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Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics And Institutions

Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics And Institutions

This book explores the interconnection between geopolitical context and the ways this context frames our knowledge about Asia, highlighting previously neglected cause-effect relations. It also examines how various knowledge institutions promote and shape Asian Studies. The authors seek to explain why Asian Studies and its subfields developed in the way they did, and what the implications of these transformations might be on intellectual and political understandings of Asia. The book not only builds on the current debates on the decolonization and de-imperialization of knowledge about Asia; it also proposes a more multifaceted view rather than just examining the impact of the West on the framing of Asian Studies.

Politics Of (No) Elections In Thailand, The: Lessons From The 2011 General Election

Politics Of (No) Elections In Thailand, The: Lessons From The 2011 General Election

The book was borne out of the idea that the 2011 election represents a paradigm shift in the history of Thai electoral politics. Data collected by King Prajadhipok's Institute before and after the 2011 election, mostly through face-to-face interviews, came to substantiate this claim. The data paints a picture of a well-informed and mature Thai electorate in all parts of the kingdom. Contrary to the conclusions drawn by some earlier research, the data here shows that the most knowledgeable and most informed of all voters in Thailand are northeastern people, outperforming voters in Bangkok in their knowledge of the candidates and the issues by a significant margin. In other words, the scholars in this book argue against the traditional anti-election discourse, which assumes alleged ignorance on the part of Thai voters (especially in the Northeast) and compares provincial members of Parliament to wild animals.

Media And Elections: Democratic Transition In Malaysia

Media And Elections: Democratic Transition In Malaysia

This book examines the central role of the media in Malaysian electoral contests. The book unpacks how a potent mix of regulation and crony media ownership in Malaysia has created a mainstream media that is biased towards the ruling regime, especially during elections. Drawing from research into how the different media tried to impact voter behaviour during the 13th General Election, the authors in this volume forecast that the online landscape is where the communications contest will play out in the 14th General Election. In the run up to the next general election, political opinion continues to be polarised over social media in Malaysia. This has prompted the government to legislate the online space which has in turn implications for freedom of expression. This book is highly recommended to academics, analysts, civil society activists, commentators, election candidates, journalists, media owners, voters and all others interested in freedom of expression and online electoral communications is Malaysia.

Challenging Malaysia's Status Quo

Challenging Malaysia's Status Quo

History professor, consumer advocate, policy analyst and public intellectual par excellence Dr Lim Teck Ghee has put together this important collection of critical essays on the existential crisis of the Malaysian nation today. Through these essays, Dr Lim systematically exposes the poor state of governance in the Malaysian state and the flaws of its past and current policies. His pointed analyses of how and why we must change ineffectual and moribund policies is essential reading for academicians, politicians and activists. - Johan Saravanamuttu, Adjunct Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore.

In China's Backyard: Policies And Politics Of Chinese Resource Investments In Southeast Asia

In China's Backyard: Policies And Politics Of Chinese Resource Investments In Southeast Asia

"In this fascinating multi-disciplinary and multi-sited volume, the authors challenge reductionist and oversimplifying approaches to understanding China's engagement with Southeast Asia. Productively viewing these interactions through a 'resource lens', the editor has transcended disciplinary and area studies divides in order to assemble a dynamic and diverse group of scholars with extensive experience across Southeast Asia and in China, all while bringing together perspectives from resource economics, policy analysis, international relations, human geography, political ecology, history, sociology and anthropology." - Erik Harms, Department of Anthropology, Yale University

Scourge Of Poverty And Proselytism, The

Scourge Of Poverty And Proselytism, The

This book is based on a report commissioned by the Bangkok-based World Buddhist University that focused on the socio-economic and cultural challenges facing Buddhist communities in Asia with a case study of Sri Lanka. The research also looked at Buddhist social services that function with very little assistance from abroad, and why they are unable to counter the activities of Christian and Islamic evangelical groups who have huge financial resources from overseas to target Buddhists for conversions exploiting their poverty. The report's conclusions and recommendation includes an urgent need for a well coordinated international Buddhist charity - similar to the Catholic World Vision - to help empower these grassroots Buddhist communities; strict monitoring of NGO funding from overseas; need for a Community Harmony Bill (not an Anti-Conversion Bill); strict zoning laws to control 'illegal' construction of churches, mosques and temples; and concerted efforts by the Buddhists to convince other religious minorities that Sri Lanka's unique and rich Buddhist heritage belongs to all Sri Lankans.

China's One Belt One Road Initiative

China's One Belt One Road Initiative

This book studies the equilibrium or balance between the overland and maritime trade routes of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. The interpretive section examines contemporary media narratives related to the OBOR initiative and how contemporary commentators appropriate narratives about historical events related to the maritime Silk Road to interpret current policy agendas and legitimize diplomatic or economic exchanges. The empirical case study highlights the fact that Euro-China High Speed Rail (HSR) and Central Asia-China HSR are not viable at the moment as passenger volume is not sufficient to justify the HSR line. This section examines the overland route of the OBOR and looks at recent Chinese HSR history and conventional sub-high speed rail technology development, and identifies technical & economic criteria determining the appropriate technology for a certain line. It analyzes the various rail linkage projects currently under study in the OBOR framework, highlight the economic, bureaucratic and geo-political challenges that these projects likely face and lay down conditions that will determine the outcome of these projects.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #20: The 2017 Johor Survey: Selected Findings

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #20: The 2017 Johor Survey: Selected Findings

ISEAS commissioned the 2017 Johor Survey to understand Johor residents' attitudes towards state and federal government, the economy, Islamic identity, the Johor royal family, as well as development projects like Iskandar Malaysia. This is a presentation of selected findings from the survey. The Johor royal family is viewed as a good steward of Johor's resources and is believed to look after the personal interests of citizens. Many also believe that the Johor Sultan should intervene in politics when necessary. However, a slight majority agree that the Johor royalty should refrain from business ventures. With regard to Islam, the vast majority of Malay respondents see Malaysia as an "Islamic state". This majority also believe that increased Islamic religiosity is a positive development for society. More than half of the Malay respondents would like hudud laws to be applied to non-Muslims as well. The majority of Malay respondents also believe that JAKIM should regulate Muslim behaviour and that Malay culture is not becoming more Arabized.

