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Life Styles of Hong Kong Emigrants

Investigators :
Edward J.C. Tu, D.P. Tang, Yimin Lin

Start Date :
15 December 1993

Completion Date :
31 October 1995

Abstract :
This project is part of a multi-year study of the contexts, dynamics and consequences of emigration from Hong Kong to North America, the UK and Australia. By examining emigrants' life styles as embodied in their attitudes, values, and expectations regarding work, consumption, and social relations, we explore how Hong Kong emigrants play multiple roles as investors, consumers, employers/employees, and family and group members and how they influence the social and economic interactions between Hong Kong and the receiving countries. In the first phase of this study, which is being funded by the HKTIIT grant, we aim to accomplish two things. First, we intend to construct a preliminary database on the demographic, geographic, social and economic profiles of Hong Kong emigrants in the United States, Canada,  Australia and the United Kingdom.  Second,  based on such data, we intend to formulate key research questions for a study of life styles of Hong Kong emigrants in these countries,  to  identify major sources of information for further data collection, and to develop strategies for full-scale research in the second phase. In so doing, we hope to contribute to the understanding of the role of emigration both in Hong Kong's socio-economic development and in the new international division of labour.
 
 

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