A short history of two hundred years of Hong Kong migration and identity

Nan M. Sussman

in Return Migration and Identity

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028832
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207370 | DOI:
A short history of two hundred years of Hong Kong migration and identity

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This chapter examines the origins of the Hong Kong identity, starting with the indigenous inhabitants from southern China, and continuing through the nineteenth-century imposition of British sovereignty, modern identity, and finally the late twentieth-century handover to China. It notes that residents of Hong Kong have developed complex identities and learned how to negotiate these identities within the Hong Kong regional and global context. The large-scale movement of people from and back to Hong Kong allows us not only to understand the psychological consequences of Hong Kong return migration but also to illuminate an emerging worldwide phenomenon.

Keywords: Hong Kong identity; British sovereignty; modern identity; psychological consequences; returns migration

Chapter.  9746 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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