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Architecture
Forming/Unforming

Forming/Unforming

This book features student works from SUTD's Architecture and Sustainable Design programme. It documents the ideas and thought experiments of the school - the trending intellectual preoccupations. The book presents a compilation of raw artifacts produced in the various courses and design studios by students in their pioneering years and gives you a first glimpse of the experiments and projects and the underlying intentions and intellectual currents flowing at the school. It also serves as a map or orientation device for future generations to build upon.

Future Cities Lab Indicia

Future Cities Lab Indicia

This book, the first in a planned series, reports on the Future Cities Laboratory and its ambitious mission to shape sustainable future cities through science, by design, in place. It offers a global perspective on cities from the vantage point of Asia, where the laboratory is based. The first volume in the series focuses on the challenges that future cities pose to sustainability. The second will concentrate on the innovative approaches necessary for addressing those challenges. The third will present concrete scenarios and action plans that emerge from such approaches.


Art
50 Women Artists You Should Know (New Edition)

50 Women Artists You Should Know (New Edition)

Now available in a new edition, this book offers more than 500 years of achievements in art by women. This beautifully produced, richly detailed, and comprehensive survey of fifty influential women artists from the Renaissance to the Post-Modern era details their vast contributions to the art world. From the Early Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the seventeenth-century illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian to Impressionist Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, and to modern icons such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois, the most important female artists are profiled in this book in chronologically arranged double-page spreads. There is a succinct biography for each artist, together with information outlining her accomplishments and influence, additional resources for further study, and, best of all, brilliant full-color reproductions of the artist's works.

Tobias Kwan Postcard Set

Tobias Kwan Postcard Set

A 14-piece postcard set featuring illustrations by Tobias Kwan's fantasy project "Motherland Chronicles".

Jingna Zhang Postcard Set

Jingna Zhang Postcard Set

A 14-piece postcard set featuring fine art photography from Zhang Jingna's fantasy project "Motherland Chronicles".

Pan Yu Lin Catalogue Raisonné: Prints

Pan Yu Lin Catalogue Raisonné: Prints

This newly published catalogue raisonné offers for the first time a complete survey of all the prints made by the legendary Pan Yu Lin. The rarely seen drypoint prints by Pan are presented in their entirety. In addition, the author was able to pair the plates at the Anhui Museum with the prints at the Cernuschi Museum, thus reuniting plates with their "offspring" prints across two continents after a hiatus of over sixty years.

Decoding Indonesia

Decoding Indonesia

This book, richly illustrated with 168 paintings by Erica Hestu Wahyuni, is about the journey of Indonesia as a country. Using art philosophy, it considers the historical journey from the perspectives of sociology, psychology, arts and business. Trilingual in English, Bahasa Indonesia, and Chinese.

Global Contemporary Art World, The

Global Contemporary Art World, The

The final instalment in the critically-acclaimed trilogy on globalization and art explores the growing dominance of Asian centers of art. This book takes readers on a fascinating journey around five Asian centers of contemporary art and its myriad institutions, agents, forms, materials, and languages, while posing vital questions about the political economy of culture and the power of visual art in a multi-polar world. Drawing on detailed case studies and personal insights gained from his extensive experience of the contemporary art scene in Asia, Professor Harris examines the evolving relationship between the western centers of art practice, collection, and validation and the emerging peripheries of Asian Tiger societies with burgeoning art centers. And he arrives at the somewhat controversial conclusion that dominance of the art world is rapidly slipping away from Europe and North America.

South East Asia Spaces Of The Curatorial Raume Des Kuratorischen

South East Asia Spaces Of The Curatorial Raume Des Kuratorischen

The curatorial challenges of working in Southeast Asia are explored in the new Jahresring journal, an annual series of interdisciplinary, discursive readers. Southeast Asia is experiencing accelerated global visibility and strong nation- and institution-building. Given this dynamic, how do curators engage with the intricacies of each place? How do they respond to the specificities of a location in the context of the international art world? The diversity of voices in this issue mirrors the complexity of the region itself: its various curatorial spaces, infrastructures and political systems. What emerges is a highly diverse art system that shifts away from traditional formats to embrace new or alternative platforms from symposia to fieldwork with the aim of emphasizing curating as a process of critical thinking that goes beyond presentations and representations. Featured contributors include Ute Meta Bauer, Zoe Butt, Kevin Chua, Patrick D. Flores, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Tony Godfrey, Yin Ker, Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Seng Yu Jin, Simon Soon, Nora A. Taylor David Teh.

Becoming Palm

Becoming Palm

Becoming Palm is the outcome of a conversation between two friends, artist Simryn Gill and anthropologist Michael Taussig, addressing the complexities of palm oil and "the enormous transformations, human, and ecological, that this crop engenders" (Taussig) in two disparate geographical locations, Southeast Asia and South America.

Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles Of Punjab From The Jill And Sheldon Bonovitz Collection

Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles Of Punjab From The Jill And Sheldon Bonovitz Collection

Exquisite and labor-intensive, phulkari ("floral-work" or "flower-craft") embroideries were originally produced by women in towns and villages across the greater Punjab from at least the early 19th century into the first decades of the 20th. Phulkaris were made from brightly colored silk thread on rough, earth-toned fabric. Focusing on a group of nineteen stunning works from the collection of Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, this exhibition surveys the genre's fascinating history. This is the first publication outside South Asia specifically on this art form. It also offers significant new information on the craft and its importance to personal, familial, and regional identity in the past and the present.

Epic Tales From Ancient India: Paintings From The San Diego Museum Of Art

Epic Tales From Ancient India: Paintings From The San Diego Museum Of Art

Exploring the topic of narrativity in Indian art, this beautiful and deeply researched book considers illustrations to the Bhagavata Purana, the Ramayana, the Ragamala, and a range of texts in the Persian language, notably the Shahnama. Featuring stunning reproductions of paintings made between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries from the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection at The San Diego Museum of Art, the publication includes thorough and fascinating explanations of the narrative of each text, including how that narrative is visually conveyed. Essays examine why these particular stories are so enduring, why patrons may have chosen to have a copy of a particular text made for their own collections, and how artists responded to the challenge of creating new versions of venerable classics.

Age Of Empires: Art Of The Qin And Han Dynasties

Age Of Empires: Art Of The Qin And Han Dynasties

The first in-depth exploration of the artistic and cultural achievements of China's "classical" era Age of Empires presents the art and culture of China during one of the most critical periods of its history - the four centuries from 221 B.C. to A.D. 200 - when, for the first time, people of diverse backgrounds were brought together under centralized imperial rule that fostered a new and unified identity. Over 150 works from across the full breadth of Chinese artistic and decorative media - including ceramics, metalwork, textiles, armor, sculpture, and jewelry - are featured in this book. Essays by leading scholars, accompanied by dazzling new photography of the objects, address the sweeping societal changes underway, and trace a progression from the early, formative years through unprecedented sophistication and technical accomplishment-embodied in an artistic legacy that reverberates in China's national identity to this day.

Tomas Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions

Tomas Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions

This is an inter-species encounter between arachnids and anthropos mediated by sound. This audio publishing project is conceived as a continuation and circulation of internationally acclaimed artist Tomás Saraceno's eponymous exhibition at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore in 2015. Exploring the arachnids's sophisticated mode of communication through vibrations, Saraceno developed several instruments that were able to amplify the vibrations of spiders, rendering them audible to other species. Various instruments, ranging from strings to percussion, were incorporated into the artist's exhibition at NTU CCA Singapore, and used within a series of Jam Sessions between arachnids and musicians.

Reminiscence

Reminiscence

This volume was published in conjunction with the exhibition "Reminiscence" held at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. With an essay by Bridget Tracy Tan.

Spirit Of Bhutan, The: An Artist's Vision

Spirit Of Bhutan, The: An Artist's Vision

This volume was published in conjunction with the exhibition "The Spirit of Bhutan: An Artist's Vision" by Cultural Medallion-winner Ang Ah Tee. Ang Ah Tee started exploring a new form of expression in his works after his sixth solo exhibition in 1993, and his works have developed into semi-abstraction, combining western elements with Chinese ink brush strokes.

Wong Keen: A Creative Life Unfurled

Wong Keen: A Creative Life Unfurled

This book was published in conjunction with an exhibition that featured over 30 exhibits in different media by Wong Keen. Wong Keen (b. 1942, Singapore) grew up in a Chinese literati environment and was a highly acclaimed teenage painter in the early Singapore art scene. His departure for the Art Students League of New York in 1961 marked him as the first Singaporean to venture into the flourishing post-war American art scene. Wong Keen's unique body of work, which encompasses oil, ink, acrylic and collage since the 1960s to the present, is a powerful embodiment of the elegant expressivity of Chinese ink wash aesthetics and Abstract Expressionism.

Brief History, A: The Development Of Chinese Calligraphy In Singapore

Brief History, A: The Development Of Chinese Calligraphy In Singapore

This book was published with an exhibition that celebrated the cultural journey of early Chinese calligraphers in Singapore. Featuring calligraphy pieces, including oracle, seal, clerical, walking and cursive scripts, by Singapore's pioneer artist-educators Chan San Sheh, Tsue Ta Tee, Pan Shou, and See Hiang To, among others, the essay and exhibits attest to the fluent styles mastered and handed down by these early calligraphers and their significant contribution to Singapore's cultural heritage.

Works Selected By Lim Tze Peng

Works Selected By Lim Tze Peng

Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition of Lim Tze Peng; his first after a career spanning nearly 70 years. The selections are taken mainly from Lim Tze Peng's own collection augmented by a number from Mr Ong Teng Huat's. Almost all of them were being shown to the public for the first time and are regarded as among the best examples of his life's work.

My Watercolour Story

My Watercolour Story

Marvin Chew is a professional watercolour artist and former Vice-President of the Singapore Watercolor Society, who is actively involved in many exhibitions and competitions, both locally and internationally. He usually paints in a semi-realistic, impressionist style, using transparent watercolors that highlight the play of lights and shades, using spontaneous, bold brushstrokes which imbues the energy of Chinese calligraphy in his works.

