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Straits EclecticStraits Eclectic by Nine (Ed.)

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.

Art Of Advocacy In Singapore, TheArt Of Advocacy In Singapore, The by Singam, Constance; Margaret Thomas (Eds.)

Advocacy is a tricky pursuit in Singapore. Your motives can be questioned, your activities monitored, and your scope for action limited. Despite the constraints, civil society activists have persisted, finding ways to pursue their cause and to try to bring about the changes they believe important for Singapore. In 2013 a small group of civil society stalwarts set out to acknowledge the contributions of these unsung heroes. The Singapore Advocacy Awards was launched, a 3-year project that saw a total of 18 individuals and organisations being honoured. In this book, 37 activists write about their causes and discuss the strategies shaped and lessons learnt as they practise the delicate art of advocacy in Singapore.

Social Futures Of Singapore SocietySocial Futures Of Singapore Society by Chan, David (Ed.)

This book, based on the proceedings at the Behavioural Sciences Institute Conference 2016, explores a range of issues about the social futures of Singapore. The book is organized into four parts. Part I provides an overview of issues involved in thinking about the social futures of Singapore society. Part II examines social futures from the perspectives of healthcare and education. Part III analyses the relationships linking social futures to the notion of giving and the increasing influence of social media. Part IV addresses specific questions on social futures of Singapore society in terms of social and national identities, cultural values, relationship between economic development and environmental sustainability, religious consciousness, perceptions of political leaders, and relationships between people and government.

Handbook Of Language, Gender And Sexuality, The (2Nd Edition)Handbook Of Language, Gender And Sexuality, The (2Nd Edition) by Ehrlich, Susan; Miriam Meyerhoff & J. Holmes (Eds.

Significantly expanded and updated, this second edition brings together a team of the leading specialists in the field to create a comprehensive overview of key historical themes and issues, along with methodologies and cutting-edge research topics. It examines the dynamic ways that women and men develop and manage gendered identities through their talk, presenting data and case studies from interactions in a range of social contexts and different communities. It provides unrivalled geographic coverage and an essential resource for a wide range of disciplines, from linguistics, psychology, sociology, and anthropology to communication and gender studies.

Making A Difference: Parents And Professionals In PartnershipMaking A Difference: Parents And Professionals In Partnership by Tan, Theresa

This book traces the transformations that ARC(S) has made in Singapore's autism landscape over the last 20 years, from the introduction of diagnostic, training and outreach services to the setting up of Pathlight School, Singapore's first autism-specific school. This is the story of many helping hands and generous individuals and organisations coming together to sow the seeds of change. Together, they worked to create an inclusive society for all. Together, they made a difference.

Survivors: Breaking The Silence On Child Sexual AbuseSurvivors: Breaking The Silence On Child Sexual Abuse by Eirliani Abdul Rahman & Daniel Fung

The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported, but its effects are undeniably long-term and severe. In this powerful book, twelve survivors share their stories and the steps they took in their journey towards healing by breaking the silence. Their accounts expose the harsh realities of child sexual abuse and explain the pain it causes, while offering hope and encouragement to everyone who has been sexually abused as a child - and those who care about them. Compassionate and sensitively written, Survivors is a useful and inspiring tool for those who have been assaulted. It also equips family, friends and caregivers to help survivors move forward with courage and confidence.

Crime Scene Asia: When Forensic Evidence Becomes The Silent WitnessCrime Scene Asia: When Forensic Evidence Becomes The Silent Witness by Porter, Liz

This is a casebook of fascinating true stories from Singapore, Malaysia, HK, The Philippines and Indonesia. Its opening case begins when the body of a woman is found in a Singapore nature park. Nobody has reported her missing. Nobody knows who she is. The only clue to her identity is a set of tiny numbers etched into a series of implants in her teeth. Police door-knock the dentists of Singapore until they find the one who treated her. Then, following a trail of numbers called from her phone, they unmask her killer. Another one of the book's Hong Kong cases tells the story of a humble truck driver facing jail for his apparent involvement in a bombing plot allegedly masterminded by two of the former British colony's most notorious gangsters. Then the evidence of a forensic scientist sets him free.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #12: Beneath The Veneer - The Political Economy Of Housing In Iskandar Malaysia, JohorTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #12: Beneath The Veneer - The Political Economy Of Housing In Iskandar Malaysia, Johor by Ng Keng Khoon & Guanie Lim

The rise of Iskandar Malaysia as a regional hub has profoundly altered the domestic landscape, generating a knock-on effect on Johor's housing development, both economically and politically. Housing policy and development in Johor, as illustrated in the formation of Iskandar Malaysia, is riddled with conflict along two dimensions bumiputra versus non-bumiputra and federal government versus state government. Given the importance of sub-national governments in many large-scale housing projects in Iskandar Malaysia, the changing political conditions urge us to rethink the long-standing practice of national-centric development policy in Malaysia. Taking housing as a point of departure, the timing is ripe to revisit the role of state government in policy-making and urban governance.

Birthday Book 2017, The: What Should We Never Forget?Birthday Book 2017, The: What Should We Never Forget? by Pakir, Sheila; Malminderjit Singh (Eds.)

An annual publication, The Birthday Book examines emerging challenges and opportunities for Singapore, based on a selected prompt. The number of writers each year matches Singapore's age-52 for 2017, 53 for 2018, and so on. This edition presents 52 responses to "What Should We Never Forget?" The contributors have drawn from personal encounters, academic and professional experiences, and cornerstone values in their lives. Read their stories for a glimpse of our nation's spirit-mortal, vulnerable, restless, resilient, and aspirational. What's your response?

