Fernando Sales Lopes

Fernando Sales Lopes

Biography

Fernando Sales Lopes (1950, Portugal) has lived in Macau since 1986. A professional journalist, he completed a master’s degree in Intercultural Relations, and a bachelor’s in History. His research focuses on themes related to questions of identity, the intercultural aspects of celebrations and festivities, and the history of food and foodways, the latter playing a prominent role in his children’s novel Terra de Lebab (Land of Lebab), in the book Macau, a Festa e a Mesa (Macau, Feast and Table), and in the documentary series Olhar Macau (Macau in View, 2008). He also authored the book Os Sabores das nossas Memórias – A Comida e a Etnicidade Macaense (Flavours of Our Memories — The Macanese Cuisine and Ethnicity). Highlights from his poetry include the books Pescador de Margem (Fringe Fisherman, 1997), awarded the 1996/97 Camilo Pessanha prize. He also penned the poem “Flor de Lótus” (“Lotus Flower”), set to music as the Anthem for the Macau Handover Cultural Session Closing Ceremonies (19 December 1999). His work has been translated and printed in a variety of anthologies in both Portugal and Macau, and has been widely published in newpapers and magazines.