Islamism: A History Of Political Islam From The Fall Of The Ottoman Empire To The Rise Of Isis

Islamism: A History Of Political Islam From The Fall Of The Ottoman Empire To The Rise Of Isis

A political, social, and cultural battle is currently raging in the Middle East. On one side are the Islamists, those who believe Islam should be the region's primary identity. In opposition are nationalists, secularists, royal families, military establishments, and others who view Islamism as a serious threat to national security, historical identity, and a cohesive society. This provocative, vitally important work explores the development of the largest, most influential Islamic groups in the Middle East over the past century. Tarek Osman examines why political Islam managed to win successive elections and how Islamist groups in various nations have responded after ascending to power. He dissects the alliances that have formed among Islamist factions and against them, addressing the important issues of Islamism's compatibility with modernity, with the region's experiences in the twentieth century, and its impact on social contracts and minorities. He explains what Salafism means, its evolution, and connections to jihadist groups in the Middle East. Osman speculates on what the Islamists' prospects for the future will mean for the region and the rest of the world.

1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On (Second Edition)

1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On (Second Edition)

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. It is hoped that with this publication, Singaporeans will know what actually happened and decide for themselves if there was a national security threat that necessitated the mounting of Operation Spectrum.

Chinese Ways Of Being Muslim: Negotiating Ethnicity And Religiosity In Indonesia

Chinese Ways Of Being Muslim: Negotiating Ethnicity And Religiosity In Indonesia

Many recent works on Muslim societies have pointed to the development of 'de-culturalization' and 'purification' of Islamic practices. Instead, by exploring architectural designs, preaching activities, cultural celebrations, social participations and everyday practices, this book describes and analyses the formation and contestation of Chinese Muslim cultural identities in today's Indonesia. Chinese Muslim leaders strategically promote their unique identities by rearticulating their histories and cultivating ties with Muslims in China. Yet, their intentional mixing of Chineseness and Islam does not reflect all aspects of the multilayered and multifaceted identities of ordinary Chinese Muslims - there is not a single 'Chinese way of being Muslim' in Indonesia. Moreover, the assertion of Chinese identity and Islamic religiosity does not necessarily imply racial segregation and religious exclusion, but can act against them.

Rise Of The Octobrists In Contemporary Thailand, The: Power And Conflict Among Former Left Wing Student Activists In Thai Politics

Rise Of The Octobrists In Contemporary Thailand, The: Power And Conflict Among Former Left Wing Student Activists In Thai Politics

This book chronicles the history of the "Octobrist" students in Thai politics from the 1970s to the present. It examines the reasons why these former leftist student activists have managed to remain a significant force over the past three decades despite the collapse of left-wing politics in Thailand at both the national and international levels. At the same time, it asks why the Octobrists have become increasingly divided, particularly during the last decade's protracted conflict in Thai politics. In addition, it fills in gaps in studies of leftists in transition at the global level on the question of the historical development of leftist and progressive forces in the post-Cold War era. The book is also important for readers interested in social movement theory, demonstrating how it has influenced political actors outside the boundaries of typical social movements. Finally, political opportunity structure, resource mobilization theory, and the framing process are used to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the origins, emergence, and transformation of the Octobrists in contemporary Thai politics.

Art

Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960-1969)

Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960-1969)

Latiff Mohidin’s life work has been discussed extensively within national and, to some extent, regional frameworks, yet his contribution to global modernism remains understudied. Seen as a step toward addressing this gap, this catalogue seeks to position the artist within Berlin art circles of the 1960s, and unravel what could be contingently described as painting from within the tradition. The catalogue also explores the formative role of Latiff Mohidin’s Pago Pago series not only in his oeuvre, but also in our very ability to write about Southeast Asian history.

Buddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, And Narrative In Late Burmese Wall Paintings

Buddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, And Narrative In Late Burmese Wall Paintings

Step into a Burmese temple built between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries and you are surrounded by a riot of color and imagery. The majority of the highly detailed wall paintings display Buddhist biographical narratives, inspiring the devotees to follow the Buddha's teachings. Alexandra Green goes one step further to consider the temples and their contents as a whole, arguing that the wall paintings mediate the relationship between the architecture and the main Buddha statues in the temples. This forges a unified space for the devotees to interact with the Buddha and his community, with the aim of transforming the devotees' current and future lives. These temples were a cohesively articulated and represented Burmese Buddhist world to which the devotees belonged. Green's visits to more than 160 sites with identifiable subject matter form the basis of this richly illustrated volume, which draws upon art historical, anthropological, and religious studies methodologies to analyze the wall paintings and elucidate the contemporary religious, political, and social concepts that drove the creation of this lively art form.

