By Fernando Rosa
This monograph is an exploration of the historic legacy of the Portuguese within the Indian Ocean, particularly in Goa, Macau, Melaka, and Malabar. rather than solving the gaze on both the colonial or the indigenous, it makes an attempt to scrutinise a creole area that's rooted in Indian Ocean cosmopolitanism.
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I have also noticed that the community frequently has visitors from Portugal or Macau, even though the vast majority of them do not stay for a long time. One of these visitors—for a time, also a kind of informal patron of the local community—used to be Maria Casimiro, who is Mozambican-born and bred, taught Portuguese at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur 36 The Portuguese in the Creole Indian Ocean for nearly a decade, once also worked in Timor Leste, and is now based in Macau. Maria’s trajectory is also an incredible example of the complexity of current Lusophone histories in the Indian Ocean.
Therefore look to each other as potential allies, even though the differences—and the distance—between them may be vast, as is indeed the case with Martinique and Réunion (in fact, funny as this may sound, it should be added that, historically, the Mascarenes—Mauritius must be included as it was also a Francophone colony, and it still has French as one of its languages, as well as a French passport holding minority—have often creolized intellectually and culturally with the Antilles mostly in Paris).
1993). I will not go into the details of their theorization here. I find Vergès’s choice of not tackling créolité —an abstract as well as an ideological concept—but instead concentrating on historical processes of creolization in the Indian Ocean, quite interesting. That is because creolization is often, in my part of the world, as illustrated for instance by the work of Bernabé, Chamoiseau, and Confiant, invoked in the realm of the abstract and generic, particularly, but not only, in the Lusophone world (see Ribeiro 2007).