Helena F.S. Lopes

Over the past few years, I have been working on the history of relations between China and Portugal during the Second World War and the immediate post-war until 1949, with a particular focus on Macau. The enclave was the only foreign-administrated territory in China not to be occupied by Japan during the war. My research focuses on the intersection of Chinese wartime diplomacy, the practice of neutrality in East Asia, and local wartime experiences in Macau. These were marked by multiple contradictions, international connections, and layers of collaboration. My doctoral thesis, based on a variety of archival sources in English, Portuguese and Chinese collected in different countries, covered aspects of imperial, diplomatic, war, intelligence, and social history.

I am currently developing new research on the relocation of schools from China to Macau during the Second World War, as well as a project on representations of that conflict in Chinese and world cinemas.

I currently teach:

Prelims: FHS:
Approaches to History

China since 1900

  The Global Twentieth Century, 1930-2003 
  Disciplines of History
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