Colours Of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musée D’Orsay

Colours Of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musée D’Orsay

One of the great innovations of the Impressionists was their radical use of colour: their application of strokes of complementary or contrasting hues captured the shifting effects of light and foregrounded the nature of vision. Using colour as the lens through which to magnify the movement's intricacies, this catalogue sweeps us from Manet's rich blacks, through green and blue landscapes of Monet and Cézanne, to the sensuous pinks of Renoir. Along this journey, scientific discoveries and emerging definitions of modernity are explored, illuminating the profound innovations of the Impressionists and the shifting preconceptions of their art.

Writing The Modern: Selected Texts On Art & Art History In Singapore, Malaysia & Southeast Asia, 1973-2015

Writing The Modern: Selected Texts On Art & Art History In Singapore, Malaysia & Southeast Asia, 1973-2015

T.K. Sabapathy has been writing on the art of Southeast Asia for over four decades (1973-2015), as a critic, curator and art historian. This collection of his work, representing the scope and depth of Sabapathy's output, and highlighting his most important and influential writings, is also a survey of the vast changes in the landscape of art in the region over the period. This publication provides an opportunity for more focused (re)reading, review and renewed consideration of T.K. Sabapathy's rich body of work, to further fuel modern and contemporary art writing, research and exhibition-making.

Singapore's Vanished Housing Estates (2Nd Edition)

Singapore's Vanished Housing Estates (2Nd Edition)

This is a photographic essay about these early architectural forms and living spaces. From the lush expanse of colonial-era Princess Elizabeth Park estate to the brick-clad heights of Pickering Street, these photographs may not be turn-of-the-century archaic but neither are they contemporary enough to be familiarly recognized. As pictorial records of our first homes in historically significant and newly emerging estates then, they are an invaluable window into Singapore's changing housing landscape in the 50s and beyond. The 27 public housing estates featured in this collection are expunged forever.

By The Pen And What They Write: Writing In Islamic Art And Culture

By The Pen And What They Write: Writing In Islamic Art And Culture

Considered by Muslims as the only true art, calligraphy has played a prominent role in Islamic culture since the time of the prophet Muhammad. Exploring this central role of the written word in Islam and how writing practices have evolved and adapted in different historical contexts, this book provides an overview of the enormous impact that writing in Arabic script has had on the visual arts of the Islamic world. Approaching the topic from a number of different perspectives, the essays in this volume include discussions on the relationship between orality and the written word; the materiality of the written word, ranging from the type of paper on which books were written to monumental inscriptions in stone and brick; and the development of Arabic typography and the printed book.

Yi-Lu Collection Of Vietnamese Ceramics, The. Yi Lu Cang Yue Nao Tao Ci

Yi-Lu Collection Of Vietnamese Ceramics, The. Yi Lu Cang Yue Nao Tao Ci

Vietnam has a long tradition of ceramic production. The works featured in this catalogue have been chosen to celebrate the artistic and technical achievements of the designers and potters who worked at northern Vietnamese production sites for more than two millennia. The works are presented in related groups, much as a private collector might display them. With a catalogue essay by Kerry Nguyen-Long.

Between Worlds: Raden Saleh And Juan Luna

Between Worlds: Raden Saleh And Juan Luna

National heroes and enigmatic figures, 19th-century painters Raden Saleh and Juan Luna traversed the colonial territories of Southeast Asia and the imperial cities of Europe. Their agile navigation of these competing positions resulted in dramatic paintings that are today animated as allegories of anti-colonialism in their respective homelands of Indonesia and the Philippines. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, this catalogue features over a hundred full-colour image plates of their works: from sweeping Orientalist hunting scenes to gritty Realist portrayals of the working class. Essays and biographical timelines examine each artist's practices, as well as frame them within the cultural and social dynamics of the 19th century.

Architecture

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series (Boxed Set)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series (Boxed Set)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes highlights the key architectural features of conserved houses. The editorial team, headed by former Member of Parliament Wan Hussin Zoohri, developed a list of historically significant types of homes in consultation with architectural historians and practising architects. Each of the 5 books in the series features one specific home style, and covers both the exteriors and interiors of the heritage houses, including those privately owned and seldom seen. There are also interviews of people who have lived in or are living in heritage houses, many of which are conserved. These pocketbooks are a boon to heritage buffs who want a visually appealing, bite-size introduction to Singapore's heritage homes.

Singapore Chronicles: Urban Planning

Singapore Chronicles: Urban Planning

Singapore is a modern and global island-state, internationally recognised as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Since its independence, Singapore's journey towards its present-day urban landscape has been characterised by the political will to tackle pressing priorities together with bold professional initiatives in land planning. This book examines the significant role that land planning plays in Singapore's physical transformation and economic development, while also exploring future challenges in the light of demographic changes, technological advances and environmental pressures. These complexities will require more flexible and innovative land use policies and strategies to shape Singapore in the next 50 years.

Achievements And Thoughts

Achievements And Thoughts

Achievements and Thoughts, published by the Singapore Institute of Planners, is a book for urban planners, architects and all who are interested and actively involved in issues of urban growth, evolution of communities, place-making, and in search for real world applications of new planning concepts and models. Featuring our design pioneers who have made significant contributions to the planning landscape of Singapore and other countries, the book highlights their innovative planning solutions, which are internationally recognised to be synonymous with the legacy of modern Singapore. The invaluable thoughts and views of the pioneer designers on urban planning and design not only help to raise awareness and interest in our planning fraternity, but also inspire us on how we can shape the world and transform our future with new ideas. Complementing the feature of our pioneers is a compilation of projects by notable urban planners and designers. It showcases the achievements of these professionals and reflects the application of their Singapore experience in solving planning issues that are confronting many developing cities in Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, Africa and the Middle East today. These projects have won the 4th SIP Planning Awards 2015 for their comprehensive and unique solutions in addressing issues of intra-regional influences, social disparity, traffic congestion, incompatible land uses, and many problems arising from poor infrastructure planning. The projects are excellent case studies for methodologies and principles for addressing the challenges and opportunities of our urbanising world.

