Like Sons and Daughters of Hong Kong: The Return of the Young Generation

Janet Salaff, Angela Shik and Arent Greve

in Hong Kong Mobile

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099180
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206984 | DOI:
Like Sons and Daughters of Hong Kong: The Return of the Young Generation

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To define and locate further “the Hong Kongers”, this chapter shows another dimension of population circulation and family dynamics that affect the human resource of Hong Kong society. Hundreds of thousands of middle-class Hong Kong families emigrated overseas in the 1980s and 1990s in anticipation of the territory's change of sovereignty in 1997. Some returned but their children continued their education in the West. The chapter focuses on the decisions of this educated young generation. In this global age, transnational talents are competitive. The term “transnational” refers to people's connections between different global locations, as manifested in their personal movements and the flows of information in which they are involved. The study finds that many of these young adults have no intention to stay permanently in either Hong Kong or Canada.

Keywords: transnational ties; population circulation; family dynamics; migration; information flow; Canada

Chapter.  8950 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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