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Ethnicities, Personalities And Politics In The Ethnic Chinese WorldsEthnicities, Personalities And Politics In The Ethnic Chinese Worlds by Yen Ching-Hwang

The rise of the economic power of the ethnic Chinese, known also as overseas Chinese, Chinese overseas or Chinese diaspora, was a late 20th century phenomenon. It was partly the result of the rise of the Four Little Asian Dragons in the 1970s, and was speeded up by the tempo of globalization towards the end of that century. This book explores the ethnic identity and boundary of the Chinese as minority groups in foreign lands, and as sub-groups among the Chinese themselves. It examines prominent personalities that had wielded considerable influence in the ethnic Chinese communities in the economic, social and educational arenas. It also discusses the type of politics that had impacted their relationship with their mother country - China. Containing 16 papers presented at various international conferences in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan as keynote speeches and research findings which are predominantly unpublished in English, this book provides fresh perspectives and re-interpretations on the issues of ethnicity, leadership and politics in the ethnic Chinese worlds.

Hdb Homes Of SingaporeHdb Homes Of Singapore by Miyauchi, Tomohisa; Keyakismos

Eitaro Ogawa and Tamae Iwasaki, with Japanese architect Tomohisa Miyauchi, started out focusing on artistically-renovated flats but later photographed flats that featured occupants hailing from "different races, different religions, different lifestyles, all kinds of age group", with every house they visited to be included in the book in chronological order. In total, they took 4,000 photos; 1,500 of them were selected to be in this book.

Development Of Malaysian Capitalism, The by Elsa Lafaye De Micheaux

As Malaysia grappled with bitter ethnic and political tensions at the end of the 1960s, the government initiated growth-oriented economic reforms to promote cohesion in the young, multi-ethnic nation. The large scale and lasting effects of these policies forged the countries' exceptional economic development: by 2020, Malaysia will likely enter the club of 'high-income' countries. This volume comprehensively surveys Malaysia's political economy, mapping the intersecting forces that inform it: economic growth, broader Asian development, the weight of colonial institutions, the influence of Islamic finance, and the sometimes ambiguous role of the state. It offers a discerning overview of Malaysian capitalism through readings of its history since 1874 - from the colonial economy through modernisation and accelerated development, up to its recent passage in global crises. The author details the causes and conditions of Malaysia's economic success; the result is a compelling portrait of a young capitalist nation sitting at both the geographic centre of Southeast Asia and at the crossroads of sovereign development.

Invincible: Stories Of Hope And Courage By Individuals With DisabilitiesInvincible: Stories Of Hope And Courage By Individuals With Disabilities by Wickremesooriya, Shalini F.

The book is a collection of stories that reflects the lives of disabled individuals across the globe. Each story is narrated by a courageous individual who refused to be defined and shaped by a label or a medical diagnosis. These individuals choose life and living instead of doom and gloom. They are not international superstars but are stars nevertheless because they valiantly defied limitations imposed on them despite the odds that were stacked against them. The stories are a gift of hope and inspiration to the countless number of individuals with disabilities. You too can overcome! The stories also carry a loving message to parents, care-givers, teachers, health professionals, neighbours, family and friends. Look beyond the disability and recognize the person who is struggling to emerge!

Civil Society And The State In SingaporeCivil Society And The State In Singapore by Soon, Carol; Gillian Koh (Eds.)

Set within the context of rising political pluralism among the citizenry, bold ground-up conflict between the governing and the governed, and increasing adoption of the Internet and new media, the Institute of Policy Studies organised a Civil Society Conference on 11 November 2013. This collection provides a nuanced analysis of Singapore civil society's development over more than a decade and combines insights from experts from different domains, and sets out an agenda for the further development. The first section discusses the different approaches and philosophies that underpin civil society - engagement, collaboration, and ideological tensions. The second section examines change agents - technology, people, and politics - and their impact on civil society. The third section explores the future of civil society, in the areas of the non-profit sector, civic education, youth activism, legislation, and finally, ethnicity. The book provides the state-of-play in the civil society landscape and this should be of interest to watchers of political development in a soft authoritarian polity making its transition towards greater democratisation.

Colours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore ElderlyColours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore Elderly by Kua Ee Heok

Ageing is not all grey. This book explores the minds of a generation who survived the Second World War and witnessed the dramatic rise of Singapore from third world to first. The 30 years of research on the mental health of the Singapore elderly is a tapestry of myriad colours of people from different ethnicities, cultures and social hierarchies. This book documents the social transformation of medical research, from epidemiological surveys to interventional studies of translational relevance, with the tagline "preventive medicine in the community by the community for the community". This book, a distillate of five epidemiological studies, is written from a longitudinal perspective, viewed through the lens of time by a doctor who conducted the research with his team. It will interest not only health professionals and policy makers but also the elderly, family caregivers and young people - just about everyone!

