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Chinese Entrepreneurship In Singapore History, Faith & CultureChinese Entrepreneurship In Singapore History, Faith & Culture by Lim, Clive

What cultural factors lie behind Chinese entrepreneurship, especially among the Singaporean Chinese community? What is the place of the Chinese work ethic in the light of biblical Christian values? Do these ideologies clash, or, what common ground do they share? This book aims to tackle these questions with a close look at Chinese history and culture, as well as the theological basis of entrepreneurship. Case studies of 12 contemporary Singaporean Chinese entrepreneurs provide hands-on perspectives of the challenges of taking the entrepreneurial plunge.

Life And Legend Of The Sultan Saladin, TheLife And Legend Of The Sultan Saladin, The by Phillips, Jonathan

An epic story of empire-building and bloody conflict, this ground-breaking biography of one of history's most venerated military and religious heroes opens a window on the Islamic and Christian worlds' complex relationship.

Fight Through Cartoons: My Story Of Harassment, Intimidation & JailFight Through Cartoons: My Story Of Harassment, Intimidation & Jail by Zunar

This book chronicles Zunar's fight through cartoons from 2009 to 2018. Peppered within the pages of this book are some of Zunar's timeless philosophies on cartooning, which have kept him going despite the odds stacked against him - arrests, court charges, banning of books, travel ban. In this book, Zunar also sheds light on the methodological approach he utilises in his cartoons to effectively deliver his messages. From the conception of a cartoon right down to inking it, Zunar bares what goes on his mind when he draws these cartoons. From being labelled controversial to becoming an award winning cartoonist, this is Zunar's fight through cartoons in his own words.

Love, Money And Obligation: Transnational Marriage In A Northeastern Thai VillageLove, Money And Obligation: Transnational Marriage In A Northeastern Thai Village by Lapanun, Patcharin

Globalization means transnational marriages and intimacies become increasingly viable options for women and men. Patcharin Lapanun explores the marriages of Thai women with farang men, and complicates conventional views about materiality and intimacy in these settings. The sentiments and life stories of women and men engaging in these transnational relationships highlight the complexities of the associations that are shape and reshaped by love, money and gender obligations on the one hand and the dynamics of socio-cultural and historical contexts on the other. Transnational marriages challenge gender relations, perceptions of sexuality, marriage and family as well as existing class divisions in rural Thai communities.

Haunted Houses And Ghostly Encounters: Ethnography And Animism In East Timor, 1860-1975Haunted Houses And Ghostly Encounters: Ethnography And Animism In East Timor, 1860-1975 by Shepherd, Christopher J.

This book presents a history of Western ethnography of animism in East Timor during the Portuguese period. It consists of ten chapters, each one a narrative of the work and experience of a particular ethnographer. Part 1 deals with colonial ethnography and Part 2 with professional anthropology. Covering a selection of seminal 19th- and 20th-century ethnographies, the author explores the relationship between spiritual beliefs, colonial administration, ethnographic interests and fieldwork experience. It is argued that the presence of outsiders precipitated a new "transformative animism" as colonial control over Portuguese Timor was consolidated. Bringing colonial and professional ethnography into the one frame of reference, it is shown that ethnographers of both types not only bore witness to these processes of transformative animism, they also exemplified them. The book presents an original synthesis of East Timor's history, culture and anthropology.

50 Shades Of Love: Unearthing Who We Are50 Shades Of Love: Unearthing Who We Are by Ong, Anthea Indira

The labyrinths of the heart are as complex as the fungal network of the soil. We begin small like the seeds. We absorb from the world around us-the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful-much like how the roots take in nutrients from its environment. We grow and spread our wings like the branches of the trees that lend themselves to the crowning glories. But sometimes we falter like the trees that fell, devastated, but not defeated. We learn to bend like the willow and face the storms like the great oak. If trees could talk, what stories would they tell? This book chronicles one woman's endeavours through the different seasons of love and celebrates the unique relationship between humans and trees.

Seah Eu Chin: His Life & TimesSeah Eu Chin: His Life & Times by Seah, Shawn

This book captures a snapshot of Seah Eu Chin's life, and the lives of his famous sons, especially Seah Liang Seah and Seah Peck Seah, interwoven with other early pioneers such as Tan Tock Seng, Whampoa, and Sir Song Ong Siang. Told against a backdrop of a declining China and a rising British Empire, the book also tells the story of the founding and rise of a small maritime settlement nominally under British rule and its agricultural industry - and the rise of the "King of Gambier and Pepper". And it tells the story of the Chinese secret societies, including episodes of rampages and widespread outbreaks of mayhem like the Anti-Catholic Riots of 1851 and the Hokkien-Teochew Riots of 1854, and how the hapless colonial authorities turned to respected Chinese leaders like Seah Eu Chin for help.

