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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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Returning home: cultural transitions and the identity model

Returning home: cultural transitions and the identity model

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Return Migration and Identity

Nan M. Sussman

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter refocuses attention on the issue of remigration, first historically and then psychologically. It notes that the author's model of repatriation and cultural identity (CIM) is explicated and provides the theoretical backdrop for the Hong Kong Remigration Project. It further notes that the methodology used in this investigation is described. It explains that Wyman viewed remigration through many lenses. Psychological observations focused on individual changes in attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, while sociological themes examined the effects of returnees on the politics, business, housing, language, and even the jokes of the citizens of their homelands. The chapter observes that remigrants returned home wealthier than they left, which allowed them to build bigger houses, acquire land, and create new businesses offering new products and services.

Keywords:   remigration, repatriation, cultural identity, Remigration Project, Wyman, psychological observations, sociological themes

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