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There’s polluted air, polluted water. Almost everything is polluted

in Hong Kong so when I retire I don’t want to stay in Hong Kong.

There’s no fun, you can’t go to fishing, you can’t go skiing. If I

can, I want to go back there tomorrow. But I can’t afford to go back

there right now because I need to make a living.

This theme was pervasive.

I’d say my parents really love Vancouver and Canada. Weather,

clean air, environment, the living style and standard, they love all

sorts of things. I think they would choose Vancouver after they

retire.

And again:

I will consider moving back after retirement, though I still have

thirty years to go. My dream is to go back to Vancouver for

retirement…[My parents] plan to be there after retirement. My dad

will retire in seven years. He will live there with my mum, because

there it’s more comfortable.

For some families, retirement offers the prospect of emotional re-

integration across fragmented spaces:

Did your parents move to Canada with you?

No, my mum was with us, my dad stayed in Hong Kong.

Like an astronaut?

Yes, for eleven years.

He has not moved there so far? Has he been an immigrant?

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