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Colonial Architectural Heritage Of Malaysia

Colonial Architectural Heritage Of Malaysia

The presence of the English Colonialist brought many important changes in Malaysia and the most glaring and obvious of all are the language of buildings and planning of towns.The English had brought their great ideas of humanistic living through their cultivation of the towns with public squares, streets, and nooks and crannies that create a more humane modern living condition.

Monumental Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Icons

Monumental Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Icons

Embark on a spectacular journey of Singapore's culture and heritage as you follow this guide that explores more than 70 of the country's national monuments. Rich in architectural value, historical worth and social relevance, these buildings include our civic institutions, places of worship, schools, museums and even hotels, with some going back to more than 150 years old. This is a collection of colourful stories and specially curated photos designed to take the reader on a grand retelling of Singapore's built heritage while celebrating the city's communities and their contributions to its physical landscape.

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Minimalism: Space. Light. Object

Minimalism: Space. Light. Object

Minimalism: Space, Light. Object. is an expansive global survey of the movement's influential language of reductive forms, from its Abstract Expressionist colour-field antecedents to Post-Minimalism, and how it continues to speak to artists today. In this timely re-evaluation, the contemporaneous Mono-ha movement, as well as experimentation in video, sound and performance are brought to bear on the Minimalist canon. This richly illustrated exhibition catalogue features essays by the exhibition curators and international contributors, along with conversations with artists, opening up a forum for contemporary readings of this dynamic, multivalent and pivotal movement.

Two Houses: Politics And Histories In The Contemporary Art Collections Of John Chia And Yeap Lam Yang

Two Houses: Politics And Histories In The Contemporary Art Collections Of John Chia And Yeap Lam Yang

Published to accompany the group exhibition Two houses: Politics and histories in the contemporary art collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang, including Aida Makoto, Alfredo Aquilizan and Isabel Aquilizan, Elmer Borlongan, Chang Fee Ming, Dadang Christanto, Tiffany Chung, John Clang, eX de Medici, Heri Dono, Le Quang Ha, FX Harsono, Jeremy Hiah, Ho Rui An, Michael Lee, Lee Wen, Li Shurui, Phuan Thai Meng, Sopheap Pich, Qiu Zhijie, Alwin Reamillo, Chanelle Rose, José Santos III, Hiraki Sawa, Semsar Siahaan, Shi Hu, Shooshie Sulaiman, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Sun Xun, Tang Dixin, Inga Svala Thorsdottir and Wu Shanzhuan, Natee Utarit, Vandy Rattana, Wong Hoy Cheong, Zai Kuning and Robert Zhao Renhui, at the ICA Singapore.

Latiff Mohidin: Langkawi 1976-1980

Latiff Mohidin: Langkawi 1976-1980

This book is published to commemorate the first exhibition of the Latiff Mohidin's sculptural paintings after 40 years. The exhibition was titled LANGKAWI (1976 -1980) by Latiff Mohidin, From the Studio Series and curated by Khairuddin Hori. It was presented as part of DISINI Festival 2018 at Block 9, #03-21, Gillman Barracks from 23 June to 22 July 2018.

Sunset Survivors: Meet The People Keeping Hong Kong's Traditional Industries Alive

Sunset Survivors: Meet The People Keeping Hong Kong's Traditional Industries Alive

Sunset Survivors tells the stories of Hong Kong's traditional tradesmen and women through stunning imagery and candid interviews. Covering a myriad of curious professions that are quickly falling into obscurity, from fortune telling to face threading and letter writing to bird cage making, readers soon find themselves immersed in the streets of old Hong Kong. Filled with interviews, photographs and little-known facts about the city's twilight industries, Sunset Survivors is a tribute to those who keep the flame burning in a city besieged by foreign imports and stiff competition. Survivors is more than just a travel or coffee-table book; it is a tribute to the city's character, a celebration of its roots and a guide to its evolution. Survivors is a vital piece of history.

What Is Not Visible Is Not Invisible

What Is Not Visible Is Not Invisible

This bilingual catalogue was published following the What is Not Visible is Not Invisible exhibition featuring the FRAC collections in Asia. It presents the genesis, process and artworks from the exhibition, which was showcased in Singapore, Seoul and Bangkok from 6 October 2016 to 26 July 2017. Together with an essay from art critic Patrick Javault, and the introduction to the exhibition by Laurence Gateau and Anne-Claire Duprat, this catalogue includes contributions from Régine Hatchondo, Pierre Buhler, Philippe Richert, Bernard de Montferrand, Angelita Teo and Iman Ismail, Laurencina Farrant-Lee and Pichaya Aime Suphavanij. The catalogue is published by Platform in partnership with the National Museum of Singapore and supported by Institut fran?ais, Paris.

Redefining The Archaic: The Art Of Lim Tze Peng

Redefining The Archaic: The Art Of Lim Tze Peng

Redefining the Archaic: The Art of Lim Tze Peng is a new comprehensive publication on Lim Tze Peng's life and art. Published in conjunction with the exhibition Redefining the Archaic: The Art of Lim Tze Peng at Artspace@Helutrans, 28 July - 12 August 2018, the book is authored by young historian Tan Yong Jun. The book comprises 11 chapters of study and 200 artwork images covering the different periods of Lim Tze Peng's artistic trajectory.

