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.