Heritage And Identity In Contemporary Thailand: Memory, Place And PowerHeritage And Identity In Contemporary Thailand: Memory, Place And Power by King, Ross

Using Thailand as a case study, Ross King examines the role of place in the formation of identity through memory. Employing the idea of French historian Pierre Nora that because we no longer live in environments of memory-places where the past is still vividly alive-we compensate by attaching ourselves to sites of memory, King explores whether Thailand offers an alternative vision, a place where modernity and heritage coexist. He looks closely at the myths of ancient Thai cities, the remaining royal palaces, historical monuments, small towns and villages, and the proliferating slums of Bangkok in order to create a unique and nuanced perspective of contemporary Thailand and its many ideas of Thai identity.

Asian Port Cities: Uniting Lands And Water WorldsAsian Port Cities: Uniting Lands And Water Worlds by Siddique, Sharon

Although the term "port city" has fallen out of favour, there are good reasons why it should be revived. Ports are reclaiming their role in the life of the city. A comparative study of some of Asia's port cities - Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tianjin, Tokyo, Jakarta and Johor Bahru (PTP) - demonstrate a complex, dynamic and symbiotic relationship between these ports and their cities. Port city form is dynamic and ever-changing. Twenty-first century Asian ports have expanded, constantly adapting to new technology, rapid growth trajectories, and the forces of globalization. Ports have shifted, moving from space adjacent to the city centre to the periphery. This, in turn, allows for the expansion of the waterfront, which is once more a focal point for people-oriented activities and displays. The vibrancy of the city centre is reflected in the exuberance of the high-rise buildings, plazas, malls and public spaces. Ports retain their traditional hinterlands, but for many, the hinterland has expanded to embrace the globe. The essence of twenty-first century Asian port city form is the uniting of land and water worlds.

Water Governance Dynamics In The Mekong RegionWater Governance Dynamics In The Mekong Region by Blake, David J.H.; Lisa Robins (Eds.)

The Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER) is a network of organizations and individuals collaborating to democratize water governance in the Mekong Region. Since 2006, M-POWER has developed and implemented a wide range of activities across Cambodia, southern China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. This final book in the series of books examining the work and achievements of the network brings us full circle. A decade on, it is far from obvious that the promises of democratization and improved public accountability are inevitable. The need for multi-disciplinary scholarship and constructive contestation remains.

Singapore Chronicles: LanguageSingapore Chronicles: Language by Kuo, Eddie C Y; Brenda Chan

Understanding language use is particularly challenging in a cosmopolitan city-state such as Singapore, with its multi-ethnic society that recognises four official languages - English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. This book reviews and discusses the changing language use patterns within Singapore society from Independence till today. It looks particularly at how they have been influenced by and, in turn, shape the state's language policies executed through education, language campaigns, mass media and so on. It also illustrates how language management by the Government is challenged by the emergence of colloquial forms such as Singlish, which is embraced by some citizens as uniquely Singaporean.

Singapore Chronicles: DemographySingapore Chronicles: Demography by Yap Mui Teng; Chrostopher Gee

Singapore's population is a veritable mix of nationalities, ethnic groups, languages and religious affiliations. Its unique trajectory of size and composition is mapped out by various phases of migration. There also has been a demographic transition from high birth and death rates in the post-World War II years to the very low birth and death rates today. This book traces trends and developments in Singapore's population from the pre-Independence period, when there was relatively little control over migration and fertility; through the period of population control from Independence to the 1980s; to the more expansionary years from the mid-1980s until recently.

Singapore Chronicles: FoodSingapore Chronicles: Food by Tan, Sylvia

Singapore's reputation as a food paradise reflects its position at the intersection of four culinary cultures: Chinese, Malay, Indian and European. This book discusses these influences and traces the changes in cooking practices and eating habits that have produced a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city known for the variety of dining experiences it offers. These range from fish head curry and laksa to chilli crab, raw fish salad and mee goreng. Dishes such as these attest to a unique culinary heritage which lives on in both high-end restaurants and the hawker centres that dot the gastronomic map of Singapore.

Singapore Chronicles: Civil SocietySingapore Chronicles: Civil Society by Koh, Gillian; Debbie Soon

This book documents the development of civil society in Singapore from the colonial era to the present day. It examines the relevance of the concept to Singapore and examines the working arrangement that state and civil society have arrived at. It discusses the legal and other mechanisms that shape the functioning of civil society, and explores key trends that will influence governability and the tenor of democracy in Singapore.

Cities In Motion: Urban Life And Cosmopolitanism In Southeast Asia, 1920-1940Cities In Motion: Urban Life And Cosmopolitanism In Southeast Asia, 1920-1940 by Lewis, Su Lin

In the 1920s and 1930s, the port-cities of Southeast Asia were staging grounds for diverse groups of ordinary citizens to experiment with modernity, as a rising Japan and American capitalism challenged the predominance of European empires after the First World War. Both migrants and locals played a pivotal role in shaping civic culture. Moving away from a nationalist reading of the period, Su Lin Lewis explores layers of cross-cultural interaction in various spheres: the urban built environment, civic associations, print media, education, popular culture and the emergence of the modern woman. While the book focuses on Penang, Rangoon and Bangkok - three cities born amidst British expansion to the region - it explores connected experiences across Asia and in Asian intellectual enclaves in Europe. Cosmopolitan sensibilities were severely tested in the era of post-colonial nationalism, but are undergoing a resurgence in Southeast Asia's civil society and creative class today.

