chapter  2
35 Pages

Hybridity and its Discontents: Strategies of Adaptation of Hong Kong’s Professional Immigrants from Mainland China

WithChan Wai-wan and Chan Kwok-bun

We live in an era characterized by a global competition for talent. Accordingly, and within this framework of globalization, the key to a dominant international role for Hong Kong, a place lacking natural resources, is not only to both attract and retain talented immigrants, but also to actively assist them in realizing their full potential. Since the reform and opening up of China, cross-border commerce between Hong Kong and the mainland has grown. The consequent need for business expansion requires many Hong Kong companies to develop a better understanding of the operation systems, policies and procedures of the mainland, thus fueling a worldwide market demand for mainland talent. In 2001, the Hong Kong government launched various talent programs in response to the need for local economic restructuring and the development of an innovative industry. Among the many programs now operating, the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (ASMTP), Admission of Mainland Students Graduating from University Grants Committee (UGC)-Funded Institutions in Hong Kong (MSG) and Overseas Chinese Professionals Scheme (OCP) were designed to attract mainland professionals to work in Hong Kong.