Thursday , January 27 2022

Return: They arrived in Hong Kong to attack. Now that China intervenes, they return to Canada


Andrew Loo, who had worked well as a banker with three babysitters and a manager in Hong Kong, says there is no such thing as a work-life balance. He and his wife Jobina and their three children returned to Canada in 2017.

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The glow of opportunity and adventure that made Hong Kong one of the world's biggest gates – the city of life, as it calls itself, has fallen to some because the cost of living is rising and China's grip is getting stronger.

According to a recent survey, almost a third of Hong Kong citizens think of leaving 7.4 million in the city. Canada, as before, plays a major role in finding alternatives; Hong Kong has acquired some 300,000 Canadian passport holders, enough to classify the Asian financial center as one of the 20 most popular cities in Canada.

Many Hong Kong residents fled the island to Canada before being a Chinese government in 1997 – for fear of Beijing's power. They later returned to work. Now the movement of the human movement has moved back to Canada. It's for the third Pacific movement. They call themselves "returning".

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"People think twice about staying in Hong Kong," said Eugene Ho, an entrepreneur who is the president of the local British Columbia University graduate department. On Tuesday, there will be a session to guide people back to Canada, from tax graduation to mortgage securing and finding the right school for their children.

A third of Hong Kong residents want to leave their seats, according to a Hong Kong Chinese University survey published earlier this month. Their main reasons were "too much political controversy" and social exclusion, overcrowding and dissatisfaction with local political authorities. Fifty-one percent of people aged 18 to 30 want. They mentioned Canada as their most preferred destination. According to Canadian immigration data, the number of Hong Kong residents requesting permanent residence in Canada increased by 50 percent in 2016, reaching 1360, and has remained at such a high level.

However, these figures do not include people who already have Canadian passports and are slipping back across the Pacific.

They are people like Harry Gryce, 39, a Cantonese speaker who was born in Hong Kong, but hampered by its changing political environment and the influence of Beijing. "You have to be careful about what you say and I don't want to live in such a long-term climate," says Grewal.

John Luciw has his own reasons. Mr Luciw, a 51-year-old Hong Kong resident who plays Tragically Hip on the cover bar, runs the news portal expats and is now under pressure from the city's brutal cost that: "I don't even know if I'll come back to visit. "

John Luciw, 51, with his wife Connie and their two children in their apartment in Hong Kong. Mr Luciw arrived in Hong Kong in 1999, but now wants to leave the expatriation.

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And 45-year-old Andrew Loo, a banker, replaced Vancouver to escape the high-pressure education system in the city he had ever said, his six-year-old daughter being "on average" when she interviewed the main school site.

Mr. Loo embodies the changing currents that have led people to and from Hong Kong. Born in the city for his father in the shipping industry, his family moved to Vancouver when he was 10. They, like many families, were worried about what would happen to Hong Kong when it was returned to the Chinese government in 1997. caused an extraordinary emigration flow, especially to Canada, which offered a relative proximity and a hospitable environment. Only in 1994, 48,000 people came from Hong Kong.

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But when the worst fear of the Beijing government failed, the tide changed very quickly. Mr Loo was one of the men who returned – from 1996 to 2011, received 65 000 herds, according to the South China Morning Post analysis.

In summer 2001, he and his wife, who became a wife, went to Hong Kong for the Dragon Boat Carnival. Canadian educated and Cantonese speaker, he found himself in demand. "I had two job offers in a very short time," he said. Hong Kong, a land of potential land, had joined another new Canadian country.

It's a "very simple place to get used to," he said. Taxes are low, jobs are relatively high, wages can be high, and local help is cheap.

He married and had three children, making a comfortable career as a banker, with three babysitters and a manager. But he started thinking about Canada because his three children started moving with a highly competitive school system, which of course interviewed the young. "It's just ridiculous," said Loo, not to mention the stress – for both students and their parents living in the city.

He adds: "There is no such thing as a balance between work and private life." He was not the only one who posed questions. "Our friends are the same age and their children are the same. And they all think the same" – to go to Canada, Mr. Loo and his family moved back in 2017, his daughter was 10 years old, like Loo when he first once moved to Canada.

There's a little "symmetry," he says.

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Mr Loo started thinking about Canada because his three children started moving with a highly competitive school system, which of course interviewed the young.

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Others come behind them. Take Mr Luciw, who came to Hong Kong in 1999, and fell in love with the youth and the "wild and crazy" city. He became a manager, news and discussion site for emigrants. But he wants to leave the emigrants himself now. "As I am older, this place has lost my brilliance," he says. He has two children, and, “if you have children here, it sucks. It's expensive. There is a lack of things to do. You think it's a paradise, but it's not. ”

He has already sold his apartment, booked tickets to Canada – after his last show with Phantom Power, his Hip cover band – and chose the minivan he wants to buy. He wants his children to live in a house with a yard instead of a small apartment with an elevator from outside. "I see they have no childhood, I think they deserve to be able to give them as a Canadian citizen," he said.

Meanwhile, Mrs Grewal cites the changes in the city that are increasingly subject to the thumbs of Beijing's political masters. People from the city have been seized by Chinese security services, while the new bridges and rail connections have deepened into Hong Kong with mainland China. Democracy and independence activists are banned from political participation, and the proposed new rule prohibits Chinese hymn insults.

Mr. Luciw, left, played with Phantom Power, his Tragically Hip cover band.

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"I just felt narrow," says Grewal.

When Keelan Chapman moved back to Hong Kong three years ago, he did not expect him to be on the first-line seat on Canada's departure.

Mr. Chapman manages the Canadian Real Estate Investment Center in Hong Kong, which he created three years ago to help Asian people buy property in Canada. He realized that his clients – who meet him in Hong Kong's skyscraper forests with buzzy cafes and rocking chairs – would be the investors who move the money to Vancouver's striking housing market.

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Instead, he has found people who want to buy a home for themselves.

"My main clients in Hong Kong tend to be Canadians who want to return to Canada," he says.

Hong Kong's participation in China's economic growth has helped to make the city rich. But it has also made Mandarin an increasingly important language for those in business and banking, and it prefers job seekers from mainland China. Indeed, this can be exactly what Beijing wants, Canadian Canadian Canadian David Zurich, a scientist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he has studied Chinese student movements.

China "may be very happy that the new college graduates here, graduates and then work here – and replace Hong Kongers," he said.

At the same time, at least some of those who load children and property on aircraft attached to Canada are being replaced by younger people on their way to Hong Kong. Some of those who attracted Mr Loo to Hong Kong two decades ago are still in sight. Work is available, taxes are low and wages can be high.

Kale Law, 26, was born in Hong Kong, but in 1997 moved to Canada with her mother. They returned to Hong Kong where he attended high school before returning to Canada. He is now returning to Hong Kong, working on a small business with an office warehouse, transformed into a common work space.

"Hong Kong seems to be a royal jewel for many young professionals who want to hustle," he says. Even Grewal can come back. She still has to find a job in Canada, but she has half a dozen offers in Hong Kong. She also believes that Vancouver is slower. "It just doesn't fulfill me like Hong Kong," she says.

However, Mr Law is not sure how long he can last. He expects to stay up to the age of 30, and at that point he can also join the procession from the city – with his mother and father.

"A lot of older generations, my generation of parents, can't wait to get out of Hong Kong," he said.

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