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Singapore Is Not An Island: Views On Singapore Foreign Policy

Singapore Is Not An Island: Views On Singapore Foreign Policy

This is a compilation of essays and public speeches by Bilahari Kausikan over the last 25 years. His is a frank and dispassionate assessment of the geopolitical realities to date, and the uncertainties that have emerged. It is for anyone interested to know about protecting Singapore's interests, nicely or otherwise, in a rapidly changing and complex world.

Muddy Boots & Smart Suits: Researching Asia-Pacific Affairs

Muddy Boots & Smart Suits: Researching Asia-Pacific Affairs

From grassroots conflicts to great power relations, this book explores some of the key concepts, methodologies, and dilemmas of researching Asia-Pacific affairs. The book deals with key questions about the Asia Pacific: Why should we study policy from the ground up? What are the human considerations for societies in conflict? Why is regionalism important and how do global powers play a role? Should Asia-Pacific researchers embrace the design-based revolution in the social sciences? Muddy Boots and Smart Suits is for students, scholars, and policymakers in the region looking for a new way to understand local, regional, and global security challenges.

Brand Singapore: Nation Branding After Lee Kuan Yew In A Divisive World

Brand Singapore: Nation Branding After Lee Kuan Yew In A Divisive World

Without nation branding, there would be no Singapore. Reputation is precious. Top talent and hot money gravitate only to the most attractive, respected nations. For a country as small and as young as Singapore, its brand is its most valuable asset. How did Singapore create this country brand, cultivate and guard it, sell it to its "shareholders", and make it known to the world? Drawing on two decades in the nation branding game, Koh Buck Song offers an illuminating inside look at - and candid critique of - a country brand that is as rich in resource as it is potent with promise. First published in 2011, this timely second edition explores the implications of all these factors on Singapore's future.

Dialog: Thoughts On Tunku's Timeless Thinking

Dialog: Thoughts On Tunku's Timeless Thinking

DIALOG is a major new anthology of Tunku Abdul Rahman's enduring wit and wisdom, and the response of contemporary Malaysians to it. From politicians to rappers, from young and old, from actors to academics, Tunku's thoughts, ideas and values continue to resonate, fascinate and illuminate. The book features: more than 20 individual essays in response to Tunku's quotes; previously untold anecdotes and recollections, plus rare and unseen photos; dozens of original illustrations by The One Academy, a leading art & design college; specially-composed tribute lyrics to Tunku by Altimet; a spice portrait of Tunku, made of spices used by all major Malaysian races; and the views of Malaysians aged 5 to 90 on Tunku's continuing relevance to Malaysia's future.

1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On

1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On

Survivors of Operation Spectrum-the alleged Marxist conspiracy-speak up in this volume. For many of them, this is the first time that they cast their minds back to 1987 and try to make sense of the incident. What they did in that period was meaningful and totally legitimate. Their families and friends share the same view. The detainees were subjected to ill-treatment, humiliation, and manipulated television appearances. Under duress, and threatened with indefinite imprisonment without trial, they had to make statutory declarations against their will.

Unquiet Kingdom: Thailand In Transition

Unquiet Kingdom: Thailand In Transition

From exuberant rallies on Bangkok's shopping streets to tear-gasfilled alleyways echoing with gunshots, from democracy-debating farmers to kitten-fostering Buddhist nuns, this is a gripping portrait of Thailand's many faces, revealing the complexities of a country that is far more than its tranquil tourist-brochure stereotype. Veteran journalist Nirmal Ghosh takes readers past the serene facade of Thailand's steadily-cruising economy and undaunted tourism industry. He exposes the uncertainty of a country in the throes of transition, a deeply-divided land that has just lost a father. The military seems resolved to clamp the lid on a restless country - but how long it can do this remains an open question.

Education, Industrialization And The End Of Empire In Singapore

Education, Industrialization And The End Of Empire In Singapore

Singapore under the ruling People's Action Party government has been categorized as a developmental state which has utilized education as an instrument of its economic policies and nation-building agenda. However, contrary to accepted assumptions, the use of education by the state to promote economic growth did not begin with the coming to power of the People's Action Party in 1959. In Singapore, the colonial state had been using education to meet the demands of its colonial economy well before the rise of the post-independence developmental state. This book examines how the state's use of education as an instrument of economic policy had its origins in the colonial economy and intensified during the process of decolonization. By covering this process the history of vocational and technical education and its relationship with the economy is traced from the colonial era through to decolonization and into the early postcolonial period.

