3 Settling in
In this section you look at the effect of relocation on people who moved from Hong Kong to the United Kingdom. You also study ways of improving your writing.
In the next activity you read part of an article from the South China Morning Post about families who settled in Milton Keynes. You then work through a number of activities that deal with writing style.
Read the following article and answer the questions. Ignore the words in bold for the moment – you will study them in Activity 16.
What is a greenfield site?
What does the article say about employment in Milton Keynes?
What reputation does the town have?
What do some residents allegedly suffer from?
What is the town famous for?
What things is Pauline Leung pleased by?
What were families attracted by?
What were the main problems that the newcomers experienced?
What could these problems be due to?
It is a site that is in the country and not in the town. Sites for development in the town are now called ‘brownfield sites’.
There are employment opportunities. There is low unemployment (‘But despite the low crime and unemployment rates’). However, the newcomers have found employment difficult for a number of reasons.
It has a reputation for being boring (‘the carefully planned suburban environment has gained a reputation as being the most boring town in England’).
They suffer from the ‘new town blues’ (‘stories about residents suffering from ‘new town blues’).
It is famous for its concrete cows (‘Probably Milton Keynes’ most famous feature is a small herd of concrete cows’).
She is pleased by the modern houses, trees, open spaces and the greenery (‘“For us Milton Keynes is the perfect place, there are modern houses and trees, lots of open space and so much greenery,” Pauline Leung … said’).
They were attracted by the cheap housing, and the promise of good schools and plenty of jobs (‘attracted by the cheap housing and the promise of good schools and plenty of jobs’).
They had problems finding employment (‘were having problems finding employment’).
They could be due to lack of confidence (‘many problems faced by Hong Kong migrants stemmed from their lack of confidence’).