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Portuguese club in Argentina publishes a book about its history



Portuguese club in Argentina publishes a book about its history

“O The purpose of the book is to record the history of the institution and its identity, as well as the history of the thousands of Portuguese who chose this land. This club was born with the idea that the Portuguese can kill nostalgia, ”says Lusa Victor Estanqueiro, president of the club.

The Portuguese Club of Greater Buenos Aires: From the Tagus River to the Silver River is the result of a year of research and the testimony of 40 respondents who, in 410 pages, recount how the saga of thousands of Portuguese symbolically exchanged rivers and continents.

Victor Estanqueiro, the son of a Portuguese, entrusted the job to Carlos Correa, an eminent journalist without Portuguese descent, but a specialist in this type of historical research, and the author of eight other books.

“When I wrote the book, I was surprised at the receptivity of the Portuguese community as a whole. It was touching to see the watery eyes of these people as they told their stories. They conveyed this emotion to me and welcomed me as another member. This is the history of the club, but it is also the history of life, ”describes Carlos Correa a Lusa.

The Portuguese educational institution was established on 23 August 1978 in the city of Isidro Casanova, in the La Matanza area, the most populous area adjacent to Buenos Aires, 30 km from the capital of Argentina. The city and regional chambers declared it a cultural interest.

In Argentina, Portuguese institutions are celebrating their centenary. This is the case with the Portuguese Mutual Aid Association Sallikelo (1916), the Portuguese Club of Buenos Aires (1918) and the Portuguese Association of Comodoro Rivadavia (1923), but in just 43 years the Portuguese Club of Greater Buenos Aires became the largest of 15 Portuguese educational institutions in Argentina in terms of infrastructure, number of members (three thousand) and diversity of sports and cultural disciplines.

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The book, which was slated to be released with nine chapters a year ago, has been delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic. The event that moves the world inspired the tenth chapter, describing how the club’s gym was prepared to become a 100-bed “campaign hospital” for mild cases.

Also mentioned is the 1995 visit of then Portuguese President Mario Soares, who received the key to the city when he became the first foreign president in power to visit the La Matanza area.

In June 1982, the club was one of the largest donors to the Falkland Islands Patriotic Fund, created to financially support expenditures during the war with England (between April 2 and June 14), aid and compensation to former combatants and relatives.

The Portugal Day lunch that year, the most important event in revenue collection, brought in 70 million pesos at the time. Diego Maradona donated 100 million to get an idea of ​​the efforts of about a thousand Portuguese.

This generosity is one of the two main hallmarks of the Portuguese institution. Clube Português da Grande Buenos Aires, aiming to integrate with the society around them and reclaim some of what the Portuguese have achieved, is running a series of social assistance campaigns.

This winter, he distributed cold clothes to the homeless. Every year it becomes a collection and donation point for blood. On children’s day, he takes toys to the children’s hospital.

Another strategic vocation of the club is to spread Portuguese culture. It is the only Portuguese institution open to members of other nationalities and their descendants. In addition, he is most eager to transfer Portuguese culture to other regions, to festivals other than those of Portuguese origin.

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“Although we have an official Portuguese ambassador to Argentina, we are also Portuguese ambassadors. Our goal is that those who have nothing to do with Portugal can listen to fado, taste our cuisine, see our typical dances and learn our language. We want to reach out to these people. This is our motto, ”explains Victor Estanqueiro.

The club has two excellent instruments for this purpose: the folklore groups Mocidade Portuguesa and Dançares da Nossa Terra, the latter of which travels the most around the country and is most eager to show Portugal at festivals of other nationalities.

“The Portuguese already know our culture. We need to open up our culture so that others can get to know us. That’s why we go to parties in other communities, ”says José Aniceto Domingos, one of the founders of Dançares da Nossa Terra in 1993 and one of the first members of the club.

This resident of the Algarve from Pecan, municipality of Olhão, arrived in Argentina at the age of 13. At the age of 48, he founded a ranch with children’s dancers from 5 to 8 years old. This first grade included Natalia Rodrigues and Pablo da Silva Pais, 6 and 8 years old, respectively. They got married and today, at the age of 34 and 36, are teachers of a new generation.

This way of communicating through networks of friends or relatives was the key to the arrival of thousands of Portuguese in La Matanza between the 1920s and 1960s. An already familiar friend invited another or brought his wife and children with him. The most commonly used letter of invitation, often with the temptation to conclude an employment contract.

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The western zone of the peripheral region of Buenos Aires was a fertile belt for small-scale growing of fruits and vegetables. The area was also suitable for firing bricks. The Portuguese were both leaders in action and protagonists in transforming the region, including the Portuguese club of Greater Buenos Aires, which today is one of the main clubs in Argentina.

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The disappearance of Fernando Gomes touched every corner of the world and Portuguese football.



The disappearance of Fernando Gomes touched every corner of the world and Portuguese football.

The disappearance of Fernando Gomes touched every corner of the world and Portuguese football.

This Saturday was Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa was the first to praise the whole “portism” of “Bibot”, at a time when he could not hide his emotions. “He left us one of the greatest Porto players that I have known in my entire life. Ever since I was a boy I have known him through the youth system, he had a love for Porto that was beyond the norm. And the whole life was a great success. The greatest successes of FC Porto were associated with him,” the president of FC Porto recalled.

