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Now, my son likes Canada, but he would like to come back to

Hong Kong to work after his university education. He said that it’s

difficult to find a job in Canada. Actually, he prefers to live in

Canada.

So if your son comes back to Hong Kong, would you and your wife

move here permanently?

Yes, we do have a plan. My wife and I have made a commitment

that we would stay in Hong Kong for five years, and then we’ll

move back to Canada…Actually, I was already planning [in the

1980s] to save enough money in Hong Kong and go to Canada to

retire.

We see from this remarkable family history that the two sides of the

Pacific Ocean are a single social field transgressed seemingly at will at

different stages of the life cycle in response to family needs that can be

fulfilled more satisfactorily at one site or the other. In general terms it is

economic activity that is the recurrent pull to Hong Kong, quality of life

attractions that draw the family back repeatedly to Vancouver. Simon’s

family have perfected in their own way a path that optimises each site in

the social field for its own assets as they become relevant at discrete

stages in the life cycle.

While few families have achieved this level of life-stage and

movement synchronization, we see examples of this over and over again

in the biographies of our respondents. The enlargement of the social field

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