10 Inspiring Fathers: Inspirational Stories Of Love And Sacrifice Of Everyday Fathers (In English And Malay)10 Inspiring Fathers: Inspirational Stories Of Love And Sacrifice Of Everyday Fathers (In English And Malay) by Sawi, Norman

10 Inspiring Fathers: Inspirational Stories of Love and Sacrifice of Everyday Fathers is a bilingual book containing 10 inspiring stories from fathers who, in their own unique ways, have made the lives of their children and those around them better. Written in both English and Malay, the book includes stories from everyday fathers as well as prominent members of the Singapore Malay community, such as former Cathay head honcho turned grassroots man Suhaimi Rafdi. It also showcases valuable insights from Singapore's Mufti, Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram. Through the stories of these 10 fathers, readers will gain a deeper understanding of fatherhood and learn lessons of perseverance, resilience and strength.

Unmasked: Being Authentic About SexualityUnmasked: Being Authentic About Sexuality by Lee, Ben Kc

Sexual brokenness is all around us. But when was the last time you had an honest conversation with a trusted friend, family member or your pastor about sexual brokenness? The truth is that we avoid talking about sexual brokenness because it brings us face to face with the parts of ourselves that we are most fearful of and shameful about. So we put on masks when confronted with issues related to our sexuality. Talking about sex and sexuality requires authenticity. Authenticity brings freedom, and is a huge part of becoming sexually whole. In this book, Ben KC Lee urges you to take off your mask and break the silence, so that you may experience healing and find freedom.

Ostrich, The Ah Long, The Con Woman, And The Creep Guy, The: The Story Of Crime Prevention In SingaporeOstrich, The Ah Long, The Con Woman, And The Creep Guy, The: The Story Of Crime Prevention In Singapore by Sim, Susan; Majeed Khader

Since the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) was first established in 1981, it has played a valuable role in keeping Singapore safe. Yet what exactly is crime prevention? What are the theories and behavioural insights that inform the island-wide, multi-platform campaigns rolled out by the NCPC? This fascinating and eminently-readable study of the art and science of crime prevention interrogates these questions, and more.

Who Cares? Thoughts About Caring For The Elderly In SingaporeWho Cares? Thoughts About Caring For The Elderly In Singapore by Lim, Kelvin

They are often mere statistics these days - the growing ranks of the elderly, whose care will be borne by ever fewer caregivers. But dive deeper into the people themselves and myriad stories emerge. Dreams, memories, fears, friendship, love, and loss. Photographer Kelvin Lim uses his remarkable visual storytelling abilities to explore the world of these old men and women, and the larger questions of an ageing population. The book also documents the responses of 70 viewers from all walks of life. Their opinions, recollections and musings triggered by the photos offer us a fascinating, multifaceted look at ageing, identity, and the challenges facing caregiving in Singapore.

Guilty As Charged: 25 Crimes That Have Shaken Singapore Since 1965Guilty As Charged: 25 Crimes That Have Shaken Singapore Since 1965 by Abdul Hafiz Abdul Samad (Ed.)

Murder. Dismemberment. A shooting. A stabbing. Cheating. Murder for gold bars. Murder for a Rolex. Murder. This book recounts 25 infamous crime cases that have taken place in Singapore since 1965. Some of the victims' names are still remembered today. Jenny Cheok, 22, killed by her apparently devoted boyfriend Sunny Ang during a diving trip near the Sisters' Islands. Nine-year-old Agnes Ng and 10-year-old Ghazali Marzuki, killed by self-styled medium Adrian Lim, his wife and his mistress. Huang Na, nine, murdered at the Pasir Panjang Wholesale centre by vegetable packer Took Leng How.

Citizens, Civil Society And Heritage-Making In AsiaCitizens, Civil Society And Heritage-Making In Asia by Hsiao Hsin-Huang, Michael; Yf Hui Et Al (Eds.)

This volume is based on papers from the second in a series of three conferences that deal with the multi-scalar processes of heritage-making, ranging from the local to the national and international levels, involving different players with different degrees of agency and interests. These players include citizens and civil society, the state, and international organizations and actors. The current volume focuses on the role of citizens and civil society in the politics of heritage-making, looking at how these players at the grass-roots level make sense of the past in the present. Who are these local players that seek to define the meaning of heritage in their everyday lives? How do they negotiate with the state, or contest the influence of the state, in determining what their heritage is? These and other questions will be taken up in various Asian contexts in this volume to foreground the local dynamics of heritage politics.

Nan Dao ZhiNan Dao Zhi by Chen Yanni & Zhang Jiajia (Eds.)

Nandao is a platform for discussion and sharing by the faculty and students from the Chinese, English, Physical and Mathematical Science, and Mechanical Engineering divisions of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Through discussions on Singaporean and Malaysian issues, Nandao strives to expand the intellectual horizon of university students, and motivate their social concerns and interventions. At the same time, Nandao aims to promote rational, plural and generous insights in terms of understanding differences, offences and discrepancies in society, and to search for the language of our own age. Nandao Zhi is a compilation of speeches and talks held by Nandao.

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 From British Rule To Present DayDevelopment Of Malaysian Capitalism, The From British Rule To Present Day 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!