Getting By: Class And State Formation Among Chinese In Malaysia

Getting By: Class And State Formation Among Chinese In Malaysia

How do class, ethnicity, gender, and politics interact? In what ways do they constitute everyday life among ethnic minorities? Donald M. Nonini draws on three decades of research in the region of Penang state in northern West Malaysia, mainly in the city of Bukit Mertajam, to provide an ethnographic and historical account of the cultural politics of class conflict and state formation among Malaysians of Chinese descent.

Art

Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow

Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow

Accompanying the first major survey of Yayoi Kusama's work in Southeast Asia, this catalogue explores the captivating work of one of the world's most influential artist. It features essays by curators from National Gallery Singapore and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, a biographical timeline, and beautifully reproduced images of her paintings, sculptures, collage, performances, video works and installations.

Charting Thoughts: Essays On Art In Southeast Asia

Charting Thoughts: Essays On Art In Southeast Asia

A constellation of thoughts by 25 established and emerging scholars who plot the indices of modernity and locate new coordinates within the shifting landscape of art. These newly commissioned essays are accompanied by close to 200 full-colour image plates.

Tang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9Th Century

Tang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9Th Century

This book tells the story and presents the objects found on the Tang Shipwreck, discovered off Belitung Island in Indonesia in 1998, and now housed at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. It is one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of recent times. Found at the site was a remarkable cargo of some 60,000 Chinese ceramics dating from the Tang dynasty (618-907), along with finely wrought gold and silver objects, bronze mirrors, and more ordinary objects belonging to the crew. The ten essays in this profusely illustrated volume discuss the ceramics and other commodities on board, the ship's construction and possible origin, China's maritime trade in the Tang period, Chinese ceramic production, ports of call in Asia and Southeast Asia, and life on board the ship.

Sanyu Catalogue Raisonné: Prints

Sanyu Catalogue Raisonné: Prints

In the 1930s, Sanyu was the first Chinese artist to work with Western intaglio printing techniques. Trained in traditional Chinese calligraphy, seal-engraving and lacquer furniture-making, intaglio printmaking was a natural extension of his artistic output. Without the distractions of material and color, Sanyu's prints essentialized his preference for simplicity. Following the publication of the catalogue raisonnés of oil paintings, sculptures, drawings and watercolors, Rita Wong has compiled SANYU Catalogue Raisonné: Prints. This volume presents all forty-two of Sanyu's known prints, most of which have not been seen before.

Transcend: 50 Years Of Singapore Modern Art

Transcend: 50 Years Of Singapore Modern Art

This art catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition - Transcend - 50 Years of Singapore Modern Art, showcased at Visual Arts Centre from 28 June to 11 July 2017. The catalogue presents essays and a timeline documenting the development of Modern Art in Singapore from 19th Century to 1988, written by Iola Liu, Seng Yu Jin and Tan Ping Chiang, and features the biographies and selected artworks of twelve second-generation Singaporean artists who were integral in propelling a Modern Art movement from 1960s to 1980s. The artists featured are: Chieu Shuey Fook, Choy Weng Yang, Ho Ho Ying, Leo Hee Tong, Lim Leong Seng, Low Puay Hua, Swee Khim Ann, Sim Pang Liang, Tan Ping Chiang, Tay Chee Toh, Thang Kiang How and Thomas Yeo.

Arts Of Southeast Asia From The Soas Collection, The

Arts Of Southeast Asia From The Soas Collection, The

Beautifully illustrated, this book highlights a variety of material relating to Southeast Asia drawn from the rich collections of SOAS University of London. With a wide chronological span, they are diverse in nature, comprising manuscripts (written on bark, palm leaves and paper), textiles, sculptures, metalwork and paintings, and re?ect the variety of religions, cultures and languages to be found across this vast area. The objects come from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, and range in date from circa 1000 BCE to the present day.

Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery And Beadwork In The Peranakan World

Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery And Beadwork In The Peranakan World

Cheah Hwei-Fe'n examines parallel techniques of embroidery, work with gold thread, lace, and drawn needlework in this profusely illustrated catalogue to accompany an exhibition at the Peranakan Museum, Singapore, held from 24 June 2016 to 18 June 2017. In her careful analysis of the techniques associated with Peranakan objects, she reveals a complex network of cultural connections. The various types of needlework were practised by women and men, and drew upon techniques from Europe, India, China, and the Malay world. Religious and secular schools taught the techniques. There are many cross-cultural surprises within: gold embroidery derives not only from European military brocade but from ancient Chinese thread techniques of gold strips wrapped around paper. And many other techniques were long practised in remote islands of the Malay Archipelago.