Wong Keen: Flesh Matters

Wong Keen: Flesh Matters

Wong Keen: Flesh Matters is published in conjunction with the exhibition Wong Keen: Flesh Matters at Artspace@Helutrans, 12 July - 22 August 2018. The exhibition charts the latest development in the New York-trained artist's prolific career, which encompasses oil, ink, acrylic, mixed media, and collage works. The book features almost 100 colour illustrations from the artist's Flesh Series, with an essay contributed by Ms. Lee Chor Lin.

Visions Of Sojourns: Paintings Of Ong Kim Seng

Visions Of Sojourns: Paintings Of Ong Kim Seng

Visions of Sojourns: Paintings of Ong Kim Seng is published in conjunction with the exhibition Visions of Sojourns: Paintings of Ong Kim Seng at The Arts House, Gallery I, 25 August - 2 September 2018. The book features over 50 colour illustrations and Mr. Ong's detailed discussion of his observations and techniques in tackling different scenes and stylistic devices in watercolour.

Dialogue With The Ancients: 100 Bronzes Of The Shang, Zhou And Han Dynasties - The Shen Zhai Collection

Dialogue With The Ancients: 100 Bronzes Of The Shang, Zhou And Han Dynasties - The Shen Zhai Collection

Dialogue with the Ancients showcases 100 ancient Chinese bronzes from the Collection of Shen Zhai, the Studio of Reverence. Built over four decades, the Collection covers almost all types of bronze vessels found in the entire span of Shang, Zhou and Han Dynasties, circa 1600 BC-AD 220. It is lavishly illustrated, capturing the beauty of the bronzes, with the majority featured in actual size. Each piece is documented in detail, with reference to comparable specimens and archaeological findings. Uniquely, the Catalogue includes several series of objects in chronological sequence; this enables the reader to study the evolution of form, design and technology throughout the three dynasties. Opening with the Editor's essay on his personal journey in forming the Collection, the volume brings together six thought-provoking essays that contribute refreshingly to the scholarship on ancient Chinese bronzes and early China. Dr Tianlong Jiao places the Shen Zhai Collection within the historical context of bronze collecting and modern Chinese archaeology. Prof Eugene Wang offers a thesis on the Hu vessel as the embodiment of life-affirming energies. Prof Li Feng makes a case for 'archaism' as a divergent tradition in Western Zhou. Prof Allison Miller fleshes out the new hybrid style and iconography of Han bronzes, which gave form to an all-inclusive imperial imagination. Two iconic bronzes with animal motifs stand out: the double-headed owl zun and the gilt-bronze bear figure. Dr Wang Tao delves into the symbolism of the owl in early China, highlighting the significance of the Shen Zhai owl zun, which he traces to the transition from late Shang to early Western Zhou. Ms Sarah Wong examines the Shen Zhai bear and discusses the mythological roots of the bear motif in Han bronzes. This will serve as a valuable reference book on ancient Chinese bronzes.

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Asian Corporate Governance: Trends And Challenges

Asian Corporate Governance: Trends And Challenges

This Element aims to achieve three objectives. First, it explores some key institutional characteristics of several Asian economies that are relevant to corporate governance practices. Second, it reviews corporate governance codes or rules in those economies and examines levels of requirements in terms of formal rules. Third, this Element looks at recent trends related to corporate governance such as executive compensation and a proportion of independent directors on boards of large listed firms.

Decrypted: A Financial Trader's Take On Cryptocurrency

Decrypted: A Financial Trader's Take On Cryptocurrency

In 2009, an anonymous programmer releases a new method of paying and being paid to the world. No one runs it; no one controls it; no authority verifies it. In this, its creator promises, is a way around banks and governments, around laws and regulations, and around failure itself. Less than a decade on, the technology known as Bitcoin is soaring in demand, and a single unit is valued in the thousands. It has spawned hundreds of clones, and its underlying blockchain technology has created a revolution in computing. It has legally made millionaires of thousands of ordinary people. Decrypted shows you, in plain, no-nonsense terms, exactly how that happened. Cryptocurrency and startup pioneer Leng Hoe Lon walks you through how cryptos like Bitcoin work and get their value, their strengths and weaknesses, their implications for the world... and how they fit in your investment plans. Will you join the cryptocurrency revolution, or ignore it as a passing fad? It's up to you to check out the facts and decide for yourself. This book will show you what you need to know.

Money Secrets: Cruise Your Way To Financial Freedom

Money Secrets: Cruise Your Way To Financial Freedom

For over 30 years, Mano Sabnani has relentlessly sought to inculcate financial literacy in ordinary, hardworking people and fought for their rights as small shareholders. With his rich experience as a newspaper editor, TV and social media personality, banker, company director and investor, as well as his unwavering concern for the man in the street, Mano has become arguably Singapore's favourite financial captain. Let Mano guide you with his steady hand through the intricacies of financial planning and investment, illuminating the bewildering details and making them easy to understand.

