On 30 April, the book “Portraits of Luso-Asians of Myanmar”, by João Palla Martins, was launched. The book includes texts by Dr. João Laurentino Neves (Instituto Camões) and Fr. Peter Sein Hlang Oo (Diocese of Mandalay), gathering about 70 images of faces captured by the author from the Portuguese-descendant communities of Myanmar.
The book is published by the International Institute of Macau (IIM) and sponsored by Camões IP, this is the second number in the collection of Portuguese-Asian Portraits, after the album related to Macau published in 2020. Two exhibitions on the subject were also held in 2019: in the gallery of the University of Aveiro, integrated in the II International Congress “Intercultural Dialogues Portugal-China” and, later, in the gallery of the University of Macau. Since 2017, the architect João Palla Martins made portrait photographs of the Luso-Asian communities. The photographs are accompanied by theoretical or scientific essays by authors invited to reflect on topics such as identity, miscegenation and memory.
The session included presentations by the author, João Laurentino Neves, member of the Board of Directors of Camões IP, James Myint Swe, author of the book “Cannon Soldiers of Burma” and also by Fr. Peter Sein Hlaing Oo, who supported with texts in this edition and also in the Burmese translation.
The book can be purchased at IIM and its online platform IIM BOOKSHOP.