Master’s Tea with Prof. Mao Haijian – “1759, The James Flint Incident and Macau’s New Fortunes” / 1759年洪仁輝事件與澳門的角色

On 20th September, Choi Kai Yau College invited Prof. Mao Haijian, who is a world renowned historian and has been appointed the Distinguished Professor in History at University of Macau, to deliver a talk of “1759, The James Flint Incident and Macau’s New Fortunes”. Prof. Mao specializes in modern Chinese history, particularly in researches of Opium War and Hundred Day’s Reform. He has also attained outstanding achievements in the academic field.

Prof. Mao specially selected The James Flint Incident as the topic to share with our students because it was a symbolic change of Macao from ancient times to present. It was an incident that touched off a war between Qing Dynasty and foreign courtiers. Macau was then inherited to reposition herself and to revive from the economic depression. Businessmen, sailors, missionaries, politicians and soldiers all over the world considered Macau was the first step to China. Macau became the Oriental Monte Carlo gradually.

Over 50 UMacau members joined the event. After the lecture, Prof. Mao and students had a further discussion about Macau’s history and development. Prof. Mao also encouraged students to concern more about the external factors which might bring a huge opportunities to Macau.

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蔡繼有書院有幸邀請國際知名歷史學家、澳門大學歷史系特聘教授 — 茅海建教授,於九月二十日蒞臨本書院為澳大師生就 「1759年洪仁輝事件與澳門的角色」舉行講座及茶聚活動。茅教授主要研究中國近代史,尤其在兩次鴉片戰爭和戊戍變法史的研究,更取得了學術界崇高的地位。

古語有云:「生於斯,長於斯。」為了讓澳大學生們更加瞭解澳門的古今角色變化,茅教授特別揀選「洪仁輝事件」這一導火線作為引子,分析清朝隆皇帝時期中國與外國在貿易往來上的關係及矛盾,並由此出台了第一個全面管制外國商人的章程。茅教授指出,澳門作為一個較小的城市,本身沒有特別的資源,外部環境的變化對其十分重要,而這次契機則為當時正在走下坡路的澳門創造出一個重新定位、經濟重新振作的生存機會,從此,澳門的人口結構發生了變化,每年臨時來澳的各國商人、船員、傳教士、政治家與軍人都將澳門當作進入中國第一站,澳門扮演著東西方交流中的重要角色,逐步成為東方的「蒙地卡羅」。

此次茶聚,吸引了超過五十位澳大學生到來參與。在茶聚期間,同學們對「洪仁輝事件」甚感興趣,並積極發表意見,更與茅教授討論澳門往今的發展史,得益匪淺。此外,茅教授更寄予澳門的年青人,應該不斷地、仔細地觀察外部環境,以獲得對澳門至關重要的機會。

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