Ethical Investor's Handbook, The: How To Grow Your Money Without Wrecking The Earth

Ethical Investor's Handbook, The: How To Grow Your Money Without Wrecking The Earth

In The Ethical Investor's Handbook, author Morten Strange connects the dots, to show how economics and finance play a direct role in perpetuating this crisis. What can we as individual investors do to avoid wrecking the Earth while growing our wealth? How can we navigate the capital allocation space without compromising our ethical values? It can be done - some of the Big Boys have done it - and this invaluable new book shows us how.

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Seed From Heaven, The

Seed From Heaven, The

When a seemingly insignificant seed fell onto an old man's head, nothing quite prepared him and the people around him for the marvel that was to unfold.

Growing Up In Kampong Potong Pasir

Growing Up In Kampong Potong Pasir

It is 1958 and Josephine is staring at a Milo tin. She cannot make sense of the letters! To learn how to read, she needs to sell nasi lemak made by her loving mother to her neighbours in Kampong Potong Pasir, so she can have enough money to pay for school fees. Join Josephine on her quest to go to school, and on other adventures through grasslands and attap-thatched huts, to hunt for frogs and eels for food with her friends. This is Josephine Chia's first book for young readers to understand kampong life in Singapore in the 1950s and 1960s.

Anak Kampung Bernama Sidek (A Kampung Boy Named Sidek)

Anak Kampung Bernama Sidek (A Kampung Boy Named Sidek)

Anak Kampung Bernama Sidek is a 36-page bilingual children's illustrated book. It is Sidek Saniff's true account centred on his memories of growing up in a kampung before highrises dominated the Singapore landscape. The former Senior Minister of State, who turned 80 recently, lived in Kampung Radin Mas, a Malay village that had its beginnings in the 1880s and was demolished in 1973 as part of the nation's development plan. Guided by the adage 'It takes a village to raise a child', Cikgu Sidek - who was bestowed the title Tokoh Guru, or Exemplary Teacher, by his alma mater Sultan Idris Training College, now UPSI - looks at a time when kampung residents celebrated the kampung spirit by looking out for one another as a family. It was this same 'helping hand' spirit that led him to start Mendaki and Tabung Amal Aidilfitri. With 12 grandchildren of his own, Cikgu Sidek tapped on his experience both as a teacher and a grandfather to select vignettes he believes will 'speak' to young readers and inspire them; he addresses them the way a loving grandfather would.

Hafiz And The Raya Recipes

Hafiz And The Raya Recipes

Hafiz is disappointed because his parents will not be home in time for Hari Raya. He and his siblings decide to cook for their own Hari Raya feast, with their favourite dishes like ikan bakar and ayam goreng, and to invite their relatives and friends. They ask their Nenek - their grandmother - to show them how to cook, but because she cooks by sight, touch and taste, she suggests that they look for her recipes that are "somewhere around the place… stored in an old suitcase". Hafiz manages to find the suitcase and he and his siblings are able to cook their favourite dishes for Hari Raya.

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Destination Shanghai

Destination Shanghai

For the privileged a cosmopolitan pleasure ground; For the desperate a port of last resort. A pot of gold at the end of an Oriental rainbow; A thick slice of hell denounced from the pulpit. The start of a journey for many; The end of the road for some. A place to find fame, or to seek anonymity; Rogues, chancers, showgirls, criminals... For so many people from so many lands, there was one phrase that sent a tingle of hope or a shiver of anticipation down every spine: "DESTINATION SHANGHAI".

Meaning Of Rice, The: A Culinary Tour Of Japan

Meaning Of Rice, The: A Culinary Tour Of Japan

Food and travel writer Michael Booth and his family embark on an epic journey the length of Japan to explore its dazzling food culture. They find a country much altered since their previous visit ten years earlier, which resulted in the award-winning international bestseller Sushi and Beyond. Often venturing far off the beaten track, the author and his family discover intriguing future food trends and meet a fascinating cast of food heroes, from a couple lavishing love on rotten fish, to a chef who literally sacrificed a limb in pursuit of the ultimate bowl of ramen, and a farmer who has dedicated his life to growing the finest rice in the world… in the shadow of Fukushima.

Blurring Boundaries: The Chindian Identity Quest

Blurring Boundaries: The Chindian Identity Quest

The results of a fascinating study of one of Malaysia's many forgotten minorities, the Chindians, descendants of Chinese and Indian ancestors. As with many of mixed race, both the Chindians and the society in which they live and which they support struggle with trying to pigeon hole them. The book looks at various aspects of identity including ethnicity. language, religion and family.112 pages with a bibliography, index and figures and tables.