History & Geography

Penang And Its Networks Of Knowledge

Penang And Its Networks Of Knowledge

This volume brings together the work of 11 distinguished scholars in efforts to recover and preserve cultural-historical knowledge embedded in the fabric of the city of George Town and articulate the significance and reach of the global connections created in Penang's island capital. The essays contained within this volume explore a diverse range of cultural intersections of knowledge and ideas, from the broad geographical scope of Penang's newspapers, to the dissemination of religious ideology, to the modern iterations of waqf. Eschewing a more traditional, nationally oriented framework of history, each tells the story of Penang through an outward-looking lens - an approach more suited to a cosmopolitan port city with far-reaching links to the world. Through this lens, Penang's role as a nexus of both networks of knowledge and trading diasporas becomes abundantly clear.

Asia Betrayed: How Churchill Sacrificed The Far East To Save England

Asia Betrayed: How Churchill Sacrificed The Far East To Save England

Did Winston Churchill lure Japan into attacking Pearl Harbour as a cynical ruse to pull the United States into the war against the Nazis to save England? Did he deliberately weaken the defences of Singapore and Hong Kong to convince the Japanese to jump? Did he even run a double spy to feed information to Tokyo? John Bell Smithback examines the evidence in a shocking new assessment of the origins and backstory of one of the turning points of the twentieth century-the Pacific War 1941 to 1945. He looks at Churchill's role in how Japan came to make one of the biggest strategic errors in history, and the horrific consequences for tens of millions of people across East Asia.

Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation From The Past

Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation From The Past

Over the last 1,400 years, a succession of Muslim polities and empires expanded to control territories and peoples stretching from southern France to East Africa and South East Asia. Yet many of the contributions of Muslim thinkers, scientists and theologians, not to mention statesmen and soldiers, have been overlooked. The bestselling Lost Islamic History, now in a new updated edition, rescues from oblivion a forgotten past, charting its narrative from Muhammad to modern-day nation-states. From Abbasids and Ottomans to Mughals and West African kings, Firas Alkhateeb sketches key personalities, inventions and historical episodes to show the monumental impact of Islam on global society and culture.

Colonial Penang 1786-1957

Colonial Penang 1786-1957

This book is the result of a dilemma; whether or not to publish second editions of two earlier books, Penang under the East India Company 1786-1857 and Penang at War 1914-1946. Between the two, and with some fresh components, a useful overview of the British colonial engagement with Penang from beginning to end was feasible. The new book also began to develop its own dynamic- particularly for those new subjects such as the Brown family, demographics and opium, that transcended the years of British control. Thus this book is a hybrid, born of earlier work, with a uniqueness and integrity of its own. This is a book about the colonial era written from a British perspective.

Witness To War: Remembering 1942

Witness To War: Remembering 1942

A special publication released by the National Museum of Singapore in conjunction with the Witness to War exhibition, this catalogue and compendium features key artefact highlights and 14 stories of ordinary men and women who braved the fall of Singapore in extraordinary ways.

Islamic Civilization In Thirty Lives: The First 1000 Years

Islamic Civilization In Thirty Lives: The First 1000 Years

The religious thinkers, political leaders, law-makers, writers and philosophers of the early Muslim world helped to shape the 1,400-year-long development of today's secondlargest world religion. But who were these people? What do we know of their lives, and the ways in which they influenced their societies? Chase F. Robinson draws on the long tradition in Muslim scholarship of commemorating in writing the biographies of notable figures, but weaves these ambitious lives together to create a rich narrative of early Islamic civilization, from the Prophet Muhammad to fearsome Tamerlane.

Social Issues

Crime And The Chinese Dream

Crime And The Chinese Dream

Although official propaganda emphasizes the Chinese Dream as the dream of all Chinese, the opportunities of achieving prosperity by legal means are distributed unequally. Crime and the Chinese Dream reveals how people on the margins of Chinese society find their way to the Chinese Dream through illegal or deviant behaviors. The case studies in this book include corrupt doctors in public hospitals in Beijing, fraudsters in a village called "cake uncles," illegal motorcycle taxi drivers in Guangzhou, drug users being "reeducated" in detention centers, and internet addicts who are treated as criminals by the system. Despite the patriotic and collectivistic tint of the official dream metaphor, the contributors to this volume show that the Chinese Dream is essentially a state capitalist dream, which is embedded within the problems and opportunities of capitalism, as well as a dream of control.

This Is What Inequality Looks Like

This Is What Inequality Looks Like

What is poverty? What is inequality? How are they connected? How are they reproduced? How might they be overcome? Why should we try? This book - an ethnography of inequality - addresses these questions. Formed by a series of essays, they are written to be read individually, but have been arranged to be read as a totality and in sequence. Each aims to accomplish two things: first, to introduce a key aspect of the experience of being low-income in contemporary Singapore. Second, to illustrate how people's experiences are linked to structural conditions of inequality. The way we frame our questions shapes the way we see solutions. This book does what appears to be a no-brainer task, but one that is missing and important: it asks readers to pose questions in different ways, to shift the vantage point from which they view 'common sense,' and in so doing, to see themselves as part of problems and potential solutions. This is a book about how seeing poverty entails confronting inequality. It is about how acknowledging poverty and inequality leads to uncomfortable revelations about our society and ourselves. And it is about how once we see, we cannot, must not, unsee.

