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Book Launching Ceremony for "Macau Through 500 Years: Emergence and Development of an Untypical Chinese City" Held Today


By University of Macau


Today the University of Macau (UM) and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) co-organized a book launching ceremony at UM's University Library for Macau Through 500 Years: Emergence and Development of an Untypical Chinese City, a collection of the most representative Chinese and foreign historical maps in East Asia and Macau. The ceremony was attended by Macau SAR Chief Executive Chui Sai On, Legislative Assembly President Lau Cheok Va, and Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Cheong U, among others.

Prof Victor Sit, honorary research fellow at UM, director of the Advanced Institute for Contemporary China Studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), and author of the book, said that the purpose of the book is to present Macau's development over the past five hundred years through visual aids like maps, different images of the city, and graphs and charts. He noted the special coloring and cutting of the maps and images provide readers with a clear and vivid understanding of what Macau and its neighboring regions looked like in different historical periods.

Macau Through 500 Years: Emergence and Development of an Untypical Chinese City has been published with sponsorship from UM and Macao Foundation. The book is published in three languages: Chinese, English and Portuguese. The Chinese edition has been co-published by UM and Joint Publishing (H.K.) Co. Ltd., and the English and Portuguese editions have been co-published by UM, Enrich Professional Publishing, and HKBU. The book consists of five chapters: "Changing Perspectives of China and the Western World on Power at Sea and Their Convergence in Time and Space", "The Golden Century", "Protracted Decline: Opium Trafficking and an Aggressive Imperial Outpost", "Colonization: Expansion and Modernization", and "Contemporary Macau: Global City of Gaming, Tourism and Exhibitions".
--Macao SARG Portal

Prof. Victor Sit (middle) and Mr. Derek Lee, CEO of Enrich Professional Publishing (far right) 

The English version attracted an instant buyer, who was visiting from South America.