Communicating With Asia: The Future Of English As A Global LanguageCommunicating With Asia: The Future Of English As A Global Language by Leitner, Gerhard; Azirah Hashim Et Al (Eds.)

Communicating with Asia brings together an international team of leading researchers to discuss South, South-East, East and Central Asia, and explore Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi-Urdu, Malay, and Russian as major languages. The volume locates English inside a number of national, regional or lingua franca contexts and illustrates the way it develops in such contact situations. Local dynamics affecting languages in contact and cultural links of languages are dealt with, such as educational-political issues and tensions between conflicting norms. In today's global world, where the continent is an increasing area of focus, it is vital to explore what it means to 'understand' Asian cultures through English and other languages. This important new study will be of interest to students and researchers working in the fields of regional studies, English as a global language, Asian languages and cultural studies.

Malaysia That Could Be, TheMalaysia That Could Be, The by Kalimullah Hassan

As he reminisces the Malaysia of yesteryear when ordinary Malaysians lived modestly and harmoniously together, Kalimullah bemoans the decline in ethnic and religious tolerance in recent times, amidst a rise of often politically charged rhetoric of bigotry and racism. The subject of his book was inspired by his stint at the National Unity Panel - a "high-powered agency with the objective of promoting unity among Malaysians and resolve thorny issues behind closed doors". As a member, it was then did he realise how deep-rooted and severe the suspicions between Muslims and non-Muslims and between the different ethnic groups that make up Malaysia were. Having been friends with Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi since 1979, and part of the team that gave input for Abdullah's speeches at the annual Umno General Assembly, Kalimullah also gives an insider's view of the former Malaysian Prime Minister's years in power and the events which eventually led to the latter's resignation.

First Queer Voices From Thailand: Uncle Go's Advice Columns For Gays, Lesbians And KathoeysFirst Queer Voices From Thailand: Uncle Go's Advice Columns For Gays, Lesbians And Kathoeys by Jackson, Peter A.

This is a fully revised and substantially expanded edition of Peter Jackson's highly regarded pioneering study of an Asian gay culture, Male Homosexuality in Thailand (1989). The hero of Jackson's fascinating narrative is "Uncle Go", which was the pen name of a popular magazine editor who, despite being avowedly heterosexual, was tolerant of all sexual practices and whose "agony uncle" columns in the 1970s provided unique spaces in the national press for Thailand's gays, lesbians and transgenders (kathoeys) to speak for themselves in the public domain. Peter Jackson translates and analyses selected correspondence published in Uncle Go's advice columns, preserving and presenting important primary sources. In this new edition, Jackson has expanded his coverage to include not only letters from Thai gay men, but also those from lesbians and transgenders.

Population Policies And Programmes In Singapore (2Nd Ed.)Population Policies And Programmes In Singapore (2Nd Ed.) by Saw Swee Hock

The second edition of Population Policies and Programmes in Singapore presents an up-to-date and comprehensive account of the government's initiatives to influence the course of fertility, and hence the rate of population growth in the island-state of Singapore since the 1960s. The varied population issues and consequences associated with the prolonged below-replacement fertility are discussed in detail. The strength of the book lies in the author's intimate familiarity with the subject acquired through some personal involvement in the formulation of population policies for the country.

True Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers And Dope Heads - True Stories From A Japanese CourtroomTrue Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers And Dope Heads - True Stories From A Japanese Courtroom by Murphy, Paul

A middle-aged carpenter beats his 91-year old mother to death and goes to work the following day, leaving the body for his wife to find. An 82-year old woman is jailed for 10 months for stealing fried chicken. Like nearly all defendants in Japan, they both plead guilty. What happens between plea and sentencing is the subject of True Crime Japan. In this fascinating crime book journalist and longtime Japan resident Paul Murphy provides a glimpse of Japanese society through a year's worth of criminal court cases in Matsumoto, a city 140 miles to the west of Tokyo. Based on court hearings and interviews with the defendants, their families, neighbors and lawyers-Murphy explores not only the motives of offenders, but the culture of crime and punishment in Japan. The resulting true crime book provides a lens through which to view this honor-shame based, conformist culture, and shows how, in its role within that culture, the court system reveals Japan to be, surprisingly to some, a land of true individuals.

Gila: A Journey Through Moods & MadnessGila: A Journey Through Moods & Madness by Hanna Alkaf

Here are the untold stories of the men and women living with mental illness in Malaysia, as well as those who love, care for, work with and fight for them. Filled with heart-wrenching personal stories, expert commentary, and helpful resources from patients, caregivers, psychologists, psychiatrists, volunteers and advocates, GILA offers a glimpse into a rarely seen or spoken-of world: the Malaysian mental health industry.