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Managing Change: Urban Heritage And Community Development In Historic Asian Cities

Managing Change: Urban Heritage And Community Development In Historic Asian Cities

Part 1 of this volume consists of five chapters that examine broader issues of conservation principles and approaches in historic cities of Asia. The contributions discuss various perspectives ranging from critiques of current conservation policies regarding local heritage conservation to recent trends of rapid and unplanned development of historic quarters in Asian cities. The case studies in Part 2 of this volume contextualise current debates on the role of community engagement to conserve historic urban quarters and examine diverse contexts across Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Philippines. All five chapters are about real-world projects where the authors were actively involved in various roles - as facilitators, professional advisers, community leaders and coordinators, and activists. Why does local heritage matter to communities? The contributions explored the fundamental reasons for this question and argued that heritage mean more than just mere identity, continuity and accumulated layers of memories.

King Cobra: Natural History And Captive Management

King Cobra: Natural History And Captive Management

The king cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world, is widely distributed across much of tropical and subtropical Asia. Its generic name Ophiophagus ('snake-eater') is indicative of its cannibalistic tendencies; its diet is comprised almost exclusively of snakes, including its own kind. It is widely considered as one of the most formidable snakes in the world. This book, profusely illustrated with excellent photographs from a number of very talented photographers, details the natural history of the king cobra, looking closely at all aspects of its life including distribution, diet, reproduction and venom, as well as its relationship with humans and conservation. The author also provides notes on the captive management of the king cobra, drawing on his experience of maintaining and breeding this species for a number of years.

Heart & Soul Cooking: A Sentimental Culinary Journey

Heart & Soul Cooking: A Sentimental Culinary Journey

Rosalind Sharbanee Meyer, author of Rosie’s War and Flowers of My Life, shares her favourite dishes and family memories in this delicious collection of recipes. Heart and Soul Cooking mirrors the journey of Rosalind and her family from the Middle East to Bombay, Singapore, Australia and London. It covers many cuisines including Jewish dishes steeped in tradition, wonderful spicy Indian curries, authentic Asian appetisers, classic English treats and Australian dinner party favourites. Heart and Soul Cooking is Rosalind’s tribute to the wonderful women cooks who formed the heart and soul of her family.

Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks As Agents Of Cultural And Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style In East Asia, Ca. 645-770

Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks As Agents Of Cultural And Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style In East Asia, Ca. 645-770

The period ca. 645-770 marked an extraordinary era in the development of East Asian Buddhism and Buddhist art. Increased contacts between China and regions to both its west and east facilitated exchanges and the circulation of ideas, practices and art forms, giving rise to a synthetic art style uniform in both iconography and formal characteristics. The formulation of this new Buddhist art style occurred in China in the latter part of the seventh century, and from there it became widely disseminated and copied throughout East Asia, and to some extent in Central Asia, in the eighth century. This book argues that notions of Buddhist kingship and theory of the Buddhist state formed the underpinnings of Buddhist states experimented in China and Japan from the late seventh to the mid-eighth century, providing the religio-political ideals that were given visual expression in this International Buddhist Art Style. The volume also argues that Buddhist pilgrim-monks were among the key agents in the transmission of these ideals, the visual language of state Buddhism was spread, circulated, adopted and transformed in faraway lands, it transcended cultural and geographical boundaries and became cosmopolitan.

Kandy Esala Perahera: A Photographic Journey

Kandy Esala Perahera: A Photographic Journey

The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. This labour of love by Nadija Weeraratne is a compilation of beautiful photographs of the pageant taken over a period of eleven years.

20 Years Of Can Asians Think? Commemorative Edition

20 Years Of Can Asians Think? Commemorative Edition

It has been 20 years since Kishore Mahbubani first took the bold step of asking the politically incorrect question, "Can Asians think?" His collection of essays has stood the test of time, continuing to resonate with both Asian and Western minds alike over two decades and four editions of the book. This 20th-anniversary edition provides an opportunity for all Asians, from East Asia to West Asia, from Central Asia to Southeast Asia, to reflect on how remarkable these past two decades - from 1998 to 2018 - have been for Asian history. As Asia's recent experience shows, and as this volume documents, Asians can think. Perhaps the time has finally come for Western thinkers to learn from Asian thinking.

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention

The birth of Buddhism goes back to the sixth century BCE and, over the centuries, there has been considerable variety as well as considerable change in its doctrines, practices and propagation across the different parts of Asia. This volume showcases the expansion in the religion's contours and popularity in Asia in modern times. Focusing on India, Sri Lanka and China, the essays in the book highlight the cross-fertilization between Buddhism and contemporary discourses which makes the phenomenon of Buddhist revival in Asia unambiguously modern. This is a historically rich and readable volume which will interest general readers as well as students and scholars of history and of Buddhism.

Asian Management Insights, V.4(2): The Sustainability Edge - Driving Top-Line With Triple -Bottom-Line Thinking

Asian Management Insights, V.4(2): The Sustainability Edge - Driving Top-Line With Triple -Bottom-Line Thinking

Asian Management Insights aims to develop a body of knowledge and a narrative of innovation and creativity for trends in Asian management. It brings together some of the best and brightest of Asia's thought leaders and their solutions to address current Asian challenges.

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On The Table At Home: Food I Love To Make

On The Table At Home: Food I Love To Make

Model, mother, home cook and now author, Danielle Graham is a woman of style, passion and substance. In this beautifully photographed book of her favourite healthy and delicious recipes, she shares the greatest gift her family has given her - the love of good food, and a passion for cooking with heart and soul. This is the food she cooks for her family and friends - a combination of Asian and European style dishes, each with its own story, inspired by people and places dear to her, and adapted with her own personal touches. Danielle has gathered over 70 recipes from her childhood favourites, from cooking lessons with her chef friends and from dishes she discovered during her international travels, and made them her own with personal touches. It will inspire you to nourish those that you hold close to your heart and to sit around the table at your home, enjoying the food you love to make. Invest in goodness, cook with passion and make it real.

