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Return Migration and Identity: A Global Phenomenon, A Hong Kong Case

Evening Presentation by Dr. Nan M. Sussman, Associate Professor & Chair of Psychology, City University of New York

In Hong Kong, it is estimated that nearly half a million people have come back to Hong Kong since the handover in 1997. Journalists labeled them "astronauts," but did they actually crash and burn on their return? What is driving this worldwide phenomenon of people returning to their respective countries of origin? Dr. Nan M. Sussman brings together the varied perspectives on cultural identity put forth by novelists, artists, philosophers, social scientists, and psychologists to examine both the global and local remigration phenomenon in her new book Return Migration and Identity, in which she captures the anxieties, anticipations, and hardships of Hong Kong migrants and their families.

Currently a professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology at the College of Staten Island at the City University of New York, Dr. Sussman was previously a Professional Associate at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and a trainee at the Stanford University Intercultural Institute. She was awarded two Senior Fulbright Research grants, to Japan and Hong Kong, respectively. For the last three decades, she has taught in universities in the US, Europe, and Asia, and published many articles on cultural transitions. Book sale after program.


Event Details

Mon 7 Feb 2011
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central Hong Kong (Please note: No sneakers, denim or sportswear)

HK$180 Asia Society members/Full-time students; HK$230 non-members (priority to members). To register, please contact [email protected]