Heritage Dim Sum: A Teacher Remembers

Heritage Dim Sum: A Teacher Remembers

Through engrossing, easy-to-read anecdotes, a pioneer-generation Singaporean recounts the significant milestones in his life, including his varied experiences as a classroom teacher, university tutor, vice-principal, senior lecturer, assistant director, Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation International civil servant, specialist advisor and newsletter editor. Koh Kong Chia taught English in Singapore, Port Moresby, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau, Chengdu and Beijing over a span of 33 years. The sights, sounds and charms of old Singapore as seen through his perspective growing up in the post-war colonial period are also lovingly conveyed, as is his lifelong fascination with Chinese dialect opera. This book hopes to provide a unique appreciation of Singapore's heritage and culture through the lens of someone who had a ringside seat witnessing the birth of modern Singapore from the 1940s onwards.

Always A Commando: The Life Of Singapore Army Pioneer Clarence Tan

Always A Commando: The Life Of Singapore Army Pioneer Clarence Tan

Best known for his role in helping to establish the Singapore Armed Forces Commando Formation and as the unit's first commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Clarence Tan was born on his family's rubber plantation, just ten months before the Japanese invasion of British Malaya in 1941. From leading a platoon during racial riots in Singapore to searching for communist insurgents and Indonesian infiltrators in the jungles of Malaysia during the Emergency and the Confrontation, LTC (Rtd) Tan was part of both the British and Malaysian armies before becoming a pioneer officer in Singapore's defence force.

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Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine And Decolonisation In The Dutch East Indies

Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine And Decolonisation In The Dutch East Indies

Hans Pols proposes a new perspective on the history of colonial medicine from the viewpoint of indigenous physicians. The Indonesian medical profession in the Dutch East Indies actively participated in political affairs by joining and leading nationalist associations, by publishing in newspapers and magazines, and by becoming members of city councils and the colonial parliament. Indonesian physicians were motivated by their medical training, their experiences as physicians, and their subordinate position within the colonial health care system to organise, lead, and join social, cultural, and political associations. Opening with the founding of Indonesia's first political association in 1908 and continuing with the initiatives of the Association of Indonesian Physicians, Pols describes how the Rockefeller Foundation's projects inspired the formulation of a nationalist health programme. Tracing the story through the Japanese annexation, the war of independence, and independent Indonesia, Pols reveals the relationship between medicine and decolonisation, and the role of physicians in Asian history.

Railways & The Raj: How The Age Of Steam Transformed India

Railways & The Raj: How The Age Of Steam Transformed India

India was the jewel in the crown of the British Empire, an Empire that needed a rail network to facilitate its exploitation and reflect its ambition. But, by building India's railways, Britain radically changed the nation and unwittingly planted the seed of independence. As Indians were made to travel in poor conditions and were barred from the better paid railway jobs a stirring of resentment and nationalist sentiment grew. The Indian Railways network remains one of the largest in the world, serving over 25 million passengers each day. In this expertly told history, Christian Wolmar reveals the full story, from the railway's beginnings to the present day, and examines the chequered role this institution has played in Indian history and the creation of today's modern state.

Singapore 1819: A Living Legacy

Singapore 1819: A Living Legacy

With the 200th anniversary of Singapore being celebrated in January 2019, it is a timely opportunity to re-examine what makes this country unique: all the city-state's heritage encapsulated in one volume. Tapping into the global interest in heritage in general, this book explores all the many facets of Singaporean heritage - from built heritage to historic sites, personages, cultures and communities, arts, leisure, flora and fauna, and more. The book delves into the global and regional origins of many national and everyday aspects of Singapore's heritage, providing surprising and rarely explored backstories on familiar aspects of Singaporean life often taken for granted.

On Parade: Straits Settlements Eurasian Men Who Volunteered To Defend The Empire, 1862-1957

On Parade: Straits Settlements Eurasian Men Who Volunteered To Defend The Empire, 1862-1957

On Parade chronicles the attempts of Straits Settlements Eurasian men to take responsibility for the defence of the British Empire, both at home and abroad, over a period of nearly a hundred years. From the original refusal to allow Eurasian men to enlist at all, through the expectation on the part of the Crown of absolute loyalty for very little material gain, Eurasian men volunteered, and were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, for the altruistic motive of defending their home and families. This book paints a picture of Singapore's established Eurasian community, drawn from the Straits Settlements and Malaya. They strove to defend what they considered to be their only home. Intrinsic civic-mindedness is evinced in this social history of the Straits Settlements Eurasian Volunteers.

Force So Swift, A: Mao, Truman And The Birth Of Modern China 1946

Force So Swift, A: Mao, Truman And The Birth Of Modern China 1946

A gripping narrative of the Truman Administration's response to the fall of Nationalist China and the triumph of Mao Zedong's Communist forces in 1949-an extraordinary political revolution that continues to shape East Asian politics to this day. Drawing on Chinese and Russian sources, as well as recently declassified CIA documents, Kevin Peraino tells the story of this remarkable year through the eyes of the key players, including Mao Zedong, President Truman, Secretary of State Acheson, Minnesota congressman Walter Judd, and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the influential first lady of the Republic of China. Today, the legacy of 1949 is more relevant than ever to the relationships between China, the United States, and the rest of the world, as Beijing asserts its claims in the South China Sea and tensions endure between Taiwan and the mainland.

