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Macau then and now: A Pulitzer’s take

Posted by Kimberly on October 19, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 19, 2007, page 6 (835 words)

As the fourth day of the inaugural 2007 Pulitzer Prize Winner’s Workshop drew to a close, Fong Foong Mei, among the 2007 winning team for International Reporting, spoke to the Macau Daily Times about her time as a young 24-year-old journalist, writing about Macau’s triads.
Mei, now a 34-year-old, won the Pulitzer earlier this year after just ten years in the industry, achieving a dream many never get to realise even after decades in journalism.
“It was almost ten years ago and at the time I didn’t really have any grand aims,” she said, adding that she only wanted to try and see what it was all about.
Her stories were directed toward a Singapore audience who, she said, were fascinated by Macau.
“Then, Macau still had the gambling monopoly so everything was Stanley Ho, so the whole issue of a city that was deriving so much of its revenue from gambling was very fascinating to Singapore readers,” she said.
Wanting to write on some of the aspects of a city that was “so built on gambling,” she chose the seedier “more unsavoury” sides. Read the rest of this entry »

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