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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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Remigrants and Family Life

Remigrants and Family Life

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Return Migration and Identity

Nan M. Sussman

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter focuses on the essential aspect of remigrant life: the family. It notes that in micro-level shifts, individual transformations are the source of the larger societal changes. In particular, remigrants have altered their values and their beliefs about family life and relationships between spouses, parents and children, and siblings — the core relationships in traditional Chinese culture. It reports that one study of women and divorce in Hong Kong found the divorce rate, which was 0.76 per 1,000 in 1984, jumped to 2.0 per 1,000 by 1999. Although the investigators suggest many possible explanations, one that they did not discuss is the fact that this was the exact time period of the largest return migration to Hong Kong. It explains that while divorce surely has multiple causes, the changes in expectations and individual aspiration, and the altered geographic arrangements of married couples returning to Hong Kong contributed to the escalation in the divorce rate.

Keywords:   family, societal changes, remigrants, women, divorce, Hong Kong

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