Vintage Singapore: 1950S

Vintage Singapore: 1950S

This is the third of a series of exclusive postcard books featuring 20 iconic moments in mid-20th century Singapore. It contains 20 detachable postcards, each with local prepaid postage included. Mail them for free within Singapore. All images in the book were curated from Singapore Press Holdings' extensive archives. Get glimpses of little-known scenes too, such as the hole-in-a-wall provision store, and snake charmers plying their trade. They reflect the special moments of the everyday Singaporean who lived in a decade when the country was emerging from colonial rule, enroute to self-governance.

La Kopi

La Kopi

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in Singapore. But how many of us know what it takes to brew a cuppa? Full-time artist Alvin Mark Tan returns from Italy and rediscovers the coffee culture here through oils, inks, watercolours and videos. In his first sketchbook brew dedicated to his hometown, he plunges into the coffee scene to see how it has percolated throughout the island.

52 Singapore Tales

52 Singapore Tales

52 Singapore Tales is a collection of unique illustrations. This compilation follows the Singapore narrative and is based on local legends, passions, fact, folklore, and idiosyncrasies, as interpreted through the perspective of artists from the Band of Doodlers. Like the many hands that built this country, each illustration is a co-created piece between two artists.

What To Keep? Thoughts About Tearing Down A Housing Estate In Singapore

What To Keep? Thoughts About Tearing Down A Housing Estate In Singapore

567 households. 187 shops and stalls. Four iconic housing blocks. In 2011, Rochor Centre was given its demolition sentence. In the days of packing up that followed, residents confronted the question of what to keep, what to throw out, where to go.

Mute: Thoughts About Forgotten History In Singapore

Mute: Thoughts About Forgotten History In Singapore

Can a photograph show what is absent, what has been erased? Through this illuminating series of images, we get to "see" Singapore's forgotten Little Japan, a once-flourishing enclave with a red-light district featuring "karayuki-san" - right where Bugis Junction stands today.


Business
Take Control Of Your Sales Now! Building Your Sales Pipeline In The 21St Century

Take Control Of Your Sales Now! Building Your Sales Pipeline In The 21St Century

Take Control of Your Sales Now! is a book about Lead Generation in the new age. The techniques shared by Norman in this book are from actual experiences. Norman shares his proven process, having worked with multiple clients in growing their businesses. Business owners who are serious about the growth about their businesses need to take control of their sales and scale quickly, and this book provides effective advice and tips.

Why You Should Fail: Practical Wisdom From Twenty-Three Of Singapore's Top Entrepreneurs

Why You Should Fail: Practical Wisdom From Twenty-Three Of Singapore's Top Entrepreneurs

Learn the exact business strategies that helped 23 of Singapore's best and brightest entrepreneurs start and grow their companies to the multi-million empires they are today. From crafting a winning investment pitch to unleashing a consistent stream of customers, this is a book packed with tons of real life examples in every area you need to build a profitable company that lasts.

Preparing For A Property Upturn: Trends And Pitfalls In Real Estate Investments

Preparing For A Property Upturn: Trends And Pitfalls In Real Estate Investments

The property market goes through cycles, and an investor needs to understand market conditions for a balanced view on opportunities and risks. But how can one sift through the noise and formulate a clear strategy? Respected market analyst and fifth-time author Ku Swee Yong looks at market trends, explains the impact of government policies and dispels common misconceptions. The lead articles delve into how the residential sector will be affected by the ageing population and the expiry of many HDB flats' 99-year lease, and offer suggestions for the Concept Plan 2021. Others sketch out how the property landscape will be affected by changes in the retail scene, the adoption of FinTech, the rise of co-working & co-living spaces.

Leadership Experience In Asia (2Nd Ed.)

Leadership Experience In Asia (2Nd Ed.)

The Leadership Experience in Asia, Second Edition adopts the leader's perspective in exploring diverse approaches to leading all types of organizations in Asia effectively, with special emphasis on the ways in which leaders in Asia may benefit from using tested concepts and theories that have been proven to be valid in the West. The indigenous element of this Asian edition brings concepts and practices as can be found in Asian organizations to the attention of individual leaders in Asia. Learners will benefit most from this book if they complete all the assessment tools displayed across the various chapters and use the self-profiling results to reflect on their standing against the concepts and theories expounded in the respective chapters. They will learn most effectively if they can relate the contents of the chapters to their past, present, and future or potential places of work.


Children
Sherlock Sam And The Fiendish Heist In London (Book 12)

Sherlock Sam And The Fiendish Heist In London (Book 12)

In a sudden turn of events, the Fiendish Mastermind calls the Supper Club to London to solve the mystery of a new criminal genius who is even more fiendish than he ever was! Sherlock Sam, Watson and the Supper Club have to race against the clock to discover the brains behind the crimes that have left the London police baffled. The thrills and restaurants of London will have to take a backseat as Sherlock Sam and gang come head-to-head with their most devious adversary yet!


Culture & People
Rosalie And Other Love Songs

Rosalie And Other Love Songs

Beautiful music, born from an eclectic mix of cultures, was created in Malaya in the period leading up to country's independence in 1957. But this cultural history has yet to be told, until now. Saidah Rastam draws on extensive interviews with those who made that history, corroborating and elaborating this testimony by trawling through contemporary newspaper cuttings, and referencing hundreds of songs and scores of films. As a point of entry into this fascinating story, she explores the controversies surrounding the provenance of Malaysia's national anthem, 'Negara Ku', and embroiders a kind of detective story, drawing the reader into broader, contextual issues to do with culture, politics and society. The result is an innovative and perceptive account: well researched, splendidly constructed, deeply knowledgeable, beautifully illustrated and stylishly written in a way that captures the very musicality of its topic. The first edition of Rosalie and Other Love Songs was enthusiastically received, and this new, revised edition will be welcomed by all those with an interest in Malaysian culture and history, as well as fans of popular music worldwide.

Resilience And The Localisation Of Trauma In Aceh, Indonesia

Resilience And The Localisation Of Trauma In Aceh, Indonesia

Aceh is a region that is no stranger to violent conflict and tragedy. In this book, Catherine Smith examines the global reach of the contested, yet compelling, concept of trauma. She explores how what is considered "trauma" has expanded well beyond the bounds of therapeutic practice to become a powerful cultural idiom shaping the ways people understand the effects of violence and imagine possible responses to suffering. In Aceh, conflict survivors have incorporated the ideas of trauma into their local languages, healing practices, and political imaginaries. The appearance of this idiom of distress into the Acehnese medical-moral landscape provides an ethnographic perspective on suffering and recovery, and contributes to our contemporary debates about the international reach of psychiatry and the cultural consequences as it spreads beyond the domain of medicine.

Rebound: Laolao's Guide To Giving Up

Rebound: Laolao's Guide To Giving Up

In February 2010, LaoLao, then a player for the Singapore Slingers and National Team, had a near-fatal accident while he was training. He sustained a major head injury that put him out of commission from basketball. Though he survived, LaoLao lived with a hole in his head for four months before he underwent a second operation that replaced part of his skull with plastic. Despite the intense mental and physical strain, LaoLao could not turn his back on his ultimate goal as a sportsman. In October 2010, he returned to basketball, fought his way back to earn a spot on the Men's Team, and represented Team Singapore one last time at the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia. Now, LaoLao shares his story in this light-hearted, personal retelling of his life.

Magic Circle, The

Magic Circle, The

The Magic Circle tells the story of what happens when Charmaine Chan's sister Elaine is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer. As the illness progresses, family members living on different continents gather together during Elaine's last days. Striving to distract Elaine from the worst effects of the cancer, Charmaine takes to the pen: conjuring up the vanished world of their childhood in Singapore, and discovering a way to keep her promise to Elaine's six-year-old daughter. A contemplation on grief and loss, nostalgia and yearning, The Magic Circle is for anyone who's been torn apart and put back again by the inexplicable power of memory.

White Butterflies

White Butterflies

After the Japanese invasion of Burma in late 1941, 11-year-old Colin McPhedran fled his homeland on foot, crossing the rugged Patkoi Mountain Ranges on foot to reach safety in India. Colin, along with his mother, elder brother and sister and thousands of others, many of whom died, battled monsoon rains, hunger, disease and exhaustion during the 500-kilometre journey. McPhedran's autobiography recalls his childhood as part of a large Anglo-Burmese family in colonial Burma, and provides a dramatic account of his harrowing trek to freedom. He eventually settled in Australia, where his memoir was first published. This edition, issued in Southeast Asia for the first time, includes a new afterword that supplies details left out of the story as originally published.

Chinese Ghosts Revisited: A Study Of Paranormal Beliefs And Experiences

Chinese Ghosts Revisited: A Study Of Paranormal Beliefs And Experiences

Do the Hong Kong Chinese experience ghosts, hauntings, spirit mediumship, ESP and other paranormal phenomena just like British and Americans? Or is their culture so different that the ghost accounts in this book will seem bizarre to anyone else? This classic presentation of cases is based on 3,600 interviews, questionnaires and observations in Hong Kong in 1980/81, updated by recent materials over 30 years later. For this 2017 edition, Charles Emmons has revisited his earlier conclusions and added new material that has come to light in the intervening years. This book remains the only major cross-cultural study comparing Chinese with Western ghost experiences.

Tiger Hunters Of Tai O, The

Tiger Hunters Of Tai O, The

Hong Kong, 1954. The British colony was not yet ready to hear about a Eurasian policeman having an affair with the police commissioner's daughter. Twenty-two-year-old Simon Lee tasted swift punishment. He was banished to the outer fringes of the territory, to the far tip of a wild and distant island a stone's throw from mainland Chinese waters - to Tai O, the ancient and murky trading post where fishermen, salt-farmers and refugees were thrown together with spies, pirates and triads. Pink dolphins swam the waters, eagles fished the sea, and some still believed that a tiger prowled the hills at night. Life was unpredictable for the band of beer-swilling misfits that staffed Tai O Police Station. Some said they needed reining in. But when a stranger was murdered on a beach, accused of being a Communist spy, Lee found himself on an unexpected collision course with his own masters in Central. Who had the dead man been working for? What did the secret agents know? Why was Central so eager to brush the execution aside? And who or what really was the 'tiger'?

