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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.

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.

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.

Where Do I Begin: An Ordinary Woman With An Extraordinary StoryWhere Do I Begin: An Ordinary Woman With An Extraordinary Story by Teo, Angeline V.

Where Do I Begin? is an honest and revealing account of Angeline V Teo's journey from grief and heartache to self-discovery. Beneath her vibrant and positive exterior lies a determined woman who has weathered personal and public storms to emerge stronger than ever. Angeline continues to inspire many with her indomitable spirit and unwavering faith, embracing all that life has to give her.

Flying Sleeves, The: The Grandeur Of Chinese OperaFlying Sleeves, The: The Grandeur Of Chinese Opera by Chua Ee Kiam

Chinese opera is rich in the heritage of Chinese history. This book documents this effervescent performance art through 200 pages, suffused with 400 breath-taking images.

Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Culture Wires Our Minds, Shapes Our Nations And Drives Our DifferencesRule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Culture Wires Our Minds, Shapes Our Nations And Drives Our Differences by Gelfand, Michele

A ground-breaking new popular psychology book revealing the cultural factors that link us all, with practical applications for business, politics and everyday social interactions.

Tolstoy Family's Ark, The by Davis, Fumiko

In the autumn of 1910, the celebrated Russian writer Leo Tolstoy secretly left his estate in Yasnaya Polyana in the dark hours of the night. A few days later, he died in a train station, at the age of 82. Why did he leave his family, and where was he headed? Through a detailed study of the diaries and letters written by the people close to the events, Fumiko Davis investigates the unusual circumstances leading to Tolstoy's disappearance, and unveils a touching story about the private life of a man regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time.

Chrysanthemum And The Sword: Patterns Of Japanese CultureChrysanthemum And The Sword: Patterns Of Japanese Culture by Benedict, Ruth

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is the highly-influential, timeless work behind much of our past and present understanding of Japanese culture. Why is it seemingly so self-contradictory and How and why does Japanese culture differ from our own are just some of the questions addressed in this landmark 1946 study. Its focus on the very heart of Japanese social structure including hierarchy, marriage and family, filial piety, self-discipline, and other core values illuminates the fact that while much of the culture has changed, much will stay the same.

It's All Chinese To Me: An Overview Of Culture & Etiquette In ChinaIt's All Chinese To Me: An Overview Of Culture & Etiquette In China by Ostrowski, Pierre; Gwen Penner Et Al

It's All Chinese to Me is a fun and authentic introduction to Chinese culture that allows readers, tourists, and business travelers to experience what ultimately makes China so unique-its people. Learn about Chinese customs, proper etiquette for all types of situations, and how to interact effectively while traveling China.

Roger Dahl's Comic Japan: Best Of Zero Gravity Cartoons From The Japan TimesRoger Dahl's Comic Japan: Best Of Zero Gravity Cartoons From The Japan Times by Dahl, Roger

The humorous cross-cultural observations in this graphic novel, drawn from a long-running comic in The Japan Times, will delight visitors to Japan and armchair travelers alike.

Singapore Chronicles: ChineseSingapore Chronicles: Chinese by Kwok Kian Woon; Teng Siao See

Historically, Singapore has been home to a myriad of people of Chinese descent, including those whose ancestors migrated from China many generations ago, as well as recent immigrants who have taken up permanent residence or citizenship. This book provides an overview of the Chinese in multi-ethnic Singapore, from sojourners to settlers in the pre-colonial Malay world and from colonial subjects to citizens in a new nation. There is no other country where Chinese form the majority of the citizenry outside of Chinese territories. In critically examining the implications of their majority status, the authors suggest that "Chineseness" has always been diversely manifested and today's Chinese-Singaporeans must continue to grapple with what it means to share in the vision and the work of creating a unique and enduring multicultural nation.

Singapore Chronicles: MediaSingapore Chronicles: Media by Ang Peng Hwa & Carol Soon

This monograph outlines the development of Singapore's media from the first government-subsidised newspaper to radio, TV, Rediffusion, the Internet and today's social media. Going beyond "just the dates", it shows how the media in Singapore had once been extremely competitive, that Singapore was a media hub for Malay intellectuals in the region and how the newspaper licensing rules were inherited from the British who set the tone by curbing an English-language newspaper called Singapore Herald published by a Japanese publisher in the 1940s. It's the Singapore media as few would have guessed.