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Macanese History

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

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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

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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.

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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 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

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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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