While I was Away …

June 25th, 2017 No Comments

My apologies for not posting sooner. It has been a hectic few months since I returned from two trips to China in November 2016 and March 2017. As a result, my research and other activities have expanded into different areas, so it’s been difficult keeping up with my writing schedule. Now that things have settled down, I thought it would be a good idea to provide a short review of what I’ve been doing lately. These observations may be as


AIM Macau meets the Belt and Road

April 28th, 2017 No Comments

In late 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced a new foreign relations strategy called “One Belt One Road”. For China and other countries involved, the initiative is designed to create “people-to-people” bonds based on historical connections and cross-cultural communications, which are projected to play a significant role in shaping trade, infrastructure projects, and international security in the future. The former Deputy Director of China’s Insurance Regulatory Commission Zhou Yanli highlighted the importance of cultural factors by suggesting that a fundamental


Culture as an Economic Asset

March 28th, 2017 No Comments

Here’s an article that provides another perspective on culture and economic development, similar to China’s current strategy called: “One Belt One Road”, which uses cultural relations to extend economic development. Macau’s Culture as an Economic Asset Roy Eric Xavier, Ph.D. (Originally posted on Academia.edu in November 2015) Culture and economic development in China are not mutually exclusive. In Macau’s case, both can involve tourism, entertainment, media, education, and international business. My own research has shown that the attraction may also


Chaos and Inertia May Delay Trump’s Foreign Agenda

February 26th, 2017 No Comments

(Note: The Portuguese translation of this article in the Jornal Tribuna de Macau can be found HERE)          There is a growing perception in the U.S. and around the world, fed by American media, that we are witnessing institutional chaos during Donald’s Trump first month in office. Trump may be contributing to this turmoil by appearing overwhelmed by his own political agenda, even as polls show that less than 40% of American voters now support him. Recently he


Old Year – New Year: Reflections and Hopes for 2017

December 29th, 2016 No Comments

(The Portuguese translation is available HERE.) This time of year is usually reserved for reflection on recent events with an expectation of what the future might hold. Most reviews in the press will probably focus on the surprise victory of Donald Trump in the American presidential election, and the possible effects on U.S. relations with China, Russia, and the rest of world. In this article, I will take a narrower focus on the state of relations among ethnic communities within


A Guide to the 2016 Encontro

November 21st, 2016 No Comments

The Meetings of Macanese Communities in Macau       (The Portuguese translation of this article appeared in the JTM on Nov. 28.) On the eve of the meetings of the Macanese communities in Macau, scheduled for November 26 to December 2, it may be time to provide some guidance on what we should expect. One perspective was recently outlined in an editorial by Carlos Piteira, a researcher from the University of Lisbon.[i] He writes that a question often raised


Early Macanese Enterprise in Hong Kong

November 17th, 2016 No Comments

This is the next article on the Macanese community of Hong Kong. The Portuguese translation was published in the JTM on Nov. 17. Over the Bamboo Ceiling         The social ordering of Hong Kong society had lasting effects on the first generation of Macanese settlers. Into a European population of less than 1,000 in the 1850s, young men were recruited from parochial schools in Macau to jobs in Hong Kong’s government, trading houses, and banks.[1] Colonial directories


The Macanese Community of Hong Kong

October 27th, 2016 No Comments

(The following is the first in a series of articles on the history of Macanese communities in the Diaspora. The Portuguese translation was published in the JTM on October 26.) Research findings and recent surveys suggest that many Macanese share their family roots in Hong Kong. Genealogical data and family histories also indicate residency in the British colony from its earliest days, suggesting that Hong Kong played an important, but often forgotten, role in the community’s identity for almost two centuries.


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 Portuguese translation appeared in the Jornal Tribuna de Macau on Oct. 6.)    Note: By Oct. 23, the Portuguese version was seen on social media by over 90,000 people. As of Nov. 12 over 100,000 saw the article.       Every three years Macanese from abroad are invited back to Macau for a week of planned events, tours, and cultural connection. The


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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