Eva, Kopi And Matcha 2.0

Eva, Kopi And Matcha 2.0

Evangeline Neo's gallery of cultural differences continues with this follow-up to Eva, Kopi and Matcha. During her studies abroad in the United States and Japan, Eva's early brushes with how things are in those countries left such an impression on her that she eventually recorded them in webcomics, which featured her imaginary pets: Kopi the dog and Matcha the cat. In this volume, readers are also regaled with often hilarious anecdotes of life abroad and comparisons between her home country of Singapore and places such as the United States, Vietnam, Indonesia and, of course, Japan.

Eva Goes Solo

Eva Goes Solo

Eva had always wanted to experience life in Japan. But upon her arrival there in pursuit of a master's degree, she soon finds that it's not entirely like what she'd read in anime and manga. In this follow-up to her previous work, follow Eva's footsteps as she experiences some of the best and not-quite-best Japan has to offer during her postgraduate adventure. Her accounts, sometimes harrowing and informative, show that her fondness for all things Japanese has not waned, despite everything.

Local Encounters In A Global City: Singapore Stories

Local Encounters In A Global City: Singapore Stories

What is the impact of a constant flow of people and capital in one of the most globalised cities in the world? In this collection of essays, the authors pursue an ethnographic approach to globalization, and while they were informed by official statistics and social theory, they relied mostly on first-hand observations of life and experiences in Singapore. From iconic Singapore locations like the Botanic Gardens, Raffles Place and ION Orchard Shopping Mall to the seamier side of globalisation in the red-light district of Geylang and disused factories housing migrant workers, the authors relate their narratives in telling details and street insights. There is no single position for or against globalisation in this collection. The diverse views show the complex effects of global capital and labour flows on the culture and cityscape of Singapore at a time when sustained challenges are emerging to the global economic and political order of a past generation.

'Others' Is Not A Race

'Others' Is Not A Race

What is a Eurasian? Are Eurasians Singaporean? What does it mean to be a Eurasian living in Singapore? This book is a tapestry that weaves together the multiple genres of narrative fiction, creative nonfiction, literary food writing and family memoir, to offer insight into the micro-minority Eurasian community through the intensely personal lens of the writer's own experience living and growing up as a Eurasian in Singapore. Throughout are interwoven the themes of memory, loss, language, identity and cultural reclamation. Similarly, it is a reflective and provocative journey of self-discovery; a journey the reader may also take to explore what it means to exist at the confluence of being Singaporean and being Eurasian, and to interrogate the liminal space between two cultures, Asian and European, occupied by this community.

I Want To Go Home

I Want To Go Home

On the 11th of March, 2011, Yasuo Takamatsu lost his wife to the tsunami during the Great East Japan earthquake. Since that fateful day, he has been diving in the sea every week in search for her. Compelled and inspired to share his story, I Want To Go Home is a journey from Singapore to Onagawa through the lens of the intrigued to meet him. Of unlikely friendships across borders and languages; to share a man's loss, recovery and determination to reunite with his wife. The novel's feature film has also been selected for the 2017 Busan International Film Festival. This book also includes a Japanese translation by Miki Hawkinson.

Singapore Chronicles: Malays

Singapore Chronicles: Malays

The vicissitudes of history, from Raffles' purchase of the Singapore island from a Malay sultan to the short-lived merger with Malaya, have left a lasting mark on the Malays of Singapore. This book offers a glimpse of the community as it adapted to its minority status and responded to the myriad challenges of historical, social and political changes. Unlike among the Chinese and the Indians, there is remarkable cohesiveness within the community as most speak Malay and practise Islam. Yet, like the other communities, it struggles to retain its culture, tradition and values against the onslaught of urbanisation and Westernisation. With a focus on Malay leadership, education, religion, Syariah laws, language and literary tradition, this book evaluates how these aspects have evolved over the decades. Problems pertaining to the community's socio-economic progress and future challenges are also discussed. This primer is an introduction to one of Singapore's small yet resilient and remarkable communities.

Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days

Filled with joy, laughter and good memories, this collection comprises 50 short stories set in Malaysia during the 1950s to the 1970s. Carefully constructed and delivered with a lot of heart, these uplifting stories are still relatable today. Friele's lively narrative revolves around his colourful experiences. From the moment he arrived in Malaya, his eventful days were dotted with a host of sentimental, hilarious and crazy moments. The author's love for this magical era shines through, along with his in-depth observations and insights. With the author's unique voice interspersed with a myriad of emotions, this collection offers an unforgettable stroll down memory lane. There is also a pictorial supplement, with more than 100 photos and images from the author's personal collection covering the period from the late l940s to the l970s.

Presidents Of Singapore, The: Yusof Ishak

Presidents Of Singapore, The: Yusof Ishak

Every time we use a Singapore bank note, we see his face - the face of Yusof Ishak, the first President of Singapore. But did you know that he had to overcome challenges in his life and was also a champion in sports such as weightlifting and boxing? This book, which is targeted at upper primary and lower secondary pupils, will make this icon of Singapore come alive. It is suitable for anyone who wants an overview of the life and background of the first President of Singapore. General readers will come away with a better appreciation of him as a leader, a newspaperman and a family man, and will enjoy the many photographs of Yusof Ishak, at formal occasions and in less formal moments.

Rhetorical Territories: Thoughts About The Nebulous Kampung Spirit In Singapore

From communal villages to high-rise flats, how has the "kampung spirit" of old survived the transition? For those who call Waterloo Centre home, sharing comes organically. A funeral turns private grief into public spectacle - a community appears, gathers, mourn and then disappears. Photographer Tom White memorably captures how this coexistence takes place at every moment through subtle acts of "negotiation" rather than government policy. The book also documents the responses of 50 viewers from all walks of life. Their opinions, recollections and musings offer us a fascinating, multifaceted look at private vs public space, cultural commonality, and the meaning of home in Singapore.

Ghosts Of The Tsunami

Ghosts Of The Tsunami

On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. This is an account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it.

Madonnas And Mavericks: Power Women In Singapore

Madonnas And Mavericks: Power Women In Singapore

This book is a tribute to the women who have contributed to the growth of Singapore. The women have been selected across varying fields ranging from legal, financial, medical, fashion, sports, arts to even the now ubiquitous "social media". These women have demonstrated their ability to rise above the ordinary and to push the margins as frontier. These women may not be always in the limelight but they certainly have contributed to our nation's growth and success.

Abc Explore Singapore

Abc Explore Singapore

Welcome to Singapore - a "little red dot" right near the equator; a small melting pot! From the ArtScience Museum all the way to the Zoo, there is much to explore; let us share it with you! ABC Explore Singapore is a beautifully illustrated picture book, which takes the reader on an adventure to 26 diverse destinations across Singapore - all the way from A-Z. It is a must-have keepsake for residents and visitors to Singapore, and the perfect gift for those living (or moving) abroad!

Northeast Hinterland: Thoughts About Land Custodianship In Singapore

Northeast Hinterland: Thoughts About Land Custodianship In Singapore

Northeast Hinterland captures evocative and thought-provoking night scenes of Punggol - a northeastern suburb that has been touted as "a waterfront town of 21st-century Singapore". This series of photographs shows a side of Punggol that we do not normally see, where "sleep and sight are paradoxical", and where "histories, mythologies and legacies ... play hide and seek". The book also documents the responses of 105 viewers from all walks of life. Their opinions, recollections and musings triggered by the photos offer us a fascinating, multifaceted look at history, identity, and the ambiguities of land custodianship in Singapore.

Behind Every *Itch Is A Back Story: The Struggles Of Growing Up With Rash

Behind Every *Itch Is A Back Story: The Struggles Of Growing Up With Rash

Who would have thought that the Godfather of Singapore Fashion actually suffers from a severe skin condition known as eczema? How did he pursue his dreams despite it all? In this hilarious tell-all, Daniel Boey reveals his personal experiences struggling with various allergic eruptions. More obstacles were in store as he climbed up the fashion career ladder, all while managing his skin and sinus with medicine, treatments and remedies. Nevertheless, with a little help from his friends, he finds that life can still be adventurous and fabulous even if one has many allergies. Through it all, he proves to himself and others that attitude is more important than appearance, even in the fashion industry.

Dictionary Of Asian Language, The

Dictionary Of Asian Language, The

Of course there is no single Asian language. But plenty of vogue words from this booming continent are entering English. Did you know there is a flower named after former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il? The Chinese have a word - shengnu, literally leftover - for the new phenomenon of unmarried women over thirty. These are just some of the hundreds of words that illuminate little corners of life and culture in a pan-Asian selection of keywords from the zeitgeist.


Education
Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges

Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges

Prior to the era of globalization, education in Southeast Asia was viewed in the context of the national state and it was deployed in the service of state and nation-building and national economic development. States monopolized education, and public-funded centralized education systems were established to teach literacy, transmit national cultures and promote social cohesion, and to produce literate workers. Globalization forces, however, dramatically impacted in varying ways and degrees the national education systems across the region. As states begun to see their citizens as resources to enhance the countries' competitiveness in the global market, it, among other things, led to the increasing demand for highly skilled and qualified human capital. The accompanying neoliberal ideology led to varying degrees of decentralization, privatization and internationalization of education, especially of higher education, in Southeast Asia.

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.

Translating The Body: Medical Education In Southeast Asia

Translating The Body: Medical Education In Southeast Asia

Until recently, receiving a European or North American-style medical education in Southeast Asia was a profoundly transformative experience, as western conceptions of the body differed significantly from indigenous knowledge and explanations. Further, conceptions of the human body had to be translated into local languages and related to vernacular views of health, disease, and healing. Translating the Body is the first book to present the history of biomedical education across Southeast Asia. The contributors chart and analyze the organization of western medical education in Southeast Asia, public health education campaigns in the region, and the ways in which practitioners of what came to be conceived of as "traditional medicine" in many Southeast Asian countries organized themselves in response.


