Beyond The Singapore Girl: Discourses Of Gender And Nation In Singapore by Hudson, Chris
The branding of Singapore International Airlines with the image of a beautiful, petite and servile 'Oriental' woman dressed in figure-hugging sarong-kebaya is one of the world's longest running and most successful advertising campaigns. But this image does not simply advertise a service; it is part of a global and national regime of symbolic constructions of gender that today is seen as outdated and sexist. The nation's economic success has been a force for women's liberation. One catastrophic consequence of women's changed lives has been the plunge in fertility rates. Singapore has one of the world's lowest despite energetic government campaigns encouraging women to have more babies. The failure of these campaigns and rethinking of the Singapore Girl highlight a key premise of this book: there are limits to the power of discursive constructions of gender in the national interest.
Myth Or Magic - The Singapore Healthcare System by Lim, Jeremy
This book provides a comprehensive look at the political philosophy that has shaped Singapore's healthcare system over the last five decades, and the financing and delivery of healthcare in Singapore. It delves into different aspects of the Singapore healthcare landscape, including pharmaceutical cost management, medical tourism, doctors' remuneration, medical education, rules and regulations, workforce planning and health promotion. It suggests lessons that the Singapore healthcare story holds for healthcare policy makers and reformers and the challenges that the future holds.
Religious Activism And Women's Development In Southeast Asia (Revised Edition) by Noor Aisha; Abdul Rahman (Eds.)
2012, revised edition of 20 papers from the 2009 Singapore Conference on Religious Activism and Women's Development in Southeast Asia. Scholars from different religions and academic backgrounds (Muslim, Buddhist, Christian and politico-secular) draw on situations mainly in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines as they explore: dominant ideas in scholarship on women and religion; religious elites and perceptions of women; woman, the family, and reproductive health; women and the law; women, education and social change; and women and the politics of social movements.
Women In Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements by Blackburn, Susan; Helen Ting (Eds.)
Books on Southeast Asian nationalist movements make very little - if any - mention of women in their ranks. Biographical studies of politically active women in Southeast Asia are also rare. Women in Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements makes a strong case for the significance of women's involvement in nationalist movements and for the diverse impact of those movements on the lives of individual women activists.
Some of the 12 women whose political activities are discussed in this volume are well known, while others are not. Some of them participated in armed struggles, while others pursued peaceful ways of achieving national independence. The authors show women negotiating their own subjectivity and agency at the confluence of colonialism, patriarchal traditions, and modern ideals of national and personal emancipation. They also illustrate the constraints imposed on them by wider social and political structures, and show what it was like to live as a political activist in different times and places.
Fully documented and drawing on wider scholarship, this book will be of interest to students of Southeast Asian history and politics as well as readers with a particular interest in women, nationalism and political activism.
Art Of Volunteerism, The by Tham, Mk
A senior medical practitioner with many years of experience of volunteer work in Singapore and beyond offers guidance on the preparation, personal qualities and motives for would-be volunteers. The nature, aims and support patterns of medical welfare and disaster projects and the likely roles of organizers and participants are overviewed. Photo insets indicate the diversity of ongoing volunteer work in Asia. Proceeds go to charity.
Our Amazing Quins: Raising Singapore's First Set Of Quintuplets by Chin, Dorothy
Dorothy Chin is the mother of Singapore's first surviving quintuplets, born in 1997 at KK Hospital. Here Dorothy and Humphrey Chin discuss how they prepared for and have dealt with many of the demands of their unusual - and happy - situation. Many photo insets show the children's development and the family's activities, holidays, and achievements. Mrs Chin discusses some of the problems and situations she has dealt with in a way which may encourage other parents of large families.
Challenges Of Ageing, The: Reaching Self-Awareness, Acceptance And Contentment by Navarro, Maria Carmen; Norma Miraflor
An internationally experienced psychotherapist and a writer with wide interests together ruminate on situations facing ageing individuals in today's fluid and urbanising society. The style is informal and many real-life case situations are quoted. Among the issues addressed are: strategies for mid-life; ageing as a couple; finance and housekeeping; retirement and the rest of your life; grief and bereavement; and surviving solo. In large print.
Queer Singapore: Illiberal Citizenship And Mediated Cultures by Yue, Audrey; Jun Zubillaga-Pow
These 12 expert papers explore many different aspects of Singapore's past and present dealings with those LGBT orientation, referred to as Queer (although this term is not much used in Singapore itself). In Part One, six papers look at Cultural Citizenship and Queer Policies including: official policies in the 19th and 20th centuries; the current Regulation 377A and its twilight zone application; the 2009 AWARE Saga; homosexuality in the Singapore Military; transnational lesbian identity; Queer Politics. The Part Two papers on Media Cultures discuss gay venues in early Singapore; in English newspapers; in 1990s and 2000s cinema; in the Sapphic censorship policies; in Singaporean censorship policies; in Singaporean Indian representations; and in the Fridae web portal and innovations. With black-and-white photos, references, bibliography and index.
Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans In The Age Of Connection by Zuckerman, Ethan
In an age of connection supercharged by the Internet, we often assume that more people online means a smaller, more cosmopolitan world. In reality, it is easier to ship bottles of water from Fiji to Atlanta than it is to get news from Tokyo to New York. In Rewire Ethan Zuckerman draws on contemporary research in psychology, sociology and his own work on how humans "flock together" to explain why the technological ability to reach someone does not inevitably lead to increased connection.
Religion And Governance For Social Harmony In Singapore: A Christian Reflection by Poon, Michael Nai-Chiu
How is the Singaporean society possible? This is a key question Singaporeans – new and old – need to face together, for the sake of their common home and nation.
Wild Women Do: Female Killers, Tricksters And Crooks In Singapore by Yeo Suan Futt
This softback tells the story of 13 Singapore women in recent years who have become notorious for evil or seriously unacceptable offences against the law and social norms.
Murder Most Foul: Strangled, Poisoned And Dismembered In Singapore by Yeo Suan Futt
In this volume are summary accounts of six of the most notorious and gruesome murder cases which between 1987 and 2011 made headlines in Singapore.
Deadly Stakes: Shocking True Stories Of Gambling Addiction In Singapore by Leong, Kaiwen
Casino gambling is now of course a major feature of Singapore's economy and social scene. Here is a look at some of the industry's social impact. Ten real-life stories of local gamblers and their families show how the habit was acquired, the sometimes-immense personal and social damage it did to the gambler and to those around him, and how some but only a few have managed the almost impossible feat of conquering the habit. The author, an Assistant Professor of Economics at Nanyang Technological University, knows many of these gamblers and ex-gamblers through social enterprise projects.
Wise Women: Wit And Wisdom From Some Of The World's Most Extraordinary Women by Mckenzie, Carole
Grouped alphabetically according to theme, here are more than 2000 quotations by women about women. With authors' index.
Salt, Sugar, Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us by Moss, Michael
This is the story of how the food industry have used three essential ingredients to control much of the world's diet. Michael Moss uncovers the truth about the food giants that dominate our supermarket shelves and reveals how the makers of processed foods have chosen, time and again, to increase consumption and profits, gambling that consumers and regulators wouldn't figure them out.
Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story by Haseltine, William A.
This systematic account of Singapore's healthcare by a US specialist in medical science and healthcare. It is clearly set out and makes clear how the challenge of financing, public health and individual patient care are being met, so that now Singapore ranks 6th in the world for heathcare while spending proportionally less than others high-income countries. Summaries, graphics, and charts contribute to easy comprehension. Some unresolved issues, such as increasing obesity and the provision of diabetes care, are highlighted but the general conclusions are congratulatory. In the Appendix, the Ministry of Health answers searching questions on the methods, adequacy and workings of the healthcare system. Bibliography and index.
48 Values From The News: The Straits Times Guide To Building Character by Goh, Serene
This lively spiral-bound lesson book uses as tools recent articles on current issues from the Straits Times and Little Red Dot newspapers together with graphics and illustrated summaries for the course in "Character Development". The three sections, each of 16 lessons, focus on Relationships, Identity and Choice. The approach is innovative and participatory and could well be useful at home as well as in school courses.
Ageing In Singapore: Service Needs And The State by Teo, Peggy; Kalyani Mehta Et Al
Older persons are often portrayed as social and financial burdens because pensions, health and social care have to withstand increasing old age dependency ratios. Due to a lack of access to representation or a lack of social and economic power, older people have found few opportunities to have their voices heard, making age an immensely political issue. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the experience of ageing in Singapore examining key issues such as health, work, housing, family ties and care giving. It looks at how social categorization enters into everyday life to elucidate the multiple meanings of age and identity encountered in a rapidly changing economy and society. It will appeal to a wide readership and is an invaluable resource for policy makers, service practitioners and scholars working on Asian gerontology.
Bangkok Bound by Boccuzzi, Ellen
In Thailand, migrant writers have documented the social and cultural impacts of fifty years of rural-urban migration through hundreds of stories, poems, and novels. Bangkok Bound is the first book to examine this body of literature and the messages that Thai migrant writers convey about their experiences. These stories powerfully describe the ways in which migrants who leave their homes bound for Bangkok are quickly bound to Bangkok through the transformative force of modern city life. And they show the ways in which those who remain behind in the village are transformed, too, as they struggle to maintain a rural way of life in a rapidly urbanizing world. Bangkok Bound will be of interest to anyone working on migration or urbanization, as well as to scholars of Thailand and Thai literature.
Chinese Of Macau, The: A Decade After The Handover by Berlie, Jean A.
This book examines the identity in Macau from not only a local Chinese perspective but also from a Macanese viewpoint. Society, culture and religion among the Chinese of Macau and in particular the roles played by various Macau social, cultural and religious associations are each studied in the context of economic circumstances. With references and index.