Savu: History And Oral Tradition On An Island Of Indonesia

Savu: History And Oral Tradition On An Island Of Indonesia

The book focuses on the historical trajectories of Savu, an island in the Nusa Tenggara Timur province, eastern Indonesia. While Savu is a relatively small island, aspects of its society, as well as this study's blend of anthropology and historical method, makes this book of fundamental relevance to the ongoing comparative examination of Austronesian-speaking populations from Madagascar to Hawaii and from Taiwan to Timor. This book brings together Duggan's detailed understanding of Savunese society and genealogies with H?gerdal's deep knowledge of the Dutch and Portuguese archives to understand the overlap between these perspectives on Savu's past. The text discusses the precolonial period up to the sixteenth century, and then examines how early-colonial encounters with the Portuguese and Dutch (VOC) changed the system of governance. In the nineteenth century, the Savunese embarked on minor colonial enterprises in Timor and Sumba, and were still largely autonomous vis-à-vis the colonial state. Protestant missionaries gained foothold after 1870, though Christianization was a slow process. Colonial rule via a Dutch-appointed raja was introduced in the early twentieth century. The text follows the fate of Savu during the struggle for independence and the postcolonial era, discussing the dilemmas of modernization and the resilience of the unique local culture.

Soul Catcher: Java's Fiery Prince Mangkunagara I, 1726-95

Soul Catcher: Java's Fiery Prince Mangkunagara I, 1726-95

Mangkunagara I (1726-95) was one of the most flamboyant figures of 18th-century Java. A charismatic rebel from 1740 to 1757 and one of the foremost military commanders of his age, he won the loyalty of many followers. He was also a devout Muslim of the Mystic Synthesis style, a devotee of Javanese culture and a lover of beautiful women and Dutch gin. His enemies-the Surakarta court, his uncle the rebel and later Sultan Mangkubumi of Yogyakarta and the Dutch East India Company-were unable to subdue him, even when they united against him. In 1757 he settled as a semi-independent prince in Surakarta, pursuing his objective of as much independence as possible by means other than war, a frustrating time for a man who was a fighter to his fingertips. Professor Ricklefs here employs an extraordinary range of sources in Dutch and Javanese-among them Mangkunagara I's voluminous autobiographical account of his years at war, the earliest autobiography in Javanese so far known-to bring this important figure to life. As he does so, our understanding of Java's devastating civil war of the mid-18th century is transformed and much light is shed on Islam and culture in Java.

Studying Singapore Before 1800

Studying Singapore Before 1800

Historians rely on Singapore's strategic position to explain its great success as a royal trading port in the 14th century, and as a British colony after 1819. What, then, accounts for the many centuries when it seemed not to thrive? This volume collects studies about Singapore before 1800, bringing together different efforts across the 20th century at reconstructing Singapore's ""missing years"".

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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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Keto Baked: Ketogenic Baking And Desserts

Keto Baked: Ketogenic Baking And Desserts

Keto diet expert and writer Kelly Tan Peterson is back with her latest release, Keto Baked. Between recipes as well as advice from her husband, Dr. Dan, on the health benefits of the Keto diet, in this 240-paged book, Kelly relates the story of how she began experimenting with baking while respecting the Keto lifestyle guidelines with an unlikely ally - her mother. In this new release, Kelly shares some of the recipes that she created for her mother, including Butter Cake, and Tiramisu. With Keto Baked, Kelly shows how traditional desserts can be altered as a healthy alternative that doesn't compromise the Keto diet. Dr. Dan also shares his insights on the health benefits and disease prevention of the Keto lifestyle. Keto Baked is not only a revolutionary cookbook but also a look into how the Keto lifestyle helped a daughter and mother forge the strongest bond.

Food Of Northern Thailand, The

Food Of Northern Thailand, The

The food of northern Thailand is a world away from the highly refined, royal court- and Chinese-influenced style of cooking in Bangkok--the Thai food that most of us are familiar with. It's a cuisine with its own distinct identity, one that is rustic and earthy, meaty and fragrant; one with roots in the Thai repertoire but with branches that extend into unfamiliar areas; a cuisine that feels ancient, but is ever evolving. A writer, photographer, and travel-guide writer, Austin Bush has lived in Thailand for nearly 20 years. In this book, Bush travels across northern Thailand to talk to the region's home cooks, academics, restaurateurs, writers, and hawkers. Their recipes and stories, along with Bush's photographs, capture the people, countryside, markets, and of course, dishes and cooking techniques of northern Thailand.

Feast: Food Of The Islamic World

Feast: Food Of The Islamic World

A diverse and rich culinary tradition has evolved in every place touched by Islam, always characterised by deliciousness and fragrance, a love of herbs and the deft use of spices. Anissa Helou's Feast represents an extraordinary journey through place and time, travelling from Senegal to Indonesia via the Arab, Persian, Mughal or North African heritage of so many dishes. This exploration of the foods of Islam begins with bread, and its myriad variations, from pita and chapatti to Turkish boreks and Lebanese fatayer. From humble grains and pulses come slow-cooked biryanis, Saudi Arabia's national dish of Lamb kabsa and magnificent jewelled rice dishes from Iran and Pakistan. With more than 300 recipes, spectacular food photography and interspersed with enchanting anecdotes, Feast is a comprehensive and dazzling mosaic of Islamic food culture across the globe.

