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husband acknowledging “She didn’t want to come back to Hong Kong. So

we’re planning to go back there when we retire”. The husband of another

returnee family had found a job that required him to travel to Beijing

during the week, returning only at weekends. His wife was left isolated

and nostalgic:

I was there with my daughter facing the four walls. I was

depressed… I was there in Hong Kong all by myself. I have friends

there but they’re busy too, as you know well…Hong Kong people!

I’ve been so used to having different activities in Vancouver, like

playing tennis, choir singing and pot luck dinners. I don’t seem to

be fitting into the Hong Kong lifestyle any more.

The age when retirement will occur depends in good measure upon

the scale and speed of acquisition of mobile capital In Hong Kong. The

low incomes of recent Hong Kong migrants in Canada, reported earlier,

are to some extent the result of underemployment associated with early

retirement, particularly for those in the business immigration streams

who have significant international assets but a limited Canadian cash

flow (Ley 2003). As significant pre-migration business experience is a

prerequisite of entry through these streams, household heads are

typically in their forties when they land in Canada. Within a few years

many will be considering retirement. For example, Mr. Liang, a senior

manager in a multinational corporation in Hong Kong, entered Canada

through the investor stream of the business programme, an immigration

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