- a few years ago, a lot of the extended essays at Y13 level, proposed by students and approved by their advisors were about local issues including the Umbrella movement, income disparities and a wide range of topics. This is learning / researching. Much of this is being restricted as no school wants to be in the headlines right now.
- Learning v/s being taught - two different things as the kids grow older.
I’m sure we’d all be happier in New Zealand but we don’t have passports or visas to go there. People’s destination options determine if leaving HK for the kids is a good idea or not.
I don’t know a single South African in HK who’s heading back there anytime soon for example.
But, most expats have the talents and transferable skills to have options, either in Asia or other parts of the world.
Re: the UK - would have been happy to go back there, and probably will at some point in the next few years. Certainly if the decision was HK vs the UK now it would be an easy choice.
I don't know any families that are going to move back to their home countries anytime soon. Seems HK is still the better option right now compared to the states..
It's human nature to think the "grass is greener over there", regardless of where "there" happens to be. Before we became expats, greener pastures were overseas. Then after a while being overseas, some will long to "go back where they came from", only to discover "back home" wasn't as great as they imagine it to be.
There is no perfect "place" in the end.
After 10 years at the Australian school in HK, my kids have settled well into Australian public school since January this year. Riding bikes to school, going to friends houses after school, no such thing as ECA's (formal extra curricular activities). We got a dog, a rabbit, my kids bedrooms have walk in closets that are bigger than their old HK bedrooms. So they are happy here in Aus. For me its back to home after 20 years away, but for wife a kids its a whole new experience.