EWC Alumna Publishes Book on Hong Kong Return Migration

nan sussman return migration and identityNan Sussman (CLI 77) recently published: Return Migration and Identity: A Global Phenomenon, A Hong Kong Case published by Hong Kong University Press (2010).  The book examines cultural identity shifts and population flows during a critical juncture in Hong Kong history between the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984 and the early years of Hong Kong’s new status as a special administrative region after 1997. Nearly a million residents migrated to North America, Europe and Australia in the 1990s.

The author captures in dozens of interviews the anxieties, anticipations, hardships and flexible world perspectives of migrants and their families as well as friends and co-workers.

Nan received a PhD. in Social and Cross-cultural Psychology at the University of Kansas, became a Professional Associate at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and completed her training at the Intercultural Communications Institute at Stanford University.  She has had a 30-year career in the intercultural field: as a practitioner, educator, and researcher.  Her research has been featured in the LA TimesWall St. Journal, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), China Daily, Shanghai Daily, and Shenzhen Daily. Currently she is a Professor at the City University of New York and specializes in cross-cultural psychology and issues of remigration and returned sojourners.