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A Farewell

To the many who enjoy visiting this website I address this farewell message.  It is to thank them for their moral support and to say goodbye for I am shutting down this website.

Before doing so, let me refresh their memory of my purpose for the website.   I and many of my Macanese contemporaries had long been concerned about the historical survival of the California Macanese diaspora.  In a nutshell, it was clear that the members of the older Macanese generation had been dwindling steadily in numbers over the past six decades, while the younger generation seemingly was not overly disturbed about the possibility of its roots, culture, tradition and unique identity being lost and forgotten forever.    We felt that something had to be done to save the diaspora from ending up in the dustbin of history.  That gave birth to this website.

The website endeavored in its objectives to motivate and stimulate its readers into action, by disseminating news of inspirational interest to the Macanese, by reporting on communal affairs for their edification, by recalling memories of their past, and so on.  Where it thought it might be of help, the website editorially offered constructive suggestions designed to troubleshoot organizational problems confronting the four Macanese social organizations and to assist in overcoming operational problems that seemed to bedevil the community.  Unfortunately these offerings, which were made in good faith and with the best of intentions, and which went unacknowledged, were seen as “gratuitous” criticism, despite an obvious need for them.

After five years of its existence, it has finally become clear to me that the website is neither appreciated nor effective as a communication tool.  Over that time, the website was inexplicably shunned by the management and membership of the four Macanese organizations in California.  Despite the website’s global usefulness, it received no encouragement from abroad either.  So with some sense of disappointment even though I have learned a lot from running the website, I have decided to cease publication.

But there is something I need to do before closing up shop.  I need to defend myself of the hurtful insults hurled my way, even though I should by now have been inured to such vitriol and name-calling that are historically said to be not uncommon among “our people.”  I have been accused locally of self-aggrandizement in operating my website.  In fact, I received exactly nothing from anyone for my time and labor.  Instead I paid Yahoo! a monthly website hosting fee out of my own pocket.  I have also been accused of trying to draw attention to myself.  The truth is I have received no recognition or thanks from any of the abovementioned parties for my services to the Macanese community.  The website articles are testimony to the unworthiness of these accusations.  I stand by everything the website has written.  I should note also that nothing in the website, if it was found odious, was ever rebutted.

So, as of October 22, 2008, the fifth anniversary of this website, or thereabouts, this website will shut down its operations.

Goodbye and good luck to all.

Horatio F. Ozorio, Editor

September 19, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they

protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they

perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our

Lord and Savior. Amen."

In gratitude,

The Macanese Community of California

 

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Greetings Fellow Macaenses,

 With the inexorable passage of time, the ranks of what Tom Brokaw, renowned NBC journalist, called The Greatest Generation are slowly and sadly being depleted through attrition.  This is no less true of the Macanese as of other communities of that era.

 Almost never a month goes by these days without some Filhos da Terra heading home to the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father – may God rest their souls. But that is not the only tragedy we lament. Sadly too, the Macanese younger generation is not exactly rushing to fill the shoes of the older members of the community, to pick up where they left off.  We are witnessing the spectacle of them being assimilated into the society of the host country.  They favor hamburgers over minchi.  On the other hand, it cannot be said that the older generation has handed them a brightly lit torch, or a baton with which they can run. But this disquisition is not meant to point fingers.  Simply, it is to deplore the thought that the Macanese diaspora could in the not distant future be a mere historical footnote – gone and forgotten;  it is also to recognize that the survival of the Macanese community as such is imperiled at the rate we are going.

 We, the undersigned, believe that urgent action is called for to forestall that awful possibility.  It will be a task for the many.  We are a trio of romanticists who can make but a small contribution.   

And what is it that we are doing about it?  We have created and launched this website, devoted to the continuity of the Macanese diaspora, at least in California, and accessible to our brothers and sisters the world over.  It will be a website friendly to all who come a-knocking on its door.  The website’s welcome mat is out to all with any desire to contribute to the achievement of its goals.   

