Posts Tagged ‘Macau’

The Hongkong Printing Press, Part II

November 18th, 2017 No Comments

Pedro Xavier: A New Generation Emerges.    On the death of his father in May 1909, six months before his twenty-third birthday, Pedro Xavier became president of the Hongkong Printing Press. In the year that followed, while settling the business affairs of the firm, which employed family members and local Chinese, as well as Lisbello Xavier’s estate, Pedro devised a strategy that would lead in a new direction. Not every move met with success. However, important adjustments to the Press’

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An Early Letter Provides Insight

October 3rd, 2017 No Comments

Note: Four years ago, in the early stages of my research, I wrote back to Jim Silva, an old family friend, who raised questions about my “broad definition” of the Macanese that I use on my website. I recently re-read the letter and thought it might be illuminating to others in order to understand my early rationale. For those who are unfamiliar with him: Frederic “Jim” Silva is a well-known writer within the community, and a frequent contributor on Macanese

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A New Honor for the PM Studies Project

September 19th, 2017 No Comments

The Hong Kong Museum of History, under the government’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department, has invited Dr. Roy Eric Xavier (BIO) to join a team of scholars to create a “Portuguese Gallery” as part of “The Hong Kong Story”, the Museum’s permanent exhibition. As stated in a letter written by Mr. Osmond Chan, the Museum’s Curator: “In order to bring about a new museum experience to the Hong Kong public and overseas visitors, our museum is now going to renovate

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A Lesson from History: A Macanese Family in Business

August 25th, 2017 No Comments

(Note: Information for this article was drawn from a longer study that will be published in the future.)       My research often uncovers accounts of 19th century Macanese families that made the transition from Macau to Hong Kong, and a few that had success starting new businesses in the British colony. To do so, they often disregarded a cultural aversion to commerce in Macau.[1] Like old Macau, the same avoidance of business seems to be afflicting leading Macanese

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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

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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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