Understanding Macau’s History and Society: Through the Eyes of Literature and the Arts


This paper examines Macau’s history and society through an examination of some of its well-known literature and art over the past 450 years. We exam Chinese, Macanese and Portuguese literature and other historical artifacts. These works tells us the story of Macau’s social, economic, and political history, and about the clash and cooperation of civilizations and cultures. As an example of this “clash”, we can also observe a Chinese literary tradition as opposed to a Macanese and other foreign traditions in Macau, with little integration. Such a literary scene gives us much food for thought for understanding and dealing with the clash and cooperation of civilizations and cultures and for building a multicultural identity in Macau.


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