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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A Dangerous Game: Part 3

February 28th, 2016 No Comments

Cultural Identity, History, and Macau’s Future.    The public response to the previous articles suggests that Macanese cultural identity is not only a sensitive issue in Macau, but outside the SAR as well. Based on recent social media activity and personal messages, many people seem interested in a dialogue on Macanese identity, a dialogue that, on closer inspection, may involve culture, economics, and international relations. To those critics who maintain that my characterization of the discussion should not be taken

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A Dangerous Game: Part 2

February 8th, 2016 No Comments

Issues of Identity and Cultural Isolation in Macau.               In the minds of the Macanese leadership, the preservation of Macau’s culture boils down to whether certain practices, such as use of the Portuguese language, can be passed down to younger generations. The reduction to these “essentials” suggests that one reason why Macanese leaders appear incapable of coming to any conclusions about identity may be their unwillingness to recognize Macau’s multi-cultural origins. At the same

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