Strokes Of Life: The Art Of Chen Chong Swee

Strokes Of Life: The Art Of Chen Chong Swee

Chen Chong Swee is acknowledged as one of the earliest artists to have explored depicting Southeast Asian scenes within the medium of traditional Chinese ink painting. Published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, this catalogue bears witness to Chen's explorations across the mediums of ink and oil, the influence his immediate surroundings had on his art, and his insistence, above all, that it was impossible to divorce art from life. Full-colour image plates, newly commissioned essays and a biographical timeline of the artist within the catalogue flesh out the inflections of Chen's oeuvre.

Rediscovering Treasures: Ink Art From The Xiu Hai Lou Collection

Rediscovering Treasures: Ink Art From The Xiu Hai Lou Collection

The Xiu Hai Lou Collection is one of the most extensive private collections of ink art in Singapore. This catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition Rediscovering Treasures: Ink Art from the Xiu Hai Lou Collection, and captures the stunning breadth of the Collection. Full-colour image plates showcase works which range from the ancient aesthetics of Ming and Qing painting and calligraphy through to the prized masterpieces of 20th-century ink masters, while newly commissioned essays analyse the unique place of the Collection in local art history. Rounding out the catalogue are an exclusive interview with the current custodians of the Collection as well as an exploration of the ecosystem of collecting.

Unfettered Ink: The Writings Of Chen Chong Swee

Unfettered Ink: The Writings Of Chen Chong Swee

Significant achievements in art notwithstanding, Chen Chong Swee was also a prolific, vivid essayist. His writings-collated here and also translated into English for the first time-range from the value of art education to the responsibilities of the art community, and are imbued with ardour and vigorous clarity. This compilation provides a compelling contribution to our understanding of the artist as a man of unwavering focus, whose thoughts cleaved to the advancement of art.

Treasures Of Asian Art: The Asia Society Museum Collection

Treasures Of Asian Art: The Asia Society Museum Collection

Reflected in the holdings of Asia Society, this book shows how contemporary artists from Asia and the diaspora have responded to seismic shifts in sociopolitical, economic, and cultural conditions. The book groups artworks to emphasize the strengths of the collection and to allow for broader discussion of the connections between historic and contemporary art. Lavishly illustrated, this book acknowledges the enormous transformations that have taken place in Asian cultures, while also commemorating the continent's magnificent contributions throughout the history of art.

Striking Patterns: Global Traces In Local Ikat Fashion

Striking Patterns: Global Traces In Local Ikat Fashion

Ikat refers to the originally Indonesian art and technique in which warp or weft threads, or both, are tie-dyed before weaving the fabric, creating complex patterns on handwoven textiles. Since time immemorial, master weavers in eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste have embraced ideas and motifs from elsewhere and integrated them in their own designs. Striking Patterns takes readers into the world of a handicraft that is beloved of both laypeople and experts. Ikat is practiced primarily in Indonesia, India, and Central and South America, and its techniques have continuously developed over the course of centuries. Foreign influences were absorbed and creatively integrated into local patterns. The main objects of research in this volume are works by female master weavers from eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste, whose fabrics reflect not only fashion and modernity but also aspects of globalization.

Architecture

Bali Living: Innovative Tropical Design

Bali Living: Innovative Tropical Design

This comprehensive interior design book showcases the best in Balinese architecture with over 280 photographs and insightful commentary. Bali Living is a unique selection of 21 cutting-edge private homes, rental properties, restaurant and wedding facilities, a sports complex and villas. Traditional Balinese compound architecture is evident throughout, but most of the buildings included are contemporary structures that reinterpret old forms and materials in new and exciting ways.

100 Years, 100 Buildings

100 Years, 100 Buildings

The founder of the blog A Daily Dose of Architecture, John Hill, is obsessed with his subject and determined to expose his fellow citizens to the glorious structures that shape our environment. In this beautifully designed compendium Hill presents his selection of the most significant building to be built each year from 1916 to 2015. Each two-page spread includes one or two large color photos and text that explains the importance of each structure.

