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Umbrellas In Bloom: Hong Kong's Occupy Movement Uncovered

Umbrellas In Bloom: Hong Kong's Occupy Movement Uncovered

The Umbrella Movement put Hong Kong on the world map and elevated this docile, money-minded Asian island to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book available in English to chronicle this history-making event, based on Jason Ng's firsthand account at the main protest sites. He steps through the 79-day struggle, from the firing of the first shot of tear gas by riot police to the evacuation of the last protester from the downtown encampments. It is all you need to know about the occupy movement: who took part in it, why it happened, how it transpired, and what it did and did not achieve. Together with Hong Kong State of Mind (2010) and No City for Slow Men (2013), Umbrellas in Bloom forms a Hong Kong trilogy that traces the city's sociopolitical development since its return to Chinese rule.

Kerajaan: Malay Political Culture On The Eve Of Colonial Rule

Kerajaan: Malay Political Culture On The Eve Of Colonial Rule

First published in 1982, this is a pioneering, provocative study of Malay political thought on the eve of colonial rule - based on both Malay and European source materials, and addressing issues that continue to be critical in Malaysia today. Focusing on both the Malay peninsula and North Sumatra, Kerajaan is innovative in approach - an historical investigation informed by methodologies developed in anthropology and literary criticism. The book argues that such close analyses of non-Western social thought are essential to achieve a genuinely global history, addressing the full variety of human perspectives and experience. In 2003 the US Association for Asian Studies selected Kerajaan as one of the 25 'works of major importance to historical studies' and 'most frequently cited in the literature' in the field of Southeast Asian history.

Culture & People

Hand To Heart: The Collective Spirit Of Malay/Muslim Organisations In Singapore

Hand To Heart: The Collective Spirit Of Malay/Muslim Organisations In Singapore

This book shows the endeavours of Malay/Muslim organisations, led by individuals with vision and buoyed by the community's collective spirit of commitment, selflessness and determination. Recorded in this book are stories that speak of personal sacrifice and public spiritedness that saw benefit delivered not only to their immediate communities but beyond to the wider society - Mercy Relief, a humanitarian organisation initiated by Perdaus, is one example. This book is written for those with an interest in the Malay/Muslim pioneers and organisations that have helped to make Singapore a nation of opportunity for all and which have contributed to the nation's success story.

Our City, Our Home: Singapore Eurasians 1965-2015

Our City, Our Home: Singapore Eurasians 1965-2015

In celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday, the Eurasian Association published this SG50 book which features 50 Eurasians from diverse fields of expertise who have contributed in one way or another to Singapore's nation-building over the last fifty years.

Recollections Of Life In An Accidental Nation

Recollections Of Life In An Accidental Nation

Alfred Wong Hong Kwok is an architect whose working career spanned more than half a century. He was deeply involved in the birth of our local architectural institutions, and was the President of the Singapore Institute of Architects for four years. He has designed many significant buildings that paralleled the physical and social developments of modern Singapore. From the SATA clinic in Changi and several parish churches, he subsequently designed the National Theatre, the Marco Polo Hotel, the Singapore Polytechnic campus, Saint Joseph's Institution, the PSA Keppel Distripark, and many other important buildings and building complexes. This book chronicles a lifelong passion for architecture and music, two themes that recur in the book chapters. It also details a life that has been interwoven into significant eras of Singapore's development beyond its status as an accidental nation.

Death Of The Dragon God Lake: Voices From Tasik Chini, Malaysia

Death Of The Dragon God Lake: Voices From Tasik Chini, Malaysia

Death of the Dragon God Lake is a family ethnography focusing on the Jakun of Tasik Chini, Malaysia, and their contemporary struggles. The Orang Asli West Malaysia's indigenous people - comprise only 0.6 percent of the country's total population, and within this group, the Jakun of Tasik Chini number around 500. While recent decades have seen efforts to 'modernise' them, this official spin cloaks the denial of Orang Asli self-determination and the concurrent damage being done to their traditional land. As part of their condensed ethnography, the authors conducted interviews and field discussion groups, observed the adults and children living around Tasik Chini, and gathered information about their lives today and how they compare with the recent past. The lake is polluted, the children unable to swim in it as their parents did, and the natural beauty of the surroundings has been eroded, having an impact on tourism as well. With awareness of their positionality as foreign anthropologists, the authors examine the contradiction between the authorities' and indigenous narratives, and reveal the efforts made by Tasik Chini community members to improve their situation on their own terms.

