Hong Kong in the future. Especially on my father’s side, his family
had experienced brutal treatment from the communist government
because they were land owners.3
The massacre was the decisive trigger motivating migration for some
households, but its impact added force to other motives that had already
raised the issue of present insecurities in people’s minds.
because of the June 4th. massacre, also because of the 1997
handover. That was the primary reason. The second reason was
better education. We were all very young at that time, and my
parents arranged for us to go to school there.
For others the educational motive was primary, to introduce one’s
children to the perceived superior (and more accessible) opportunities of
Canadian schools and universities.
It was more for our education. They [Parents] think they have
better opportunities over there. At that time it wasn’t that easy to
get into one of these universities in Hong Kong, so they thought it
would be better for us.
For others again there was an emphatic quality of life mandate, with
appreciation of Canada’s outdoor environment and available social and
leisure services, information confirmed through family networks:
Because my aunt is there and my grandma was in Canada as
well. So my father just wanted to live there. He loves Canada. The
environment is very good, it’s good for living.