not hard to earn HK$15,000 a month for a fresh grad. But it
would be super hard for the fresh grad to get a really good job in
Vancouver or in Canada.
How much more do you think you get paid in Hong Kong?
Including [lower] tax, 300 per cent.
There is a sense of finality to these abstracted quotations that could
easily be used to amplify the abundant newspaper stories of economic
dissatisfaction in Canada, leading to return migration and restitution of
a territorial bourgeoisie. But the narrative of return can imply as much
coherence and closure as the immigration-assimilation genre. The focus
groups revealed a much more complex and unfinished set of personal
and family trajectories.
.at least for the medium term
Recall that the government survey and analysis from the 2001
Census both suggested a concentration of childless households in their
twenties among returnees. Our focus groups reinforced the
attractiveness of Hong Kong for this age cohort:
[I’m here] because of job opportunities. Yes, mainly. And because
I’m still young enough so I can tolerate the environment. And I’m
more mobile I guess. Just to give it a shot here.