Simple Beginnings: Building A Life Of Integrity, Resilience And Service

Simple Beginnings: Building A Life Of Integrity, Resilience And Service

This is the autobiography of Dr Tan Eng Liang, who was Singapore's first Rhodes Scholar, a former Senior Minister of State, an Olympian, and is the current Vice-President of the Singapore National Olympic Council.

Getting Along With The Chinese: For Fun And Profit

Getting Along With The Chinese: For Fun And Profit

China Hand Fred Schneiter delves into the lighter side of Chinese psychology, and in doing so demystifies one of the toughest markets in the world. With an unfailing sense of humour, he offers insights for Sinophiles, Sinophobes and everyone in between. On the Hong Kong bestsellers list for twelve months, this book is now back in a new edition - the essential item to pack in your China survival kit.

Social Issues

Mata Hati Kita: The Eyes Of Our Hearts

Mata Hati Kita: The Eyes Of Our Hearts

Here are 24 stories that invite readers to witness the lives of lesbians, bisexual women and transexual people. These true stories speak of our shared struggles of being human, of loving, of living for oneself and of living for others. The realities of people who are non-conforming in their sexuality and gender identity are too often rendered invisible, and their voices silenced. This book attempts to change this, to help readers bear witness to 'the heart truth' of Malaysians.

Singapore Dreaming: Managing Utopia

Singapore Dreaming: Managing Utopia

Singapore can be described as exceptional: in glowing terms of being exemplary and beautifully modern. Singapore can also be presented in a critical light: as being in a state of exception, justifying extreme socioeconomic, political and military measures derived from a constructed state of crisis. This is a book of well-rounded commentaries and observations from a broad range of disciplines. Many commentators share the impulse to propel Singapore into the global arena, and just as many would carefully analyse the hairline fissures. As an advanced post-industrialised Asian society, Singapore has to constantly upkeep itself as a utopian reference and inspiration. Contributors in this publication have shown courage and dexterity in raising constructive questions and dreaming the unimaginable.

Business

Wai Hui Gong Lue Zhi Du Hu Jiu Jian (Forex Strategies Beyond The Swords)

Wai Hui Gong Lue Zhi Du Hu Jiu Jian (Forex Strategies Beyond The Swords)

This book, in Chinese, addresses two aspecsts of Forex trading: trading strategies and psychological investment bias. It aims to provide a comprehensive overview of offensive and defensive trading concepts, and to allow the reader to understand the nature of mental errors, and how emotions, fear and greed can twist the original judgment and decision making. This book also introduces price action trading tools that are suitable for beginners.

Education

Malaysian Chinese Primary School, The A Century Of Toil And Dedication

Malaysian Chinese Primary School, The A Century Of Toil And Dedication

Throughout human history, whenever people moved to a new land they sought to preserve practices from their place of origin, whether that was in the form of their language, religion, culture or cuisine. Wherever Chinese have settled in significant numbers outside of China, they established schools in a bid to retain their mother tongue. Within the reality of Malaysia's multi-ethnic fabric, the Chinese community has also sought to preserve its cultural roots through vernacular education. This photo-journal attempts to describe the Malaysian Chinese primary school system's challenging journey over the last century. Legally defined as "National-Type" Chinese Primary Schools, SJKCs have become a social institution with a significant role in nation building in a multi-ethnic setting.

Adult Learning Architecture: How A Technology Consultant Trained To Be An Artist

Adult Learning Architecture: How A Technology Consultant Trained To Be An Artist

It's never too late to start learning. It is often felt that learning ends the moment we graduate from the formal education system. This book challenges this notion by presenting techniques that anyone can use to learn any skill that intrigues them. It presents a model of adult learning based on the author's learning journey. By the end of the book, you will truly feel empowered to tap into your ability to learn the skills you need to pursue your passion. It will also present you with strategies to develop the motivation you need to learn even the most difficult of tasks.

Literature

Say It With Poems: Remembering Milo

Say It With Poems: Remembering Milo

Say It with Poems is a light-hearted way of using poetry to perceive and feel what's happening around us. The first section - "All about Life" - has 26 poems that take you on a journey where you can identify with feelings of love, frustration, joy, and patriotism in uniquely Singaporean-style. The second section - "All about cats" - has 17 poems depicting the struggle of cats around Singapore. This is told through the rescuers' and fosterers' relationship with them and their aspirations for them. The third section - "Remembering Milo" - includes 7 poems dedicated to the author's beloved cat, Milo, who passed unexpectedly at the age of twelve.

