Operation Coldstore remains the most contentious event in the history of postcolonial Singapore. The authors in this volume have placed on record their own perspective of events. The stirring autobiographical accounts are supplemented by academic contributions that provide contextual depth to the historical events.
This is the first book to comprehensively examine the little-known history of Phuket and its surrounding region. The well-researched epic begins with the arrival of the first humans and goes on to cover: the influence of early Negro, Malay, Indian, Chinese, Arab, Greek settlers and visitors; Phuket's important position on the ancient east west maritime trade route; the rise and fall of mysterious early kingdoms and empires; the coming of Islam and Thai regional dominance; the social history and the scourge of piracy; swashbuckling attempts by Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch, French, and British adventurers to control Phuket in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; the destruction of the 18th and 19th century Burmese wars; the tin mining boom; mass Chinese immigration and their rise to regional power; European colonial pressure and why Phuket was never colonized; the birth of Thailand; Japan's WWII invasion, local resistance battles and the eventual Allied conquest of Phuket; and Phuket's post-war transformation into a booming jet-set destination. With over 100 maps, pictures and photographs.
Remembering Kampong Radin Mas records the memories of the residents from the kampong who were resettled in 1973. Kampong Radin Mas produced many illustrious members of the Malay community, such as Othman Wok, Singapore's Minister of Social Affairs from 1963 to 1977; food consultant Aziza Ali; and former Members of Parliament Sidek Saniff and Wan Hussin Zoohri. The book project aims to bring a sense of history to a new generation of younger Singaporeans. It explores what life was like in the kampong - the spirit of gotong royong that had the villagers rallying to help one another; traditional cultural practices now largely forgotten; and the happy times shared by village folk in a simpler age.
John (Kay) Corner left home in 1960, aged 19. He would never see his father, E. J. H. Corner, again.
Edred John Henry Corner was one of the most colourful and productive biologists and mycologists of the 20th century. His career began in 1929 as Assistant Director of the Straits Settlements Singapore Botanic Gardens, where he trained monkeys to collect specimens from the treetops of the rainforest, and published Wayside Trees of Malaya, a classic field guide interspersed with his delightful and idiosyncratic observations on plant life. He was key in the creation of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, a 163- hectare plot that contains more tree species than the whole of North America.
When war came, he considered it his responsibility to safeguard the scientific and cultural collections of Singapore during the Japanese Occupation, but was branded by some as a collaborator. Post-war, after heading the ambitious UNESCO Hylean Amazon Project, he returned to Cambridge University and was appointed Professor of Tropical Botany in 1965. There he propounded his theory that the Durian represented an ancestral type of angiosperm tree. He was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society, where he promoted the conservation of tropical forests and led expeditions to the British Solomon Islands and Mount Kinabalu. For the latter, he proposed Kinabalu Park which led to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After 46 years, John Corner faces his estranged father in a suitcase marked: 'For Kay, wherever he might be.' The letters, pictures and other memorabilia that spill out led him to search for the father he hardly knew, resulting in an engaging and frank biography of an eminent scientist who put science above all, including his family.
Where I Was is a rich, entertaining and compelling account of the life of an extraordinary woman. In a land of many cultures, many races, many religions; in a state where politics and public policies impinge, sometimes callously, on the daily lives of its denizens, Constance Singam is an individual marginalised many times over by her status as a woman, an Indian, a widow and a civil society activist. Through humorous and moving accounts, Constance captures in words the images of the people, places and events that are the source of her most powerful memories. These images are connected to key turning points in her personal journey, set against or within the context of important historical events. Available in Australia from: http://www.margaretriverpress.com/catalogue/memoirs/where-i-was-a-memoir-from-the-margins/
Chinese language theatre in Singapore has gone through a century of ups and downs. It was borne out of a mission to inspire public discourse and to aid disaster relief in the beginning of the 20th century, and developed in the post-war era of multivariate aesthetic and political currents. A century of Singapore Chinese language theatre has not only contributed to the painting of Singapore's cultural landscape, it is also closely associated with the turbulence in the world. Beginning from modern drama's first emergence in 1913, this volume traces the centennial history of Chinese language theatre in Singapore in the socio, cultural and political contexts. Through a survey of historical records accompanied by rare images, the book is a reflection on the cultural ethos and social development of the different periods.
