Tourists throng the southern facade of the ruins of St Paul’s Church in Macau in February 2018. The Portuguese presence in Asia is one of the longest from the Western countries, spanning over five centuries. It became the last to leave the continent with the consensual return of the sovereignty of Macau in 1999. Photo: AFP Tourists throng the southern facade of the ruins of St Paul’s Church in Macau in February 2018. The Portuguese presence in Asia is one of the longest from the Western countries, spanning over five centuries. It became the last to leave the continent with the consensual return of the sovereignty of Macau in 1999. Photo: AFP
Tourists throng the southern facade of the ruins of St Paul’s Church in Macau in February 2018. The Portuguese presence in Asia is one of the longest from the Western countries, spanning over five centuries. It became the last to leave the continent with the consensual return of the sovereignty of Macau in 1999. Photo: AFP

Letters | Portuguese spirit lives on in Asia as a positive reminder of the old days

  • The negative aspects of the Portuguese colonisation of Asia should be balanced by a recognition of the contribution to local culture and society
  • The superiority complex sometimes ascribed to Asian Portuguese unfairly belittles their achievements in Hong Kong and Macau

Topic |   Macau
Tourists throng the southern facade of the ruins of St Paul’s Church in Macau in February 2018. The Portuguese presence in Asia is one of the longest from the Western countries, spanning over five centuries. It became the last to leave the continent with the consensual return of the sovereignty of Macau in 1999. Photo: AFP Tourists throng the southern facade of the ruins of St Paul’s Church in Macau in February 2018. The Portuguese presence in Asia is one of the longest from the Western countries, spanning over five centuries. It became the last to leave the continent with the consensual return of the sovereignty of Macau in 1999. Photo: AFP
Tourists throng the southern facade of the ruins of St Paul’s Church in Macau in February 2018. The Portuguese presence in Asia is one of the longest from the Western countries, spanning over five centuries. It became the last to leave the continent with the consensual return of the sovereignty of Macau in 1999. Photo: AFP
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