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Hong Kong MobileMaking a Global Population$
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Helen F. Siu and Agnes S. Ku

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099180

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099180.001.0001

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

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

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Hong Kong Mobile

Janet Salaff

Angela Shik

Arent Greve

Hong Kong University Press

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

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