The concept of colonial elegance evokes rattan furniture, potted palms and ceiling fans – but is this image at all reminiscent of colonial life in Asia? Photo: Shutterstock
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

What the decor of colonial era houses in Asia said about their residents

  • A sense of impermanence pervaded colonial life in tropical Asia
  • This was reflected in interior decor and dress choices

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The concept of colonial elegance evokes rattan furniture, potted palms and ceiling fans – but is this image at all reminiscent of colonial life in Asia? Photo: Shutterstock
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The view over Macau in 1902, by C.H. Graves. Photo: Alamy
Jason Wordie
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Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Those nostalgic for an ‘old Macau’ are pining for a place that never existed

A tranquil, tropical haven, or ‘a material and moral rubbish heap’? In the former Portuguese settlement, sentimentality and reality collide

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The view over Macau in 1902, by C.H. Graves. Photo: Alamy
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