Twilight Of The Angonoka: Biology And Conservation Of The World's Rarest Tortoise

Twilight Of The Angonoka: Biology And Conservation Of The World's Rarest Tortoise

The fascinating wildlife of Madagascar is the result of millions of years of isolation of that continental island from the rest of the world. It has a unique and rich flora and fauna, the latter including the extraordinary tortoise species locally called the Angonoka. This is the most striking and best-studied of the Madagascan tortoises but, unfortunately, also has the dubious distinction of being the world's rarest and most endangered tortoise, with fewer than 220 individuals living exclusively in isolated pockets of shrub-bamboo thicket in the north-western corner of the island. This timely book provides a complete summary of the biology and conservation of the Angonoka by two knowledgeable experts in biodiversity conservation and the biology of this species. While this meticulously researched book will fulfil scientists' needs for accuracy and detail, Miguel Pedrono and Alison Clausen have maintained a personal touch that provides even the lay-reader with a realistic understanding of the ecology and conservation exigencies of this species.

Monocle Guide To Hotels, Inns And Hideaways, The

Monocle Guide To Hotels, Inns And Hideaways, The

Monocle's latest book will tell you where to find a top hotel - and also how to design or run your own. Both inspirational and packed with insight, it will be a must-have guide for the globally minded. In this brand-new book, Monocle reveals not only its 100 favourite hotels but also how you could start number 101 on its list with a wealth of advice and insight into what owning and running a perfect establishment involves. From stunning photography and illustration to snappy essays and sharp observations, this book delivers a complete review of everything from escapists' boltholes to third spaces for entrepreneurs.

Small Homes: Grand Living - Interior Design For Compact Spaces

Small Homes: Grand Living - Interior Design For Compact Spaces

Small Homes, Grand Living's assortment of projects and homes pays homage to the iconic innovation within modest living areas and shows the creative usage of space in continually expanding urban areas. As more people across the globe move into cities, living space becomes a precious commodity. Designers, architects, and innovative inhabitants seek new ways of creating a home that is just as comfortable as it is functional and aesthetically pleasing. Where does one stow clothing, bicycles, suitcases, or bed linens? Where is the perfect place for the desk, bed, or couch? How does one use less square meters more effectively? Compact flats perched atop the roofs on high-rise buildings. A one-bedroom apartment that houses a family of four. Stairs that cleverly transform into wardrobes. This book offers real interior design solutions directly from the occupants' imaginations.

Arts And Crafts In Waldorf Schools: An Integrated Approach

Arts And Crafts In Waldorf Schools: An Integrated Approach

Arts and crafts are a core part of the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum, helping children to develop emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually, as well as learning practical skills. This comprehensive book addresses every aspect of arts and crafts, including woodwork, forestry, metalwork, stone carving, clay modelling, pottery and much more. Written by experienced Waldorf craft teachers, this comprehensive book is an invaluable tool and resource for Middle and Upper School (Classes 5 to 13).

Painting At School: A Handbook For Elementary And Secondary Education In Waldorf Schools

Painting At School: A Handbook For Elementary And Secondary Education In Waldorf Schools

Watercolour painting is a key part of the Waldorf curriculum, and is important in the healthy development of a child. This lovely book is a thorough overview of watercolor painting in the Waldorf curriculum, up to Class 12 (age 18). It includes practical advice for teachers and clear exercises. It discusses Goethe's theory of colour as well as how to paint with different ages and grades.

Music From Around The World For Three-Part Recorder Ensembles

Music From Around The World For Three-Part Recorder Ensembles

It can be surprisingly hard for teachers to find good quality music from a variety of cultural backgrounds, which is suitably scored for school recorders. Michael Preston, who grew up in Africa and New Zealand, has compiled this wonderful collection of folk music from around the world. The selections are easy to see and not too hard to sight-read for children. They are rich, varied and interesting, with the possibility of harmonic accompaniment if wished. The songs are suitable for children in Class 5 and up. Each section includes an introduction to the country or region, to give some flavour of the music.

Illustrated Atlas Of Architecture And Marvelous Monuments, The

Illustrated Atlas Of Architecture And Marvelous Monuments, The

The Illustrated Atlas of Architecture and Marvelous Monuments presents a world of breathtaking buildings and their incredible stories through illustrated maps and engaging factsheets. Sarah Tavernier and Alexandre Verhille have already deftly shown with Legendary Routes of the World that they are experts in showcasing the biggest and the best. Now, for The Illustrated Atlas of Architecture and Marvelous Monuments, they researched the longest bridges, tallest towers, the most impressive cultural sites, and plenty of curiosities. Exciting facts are woven together with a myriad of architectural styles; the material feats are skillfully and artfully placed upon bold maps, situating the constructions within a geographic context.

Hunting The Killer Idea

Hunting The Killer Idea

Killer Ideas. They re out there. Wild, unpredictable and dangerous. So powerful they can stop a person in their tracks, turn a life around, start a revolution, or even change the world. Hunting the Killer Idea takes the intrepid reader through the jungle of the mind as the creative process is brought to life in vivid detail. Examining what it is that makes great ideas stand the test of time as we attempt to capture the essence of creativity. Along the way we talk to those who have hunted down their own Killer Idea and lived to tell the tale. This book is essential reading for anyone who knows they've got a Killer Idea hiding somewhere deep inside and the time to hunt it down has come. Hunting The Killer Idea: Captures the creative process in a fresh, unexpected and compelling way like never seen before.

Anna And Johanna: A Children's Book Inspired By Jan Vermeer

Anna And Johanna: A Children's Book Inspired By Jan Vermeer

This delightful tale about two young friends in 17th-century Holland is inspired by Vermeer's two masterpieces, "The Milkmaid" and "The Lacemaker." Although one is the daughter of a wealthy Dutch family and the other a household servant, Anna and Johanna become friends. Born on the same day, they celebrate their joint birthdays by making gifts for each other. But then a letter arrives that changes their lives forever. Told against the backdrop of the 17th-century Dutch city of Delft and its thriving commercial and artistic culture, this story of an unlikely friendship echoes the themes of Vermeer's luminous depiction of domestic life. Florence Koenig's brightly colored illustrations evoke Vermeer's style through the city's multifaceted landscapes, from misty mornings by the canals to busy households preparing for a special day. Young readers will be fascinated by this uplifting story of friendship inspired by Jan Vermeer.

World Press Photo 2018

World Press Photo 2018

Publishing the results of the most recent annual World Press Photo Contest, this exceptional book contains the very best press photographs from the year 2017 - pictures submitted by photojournalists, picture agencies, newspapers and magazines throughout the world. Selected from thousands of images, these prizewinning photos capture the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year.

