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Baba Folk Beliefs And SuperstitionsBaba Folk Beliefs And Superstitions by Cheo Kim Ban & Muriel Speeden

How does a nonya use a yam stalk to control the sexual powers of her wayward baba? Why are Baba children never given sugarcane to chew at twilight? What does it mean if a baba has five hairs growing from a mole on his face?

Excavations, Interrogations, Krishen Jit & Contemporary Malaysian Theatre by Rajendran, Charlene; K. Takiguchi Et Al

This book recounts the interventions and interactions of Malaysian theatre doyen and arts leader Krishen Jit (1939-2005). Best known for his cross-disciplinary takes on the avant garde and unflinching engagement with the differences and ruptures of multicultural identity, Krishen saw theatre's critical function as inseparable from daily life. A touching and insightful dedication from fourteen arts professionals, Excavations combines personal narratives and critical analyses to shed light on Krishen's process, character, and lasting impact in contemporary theatre practice. This richly illustrated collection traverses writings and conversations, and even serves up some homemade caramelised carrots, in its exploration of Krishen's professional and personal legacy.

Local Rebel, The: Issue 02 - Educate And Empower by The Local Rebel

The Local Rebel is an annual zine publication that aims to educate and empower our youth. This second issue explores our Roots: the little nooks and crannies in the Singaporean narrative that aren't always told. We want to tell stories about heritage, and culture, and how that ties into intersectional feminism. In this edition, we interrogate our colonial history, uncover the lives of migrant workers, chat with Theresa Goh about her activism, visit the drag scene, and so much more. The Local Rebel team is dedicated to making this zine as accessible and as fun as possible an educational resource. Aside from longform pieces, we've also put in visual mixtapes that support local, photographs of your everyday Singaporean, food reviews, FAQs, and posters for you to put up on your wall!

Svay: A Khmer Village In CambodiaSvay: A Khmer Village In Cambodia by Ebihara, May Mayko

May Mayko Ebihara (1934-2005) was the first American anthropologist to conduct ethnographic research in Cambodia. Svay provides a remarkably detailed picture of individual villagers and of Khmer social structure and kinship, agriculture, politics, and religion. The world Ebihara described would soon be shattered by Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. Fifty percent of the villagers perished in the reign of terror, including those who had been Ebihara's adoptive parents and grandparents during her fieldwork. Never before published as a book, Ebihara's dissertation served as the foundation for much of our subsequent understanding of Cambodian history, society, and politics.

Consul In Paradise: Seventy-Four Years In SiamConsul In Paradise: Seventy-Four Years In Siam by Wood, W. A. R.

Consul in Paradise describes a life full of interest, and a world that is now long past. Embracing all of Siamese life, we discover a racing stable with just one pony and Siam expertise in beetle fighting, the Siamese language and etiquette, and the nuances between the mountain tribes. It relates a distant period of diplomacy, a time when Wood's duties could include concocting love potions, exorcizing evil spirits (at one time from a rice bin), and creating huge straw hats to protect elephants from sunstroke. This evocative portrait of a corner of the British Empire, an entertaining encounter between Victorian Britain and Siam, "consists merely of a little of the froth collected by a cork which has floated for 68 years on the seas of Siamese and Anglo-Siamese life." This is a new edition of a charming memoir that combines humor, history, and an exploration of a culture that is as distant in time as place.

Adventures Of A Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest ExpeditionsAdventures Of A Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions by Attenborough, David

In 1954, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expeditions for the BBC. This is the story of those voyages. Staying with local tribes while trekking in search of giant anteaters in Guyana, Komodo dragons in Indonesia and armadillos in Paraguay, he and the rest of the team battled with cannibal fish, aggressive tree porcupines and escape-artist wild pigs, as well as treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather, to record the incredible beauty and biodiversity of these regions. The methods may be outdated now, but the fascination and respect for the wildlife, the people and the environment - and the importance of protecting these wild places - is not.

Tokyo Romance: A MemoirTokyo Romance: A Memoir by Buruma, Ian

When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, he found a feverish and surreal metropolis in the midst of an economic boom, where everything seemed new and history only remained in fragments. Through his adventures in the world of avant-garde theatre, his encounters with carnival acts, fashion photographers and moments on-set with Akira Kurosawa, Buruma underwent a radical transformation. For an outsider, unattached to the cultural burdens placed on the Japanese, this was a place to be truly free. A Tokyo Romance is a portrait of a young artist and the fantastical city that shaped him, and a timeless story about the desire to transgress boundaries: cultural, artistic and sexual.

World Press Photo 2018World Press Photo 2018 by

Publishing the results of the most recent annual World Press Photo Contest, this exceptional book contains the very best press photographs from the year 2017 - pictures submitted by photojournalists, picture agencies, newspapers and magazines throughout the world. Selected from thousands of images, these prizewinning photos capture the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year.

Stay Gold: An Almost Healthy Boy In A Mostly Healthy WorldStay Gold: An Almost Healthy Boy In A Mostly Healthy World by Lock, Clara

What does it mean to be almost healthy? For Daniel Selvakumar, it was being born with a heart defect that offered a slim chance of surviving past childhood. At 14 months old, he underwent the first of three open-heart surgeries. Grappling with his own mortality, Daniel accepted the big and small gifts of life - a close-knit family, lasting friendships, a business launched, a first love. In his own way, he sought to leave the world a bit better, whether by helping a friend struggling with drug addiction, coaching teenagers or brightening the lives of nurses and fellow hospital patients in his last days. Eloquent, heartrending and pensive, Stay Gold is a glowing tapestry of a memoir told through the interwoven perspectives of Daniel, his parents and the people he loved.

