"Macau and Hong Kong: Living with borders, overcoming borders" is the title of this conference to be host by the Tap Seac Gallery.
A Research Grant Lecture in Tap Seac Gallery will be
organized on January 18. It will focus on a study done in Macau, Zhuhai and
Zhongshan. Werner Breitung will be the lecturer.
The lecture is based on surveys in Macao, Zhuhai and
Zhongshan and qualitative interviews in Macao, all of which were part of an
IC-funded research project completed in 2004.
The interviews reveal a wide array of experience with the
border and with the places and people beyond it. People recall the rapid
transformation of Zhuhai and changes in the border administration. They also
comment on their identities and the perceived differences between Macao and
The lecture compares their character, their openness and the
impact on activities and identities. Especially in Macau, the border has a very
significant impact on people? lives.
Their identity, their thinking and their everyday choices are
influenced by this spatial setting - as much as they are influenced for example
by living in a Chinese, post-colonial or urban environment. Macao people live
with the border, take advantage of it or overcome it in their daily life.
Born in Berlin, Werner Breitung obtained a university degree
in Geography in 1990 and a doctorate degree from Basel in 2001. He was a teacher
at secondary schools in Berlin and Hong Kong and later a research associate at
University of Basel, Switzerland.
Breitung has taught geography in a number of universities
including University of Macao and University of Hong Kong and is now an
associate professor in Zhongshan University in Guangzhou & Zhuhai (since 2004).
This research topic was awarded a grant in the 10th Research Scholarship
Competition of the Macau Cultural Institute.