The Lost Chronicles of Macau: Part 3

May 18th, 2016 No Comments

The Origins of Macau’s Overseas Diaspora This article appeared in Portuguese in the May 18, 2016 edition of the Jornal Tribuna de Macau.           The migration of new people into Macau has been an integral part of its history, but information on the origins of mass movements before and after Macau’s founding have been missing from historical accounts. Nevertheless, the parallels to the present are unavoidable. Just as Filipinos, Thais, and immigrants from mainland Chinese arrive

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The Lost Chronicles of Macau – Part 2

April 28th, 2016 No Comments

Early Descriptions of Daily Life          This article was translated and published in the Jornal Tribuna de Macau on April 29, 2016. (Here’s the link to the digital version.)                         Familiar elements of Macau’s culture in the 21st century were evident in the 16th and 17th century descriptions of visitors and residents. For example, the lavishness of the Venetian Macau and the Studio City casinos is in many ways

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The Lost Chronicles of Macau – Part 1

April 14th, 2016 No Comments

The Portuguese translation of this article appeared in the April 15, 2016 edition of the Jornal Tribuna de Macau. (Link)                Peter Mundy’s Dinner.   Whenever I am in Macau I make a point of walking through the Historic Centre, and along the old Avenida de Pria Grande. As a social historian, the boulevard has special meaning to me. I often notice the streaming traffic in front of the Palacio do Governo and the

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A Dangerous Game: Part 4 (Conclusion)

March 28th, 2016 No Comments

The following article concludes the “Dangerous Game” series, and is scheduled to be published in the Macau daily “Jornal Tribuna de Macau” on March 31, 2016. (Link) Its translation into Portuguese, and later into Mandarin for distribution in mainland China, is a milestone for Far East Currents. The article’s appearance represents a partnership with the Tribuna’s publisher and editorial staff to reach new audiences who are invited to contribute to an international dialogue on culture, identity, and the relevance of history to modern life. Future articles will appear

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