau, he was also known for visionary plans such as leasing the cities to the UN.

27 May 2020 - 3:45AM

Involved in formulating the Basic Law for Hong Kong as well as Macau, he was also known for visionary plans such as leasing the cities to the UN.

Stanley Ho: the Macau casino tycoon who set his sights far beyond the gambling table
Asia’s next coronavirus flashpoint? Overcrowded, neglected prisons

Covid-19 is poised to cut a swathe through the region’s cramped, underfunded prisons but neglect and a lack of testing mean the true extent of the crisis may never be known.

10 May 2020 - 11:04AM

Covid-19 is poised to cut a swathe through the region’s cramped, underfunded prisons but neglect and a lack of testing mean the true extent of the crisis may never be known.

Asia’s next coronavirus flashpoint? Overcrowded, neglected prisons
How coronavirus pushes Hong Kong domestic workers into debt traps

Job uncertainties and pressure to support their families under lockdowns mean domestic workers are more vulnerable to harassment by money lenders.

3 May 2020 - 7:45AM

Job uncertainties and pressure to support their families under lockdowns mean domestic workers are more vulnerable to harassment by money lenders.

How coronavirus pushes Hong Kong domestic workers into debt traps
Coronavirus: ‘I don’t want to infect my children,’ says Hong Kong sex worker

Sex workers in Asian cities are facing greater health risks and violence amid the pandemic – and their income is drying up.

18 Apr 2020 - 11:57PM

Sex workers in Asian cities are facing greater health risks and violence amid the pandemic – and their income is drying up.

Coronavirus: ‘I don’t want to infect my children,’ says Hong Kong sex worker
Hong Kong domestic workers ‘angry’ at exclusion from coronavirus relief measures

Union leaders and advocates say domestic workers should also receive cash handouts designed to help those affected by the coronavirus crisis.

10 Apr 2020 - 6:30AM

Union leaders and advocates say domestic workers should also receive cash handouts designed to help those affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Hong Kong domestic workers ‘angry’ at exclusion from coronavirus relief measures
‘Children in a dog cage’: how coronavirus puts Asia’s most vulnerable at greater risk of homelessness, human trafficking

Closed schools and job losses are making impoverished children easy prey for predators, while lockdowns leave victims of trafficking and domestic abuse more trapped than ever.

5 Apr 2020 - 9:46AM

Closed schools and job losses are making impoverished children easy prey for predators, while lockdowns leave victims of trafficking and domestic abuse more trapped than ever.

‘Children in a dog cage’: how coronavirus puts Asia’s most vulnerable at greater risk of homelessness, human trafficking
Bernardita Catalla, the Philippines’ former consul general to Hong Kong, dies of coronavirus in Beirut

Catalla was Manila’s ambassador to Lebanon at the time of her death. In Hong Kong, domestic workers’ union leaders recalled her as ‘a good consul general who tried to listen to opinions’.

2 Apr 2020 - 8:43PM

Catalla was Manila’s ambassador to Lebanon at the time of her death. In Hong Kong, domestic workers’ union leaders recalled her as ‘a good consul general who tried to listen to opinions’.

Bernardita Catalla, the Philippines’ former consul general to Hong Kong, dies of coronavirus in Beirut
Coronavirus: China helps while US sanctions ‘terrorise’, says Iran’s Hong Kong envoy

As Tehran’s man in Hong Kong accuses US sanctions of hurting its efforts to fight Covid-19, experts say the crisis will increase Iran’s reliance on Beijing.

24 Mar 2020 - 11:56PM

As Tehran’s man in Hong Kong accuses US sanctions of hurting its efforts to fight Covid-19, experts say the crisis will increase Iran’s reliance on Beijing.

Coronavirus: China helps while US sanctions ‘terrorise’, says Iran’s Hong Kong envoy
Iranians find little to celebrate as spectre of coronavirus hangs over Persian New Year

Iranians speaking to This Week in Asia see no end to the outbreak, with some forced to change their traditions during a period usually marked by travel and communal celebrations.

22 Mar 2020 - 2:16AM

Iranians speaking to This Week in Asia see no end to the outbreak, with some forced to change their traditions during a period usually marked by travel and communal celebrations.

Iranians find little to celebrate as spectre of coronavirus hangs over Persian New Year
Coronavirus: Manila lockdown sparks fears among Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong

Some are concerned about the safety of their relatives in the Philippines as well as about the quarantine measures they may face if they return home.

13 Mar 2020 - 11:06PM

Some are concerned about the safety of their relatives in the Philippines as well as about the quarantine measures they may face if they return home.

Coronavirus: Manila lockdown sparks fears among Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong
‘Kingdoms of women’: how modernity threatens Asia’s female-centric societies

Communities centred around women have existed for centuries in China, India and Indonesia, but an influx of tourists, technology and new ideas is rapidly changing their way of life.

8 Mar 2020 - 4:22PM

Communities centred around women have existed for centuries in China, India and Indonesia, but an influx of tourists, technology and new ideas is rapidly changing their way of life.

‘Kingdoms of women’: how modernity threatens Asia’s female-centric societies
Unsung heroes: 5 Asian women transcending gender roles

From motherhood in Hong Kong to protests in India, menstruation huts in Nepal and life as a lesbian domestic worker, five women share their perspectives.

8 Mar 2020 - 4:20PM

From motherhood in Hong Kong to protests in India, menstruation huts in Nepal and life as a lesbian domestic worker, five women share their perspectives.

Unsung heroes: 5 Asian women transcending gender roles
Coronavirus fuels rise in Hong Kong domestic worker sackings

Reasons cited for the dismissals range from arguments over leaving the house on days off, to employers claiming they have lost their jobs or are leaving the city.

1 Mar 2020 - 10:19AM

Reasons cited for the dismissals range from arguments over leaving the house on days off, to employers claiming they have lost their jobs or are leaving the city.

Coronavirus fuels rise in Hong Kong domestic worker sackings