This guide features selected high-quality resources on the global, political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the continent of Asia and its countries. It features individual country pages as well as sources searchable by topic or country.
In this collection of chapters, edited by Yufan Hao and Jianwei Wang, the contributors explore the driving factors that lie behind Macao's increased visibility, including the rapid economic development and growth; the "one country, two systems" administration under which the region operates; the influx of foreign investment; and the role of Macao in China's foreign policy, especially as it relates to the United States. Macao underwent tremendous growth in various spheres during its evolution from a minor colonial enclave into a global player with increasing influence on the world stage. Its enhanced international profile is largely a result of its economic and political development over the twentieth century, culminating in its handover to China in 1999. More than sixty countries have established consular services in Macao, and its membership in a dozen international organizationsùincluding WTO, UNESDO, and the World Tourism Organizationùenables Macao to play an important role in the eastern hemisphere.
Opening with a vivid description of the first English voyage to China in 1637. Macao and the British traces the ensuing course of Anglo-Chinese relations, during which time Macao skillfully -- and without fortifications -- escaped domination by the British and Chinese.
On 20 December 1999, the longest-running chapter in Macao's history will close. After over 450 years of administration, Portugal will hand over one of the oldest colonies the world has ever known to China. This book commemorates this vital juncture in Macao's history through interviews with thirty people, representing most of Macao's unique mixture of races, creeds, classes, and traditions.