Item description for Everything in Style: Harriet Lows Macau by Rosmarie W. N. Lamas...
Macau in the 1820s and 1830s was the centre of life for foreigners trading with China through the only permitted gateway of Canton. To this European enclave on the China coast in 1829 came Harriet Low, a young American accompanying her aunt and uncle, a trader from Salem, Massachusetts. Throughout her five year stay, she wrote a diary that both shows her lively personality and gives us a rich picture of life in Macau. Rosmarie Lamas focuses on that picture of Macau, embedding well-chosen extracts from the diary into her text to create a very interesting account of that place and its society. But first she embarks with Harriet on the ship at Salem and describes the sea voyage. Once Macau is reached, the history of this old Portuguese colony is outlined. Then, through Harriet's eyes, but enhanced greatly by her own historical research on Macau, Rosmarie Lamas explores religion and the position of American Protestants in that Catholic city. Then she moves onto write: about foreign women's lives there; about love and marriage, a favourite topic of Harriet's understandably as a single woman in a predominantly male population; about the human side of the economic activity that was the raison d'etre for the community, an obvious topic for a trader's niece; and about the relationships between all the different communities that made up Macau's polyglot society. This book sets a selection from Harriet Low's delightful diary into a fascinating account of life on the China Coast. Organized by theme, Rosmarie Lamas enables the reader to enjoy Harriet the person but primarily to see what life was like, especially for a young woman, in that extraordinary community in an exotic place.
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Studio: Hong Kong University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2006
Publisher Hong Kong University Press
ISBN 9622097898 ISBN13 9789622097896