Amahs in Hong Kong, in 1971. Many joined a family as a teenager and devoted the rest of their lives to serving that household. Picture: SCMP
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Where Hong Kong got ‘amah’, old word for maidservant, from

The term used to mean a Chinese domestic helper, and the Indian variant, ‘ayah’, entered the English language at the height of the British empire, but their roots lie in another former colonial superpower

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Amahs in Hong Kong, in 1971. Many joined a family as a teenager and devoted the rest of their lives to serving that household. Picture: SCMP
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