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Modern Intimacies and Modernist Landscapes: Chinese Photographs in Late-Colonial Mozambique




Title: Modern Intimacies and Modernist Landscapes: Chinese Photographs in Late-Colonial Mozambique

Author(s): Lorenzo Macagno

Publication Date: 2021

Publisher: Lusotopie

Quotation: Macagno, Lorenzo (2021) "Modern Intimacies and Modernist Landscapes: Chinese Photographs in Late-Colonial Mozambique". Lusotopie, Volume 19, Issue 2 pp. 181–212

Abstract: The article addresses a specific aspect of the social and cultural life of the Portuguese-Chinese in Mozambique. The first contingents, coming from the Chinese province of Guangdong, began to arrive in that region of East Africa in the second half of the 19th century. Most settled in the city of Beira. By the 1950s, the Chinese community was already well integrated into modern life in the colonial Beira. The city was undergoing an unprecedented urban and architectural ebullition. In that period, the Luso-Chinese, in their capacity as merchants, also began to stand out in the field of photography. Based on a multi-sited research among the Luso-Chinese in the diaspora – and their family photo albums – this article reflects on two inseparable aspects of late-colonial modernity: architecture and photography.

Identifier: https://doi.org/10.1163/17683084-12341763

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Authored by Lorenzo Macagno, the article addresses a specific aspect of the social and cultural life of the Portuguese-Chinese in Mozambique. The first contingents, coming from the Chinese province of Guangdong, began to arrive in that region of East Africa in the second half of the 19th century.