Young China Hand

Young China Hand

A thriller about a crisis-era clash between Western wits, Chinese princeling-linked financiers and Peking duck farmers. Inspired by true events and experiences between 2008 and 2013, Young China Hand combines an insider's look into China's secretive world of high finance, with a journey of self-discovery through unlikely friendships and outrageous betrayals.

Religion & Philosophy

Chronicler, The: One Man's Diary On Life

Chronicler, The: One Man's Diary On Life

The unexamined life is not worth living," declared Socrates. In this collective journal, Koh Chye Hock opens the window of his mind as he distils for readers what he believes constitutes a purposeful, meaningful life, based on his 35 years of observing his own life, and others'. Succinct, perspicuous and provocative, the rich array of 225 aphorisms - on life valleys, plains and highlands - will set you thinking, contemplating and envisioning about your own life, and what it could potentially be. Readers will also be captivated by the life of Chye, who grew up as an orphan in the quiet town of Ipoh, Malaysia, to become a successful corporate lawyer in a multinational firm. Live an examined life. The Chronicler will unquestionably evoke your innermost voice, yearning for the profoundest human essence.

Art

Iskandar Jalil: Kembara Tanah Liat (Clay Travels) (Collector's Edition)

Iskandar Jalil is celebrated as one of Southeast Asia's most prominent ceramicists. Published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, this catalogue illuminates Iskandar Jalil's enduring relationship with clay, his journey to become a master in his craft and the pivotal role he plays in expanding the practice of ceramics. This slipcased collector's edition of the catalogue, bearing the artist's signature, has been produced to commemorate this landmark exhibition. Featuring exquisite hand-finished production techniques, no two covers in this numbered edition of 300 are alike.

Iskandar Jalil: Kembara Tanah Liat (Clay Travels)

Iskandar Jalil: Kembara Tanah Liat (Clay Travels)

Iskandar Jalil is celebrated as one of Southeast Asia's most prominent ceramicists. Known for his high level of discipline, tenacity and dedication, this Colombo Plan scholar is a recipient of multiple accolades including the Cultural Medallion and the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his outstanding achievement in visual arts. Published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, this catalogue illuminates Iskandar Jalil's enduring relationship with clay, his journey to become a master in his craft and the pivotal role he plays in expanding the practice of ceramics.

National Gallery Singapore: Art Spaces

National Gallery Singapore: Art Spaces

Situated in Singapore's two national monuments, the building of National Gallery Singapore balances the need to create a distinct identity for the art spaces with a simultaneous celebration of architectural, cultural and historical significance, telling a story of competition, challenges, preservation and innovation.

Fact Has No Appearance, A: Art Beyond The Object

Fact Has No Appearance, A: Art Beyond The Object

This publication is the catalogue for A Fact Has No Appearance: Art Beyond the Object, an exhibition curated by Clarissa Chikiamco, Russell Storer and Adele Tan at National Gallery Singapore from 22 January to 19 June 2016. The exhibition looks at the impact of new ideas on art in Southeast Asia during the 1970s through case studies on three artists: Johnny Manahan (Philippines), Redza Piyadasa (Malaysia), and Tan Teng-Kee (Malaysia/Singapore). It will feature essays by the curators on each artist, as well as rich images of the artists' work, installation views and biographical information.

Christianity In Asia: Sacred Art And Visual Splendour

Christianity In Asia: Sacred Art And Visual Splendour

Christianity in Asia explores the spread of the religion across Asia, and the art it inspired. This fully illustrated catalogue is aimed at a general audience, and accompanies the first exhibition exclusively dedicated to this topic. The book shows how local artists interpreted well-established Christian iconography, with new materials, and in often surprising ways. Essays explore earliest Christian art in Central Asia, India, and China; interest in Christian art at the Islamic courts; and works associated with missionary activities in China, South and Southeast Asia, and Japan.

Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader In Singapore Contemporary Art

Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader In Singapore Contemporary Art

What are the ideas, practices, issues and institutions that have shaped contemporary art in Singapore? Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art presents an anthology of writings on Singapore contemporary art since the 1970s. Editors Jeffrey Say and Seng Yu Jin have selected 33 wide-ranging essays by leading art historians, art critics, curators, artists, playwrights and academics. Comprising texts that reflect diverse writing styles and modes of expression-from personal narrative to theoretical texts to manifestos-this book is an essential resource for students, researchers and art lovers alike.

Art In Transit: Circle Line Mrt - Singapore

Art In Transit: Circle Line Mrt - Singapore

The Land Transport Authority's Art in Transit programme is Singapore's largest public art programme, integrating artworks by the country's leading artists with the stations of its Mass Rapid Transit system. The Circle Line MRT features 32 artworks commissioned by the Land Transport Authority that are integrated into the fabric of the stations. Conceived and created by artists practicing across a variety of disciplines, the artworks connect people to local histories, geographies and communities. This book describes how each of the artworks on the Circle was conceived and produced, with insights and comments from the people who made it possible.

Schon! At The Forefront Of Fashion

Schon! At The Forefront Of Fashion

Sch?n! Magazine has been at the forefront of contemporary fashion, beauty and still life photography since its launch in 2009. Its team crosses boundaries to present outstanding talent, from iconic photographers to the newest and most exciting young creatives, and prides itself in the originality of its content. This is the first curated anthology featuring the best from its pages from over seven years.

Chinese Whispers: Recent Art Of The Sigg And M+ Sigg Collections

Chinese Whispers: Recent Art Of The Sigg And M+ Sigg Collections

This fascinating look at the Sigg and M+ Sigg Collections, one of the largest, most comprehensive and important collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world, provides the perfect springboard to explore the role of cultural identity in today's global art world. Spanning forty years and bringing together works by artists such as Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Fang Lijun, this volume follows the development of contemporary art in China in the new millennium. This groundbreaking volume unfolds a new panorama of Chinese art and assesses how attitudes toward Chinese contemporary art have evolved.

17Th-Century Chinese Paintings From The Tsao Family Collection

17Th-Century Chinese Paintings From The Tsao Family Collection

A rare collection of Chinese paintings is magnificently presented in this book, which explores a politically turbulent yet creatively dynamic period in China's history. Comprising 130 paintings from the 17th century, the Tsao Family Collection is singularly comprehensive, including works by nearly all of the most important Chinese painters of the period. This book features 16 works by Dong Qichang, the most protean Chinese painter of the last 500 years; paintings by masters such as Gong Xian, Hongren, Zhu Da, Daoji, Wang Hui, and Wang Yuanqi; and extremely rare works by lesser-known artists, scholars, officials, and Buddhist monks.

Cubism - Constructivism - Form Art

Cubism - Constructivism - Form Art

This volume presents for the first time the fundamental artistic circumstances from 1900 onward that led to the emergence of nonobjective art. The individual artists, such as Franti?ek Kupka, and particular movements, such as the Viennese Secession, Prague Cubism, and Viennese Kineticism, can be reinterpreted based on observations that reveal the connections between the art and artists of the monarchy on the Danube.

Rouge

Rouge

One of the world's most acclaimed photographers working exclusively in black-and-white, Michael Kenna has traveled the world to create stunning, magical images of nature and manmade objects. Long out of print, Rouge has been brought back to life with a spectacular new design, an authoritative essay by art historian James Steward, and many previously unpublished images that were part of the original series. As the city of Detroit struggles to reclaim its heritage as an American commercial and artistic hub, these photographs resonate more than ever with the stark realities and hidden beauty of the industrial landscape.

Loka Made :Artbook #01

Loka Made :Artbook #01

Loka made :artbook is a series of illustrations that started in 2011. Its inception came when FeiGiap had a chance to visit Kuala Pilah. The rustic landscape and architecture inspired him to produce artworks with local influences. Also included in the book are the different stages of his artworks upon the completion of his illustrations.

Eurasian Collection, The

Eurasian Collection, The

In celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday, the Eurasian Association published "The Eurasian Collection", a compilation of artefacts and family heirlooms, some more than 100 years old, displayed at the Eurasian Heritage Centre. Each item has its own symbolism, sharing Eurasian history, traditions and culture. Under the categories of family & home, jewellery & apparel, sports & music, religion, wedding and World War Two, this book features items such as household ornaments, kitchenware, pottery, old photos, books, traditional clothes, toys, jewellery and accessories, sports equipment, musical instruments, religious and wedding items, as well as documents, medals and swords from WWII.

