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Mrs. Yee: [In Hong Kong] it’s the pressure you can hardly face because

the whole society is so rushed, you know, and life is so busy that

you can hardly slow down a little bit to enjoy life…It’s both too

busy for adults and the kids. So we want to slow down our pace a

little bit so we came…

Mr. and Mrs. Yee were somewhat older than the young adults who

formed the vanguard of the returnees to Hong Kong, and they had

school-aged children. They identified the positive quality of life

dimensions of Canadian society – slower paced, environmentally

attractive - qualities that were also acknowledged by our Hong Kong

respondents, but had been set aside in deference to economic

opportunities. But will there be a future date when these assets will be

capitalised on by the returnees as well?

Some of the respondents, many single and in their twenties

working hard to establish a career, projected themselves into the future

to the status passage of having a family. They would then consider for

themselves the decision made for them by their parents, and some would

renew the trans-Pacific migration cycle. For others, in their thirties, the

decision was at hand:

I think my daughter will probably go back to Canada for her

studies. Being that the education system here is such a mess.

Going to international school [in Hong Kong], it costs so much

money. She has to go back.

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