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    Leaving HK for the kids...

    By leaving Hong Kong now, she's hoping her son won't have to face a difficult decision in the future about whether to abandon the only city he knows.
    This seems to be happening a lot with both local and international kids - atleast from our group of 'global citizens'.

    CNN: Hong Kong's new rules have created confusion in the classroom. Some parents are pulling their children out.


    https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/17/asia/...hnk/index.html
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    One coworker with two daughters, I think 7 and 10 or so, left for Singapore (she herself was born on the mainland and came to HK as a teenager, husband is native HK). Another coworker is here in Taipei but wife and 4-year-old daughter still in HK, deciding where to move, TW or maybe UK. No other coworkers have children. Yes, even the locals (especially the locals?) are moving for the sake of their children...


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    I'm staying for the kids tbh. I completely understand why people are leaving, but my wife and I just couldn't offer the same quality of life in either of our home countries for a variety of reasons.

    I'll buy them a few Dalrymple and Dikotter books when they turn 15 and tell them to hide them under the bed if someone breaks the door down. Should balance everything out.

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    Dikotter books
    The son discovered him at 16 .... At 17 wanted to invite him to his school, I reached out after a lecture and he said something something ... minimum 100 people ... blah blah ...

    I said ... dick...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri:
    The son discovered him at 16 .... At 17 wanted to invite him to his school, I reached out after a lecture and he said something something ... minimum 100 people ... blah blah ...

    I said ... dick...

    Yeah, shitty he wouldn't make the time. Possibly has some publisher/uni agreed commitments that mean he can't attend all invites though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kowloon72:
    Yeah, shitty he wouldn't make the time. Possibly has some publisher/uni agreed commitments that mean he can't attend all invites though?
    Could be ... who knows. Life is too short. I just mentioned it because you mentioned him. His books are good food for thought.
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    We're planning to move out at the transition from Primary to Secondary school, seems from what my kids is saying a lot of her classmates families are planning the same (local primary school)

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    There are plenty of international schools where the kids learn basically nothing about HK, so I’m surprised that any foreigner attending one is concerned about local education policy.

    Moving to Singapore is hilarious - wasn’t there a kid arrested there for making fun of religion on youtube?

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    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.

    Still very happy it was the right move.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kowloon72:
    I'm staying for the kids tbh. I completely understand why people are leaving, but my wife and I just couldn't offer the same quality of life in either of our home countries for a variety of reasons.

    I'll buy them a few Dalrymple and Dikotter books when they turn 15 and tell them to hide them under the bed if someone breaks the door down. Should balance everything out.
    I know a few families that moved back to UK this summer and they’re all saying it’s not as great as they’d imagined. The kids aren’t settling into school as easily as they thought and day to day life is more challenging than in HK. And this is with kids of different ages.
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