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Hong Kong has been a British Colony for more than one and a half centuries. The British has provided a legal-administrative framework under which the Chinese live and work (Chan and Lee, 1995), The Census showed that ninety-eight percent of the Territory's total population are ethnically Chinese. In 1991, nearly one half of HongKong's residents were immigrants from the Chinese Mainland and two thirds of the remaining were Hong Kong born off-springs of immigrants from the mainland. Although expatriotes from other countries are accountable for the remainder 2% of the population, a great majority of expatriotes are from overseas Chinese communities in southeast Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Burma. It cannot be overstated that Hong Kong has a fairly homogenous cultural values that can be described as “Chinese”, the beliefs with respect to filial piety and honouring one's ancestors still play a significant role in shaping and regulating the local Chinese social life and familial behavior.


CPPS Working Paper Series No. 64

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Lee, R. P. L., Lee, J.-J., Yu, E. S. H., Sun, S.-G., & Liu, W. T. (1997). Living arrangements and elderly care: The case of Hong Kong (CPPS Working Paper Series No.64). Retrieved from Lingnan University website:

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