From Bmf To 1Mdb: A Criminological And Sociological Discussion

From Bmf To 1Mdb: A Criminological And Sociological Discussion

Bumiputra Malaysia Finance Limited (BMF) was a financial institution set up in Hong Kong at the end of 1977. Its parent bank was the Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad (BBMB) which was established in 1965 with public funds to promote Bumiputera participation in the economy. In the 1980s, BMF lost M$2.5 billion, allegedly due to fraud and corruption, which could not be accounted for until today. 1MDB is a development company set up by the Malaysian government in 2009, with a focus on the long-term economic development of the country. However, within about eight years, it has run up more than RM42 billion in debts and key figures are tainted by allegations of abuse of power and corruption. It is therefore timely to revisit the BMF case, to discuss and compare it with the present interest in the 1MDB case. This book will highlight the alleged fraud and corruption that took place in both cases - tracing the money trail, the problematic structure of both organisations, the political and social structure and environment in Malaysia during the occurrence of both scandals, and finally compare both cases, to provide an analysis of the social and political progress of Malaysia in the last three decades.

Straits Eclectic

Straits Eclectic

Whenever the idealistic among us speak about a better Malaysia, we tend to focus on the thing that unite us: the food, the festivals, the cultural experiences that bind us together in a shared national fabric, ignoring the yawning gaps that weaken the weave and keep us from achieving lofty visions of development and progress. Straits Eclectric is a collection of essays by young Malaysians who stare straight into the void and attempt to understand the divides that exist between us, whatever East and West Malaysian and the rest of the world, between East and West Malaysians, between Malays and Chinese and lndians and Dan Lain Lain, between religion and culture, between past and present, between the person you were when you left and the person you had become by the time you returned.

Culture & People

Chinese Traditions & Practices

Chinese Traditions & Practices

China has a long, rich history spanning centuries. Although many China's customs have survived to the present day, some have been all but forgotten: rendered obsolete by modern day technology. This book explores the history of Chinese traditions and cultural practices, their purpose, and the differences between the traditions of the past and their modern incarnations. If you are a westerner or less informed about Chinese culture, you may find this book particularly useful, especially when it comes to doing business with the Chinese - whether it be in China itself or some other country with a considerable Chinese population.

Redoubtable Reformer: The Life And Times Of Cheah Cheang Lim

Redoubtable Reformer: The Life And Times Of Cheah Cheang Lim

Growing up during the era of British colonial expansion in Malaya, Cheah Cheang Lim believed that economic progress should yield the fruit and flower of social progress. Cheah became an owner of tin mines and rubber plantations. He endowed the Perak Maternity Hospital and provided leadership to the Hokkien community in Cantonese-speaking Ipoh. A federal councillor for two terms, he lobbied for the restoration of the Queen's Scholarship, calling upon the British Empire to live up to its promises. The gift of an unpublished c. 1935 manuscript about this man s life, authored by Francis Cooray, a Ceylonese journalist with the Malay Mail, prompted Khoo Salma Nasution to write about Cheah in the context of his times. She has compiled a wealth of material, including speeches, letters and family photographs, to present a vivid impression of this gentleman capitalist on the edge of empire a Malayan patriot who contributed eagerly to social improvement in Perak, looked to England and China for inspiration, but considered Penang his true home.

Peranakan Museum Guide (Revised 2017 Edition)

Peranakan Museum Guide (Revised 2017 Edition)

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.

Gateway To Singapore Culture: Celebrating Friendship, Peace & Harmony

Gateway To Singapore Culture: Celebrating Friendship, Peace & Harmony

Here in the beautiful Singapore, we live in harmony. Regardless of the different races, religions and customs, we are able to grow and prosper in peace. But, how much do you know about your classmates and neighbours? What do you know about the traditions of your own community? Find out more about yourself and your friends as you open the Gateway to Singapore Culture - a superb introductory read for locals and visitors alike!

Chasing The Dragon Out: An Inspiring Story Of A Drug Addict's Altered Destiny

Chasing The Dragon Out: An Inspiring Story Of A Drug Addict's Altered Destiny

This book is an honest no-holds barred biography. Author Jix Sze starts by sharing about the teenage years of his delinquency; his drug addiction, the illegal activities and the life he lived as a heroin addict. His account of the events, experiences and harrowing moments also offer a glimpse of the activities, happenings and culture in 1970s Singapore. He goes on to talk about the defining moment that saved him from several years of heroin addiction, a delinquent life and averted plausible criminal conviction. The account of his life after addiction focuses on the transformation that brought about purpose and empowerment. This influenced and altered his destiny in his journey through life. The book also touches on his accomplishments and successes, and is filled with moments of inspiration and encouraging liners.

Robert Kuok: A Memoir

Robert Kuok: A Memoir

Robert Kuok is one of the most highly respected businessmen in Asia. In these memoirs, the 94-year-old Kuok tells the remarkable story of how, starting in British Colonial Malaya, he built a multi-industry, multinational business group. In reflecting back on 75 years of conducting business, he offers management insights, discusses strategies and lessons learned, and relates his principles, philosophy, and moral code. Kuok has lived through fascinating and often tumultuous times in Asia - from British colonialism to Japanese military occupation to post-colonial Southeast Asia and the dramatic rise of Asian economies, including, more recently, China. From his front-row seat and as an active participant, this keen, multi-cultural observer tells nearly a century of Asian history through his life and times. Readers interested in business, management, history, politics, culture and sociology will all enjoy Robert Kuok's unique and remarkable story.