History & Geography

Preliminary Report On The Archaeological Investigations At The National Gallery Singapore

Preliminary Report On The Archaeological Investigations At The National Gallery Singapore

The Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre is pleased to present our first report on archaeological rescue operations conducted in Singapore. Despite Singapore being a comparatively small island in the region, the archaeological assemblages are quite substantial, densely packed, and critically important vis-à-vis numerous applied and academic concerns. They not only add considerable depth to local and regional history, but also provide a wealth of data useful for global theories and models. Although many readers are often drawn to the prominent 14th century CE component of several Singaporean sites since their discovery in the 1980s and 1990s through the pioneering research conducted by Professor John Miksic and others, Singapore offers a rich historical archaeology potential from the 14th century onwards, particularly from the colonial period through the 20th century. It is quite intriguing to consider the different manifestations of Singapore's "port city" history (ancient, colonial, and modern) through the unique narratives provided by the archaeological record; a record that yields complementary, sometimes contradictory, and often missing narratives to historical studies. Furthermore, all periods are heavily characterised by complex inter-regional and inter-cultural interaction, commerce, and networks. On the other hand, inter-site and intra-site variability and dynamics are evident. These give ancient Temasek and historic Singapore a unique verve and personality. Moreover, the intra-site variability hints at different vocational, political, social class and perhaps cultural variability that adds considerable richness and dynamism to ancient urban studies.

William Farquhar And Singapore: Stepping Out From Raffles' Shadow

William Farquhar And Singapore: Stepping Out From Raffles' Shadow

Brushed aside by the Raffles PR machine and, possibly, the inability of many in Malaysia and Singapore to pronounce his surname correctly, William Farquhar and his legacy have not matched the high regard in which they were held during his life time. Based on research of the British East India Company records and other contemporary sources, Nadia Wright demonstrates that much of the credit for the establishing of the Singapore settlement that has been attributed to Raffles, more properly belongs to his subordinate, Farquhar. The book covers Farquhar's successful role as Resident and Commandant of Malacca before moving on to Singapore take up the same position in the vital first four years of its rule by the Company.

Sovereign Women In A Muslim Kingdom: The Sultanahs Of Aceh, 1641-1699

Sovereign Women In A Muslim Kingdom: The Sultanahs Of Aceh, 1641-1699

The Islamic kingdom of Aceh was ruled by queens for half of the 17th century. Was female rule an aberration? Unnatural? A violation of nature, comparable to hens instead of roosters crowing at dawn? Indigenous texts and European sources offer different evaluations. Drawing on both sets of sources, this book shows that female rule was legitimised both by Islam and adat (indigenous customary laws), and provides original insights on the Sultanah's leadership, their relations with male elites, and their encounters with European envoys who visited their court. The book challenges received views on kingship in the Malay world and the response of indigenous polities to east-west encounters in Southeast Asia's Age of Commerce.

Cold War And Decolonisation: Australia's Policy Towards Britain's End Of Empire In Southeat Asia

Cold War And Decolonisation: Australia's Policy Towards Britain's End Of Empire In Southeat Asia

In this book, Andrea Benvenuti discusses the development of Australia's foreign and defense policies toward Malaya and Singapore in light of the redefinition of Britain's imperial role in Southeast Asia and the formation of new postcolonial states. Benvenuti sheds light on the impact of Britain on Australia's political and strategic interests in Southeast Asia during the Cold War. It will be of interest to historians of Australia's foreign relations, Southeast Asia, and the British Empire and decolonization.

Liberal, Malay And Malaysian: Writings Of A Walking Contradiction

Liberal, Malay And Malaysian: Writings Of A Walking Contradiction

For some people, to be Liberal, Malay and Malaysian is to be a walking contradiction, to be pulled in more directions than your body can take. If you're Malay you aren't supposed to be liberal and of course you must be a Malay before you're a Malaysian! Right? Not for Zan Azlee. Zan passionately argues for a Malaysian and a Malay identity which moves beyond identity politics, fatwas, censorship and moral policing and which allows individuals to be who they want to be. Covering themes of politics, race, religion and protest, Zan records a nation in turmoil, caught between activism and apathy and counters this with an honest and open assessment of Malaysian life.

Doomed King, The: A Requiem For Sri Vikrama Rajasinha

Doomed King, The: A Requiem For Sri Vikrama Rajasinha

On 24 Jan 1816, the captured king of Kandy was escorted on board the Cornwallis together with his queens, relatives and servants. Almost a month later, King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha arrives at the Vellore Fort in India, to spend his remaining days in exile. Thus ends the tragic tale of the Doomed King of Lanka. Using Kadaimpot, vittipot and documents from English servicemen, Gananath Obeysekere reveals a portrait of a king who was much maligned and betrayed by those he trusted. The Doomed King makes for fascinating reading where a master spy, a Machiavellian governor and an opportunistic nobleman together, bring about the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom.

