On 24 June 1622 – 400 years ago – the Dutch were defeated after fierce naval attacks and deadly land clashes in Macao. Historian Ivo Carneiro de Sousa recalls the Dutch East India Company’s attempt to conquer Macao and the revisionism that occurred in its wake.
The author of Ancestor Portraits in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, scholar and painter Ung Vai Meng is the go-to expert on Chinese ancestral portraiture. As he has discovered through 20 years of research, the often-overlooked genre is full of surprises.
Catholic missionary St Francis Xavier is often credited for introducing and spreading Catholicism in Asia. Here’s how his right shoulder blade, a treasured relic, made its way to the St Joseph’s Seminary and Church in Macao.