Return Migration and Identity

A Global Phenomenon, A Hong Kong Case

Nan M. Sussman

Return Migration and Identity

Nan M. Sussman

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

368 pages | 11 b&w illus.; 6 tables | 6 x 9
Paperback $30.00 ISBN: 9789888028849 Published November 2010 AAUKEU - ALL AMERICAS & UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE
The global trend for immigrants to return home has unique relevance for Hong Kong. This work of cross-cultural psychology explores many personal stories of return migration. The author captures in dozens of interviews the anxieties, anticipations, hardships and flexible world perspectives of migrants and their families as well as friends and workers. The book examines cultural identity shifts and population flows during a critical juncture in Hong Kong history between the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984 and the early years of Hong Kong’s new status as a special administrative region after 1997. Nearly a million residents of Hong Kong migrated to North America, Europe and Australia in the 1990s. These interviews and analyses help illustrate individual choices and identity profiles during this period of unusual cultural flexibility and behavioral adjustment.
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