Life 'offshored' : New migrations to Taiwan from post-1997 Hong Kong

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Chinese Migrations
Subtitle of host publicationMobility, Home, and Inspirations
EditorsYuk Wah Chan, Sin Yee Koh
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9781351670579, 9781315163239
ISBN (Print)9781138060029
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Series on Asian Migration


Hong Kong (HK) is a well-recognised migrant society, with different eras witnessing different factors for and pathways of migration. From the 1940s to the 1970s, HK was mainly a sanctuary receiving large numbers of migrants and refugees from China. In the 1980s and 1990s, the pending return of HK to China induced outmigrations of several hundreds of thousands to the West. Before 1997, HK experienced significant waves of outmigration because of despondency over its pending return of sovereignty to China. Entering the second decade after its return to China in 1997, HK witnessed a new wave of outmigration. The pre-1997 movements were largely caused by people’s uncertainty about what would happen. More recent waves of migration entailed migrants’ dissatisfaction with the post-1997 development in HK and their continual search for more viable city and political spaces. This chapter focuses on migrants who moved from HK to Taiwan in the late 2000s and early 2010s. It will scrutinise how migrants’ migration desires have intersected with their ‘spatial practices’ and the shifting city images of HK. Taiwan provides a new imagination and possibility for HK migrants to make better lives in more quality city and political spaces. Seeing HK’s path towards ‘assimilation’ into mainland China, HK migrants consider Taiwan a spatial extension for them to live in a ‘Chinese’ space less ‘diluted’ by Chinese mainlanders and less interfered with by Beijing, regardless of the fact that Taiwan has been facing and troubled by the ‘unification’ issue.

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Life 'offshored' : New migrations to Taiwan from post-1997 Hong Kong. / Chan, Yuk Wah; Fung, Heidi.

New Chinese Migrations: Mobility, Home, and Inspirations. ed. / Yuk Wah Chan; Sin Yee Koh. London : Routledge, 2018. p. 128-143 (Routledge Series on Asian Migration; No. 2).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review