History & Geography
Project 0812: The Inside Story Of Singapore' S Journey To Olympic Glory

Project 0812: The Inside Story Of Singapore' S Journey To Olympic Glory

In 2006, nearly 50 years after Singapore's first and only Olympic medal in 1960, a group of men decided to take a bold step. Led by International Olympic Committee member Ng Ser Miang, the team made a move which had never been attempted by Singapore before. They decided to fund, support and energise Singapore sport's attempt to win an Olympic medal. They called their experiment Project 0812 - a push for Singapore to score a medal at either the 2008 Beijing Olympics or 2012 London Olympics or, better yet, both. The first section of this book covers the genesis of the scheme. The second section looks at the four sports chosen by Project 0812 - table tennis, badminton, sailing and shooting - and how they overcame challenges to reach Beijing 2008. The third section focuses on the Singapore table tennis team, the stars of the Project 0812. It digs deep into the struggles which bedeviled the team in the lead-up to Beijing, the drama on the way to winning a silver and the equally colourful aftermath. In the epilogue, the exploits of Team Singapore at the Rio 2016 Olympics are discussed, the latest page in the legacy of Project 0812. The book was written through some 30 interviews with officials, coaches and athletes. It also relied heavily on books, newspapers and magazines, and even monthly reports submitted by the national sports associations, minutes of meetings held by Project 0812 and internal reports of SNOC. It is a story of courage and dreams, of deep-seated desire to bring Olympic glory to a small country.

Royal Navy In Eastern Waters, The: Linchpin Of Victory, 1935-1942

Royal Navy In Eastern Waters, The: Linchpin Of Victory, 1935-1942

The British Royal Navy has been sharply criticized for tactical errors in Asia during the years leading to WWII. In particular, the deployment of the Repulse and the Prince of Wales, and their catastrophic loss, has been characterized as part of a flawed and ineffective strategy. Andrew Boyd argues that the loss of these warships has overshadowed the RN's broader success in securing control of the Indian Ocean. The book moves authoritatively between grand strategy, intelligence, accounts of specific operations, and technical assessment of ships and weapons. It effectively challenges established views of the RN's capabilities and performance, and will change understandings of Britain's role in the early years of the war.

Historical Imagination And Cultural Responses To Colonialism And Nationalism

Historical Imagination And Cultural Responses To Colonialism And Nationalism

History conditions the way that society discusses its problems. Treating history as a form of 'imagination', Azhar Ibrahim invites readers to probe the colonialist and nationalist tampering, suppression, and distortion of narratives on the Malays. In this thought-provoking book, the author encourages contemporary historians to move beyond the practice of Orientalist scholars: collecting data and describing facts. Instead, he promotes an alternative reading of history, one that departs from mainstream versions. Reflecting a strong understanding of classical Malay texts, the author also touches on broad themes such as psychological feudalism, orientalism, and the contestation of nationalist and colonialist perspectives on the community. Azhar's book is a welcomed contribution and a must-read for those interested in alternative discourses in Malay Studies.

Singapore Indian Heritage

Singapore Indian Heritage

Singapore Indian Heritage is the Indian Heritage Centre's first publication since the centre's opening in 2015. It comprises essays by respected scholars and IHC's curators on different aspects of Indian heritage, as told through the centre's permanent galleries as well as catalogue entries featuring the centre's collection of over 300 artefacts, photographs and documents. Edited by Professors Rajesh Rai and A Mani, the publication is an important addition to the compilation of writings on Singapore's Indian community, and in particular on the community's cultural heritage.

Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections On A Borrowed Place

Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections On A Borrowed Place

The handover in 1997 saw Hong Kong's smooth transition from colonial to Communist rule under the auspices of the 'one country, two systems' framework. But twenty years on, the real impact of the sovereignty change is just starting to register: the city's near-total economic integration with the mainland, a massive influx of Chinese visitors, simmering cross-border tensions and a rapid erosion of freedoms. Believing that we are stronger and louder together, PEN Hong Kong invited some of Hong Kong's most prominent literary and creative minds to reflect on the city's post-colonial development, in a definitive compendium of essays, poems, fiction and artwork that marks this historical milestone.

Hong Kong On The Brink: An American Diplomat Relives 1967'S Darkest Days

Hong Kong On The Brink: An American Diplomat Relives 1967'S Darkest Days

Syd Goldsmith's first taste of China's Cultural Revolution is blood on his tongue. It's 1967. Hong Kong is simmering, plagued by communist-led riots and strikes, crippled transport, punishing water-rationing, takeover threats from Beijing and roadside bombs. And Syd -- the only Caucasian Foreign Service Officer at the American Consulate General who speaks Cantonese -- is made responsible for reporting and analysis of the Hong Kong government's ability to survive. The CIA station chief and the head of Macau's gold syndicate play major roles in Syd's story, along with Newsweek's Sydney Liu and Maynard Parker, and a steady stream of inquiring foreign correspondents and China-watchers. Richard Nixon makes a cameo appearance -- to talk football with Syd since the consul general won't see him -- in this riveting memoir of a year when Hong Kong's "borrowed time" seemed about to expire.

Policing Hong Kong - An Irish History: Irishmen In The Hong Kong Police Force, 1864-1950

Policing Hong Kong - An Irish History: Irishmen In The Hong Kong Police Force, 1864-1950

Hong Kong, 1918. A tranquil place compared to war-torn Europe. But on the morning of the 22nd January, a running battle through the streets of Wanchai ended in "The Siege of Gresson Street". Five policemen lay dead, so shocking Hong Kong that over half the population turned out to watch their funeral procession. One of the dead, Inspector Mortimor O'Sullivan, came from Newmarket: a small town nestled deep in rural Ireland. He, along with a dozen and more relatives, had sailed out to Hong Kong to join the Police Force. Using family records and memories alongside extensive research in Hong Kong, Ireland and London, Patricia O'Sullivan tells the story of these policemen and the criminals they dealt with. This book also gives a rare glimpse into the day-to-day life of working-class Europeans at the time, as it follows the Newmarket men, their wives and families, from their first arrival in 1864 through to 1941 and beyond.

Lancing Girls Of A Happy World

Lancing Girls Of A Happy World

Glitz, glamour, and sleaze is what people may remember of the cabaret girls of yesteryear. With curiosity and an open mind, Adeline Foo sets out to uncover the lives of these women and how, even with few dreams and hopes to strive for, these women lived with much heart and courage despite society's disapproving eye. The music of the dance hall may have faded away, but this book carries the echoes of their dance steps, connecting us with a forgotten past that was inspired by faith, hope and charity.

When Singapore Was Syonan-To

When Singapore Was Syonan-To

N.I. Low depicts the Japanese Occupation period with impeccable accuracy, with sharp insight and pathos. What happened at the concentration camps, the massacre on Changi Beach, the round-up of 'comfort' girls, the activities of the black marketeers, life as a servant of the Japanese Government, the story of Lim Bo Seng. As the late Victor Purcell wrote, this is more than a graphic account of a grim period; it is a distinctive and very unusual piece of writing - a combination of the English outlook with that peculiar Chinese satire that does not culminate in a razor's edge, but ends in a sort of wry resignation.

Singapore Chronicles: Pre-Colonial Singapore

Singapore Chronicles: Pre-Colonial Singapore

The conventional and dominant view of Singapore's history is that it began with Stamford Raffles' arrival on the island in January 1819, and that nothing of significance, if at all anything, happened on this island before that. This book attempts a re-examination of the existing evidence in conjunction with excavated archaeological evidence and Portuguese and Dutch archival records to argue that there were significant developments on and around the island. They shaped Singapore's historical development after 1819 and could alter our understanding of what Singapore is about in history.

First Islanders: Prehistory And Human Migration In Island Southeast Asia

First Islanders: Prehistory And Human Migration In Island Southeast Asia

Incorporating research findings over the last twenty years, First Islanders examines the human prehistory of Island Southeast Asia. This fascinating story is explored from a broad swathe of multidisciplinary perspectives and pays close attention to migration in the period dating from 1.5 million years ago to the development of Indic kingdoms late in the first millennium CE.

Short History Of South-East Asia, A

Short History Of South-East Asia, A

This is the latest in a series of updated texts spotlighting this fascinating region. With revised chapters for all of the countries in this geographic area, this interesting text paints a remarkable overview of the characters and events that have shaped this part of the world. With an approachable writing style and comprehensive content, this unique text was written for business readers interested in improving their understanding of this important region.

Taming Babel: Language In The Making Of Malaysia

Taming Babel: Language In The Making Of Malaysia

Taming Babel sheds new light on the role of language in the making of modern postcolonial Asian nations. Focusing on one of the most linguistically diverse territories in the British Empire, Rachel Leow explores the profound anxieties generated by a century of struggles to govern the polyglot subjects of British Malaya and postcolonial Malaysia. The book ranges across a series of key moments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in which British and Asian actors wrought quiet battles in the realm of language: in textbooks and language classrooms; in dictionaries, grammars and orthographies; in propaganda and psychological warfare; and in the very planning of language itself. Every attempt to tame Chinese and Malay languages resulted in failures of translation, competence, and governance, exposing both the deep fragility of a monoglot state in polyglot milieux, and the essential untameable nature of languages in motion.

Rice: Global Networks And New Histories

Rice: Global Networks And New Histories

Rice today is food to half the world's population. Its history is inextricably entangled with the emergence of colonialism, the global networks of industrial capitalism, and the modern world economy. The history of rice is currently a vital and innovative field of research attracting serious attention, but no attempt has yet been made to write a history of rice and its place in the rise of capitalism from a global and comparative perspective. Rice is a first step toward such a history. The fifteen chapters, written by specialists on Africa, the Americas, and Asia, are premised on the utility of a truly international approach to history. Each brings a new approach that unsettles prevailing narratives and suggests new connections. Together they cast new light on the significant roles of rice as crop, food, and commodity, and shape historical trajectories and interregional linkages in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Conflict And Commerce In Maritime East Asia: The Zheng Family And The Shaping Of The Modern World, C. 1620-1720

Conflict And Commerce In Maritime East Asia: The Zheng Family And The Shaping Of The Modern World, C. 1620-1720

The Zheng family of merchants and militarists emerged from the tumultuous seventeenth century amid a severe economic depression, a harrowing dynastic transition from the ethnic Chinese Ming to the Manchu Qing, and the first wave of European expansion into East Asia. Under four generations of leaders over six decades, the Zheng had come to dominate trade across the China Seas. Their average annual earnings matched, and at times exceeded, those of their fiercest rivals: the Dutch East India Company. Although nominally loyal to the Ming in its doomed struggle against the Manchus, the Zheng eventually forged an autonomous territorial state based on Taiwan with the potential to encompass the family's entire economic sphere of influence. Through the story of the Zheng, Xing Hang provides a fresh perspective on the economic divergence of early modern China from western Europe, its twenty-first-century resurgence, and the meaning of a Chinese identity outside China.

