Hong Kong handover 25th anniversary: New arrivals are drawn to different ideals from those who left

Singaporean Low Lee Kiang is one of the many new arrivals who have put their bets on the financial hub. ST PHOTO: MAGDALENE FUNG
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HONG KONG - When Singaporean Low Lee Kiang decided last year to uproot his life in the Lion City and give up his 20-year career in the finance industry to try something different in Hong Kong, the people around him were sceptical about his big move.

"This was already in mid-2020, but the social unrest in Hong Kong was still the topmost concern of my family and friends," said Mr Low, referring to the massive pro-democracy protests in 2019 that often brought parts of the city to a standstill.

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