Religion & Philosophy

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention

The birth of Buddhism goes back to the sixth century BCE and, over the centuries, there has been considerable variety as well as considerable change in its doctrines, practices and propagation across the different parts of Asia. This volume showcases the expansion in the religion's contours and popularity in Asia in modern times. Focusing on India, Sri Lanka and China, the essays in the book highlight the cross-fertilization between Buddhism and contemporary discourses which makes the phenomenon of Buddhist revival in Asia unambiguously modern. This is a historically rich and readable volume which will interest general readers as well as students and scholars of history and of Buddhism.

Q&A With An Islamophobe: Concise Responses To Counter Irrational Islamophobia

Q&A With An Islamophobe: Concise Responses To Counter Irrational Islamophobia

Concise responses to over 200 most vile, widely debunked and yet variedly repeated Islamophobic comments levelled against ordinary Muslims and Islam today by renowned Islamophobes, anti-Muslim groups, talk-show hosts, presidential candidates and right-wing politicians, either out of intolerance or ignorance. This book is a collection of such remarks and more importantly, long overdue counter-points responding to the oft-repeated Islamophobic statements increasingly commonplace today. Given the wide-ranging, divisive and worrying questions some of our children or teenage children are bound to be confronted with - or are asking - or sooner or later will start asking, this book will hopefully serve as a quick reference point.

Faith In An Age Of Terror

Faith In An Age Of Terror

Recent events have resulted in attention being increasingly drawn to the link between terrorism and religious belief, as both those responsible for terrorist acts and those who launch counter-terrorist actions justify what they do by appealing to religious teachings. Questions addressed include: What are the roots of violent human behaviour? Why does religious fundamentalism have violent potentials? What do the Bible and the Quran each say about religious violence? How should inter-religious dialogue be pursued, and what are appropriate ways for religious believers to commend their faith to those who do not share it? The nine essays in this multi-disciplinary volume focus on these urgent and difficult issues, drawing on insights from the fields of the social sciences, biblical studies, pastoral theology, inter-religious dialogue and public theology.

Holy Men, Holy Women: A Journey Into The Faiths Of Malaysians And Other Essays

Holy Men, Holy Women: A Journey Into The Faiths Of Malaysians And Other Essays

Needing a break from her first book, I Am Muslim, Dina Zaman embarked on a two-year journey around Malaysia - the length of the peninsula as well as Sabah and Sarawak. She met people of many faiths. And from these encounters she has woven together a tapestry of vital stories: of nuns and shamans, of silat practitioners who she inadvertently offended, of pilgrims and ustaz, of hijabis who pole dance, and she ended up in Memali to discover that tragic tale. This collection of essays - animated, engaging and provocative - opens a window on the sometimes troubled terrain of religious beliefs and practices. The accounts are personal and intimate, and at the same time throw light on some of the most pressing issues that confront society today: mindfulness and worldliness, interfaith relations and lifestyle choices, class and conviction, identity and religiosity.

Faith Of Our Father - The Discipleship Walk Of Peter Yap Huat Tuan

Faith Of Our Father - The Discipleship Walk Of Peter Yap Huat Tuan

This book provides a close-up view of Yap Huat Tuan Peter, a man who responded to the call of God and who walked as a disciple of Christ, as recounted by his five children. They fondly recall observing Pa's regular appointment with God and recount how the faith of their father was lived out, in his giving attention to the family, serving as a school teacher and ministering as led and enabled by the Lord. They know him as an ordinary man who walked each step fully reliant on the extraordinary God. His life and legacy continues today, evident in the lives of the people he mentioned and touched.

Travel

Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist In Nomad's Land

Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist In Nomad's Land

Michael Kohn, former editor of the Mongol Messenger newspaper, is one steppe ahead of the journalistic posse in this epic Western set in the Far East. Kohn's memoir of his time in Mongolia is an irresistible account of a nation where falcon poachers, cattle rustlers, exiled Buddhist leaders, death-defying child jockeys and political assassins vie for page one. A turf war between lamas, shamans, Mormon elders and ministers provides the spiritual backdrop in this nation which had only just been liberated from Soviet rule. From the reincarnated Bogd Khaan and his press spokesman to vodka-fuelled racing entrepreneurs and political leaders unclear on the concept of freedom of the press, Kohn explores one of Asia's most fascinating, mysterious and misunderstood lands.

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road

Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn't the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of GBP750 - including for the flight home - he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond - and meet the people who lived and worked there. This is a true traveller's tale in the tradition of the best of the genre, populated by a cast of eccentric characters; from mujahideen fighters to the Russian mafia.

Sydney

Sydney

Get the top places to eat, drink and play suggested by a bunch of cool locals! Didi & Co is the first guidebook co-created by local insiders for fellow urban explorers. Places, pictures and pointers are all handpicked and generated collaboratively. Curious to spot hidden gems along your heritage trails? Want to find a cute neighbourhood café? Eager to know where the groovy party is? Didi & Co has got you covered with authentic haunts and secret spots.

Literature

Unfree Verse: Singapore Poetry In Form (Second Edition)

Unfree Verse: Singapore Poetry In Form (Second Edition)

Rhyme is Shakespeare. Rhythm is rap. Sing Lit is free verse. If you've ever had such thoughts, let this book demolish them. With poems drawn from 80 years of print and online material, UnFree Verse illuminates an important but overlooked aspect of Singapore's literary history: formal poetry in English. It features poets beloved and forgotten, immigrant and emigrant, Malayan and cosmopolitan, challenging readers to explore the dynamic landscape of poetry from, about, and around Singapore. In this collection, the formal poem becomes a focal point for the duelling forces of repetition and improvisation, standards and Englishes, freedom and boundaries. Might these constraints be fertile soil for creativity in a city like Singapore? If you think so, UnFree Verse belongs on your shelf. This new edition contains an expanded glossary, a list of further reading, and a new essay on rhyme.