Ming China And Vietnam: Negotiating Borders In Early Modern Asia

Ming China And Vietnam: Negotiating Borders In Early Modern Asia

Studies of Sino-Viet relations have traditionally focused on Chinese aggression and Vietnamese resistance, or have assumed out-of-date ideas about Sinicization and the tributary system. They have limited themselves to national historical traditions, doing little to reach beyond the border. Ming China and Vietnam, by contrast, relies on sources and viewpoints from both sides of the border, for a truly transnational history of Sino-Viet relations. Kathlene Baldanza offers a detailed examination of geopolitical and cultural relations between Ming China (1368-1644) and Dai Viet, the state that would go on to become Vietnam. She highlights the internal debates and external alliances that characterized their diplomatic and military relations in the pre-modern period, showing especially that Vietnamese patronage of East Asian classical culture posed an ideological threat to Chinese states. Baldanza presents an analysis of seven linked biographies of Chinese and Vietnamese border-crossers whose lives illustrate the entangled histories of those countries.

World War One In Southeast Asia: Colonialism And Anticolonialism In An Era Of Global Conflict

World War One In Southeast Asia: Colonialism And Anticolonialism In An Era Of Global Conflict

Although not a major player during the course of the First World War, Southeast Asia was in fact altered by the war in multiple and profound ways. Ranging across British Malaya, the Dutch East Indies, and French Indochina, Heather Streets-Salter reveals how the war shaped the region's political, economic, and social development both during 1914-18 and in the war's aftermath. She shows how the region's strategic location between North America and India made it a convenient way-station for expatriate Indian revolutionaries who hoped to smuggle arms and people into India and thus to overthrow British rule, whilst German consuls and agents entered into partnerships with both Indian and Vietnamese revolutionaries to undermine Allied authority and coordinate anti-British and anti-French operations.

Entangled Landscapes: Early Modern China And Europe

Entangled Landscapes: Early Modern China And Europe

Entangled Landscapes focuses on the exchange of ideas of landscape practice between Europe and China in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Yue Zhuang and Andrea M. Riemenschnitter explore this through three themes - empire-building, mediators' constraints, and aesthetic negotiations. They challenge our assumptions about how China and Europe influenced one another and go beyond well-documented outcomes like the jardin anglo-chinois and Europeenerie styles. Interdisciplinary and revisionist, this brings the critical spirit of postcolonial studies to art history and will appeal to scholars in fields such as comparative literature and visual culture, history, and human geography.

Reporting The Retreat: War Correspondents In Burma, 1942

Reporting The Retreat: War Correspondents In Burma, 1942

Japan's invasion of Burma in 1942 set off the longest retreat in British military history. Along with the fall of Singapore, it marked the beginning of the end of British rule, not only in Burma but also in south and south-east Asia. Britain's defeat in Burma has been studied in detail, but Reporting the Retreat is the first account that looks at how war correspondents presented the campaign in Western newspapers, pictorial magazines, and newsreels. Using wartime archives, Philip Woods re-evaluates the accuracy and impact of the versions of events presented by war correspondents reporting from Burma. His account will be of great value to historians of conflict and to anyone interested in journalism and the media.

Syonan: Singapore Under The Japanese 1942-1945

Syonan: Singapore Under The Japanese 1942-1945

To the generation of Singapore residents who lived through the Japanese Occupation, it was not at all clear that they were experiencing a turning point in their history. The period, to them, was about the brutality of Japanese military administration, of deprivation and about fear of the future. Most were unaware that Japan's victory marked the sunset of British rule in the region. This revised edition of Syonan: Singapore Under the Japanese 1942-1945, with extensively revised text and newly researched illustrations, frames the social memories of Singapore in the perspectives of war, surrender, suffering and legacy to present a vivid picture of how a people arose from ruin to take charge of their destiny.

Lions And Tigers: Story Of Football In Singapore And Malaysia

Lions And Tigers: Story Of Football In Singapore And Malaysia

Veteran football correspondent John Duerden explores one of the world's big rivalries in the world of football - that between Singapore and Malaysia, and what it means for both nations. It won't be just about the big games but about players from one country that played in another and the recent sojourn of Lions XII in Malaysia and Harimau Muda in the S-League. From meetings between the two national teams and clubs to tales from the times when they both sent teams to compete in the other's league, Lions and Tigers describes how Singapore and Malaysia feel about each other and how it all looks to an outsider between the two countries with comments from both nations - from coaches, players and key stakeholders, and also journalists and fans of the beautiful game.

Unfinished Revolution, The: Sun Yat-Sen And The Struggle For Modern China

Unfinished Revolution, The: Sun Yat-Sen And The Struggle For Modern China

This book presents a balanced and complete account of Sun, one that places him within the broader context of the tumultuous historical events and intellectual climate of his time. It reveals his strengths and weaknesses, his many disappointments, and above all, his bold vision for a modern and unified China, free from the yoke of imperialism.

Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

The two atomic bombs marked the end of a global war, but for the tens of thousands of survivors it was the beginning of a new life marked with the stigma of being hibakusha (atomic bomb-affected people). Susan Southard has spent a decade interviewing and researching the lives of the hibakusha and their raw, emotive eye-witness accounts. Following five teenage survivors from 1945 to the present day, Southard unveils the lives they have led, their injuries in the annihilation of the bomb, the dozens of radiation-related cancers and illnesses they have suffered and the humiliating and frightening choices about marriage they were forced into as a result of their fears of the genetic diseases that may be passed through their families for generations to come.

Water Kingdom, The: A Secret History Of China

Water Kingdom, The: A Secret History Of China

Selected as a Book of the Year by The Times and The Economist. China's history is an epic tapestry of courtly philosophies, warring factions and imperial intrigue. Yet, over five thousand years, one ancient element has so dramatically shaped the country's fate that it remains the key to unlocking China's story. That element is water. In The Water Kingdom Philip Ball takes us on a grand tour of China's defining element, from the rice terraces and towering karts of its battle-worn waterways, to the vast engineering projects that have struggled to contain water's wrath. What surfaces is the secret history of a people and a nation, drawn from its deep reverence for nature's most dynamic force.

Story Of Lky, The - Lee Kuan Yew: Road To Independence

Story Of Lky, The - Lee Kuan Yew: Road To Independence

World War II had ended, and Singapore is back under British rule. Having completed his studies, Lee Kuan Yew returns home to a nation that is ready for change. But will rising communist activities hurt Singapore's chances for a merger with Malaya? With renewed resolve, the fight for Singapore's Independence begins!

Story Of Lky, The - Lee Kuan Yew: Growing Up

Story Of Lky, The - Lee Kuan Yew: Growing Up

Before Lee Kuan Yew became the founding father of Singapore, he was "Harry Lee", a clever and mischievous child who never shied away from a challenge! Trace his early years and life in college, as well as his experiences during World War II that would eventually shape his ideals for an independent Singapore.


Law
Same But Different: A Legal Guidebook For Lgbt Couples & Families In Singapore

Same But Different: A Legal Guidebook For Lgbt Couples & Families In Singapore

This is a legal guidebook for LGBT families, focusing on Singapore's unique legal landscape and challenges. It does not aim to replace legal advice or work rendered by practicing lawyers, but simply provide a starting point. It is written in a layman-friendly manner, to break down complex legal concepts and nuances for the layman. The guide covers: Marriage & Cohabitation Contracts, Property & Finances, Wills & Inheritance, Medical Decisions, Children, and Miscellaneous topics such as sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Guide To The Employment Act And Its Related Legislations, A

Guide To The Employment Act And Its Related Legislations, A

This book examines key clauses of the Employment Act and its related legislations. Written in clear and concise language, this book breaks down and interprets legal jargon for the laymen and allows them to gain a better understanding about employment law in Singapore and their rights and entitlements. Human-resource professionals will also find this book a handy resource that will sharpen their knowledge of the EA and its related legislations and allow them to apply that knowledge towards achieving corporate objectives.


Leisure
Korean Wife's Secret Recipes

Korean Wife's Secret Recipes

Follow the simple steps and treat your family to a real Korean home-cooking treat of all the familiar and favourite Korean dishes everyone enjoys. As the daughter and granddaughter of great cooks, traditional Korean home cooking has always been an important element of Minji Chae's life. Her marriage brought her to Hong Kong, where she has worked as a Korean-cooking tutor and, because she excels at menu development and food styling, also acts as a consultant to cafes and restaurants, utilising the international environment Hong Kong offers to develop both exciting new Korean recipes and fusion Korean cooking.

Best Of Chef Wan Volume 2: A Taste Of Malaysia

Best Of Chef Wan Volume 2: A Taste Of Malaysia

In this companion volume to The Best of Chef Wan Volume 1, Malaysia's Culinary Ambassador and Asia's most recognisable chef, Chef Wan shares more than 60 recipes for some of his favourite Asian dishes that he has carefully perfected over the years. Recipes include classic Malaysian dishes such as Tok Wan Beef Rendang, Kam Heong Crab and Hokkien Mee, as well as regional specialties such as Chettinad Chicken and Prawn and Mango Salad. Written in an easy-to-follow format and with an illustrated glossary that highlights the ingredients used.

Best Of Chef Wan Volume 1: A Taste Of Malaysia

Best Of Chef Wan Volume 1: A Taste Of Malaysia

Malaysia's Culinary Ambassador and Asia's most notable chef, Chef Wan shares more than 60 of his favourite Asian recipes in his book, The Best of Chef Wan Volume 1. In this exciting collection, Chef Wan combines the rich flavours of his Malay heritage with his passion for cooking, and presents a mouth-watering range of recipes from hearty meat and poultry dishes, to lighter fish and seafood dishes, and refreshing salads and vegetable dishes.

Baker & Cook: The Story And Recipes Behind The Successful Artisan Bakery And Food Store

Baker & Cook: The Story And Recipes Behind The Successful Artisan Bakery And Food Store

Baker & Cook started out as a single bakery food store in a quiet suburban neighbourhood in Singapore. In a short span of five years, Baker & Cook is now a household name with 10 outlets in Singapore, including two sourdough pizzerias and a cooking school, and three outlets in the Philippines, with more to open in other locations around the world.

