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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.

Finally,

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.

Hong Kong evokes terms like fast, bustle, energy, lively:

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