Bekwoh: Stories & Recipes From Peninsular Malaysia's East Coast

Bekwoh: Stories & Recipes From Peninsular Malaysia's East Coast

In his third book, Bryan turns his attention to the food of the Malaysian Peninsula's east coast, comprising the states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. Researched and written over the span of two years, Bekwoh is a journey, from the fishing villages of Terengganu where keropok lekor is made, to Kota Bharu's famous central market with its giddying selection of kuih (local snacks), from the border town of Tumpat for khao jam to the lemang and rendang shacks in Pahang. It also touches on the daily and festive foods of the Peranakan Chinese communities in Kelantan and Terengganu. Essentially an East Coast term for vast cooking vessels, Bekwoh suggests abundance, big-heartedness and merriment, and that is what Bryan serves up, with a collection of over 100 recipes.

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Oneiros

Oneiros

Cyril Wong's eighth collection hurls the reader into a private dream world; these dreams explore the finitude of the self, recasting the poet's past and shaping the future or daring to mine its dangerous potential.

B-Sides And Backslides: 1986-2018

B-Sides And Backslides: 1986-2018

Nine years after his last volume of poetry, Felix Cheong makes a comeback - this time, a collection of poetic outtakes and more recent writings. B-Sides and Backslides: 1986 - 2018 puts together an unrelenting and honest portrait of the poet as a young man - an undergrad hung up on T.S. Eliot - through the ups and downers of career and marriage, to middle age. It is at once an insightful mapping of his craft over 30 years and a typography of turns and returns of themes and images. Collected here is the full range of Felix's oeuvre, from odes to love to social observations, from religious musings to political satire. Complete with liner (linear) notes documenting the periods between his four books, this anthology will offer you a rare look at a poet's growth and creative process from the inside out.

When The Lights Went Off

When The Lights Went Off

As the poet navigates through middle age, beset by questions on aging, love and loss, and the incipient awareness of mortality, these poems give shape and meaning to those attendant, oft-unspoken anxieties. Through coy irony, imagined personas and leaps of creative faith, Tan's fifth collection of poetry interrogates the redemptive possibilities of art, promising a journey through the familiar and the off-kilter.

Woman Who Turned Into A Vending Machine, The

Woman Who Turned Into A Vending Machine, The

A housewife turns into a vending machine. Zombies are coming for tea. An unnamed narrator dreams of a cat. "The Woman Who Turned Into A Vending Machine" is a book on metamorphosis - metaphorical and physical, calculated and involuntary. Here is an invitation to explore how myth fits with the mundane, and how we shapeshift alongside our endlessly changing environments, muddying along life as best as we can.

Circumstance

Circumstance

It is 1924, and the British rule Malaya. Guy is a colonial administrator in charge of Kluanak, a remote district deep in the jungle. Nony is Guy's concubine. She is Malay, and together they have three mixed-race children. Guy is granted Home leave and uses this opportunity to find himself a proper English wife, assuming that on his return he'll be given a new posting far from Kluanak. Circumstance was inspired by The Force of Circumstance, a short story by W. Somerset Maugham and is the first in a trilogy of Maugham-inspired colonial tales set in 1920s Malaya.

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Authoritarian Capitalism: Sovereign Wealth Funds And State-Owned Enterprises In East Asia And Beyond

Authoritarian Capitalism: Sovereign Wealth Funds And State-Owned Enterprises In East Asia And Beyond

Since 1945, the liberal-democratic model of capitalism spread across the globe, ultimately prevailing over communism. Over the past two decades, a new statist-authoritarian model has begun diffusing across East Asia. Rather than rejecting capitalism, authoritarian leaders harness it to uphold their rule. Based on extensive research of East Asia's largest corporations and sovereign wealth funds, this book argues that the most aggressive version of this model does not belong to China. Rather, it can be found in Malaysia and Singapore. Although these countries are small, the implications are profound because one-third of all countries in the world possess the same type of regime. With an increasing number of these authoritarian regimes establishing sovereign wealth funds, their ability to intervene in the corporate sectors of other countries is rapidly expanding.

South China Sea, The: A Crucible Of Regional Cooperation Or Conflict-Making Sovereignty Claims?

South China Sea, The: A Crucible Of Regional Cooperation Or Conflict-Making Sovereignty Claims?

The history of the South China Sea is a catalyst of international cooperation and conflict. Security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific is largely governed by command of these strategic waters. More than half of global shipping transits the South China Sea, which also holds significant reserves of oil, gas and minerals, as well as some of the largest fisheries in the world. Drawing on a team of field-leading researchers, Jenner and Thuy provide an empirical study of the global ocean's most contested sea space. The volume's four parts offer an insightful analysis of the significance of the South China Sea to the international order; sub-national agents of influence on relations between states; the disputes over sovereignty through the analytical prism of international law; and the conflictful region's prospects. The primary source-based conclusion elucidates the agency of history and strategy in the South China Sea.

