Making New Lives

Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper

in Hong Kong

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226448565
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226448589 | DOI:
Making New Lives

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This chapter focuses on migration to Hong Kong and beginning a new life. It describes the Trent family, Peter and Mary, and their two children who arrived in Hong Kong from the Midlands, Britain, to start their new life. The situation with the Trent family exemplifies how migration works in different ways in the lives of family members: producing different versions of the future. The Trent family and their friends offer a guide through a key theme in migrant settlement: temporariness, which is further challenging because they are long-term settlers, which migration literature distinguishes scales of intention. Mary and Peter made a life for themselves in Hong Kong having an apartment on the Kowloon Peninsula, not far from the old airport, which came with employment. This became their neighborhood, although they moved about within it, as accommodation was constantly reallocated.

Keywords: migration; Hong Kong; British migrants; Kowloon Peninsula; apartment; accommodation; relocation; families

Chapter.  7334 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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