Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 231–249 | Cite as

The Generation Y’s Working Encounter: A Comparative Study of Hong Kong and other Chinese Cities

Original Paper


Understanding the encounter of different generations may be a determining factor in the success of organizations. In order to have a clear understanding about the new generation, this article examines the working encounter of Generation Y. Generation Y in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and four cities in mainland China were studied. How the social environment influenced their attitudes and behavior in work and geographical mobility, and how geographical mobility created problems to the migrants were studied. We find that the Generation Y in Hong Kong is facing more competition than the Generation Y in mainland. In geographical mobility, most of the respondents accept geographical mobility. The findings provide some insights on how the social environment shapes the generation.


China Generation Y Geographical mobility Globalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social PolicyLingnan UniversityTuen Mun, Hong KongChina
  2. 2.Hong KongChina

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