This book outlines the major social and political changes in the city of Macau during its first 20 years under the "One Country, Two Systems" arrangement with Mainland China.
Despite the long-standing image of Macau as Asia’s Las Vegas, it is a city that has changed a great deal since its return to China. Equally, despite this return, it retains a unique social, economic and political character, distinct both from the Mainland of China and from its larger neighbour, Hong Kong. The chapters in this book examine the detail of this uniqueness from a range of perspectives, including the gambling industry, police-society relations, media usage patterns and protest movements. Analysing the state of affairs 20 years after the city’s return to China, they also attempt to anticipate its future trajectory.
This is a valuable guide for scholars of Asian, and particularly Chinese, urban politics that will be of interest to academics and students looking to better understand the particularities of Macau.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1: An Overview of Macau’s Socio-Economic Changes since 1999 1. A Tale of Two Casino Cities – Macau and Singapore (Edmund Loi Hoi Ngan) 2. Spatial Politics in an Eastern Casinopolitan: Urban Space, Power and Resistance in Macau (Lei Chin Pang) 3. Macau and China-Portuguese Speaking Countries Relations: from Nation Branding to Soft Power (Jose Carlos Matias Dos Santos) Part 2: Social Protest and Social Control in Macau 4. Contextualized Emotional Mobilization: Playful Protests adn Resentful Protests in Macau in the Internet Age (Lin Zhongxuan) 5. Labour Protests in Macau (2000-2017) (Lio Chi Fai and Ieong Meng U) 6. Policing in the Macau Special Administrative Region: Issues and Challenges (Lawrence Ho Ka Ki and Agnes Lam Lok-fong Lam) Part 3: Macau’s Political Culture and Civil Society Development in Comparative Perspective 7. Media Usage Pattern and Media Effects on Attitudes toward the Umbrella Movement: A Comparative Study between College Students from Macau and Mainland China (Ieong Meng U and Wang Hongyu) 8. State-Society Relations in Hong Kong and Macau: A Historical Institutionalist (Chan Wai-Yin adn Edmund Cheng Wai) Conclusion
Meng U Ieong is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Macau.