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A cultural phenomenon in the 19th and 20th centuries, but no longer in existence, who were the Chinese domestic servants who raised generations of British, Portuguese, and Chinese children in colonial Hong Kong? How did the slump of the silk industry and other political/socioeconomic factors in China drive them to leave their own families to seek independence and freedom from cultural norms and expectations? Based on her historical fiction novel, Once Upon an Amah, Antonia Barradas describes the amah culture from personal experience and research—an homage to these unsung heroes and vanguard feminists. A video, photos, artwork, and a brief reading will be shared.