Leader & Legislator: Seah Liang SeahLeader & Legislator: Seah Liang Seah by Seah, Shawn

It was the heyday of the mighty British Empire. In the colony of Singapore, a young man from a prominent local family rose to become a successful businessman, Teochew community leader, and member of the Legislative Council of the Straits Settlements. Straddling both East and West, he lived an exciting life marked by public service, profit and parties. This remarkable man was leader and legislator, Seah Liang Seah. This book tells the incredible story of the man behind Liang Seah Street and Bendemeer, as well as the stories of his Straits Chinese contemporaries, such as Tan Jiak Kim, Dr Lim Boon Keng and Sir Song Ong Siang, and the larger social and economic history of Singapore in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Place For Us, APlace For Us, A by Chiu, Cassandra

Disability is neither strange nor distant. Part autobiography, part reflections of social advocate Cassandra Chiu's experiences as a person living with visual impairment, A Place For Us is the story of the first woman to be a guide dog handler in Singapore and the first Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in Southeast Asia who happens to be blind. Cassandra's story starts with her growing-up years in 1980s Singapore, chronicling how her life unfolds with the onset of Stargardt disease, which causes progressive vision loss. From pursuing an education, navigating motherhood, to building a career as a psychotherapist, Cassandra openly discusses the attitudes towards disability and her journey towards true independence with her guide dog Esme.

Tan Kim Seng: A BiographyTan Kim Seng: A Biography by Tan, Vivienne

It is remarkable that no biography of Tan Kim Seng has been published until now considering that his imprint on 19th century Singapore is so significant. Tan Kim Seng was not the typical refugee from South China. His family had already been in the Nanyang for three generations when he arrived in Singapore in the 1820s. With business ecumen and gaining trust with British merchants, he built an empire with warehouses, mansions and the largest single piece of property which stretched from the coast of Pasir Panjang to Ulu Pandan to Tanglin. The details of his will, designed to repel "the curse of the third generation", is founded on his values and beliefs. But what he did not anticipate was how his well-thought-out plans would be unravelled primarily by English Law.

When Life Throws You Curveballs: A Memoir - Finding Hope Amidst Raging StormsWhen Life Throws You Curveballs: A Memoir - Finding Hope Amidst Raging Storms by Lim May Kwun & Lynette Lim

These words from Jesus Christ are particularly pertinent especially in recent times with increasing uncertainty and insecurity around the world, and uncontrollable events affecting our daily lives. What hurts more is when these heartbreaking events hit us when we least expect them. This book documents the faith journeys of two sisters, May Kwun and Lynette and their family who encountered the pain of grief and loss successively through a spate of heartbreaking events over seven years.

Unveiling ChoiceUnveiling Choice by Lee, Maryam

"What people need to understand is that the hijab can be both liberating and oppressive, depending on the situation and context. The problem is not the hijab per se, but the social conditions that compel a woman into or out of her hijab. Muslim women, hijabi or not, in considering whether the hijab is compulsory in Islam, must agree that their common enemy is disingenuous men who insist on telling women what to wear. How could a person who was only taught that orchids are white make a meaningful choice between white orchids and orchids of other colours? How could a person who was never taught that orchids of other colours even exist, make a choice for other-coloured orchids at all?"

Introduction To The Culture And History Of The Teochews In Singapore, AnIntroduction To The Culture And History Of The Teochews In Singapore, An by Gia Lim Tan

This book is one of the first few books written in English on Chaozhou culture and history. It compiles information from Chinese and English sources including archive material, newspapers, academic works and publications. It presents a panorama view of the Teochews in Singapore. The book is divided into three sections. The first section covers the history of Chaozhou, the Chaozhou culture, the Teochew ethnicity and the migration of the Teochew people to Southeast Asia. The second section covers the history, activities and contributions of the Teochews in Singapore from the 19th century. The third section covers core elements of the Chaozhou culture, including customs and practices, cuisine and tea culture, performing arts and craftworks.