Spirits And Ships: Cultural Transfers In Early Monsoon Asia

Spirits And Ships: Cultural Transfers In Early Monsoon Asia

This volume seeks to foreground a borderless history and geography of South, Southeast, and East Asian littoral zones that would be maritime-focused, and thereby explore the ancient connections and dynamics of interaction that favoured the encounters among the cultures found throughout the region stretching from the Indian Ocean littorals to the Western Pacific, from the early historical period to the present. The collective body of work presented in the volume describes Monsoon Asia as an ideal theatre for circulatory dynamics of cultural transfer, interaction, acceptance, selection, and avoidance, and argues that, despite the rich ethnic, linguistic and sociocultural diversity, a shared pattern of values, norms, and cultural models is discernible throughout the region.

Men Who Lost Singapore, 1938-1942, The

Men Who Lost Singapore, 1938-1942, The

The British military failure against the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942 is a well-documented and closely examined episode. But far less attention has been paid to the role of the colonial governor and his staff during this period, an oversight Ronald McCrum corrects with this insightful history. As McCrum shows, the failure of the civil authorities in conjunction with the military to fully prepare the country for the possibility of war was a key factor in the defeat. McCrum closely examines the role and responsibilities of the colonial authorities before and during the war. He argues that the poor and occasionally hostile relations that developed between the local government and the British military hierarchy prevented the development and implementation of a strategic and unified plan of defense against the growing threat of the Japanese. Consequently, this indecisive and ineffective leadership led to significant losses and civilian casualties that could have been prevented.

Malayan Communist Party As Recorded In The Cominterm Files, The

Malayan Communist Party As Recorded In The Cominterm Files, The

Comintern (Communist International, 1919-1943) files kept in a Russian Archive were opened to the public in 1991. Various documents relating to the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) were contained therein. Relying on these documents, this research reveals many important and hitherto unknown facts. Consulting with previous works done by C.F. Yong, Cheah Boon Kheng and others, we can identify the extent to which the British colonial Special Branch intercepted them. The inaugural congress of the MCP, which initially depended heavily on the Comintern's instructions, was held on 22-23 April and 21 May 1930. Consistent pivotal points of the instructions were to refrain from armed insurgency and to make every effort to obtain the support of Malays and Indians. Although instructions were stopped after 1935, the MCP continued sending reports until the Pacific War started. These reports depict its internal disputes between the left wing and the right wing, which is supposed to have been headed by Lai Teck. Without instructions from the Comintern, the MCP further strengthened its influence among the people through labour as well as anti-Japanese movements.

Dome In The City: The Story Of The National Museum Of Singapore

Dome In The City: The Story Of The National Museum Of Singapore

This publication looks at the National Museum's transformation over the years, with a focus on its history, collection and building. Through photos from the museum's collection and intriguing lesser-known stories, the book provides a refreshing take on the oldest purpose-built museum in Singapore and celebrates its special role in the nation's cultural and heritage scene.

Social Issues

Development Of Malaysian Capitalism, The From British Rule To Present Day

Development Of Malaysian Capitalism, The From British Rule To Present Day

As Malaysia grappled with bitter ethnic and political tensions at the end of the 1960s, the government initiated growth-oriented economic reforms to promote cohesion in the young, multi-ethnic nation. The large scale and lasting effects of these policies forged the countries' exceptional economic development: by 2020, Malaysia will likely enter the club of 'high-income' countries. This volume comprehensively surveys Malaysia's political economy, mapping the intersecting forces that inform it: economic growth, broader Asian development, the weight of colonial institutions, the influence of Islamic finance, and the sometimes ambiguous role of the state. It offers a discerning overview of Malaysian capitalism through readings of its history since 1874 - from the colonial economy through modernisation and accelerated development, up to its recent passage in global crises. The author details the causes and conditions of Malaysia's economic success; the result is a compelling portrait of a young capitalist nation sitting at both the geographic centre of Southeast Asia and at the crossroads of sovereign development.

Colours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore Elderly

Colours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore Elderly

Ageing is not all grey. This book explores the minds of a generation who survived the Second World War and witnessed the dramatic rise of Singapore from third world to first. The 30 years of research on the mental health of the Singapore elderly is a tapestry of myriad colours of people from different ethnicities, cultures and social hierarchies. This book documents the social transformation of medical research, from epidemiological surveys to interventional studies of translational relevance, with the tagline "preventive medicine in the community by the community for the community". This book, a distillate of five epidemiological studies, is written from a longitudinal perspective, viewed through the lens of time by a doctor who conducted the research with his team. It will interest not only health professionals and policy makers but also the elderly, family caregivers and young people - just about everyone!

