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The master shipbuilder keeping his country's maritime past alive -- in miniature

  • Every day, the 71-year-old spends hours at an abandoned Macao shipyard, hunched over a table, hard at work.
  • With only stray dogs for company and a single electric fan to keep him cool, he meticulously hand-crafts the sort of fishing boats that have been made here for generations.
  • In fact, Tam's boats are miniatures designed to preserve the city's disappearing heritage.
  • Three years ago, Tam -- who is considered a "sifu," or master, of his craft -- was commissioned by a local temple to recreate a so-called "junk" boat in miniature form.
  • Tam's makeshift studio lies in an abandoned shipyard in Macao's Lai Chi Vun village.
  • According to Tam, this decline didn't just affect shipbuilders, but all aspects of life in Lai Chi Vun. Tam believes that the miniature boats he creates are more than just models.
  • In 2018, Macao's government recognized the Lai Chi Vun shipyard as a cultural heritage site.

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