It is our intention that the website serve to keep members of the diaspora informed of goings-on in the Macanese world, to stimulate interest in its affairs, to be conducive to the exchange of ideas and information, and to be a vehicle by which the culture and tradition of the Macanese people can be passed along to the distracted members of our younger generation.  And it can be much more.

Our hope is that our attempt will amount to a clarion call to our Macanese associates, both here and abroad, to rally to the noble cause of keeping alive the memory of our forebears, to stay in touch with our roots, and at the same time help to preserve the glorious history of the Portuguese presence for over four hundred years in the Far East .  We will be keeping faith with the Macau government in the pursuit of the latter, and well we should for we have much to be grateful to it, particularly during the past six decades.

 No one has commissioned us to make this undertaking.  As members of the Macanese community in California, we are concerned about its survival as such, and we act out of a sense of amor pela patria. 

 

Horácio F. Ozório      Nuno Prata da Cruz     Eduardo R. Collaço

Webmaster/Editor             Co-Sponsor                           Co-Sponsor

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Mail Forum - Last update:  Jun 3, 2008

 

 Update on the Macau Cultural Center

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C o n t e n t s

The intent of this website being to apprise, enlighten and entertain all who pass by here, articles seemingly outdated, but which may have residual interest, are retained undeleted for the benefit of later arrivals to this scene.  Our purpose, in other words, is to endeavor to tell viewers what was, what is, and what will be in the world of the Macaense.

 

