Understanding Hong Kong Politics, Parties and Governance by Professor Sonny Lo (2012)

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New Book: Hong Kong Movers and Stayers: Narratives of Family Migration

Hong Kong Movers and Stayers: Narratives of Family Migration

Book Talk
Speaker: Professor Janet W. Salaff (University of Toronto)
Moderator: Professor Lui Tai-lok

Date: 13 May 2010 (Thursday)
Time: 7:15-9:00 pm
Venue: Special Collections, 1/F Main Library, University of Hong Kong

Language: English

Registration: http://lib.hku.hk/friends/reading_club/bt2010_6.html

About the Book
An intimate account of what migration means to Hong Kong families
Half a million Hong Kong residents fled their homeland during the thirteen years before Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997–and nearly half of those returned within several years of leaving. Filled with detailed, first-hand stories of nine Hong Kong families over nearly two decades, Hong Kong Movers and Stayers is an exhaustive and intimate look at the forces behind Hong Kong families’ successful and failed efforts at migration and settlement.
This multi-faceted study was begun in 1991, when migration was attributed primarily to the political anxieties of the time and the notion that Hong Kong residents were seeking a better life in the West. 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.
With an approach that melds survey analysis, personal biography, and sociology, Hong Kong Movers and Stayers provides a depth of understanding by comparing multiple families and gives voice to the interplay of diverse family roles, gender, and age 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

About the Authors

Janet W. Salaff is Professor at emerita, the Department of
Sociology, University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in 1972 from
the University of California ( Berkeley). She is a visiting scholar,
Centre of Asian studies , University of Hong Kong. She is on the
international editorial board of a number of scholarly journals. Salaff
has studied Chinese family formation and especially the Chinese family
economy throughout her career She started studying Chinese families
while perched in Hong Kong, which got her interested in Hong Kong
itself, especially family life and position of women and men. Her best
known book is WORKING DAUGHTERS OF HONG KONG, which applies
the life study method to this previously overlooked population. This
manuscript was published as a winner of the Arnold and Carolyn Rose
American award to the American Sociological Association. She turned
to international migration research in Hong Kong in 1992 in a project
with SL Wong. The resulting manuscript, which is co-authored along
with A. Greve, is titled, HONG KONG MOVERS AND STAYERS:
NARRATIVES OF FAMILY MIGRATION, University of Illinois press, 2010.
She is currently studying return migration to China.

Siu-lun Wong is a professor of sociology and director of the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong.

Arent Greve is a professor of organization theory at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway.

Harmony versus checks and balances: Understanding Beijing’s Policy Toward Macau and Hong Kong.

Harmony versus checks and balances: Understanding Beijing’s Policy Toward Macau and Hong Kong
Sonny Lo
Quoted from Macau Closer, December 2009

On November 10, 2009, an important seminar on Macau’s ten years of its return to the motherland, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), was held in Beijing’s Peking University. During the seminar, the deputy director of the PRC State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Zhang Xiaoming, delivered a significant speech, which later aroused the political discourse among some Hong Kong people. In his speech, Zhang elaborated on several points that deserve the attention of observers on both Macau and Hong Kong…Read More

Improving Executive-Legislative Relations in Macau

Improving Executive-Legislative Relations in Macau
Sonny Lo
Quoted from Macau Closer, September 2009

Susanna Chou is stepping down as President of Macau’s Legislative Assembly. And leaves behind a legacy difficult to match.

Before Susanna Chou stepped down as the Legislative Assembly chairlady, she had issued a report on her insightful views on how the executive-legislative relations could be improved and how the legislature would enhance its supervision on the executive branch of the Macau government. Many of her insights deserve our attention, especially as Chou’s contributions to the work of the Macau Legislative Assembly in these ten years have been enormous… Read More

A Hong Kong Research Centre for Pearl River Delta Environment

Sino-Forest Applied Research Centre for Pearl River Delta Environment is a newly established research centre in the Hong Kong Baptist University aiming to improve the environmental quality of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region.

It will create a platform for various stakeholders in Hong Kong and PRD to tackle the trans-boundary pollution problem at source, advocate the governments on environmental policy and provide solutions for the industry in the PRD region.

Research works of Sino-Forest ARCPE will concentrate in the following areas: (1) Environmental performance of the PRD industry, (2) Environmental policy and community environmental education promotion, (3) Waste treatment and recycling, and (4) Environmental monitoring and control.

The World in 2010 Gala Dinner in Hong Kong

The Economist, for the first time in Asia. will present The World in 2010 Gala Dinner in Hong Kong this December. Daniel Franklin, executive editor of The Economist and editor of The World In series, will share his bold and unapologetic predictions for the year ahead. Other visionary leaders drawn from politics, business, science and the arts will also provide an entertaining and insightful view on global issues on the horizon. For details, please visit here.

Patron-Client Politics and Elections in Hong Kong

New Book

Patron-Client Politics and Elections in Hong Kong
Bruce Kam-kwan Kwong

This new book from Routledge Contemporary China Series examines whether patron-client relations are critical to the electoral victory of candidates; how the political elites cultivate support from clients in order to obtain more votes during local elections; and tests the extent to which whether patron-client relations are crucial in order for candidates to obtain more ballots during elections.

Bruce Kwong finds that the better candidates cultivate patron-client relations, the greater their chance of winning the election; and the smaller the size of the electoral constituency, the greater the impact of patron-client relations. Finally, the book stresses the role of Beijing as a powerful patron shaping the Hong Kong Chief Executive and the latter’s clients and analyzes the political implications and long-term consequences of patron-client politics in Hong Kong… Read More