Macanese: Inquiring Minds Want to Know

September 24th, 2013 3 Comments

Guterres and Ribeiro Family - Macau - 1948 In the last few months there has been growing interest among academic and general readers in print, on the web, and on social media about the Macanese. This interest has led me to place several of my articles in journals, anthologies, and bulletins, and a few interviews by journalists. As a result, I am preparing a book length monograph for publication in 2014 on my collected research.

Regular visitors to will recognize some of the titles that will be polished and folded into the final product. Here’s a short list and where the articles were subsequently published:

Death at the Races: the Portuguese Experience during the Happy Valley Fire of 1918

Used for a film documentary produced at Hong Kong University in March 2013
Article to be published in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, February, 2014

The Macanese at War: Experiences in Hong Kong and Macau during World War II

To be published in a historical collection by Professor Geoffrey Gunn: Wartime Macau, Hong Kong University Press, forthcoming in 2014

The Settlement of Macao and the Second Macanese Migration in Asia; and

Alvares and Barretto: A Tale of Two Families (Parts I and II)

All three articles were published in the 2013 membership bulletins of the Lusitano Club of California and UMA,Inc. (Uniao Macaense Americana), the largest Macanese organizations in the United States.

Results of the 2012 and 2013 Portuguese and Macanese Population Survey

Articles written by the China Daily Forum, Hoje Macau, and the Jornal Tribuna de Macau

Where did the information come from?

Twenty-one (21) months of gathering information, which included archived manuscripts, genealogical data, photographs, unpublished first-person accounts, contemporary newspaper articles, government reports and analyses, census results, hundreds of digital images, numerous academic studies, and several personal and videotaped interviews, have produced over twenty (20) drafts (listed in the “Articles” section of that will be the basis of the new book.

A New Book Project

The working title I’ve chosen is: The Portuguese in Asia: the Emergence of the Macanese

The volume will be the first documented account of the Macanese in Asia. It begins with an overview of their historical origins in Portugal and Spain, moving to the fabled explorers and traders of India, and to the emergence of the Macanese as a racially-mixed people who inherited the remnants of Portugal’s overseas empire in the Far East. An emphasis will be on the little-known roles of the Macanese as commercial intermediaries between Europe and China in the earliest years of international trade. In the process, the book will rely on the individual stories of Macanese traders, entrepreneurs, government officials, clerks, and their families as we trace the stages of the Portuguese diaspora over the last 500 years, concluding with the pivotal role the Macanese could play in current efforts to deploy the vast resources and consumer markets of modern day China.

After reading what I just wrote, my reaction can be summed up in three words:

“What A Rush !”

I hope you will come along for the ride.

Until next time…


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