Shojin Ryori: The Art Of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine

Shojin Ryori: The Art Of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine

Shojin ryori is the art of Japanese vegetarian cuisine that originated from the Japanese Zen temples, but is today widely popular all over the world for its healthful and well-balanced meals prepared without meat, fish, eggs or dairy products. With clearly written step-by-step instructions and insightful cooking tips, chef Danny Chu of Enso Kitchen will show you how to transform simple, readily available ingredients into creative, flavourful and satisfying shojin ryori meals in your home kitchen.

Asian Seafood: Steamed & Boiled, Grilled & Baked, Fried, Stir-Fried

Asian Seafood: Steamed & Boiled, Grilled & Baked, Fried, Stir-Fried

Steamed and Boiled. Grilled and Baked. Fried. Stir-Fried. Accumulating years of intensive research and rigorous taste-testing, Lee Geok Boi returns with another cookbook, gathering timeless classics and modern favourites that hail from the various regions of Asia in this stunning compendium of seafood recipes. More than 80 recipes showcase the delicious potential of the vast array of seafood available. With illustrated step-by-step instruction for cleaning and preparing of the seafood and a unique illustrated glossary for fresh and dried seafood, this is a complete guide to making delicious seafood dishes whatever the occasion.

Florence Tan's Timeless Peranakan Recipes Simply Delicious Nyonya Cooking

Florence Tan's Timeless Peranakan Recipes Simply Delicious Nyonya Cooking

Peranakan cuisine combines the best of Chinese and Malay influences to offer a unique fusion of exotic and aromatic food. From spicy sambals and piquant pickles to dishes that tantalise and entice… the undisputed doyenne of Peranakan cuisine Florence Tan whets your appetite in Florence Tan's Timeless Peranakan Recipes, a collection of her family's treasured recipes.

Debbie Teoh's Favourite Recipes

Debbie Teoh's Favourite Recipes

Debbie Teoh's Favourite Recipes is a delightful collection of 42 mouth-watering recipes, each with a theme of hidden taste sensations from one of Malaysia's most well-loved Peranakan chefs. Classic items such as pot stickers, samosas and Vietnamese rice paper rolls, and Peranakan favourites such as pulut inti, sweet potato kuih ku and Nyonya lepat kacang, are included, while popular treats such as five-spice rolls, baked pau, rice dumplings and steamed meat dumplings are reinterpreted to offer exciting new variations.

Hunger Management: Easy Recipes For The Lazy And Ravenous Cook

Hunger Management: Easy Recipes For The Lazy And Ravenous Cook

Tan Hsueh Yun is editor of the Life section of The Straits Times and The Sunday Times, and also writes about food. This book is a collection of some of her favourite recipes from her fortnightly cooking column, Hunger Management, which has been running in The Sunday Times since 2008.


Literature
Basket And The Rope, The: A Baby-Boomer Remembers Singapore's Old-World Charm

Basket And The Rope, The: A Baby-Boomer Remembers Singapore's Old-World Charm

Street food hawkers, pirate taxis, monkeys in the Botanic Gardens, Great World Amusement Park, the Tai Tian Kiew Circus. Jane Chew, a former journalist, sub-editor and columnist with The Straits Times, recounts her growing-up years in British colonial Singapore with nostalgia and lots of humour. It is a journey worth re-visiting, as it captures a way of life that is now gone, never to return.

Phat Planet Cometh

Phat Planet Cometh

"A playlist, a syllabus, a rollcall and a spell, Phat Planet Cometh is a righteous act of literary vengeance for Unica Zürn, Freud's Dora, Virginia Woolf, and any other figure of illicit femininity who has been straitjacketed by society's regime of compulsory wellness. In the examination room, on the dark side of the moon, 'A is for one more apocalypse against the rest of them.' " - Joyelle McSweeney, Recipient of Leslie Scalapino Prize

Guidebook To Nanyang Diplomacy

Guidebook To Nanyang Diplomacy

The Sepoy Mutiny. An Assassin's Determination. An Agent's Sense of Duty. A Mutineer's Lament. A Mysterious Servant. The Beginning of the End of Empire. The Rise of the Dragon. It all happens in Singapore, February 1915. Recorded in this long out-of-print Guidebook to Nanyang Diplomacy. A colonial classic.

Coalition Of The Savoury Spare Parts

Coalition Of The Savoury Spare Parts

The annual Fifth Milestone Kway Chap Competition looms but the reigning champion old Mdm Lam is missing! Can LORR, her newly arrived intergalactic kitchen helper, defend her title? Or is he deluded by the Kitchen God? Is everything a ploy by Quek Kee Fishballs as the fledgling Hawkers' Party threatens its domination plan?

Crackle Of Flames, A Circle Of Rainbow, A: Selected Poems 1967-1977

Crackle Of Flames, A Circle Of Rainbow, A: Selected Poems 1967-1977

Mohamed Latiff Mohamed's poems are not written to be pretty: there is blood, pus, rape, slime, and death. How else can they be, if they are songs for the destitute, hums of the hungry, and tears of the wretched who have lost everything? And who else are they for, but the New Malays, who are cursed to inherit what has been lost. These are the heroes whose stories have faded, who may yet rise again under tomorrow's moon. This book brings together two collections of poems, published originally in Malay as Segumpal Api Selingkar Pelangi (A Crackle of Flames, A Circle of Rainbow) and Bila Rama-Rama Patah Sayapnya (When a Butterfly Broke its Wing), and translated into English respectively by Zakaria Ali and Muhammad Herwanto Johari.

Lontar #9: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction

Lontar #9: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction

This issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia. Also included is a special supplement: the continuing seralisation of Dean Francis Alfar's brilliant novel Salamanca, winner of the Palanca Award Grand Prize for the Novel and the Gintong Aklat Award for Literature. LONTAR is the world's only biannual literary journal focusing on Southeast Asian speculative fiction.

Epigram Books Collection Of Best New Singaporean Short Stories, The: Volume Three

Epigram Books Collection Of Best New Singaporean Short Stories, The: Volume Three

The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Three gathers the finest Singaporean stories published in 2015 and 2016, selected by guest editor Cyril Wong from hundreds published in journals, magazines, anthologies and single-author collections. Accompanying the stories are the editor's preface and an extensive list of honourable mentions for further reading. This volume features short story contributions from Eva Aldea, Joelyn Alexandra, Jennifer Anne Champion, Andrew Cheah, Clara Chow, Noelle Q. de Jesus, Melissa De Silva, SC Gordon, Jon Gresham, Philip Holden, Amanda Lee Koe, Su Leong, Leonora Liow, Manish Melwani, Sam Ng, Nuraliah Norasid, O Thiam Chin, Jollin Tan, Verena Tay, Jason Wee, Daryl Qilin Yam, Yeo Wei Wei, Yeoh Jo-Ann, Yeow Kai Chai, Ovidia Yu, and Andrew Yuen.

League Of Angels

League Of Angels

They said that God didn't exist. They said that the time for religion was over. If mankind was to progress, the human race had to be purged of superstitions. Like everyone else, Chelsea Shields believed the Lumen Corporation, even when they hunted the faithful to extinction. But the grisly death of her brother was about to change all that. Freed from bondage and forced on the run, her only hope for salvation lies with three mysterious priests known as the Archangels. League Of Angels is an adrenaline-pumping ride into the supernatural, combining heart-stopping action with mystical folklore and facts, truth and fiction to create a compelling tale of loyalty, faith, courage, and sacrifice.

Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics

Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics

The building is but material structure. Within its architecture is imbued its aesthetic character. What happens when a writer confronts such a created space, and what texts emerge, themselves rendered as works of art? Commissioned by the National Arts Council, the anthology, Eye|Feel|Write: Building Architectonics, features these twelve illustrious Singapore authors: Aaron Lee, Aaron Maniam, Amanda Chong, Clara Chow, Daryl Lim Wei Jie, Heng Siok Tian, Josephine Chia, Kirpal Singh, Nuraliah Norasid, O Thiam Chin, Toh Hsien Min, and Tse Hao Guang. Each author was invited to pen three ekphrastic pieces inspired by the heritage architecture of the Supreme Court wing at National Gallery Singapore. Each text remains singular in its charm, adopting a particular way of seeing and saying. These are feats of artistry, exceptional in their craft and insight. From one construct melding into another, witness these exquisite articulations that celebrate the making of the text, the forging of its architectonics.

Asingbol Anthology: An Archaeology Of The Singaporean Poetic Form

Asingbol Anthology: An Archaeology Of The Singaporean Poetic Form

Invented in 2010 during an online interview with Trapeze Magazine, the asingbol is an expedient form for an expedient society, an "impossible form" for the "improbable nation" that is Singapore, borne out of impossible means. In this anthology, more than 90 writers have engaged with the form, coming up with their own expressions of it. Some attempt as close a structural reflection of the formal requirements, while others draw on the irony of the very same requirements to work in experimentation and innovation.

Jia Lat Lah: An Antiplay

Jia Lat Lah: An Antiplay

"Jia Lat Lah is an amusing, provocative collection of poems deliberately designed to shock and fluster the delicate Singaporean temperament. The author cleverly sticks to several themes throughout the poems - many written in the voice of a teenager. Will definitely strike a chord with anyone who has been to secondary school in Singapore. A must read." - Mary-Ann Russon, Broadcast Journalist at BBC News Online

Apophenia: Forty-One Dada Dilemmas

Apophenia: Forty-One Dada Dilemmas

Prefaced by an epigraph from Plato, this book comprises poem riddles, written up as impossible puzzles. Apophenia is used as a central technique, the term referring to the human tendency to perceive patterns and meaningfulness in random data and unrelated phenomena. Invoking an assortment of literary figures - a diverse spread, from Akhmatova, Bishop, DeLillo, Diogenes, Eliot, Hejinian, Murakami, Niedecker, Plath, Derrida, Deleuze, Stein, Tzara, to Yeats - this book revels in conflation and catachresis in generating its suite of absurdist poems. This is a commemorative book, marking the publication centennial of Dada: The Art & Literature Review.

