Hong Kong à la française
Lebé, Olivier (2014). Hong Kong à la française. Asian review of Books, 6 August 2014. En ligne : http://www.asianreviewofbooks.com/new/?ID=1861#! (Consulté le 8 août 2014).
Why are there so many French in Hong Kong?
The présence française has become a phénomène or at least a curiosité, reported by leading newspapers from several countries. The French community has grown quickly in the past decade, while the German community has remained more or less stable and American and British numbers are rising only slowly. According to the French Consulate-General, there are around 17,000 French now living in Hong Kong; one suspects this understates the true number. French residents of Hong Kong in fact form the largest French community in Asia. Their presence is manifested and made palpable through food and wine stores, restaurants, bistrots, cafés, macarons, art galleries, a dedicated arts festival (Le French May), a French lycée but also an increasing amount of French companies offering employment. The effect can be experienced, heard and felt and has, it seems, begun to affect the Hong Kong lifestyle, in small and often good ways.
There is a self-evident economic explanation: crisis and austerity in Europe on the one hand, business and career opportunities in Asia on the other. This is obviously the case.
Still, why Hong Kong?
- Lebé, Olivier. Repulse Bay. Paris : La Grande Ourse, 2013. 176 p. ISBN : 979-10-91416-03-0. Prix du Premier roman 2013.
- Repulse Bay sur le site de La Grande Ourse
- Extraits du roman, traduits en anglais, sur Asian review of Books