China And The New Maoists

China And The New Maoists

Forty years after his death, Mao remains a totemic, if divisive, figure in contemporary China. In China and the New Maoists, Kerry Brown and Simone van Nieuwenhuizen look at the increasingly vocal elements who claim to be the true ideological heirs to Mao, ranging from academics to cyberactivists, as well as at the state's efforts to draw on Mao's image as a source of legitimacy. This is a fascinating portrait of a country undergoing dramatic upheavals while still struggling to come to terms with its past.

Speaking Of Universities

Speaking Of Universities

In recent decades there has been an immense global surge in the numbers both of universities and of students. In the UK alone there are now over 140 institutions teaching more subjects to nearly 2.5 million students. New technology offers new ways of learning and teaching. Globalization forces institutions to consider a new economic horizon. At the same time governments have systematically imposed new procedures regulating funding, governance, and assessment. Universities are being forced to behave more like business enterprises in a commercial marketplace than centres of learning. Historian and critic Stefan Collini analyses these changes and challenges the assumptions of policy-makers and commentators. He asks: does 'marketization' threaten to destroy what we most value about education; does this new era of 'accountability' distort what it purports to measure; and who does the modern university belong to? Responding to recent policies and their underlying ideology, the book is a call to 'focus on what is actually happening and the clichés behind which it hides; an incitement to think again, think more clearly, and then to press for something better'.

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Uncertainty, Anxiety, Frugality: Dealing With Leprosy In The Dutch East Indies, 1816-1942

Uncertainty, Anxiety, Frugality: Dealing With Leprosy In The Dutch East Indies, 1816-1942

The story of leprosy in the Dutch East Indies from the beginning of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th reveals important themes in the colonial enterprise across the territory that is today's Indonesia. Operating in a territory with only a few hundred Western-trained doctors and a population in the tens of millions, Dutch colonial officials approached leprosy with uncertainty and anxiety. Leo van Bergen's detailed, attentive study to changing policies for treatment and prevention of leprosy (now often called Hansen's disease) is fascinating medical history, and provides a useful lens for understanding colonialism in Indonesia.

Indonesia In The New World: Globalisation, Nationalism And Sovereignty

Indonesia In The New World: Globalisation, Nationalism And Sovereignty

Globalisation is more complex than ever. The effects of the global financial crisis and increased inequality have spurred anti-globalisation sentiment in many countries and encouraged the adoption of populist and inward-looking policies. In this volume, leading experts explore key issues around globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty in Indonesia. Topics include the history of Indonesia's engagement with the world, Indonesia's stance on the South China Sea and the re-emergence of nationalism. The book also examines the impact of globalisation on poverty and inequality, labour markets and people, especially women.

Flavors Of Indonesia: William Wongso's Culinary Wonders

Flavors Of Indonesia: William Wongso's Culinary Wonders

The quintessential tastes of Indonesia are rich yet subtle, complex yet elegant. Each region of Indonesia is home to a distinctive cuisine, many of which trace back to the marvelous, abundant history of these islands. In this great nation, food is about creating a harmonious melange of diverse flavors, passions, beliefs, and traditions. Flavors of Indonesia is a beautifully illustrated Indonesian cookbook, culinary guide and cultural exploration that introduces readers to the specialties and characteristics of the world's largest archipelago. Celebrated chef and Indonesian TV personality William Wongso takes you on a journey through Indonesia, retracing the religious, architectural, and culinary history of Java as seen through the island's royal cuisine.

Politics Of Shari'a Law, The: Islamist Activists And The State In Democratizing Indonesia

Politics Of Shari'a Law, The: Islamist Activists And The State In Democratizing Indonesia

The Islamization of politics in Indonesia after 1998 presents an underexplored puzzle: why has there been a rise in the number of shari'a laws despite the electoral decline of Islamist parties? Michael Buehler presents an analysis of the conditions under which Islamist activists situated outside formal party politics may capture and exert influence in Muslim-majority countries facing democratization. His analysis shows that introducing competitive elections creates new pressures for entrenched elites to mobilize and structure the electorate, thereby opening up new opportunities for Islamist activists to influence politics. Buehler's analysis of changing state-religion relations in formerly authoritarian Islamic countries illuminates broader theoretical debates on Islamization in the context of democratization. This timely text is essential reading for students, scholars, and government analysts.

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Empress: The Astonishing Reign Of Nur Jahan

Empress: The Astonishing Reign Of Nur Jahan

Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire. Her legend still lives, but her story was lost-until now. In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and favourite wife of the Emperor Jahangir who ruled the Mughal Empire. An astute politician as well as a devoted partner, she issued imperial orders; coins of the realm bore her name. When Jahangir was imprisoned by a rebellious nobleman, the Empress led troops into battle and rescued him. The only woman to acquire the stature of empress in her male-dominated world, Nur was also a talented dress designer and innovative architect whose work inspired her stepson's Taj Mahal. Nur's confident assertion of talent and power is revelatory; it far exceeded the authority of her female contemporaries, including Elizabeth I. Here, she finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography.

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Our Cities, Our Homes: People, Places And Passions

Our Cities, Our Homes: People, Places And Passions

The world has been in a state of disruptive flux for decades. This transformation signals an unfolding process of creative destruction: society, the economy, politics, cultural life, technology and the environment have, in many ways, changed beyond recognition. Anwar Fazal has been one of the world's leading witnesses to these dramas - an engaged and engaging public intellectual who has been at the forefront of local and global efforts to forge innovative solutions to pressing problems. This book brings together, for the first time, some of his most important contributions to debates about what kinds of alternative futures are possible. At their heart are a deeply felt commitment to people-centred development, incorporating the values of justice, sustainability and inclusiveness, and the potential of capacity building, enabling people to build on the capabilities they already possess. Written in an accessible style, infused with a clear-eyed passion for emboldened people and liveable places, this is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of the planet.

Trusthearts & Tails - The Greatest King Of All

Trusthearts & Tails - The Greatest King Of All

What secrets lie behind the special bond between humans and animals? Find out in Trusthearts & Tails, the exciting new series set in the award-winning Tails of Ae'tann universe! Told in rhyme, this charming, light-hearted story aims to capture the feeling of camaraderie of a battle-tested band of warriors who have fought alongside each other and lived with each other, teasing one another as only family can. With its layered themes, breath-taking art and set in an awe-inspiring universe, The Greatest King of All is a book that both children and adults will love.