Ethnicities, Personalities And Politics In The Ethnic Chinese Worlds

Ethnicities, Personalities And Politics In The Ethnic Chinese Worlds

The rise of the economic power of the ethnic Chinese, known also as overseas Chinese, Chinese overseas or Chinese diaspora, was a late 20th century phenomenon. It was partly the result of the rise of the Four Little Asian Dragons in the 1970s, and was speeded up by the tempo of globalization towards the end of that century. This book explores the ethnic identity and boundary of the Chinese as minority groups in foreign lands, and as sub-groups among the Chinese themselves. It examines prominent personalities that had wielded considerable influence in the ethnic Chinese communities in the economic, social and educational arenas. It also discusses the type of politics that had impacted their relationship with their mother country - China. Containing 16 papers presented at various international conferences in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan as keynote speeches and research findings which are predominantly unpublished in English, this book provides fresh perspectives and re-interpretations on the issues of ethnicity, leadership and politics in the ethnic Chinese worlds.

Culture & People

17A Keong Saik Road: A Personal Story

17A Keong Saik Road: A Personal Story

17A Keong Saik Road recounts Charmaine Leung's growing-up years on Keong Saik Road in the 1970s when it was a prominent red-light precinct in Chinatown in Singapore. An interweaving of past and present narratives, 17A Keong Saik Road tells of her mother's journey as a young child put up for sale to becoming the madame of a brothel in Keong Saik. Unfolding her story as the daughter of a brothel operator and witnessing these changes to her family, Charmaine traces the transformation of the Keong Saik area from the 1930s to the present, and through writing, finds reconciliation. A beautiful dedication to the past, to memory, and to the people who have gone before us, 17A Keong Saik Road tells the rich stories of the Ma Je, the Pei Pa Zai, and the Dai Gu Liong-marginalised, forgotten women of the past, who despite their difficulties, persevered in working towards the hope of a better future.

White Crocodile's Tears, The: My Memoirs

White Crocodile's Tears, The: My Memoirs

These are the memoirs of J.M.B. Hughes, a celebrated teacher and headmaster who taught in the schools of Malaya from 1948 to 1963. Hughes (1917-2011) was born in Oxfordshire, the son of a vicar. He studied at Oxford University and served in the British and Indian Armies in South Africa, Pakistan, Kashmir, India and Burma during World War Two. After the war he accepted an overseas teaching post, and it was in Penang that he met his wife Jean Wright. As a teacher at the Penang Free School and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar in Perak, and then as headmaster at Ismail English School (subsequently Sultan Ismail College) in Kelantan and finally the Penang Free School, he educated a generation of young Malaysians destined to play leading roles in post-independence Malaysia.

Singapore: Country Of Many Faces

Singapore: Country Of Many Faces

This book presents a rich, diverse, complex and vibrant portrait of Singapore and its people beyond the tourist sites and provides an intimate look into the various segments in society today. Lam captures the deep cultural roots of the native Malays and the early Chinese and Indian migrants even as the economic, physical and human landscape was transforming rapidly in this small country. Despite its small land area and short history are since independence, the book shows many faces of Singapore that will surprise and fascinate many. It is an important visual record of the country and its accomplishments over the years.

Parsis Of Singapore, The: History, Culture, Cuisine

Parsis Of Singapore, The: History, Culture, Cuisine

When Suna first moved to Singapore, there were barely forty Parsis; today there are well-over 350 Parsis in the country. During her four decade-long stay in Singapore, she was often asked, "Who are the Parsis?" This sparked the idea for a book to highlight the distinctive culture and cuisine of a notable but diminishing Indian community that settled in Singapore in the 1800s. The Parsis of Singapore: Heritage, Culture, Cuisine documents the history and heritage of this unique community.

Shaped For A Purpose: Finding Beauty In Brokenness

Shaped For A Purpose: Finding Beauty In Brokenness

Meet Sherena Loh. Sherena has Muscular Dystrophy, a debilitating disease in which the muscles progressively weaken. Doctors told her that she would only live until 25 years old. But many years later, Sherena is still alive - and living a full life. She rose above her circumstances and did all the things she never imagined she would be able to do - she graduated with a degree and various diplomas, found fulfilling jobs and even got married. She also helped set up the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) (MDAS) and currently serves as its Executive Director, dedicating her life to helping other persons with Muscular Dystrophy find purpose beyond their limits. How did she do it? This book is not meant for people with disabilities and their caregivers alone, but for every one of us who has experienced adversity. Read about hoer Sherena developed a positive mindset that helped her conquer her physical, social and psychological struggles - and be inspired to conquer your own mountains.

