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A Cultural Janus

Christina Miu Bing Cheng

Publication Year: 1999

By concentrating on the ambivalent history of Macau, the author reveals the historical reality of cultural vacillation between two political entities and the emergence of a creole minority - the Macanese.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU


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pp. vii-viii

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Preface and Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-x

"The Ruins of St Paul's, Monte Fortress, Guan Yin Tang, Ma Ge Miao, the Amaral Equestrian Monument, Leal Senado Square, Camoes Garden: these were the places that I came to know when my mother took me around, and where I played my cousins. I was baffled to see these fascinating landmarks as a child and even more puzzled..."

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1 Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Macau (IflP 1!)1 — the 'gate' of South China — stands on the Western shore of the Pearl River in Guangdong Province, the southernmost coastal area of China. The total area is 23.5 square kilometres including the Macau peninsula and two small islands — Taipa (SJSff ) and Coloane (5&~ M).2 Current reclamation projects are to enlarge its size to about 28 ..."

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2 An Anomaly in Colonization and Decolonization

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pp. 9-46

"One of the most celebrated Portuguese navigators, Vasco da Gama, left Portugal in 1496. He successfully sailed round the Cape of Good Hope and reached Calicut, India in 1498. The discovery of a new trade route by da Gama marked the zenith of the most difficult and dangerous journey of Portuguese maritime exploration. It also signified the dawn of European ..."

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3 'City of the Name of God of Macau in China, There Is None More Loyal'

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pp. 47-80

"The Chinese name 'Ou Mun' (?HH ) (or 'Aomen' in Putonghua) means the Gate of the Bay. It has been commonly used for Macau since the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).' Around 1564, Macau was called Porto de Nome de Deos (Port of the Name of God) and Porto de Amacao (Port of Macau) by the Portuguese. The name 'Macau' is believed to have derived ..."

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4 The Rendezvous of a Virgin Trio

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pp. 81-126

"If culture is understood as the ensemble of various 'approved' values, beliefs, ethnic myths, memories, and behaviourial guidelines, religion is certainly one dimension of culture. In defining religion as a cultural system, Clifford Geertz writes:..."

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5 Colonial Stereotypes, Transgressive Punishment and Cultural Anthropophagy

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pp. 127-160

"Neatly dividing the world into two fixed entities — the East and the West — is perhaps to simplify the world of humankind which constitutes a totality of interconnected processes, manifold encounters and confrontations. Concepts like 'nation,' 'society,' and 'culture' do not only ..."

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6 Midway Sojourners, Macanese Moments and Stoical Settlers

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pp. 161-196

"While Macau lies at the estuary of the Pearl River into which flow the waters of South China' s three great rivers: the East, North and West Rivers, Portugal lies along the Western seaboard of the Iberian peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean. Lisbon, its capital since 1255, is located at the mouth of the Tagus River which immediately joins the sea and was once ..."

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7 Conclusion

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pp. 197-218

"The cultural matrices of Macau are manifested in the repertoire of shared meanings, ideas, symbols, beliefs, and observable series of events and behaviour. They are constituted in large measure by cultural production and practices of China and Portugal. A 'culture' is never stagnant and immutable. Instead, it interacts with a temporally and spatially changing ..."


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pp. 219-232


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pp. 233-238

E-ISBN-13: 9789882202115
Print-ISBN-13: 9789622094864

Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 1999