Tails Of Aetann: A Sunset Story Part 1 - The First Fields

Tails Of Aetann: A Sunset Story Part 1 - The First Fields

The Tails of Ae'tann is a richly illustrated hardcover book that tells the tale of three puppies, Red, Olive and Ollie, and follows them on a grand journey filled with excitement, danger and discovery. In this book, Red, Olive and Ollie are three adorable puppies eagerly waiting to be born into the World. When a silly decision leads to tragic and unintended consequences, they are drawn into mysterious realm filled with wonder and awe, new friends and allies, but also evil, unimaginable to their young minds. The book references and interweaves mythology and tales of the past into the story. Look out for elements of Norse, German, Jewish, Japanese, Chinese, and Classical myths and tales, amongst others.

Authoritarian Populism In Malaysia Autocrats Vs The People

Authoritarian Populism In Malaysia Autocrats Vs The People

Anne's 1993 PhD thesis, 'Authoritarian Populism in Malaysia', published in 1996 by Macmillan was ahead of its time in its theoretical and political conceptualization of this current world-wide phenomenon. She has updated her thesis as a reminder of this Malaysian variant of authoritarian populism and its consequences. Apart from the toxic effects of populism on ethnic relations, authoritarianism has cost the country billions through financial scandals including the current 1MDB losses. Clearly, good governance and populism cannot coexist. This book demonstrates how populism in Malaysia is long established and has been sustained ever since the New Economic Policy that came into force in the post-May 13, 1969 period. The Malaysian variant is a populism that is based on a call for ethnic entitlement ('Bumiputeraism') and one that has become increasingly Islamic in recent years. Anne's thesis also contains one of the most thorough expositions of the politics surrounding detention without trial and other repressive laws in Malaysia.

Being Malaysia

Being Malaysia

"An impressive, insightful effort. In it, Steven writes about his reflections over the years as an MP on the issues of ideology b, religion, race relations, identity politics, the economy and good governance. He shares his thoughts freely, even encouraging us to imagine the possibilities democracy will offer us if we only go out and demand it from our political representatives and our government." - Dato Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Leader of the Opposition in the Dewan Rakyat, Parliament of Malaysia)

Kandaqstan: The Empire Of Taste, The Melting Pot Of Flavours

Kandaqstan: The Empire Of Taste, The Melting Pot Of Flavours

In one word, Kandaqstan brings up images of crowds and long queues patiently waiting at a stall or restaurant for a plate of steaming hot rice and a mélange of curries with meat, fish, eggs, ladies' fingers, coconut chutney and green chillies. And it comes from Penang, from the heyday when it was a bustling free port and workers, stevedores and even top maritime officials wanted a quick meal that had the daily dose of protein and carbohydrates, with flavours that would make you eat any time of the day and night. That meal is called Nasi Kandar: rice and dishes that were originally in pots within wicker baskets balanced on a wooden pole and brought to the gates of the 24/7 ports in George Town and Butterworth. What is it in this meal that people rave about, lust for, travel for miles and line up for? And where are the best nasi kandar? What gets the maximum five ladies' fingers on the Kandaqstan rating system?

Jit Murad Plays

Jit Murad Plays

This is the much-anticipated anthology of works for the stage by Jit Murad, described by the late theatre doyen, Dato' Krishen Jit, as Malaysia's 'contemporary penglipur lara, the teller of tales about our social and personal manners here and now, and the soother of our neuroses'. Jit Murad is considered to be one of Southeast Asia's finest - and funniest - playwrights. His plays have a distinctive wit, warmth and originality. This collection includes some of the playwright's favourites: Gold Rain & Hailstones, Visits, The Storyteller, Malam Konsert, and Spilt Gravy on Rice. The anthology also contains notes by the playwright and directors, as well as reviews and photos that illustrate how the writing formed part of an innovative and exciting period of development in Malaysian theatre. An insightful essay by widely respected theatre scholar, Dr Susan Philip, also sheds light on the themes and value of Jit's work.

Soulless: Inspector Mislan And The Faceless Girl

Soulless: Inspector Mislan And The Faceless Girl

In a sleazy back alley of Kuala Lumpur, the body of a young woman is found. She was killed in a sadistic manner and her features erased beyond recognition. Inspector Mislan Latif and Detective Sergeant Johan Kamaruddin of Special Investigations (D9) take the case. What puzzles them is that no one had lodged a missing-persons report, so the young woman is not only faceless but completely unknown. An autopsy by Dr. Safia reveals a mysterious object lodged in the victim's stomach. Had she been killed as a result of a theft gone wrong? If so, why the need to erase any trace she ever existed? Becoming increasingly troubled by the case, Mislan and Johan make a trip across the border and uncover a sinister network that serves some very well-connected individuals - people who will now stop at nothing to keep their inhuman activities a secret.

Dark Demon Rising (20Th Anniversary Edition)

Dark Demon Rising (20Th Anniversary Edition)

A newly revised 20th anniversary edition of Tunku Halim's first novel. Shazral leads a comfortable life as a corporate lawyer in Kuala Lumpur, complete with sports car and hot girlfriend. But a call from his kampung tells him that his estranged father is dying. Shazral had left the kampung in anger almost a decade ago, but now feels the irresistible pull to return. His father isn't just an ordinary villager but the most respected bomoh in the area. And when Pak Abas with his dying breath wants Shazral to accept his "inheritance", he is not just talking about physical property. While fighting both the literal and figurative demons of the past and present, Shazral also needs to decide whether to accept the supernatural but potentially terrifying destiny of his heritage.

Living The Dream....Or Enduring The Nightmare? British Football Meets Foreign Billionaires

Living The Dream....Or Enduring The Nightmare? British Football Meets Foreign Billionaires

One thought his club was a BBQ restaurant. Another had never seen a match.There are messiahs and men on the run, philanthropists and fraudsters, a gun-runner, fake sheikhs and others who don't exist. Some even like football. The adventures of British football's foreign legion of owners are as diverse as their backgrounds. Even the successes are scarcely credible: an oligarch and a sheikh rescued their clubs from the abyss, turningthem into grateful global enterprises. In these fascinating tales, theSun sportswriter & BFM pundit Bob Holmes takes us to oblivion and back - and lives to tell the tale.

Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality?

Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality?

The author is a criminologist, crime analyst, and former graft-buster who highlights the evils of graft and crime, how to detect, deter and measure it, and offers solutions to curb and prevent it. Various criminological theories are discussed as we get introduced to, in an easy to understand and unbiased manner, the real situation of corruption and crime in Malaysia. Corruption and crime in Malaysia provides the glaring instances of corruption investigations and prosecutions amongst public servants and politicians involving famous cases such as 1MDB, SRC, FELDA scandals, Tabung Haji, Sabah Water scandal and the issues of money laundering, assets declaration, political donation, kleptocracy, polygraph testing and the general election. This book provides insight into causes of crime, its criminals and victims such as delinquency, drug smuggling, addiction, human trafficking, terrorism and the various punishments for such crimes.

Ketuanan Melayu: A Story Of The Thinking Norm Of The Malay Political Elite

Ketuanan Melayu: A Story Of The Thinking Norm Of The Malay Political Elite

AB Sulaiman was born in a remote jungle-fringe traditional Malay village named Kampong Selayang. Today the tree-studded kampong is tucked virtually under a three-tier major crossroads linking roads from north to south, east and west of peninsula Malaysia. When viewed from the air it is a virtual island surrounded by modern suburban residences, bustling commercial centres and high rise condominiums. He does not fail to see the contrast. He sees this as a metaphor revealing the ugly truth that the community appears besieged by the demands and advances of modernity. It fits well with the axiom you can take a Malay out of his kampong, but you can't take the kampong out of the Malay. This observation matters a lot to him for this conservative arm of the Malay community is holding the reins of government, thus raising the question of whether or not it is technically competent and equipped to lead the country into the future. It is on this note that he writes this book.

Views From Pulau Pinang: Countering Modern Orientalism And Policy Perspectives

Views From Pulau Pinang: Countering Modern Orientalism And Policy Perspectives

Views from Pulau Pinang brings together the writings of members of the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, with the aim of providing critical and alternative perspectives at the nexus between academia and policy discourse. Relating back to the history and intellectual traditions of Pulau Pinang it seeks to situate themes of knowledge production and social science research within a geographic space which has itself long been subject to forces of orientalism, colonisation, modernisation, developmentalism, globalisation, nationalism and intellectual captivity, but also forces of decolonisation, anti-orientalism and localism. It explores these forces in the context of nation-building, development and education, calling for new approaches to urbanization and the relationship between the city and kampung, the university system and the digital revolution, and the nation-state and governance.

Regime Resilience In Malaysia And Singapore

Regime Resilience In Malaysia And Singapore

Prominent scholars across the political divide and academic disciplines analyse how the dominant political parties in Malaysia and Singapore, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and the People's Action Party (PAP), have stayed in power. With a focus on developments in the last decade and the tenures of Prime Ministers Najib Tun Razak and Lee Hsien Loong, the authors offer a range of explanations for how these regimes have remained politically resilient.

Red Star Over The Third World

Red Star Over The Third World

From Cuba to Vietnam, from China to South Africa, the October Revolution remains as an inspiration. After all, that Revolution proved that the working class and the peasantry could not only overthrow an autocratic government but that it could form its own government, in its image. It proved decisively that the working class and the peasantry could be allied. It proved as well the necessity of a vanguard party that was open to spontaneous currents of unrest, but which could guide a revolution to completion. This book explains the power of the October Revolution for the Third World. It is not a comprehensive study, but a small book with a large hope - that a new generation will come to see the importance of this revolution for the working class and peasantry in that part of the world that suffered under the heel of colonial domination.

Unapologetic

Unapologetic

Unapologetic is Boo Su-Lyn's bold vision for how Malaysians can build a nation of equals. While young Malaysia continues to search for her identity, Boo sets out some ideas on how we can make the land prosperous, not by avoiding uncomfortable truths, but by confronting them together and giving up all of our selfish privileges for the good of the nation. Unapologetic outlines Boo's plans if she were Prime Minister and contains several new essays, besides her columns at Malay Mail on various issues from sex and marriage to race, religion and democracy. Full of optimism, Unapologetic inspires a spark of hope for a radically new and brilliant future.

Penang Hill: A Journey Through Time

Penang Hill: A Journey Through Time

Penang Hill exudes a charm that is hard to quantify. For most of its history, its highest ridges were the preserve of the rich and privileged, while its slopes were cleared for cloves, nutmeg and coffee plantations. In this volume, author Mike Gibby has captured not only the fascinating 'journey through time' of Penang Hill but also what it means to visitors, residents, Penang and the world, including a discussion of its possible futures and a helpful walker's guide for discovering many of its hidden gems. Lavishly illustrated with over 500 images, many never seen before, this is truly a book to treasure.

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Daughter, The: A Political Biography Of Aung San Suu Kyi

Daughter, The: A Political Biography Of Aung San Suu Kyi

As the Rohingya crisis exploded, observers of Myanmar were shocked to see Aung San Suu Kyi, champion for the causes of liberal democracy and human rights, stand by as atrocities tore apart the western reaches of her country. This is an in-depth exploration of this icon-turned-leader and of the people, ideas, and experiences that have shaped her political identity. What emerges is not a shift in ideology but a consistent picture of the contrasts and multidimensionality that have defined her-prisoner and leader, principled resistor and pragmatic politician, the Lady and Mother Suu. Translated and updated from the original German, this is essential reading for professionals, journalists, and other observers seeking to understand Aung San Suu Kyi's role in Myanmar.

Buddhism, Politics And Political Thought In Myanmar

Buddhism, Politics And Political Thought In Myanmar

This is the first book to provide a broad overview of the ways in which Buddhist ideas have influenced political thinking and politics in Myanmar. Matthew J. Walton draws extensively on Burmese language sources from the last 150 years to describe the 'moral universe' of contemporary Theravada Buddhism that has anchored most political thought in Myanmar. In explaining multiple Burmese understandings of notions such as 'democracy' and 'political participation', the book provides readers with a conceptual framework for understanding some of the key dynamics of Myanmar's ongoing political transition. Some of these ideas help to shed light on restrictive or exclusionary political impulses, such as anti-Muslim Buddhist nationalism or scepticism towards the ability of the masses to participate in politics. Walton provides an analytical framework for understanding Buddhist influences on politics that will be accessible to a wide range of readers and will generate future research and debate.