Wasting Of Borneo, The: Dispatches From A Vanishing World

Wasting Of Borneo, The: Dispatches From A Vanishing World

In his eleventh book, but his first in almost two decades, seasoned travel writer Alex Shoumatoff takes readers on a journey from the woods of rural New York to the rain forests of the Amazon and Borneo, documenting both the abundance of life and the threats to these vanishing Edens in a wide-ranging narrative. Alex and his best friend, Davie, spent their formative years in the forest of Bedford, New York. As adults they grew apart, but bonded by the "imaginary jungle" of their childhood, Alex and Davie reunited fifty years later for a trip to a real jungle, in the heart of Borneo. Shoumatoff condenses a lifetime of learning about what binds humans to animals, nature, and each other, culminating in a celebration of the Penan and a call for Westerners to address the palm-oil crisis and protect the biodiversity that sustains us all.

Literature

State Of Emergency: A Novel

State Of Emergency: A Novel

Siew Li leaves her husband and children in Tiong Bahru to fight for freedom in the jungles of Malaya. Decades later, a Malaysian journalist returns to her homeland to uncover the truth of a massacre committed during the Emergency. And in Singapore, Siew Li's niece Stella finds herself accused of being a Marxist conspirator. Jeremy Tiang's debut novel dives into the tumultuous days of leftist movements and political detentions in Singapore and Malaysia. It follows an extended family from the 1940s to the present day as they navigate the choppy political currents of the region. What happens when the things that divide us also bind us together?

Portrait Of Singapore Malay Poetry, A

Portrait Of Singapore Malay Poetry, A

In addition to celebrating the intellectual tradition of a past generation of Singaporean Malay thinkers, social and cultural activists, this series provides unique insights and perspectives into the lived-experience and collective memories of the Malay community in Singapore. This is the English translation of Isa Kamari's Potret Puisi Melayu Singapura, which features the works of 44 Singapore Malay poets, from the post-independence era to the present, and shows how the historical context, community and the individuality of the poet have given poetry written by Singaporean Malay writers its own distinctive identity.

Semi-Apes

Semi-Apes

Semi-apes is a story celebrating life and death, homogeneity and diversity, belief and disbelief. It is told from Heera's perspective as she comments on the pursuits of people who surround her, and how they struggle with that against their own psychological make-up. Heera takes us to the darkest corners of Alif's life, the oppression and injustice that she endures; Khosrow uncle's experiences, and his struggle in finding meaning to life; and Layla aunty who is juggled between her psychiatrists and a disloyal husband. But Heera is not only an observer. Like others, she displays her own inconsistencies, her prejudices, and her misgivings. In the end, Semi-apes is about everybody's attempt to be unique and different, to strive to lead better lives, and in the process, by the working of an arbitrary law, succeed and lose at times, and lose and succeed at others.

Law

Access To Justice: Women's Experiences In Penang Syariah Courts

Access To Justice: Women's Experiences In Penang Syariah Courts

In Access to Justice Shariza Kamarudin offers a rare insight into the lives and experiences of women as they navigate their way through the Penang Syariah court system. Grounded in theories of justice, Islamic jurisprudence and feminist legal theory, Access to Justice collects valuable first-hand accounts of the female litigants as they face an overwhelmingly patriarchal system. Touching on issues of polygamy, talaq divorce, domestic violence, domestic abuse and child custody, Shariza Kamarudin studies the responses of women, highlighting the ways in which issues of gender, class, and race play an important role in the administration of Syariah law. Finally, making use of the United Nations Development Programme Access to Justice Framework, Access to Justice calls for a reform in the administration of Syariah law in Malaysia which puts at its heart access to legal knowledge, legal representation and gender awareness.

Religion & Philosophy

Routledgecurzon Encyclopedia Of Confucianism Volume 1 A-N - Volume 2 O-Z

Routledgecurzon Encyclopedia Of Confucianism Volume 1 A-N - Volume 2 O-Z

The Encyclopedia, the first of its kind, introduces Confucianism as a whole, with 1,235 entries giving full information on its history, doctrines, schools, rituals, sacred places and terminology, and on the adaptation, transformation and new thinking taking place in China and other Eastern Asian countries. An indispensable source for further study and research for students and scholars.

