A farewell photograph before a flight to London from Hong Kong taken on July 1. They have become a common sight in recent months. Most of those leaving are young, and many have children. Photo: Edmond So A farewell photograph before a flight to London from Hong Kong taken on July 1. They have become a common sight in recent months. Most of those leaving are young, and many have children. Photo: Edmond So
A farewell photograph before a flight to London from Hong Kong taken on July 1. They have become a common sight in recent months. Most of those leaving are young, and many have children. Photo: Edmond So
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

The current exodus from Hong Kong isn’t like pre-1997 – these people won’t be returning. And that changes the city

  • Those who could see the future and leave easily had begun departing Hong Kong long before the 2019 protests and subsequent national security law
  • Now others are leaving at the rate of 1,000 a day, mostly young couples with children. Good riddance, some may say, but their leaving changes Hong Kong

A farewell photograph before a flight to London from Hong Kong taken on July 1. They have become a common sight in recent months. Most of those leaving are young, and many have children. Photo: Edmond So A farewell photograph before a flight to London from Hong Kong taken on July 1. They have become a common sight in recent months. Most of those leaving are young, and many have children. Photo: Edmond So
A farewell photograph before a flight to London from Hong Kong taken on July 1. They have become a common sight in recent months. Most of those leaving are young, and many have children. Photo: Edmond So
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