Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

Stefan Al

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pp. vii-x

I thank publisher Justin Race and series editor David G. Schwartz for their support, and production manager Virginia Fontana for her thorough efforts. I am greatly indebted to contributing editors Kah-Wee Lee and Natalia Echeverri, who helped shaped this book in innumerable ways. I am appreciative of Anthony Lam for his creative design and...

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Introduction: Macau and the Casino Complex

Stefan Al

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pp. 3-14

It was bound to happen. When Macau, a former Portuguese colony, became a Special Administrative Region within the People’s Republic of China in 1999, it was the only place in China where gambling was legal. The Chinese government had already invited foreign companies in to spur innovation in...

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1. Petri-Dish Urbanism

Cathryn H. Clayton

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pp. 15-24

I was asking as many people as I could what, if anything, made Macau different from other Chinese cities. For this young man, the petridish image evoked something essential about Macau —  the sense of both containment and diversity peculiar to daily life in a city that had, for over 400 years, existed on the shifting edges...

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2. Uncommon Ground

Thomas Daniell

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pp. 25-48

Huge architectural enclaves within a tiny territorial enclave, the new “integrated resorts” (or “casino complexes”) that now dominate Macau’s visual and cultural identity contain isolated, climate-controlled interiors within iconic, spectacularly illuminated exteriors. Their flamboyant facades belie the...

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3. Spectacular Architecuture at the Frontiers of Global Capitalism

Tim Simpson

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pp. 49-59

There are more than 200,000 cars in this crowded city, making driving surprisingly tedious and stressful for what is an otherwise small, accessible, and seemingly convenient locale. The maximum speed limit in town is 60 kph (or 80 kph on the two longest bridges that connect the islands of Macau and Taipa) but there are...

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4. Hotel Estoril

HK Urbex

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pp. 60-65

When the Hotel Estoril opened in 1963, it was the city’s biggest casino, as well as Macau’s first integrated gambling establishment, which established the paradigm on which the local gaming industry is now built. It was the first to excel at drawing in overseas tourists, offering luxury travel as well...

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5. Critical Reflections on the Myth of the Chinese Gambler

Kah-Wee Lee

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pp. 66-78

A nineteenth-century photograph taken in Hong Kong shows a group of Chinese gamblers gathered around a table to play a game of fantan. The setting suggests the interior of a house. In a game of fantan, the operator pulls out a random number of buttons or any other small articles, places them on the table, calls for bets...

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6. May the Qi Be With You! Feng Shui in Macau’s Casinos

Desmond Lam

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pp. 79-87

Feng shui is closely associated with Taoism. Traditional Taoism centered on the human being and the natural environment, focusing on Tao or the Way. Later, Taoist priests moved increasingly towards using “magic” to enhance one’s life through rituals and superstitions. Taoist religion includes not only the worship...

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7. Reassessing Economic Success: More Than a Decade After Casino Liberation in Macau

Miao He and Ricardo C. S. Siu

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pp. 88-98

Since the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government replaced the monopoly structure of its casino industry with an oligopoly on February 8, 2002, the industry has witnessed a period of dramatic expansion. Prior to 2002, there were only eleven casinos, all owned by...

Catalog: Casinos in Macau

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pp. 99-101

Catalog A: Macau Peninsula

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pp. 102-129

Catalog B: NAPE (Novos Aterros Do Porto Exterior)

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pp. 130-150

Catalog C: Taipa

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pp. 151-164

Catalog D: Cotai

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pp. 165-187

Comparing Casino Motifs

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pp. 188-189

Comparing Casino Elevators

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pp. 190-191

Comparing Casino Outfits

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pp. 192-193

Casino Façades

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pp. 194-197

Casino Lobbies

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pp. 198-207

Contributors

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p. 208

About the Editor

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p. 209

Credits

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p. 210

Index

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pp. 211-214