About us

Who are the Diaspora in America?   Oct 23, 2003

We Eurasians   Oct 23, 2003

Club News

Casa de Macau Vancouver has a Clubhouse!   Oct 11, 2007

Casa de Macau Inc., Australia, 2008 Election Results   Oct 5, 2007

Starting a New Macanese Club in San Diego   Jul 24, 2007

Casa de Macau Australia has a Clubhouse - Finally!   May 17, 2007

UMA, Inc. Announces 2007-2008 Election Results   Jan 21, 2007

Casa de Macau Australia Launches Website Song   Dec 5, 2006

Casa de Macau (USA) Inc.. Biennial Election Results   Nov 12, 2006

Project Support by Conselho das Comunidades Macaenses   Nov 2, 2006

Casa de Macau Vancouver Interviewed on Clubhouse Funds   Nov 1, 2006

Casa de Macau, Vancouver, Invitation to Mass Celebration   Oct 28, 2006

Casa de Macau no Toronto - Portuguese Cooking Champs?   Jun 18, 2006

Casa de Macau, Vancouver, Canada 2007-2009 Election Results   May 27, 2007

Unity Celebration of Sixth Anniversary of RAEM   Apr 10, 2006

Lusitano Club Goes After Young Descendents   Mar 25, 2006

2006 Elections – Casa de Macau, São Paulo, Brasil   Mar 10, 2006

Lusitano 2006 Calendar of Events & 2006-2007 Directors   Feb 17, 2006

2005/2006 Election Results - Casa de Macau Inc. Australia  Oct 15, 2005

Casa de Macau em Portugal Launches New Website   Oct 3, 2005

PRC Consulate Entertains Casa de Macau, São Paulo, Brazil  Sep 23, 2005

President of APIM in Joint Session with North American Casas   Jul 27, 2005

Protocol of Cooperation - The APIM & Lusitano Club of Calif.  Jul 25, 2005

CEO Edmund Ho Visits Casa de Macau São Paulo   Jun 23, 2005

Status of the Community Center - Update   Jun 3, 2005

Casa de Macau Vancouver 2005 Election Results   May 15, 2005

Tarde Macaense 2005 - Good show!   May 4, 2005

"Double Celebration" with Casa de Macau, Vancouver   Apr 22, 2005

Lusitano Club of California President's Spring Message   Apr 21, 2005

Casa de Macau USA, Inc. 2005 Election Results   Apr 12, 2005

Casa de Macau in São Paulo Looks to its Future   Apr 3, 2005

Incorporation of Macau Cultural Center, Board of Directors Formed   Mar 1, 2005

JTM Interviews President of Casa de Macau USA   Feb 17, 2005

Three California Macaense Clubs Form Cultural Center   Feb 16, 2005

Maria Roliz to Represent the Casas de Macau of the World   Dec 24, 2004

Casa de Macau, Sao Paulo, will attend Encontro 2004   Nov 12, 2004

The Portuguese Club in Hudson, Massachusetts   Oct 8, 2004

Casa de Macau no Canada, Toronto, Election Results   Sep 25, 2004

The Associations of California Support CCM    Sep 25, 2004

Lusitano Club Celebrates Dia de Portugal 2004   June 6, 2004

Lusitano Club Call out to Portuguese Macaense 18 & over Youth Community  Mar 2, 2004

Status of the Community Center   Updated  Apr 4, 2008

Encontro das Comunidades Macaenses 2004

Disagreement on Use of Clubhouse Funding

Editorials & Articles

Response to Lusitano Statement on Unity   Aug 27, 2008

Response to Editorial of August 5, 2008   Aug 26, 2008

Unity - When, When, When?   Aug 5, 2008

Democratic Elections - An Exchange of Views with UMA President   Jul 19, 2008

An Editorial by John T. Chui, San Francisco, California   Apr 25, 2008

An Editorial by Sunny Desouza, Miami, Florida   Apr 19, 2008

The Correct Beneficiaries of the US$2,000,000 Grant   Apr 11, 2008

The Macau Cultural Center Directors   Feb 19, 2008

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty   Dec 17, 2007

Why?  Why?  Why!!!   Oct 25, 2007

Are We on Our Way?   Apr 11, 2007

Organizational Structure of Macau Cultural Center   Apr 7, 2007

He was a Grand Old Man   Apr 3, 2007

Still in a Myopic Quagmire!   Mar 16, 2007

Macanese Community “Leaders” – Boo!   Aug 12, 2006

A Filomacau Takes on the U.S. Supreme Court?   July 15, 2006

Meaningful Elections - One More Time   Jul 13, 2006

Vancouver, Put an End to It!   Apr 27, 2006

Respect for Each Other   Mar 13, 2006

Jornal Tribuna de Macau Reviews 2005 - Excerpts   Jan 1, 2006

Matriarch of a Very Portuguese Family Dies   Aug 27, 2005

World Heritage Recognition   Jul 16, 2005

Jorge Rangel on Indifferent Financial Support for the Diaspora Macaense   Jul 5, 2005

