Is this not the pig and chicken (ham and eggs) debate?
Anyway, my two cents is this. It sounds easy to criticise those who are fleeing - but really, what loyalty do the employees owe to their respective companies other than to honour the terms of the employment contracts? What is so wrong about expat workers worrying for them and their own and wanting to leave? They didn't cause the mess unlike, as an example, the bankers in the UK who now don't like the increased taxes being waved in their direction and are fleeing as a result. I would happily torch all of them.
It’s a basic fight or flight response to a stressful and potentially dangerous situation. Expats and local well-off HK people alike rushed to leave during the initial outbreak of SARS, for example. I did not live in HK then but saw the hordes of HK people arriving into my town in Canada, and remember reading articles about expats leaving with their families (not sure of the exact numbers but there certainly was some). SARS, much like the current situation in Japan, should not be taken lightly but also there was no need for utter panic and a desperate need to leave especially considering the virus spreads much easier on an airplane than if the people feeling would have just stayed put and thought rationally instead of letting emotions get the best of them. However, what did many people do? They panicked. Just like the expats feeling Japan. It’s during times of adversity when character is tested and it seems like the expats fleeing Japan have revealed their true character much like some of the expats and well-off HK people that fled HK during the early stages of SARS.
It’s all quite saddening and when/if the next potentially dangerous situation hits HK (whatever it is and whenever it is) I hope I have the strength to stay and help out the community instead of selfishly fleeing at the first opportunity.
Yes, the new arrivals in HK would be among the first to flee HK - true.
It does a bit surprise me that the HK gov't would be so bold as to make this highly public. Hey it is business - I get that - but advertising that you are helping remove expats makes it look this caring for Japan in times of crisis is actually quite shallow.
It is good business to let them in I suspect as they will pay taxes to HK so that is good. Possibly hire locals if they need to set up here. Financial services is a good thing too for HK.
Financial services is one industry. Building an entire economy on one industry is never a good thing.
I don't have too much knowledge about Japanese culture but for expats like this guy from Volkswagan has pointed out you need to understand the consequences of leaving. If for any expat that doesn't understand these differences (or are not advised properly about this before making this decision) then they shouldn't be there in the first place.
Well let's see. 2003, SARS - both expats and locals run. 2008, BEA - one text message sparks a bank run. 2009, Piggy Flu - tourists imprisoned in a Hotel. 2011, Earthquake / Tsunami / Radiation - stores emptied of table salt in lass than half a day. I'd say it'd be more like a case of "Welcome to Hong Kong........you'll like it here..."Originally Posted by MovingIn07:
Surely, expats did leave, but so did the locals if given the chance. I doubt the Hong Kong people gave a single thought to expats during 2003. They're probably just thinking of leaving themselves because it's the smart thing to do while things stabilize.