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Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of The Philippines

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of The Philippines

Now fully revised, this easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 bird species most commonly seen in the Philippines is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from some of the Philippines' top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, length, plumage, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography, climate, habitat types, biogeography, the main sites for viewing the listed species and tips for identifying birds in the field. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the birds of the Philippines encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific names as well as vernacular names, and its global status.

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Field Guide To The Frogs Of Borneo, A (Third Edition)

Field Guide To The Frogs Of Borneo, A (Third Edition)

This third edition of the Field Guide to the Frogs of Borneo introduces the non-specialist reader to the diverse frog fauna of Borneo, found in habitats ranging from the islands' low coasts to near the summits of its highest mountains. More than 180 species of frogs have now been found on the island and the number continues to grow. The current book contains significantly revised and expanded natural history information on Bornean frogs, some of it previously unpublished, and details accounts for all species currently known. The success of field identifications has been enhanced by addition of new keys to species under each genus, concise morphological descriptions, ecological notes, and high-resolution images. geographical information has also been includes for all species presented. Contributions by many expert photographers and assistance by other herpetologists has greatly enhanced the value of this book as a reference for the Bornean frog fauna.

Oil Paintings Of Lee Man-Fong, The

Oil Paintings Of Lee Man-Fong, The

Lee Man Fong (1913-1988) was a prominent artist based in Indonesia and Singapore. Primarily working with oil paintings, Lee was associated with the Nanyang style, which blends Chinese techniques and subjects with Western composition styles and mediums.

Islam In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Modernity

Islam In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Modernity

"Islam in the Malay world of Southeast Asia or Islam Nusantara, as it has come to be known, had for a long time been seen as representing the more spiritual and Sufi dimension of Islam, thereby striking a balance between the exoteric and the esoteric. This image of 'the smiling face of Islam' has been disturbed during the last decades with increasing calls for the implementation of Shari'ah, conceived of in a narrow manner, intolerant discourse against non-Muslim communities, and hate speech against minority Muslims such as the Shi'ites. There has also been what some have referred to as the Salafization of Sunni Muslims in the region. The chapters of this volume are written by scholars and activists from the region who are very perceptive of such trends in Malay world Islam and promise to improve our understanding of developments that are sometimes difficult to grapple with." - Professor Syed Farid Alatas

Singapore Dreams And Other Adventures Travel Writings From An Asian Journey

Singapore Dreams And Other Adventures Travel Writings From An Asian Journey

In 1911, Hermann Hesse sailed through southeastern Asian waters on a trip that would define much of his later writing. Hesse brings his unique eye to scenes such as adventures in a rickshaw, watching foreign theater performances, exploring strange floating cities on stilts, and luxuriating in the simple beauty of the lush natural landscape. Even in the doldrums of travel, he records his experience with faithful humor, wit, and sharp observation, offering a broad vision of travel in the early 1900s. With a glimpse into the workings of his mind through the pages of his journals, poems, and a short story - all translated into English for the first time - these writings describe the real-life experiences that inspired Hesse to pen his most famous works.

Ancient Sites Of Southeast Asia: A Traveler's Guide Through History, Ruins And Landscapes

Ancient Sites Of Southeast Asia: A Traveler's Guide Through History, Ruins And Landscapes

Designed to assist the adventurous visitor to the region, the book is also an armchair traveler's introduction to many of the most historic and visually engaging monuments across seven nations: Indonesia,Vietnam, Cambodia,Thailand, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), and Malaysia. In addition to background on and descriptions of individual sites, the guide provides essential tips for travelers and an extensive reading list and glossary.The result of over twenty years of research and site visits by the author, archaeologist, and architectural conservator William Chapman, Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia provides a succinct overview of the region's many historic ruins and related sites.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #23: Legislation On Underwater Cultural Heritage In Southeast Asia: Evolution And Outcomes

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #23: Legislation On Underwater Cultural Heritage In Southeast Asia: Evolution And Outcomes

This paper examines the evolution of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) legislation in Southeast Asia. Legislation in every country differs, with some reflecting great cultural awareness and some signalling neglect. Countries examined include Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore. Singapore, in particular, does not have legislation dealing specifically with UCH, although both terrestrial and underwater cultural heritage policy is currently under review. Singapore can afford institutional investigation and excavation, thereby avoiding the pitfalls of private partnerships. Singapore can afford enforcement. By cherry-picking the most effective UCH policies from like-minded governments and moulding them to fit Singapore's unique circumstance Singapore could go from non-starter to leader through a single act of parliament.

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Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018

The Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Signature Art Prize is a triennial celebration of the best in contemporary art from Asia Pacific and Central Asia. Inaugurated by the APB Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum in 2008, it recognises the most outstanding examples of contemporary art produced in the preceding three years. This year, the fourth edition of the prize features 113 nominated works, put forward for consideration by 38 nominators from 46 different countries, territories and regions, with Central Asia being included for the first time. An international jury selected 15 finalists from the list of nominated works, which are included in the exhibition, and from which four prize winners are chosen. The works foreground new material and conceptual trajectories in contemporary art-making, and speak to the myriad social, historical and cultural complexities of Asia today. This catalogue features an introductory essay, as well as personal statements from the finalist artists and nominators.

Lost

Lost

When his older brother, Alif, abruptly leaves home and never returns, Sol is left to watch his mother withdraw into a world he can no longer enter. As they search for each other in their respective worlds, they reminisce their common past, realizing eventually what it is that they've lost. As one story unfolds after another they finally meet, or do they? Lost is filled with the author's own illustrations, colourful and haunting at the same time. They convey the often unspoken half, drawing the reader to conclusions of his own. The third dimension of the book is its typographical design, words have been purposefully emphasized and de-emphasized to heighten the reader's reading experience.

Modern Myths

Modern Myths

Figures from Greek mythology take up residence in contemporary Singapore in this collection of stories that explores the pain and dilemma of modern living. What happens when you are doomed to repeat your actions over and over? Or have to remake your decisions, knowing that times have changed? What if struggling makes the divine human, and the human divine?