Recreio Club Hockey Players Newsletter   Mar 3, 2005

The Macau Post Daily Editorial of December 6, 2004   Jan 30, 2005

Revisiting the Rationale for Macau's $2MM Clubhouse Grant   Jan 9, 2005

A Wake-up Call to the Macanese Community   Jan 7, 2005

We Think Alike!   Dec 18, 2004

Some Observations on Encontro 2004   Dec 18, 2004

A Juventude Lusa na Web   Aug 28, 2004

Civility Among the Macanese Community Leadership   Jul 30, 2004

Reaching Out for Yesterday    Jun 24, 2004

Joint Cultural Activities   Apr 11, 2004

On Speaking Chinese   Apr 4, 2004

Doci Papiaçam di Macau   Apr 1, 2004

Celebrating Macanese Golden Wedding Anniversaries   Mar 19, 2004

Diaspora Macaense  is the Salvation of Macau   Feb 13, 2004

Meaningful Elections    Jan 27, 2004

Unprofessional?  Amateurish?    Jan 27, 2004

Lusitano Bulletin Editor Speaks Out   Dec 26, 2003

Response to Lusitano Bulletin Editorial   Dec 23, 2003

Unity and Separatism   Sep 30, 2003

Let us Give Thanks   Oct 12, 2003

Meanwhile – Back in Hong Kong   Nov 3, 2003

Memories of October 2003 Brazil Tour   Nov 22, 2003

A Memorable Visit to Macau   Nov, 2003

The Way it Was

Why I Left Hong Kong for Good   Mar 12, 2008

Macanese Fighter Pilot's Heroic Deed   Jul 8, 2005

Love is a Many-splendored Amah   Jan 4, 2005

Re-visiting Lisbon and Sintra Vicariously   Sep 29, 2004

Were Amahs Charitably Treated by Us?    Aug 21, 2004

A Trip to a China Town Grocery Store in California     Feb 20, 2004

The Best Pitman’s Shorthand Teacher East of the Suez   

Alaskan Hospitality

Cultural Shock – A Filomacau Fresh Off the Boat

An Unsophisticated Macanese Boy in 1942

Chicken Soup for Bankers

As Simple as Do Re Mi

Adjusting to Cultural Shock

A WWII Refugee Remembers Caixa Escolar Days in Macau

Cash, Checks, Buying on Credit  

US Life in the Fifties, Life Now

A Lesson in Humility  

Saudades on the Road    Jan 21, 2004

Mail Forum

Letters to A Diaspora Macaense na America   Updated June 3, 2008

Kudos

Francis X. Remedios, Ph.D   Mar 29, 2005

Anchors Aweigh, Brandon   Jan 22, 2005

Maria Roliz Honored   Dec 22, 2004

Well Done, Stephen Remedios!   Aug 1, 2004

Ray Cordeiro    Jul 19, 2004

A Macanese Club Celebrates   Jun 19, 2004

Tony Cruz - A Macaense Champion    Mar 6, 2004

Gabby Pereira Scores Again!    Jan 30, 2004

Culture & Tradition

10th Anniversary Celebration of Museu de Macau   Sep 27, 2007

Two Firsts for the California Macanese Diaspora   Jun 27, 2007

Attracting the Younger Generation   May 11, 2007

Dia de São João – Feast Day of St. John   May 9, 2007

Dia de Juventude Macaense   Apr 27, 2007

Praying the Rosary in Portuguese   Feb 16, 2007

Seeking Recognition by UNESCO of Macanese Patua   Dec 12, 2006

Creation of Instituto Adé Proposed in Macau   Nov 20, 2006

Patuá - Pa tudu Genti-Genti de Macau   Mar 9, 2006