Singapore: Identity, Brand, Power

Singapore: Identity, Brand, Power

Contemporary Singapore is simultaneously a small postcolonial multicultural nation state and a cosmopolitan global city. To manage fundamental contradictions, the state takes the lead in authoring the national narrative. This is partly an internal process of nation building, but it is also achieved through more commercially motivated and outward facing efforts at nation and city branding. Both sets of processes contribute to Singapore's capacity to influence foreign affairs, if only for national self-preservation. For a small state with resource limitations, this is mainly through the exercise of smart power, or the ability to strategically combine soft and hard power resources.

Indonesia: Twenty Years Of Democracy

Indonesia: Twenty Years Of Democracy

This Element argues that after twenty years of democratization, Indonesia has performed admirably. This is especially so when the country's accomplishments are placed in comparative perspective. However, as we analytically focus more closely to inspect Indonesia's political regime, political economy, and how identity-based mobilizations have emerged, it is clear that Indonesia still has many challenges to overcome, some so pressing that they could potentially erode or reverse many of the democratic gains the country has achieved since its former authoritarian ruler, Soeharto, was forced to resign in 1998.

Tall Order: The Goh Chok Tong Story. Volume 1

Tall Order: The Goh Chok Tong Story. Volume 1

Goh Chok Tong was an improbable Prime Minister for an unlikely country. He had neither the connections nor the cunning to rise to the top, and was even once famously derided by his mentor Lee Kuan Yew for being "wooden" in his communication skills. Except for an imposing height most unusual in this part of the world, he was an ordinary man. He lost his father at a young age, lived in a two-bedroom public flat with his mother and four siblings and needed a government bursary to complete university. Yet somehow he succeeded. This authorised biography tells the extraordinary story of his life and career over half a century, revealing how Singapore's second Prime Minister rose through a combination of strength, wit and a political nous which many, including himself, did not know he had. In this first of two volumes, Goh navigated years of a challenging apprenticeship to Lee, scoring numerous policy successes but also suffering political blows and humiliation.

China's Footprints In Southeast Asia

China's Footprints In Southeast Asia

This is the first book to survey China's growing role in Southeast Asia along multiple dimensions. It looks closely and skeptically at the multitude of ways that China has built connections in the region, including through trade, foreign aid, and cultural diplomacy. It incorporates examples such as the operation of Confucius Institutes in Indonesia or the promotion of the concept of guangxi. This book raises the question of whether the Chinese efforts are helpful or disruptive and explores who it is that really stands to benefit from these relationships.

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Dao Of Healing, The: Christian Perspectives On Chinese Medicine

Dao Of Healing, The: Christian Perspectives On Chinese Medicine

The last 50 years have seen the popularity of Chinese medicine grow exponentially. In China, Korea, Japan and Singapore, Chinese medicine has been incorporated into their healthcare systems to varying degrees. In the West, it is no longer uncommon for patients to consult Chinese medicine doctors, many of whom are non-Chinese. However, among Christians in many parts of the developed world, Chinese medicine is still viewed with suspicion and negativity. Are these fears justified? How can we better understand the roots and practices of Chinese medicine? The Dao of Healing takes us on an in-depth exploration of the histories and philosophies that have shaped both Western biomedicine and Chinese medicine in order that we might make informed judgements about them.

Hamka And Islam: Cosmopolitan Reform In The Malay World

Hamka And Islam: Cosmopolitan Reform In The Malay World

Since the early twentieth century, Muslim reformers have been campaigning for a total transformation of the ways in which Islam is imagined. Islam in the Malay World has a long list of innovative Muslim reformers. The author Haji Abdullah Malik Abdul Karim Amrullah, commonly known as "Hamka," is one of the most influential. In Hamka and Islam, Khairudin Aljunied employs the term "cosmopolitan reform" to describe Hamka's attempt to harmonize the many streams of Islamic and Western thought while posing solutions to the various challenges facing Muslims in the Malay world. Among the major themes explored by Aljunied are reason and revelation, moderation and extremism, social justice, the state of women in society, and Sufism in the modern age, as well as the importance of history in reforming the minds of modern Muslims. Aljunied argues that Hamka demonstrated intellectual openness and inclusiveness towards a whole range of thoughts and philosophies to develop his own imaginary and vocabulary of reform, attesting to Hamka's unique ability to function as a conduit for competing Islamic and secular groups.

Place Of Music In The Church And In Society, The

Place Of Music In The Church And In Society, The

Music is an unavoidable part of our humanity. Like religion, music too is a universal phenomenon because human beings were created with aesthetic aspect. This booklet discusses the importance of music both in the Church and society. It begins with a description of music from the perspective of the aesthetic mode. After placing music in its relation with the aesthetic aspect, it describes music from the biblical perspective and proceeds to draw insights from the Reformers on their theology of music. The three general typology of church music will be analyzed and examined. Finally, the place of music in society is discussed, before concluding.