Reading To Ted Hesburgh: An Alphabet Book Of Visual Fields

Reading To Ted Hesburgh: An Alphabet Book Of Visual Fields

"A book for both poets and philosophers. Attractively designed, it captures Desmond Kon's meditative conversation with philosophers, writers, and painters. Hegel will be smiling in heaven as he has found new dialogical partners in this book." - Kwok Pui Lan, President of American Academy of Religion

Mirror Image Mirage

Mirror Image Mirage

"Contemporary haiku has many faces, and poetic experiments are the best way to explore the full potential of this form. Should we still faithfully follow Japanese masters in these modern times? Does it begin with form and change poet by poet? In Mirror Image Mirage, you have the chance to see the world in a different way. Desmond Kon's astute observations and brilliant images will help you begin to discover haiku's many diverse facets." - Gabriel Sawicki, Editor of Wild Plum Haiku

Thirty-Seven Reasons Red Is Rad And What You Think

Thirty-Seven Reasons Red Is Rad And What You Think

Prefaced by an epigraph from Stendhal, this collection remains unapologetically transparent with its varied expressions of sentiment. The poems are written up through eight devices: aphorism, anecdote, allegory, anaphora, envoi, ekphrasis, eclogue, and elegy.

Eye/Feel/Write: Experiments In Ekphrasis

Eye/Feel/Write: Experiments In Ekphrasis

What happens when art meets literature? How does a writer view an artwork, and render new writing that stands on its own as a work of art? A special commission by the National Arts Council for the Singapore Writers Festival, Eye|Feel|Write is an ekphrastic project that pairs twenty eminent writers in Singapore to pen texts inspired by artworks exhibited at The National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. The twenty distinguished contributors include: Alfian Sa'at, Alvin Pang, Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, Chow Teck Seng, Divya Victor, Edwin Thumboo, Eric Tinsay Valles, Gwee Li Sui, Isa Kamari, Jerrold Yam, Jollin Tan, Joshua Ip, K. Kanagalatha (Latha), Leong Liew Geok, Ovidia Yu, Ramanathan Vairavan, Robin Hemley, Tan Chee Lay, Yeow Kai Chai, and Yong Shu Hoong. The selected artworks trek a bold and broad range, from the contemporary to heritage. Each text inhabits the artist's material, yet frees itself from it: teasing, testing, extending, tasting, in beautiful acts of transference. From this relationship between two different kinds of artist is borne an articulation, an architecture/architectonic that celebrates the making of texts as experiment.

First Five, The: A New Collection Of Southeast Asian Writing

First Five, The: A New Collection Of Southeast Asian Writing

This anthology of poetry and short stories marks another milestone in the literary tradition of Southeast Asia and co-operation among its publishing community. The publishers - Ethos Books, Singapore; Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines; Buku Fixi, Malaysia; Silkworm Books, Thailand and Yayasan Pustaka Obor, Indonesia - believe that the literature of Southeast Asia is a rich mine of creativity and that the peoples of this region should be invited to share their stories and poems with one another. These two genres are more readily accessible to readers who wish to take a quick dip into the literatures of their neighbors. And the English language, being the de facto lingua franca for all of us, has been chosen for the same reason.

Memory Eaters, The: A Novel

Memory Eaters, The: A Novel

Sudare - a teacher of calligraphy, a connoisseur of poetry and more than eight hundred years old - is starving to death. She is one of the Kuyin, spirit beasts which eat the memories that humans wish to forget. She takes human form in order to live among them - but because she does not age, she has had to erase the memory of herself over and over again. A richly-detailed historical fantasy, The Memory Eaters takes readers on an adventure through an alternate version of samuraiera Japan. This compelling tale is sure to enthrall readers with its deftly woven plot, complex characters and vividly described settings, including a recognisable yet distinct take on real-world Kyoto.

What Happened: Poems 1997-2017

What Happened: Poems 1997-2017

This volume of selected poems surveys Alvin Pang's oeuvre over the past two decades, and includes significant new, previously unpublished material. Singapore's 2005 Young Artist of the Year for Literature, Alvin Pang is active internationally as a poet, writer, editor, and translator. He has authored over a dozen books, including several anthologies of Singaporean literature. His poetry has been published worldwide in more than 20 language.

Poems For The Sound Of The Sky Before Thunder

Poems For The Sound Of The Sky Before Thunder

poems for the sound of the sky before thunder is a collection that tiptoes the infinitely blurred lines between hurting, hoping, & healing. It speaks of sleepless nights & softened tongues, telling a story dreaming & bone-bright & out of focus in the rain. These poems are only as much for losing as they are for finding, only as much for despair as they are for the light scattered within it, only as much for leaving as they are for finally coming home.

Infinite Library And Other Stories, The

Infinite Library And Other Stories, The

A boy creates monsters from nanotech clay and programs them by reciting stories. A young woman finds the secret to save their doomed generation ship inside a children's primer. Residents of Bukit Batok face a slow-motion disaster that threatens to turn them into living mathematical equations. Three Filipino siblings enter a black hole to save humanity from an enemy that uses words as weapons. The seventeen stories in this loosely-connected collection push the limits of form and trope, from realism to genre and experimental fiction. All speak of the unease of being between two worlds, of not quite fitting in, and also of the comfort of words and books, which illuminate our way through the darkness.

Regrettable Things That Happened Yesterday

Regrettable Things That Happened Yesterday

A teenager discovers his grandfather's secret identity only after his death. A young immigrant to 1940s Singapore is convinced the end-times are nigh. A man is tasked with bringing the corpse of his estranged brother home from Phuket. A reporter is torn between doing her a job and respecting her friend's privacy. From obituaries and job ads to crime reports and horoscopes, Regrettable Things That Happened Yesterday is a collection of ten short stories connected by the motif of newspapers, and the unexpected ways they end up affecting our lives.

Gull Between Heaven And Earth: A Novel

Gull Between Heaven And Earth: A Novel

For Emperor and Country, or Love and Family? Zimei is faced with a bleak future. Despite his great potential and hailing from an illustrious lineage, he serves his Emperor as a lowly Tang Dynasty official, having failed the Imperial Examinations twice. He sets out on a lifelong journey, seeking out first hermits and sages, then peace and home while documenting in verse the sufferings unleashed by civil war, sealing a friendship with the infamous Li Bai that will leave a remarkable legacy to Chinese literature. Zimei's story is the life of Du Fu (712-770), China's first poet-historian and the nation's greatest poet, reimagined in this epic debut novel by multi-award-winning author Boey Kim Cheng.

Non-Existent Lover And Other Stories, The

Non-Existent Lover And Other Stories, The

Featuring a selection of short stories written between the 1960s and 2000, this collection charts Yeng Pway Ngon's evolution in subject matter and style over time. The earlier stories, written at a time when Yeng was known for his modernist poetry, exude solitude and melancholy, and deal with themes such as the wanton rebelliousness of youth, or the poet's shuttling between death and dream. From the 1970s onwards, he turned his attention to societal concerns- depicting a lonely writer who falls in love with one of his own characters, an unhappy man yearning for life abroad who ends up in a mental hospital, an unemployed man who finds joy in his friendship with a white bird, and another, who worries that he might turn into a flower.

Yi Shou Shi De Shi Jian: Di Er Ji (In The Space Of A Poem Volume 2)

Yi Shou Shi De Shi Jian: Di Er Ji (In The Space Of A Poem Volume 2)

"Poetry exists in the nook and cranny of everyday life." This was the theme of a month-long open call, and this book is the crystallisation of poetic responses to 30 daily prompts. Out of the community of participants who have gathered online to celebrate the writing and reading of poetry, the editors have selected 104 poems that represent an infinitude of diversity: in these poems, one encounters concepts such as freedom and perspective; places such as coffeeshops and toilets; translations and re-creations out of existing poems; familiar as well as experimental forms.

Lines Spark Code

Lines Spark Code

A collection occasioned by the Ministry of Education's desire to include the study of Singapore poetry for the A-levels. By Singapore poems, we refer not only to the ensemble of established and emerging Singapore poets. Lines Spark Code gathers their poems into a movement to ground the study of English poetry on Singapore soil. This is a project that will bring teachers and students into face-to-face dialogue with the very poets whose lines will spark code-making in brilliant Singaporean essays yet to be written. The book features a specially designed jacket that can be disposed, leaving behind a book cover to be personalised by the reader. The right to teach and interpret poetry will transfer through these lines into our hands.

Square Root Of Time

Square Root Of Time

This volume of poetry fuses financial mathematical concepts with poetic responses to life experiences to form a long multi-part poem based ostensibly on risk terminology. Using mathematical principles and concepts, the volume explores relationships of the non-mathematical sort.

Mr Kiasu: Everything Also Like Real

Mr Kiasu: Everything Also Like Real

After lying low for a while, Singapore icon Mr Kiasu is back… because Kiasu-ism never dies! Right now, not only must he deal with Time (short of), Space (lack of) and Money (not enough), he also has to confront the scariest enemy of all - Aging! Being over 35 in 21st century Singapore is no joke, with retrenchment, tech disruption and millennials round every corner. Mr Kiasu may not be cool with the digital natives, but in uncertain times, Kiasu 2.0 might be the only answer!

Flowers For No. 29

Flowers For No. 29

2 women. 2 worlds. 2 broken lives. Looking for love, comfort and sanity in the most unlikely of places. For Toni, it was a journey home to reconnect with family and friends after ten years in Shanghai. Much had changed. Her mother now a widow and she, single again. Her best friend, a once-abandoned dog. Alcohol, her drug and painkiller. The other, a young lady from China. Leaving her country and dreams of playing in a world-class orchestra to work in a place where men wooed the women of their fancy, with flowers worth tens of thousands. Their paths crossed and the two strangers became friends. Forming a bond thicker than blood. Falling in love and into a world ruled by shady characters. Getting caught in a web of lies, cover-ups and a series of events which eventually led to the disappearance of the top performing girl. In a country, renowned for its strict rules and squeaky clean image, would the law be able to protect them from the consequences of their choices in life?

Love At The Gallery

Love At The Gallery

Art becomes a muse for most of the 26 love poems in this collection. Those poems are ekphrastic - that is, they engage in the imaginative act of describing, narrating, or re?ecting on situations limned in paintings or sculptures, expanding and amplifying on the meaning that they evoke. The artworks that inspire these poems belong to the National Gallery Singapore. The 26 love poems are arranged according to common threads based on the four different kinds of love as ?rst outlined by the ancient Greeks: éros, storge, philía, and agápe. We hope that readers will be continually led back to the poems and their respective artworks.