This guide to the Peranakan Museum in Singapore features over a hundred fully illustrated entries written by the museum's curators, independent academics and researchers. It provides the reader with glimpses into the lifestyle of the Peranakan Chinese community, in all its facets and expressions. These include everyday household objects, distinctive crafts such as beadwork and embroidery, colourful porcelain, textiles, jewellery and the fine gilded furniture that graced the homes of the wealthier Peranakans. Intangible aspects of the culture such as language and poetic forms are explored as well.
Ever wonder what the thumbdrive, SAR-21, Tiger Beer, RISIS orchid and the parking coupon have in common? These and another 13 objects are all (almost) uniquely Singapore in their origin or association with the city-state. This book, written by Singapore Management University undergraduates, tells the fascinating stories behind these objects. Its unusual perspective will interest Singaporeans as well as visitors keen to understand Singapore's creative mix of enterprise, innovation and organisation.
With over 1,000 proverbs translated into English from Malay, Tamil, Mandarin, Hakka, Hokkien, Cantonese and Teochew, this book presents a glimpse into the cultural melting pot of Singapore. The proverbs capture the wisdom of its communities' languages and dialects through wit and creativity. This enlightening book will energise, inspire, delight, humble, awaken, and entertain you. Read it at home, quote from it in your workplace, take it with you when you travel, teach from it to students, present it to international visitors and friends, gift it to your colleagues, and share it with your loved ones! There is also a dedicated website, www.singaporeproverbs.org, for feedback, contributions and further information.
Many archival photographs are included in this insider's account of Malaya's music scene 1900-1965, a period of close Malaya/Singapore interchange. The first section overviews the history of Malay music, traditional songs and the early 20th century's Bangsawan opera, and gramophone and radio music. This music scene and Japanese policy 1942-45 and the 1045-65 developments in Radio Singapura, in cinema and entertainment hubs and at functions are then described. Inset photographs and biographical summaries are given for some 90 artistes and performers, and the role of musical groups noted. With bibliography, online database and index. Bilingual in Malay.
This book provides a comprehensive look at the political philosophy that has shaped Singapore's healthcare system over the last five decades, and the financing and delivery of healthcare in Singapore. It delves into different aspects of the Singapore healthcare landscape, including pharmaceutical cost management, medical tourism, doctors' remuneration, medical education, rules and regulations, workforce planning and health promotion. It suggests lessons that the Singapore healthcare story holds for healthcare policy makers and reformers and the challenges that the future holds.
This systematic account of Singapore's healthcare by a US specialist in medical science and healthcare. It is clearly set out and makes clear how the challenge of financing, public health and individual patient care are being met, so that now Singapore ranks 6th in the world for heathcare while spending proportionally less than others high-income countries. Summaries, graphics, and charts contribute to easy comprehension. Some unresolved issues, such as increasing obesity and the provision of diabetes care, are highlighted but the general conclusions are congratulatory. In the Appendix, the Ministry of Health answers searching questions on the methods, adequacy and workings of the healthcare system. Bibliography and index.
This catalogue was published in conjunction with the Terms & Conditions exhibition held at the Singapore Art Museum. The exhibition presents an open-ended debate into how history and social realities are represented, with an emphasis on the Arab world. It draws upon seminal works from the Barjeel Art Foundation, the Abraaj Group Art Prize Collection, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Musée national del l'histoire et des cultures de l'immigration, CNHI Paris, and collections of private individuals and artists. The catalogue provides a nuanced glimpse into the exhibition and its artists with write-ups, interviews and essays. Offering insight into the layered themes of the show, the book examines the relationships between power, control and representation, highlighting how power impacts perceptions of identity, location, history and memory with a focus on The Arab world.
The ultimate reference on indigo dyeing techniques across the world, and a compendium of the most beautiful samples of indigo textiles. Gloriously pieced together, this colorful book takes the reader on an international tour of indigo-colored textiles, presenting a huge swathe of remarkable clothing, people, and fabric. The book explores the production of indigo textiles throughout America, China, India, Africa, Central Asia, Japan, Laos, and Vietnam. It features more than 500 color photographs and is completed by specially commissioned drawings that provide close-ups of patterns and cloths.