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From Flabby To Fitty In 23 Days: Over 50 Easy Recipes To Detox And Nourish Your Body

From Flabby To Fitty In 23 Days: Over 50 Easy Recipes To Detox And Nourish Your Body

Achieve weight loss fast and reset your health in 23 days naturally through drinking juices. Discover the formula to drinking juices without affecting your sugar levels and waistlines. Proven DIY Detox recipes and programmes to remove toxins from your body without the need to buy expensive and ineffective Detox programmes.

Genus Schefflera In Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, The

Genus Schefflera In Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, The

This beautiful book describes 32 Schefflera taxa, including 29 species, from the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Bomeo. Prior to this work, only seven species of Schef?era in Sabah had published names and none had been described from the state in the last 100 years. Thus this treatment provides a long overdue contribution to our understanding of the genus, in particular, and the Sabah flora, in general. Beyond including an enumeration of the species of Schefflera in Sabah, introductory material on both the history and systematics of the genus and natural history of Sabah is provided. Numerous photographic images and line drawings are provided to illustrate the taxa and their distinguishing characteristics. In addition, distribution maps document the occurrence of each species and variety. This account will be an invaluable addition to botanical libraries and aid to herbarium curators worldwide with an interest in Schefflera from Bomeo.

125 Best Birdwatching Sites In Southeast Asia, The

125 Best Birdwatching Sites In Southeast Asia, The

An expanded and fully updated edition of The 100 Best Birdwatching Sites in Southeast Asia. The book covers sites in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

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Departing From Java: Javanese Labour, Migration And Diaspora

Departing From Java: Javanese Labour, Migration And Diaspora

From colonial times through to the present day, large numbers of Javanese have left their homes to settle in other parts of Indonesia or much further afield. Frequently this dispersion was forced, often with traumatic results. Today, Javanese communities are found as close as Kalimantan and as far away as Suriname and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, migrant workers from Java continue to travel abroad, finding short-term employment in places like Malaysia and the Middle East. This volume traces the different ways in which Javanese migrants and migrant communities are connected in their host society and with Java as a real or imagined authoritative source of norms, values and loyalties. It underlines the importance of diaspora as a process in order to understand the evolving notions of a Javanese homeland across time and space.

Growing Up Perempuan

Growing Up Perempuan

Growing up as a woman is hard. Growing up as a woman in the Muslim community is harder. In a world still filled with superstitions, if you die during childbirth you become a vampiric ghost and if you survive you might get attacked by a flying ghost. You collect experiences in the workplace that should be office satire but aren't. You face constant judgement, try to live up to endless expectations, and somehow…still fall short. Growing Up Perempuan is a collection of stories written by women, for women. This book offers stories of love and loss, strength and endurance, confidence and courage - stories that inspire and empower. This is a book about challenging the status quo and learning to chart our own paths instead of having the world define them for us.

Birthday Book, The: The Roads We Take

Birthday Book, The: The Roads We Take

The roads we take don't always lead us to our final destination. Sometimes, the roads are filled with crevices and potholes. At other times, the roads may be smooth-sailing, but we question our decisions in taking these routes. Regardless of these decisions, they make who we are and influence how we will continue to traverse different roads in the future. In the 2018 edition of The Birthday Book, contributors reflect on the paths they have chosen to take in their lives. More than just personal stories, these essays highlight the importance of resilience and the evolution of the political and social landscape in Singapore. The book compels readers to think of the complexity of the future roads we must take, as individuals, as a nation-because in sunny Singapore, no one road stays forever.

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Inside The House Of The Raja

Inside The House Of The Raja

Forgotten in Thailand's troubled Deep South, on the border of Muslim Malaysia, stands a dilapidated wooden palace once home to a Malay ruler, the last of his dynasty. Locals call it the House of the Raja, a place suffused with loss and solitude, laden with the region s glorious past and tragic present. Intrigued by this demonised, yet little-known borderland, Xavier Comas chanced upon this mysterious house. Crossing the doorway, he fell under its spell and felt compelled to delve into its past. The caretaker, a Muslim shaman who held rituals inside, invited the author to stay and initiated him into its hidden dimensions. As he builds a bond of trust with the inhabitants of the house, the missing pieces of its history gently fall into place, revealing an ancient culture long hidden and the building s ties to the centuries-old struggles in this contested region. Comas evocative story take us into a realm of hauntings, mystic powers and fading memories. His first-hand account enthralls the reader with vivid descriptions in which the real and the magical entwine. Inside the House of the Raja provides a missing key to controversial issues of legacy, belief and identity in Thailand s Muslim South.

Monocle Guide To Hotels, Inns And Hideaways, The A Manual For Everyone From Holidaymakers To Hoteliers. We Sidestep The Humdrum Haunts In Favour Of Stays With Substance

Monocle Guide To Hotels, Inns And Hideaways, The A Manual For Everyone From Holidaymakers To Hoteliers. We Sidestep The Humdrum Haunts In Favour Of Stays With Substance

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.

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.


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