No…not until he retires.
Hong Kong in contrast is regarded as too expensive, too crowded and too
polluted for comfortable retirement.
Within a patriarchal family structure there is some evidence of
variability between men and women in prioritising the economic/Hong
Kong versus the lifestyle/Vancouver stations in the social field. Economic
gradients typically impel men more strongly. In several of the interviews
quoted above, it is the astronaut men (like Simon) who are in East Asia,
while their wife and family are in Canada. Economic underperformance
in Canada gnaws at male self-esteem:
When you are not able to find a job, or earn enough money or
work at your former position, especially for a male, they’ll feel that
they are useless. Some people who are used to being a boss, after
they went to Canada they had to distribute newspapers or to work
as a driver for a living. As their social class lowered dramatically,
they also suffered serious psychological depression. I think, other
than money this is another important reason why many have
returned to Hong Kong.
It is the men who are typically the initiators of return to Hong Kong. In
contrast, after a difficult settling in period, women seem to adjust well to
the opportunities for self-development in Canada (Waters 2002). In one of
our focus groups a couple had very different views about the desirability
of return, differences that led to some emotional disagreement, with the