The current exodus from Hong Kong isn’t like pre-1997 – these people won’t be returning. And that changes the city

Emigration from or through Hong Kong has been a constant fact of local life since the colony’s mid-19th century urban beginnings. Is the current wave of departures, therefore, any different from those in the past? Solid reasoning would suggest that it is.In the lead-up to the 1997 transfer of sovereignty, emigrants were motivated – mostly – by a jittery sense of “what’s going to happen when …”, often informed by direct personal or family experience of Communist rule in mainland China. After…


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