Eat First, Talk Later: A Memoir Of Food, Family And HomeEat First, Talk Later: A Memoir Of Food, Family And Home by Yahp, Beth

In this dazzling memoir Beth persuades her ageing parents to take a road trip around their former home, Malaysia. She intends to retrace their honeymoon of 45 years before, but their journey doesn't quite work out as she planned. Only the family mantra 'Eat first, talk later' keeps them (and perhaps the country) from falling apart. Around them, corruption, emacensorship of the media, detentions without trial and deaths in custody continue. Protests are put down, violently, by riot police. Eat First, Talk Later is a beautifully written, absorbing memoir that moves between Australia, where Beth lives, and Malaysia - a country considered one of the multiracial success stories of South-East Asia, with many fascinating, yet deeply troubling, sides to it. It's a book about how we tell family and national stories; about love and betrayal; home and belonging; and about the joys of food.

Singapore Then And NowSingapore Then And Now by Tyers, Ray; Lai Chee Kien (Intro)

This long-awaited new edition of the classic reference on the changing landscapes of Singapore, which features 156 sites, may be said to have been more than 45 years in the making. Its genesis can be traced to a series of Then & Now articles produced by Ray Tyers for the British Association Beam magazine. Tyers selected 18th- and late-17th-century views of Singapore, stood at the spot where they were photographed or painted and took new images of the sites as they existed in the 1970s. This 2018 edition continues the record. The result is that most sites now have at least four views taken over time. Some have even up to six pictures showing the dramatic changes that have shaped the built environment of our city state.

From Estate To Embassy: Memories Of An AmbassadorFrom Estate To Embassy: Memories Of An Ambassador by Kesavapany, K.; Anitha Devi Pillai

This biography documents K. Kesavapany's journey from the Malayan estates in the late 1930s to his move to Singapore when he was headhunted to join the Singapore Civil Service in the 1970s, and from his entry into Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to his subsequent sojourns abroad, such as in Australia, Turkey, Geneva, Jordan, Indonesia, Russia, United Kingdom and Malaysia. After retiring from his last post with the MFA, he took on the position of Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.

Notes After TerawihNotes After Terawih by Ziks

'Tarawih' (Arabic) comes from the root word that means to take a rest, and take rest I did. Notes After Terawih is a series of word sketches I drew based on my distracted observation during night prayers, or terawih prayers, done in a single mosque during Ramadhan. Thousands of us here in Singapore engage in terawih for thirty nights in a row - that's a huge multitude of experiences. Yet, all these experiences are tucked within the walls of the mosque and ultimately remain in Ramadhan... As a new kid in this terawih thing, I decided to take some notes. None of these were written on the spot. Instead, they were recalled and typed on my phone as I headed home for the night.

Digital Renaissance: What Data And Economics Tell Us About The Future Of Popular CultureDigital Renaissance: What Data And Economics Tell Us About The Future Of Popular Culture by Waldfogel, Joel

The digital revolution poses a mortal threat to the major creative industries-music, publishing, television, and the movies. The ease with which digital files can be copied and distributed has unleashed a wave of piracy with disastrous effects on revenue. Cheap, easy self-publishing is eroding the position of these gatekeepers and guardians of culture. Does this revolution herald the collapse of culture, as some commentators claim? Far from it. In Digital Renaissance, Joel Waldfogel argues that digital technology is enabling a new golden age of popular culture, a veritable digital renaissance. By reducing the costs of production, distribution, and promotion, digital technology is democratizing access to the cultural marketplace.

Chinese Discourses On HappinessChinese Discourses On Happiness by Wielander, Gerda; Derek Hird (Eds.)

Happiness is on China's agenda. From Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream to online chat forums, the conspicuous references to happiness are hard to miss. This groundbreaking volume analyzes how different social groups make use of the concept and shows how closely official discourses on happiness are intertwined with popular sentiments. The Chinese Communist Party's attempts to define happiness and well-being around family-focused Han Chinese cultural traditions clearly strike a chord with the wider population. The collection highlights the links connecting the ideologies promoted by the government and the way they inform, and are in turn informed by, various deliberations and feelings circulating in the society.

Expats' Guide To Singapore, The: Finding Your Feet On The Little Red DotExpats' Guide To Singapore, The: Finding Your Feet On The Little Red Dot by Ozawa Sanders, Alison; Jessica Duff

In The Expats' Guide to Singapore: Finding Your Feet on the Little Red Dot seasoned expats Jessica Duff and Alison Sanders calm your newbie fears, reveal inside information, and share their own hard-earned experiences (and many, many mishaps) which will leave you snorting with laughter. More than just a guidebook, The Expats' Guide is funny, engaging, informative.