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Floating City/ My City: Differences and Similarities in Macau Novels after the Return to China
Macau literature;Macau novels;＂Return to China＂ writing;＂floating city＂;＂my city＂
|Issue Date:||2017-11-01 14:34:25 (UTC+8)|
Before Macau's return to China in 1999, Macau was often presented in Macau novels as a gambling city, or a ＂floating city,＂ which not only reflected its ambiguous colonial past but also the political uncertainty it faced in the future. Such ambiguity and uncertainty led to loss of subjectivity, and the excessive emphasis on gambling led to the loss of idealism. This kind of consciousness was said to still predominate some writers' mind even after Macau's return to China. But at the same time, a couple of literary works which mainly focused on the destiny, the history, and the culture of Macau were also gradually published. The publication indicated the birth of ＂my city consciousness＂-people in Macau started to feel less indifferent to their hometown, celebrating Macau as ＂my city＂ in the ＂my city＂ writing. Moreover, they were more willing to learn about its historical development, and value its cultural traditions. While this kind of writing may still be non-mainstream or even unpopular, it reasserted the sense of existence and the significance of idealism. This essay aims to analyze the Macau consciousness and Macau imagery constructed through novels with Macau-specific topics. I also aim at observing the differences and similarities in these 21st-century Macau writings before and after the city's return to China.
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