Food Matters: Food Security And The Future Of Food

Food Matters: Food Security And The Future Of Food

Food matters. It is a basic human need, yet its availability in adequate, safe, nutritious and regular amounts for humans is by no means assured. While land and water for food production are both declining at alarming rates due to natural and human causes, the demand for food is still growing as populations all over the world increase. The unending questions - where food comes from; how it is grown; how climate change impacts the supply of vegetables and fish and what we can do about it; nutrition in diet; future new types of food that will be produced in factories; how safe is organic food and GMOs, etc. - present some of the most pressing food-related issues everyone, from leaders and policymakers to corporate chiefs and man-in-the-street, needs to be aware of. This seminal book, Food Matters, by Professor Paul Teng and Manda Foo provides explanations to the many questions asked about today's food sources and quality. Written in prose that is easily understandable, it takes the reader through the fascinating story of the origin of our common foods, how they have changed in looks and their methods of production, and discusses many issues on the minds of consumers and governments.

Budi Kritik

Budi Kritik

Budi Kritik is a compilation of 22 essays written by young writers - academics, researchers, community organisers and social activists - touching on five main themes relevant to Singapore Malays: (1) culture, language and literature; (2) religion, tradition and reform; (3) identity, race and gender; (4) inter- and intrafaith diversity; and (5) sociopolitics, thought and education.

Keto East

Keto East

Food is Love. American-Singaporean Kelly knew this as a child eating her family's Asian dishes. However, food became a nightmare in her twenties as she battled a yo-yo weight gain that escalated into self-loathing for 18 years. Discovering low carb high fat (LCHF) Ketogenic eating lifestyle from her husband doctor Dan, she returned to love: in her marriage, with her food, and ultimately with herself. Keto East honors her favorite delicious childhood recipes, which Kelly offers up Keto style. Rarely is a cookbook such an emotional journey, Kelly's love story will inspire anyone that has struggled or struggles with food and their weight to live KETO, enjoying delicious and satisfying comfort foods while reclaiming their health and self-esteem.

Rickshaw Coolie: A People's History Of Singapore (1880-1940)

Rickshaw Coolie: A People's History Of Singapore (1880-1940)

Between 1880 and 1930 colonial Singapore attracted tens of thousands of Chinese immigrant laborers, brought to serve its rapidly growing economy. This book chronicles the vast movement of coolies between China and the Nanyang, and their efforts to survive in colonial Singapore. Focusing in on one particular occupation, of rickshaw coolie, this study unveils the devastating poverty of the Chinese sojourner in the colonial city, the disjunctions between colonial order and the reality of life on the streets. Drawing on a broad range of sources, including Coroner's records overlooked for many years, and making use of the technique of collective biography, this book brings to life the texture of experience, the ironies and - often - the despair of the laborers of urban Singapore. In the years since its original publication in 1986, Rickshaw Coolie has become an inspiration to those seeking to come to grips with Singapore's past.

Baba Folk Beliefs And Superstitions (Reprinted 2018)

Baba Folk Beliefs And Superstitions (Reprinted 2018)

How does a nonya use a yam stalk to control the sexual powers of her wayward baba? Why are Baba children never given sugarcane to chew at twilight? What does it mean if a baba has five hairs growing from a mole on his face?

Singapore, Disrupted: Essays On A Nation At The Crossroads Of Change

Singapore, Disrupted: Essays On A Nation At The Crossroads Of Change

Singapore is in a state of disruption. Change is here - disorienting, disturbing, sometimes distressing change. Change is also unequal. While shaking up many quarters at an alarming rate, it is not happening fast enough in the areas that truly matter, observes Chua Mui Hoong, political columnist and Opinion editor of The Straits Times, in this volume of fresh essays and published articles. As a journalist who writes from both the head and the heart - and often from a heartlander's perspective - she takes on issues such as joblessness and safety nets, meritocracy and elitism, marketplace upheavals and leadership transitions, and persuades us that in this new age of disruption, what Singapore needs is a new order.

Artist Speaks, The: Georgette Chen

Artist Speaks, The: Georgette Chen

Through wars and revolutions, triumph and tragedy, loves lost and enduring, Georgette Chen forged an artistic vision that till today continues to enchant and inspire, and that renders her one of Singapore's most prominent artists. Chen's remarkable story is told here through her very own words, selected from an extensive archive spanning five decades. Together with her paintings, they constitute a compelling portrait of the artist's gentle spirit. The Artist Speaks series presents an intimate look at artists through their words and works, tracing the ideas, influences and experiences - as told by artists themselves - that constitute a vision.

Hook And Eye: Stories From The Margins

Hook And Eye: Stories From The Margins

Stories set in disparate locations in Singapore, ranging from landed properties to migrant worker dormitories, they speak of struggles and persistence. And love.

After Utopia: Revisiting The Ideal In Asian Contemporary Art

After Utopia: Revisiting The Ideal In Asian Contemporary Art

In naming his fictional island 'Utopia', writer Thomas More conjoined the Greek words for 'good place' and 'no place' - a reminder that the idealised society he conjured was fundamentally phantasmal. Yet, the search and yearning for Utopia is a ceaseless endeavour. Predicated on a sense that the world is not enough, utopian principles and models of worlds have been perpetually re-imagined, and continue to haunt our consciousness through the centuries. Drawing mainly from the Singapore Art Museum's permanent collection, as well as artists' collections and new commissions, the exhibition After Utopia sought to ask where and how we have located these expressions of both our innermost yearnings as well as our contemporary realities. This fully illustrated catalogue features critical essays as well as artwork captions by the curators of After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art.

Medium At Large: Shapeshifting Material & Methods In Contemporary Art

Medium At Large: Shapeshifting Material & Methods In Contemporary Art

Medium at Large explored the idea of medium in contemporary art, probing some of the most fundamental and pressing questions of art - its making, and also our experience, encounter and understanding of it. The exhibition at Singapore Art Museum (SAM) revelled in the rich expanse of materials that contemporary artworks can be made of, and from, with artwork media ranging from oil paint to rattan, human hair, bullet shells, as well as 'dematerialised' media like sound and language. Encompassing 31 Southeast Asian and Asian contemporary artworks that were largely drawn from SAM's permanent collection, the exhibition examined the fluid nature of art as concept, process, method, and material. This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue features five curatorial essays that reflect upon a range of issues surrounding contemporary art, such as the notion of time as a material, the relationship between painting and photography, the meaning of material(s), and how contemporary art is collected in a museum.