Also Sergio Conceisau talked about the connection with football with Fernando Gomes, which began when he was 17 years old. The coach of the blue and whites said that in addition to the relationship he had with the “bibot” at Porto, he heard a lot of advice from someone whom he considers “an idol in this club.”

“Fernando had a habit of always texting me before every game,” the coach recalled.

Both on the lawns and in the pavilions, during the various matches of the Futebol Clube do Porto, as in the case of volleyball and basketball teams, as well as football (under 15), there was a moment of silence.

From Qatar came the sadness of blue and white players, namely Pepe, Otavio, Eustace e Diogo Costawho shared the tribute on social media.

Also coach of the Portuguese national team, Fernando Santos, a former dragon trainer, left a message for the Porto family. Through a video posted on the Portuguese Football Federation’s website, the Quinas coach revealed that he was experiencing a “moment of sadness” about the match and, on behalf of the team, left “condolence wishes to the family.”

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BUT Selection and the Portuguese Football Federation released announcements and tributes through social media. same way UEFA shared his grief over the former Portugal international who scored 14 goals in a Quinas jersey. OUR League of Portugalthrough Pedro Proença, praised the greatest figure of national football who was one of its greatest ambassadors both on and off the pitch.

already Secretary of State for Sports Joao Paulo Correiaexpressed his condolences to FC Porto and the entire family of the former striker who marked generations.

Finally, City Hall of Porto remembered one of the most important figures in the city who raised him through football and Futebol Clube do Porto.

On the blue and white side too Vitor Baia, deco e Future were among the many players who remembered Fernando Gomes.

Fernando Gomes passed away this Saturday at the age of 66, and these are just some of the many reactions to the death of the former Porto striker. He is remembered in the FC Porto museum with the captain’s armband on the statue of the eternal number nine.

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11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting



11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting

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Martim Marques, who also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal this year, reached the final of his race in 11th position on the grid.

Portuguese driver Martim Marques, 11, won the Rotax World Karting Final this weekend at the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.

Martim Marques, who this year also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal, started in the final of his race in 11th place on the grid among 35 drivers.

“It has been a fantastic year for the Portuguese riders and what Martim has achieved today is remarkable and deserves all the recognition. Congratulations to Portuguese karting, as well as to all those who help and support the career of Martim and all other pilots,” the president said. Portuguese Automobile and Karting Federation (FPAK), Ni Amorim.

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Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children’s literature – Observer



Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children's literature – Observer

The publication of children’s books about gender identity in Portugal is still rare because the topic has not yet been standardized in public discourse, researcher Emanuel Madalena, who dedicated his doctoral dissertation to Luce, told the agency.

Emanuel Madalena, collaborating researcher at the Center for Languages, Literature and Cultures of the University of Aveiro, wrote a doctoral thesis on the presence of the topic of gender identity, in particular about transgender people, in children’s literaturewhich he later adapted into a book called “Challenge to Gender”, which will be presented in Lisbon this Saturday.

For the investigation, Emanuel Madalena reviewed a pre- and initial reading edition of books published between 2000 and 2019, bringing together 38 works edited in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Of the books analyzed in the dissertation, there are two that deserve attention for their quality, noted by Emanuel Madalena, and which are published in Portugal: “O Jaime é uma sereia” by Jessica Love (Fábula), “which is in the process of canonization” by readers and ” Thiago’s Dresses” by Joana Estrela in her own edition.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Emanuel Madalena argues that picture books for children about gender identity, and transgender people in particular, are “very important in providing information about identity to these children and informing people in general about this issue.”

In his book, published by the cultural cooperative Outro Modo, Emanuel Madalena writes that “children’s literature on transgender topics is important not only for transgender children, but for all children and for society as a whole” because it can foster “attitudes of acceptance and integration of differences.

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The researcher does not have a clear answer why there are no more books on this topic in Portugal.

It’s not that the Portuguese publishing scene is far ahead in terms of trends – it isn’t – but maybe it’s a bit on the side of authors. The public discourse on these topics in Portugal itself needs more discussion, information, but it is enough for one of these players to want it, the editor has a strong desire to publish it or the author created it for something to happen, ”he believes. .

In the course of the investigation, Emanuel Madalena read some of these books to children and met with no resistance.

“This is a completely adult problem. (…) This is an essential question of a dual addressee: the book should be liked by both children and adults, and it is they who choose it, especially for early childhood,” he said.

The researcher believes that it is through independent publishers or those with greater creative and editorial freedom that more titles on these topics can be published.

“The independent publication is the firmest first step towards the centripetal path of legitimizing the transgender theme, from the fringe of the literary subsystem of children’s literature to its commercial center,” he wrote.

Emanuel Madalena believes that by reflecting changes in society, entering into public discourse, “emerging, controversial and sensitive topics end up being not so”, even if there may be moments of discomfort on the part of some readers.

“Like, for example, the topic of divorce, which was once divisive in children’s literature and is no longer so. It even seems ridiculous to think that talking about it with children is taboo,” he recalls.

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Given that “books for children with transgender themes are still in their early stages”, Emanuel Madalena explains in the book that much of the literary output is still geared towards cognitive-pedagogical aspect, legitimation, and not in the game phase for younger readers.

Emanuel Madalena, PhD in Literature, MA in Editorial Studies and Education, hopes his work will contribute to “gender studies and the movement to include and make gender diversity visible in academic research.”

“Chalking Gender – Transgender in Children’s Literature” will be presented this Saturday at the Snob bookstore in Lisbon by André Tesedeiro and in the presence of the author.


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