In his article for Foreign Policy, "Broken Tooth and New Macau," Benjamin Carlson describes Macau's transition from a crime-ridden colony to a thriving international gaming capital. When Broken Tooth, one of Macau's most infamous gangsters, was released from prison in December after serving a 14-year sentence, he encountered an entirely different Macau from the one he left. How will the erstwhile criminal kingpin of Macau fit into this new world of glitz, glamour, and gaming tables?
In this photo, fireworks erupt during the Mid-Autumn Festival in Macau in September 2011. "Gone is the sleepy, rough-around-the-edges colonial backwater," writes Carlson. Today, he says, it has been "supplanted by a city that has become the gaming capital of the world, with more than five times the annual gambling revenue of Las Vegas."