Uma tradição para “perpetuar”   Mar 8, 2006

Macaense Poetess Keeps Alive the Traditions of Macau   Dec 1, 2005

Comizaina!   Oct 27, 2005

O Mar - Um Poema por Rita Lopes   Sep 29, 2005

Two Popular Macau Traditions   Aug 6, 2005

Rush in the Far East to learn Portuguese   Aug 5, 2005

Creole Identity   Mar 19, 2005

An Angel from the Sea, a Flower from Heaven   Mar 18, 2005

Speaking up for Heritage   Feb 2, 2005

Coming Home   Jan 1, 2005

Viva Bacalhau!   Dec 28, 2004

Preserving the Portuguese Language in Macau   Oct 26, 2004

Mariza Hits Every Hue of the Portuguese Blues   Oct 20, 2004

Fundação Oriente Finances Portuguese Language Teachers in Goa   Sep 29 2004

Portuguese Culinary Tradition Discussed    Jul 12, 2004

The Tradition of Classical Old Filho Macau Names -   Jun 15, 2004

Macau Terra Minha - Um Poema   Jun 2, 2004

Music of Macau   Apr 17, 2004

Names I Used to Know    Feb 17, 2004

Maquista Chapado  

Macau:  O Ano Lunar de Macaco    Jan 21, 2004

Our Macanese Catholic Tradition

Macaenses Share This Tradition?    Jan 14 2004

Historical Interest

Genealogy Website of Macanese Families   Jun 24, 2008

The Portuguese Community in Hong Kong - A Pictorial History   Nov 5, 2007

Unity of the Macaense Community - 10 Years Ago   Mar 8, 2007

Macau in UNESCO World Heritage List   Jul 15, 2005

Macau - Universal Heritage   May 10, 2005

Macau - Universal Heritage   Apr 2, 2005

LusaWeb - A Portuguese Ancestry Community   Aug 6, 2004

Macau Candidates for World Heritage Status   Jul 2, 2004

Dia de Cidade    Jun 22, 2004

Memórias do 25 de Abril    Jun 1, 2004

1993 Flashback - In the Words of Anabela Ritchie   May 28, 2004

Macau and the Macaenses

The Hong Kong Volunteers

Homeland News

Macaenses in Chinese New Year Parade 2008   Mar 2, 2008

Macaenses in Chinese New Year Parade!   Feb 10, 2008

Portuguese Culture Celebrated   Dec 29, 2007

August 2007 “Courtesy” Visit by APIM to North America   Aug 16, 2007

AEMC Prepares for Macau International Fair   Aug 16, 2006

Dia de Portugal 2006 Festival Celebrated   Jun 14, 2006

6th Anniversary of RAEM to be Celebrated in California  Mar 23, 2006

A “Bridge” Between RAEM and California   Mar 17, 2006

Macau Week in Las Vegas   July 25, 2005

The Macanese Celebrate Dia de Portugal   Jun 14, 2005

Goodwill Trip to Canada and the USA by Macau Official   Jun 7,2005

Macau VIP to attend California Dia de Portugal Festival   Jun 2, 2005

Macau to Compete in World Championship Roller Hockey   May 29, 2005

Dia de Portugal   May 14, 2005

A Celebration of Unity   Feb 14, 2005

Join the Portuguese for a Festa   Jan 19, 2005

Newly Appointed Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco  Nov 11 2004

Casas de Macau Prepare for Encontro 2004   Sep 16, 2004

Check This Out - Portuguese Cultural Center of Danbury Connecticut     Jul 25, 2004

