We’ve all previously mentioned before, the working system,
the energy, in this little place is actually much higher than we
have in Canada.
And from the same focus group:
Hong Kong is more bustling, it tends to be more lively, there’s more
of a night life…and it’s more attractive to young people.
Respondents are working long hours to launch or consolidate their
careers; focus groups were held of necessity over dinner in the evening as
participants left a heavy day’s work. But now we must intervene in this
narrative of return and ask the question: to what extent is there an
expiry date to this energetic pursuit of careerism?
A number of families interviewed in Vancouver who had made the
decision not to return alluded, sometimes emphatically, to the desire to
escape a life in Hong Kong shaped by the single-minded pursuit of
economic advancement (Ley and Waters 2004). In the words of one
Mr Yee: When we were in Hong Kong we both felt very busy for life, and
we both wanted some life changes. And so we travelled a lot
around the world to Australia, States, Canada. We went to Toronto
and Vancouver. One morning in the summer in Vancouver, I
stepped out the door of the house of my distant relative. I felt the
air so fresh, and the sun so bright and everything so beautiful. And
then I said to my wife that’s the place that we want to go…