Macao, the former Portuguese colony in southeast China from the 1550s until its return to China in 1999, has a long and very interesting history of cultural interaction between China and the West. As an entity with independent political power and a unique social setting and cultural development, the identity of Macao’s people is not only indicative of the legacy and influence of the region’s socio-historical factors and forces, but it has also been altered, transformed and maintained because of the input, action, interaction and stimulation of creative arts and literatures. Held together by racial accommodation and tolerance and active cultural interactions, Macao’s phenomenon can be characterized as hybridization. This book is a presentation of the ongoing hybridization of Macao and is in itself a hybrid, covering a wide range of issues. Putting forward substantial new research findings, the book explores the nature of cultural interaction in Macao, and how the city has been constructed and perceived through literature and other art forms. It is a companion volume to Macao – The Formation of a Global City .
Table of Contents
Introduction Katrine K Wong Part 1: Socio-Cultural Evolution: Naming, Reading and Speaking in Macao 1. The Evolution of Spellings of ‘Macau’: An Examination of Early Portuguese and Western Archival Materials Wu Zhiliang and Jin Guoping 2. Temples and their Gods in Macao before 1990s Tam Sai Po and Vu Vai Meng 3. Socio-Historical Factors Involved in the Changes of the Creole Matrix of Makista Mário Pinharanda Part 2: Intercultural Representations: Macao in Print 4. Foundational Fictions: The Domestic Romances of Macao and Hong Kong David Brookshaw 5. Austin Coates and Macao: The Legacy of a Special and Spontaneous Friendship Ian Chaplin 6. Subtle Messengers: Literary Myth and National Identities in the Postage Stamps of Macao Damian Shaw Part 3: Visual and Aural Representations: Hybridized Macao 7. Representations of Macao in Portuguese Fiction Cinema Emília Piedade 8. Baroque Macao: The City, History and the Dialectical Image Louis Lo 9. Contemporary Representations of Macao: Taking off the City Carol Archer 10. A Survey of Liturgical Composition in Macao in the Twentieth Century: Musical Life with São José as its Center Dai Ding Cheng
Katrine K. Wong is Assistant Professor of English Literature at University of Macau, China.
C. X. George Wei is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Macau, China.