On May 15, at 6:00 p.m. on floor 4 of the Museum of the Orient, another session of DIALOGUES AND TRAVELS – ASIAN COMMUNITIES IN PORTUGAL, an initiative promoted by the Oriente Foundation and coordinated by Jorge Macaísta Malheiros (Professor of the Center for Geographical Studies of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon), whose objective is to promote dialogue between “lusos” and Asian communities and contribute to the strengthening of intercultural relations. It also intends to divulge social and cultural aspects associated to the Asian communities residing in Portugal as well as to discuss the contributions of the Asian communities to the dynamics of transformation and social innovation of the urban societies of Portugal and Europe. Time to disseminate results of scientific studies on various aspects of Asian immigration to Europe,

Over the last few decades, there has been an increase in the number of Asian outlets in Portugal. In this context, the issue of “Chinese shops” and Chinatowns has emerged, which have been the subject of controversy in several European cities, including Lisbon.

After all, should Asian-owned trade be spatially concentrated? Are there correct and incorrect locations for home-owned Asian stores? Asian traders, in particular Chinese traders, have the privilege of not benefiting traders in tax terms or access to credit; or is this idea just a bias? And, in the case of prejudice, what is your intention? And what is the contribution of these establishments to employment, output and tax revenues?

These are some of the issues that need to be addressed in a debate whose context is at the level of the significance of the presence of Asian commercial establishments for the economic dynamics and urban planning of the cities in which they are established.

Additional Information:

Free admission – Subject to confirmation to dci@foriente.pt

Target Audience: Adults

Date: May 8, 2009

Location: 4th floor of the Museu do Oriente

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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