Proceedings Of The 4Th Symposium - The Ictm Study Group On Performing Arts Of Southeast AsiaProceedings Of The 4Th Symposium - The Ictm Study Group On Performing Arts Of Southeast Asia by

Proceedings of the 4th Symposium: (i) Performing Arts and the Religious Impulse in Southeast Asia, (ii) Endangered Performing Arts Maintenance and Sustainability Efforts, (iii) New Research.

Perspectives On Bajau/ Sama' Diaspora Sabah Museum Monograph Vol. 13Perspectives On Bajau/ Sama' Diaspora Sabah Museum Monograph Vol. 13 by Mohd Anis Md Nor (Ed.)

This volume comprises papers read at the International Conference on Bajau-Sama Diaspora & Maritime Southeast Asian Cultures at the Tun Sakaran Museum in Semporna in 2016 organised by Nusantara Performing Arts Research Centre (NusParc), the Department of Sabah Museum and the Kadazandusun Chair of Universiti Malaysia Sabah. This monograph publishes peer-reviewed re-submitted papers of the initial presentations based on specific themes on the study of Bajau-Sama' diaspora and maritime Southeast Asian cultures pertinent to the current case studies on Bajau Sama' communities in Semporna and within the Sulu Sea. Issues framed within the sub-themes on Migration, Politics, Rituals Performing Arts, Heritage, Material Culture, Language and Identity are discussed with the intention of seeking potential development models, affirmative actions and empowerment programs and interventions for Bajau-Sama' communities in Sabah.

Perspectives On Dance EducationPerspectives On Dance Education by Mohd Anis Md Nor (Ed.)

This volume is based on the papers presented at the International Conference on Dance Education held on 13-17 August 2014 at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur supported by the Cultural Centre University of Malaya and National Department for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. The themes explored in the conference in relation to dance education were international perspectives on teaching, learning and creating; challenges; possibilities and prospects.

Hidden Face Of Eve, TheHidden Face Of Eve, The by

This powerful non-fiction account of the oppression of women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago. Nawal El Saadawi writes out of a powerful sense of the violence and injustice which permeated her society. Her experiences working as a doctor in villages around Egypt, witnessing prostitution, honour killings and sexual abuse, including female circumcision, drove her to give voice to this suffering. She goes on to explore the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature. Saadawi argues that the veil, polygamy and legal inequality are incompatible with the essence of Islam or any human faith.

Leftover WomanLeftover Woman by

In the early years of the People's Republic, the Communist Party sought to transform gender relations. Yet those gains have been steadily eroded in China's post-socialist era. Contrary to the image presented by China's media, women in China have experienced a dramatic rollback of rights and gains relative to men. In Leftover Women, Leta Hong Fincher exposes shocking levels of structural discrimination against women, and the broader damage this has caused to China's economy, politics, and development.

China And The New MaoistsChina And The New Maoists by

Forty years after his death, Mao remains a totemic, if divisive, figure in contemporary China. In China and the New Maoists, Kerry Brown and Simone van Nieuwenhuizen look at the increasingly vocal elements who claim to be the true ideological heirs to Mao, ranging from academics to cyberactivists, as well as at the state's efforts to draw on Mao's image as a source of legitimacy. This is a fascinating portrait of a country undergoing dramatic upheavals while still struggling to come to terms with its past.

Employing The EnemyEmploying The Enemy by

How would it feel to build homes on land stolen from you? This bitter toil is the daily reality for many Palestinians. Currently, thousands of Palestinians are working in, and building, illegal Israeli settlements. This work entails a rejection of their legal rights, little to no job security, low wages and dangerous working conditions. Through a vivid and moving narrative, based on many conversations with these workers and their families, Matthew Vickery explores the rationale, emotions, thoughts and consequences of such employment. In doing so, he draws attention to a previously neglected aspect of the Palestinian experience and Israeli subjugation. This, coupled with an innovative and ground-breaking analysis of the Israeli government's role in the settlement employment sector, exposes the true nature of these practices as a new, insidious form of state-sponsored forced labour.

Goodbye, My Kampong! Potong Pasir, 1966 To 1975Goodbye, My Kampong! Potong Pasir, 1966 To 1975 by Chia, Josephine

Kampong life in Singapore did not end in 1965 with her independence. In Josephine Chia's new collection of non-fiction stories, the phasing out of attap-thatched villages, the largest mass movement in Singapore, is set against the backdrop of significant national events Weaving personal tribulations-her teenage angst-and the experiences of villagers from her kampong, Josephine skilfully parallels the hopes and challenges of a toddling nation going through the throes of industrialisation and rapid changes from 1966 to 1975. These delightful, real-life stories, sprinkled with snippets of her Peranakan culture, reveal the joie-de-vivre of gotong royong or community spirit, despite impoverished conditions, in the last days of kampong life.

Naysayer's Book Club, The: 26 Singaporeans You Need To KnowNaysayer's Book Club, The: 26 Singaporeans You Need To Know by Vincent, Simon

In 26 conversations with 26 naysayers, this book is aimed at reflecting the spectrum of naysaying in Singapore's civil society. Each person is interviewed against the backdrop of his or her bookcase, putting front and centre a life of ideas and imagination. This is a book club for curious minds.

It's Only Blood: A Global Story Of Menstruation And PowerIt's Only Blood: A Global Story Of Menstruation And Power by Dahlqvist, Anna

Across the world, 2 billion experience menstruation, yet menstruation is seen as a mark of shame. We are told not to discuss it in public, that tampons and sanitary pads should be hidden away, the blood rendered invisible. In many parts of the world, poverty, culture and religion collide causing the taboo around menstruation to have grave consequences. Younger people who menstruate are deterred from going to school, adults from work, infections are left untreated. The shame is universal and the silence a global rule. This book tells the shocking but always moving stories of why and how people from Sweden to Bangladesh, from the United States to Uganda, are fighting back against the shame.