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Questions & Answers about the Encontro

September 29th, 2016 No Comments

Some Basic Questions (and Answers) about the Encontro – The Triennial Meetings of the Macanese Diaspora in Macau (The following is slight deviation from my initial plan to write an article on the Macanese community of Hong Kong, which I will return to in later editions. Instead I want to address some lingering issues and provide information concerning the upcoming meetings of the diaspora communities in Macau, which are often a mystery to local residents. As we will see below,

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Profiles of the Macanese Diaspora

September 29th, 2016 No Comments

The Next Generation         Over the last few weeks, I provided new information on the Macanese Diaspora and suggested the potential for collaboration that currently exists with Macau. In this article, I conclude the series by highlighting members of the next generation and their familial ties to the MSAR. In future articles we will focus on the development of different communities, beginning with Hong Kong where the descendants of many Macanese families once settled. Readers will recall

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The Macanese Network

September 29th, 2016 No Comments

In 2003 one of the first websites dedicated to the Macanese Diaspora was launched in California by a former Hong Kong resident named Horatio Fernando Ozorio. Mr. Ozorio spent the next five years, in his words, “… devoted to the continuity of the Macanese diaspora …” by making his website (A Diaspora Macaense na America) “… a vehicle by which the culture and tradition of the Macanese people can be passed along to … our younger generation.” With the support of

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Engaging the Macanese: A Case Study

September 29th, 2016 No Comments

The search for cultural identity, no matter how it is conducted, is usually a personal activity that is likely to be on most people’s “bucket list”. Learning about where your family originated, or who specific members were and how they lived, can include on-line searches of ancestral databases, visits to libraries and archives, DNA testing, and travel to little known corners of the world. The process of finding this information can itself be a powerful and emotional journey, connecting people

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Accessing the Macanese Diaspora

September 29th, 2016 No Comments

Readers will recall that earlier (JTM-June 2) we outlined the various elements of Macau’s culture: language and its origins, religion and its effect on education, as well as culinary traditions, social temperament, families, communities, and institutions. These elements have become representative of Macanese cultural identity, and are part of recognized cultural assets that should be preserved. Many people tend to identify with a culture based on familial or nationalistic ties. In Macau there also have been recent attempts to link

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A New Beginning

September 27th, 2016 No Comments

Dear Users, Recent security breaches have forced me to rebuild this site. Fortunately, all the content, including articles, images, videos, and research notes, were backed up. As the title suggests, this a new beginning, and an opportunity to perform some necessary repairs and updates. We should be back to normal in a few days. Since the repairs are being done daily, I appreciate your patience as we go through the upgrade.   Roy Eric Xavier, Ph.D. Director, The Portuguese and Macanese Studies Project (FarEastCurrents.com)

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