Songs From A Distance: Selected Poems From The 2015 And 2016 Migrant Worker Poetry Competition

Songs From A Distance: Selected Poems From The 2015 And 2016 Migrant Worker Poetry Competition

Songs From A Distance is an anthology of 31 poems composed by migrant workers based in Singapore. Written in Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, English, Mandarin Chinese, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Tamil, these poems offer readers a glimpse into the thoughts, hopes, and dreams ofSingapore's invisible workforce. Mothers and fathers wonder if their children will grow to resent their absence. A lover longs for union with a beloved who is out of reach. A man weighs what is lost against what is to be gained by travelling to foreign shores. Songs From A Distance celebrates the literary talent of migrant workers and stands at the forefront of an exciting new literary genre.

Voices Of The Displaced: Poems From The Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015-2016

Voices Of The Displaced: Poems From The Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015-2016

This anthology contains the winning entries of the Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015 and 2016 as well as all the finalists. It contains poetry of migrant workers and refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Syria in 10 languages, including Bengali, Tagalog and Hakha Chin, with accompanying English translations.

Cry Of The Flying Rhino

Cry Of The Flying Rhino

This novel is set in 1996 Malaysia and Borneo, told from multiple viewpoints and in multiple voices. Malaysian Chinese family doctor Benjie Lee has had a careless one night stand with his new employee - mysterious, teenage Talisa, the adopted daughter of a wealthy, crass Scottish plantation owner, Ian, in the provincial Malaysian town of Segamat. Talisa's arms are covered in elaborate tattoos, symbolic of great personal achievements among the Iban tribe in her native Borneo. Talisa has fallen pregnant and Ian forces Benjie to marry her. Benjie, who relished his previous life as a carefree, cosmopolitan bachelor, struggles to adapt to life as a husband and father. Meanwhile, Minos - an Iban who has languished ten years in a Borneo prison for a murder he didn't commit - is released into English missionary Bernard's care. One day, Minos and his sidekick and fellow ex-convict Watan appear in Segamat, forcing Benjie to confront his wife's true identity and ultimately his own fears. Are the tattoos the key to her secrets?

Lost Nostalgia: Stories

Lost Nostalgia: Stories

A rainbow is glimpsed in the enveloping darkness of Mohamed Lati? Mohamed's stories. Precious because it is mostly ?eeting-a herd of cattle ?nds deliverance from slavery in heroic resistance and death; a ?sherman disappears of his own free will to escape the disintegration of island life. These and other characters experience conditions, often described in hyper-realistic detail, that speak to our appreciation of change, injustice, and other facts of life-religion, family, friendship, love, to name a few. While salvation does not come easy or even happen in Latiff's stories, there are exceptional moments that can push readers into the outer limits of their existence.

Law

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #23: Legislation On Underwater Cultural Heritage In Southeast Asia: Evolution And Outcomes

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #23: Legislation On Underwater Cultural Heritage In Southeast Asia: Evolution And Outcomes

This paper examines the evolution of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) legislation in Southeast Asia. Legislation in every country differs, with some reflecting great cultural awareness and some signalling neglect. Countries examined include Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore. Singapore, in particular, does not have legislation dealing specifically with UCH, although both terrestrial and underwater cultural heritage policy is currently under review. Singapore can afford institutional investigation and excavation, thereby avoiding the pitfalls of private partnerships. Singapore can afford enforcement. By cherry-picking the most effective UCH policies from like-minded governments and moulding them to fit Singapore's unique circumstance Singapore could go from non-starter to leader through a single act of parliament.

Same But Different: A Legal Guidebook For Lgbt Couples & Families In Singapore

Same But Different: A Legal Guidebook For Lgbt Couples & Families In Singapore

This is a legal guidebook for LGBT families, focusing on Singapore's unique legal landscape and challenges. It does not aim to replace legal advice or work rendered by practicing lawyers, but simply provide a starting point. It is written in a layman-friendly manner, to break down complex legal concepts and nuances for the layman. The guide covers: Marriage & Cohabitation Contracts, Property & Finances, Wills & Inheritance, Medical Decisions, Children, and Miscellaneous topics such as sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Education

Tests And Exams In Singapore Schools: What School Leaders, Teachers And Parents Need To Know

Tests And Exams In Singapore Schools: What School Leaders, Teachers And Parents Need To Know

Assessment, mainly in the form of tests and examinations, plays a critical role in the schooling of Singaporean students. This book is written with school leaders, teachers, and parents in mind, with the view of helping them to better understand the processes and products of assessment via tests and exams. It is written in simple terms, using minimal technical terms, and introduces school leaders, teachers, and parents to essential concepts and principles of educational measurements which are relevant in the school context in Singapore.

Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges

Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges

Prior to the era of globalization, education in Southeast Asia was viewed in the context of the national state and it was deployed in the service of state and nation-building and national economic development. States monopolized education, and public-funded centralized education systems were established to teach literacy, transmit national cultures and promote social cohesion, and to produce literate workers. Globalization forces, however, dramatically impacted in varying ways and degrees the national education systems across the region. As states begun to see their citizens as resources to enhance the countries' competitiveness in the global market, it, among other things, led to the increasing demand for highly skilled and qualified human capital. The accompanying neoliberal ideology led to varying degrees of decentralization, privatization and internationalization of education, especially of higher education, in Southeast Asia.

Empowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality

Empowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality

Empowered Educators in Singapore is one volume in a series that explores how high-performing educational systems from around the world achieve strong results. This book delves into the country's rapid rise to educational excellence on a global scale and the national effort that drives it. Singaporean students routinely outperform their peers from around the world, placing first or second in international assessments, particularly in math and science. This book describes the interwoven strategies that merge context, quality, governance, and continual evolution into a consistently high-achieving student population.

Business

Ownership Cycle, The: Success In Any Situation, Any Role, Anytime...And Helping Others To Do The Same

Ownership Cycle, The: Success In Any Situation, Any Role, Anytime...And Helping Others To Do The Same

Ownership drives fulfilment, true happiness and success. This book describes how to take ownership of your life and future, and help others around you to do the same.

Leisure

Shiok, Sia! Sketching Favourite Singapore Desserts

Shiok, Sia! Sketching Favourite Singapore Desserts

An artist sketches her way through all her favourite Singaporean hawkers favourites, from orh luak, hae mee and bak kut teh, to laksa, mee rebus, and murtabak, right through to the all famous chilli crab. Taste the colours and feel the textures of Singapore's popular street food as you feast on the delectable illustrations between these pages. Take home with you a uniquely Singaporean experience. A perfect gift for the festive season. Shiok, sia!

Daily Nonya Dishes: Laok Hari Hari - Heritage Recipes For Everyday Meals

Daily Nonya Dishes: Laok Hari Hari - Heritage Recipes For Everyday Meals

This cookbook gives recipes for the food that Babas and Nonyas of old ate for their breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between every day. This food is not the festive cuisine of Ayam Buah Keluak, Babi Pongteh, and Bakwan Kepiting that are the staples of many Peranakan cookbooks available in bookshops. The daily Nonya dishes are more simple fare, but no less delicious. The author also includes traditional dishes that have almost vanished. Thus, this book is not only a fresh, and welcome addition to the canon of Peranakan cookbooks, but is also a valuable documentation of the food enjoyed by Babas and Nonya around the family table in the heyday of Peranakan culture.

Science & Technology

50 Years Of Engineering In Singapore

50 Years Of Engineering In Singapore

An underpinning force in Singapore's remarkable 50-year transformation into a sophisticated world-class city, engineering has contributed significantly to the nation's economic, infrastructural and social developments. A vibrant record of engineering excellence, this book traces the goliath challenges impeding the nation's growth over the past five decades, and the engineering innovations that brought about wealth creation, higher standards of living, and enhanced liveability. This compendium covers air and sea hub; manufacturing in the areas of electronics, precision engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical/bio-medical engineering; housing/cities/infrastructure and land use (reclamation and underground); transportation (ERP system, MRT and LRT, roads and buses system); water management and engineering; energy (supply and maintenance); and telecommunications, ICT and software.

Birds Of Singapore

Birds Of Singapore

For a relatively tiny island, with such a high ratio of urban development, Singapore contains a surprisingly large number of birds - native species as well as seasonal visitors due to its strategic position on a migration route between temperate Asia and the eastern tropics. In this classic guide, Dr Christopher Hails leads the reader to all the major birdwatching habitats in Singapore, explaining changing patterns with shifting development and nature's fascinating adaptations to urban encroachment. His scholarly insights into migration, simplified for the lay reader, are enthralling and illuminating.

Stayin' Alive: Health Myths And Facts Uncovered

Stayin' Alive: Health Myths And Facts Uncovered

As society advances at breakneck speed amid widespread digital disruption and information avalanche - including the ever-increasing bombardment of contradictory advices and news on health - how do you stay healthy to live well? Stayin' Alive aims to empower readers to "think and live healthily" by uncovering common health myths and facts swirling around online and offline. Authored by leading cardiologist Dr Mak Koon Hou, this easy-to-read, informative and intriguing book helps you get your body in shape, understand the truth regarding diet and exercise, and finally, apply the knowledge daily.

Finding Eden: A Journey Into The Heart Of Borneo

Finding Eden: A Journey Into The Heart Of Borneo

Fifty years ago the interior of Borneo was a pristine, virgin rainforest inhabited by uncontacted indigenous tribes and na?ve, virtually tame, wildlife. It was into this 'Garden of Eden' that Robin Hanbury Tenison led one of the largest ever Royal Geographical Society expeditions, an extraordinary undertaking which triggered the global rainforest movement and illuminated, for the first time, how vital rainforests are to our planet. For 15 months, Hanbury Tenison and a team of some of the greatest scientists in the world immersed themselves in a place and a way of life that is on the cusp of extinction. Much of what was once a wildlife paradise is now a monocultural desert, devastated by logging and the forced settlement of nomadic tribes, where traditional ways of life and unimaginably rich and diverse species are slowly being driven to extinction. This is a story for our time, one that reminds us of the fragility of our planet and of the urgent need to preserve the last untamed places of the world.

Children

Angel Magic

Angel Magic

When bombs rain down on the Malayan plantation where seven-year-old Rosie lives with her parents and beloved amah, her days of privilege and playfulness come to an abrupt end. Swept along with other British families eager to escape Malaya, fate cruelly leaves Rosie on the deck of a ship heading to India, alone and separated from her family Confined to a brutal school in Bombay, a determined Rosie seeks freedom in the crowded, chaotic city slums. Her life is lightened when she meets Armand, a poor Portuguese-Indian boy, and his mother. They shield Rosie with their love and allow her to enjoy adventures and escapades on the magical streets of Bombay. While Rosie is growing up on her own terms, her parents and brother endure different worlds in prison camps, dreaming of one day being reunited in Scotland.


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