Home and Country
Home and Country
This chapter discusses Stanley Kwan's radical decision to leave Hong Kong after years of enduring the political campaigns of the Mainland and the violent demonstrations in Hong Kong. When the Sino-British negotiations started in 1983, several Hongkongers left for countries such as the US, Canada, and Australia. Among them was Stanley Kwan and his family. Although he wished to stay in Hong Kong to see its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, Kwan left Hong Kong as China's authoritarian and communist rule painted a pessimistic image. With his daughters already studying in Canada, Kwan and his wife left Hong Kong for Canada. This chapter chronicles how Kwan adapted in Canada; holding on to his roots while pledging allegiance to Queen Elizabeth, Canada's queen and head of the state of the United Kingdom. While Kwan was countries away from his native homeland, his interest and love for the welfare of his native home did not wane. He joined the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Scarborough (FCCS) which engaged in political activism against the authoritarian rule of China. However, he only visited Hong Kong on occasions when it was deemed necessary and found great relief in returning to his home, Canada. After his visit in 1997, when Hong Kong was finally handed over to China, Kwan finally said his last farewell to China and Hong Kong—finding his roots firmly planted deep within the soils of Canada.
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