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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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The New Hong Kong Boomerang

The New Hong Kong Boomerang

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Return Migration and Identity

Nan M. Sussman

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter looks to the future and tries to determine the long-term effect of remigration on the identity and sense of self and of belonging of Hong Kong residents. It explains how the massive return migration will influence the civic life, societal attitudes, and popular culture of Hong Kong. It tries to look for the next layer of identity for Hong Kongers, as an increasingly larger portion of the population regularly interacts with the Chinese people and government for work and pleasure. It notes that the Hong Kong Remigration Project estimates 500,000 people have returned to live and work in Hong Kong. It speculates, however, that a portion of these remigrants are not permanent residents but rather belong to a growing global group of transnationals. Participants in this investigation confirm that they have strategic plans for the future regarding their place of residence.

Keywords:   remigration, identity, Hong Kong residents, Hong Kong Remigration Project, transnationals

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