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Tap Seac Gallery hosts lecture

Date 18/1/2005 - 18/1/2005
Time 18:30
Venue Tap Seac Gallery
Fee Free

"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 Zhuhai people.

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.


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