Returning to China: Hong
Kongers and Mainlanders
At the critical
juncture before the British handover of Hong Kong, nearly 800,000 Hongkongers
fled. Where did they go and what became of them? Going beyond suppositions and
urban myth, for the first time, the full story of the returnees is being told.
In her book, Return Migration and Identity: A Global Phenomenon, A HongKong Case, Dr. Nan M. Sussman, estimates that nearly 500,000 have
returned to Hong Kong since the British turned over their Asian outpost to the
People’s Republic of China. Journalists labeled them ‘astronauts,’ but did they
crash and burn on their return to Hong Kong?
While immigrants from around
the world are going back to their homelands, Hong Kong returnees are unique with
a special cultural flexibility rarely found in other groups. Based on
far-ranging interviews with returnees of all ages from Australia and Canada,
those who have returned and those whose lives they influence can finally
understand how the returnees have changed and how they are changing Hong Kong’s
dynamic workplace and 21st century society.