2004 Dia de Portugal Festa - Portuguese Heritage Society   Jun 6, 2004

Homage to a Great Portuguese Humanitarian   Jun 4, 2004

Macau – Espaço de Encontro de Culturas   May 4, 2004

Portuguese Soccer Anyone?   Apr 21, 2004

Macau Presents Itself to California   Apr 15, 2004

Remembering our History - Reliving our Traditions    Feb 11, 2004

The Macanese of Rossmoor

Community Liaison to Lisbon, Portugal, Elected

Portuguese American Leadership Council of the U.S. Update  

Visit of Secretary of State for the Portuguese Communities

Overseas News

Lusitano Club Hong Kong - Lease Sold   Jul 2, 2008

2007 Encontro - Final Program Details and Youth Program   Nov 5, 2007

Macanese of Enormous Importance to Macau Social Harmony   Sep 11, 2007

Macaenses Switch to Chinese Nationality   Jul 28, 2007

O Dia da Cidade de Macau   Jun 23, 2007

Diaspora Macaense Support for China/Lusofono Trade  Oct 20, 2006

Business Role Added for the Casas   Jun 16, 2006

Bishop of Hong Kong Elevated to Cardinal   Mar 27, 2006

Macaense Community Praised by Chinese Foreign Trade Commissioner Feb 20, 2006

Televising Macau Live   Dec 23, 2005

Importance of the Macanese Highlighted   Dec 12, 2005

Fundação Macau Provides Refurbishing Funds   Nov 29, 2005

Casas de Macau Worldwide to Promote Macau   Nov 5, 2005

Casa Leaders in Macau to Meet with CCM President   Nov 1, 2005

A Dream Holiday   Oct 24, 2005

Beijing:  Macaenses are “Agents for a Better Future"   Jul 11, 2005

Beijing Repeats its Support & Respect for Macaense Community Jul 5, 2005

Donald Tsang Hopeful for Beijing and Vatican Rapprochement   Jun 4, 2005

Teaching Portuguese Electronically   Apr 2, 2005

Graphic Photos of Tsunami Disaster    Dec 30, 2004

Excerpts from the Annual Frank & Vivi Correa Christmas Letter   Dec 21, 2004

Photos and quotes from Encontro 2004   Dec 17, 2004

Participation in Encontro 2004 Above Expectations   Nov 21, 2004

Diaspora Macaense Important to China   Nov 17, 2004

New Page of Website of Associação dos Macaenses of Macau  Oct 24 2004

APIM Announces Encontro 2004 Program   Oct 16, 2004

Twelve Casas de Macau Join the CCM   Oct 7, 2004

Conselho das Comunidades Macaenses Now Has a Logo   Oct 6, 2004

Macaenses in “Total Convergence” in Hong Kong Meeting   Sep 27, 2004

"Zombies" de Macau   Sep 23, 2004

Controversy over Conselho das Comunidades Macaenses   Sep 22, 2004

Council of Donors for Conselho das Comunidades Macaenses  Sep 16, 2004

A Canadian Multicultural Birthday Celebration   Sep 14, 2004

APIM in Vancouver & Lisbon to Confer with Diaspora   Sep 10, 2004

Macau - Now a Boom Town?   Sept 1, 2004

Edmund Ho Lauds Portuguese Community   Aug 26, 2004

The President of APIM Meets With the Casas in Vancouver   Aug 21, 2004

APIM - Criação de núcleo de juventude   Jul 21, 2004

Rediscovered Jewels   Jul 8, 2004

Small is Big   Jun 18, 2004

Encontro 2004 Announcement by APIM   Jun 15, 2004

First Time Lucky   May 26, 2004

Pearl River Delta Bridge Gets Go-Ahead   May 25, 2004

Stanley Ho Upstages Rival Sands Casino   May 19, 2004

Golden Days   May 14, 2004

The Goan Diaspora in Portugal   May 13, 2004

Picture of the new Clube Lusitano of Hong Kong   May 1, 2004

Dóci Papiaçam di Macau - An Announcement   Mar 10, 2004

Macau Population Density Highest in the World   Mar 10, 2004

Macau – A Tourist's Delight    Mar 10, 2004

Macau Could be a Sun City     Mar 6, 2004

Clementina Ângela Leitão Ho     Feb 27, 2004

An Agreement - Finally!    

Casa de Macau USA Interviewed by Jornal Tribuna de Macau  

Additional Comments on Preliminary Meeting  

Macaenses have an Admirer

Forthcoming Encontros in Macau

Preliminary Meeting Of the Directors of the Casas de Macau Year 2003

APIM New Web Site Launched

Good Economic News for Macaenses in Macau

Another Feather in His Cap?

Las Vegas of the Orient?  Not!

December 2003 Review - Some Highlights by JTM  

Ponto Final Launches Literary Initiative  

Macau Portuguese Press Alive and Well  

Informal Brazilian Survey on Encontro 2004     Jan 17, 2004

Plataforma Mundial de Jovens Luso-Descendentes    Jan 30, 2004

Everything's Comin' Up Roses in Macau?    Jan 31, 2004

Gustavo da Roza no Serão Macaense    Feb 2, 2004

Casa de Macau, São Paulo, Brasil, 2004 Election Results   Feb 12, 2004

The Macanese Diaspora and the Portuguese Language     Feb 16, 2004

Gustavo da Roza:  Macaenses são “importantes” para a China   Feb 16, 2004

Casa de Macau de São Paulo, Brazil, Hold Biennial Elections  Mar 12, 2004

This and That

Anglicized Portuguese Names   Mar 19, 2005

The City That Knows How   Dec 25, 2004

Portuguese Diner in San Francisco   Nov 15 2004

Curiosidades de Um Outro Mundo   Nov 3, 2004

Translating Avó’s Portuguese Recipes   Sep 7, 2004

Mother Teresa Defines Love   May 28, 2004

Ann Landers Defines Class   May 28, 2004

Filho Macau Words & Phrases  

Nosso Gente, Filo Macau, Fala  

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