Hong Kong Movers and Stayers
Narratives of Family Migration
Studies of World Migrations
Published by: University of Illinois Press
296 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 18.00 mm, 1 table
- ISBN: 9780252077043
- Published: January 2010
Half a million Hong Kong residents fled their homeland during the thirteen years before Hong Kong's reversion to China in 1997. Nearly half of those returned within the next several years. Filled with detailed, first-hand stories of nine Hong Kong families over nearly two decades, Hong Kong Movers and Stayers is a multifaceted yet intimate look at the forces behind Hong Kong families' successful, and failed, efforts at migration and settlement.
Defining migration as a process, not a single act of leaving, Hong Kong Movers and Stayers provides an antidote to ethnocentric and simplistic theories by uncovering migration stories as they relate to social structures and social capital. The authors meld survey analysis, personal biography, and sociology and compare multiple families in order to give voice to the interplay of gender, age, and diverse family roles as motivating factors in migration.
"There is no other study like this in the China migration literature, nor in the literature on emigration from Hong Kong. The thoroughness of this longitudinal research provides a highly nuanced account of how changes in family life over a period of fifteen years have affected motivations and outcomes for migration." --Nicole Newendorp, author of Uneasy Reunions: Immigration, Citizenship, and Family Life in Post-1997 Hong Kong
"An impressive resource for academic researchers who will find a wealth of historical and institutional information if they are studying Hong Kong and China . . . . Overall it is a valuable contribution to the area of Asian studies, as well as migration studies and theory."--Canadian Ethnic Studies
"Hong Kong Movers and Stayers is an engaging and superbly researched sociological ethnography that treats migration as a process and not a singular act of departure and settlement. . . . Indeed, the book represents collaborative work at its best."--Contemporary Sociology
"A solid contribution to our knowledge about migration, not just in Hong Kong but more widely."--The China Quarterly