The last decade has seen Hong Kong blossom into one of Asia's true artistic hotspots, with its galleries, art projects and fairs now flourishing along with local and international audiences. At the centre of this cultural renaissance are the artists themselves - working as both products and interpreters of Hong Kong's complex historical legacy. Though often finding themselves at odds with society's values, they have developed a wholly unique genre of art that acts as a vital bridge between a place and its people. The artist interviews in Contemporary Art in Hong Kong expose the countless links between history, culture and identity as well as Ha Thuc's conviction that art not only reflects society, but can also mould it.
Fahcheong: The Art Book is the first major publication of the life and work of Chong Fahcheong, one of Singapore's premier sculptors. It is an illuminating text which includes captivating quotes from the artist, an insightful essay by Singapore's foremost art historian T.K. Sabapathy and an intimate conversation between artist and art historian. These are accompanied by over 130 colour photographs of never-before-seen sculptures and famously iconic public artworks.
The hydrological foundations that underpin the success of Singapore today and Cambodia of the 15th Century are made visible through a series of beautifully illustrated drawings, photographs and graphical diagrams. Through comparing the countries' hydrologic architecture, water distribution infrastructure, and water based economies a new understanding of Singapore and Cambodia comes into focus. This book is a breakdown and study of hydrology in every aspect - geographical, historical, economical, political, urban and architectural. Probing Hydrological Urbanism offers a timely look into Singapore's future by looking into Cambodia's past offering lessons and warnings of two very different yet parallel civilizations in South East Asia.
Zangdok Palri, the Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain, is the manifestation of the celestial paradise of Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava, the "Second Buddha" of Tibetan Buddhism and great tantric master who brought Buddhism from India to Tibet. This book compiles various visions of the pure land of Znagdok Palri as depicted in exquisite wall paintings from ancient historic temples in Bhutan, thankas from private collections, and various spiritual texts. The book features an in-depth explanation of Zangdok Palri and a detailed study of Zangdok Palri's wall painting and thangkas in Bhutan. The rich texts are complemented by over 400 awe-inspiring photographs.
This anthology consists of twelve plays by Huzir Sulaiman, Checkpoint Theatre's Joint Artistic Director. Based in Singapore, Huzir is one of Southeast Asia's preeminent playwrights. The twelve plays in this collection bear testimony to his gift of imagining characters and deploying language to offer unexpected insights into the personal, the social and the political. "Huzir Sulaiman: Collected Plays 1998 - 2012" offers readers an opportunity to acquaint themselves with an impressive body of work that has lit up the stage over the past 14 years, and to discover for themselves the virtuosic use of language and impeccable craft which have cemented Huzir Sulaiman as one of the most important playwrights of his generation.
The collection is edited by and contains an introductory essay by Kathy Rowland, the respected theatre writer and researcher.
Cyril Wong's poems provide a disturbing, poetic account of an unnamed dictator's eyebrow whose longings, delusions of grandeur, and curious influence have shaped history in ways previously unknown-until now. Within a surreal tale about an eyebrow's thirst for recognition and power, a love story also unexpectedly emerges.
Adi loves his life in the kampung: climbing the ancient banyan tree, watching ten-cent movies with his friends, fetching worms for the village bomoh. The residents of Kampung Pak Buyung may not have many material goods, but their simple lives are happy. However, looming on the horizon are political upheaval, race riots, gang wars and the Konfrontasi with Indonesia.
Clear, strong lines, and radiant colours that seem to smile at the reader characterise Mies van Hout's drawings. In "Today I Am" Mies shows all the emotions a young child encounters. Each double page spread is devoted to one fish showing a particular emotion, along with its name in lettering that expresses the same feeling. Dive into "Today I Am" and meet the most dazzling fish that spark laughter and empathy.
Awesome Art provides an introduction to great works of art at the National Art Gallery, Singapore. The chapters are based on 20 works of art by important Southeast Asian artists; they invite young readers to uncover interesting stories behind the artworks, learn something new about materials and methods used by artists, or simply take in the beauty of art. The influence of history and culture in the creation of artworks is also presented in a lively and engaging format. Suitable for ages 8 and above.
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