Labour Justice And Low-Paid Migrant Workers In Singapore - A Christian Perspective

Labour Justice And Low-Paid Migrant Workers In Singapore - A Christian Perspective

This book attempts to evaluate Singapore's approach to and treatment of low-paid temporary migrant workers from a justice-oriented framework. This framework is congruent with a Christian perspective that prioritises social justice. Justice features prominently in the Bible, and Christian social teachings on justice, poverty and oppression illuminate the moral dimension of human rights and international labour standards and reveal the truth a faith that is alive to the suffering and hardships of others. These teachings contribute to an ethical framework convergent with fundamental values enshrined in core labour standards and rights. They also cohere with other major spiritual and religious traditions, thus demonstrating a viable path for solidarity and cooperation between and among not just diverse faith-based communities but equally with secular groups in pluralistic societies.

Art Of Chua Mia Tee, The: A Portrait Of A Life's Work

Art Of Chua Mia Tee, The: A Portrait Of A Life's Work

The Art of Chua Mia Tee: A Portrait of a Life's Work is the first significant monograph on the artist Chua Mia Tee, marking his conferment of the Cultural Medallion in 2015. This ambitious undertaking brings together for the first time in a single volume, more than 300 works of art that have anchored Chua's reputation as one of Asia's foremost Realist artists. Special features in this book include over 30 of Chua's Parliamentary sketches of1978-79, and portraits of almost every single Singapore President sworn-to-office and nearly every Chief Justice appointed. Chua's stellar list of luminaries in Singapore throws light on the breadth and scope of his commissioned works. This publication also traces how his depictions of the working-class and "vanishing scenes" of a rapidly changing city have captured the hearts and imagination of the larger community. With essays and contributions from prominent writers and museum curators, this monograph illuminates the life, thought and work of one of Singapore's most influential artists. This definitive artist monograph, spanning almost seven decades of Chua's practice since the 1950s, is an invaluable resource and addition to the canon of works in Singapore art research and development.

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series (Box Set)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series (Box Set)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes highlights the key architectural features of conserved houses. The editorial team, headed by former Member of Parliament Wan Hussin Zoohri, developed a list of historically significant types of homes in consultation with architectural historians and practising architects. Each of the 5 books in the series features one specific home style, and covers both the exteriors and interiors of the heritage houses, including those privately owned and seldom seen. There are also interviews of people who have lived in or are living in heritage houses, many of which are conserved. These pocketbooks are a boon to heritage buffs who want a visually appealing, bite-size introduction to Singapore's heritage homes.

Empowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality

Empowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality

Empowered Educators in Singapore is one volume in a series that explores how high-performing educational systems from around the world achieve strong results. This book delves into the country's rapid rise to educational excellence on a global scale and the national effort that drives it. Singaporean students routinely outperform their peers from around the world, placing first or second in international assessments, particularly in math and science. This book describes the interwoven strategies that merge context, quality, governance, and continual evolution into a consistently high-achieving student population.

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People + Places: Exploring The Living Heritage Of Songkhla Old Town

People + Places: Exploring The Living Heritage Of Songkhla Old Town

The 'living' heritage is closely associated with a community. To manage this dynamic heritage, it is not only necessary to look beyond the established heritage frameworks developed by experts, but also to empower communities so that they can maintain and even enhance their 'own' heritage. "People + places" is a fully illustrated book that offers participatory ways in the form of community mapping for exploring the relationship between the people and places of the Songkhla Old Town. This book analyses and summarises the social, cultural and economic assets directly related to of the old town as identified with the assistance of the locals. It also contains a detailed metric survey of two historic buildings in Songkhla old town - Railway station and a historic shophouse to raise public awareness and appreciation of Songkhla's rich and varied built heritage. This is an essential book for community architects and architects, city planners, urban designers, heritage groups, and anyone else concerned with public engagement in cultural heritage management.

Thai Military Power: A Culture Of Strategic Accomodation

Thai Military Power: A Culture Of Strategic Accomodation

Thailand remains important by virtue of its location at the centre of the Asia-Pacific region, an area playing a vital role in world affairs. And yet, although Thailand has a comparatively large population and has powerful military forces performing significant roles in state and society, the country itself is seen as having little military power; it is a minor player. Why is this? Using strategic culture as an analytical framework, this book produces a portrait of the Thai state as an accommodative actor. During the period of Western imperial dominance in Asia, Thailand `bent in the wind' to preserve its independence by a limited trading of territory and sovereignty. This accommodative policy continues to the present day in different forms. A key feature is that military organisational culture reinforces a state ideology of royalist nationalism that in turn reinforces the national strategic culture. Significant here is internal political acceptance of not just military domination in civil-military relations but also of the Thai military's limitations in state-on-state combat.

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Three Women Of Annam: Womanhood In 1920S Vietnam

Three Women Of Annam: Womanhood In 1920S Vietnam

Three Women of Annam. Womanhood in 1920s Vietnam was written by a French feminist of the early hours. She tells the story of three local women, contrasting their destinies as they belonged to different social strata. They are the daughter of a high-placed official called against her will to the imperial palace, a peasant woman ending in a city sweatshop due to the usury of a Chinese shop-keeper, and a so-called congaie, an indigenous woman in consecutive relationships with French colonial officials. The last of these women lives the most precarious, although intermittently rich, life. In status barely beyond life on the streets as a prostitute, she often has mixed-breed offspring that suffer a discrimination that perpetuates the near-abhorence of Asians for the foreign devils. The migrant to the city is tempted by the luxury associated with being a Frenchman's local wife. The noble woman's life, while in appearance the least difficult, has its own problems as a satisfactory emotional life escapes her in the face of absolute power. Prominent is the inner debate women have to conduct when confronted with the possibility of joining French wealth in the face of their own Annamese poverty. The destinies are plotted into timeless love-stories, happy-end included. In passing, the author offers glimpses of the daily life of French colonials, colonial delights such as opium, the pervasive role of Vietnamese ancestor worship, the stigma of a childless marriage, second wives, and the populace's fears and superstitions, in a Vietnam occupied by the French.


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