Leisure

Wedding Prelude -Your Definitive Guide To Wedding Planning

Wedding Prelude -Your Definitive Guide To Wedding Planning

Not sure where to start planning your wedding, but know you want to avoid ending utterly stressed out? Want a wedding that looks like a million dollars without bursting your budget? If you need a friendly expert to guide you through your wedding planning, Wedding Prelude: Your Definitive Guide To Wedding Planning is the book to choose. This book will help you to ask the questions that matter, and avoid the devastating mistakes that most first time married couples to be tend to make. Expect insider scoops, behind-the-scenes stories, practical solutions, step by step checklists and comprehensive coverage of everything wedding related from setting a budget to gown selection to honeymoon planning.

Tropical Colors: The Art Of Living With Tropical Flowers

Tropical Colors: The Art Of Living With Tropical Flowers

In this stunning book, renowned Thai floral artist Sakul Intakul combines colorful tropical flowers, exotic foliage and other unusual design materials in refreshingly original floral displays suitable for any occasion and any setting. Photographed in the spectacular, contemporary homes of Thailand's leading artists, designers and professionals, the simple but imaginative floral displays evoke the essence of a modern Asian style.

Periscope Magazine: The Hand-Made Issue

Periscope Magazine: The Hand-Made Issue

Periscope is a lifestyle publication that explores the stories of people and their passions. This issue features people and organisations who work with their hands.

Science & Technology

Mammals Of South-East Asia

Mammals Of South-East Asia

This compact, easy-to-use identification guide describes 192 species of mammals found in South-east Asia, covering each major genus. The book features thumbnail silhouettes, a regional distribution map, and up-to-date tips on the best wildlife localities. Illustrated with clear color photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of animals from each region that the traveler is most likely to see, as well as those that are truly endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow the books to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal backpack and suitcase space.

Children

Artsy: Fun With Southeast Asian Art

Artsy: Fun With Southeast Asian Art

Inspired by artworks from Singapore's National Collection, this fun activity book encourages young curious minds to observe and explore the world around them. Artsy: Fun with Southeast Asian Art introduces children to simple visual elements like line, shape and colour while stimulating creative expression. Recommended for children aged 4 to 7.

Awesome Art: The Next 20 Works From Southeast Asia Everyone Should Know

Awesome Art: The Next 20 Works From Southeast Asia Everyone Should Know

Explore the awesome world of art through 20 awesome works from Southeast Asia! Perfect for the young and young at heart, Awesome Art dispels the notion that art is a difficult domain, introducing instead its colourful stories and personalities, as well as the diverse styles and forms artworks can take. Besides learning to understand and look at art, readers will also be able to see how art is inextricably connected to the world around us. Beautifully reproduced in full colour, the 20 artworks featured in Awesome Art are also accompanied by original illustrations, and fun facts and questions. Recommended for children aged 9 to 12.

Dreaming Giant, The: A Children's Book Inspired By Wassily Kandinsky

Dreaming Giant, The: A Children's Book Inspired By Wassily Kandinsky

Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky's 1940 painting, Sky Blue, this delightful children's book delves into the kaleidoscopic mind of a sleeping giant. With its brightly colored palette and playful drawings, this wonderfully imaginative book echoes Kandinsky's lively style. As young readers explore the wonders of the miniature villagers' world and the colossal giant's imagination, they will be inspired to find their own way around Kandinsky's enigmatic masterpiece.

Great Big Art History Colouring Book, The

Great Big Art History Colouring Book, The

Filled with imaginative drawings and sketches to color in and paint, this book features all twelve large plates and many more individual scenes from Annabelle von Sperber's Where's the Artist? book. Arranged chronologically, each scene depicts a critical juncture in the history of art: from the temples of ancient Egypt to Leonardo da Vinci's studio. The drawings encourage coloring and learning about artistic movements and personalities, making this a source of information as well as a welcome outlet for the artist in all of us.

13 Art Materials Children Should Know

13 Art Materials Children Should Know

The earliest artists wielded bones, pieces of ivory, and wooden sticks to create works that tell us much about how ancient civilizations lived and thought. Today artists are using found objects to make elaborate pieces that are equally revealing. Aimed at young readers, this fascinating book focuses on 13 kinds of artistic materials to trace the development of artistic expression throughout history. Along the way readers will become familiar with celebrated and lesser-known works of art and the people who created them.


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