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Return Migration and IdentityA Global Phenomenon, A Hong Kong Case$
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Nan M. Sussman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028832

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028832.001.0001

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“Anna” migrates and returns home

“Anna” migrates and returns home

(p.1) Introduction: “Anna” migrates and returns home
Return Migration and Identity

Nan M. Sussman

Hong Kong University Press

This section tells the psychological story of individuals who have been a part of this movement and highlights their altered identities, acculturation, and readaptation, and their flexibility and pragmatism, as well as the transnational movements, global politics, and local cultures that also played roles in the migration and return of these Hong Kongers. It notes that Anna's account of immigrant life and return to Hong Kong reflects this process and the attitudes, values, and behaviors exhibited by many of the returnees. It further notes that between 1984 and 1997, nearly 800,000 Hong Kongers emigrated from the territory, a sixth of the total population. This historic exodus has been matched by an equally unrivalled occurrence: since 1997, an estimated 500,000 immigrants have returned to Hong Kong, now as citizens of Canada, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and more than a dozen other Western and Asian nations.

Keywords:   altered identities, acculturation, readaptation, Hong Kongers, immigrant life

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