Science & Technology

Magical Mahogany: A Personal Encounter With One Of Singapore's Most Commonly Seen Trees

Magical Mahogany: A Personal Encounter With One Of Singapore's Most Commonly Seen Trees

Francis Lim weaves a fascinating story of the mahogany tree by blending together selected scientific facts with a rich concoction of medicinal folklore as well as elements like personal encounters, field studies and observations, experiments, and discoveries about the life and times of one of the world's best known tropical hardwood tree, the mahogany. The result is an endearing and engaging account of many aspects of this incredibly resilient and useful tree.

Sketchbook Of Philippine Garden Orchids

Sketchbook Of Philippine Garden Orchids

This book highlights commonly cultivated species and other resilient Philippine ornamental orchids as a visual reference. The description of these specimens were written by artist, architect and devoted gardener Patrick Gozon. The book showcases 50 colourful illustrations of popular and notable orchid varieties recommended for use in tropical gardens and Philippine-inspired landscapes. The accompanying drawings attempt to capture these orchids' beauty as subjects in art.

Children

Dillon Zooms To Singapore

Dillon Zooms To Singapore

Splashing in the monsoon rains, chowing down in Chinatown, May takes Dillon on a whirlwind tour of Singapore.

Dillon Zooms To Hong Kong

Dillon Zooms To Hong Kong

In Hong Kong Dillon meets his friendly guide, Ken. Together they explore the little streets, shops, temples, restaurants and much more.

Dragon's Back, The: A Story From Hong Kong

Dragon's Back, The: A Story From Hong Kong

Chinese fung shui tells us there is a dragon inhabiting every green valley, protective of the mountains and its route to the sea. Hiking into the hills of Hong Kong for a weekend picnic, Luke and his parents suddenly find their path blocked by a forest fire. Can the friendly mountain dragon help? Or is the mythical creature equally at risk from the actions of careless human beings? With original painted art, and a cut-out dragon for children to make themselves, The Dragon's Back sends a gentle message of caring for the environment.

Leap & Hop: Singapore - Travel Book For Kids

Leap & Hop: Singapore - Travel Book For Kids

Leap & Hop: Singapore presents young readers with major tourist sites such as Orchard Road, the Botanic Gardens, the Civic District, Little India, Arab Street as well as Chinatown, among others. Children will be engaged as they explore Singapore with fun and educational challenges that vary from place to place, such as an "I-Spy game" in the Botanic Gardens, a quiz along the Jubilee Walk, a scavenger hunt in the malls of Orchard Street, or a colour hunt in Little India.

My Monet (With Colouring Book

My Monet (With Colouring Book "Colour Me, Monet")

My Monet and the colouring book "Colour Me Monet" comprise a wonderful two-volume, bilingual (Chinese & English) set for children. My Monet includes 20 images of Monet paintings accompanied by an entertaining commentary on his life and art. Readers are accompanied down their path of learning by Oowa, one of Hong Kong most beloved modern characters. The accompanying colouring book, meanwhile lets you try your own hand at artistic expression in classic Monet style.

B For Bear: A Change In Perspective Involves Our Choices

B For Bear: A Change In Perspective Involves Our Choices

Will we let our fears define the way we thing? Follow this bear on an adventure as he learns how to see things in a new perspective, with the help of a mythical friend. This charming story is accompanied by dazzling, hand-painted illustrations for all to enjoy!

Egrets' Estimated Time Of Arrival

Egrets' Estimated Time Of Arrival

Hello! We're Ellie, Timmy and Alex but you can call us ETA! We are cattle egrets and right now, we're getting ready to leave! Where are we going? We are heading south the for winter. Come join us as we take in the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia on our first-ever migration! This book is part of a series of children's books based on Singapore's local wildlife and nature published by Raffles' Institution's Ecological Literacy Programme, and beautifully illustrated by their fellow schoolmates from the Raffles Art Institute.

Tale Of Two Cats, A

Tale Of Two Cats, A

It is the middle of the night, and Gus is fast asleep. Thump! Thump! Who could it be? Join in the adventure as two strangers meet, and learn more about each other and their homes. This book is part of a series of children's books based on Singapore's local wildlife and nature published by Raffles' Institution's Ecological Literacy Programme, and beautifully illustrated by their fellow schoolmates from the Raffles Art Institute.


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