Leap Of Love, A

Leap Of Love, A

From prolific writer and political commentator Catherine Lim comes this story of fate and love that will leave you breathless with the sheer suspense and memorable twists and turns in the intertwined lives of two star-crossed lovers.

Deadline For Love And Other Stories

Deadline For Love And Other Stories

The 12 stories in this collection electrify by their dazzling diversity of subject, their relentless observation and comment and their adroit use of language. Through the dark labyrinths of the secret lives of men and women in Singapore, Catherine Lim once again uses her sharp powers of observation to comment masterfully on our complex relationships against the immense and brilliant backdrop of our society's achievements. Laying bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart, these stories celebrate the surprising power of love and its effects on every one of us.

Howling Silence, The: Tales Of The Dead And Their Return

Howling Silence, The: Tales Of The Dead And Their Return

In this collection of 14 short stories set in Singapore, Catherine Lim tells tales of the dead and their return, bringing readers on a journey of unease, excitement, trepidation and, above all, awe for the mystery that surrounds death.

Shadow Of A Shadow Of A Dream, A

Shadow Of A Shadow Of A Dream, A

This collection of eight short stories combines Catherine Lim's sharp powers of observation with her insightful comments on the conflicts, both internal and external, brought about by love in the lives of men and women in modern-day Singapore. The result is a vibrant assortment of stories and voices brimming with courage, deep introspection and heartfelt emotion. Powerful and riveting, this collection is sure to captivate your mind and tug at your heartstrings and with its relentless prose and evocative charm.

Sia

Sia

Growing up in Benaras, Sia struggles for an identity under the shadow of her vivacious and beautiful sister, Munni'. When Munni falls in love with flamboyant Abir, Sia's loneliness and misery increases even more. Tragedy strikes in the form of a scandal and Abir is accused of the misdeed. This event changes something in their lives forever and affects all their future relationships as well. Years later, Sia, now a resident of Mumbai and mother to a sixteen year old embarks on a journey back to Benaras to find out more about her sister's death. The journey, which brings revelation and insights, adds a new perspective to Sia's life. Will Sia find out the truth? Will she be freed of the past? Will Abir ever be able to give up a nomadic life in New York and settle down as a family man?


Politics & Economics
Walking With Singapore: The Workers' Party's 60Th Anniversary

Walking With Singapore: The Workers' Party's 60Th Anniversary

The Workers' Party marks its 60th anniversary in 2017. This commemorative book includes essays and interviews that trace the journey the Workers' Party has taken with the country. The chapters track the confident strides David Marshall had opened up and the tumultuous, heartbreaking run of JB Jeyaretnam. They witness the marathon work of Low Thia Khiang and his teams in pushing for the breakthrough of democracy in the service of Singaporeans. There is no revelling in glories, no indulging in righteous indignations. The book presents the facts in a history of growth and decline, disappointment and revival. By looking back honestly at the past, while celebrating the present and modest achievements against massive odds, the party hopes to learn to do better in empowering Singaporeans for the future.

Illusions Of Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People Volume II

Illusions Of Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People Volume II

Bringing together a group of both international and Malaysian scholars, Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People Volume II offers an up-to-date and broad analysis of the contemporary state of Malaysian politics and society. Transcending disciplinary boundaries, it offers a look at Malaysian politics not only through the lens of political science but also anthropology, cultural studies, international relations, political economy and legal studies touching on both overlooked topics in Malaysian political life as well as the emerging trends which will shape Malaysia's future. Covering silat martial arts, Malaysia's constitutional identity, emergency legislation, the South China Sea dilemma, ISIS discourse, zakat payment, the fallout from the 1MDB scandal and Malaysia's green movement, Illusions of Democracy charts the complex and multi-faceted nature of political life in a semi-authoritarian state, breaking down the illusions which keep it functioning, to uncover the mechanisms which really underlie the paradoxical longevity of Malaysia's political, economic and social system.

Is This The Asian Century?

Is This The Asian Century?

Is This the Asian Century? comprises 25 articles which the author has published on the Project Syndicate website since 2012. These articles are grouped into four broad topics: Growth and Structural Adjustment, Economic Integration and Cooperation, Business, Money, and Finance, and Education and Society. Through these selected works, the author explores whether the Asian Century is coming to pass or not and how Asian economies prepare for such century. The author also presents his analyses of Asia's economic transformation as well as social and cultural changes, and suggests the ways that Asian economies can overcome major economic and social challenges to continue their path towards a more balanced and sustainable growth in the 21st century.

Tommy Koh: Serving Singapore And The World

Tommy Koh: Serving Singapore And The World

This book aims to celebrate the many contributions of Professor Tommy Koh as a Singaporean diplomat, public intellectual and social changemaker. Experts in the various fields of endeavour and people who have worked with him examine his significant contributions in essays that are organised in four main sections: Diplomacy and International Relations; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Progressive Society; International Law; and a fifth section that features tributes contributed by his colleagues and former classmates.

Turkey-Singapore Relations: Building A Smart Strategic Partnership

Turkey-Singapore Relations: Building A Smart Strategic Partnership

The Singapore Lecture is designed to provide an opportunity for distinguished statesmen and leaders of thought and knowledge to reach a wider audience in Singapore. The 41st Singapore Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Binali Yildirim, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, on 21 August 2017 under the distinguished Chairmanship of Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore.

Regional Economic History Of Thailand, A

Regional Economic History Of Thailand, A

This book presents an economic history of Bangkok, the Central Region, the North, the South, and Northeastern Regions from the signing of the Bowring Treaty in 1855 to the present. Most research has focused on Bangkok as the centre of change affecting other regions and has neglected other regions that had an influence on Bangkok. This book however looks at the changes not only in Bangkok, but also in the other regions, and emphasizes the ways in which Bangkok had an impact on the other regions, and how changes in the other regions affected Bangkok. It also looks, in turn, at each of the principal regions, and concentrate on the long-term economic and social changes and the various forces which promoted the changes.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #10: The Indonesia National Survey Project: Economy, Society And Politics

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #10: The Indonesia National Survey Project: Economy, Society And Politics

The ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute commissioned a nationwide survey in Indonesia, called the Indonesia National Survey Project to enhance understanding of economic, social, and political developments in Indonesia. Some key issues that have emerged during the Jakarta gubernatorial election, such as punishing blasphemy against Islam and voting a Muslim leader into office, receive significantly high support from respondents, suggesting that these issues have currency beyond Jakarta and the election. On the political front, state institutions, especially the Army, are more highly trusted than politicians. Key elements of Indonesia's political infrastructure, such as democracy, Pancasila, and decentralization are supported by an overwhelming majority of respondents.

Panorama 01/2017: Asean At 50 - A Look At Its External Relations

Panorama 01/2017: Asean At 50 - A Look At Its External Relations

This issue of Panorama examines ASEAN's achievements on its 50th anniversary, the challenges it has overcome, the major impact of the ongoing changes in the regional strategic environment, and the prospects ahead. Special emphasis has been placed on ASEAN's relations with its dialogue partners and the regional security mechanisms it is leading. His Excellency Le Luong Minh, the current ASEAN Secretary-General, contributed the first chapter.

Minister Of Finance Incorporated: Ownership And Control Of Corporate Malaysia

Minister Of Finance Incorporated: Ownership And Control Of Corporate Malaysia

This is a study of Malaysia's new political economy, with a focus on ownership and control of the corporate sector. It offers a pioneering assessment of government-linked investment companies (GLICs), a type of state-owned institution that has long prevailed in the corporate sector but has not been analysed. Malaysia's history of government-business ties is unique, while the nature of the nexuses between the state and the corporate sector has undergone major transitions. Corporate power has shifted from the hands of foreign firms to the state to the ruling party, and well-connected businessmen, and back to the state. Corporate wealth is now heavily situated in the leading publicly-listed government-linked companies, controlled through block shareholdings by a mere seven GLICs under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Finance. To indicate why these GLICs are important actors in Corporate Malaysia, this study provides a deep assessment of their ownership and control of Bursa Malaysia's top 100 publicly-listed enterprises.

Capital Mobility In Asia: Causes And Consequences

Capital Mobility In Asia: Causes And Consequences

"Asia has benefitted greatly from its integration into the world economy. But globalization has its challenges, including those that are the subject of this excellent new study: how to manage the interface with global capital markets, especially in the current, highly unusual monetary policy settings in the major economies. Dr Juthathip Jongwanich has been researching these issues for several years. In this volume she writes with great authority, providing a comprehensively, succinct and accessible examination of the many complex issues. A must-read volume for policymakers and academics alike." - Hal Hill, H.W. Arndt Professor of Southeast Asian Economies, Australian National University

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #09: Parti Amanah Negara In Johor: Birth, Challenges And Prospects

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #09: Parti Amanah Negara In Johor: Birth, Challenges And Prospects

In 2015, a new party called Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) was formed following the departure of progressive Islamists from the Parti Islam Se-Malaysia, leaving the latter to be a party dominated by conservative Islamists. Much of the groundwork for the formation of Amanah took place in Malaysia's southern state of Johor. Working in the Pakatan Harapan national opposition coalition, Amanah is eyeing for around a third of the state legislative assembly seats in Johor. It has potential in constituencies with mixed-ethnicity voter demographics. Johor PAS is badly affected by the crossing over of a sizeable portion of their active members and leaders to Amanah. In the next election, it is likely that PAS will be decimated in the state if it refuses to partner with any other mainstream parties.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #08: Rowing Against The Tide? Batam's Economic Fortunes In Today's Indonesia

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #08: Rowing Against The Tide? Batam's Economic Fortunes In Today's Indonesia

Despite its good infrastructure and proximity to Singapore, Batam's economic performance has taken a turn for the worse, with declining levels of foreign direct investment and exports. This volume examines the reasons for the decline and the recent measures taken, including reducing red tape, fighting corruption, and improving the islands' infrastructure.

Islam And Peacebuilding In The Asia Pacific

Islam And Peacebuilding In The Asia Pacific

This book provides a unique backdrop of how native or migrant Muslims interact with communities of other faiths have led to the contemporary treatment of Islam and the Muslim communities in these nations. It is based on the theme of Islam's presence and development in the Asia-Pacific region, and the concerns faced by Muslims in the region. Section 1 details the current status of peace or conflict between Muslims and practitioners of other faiths in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines, and the role of Muslim institutions in promoting peace in each nation. Section 2 features how Muslims living in cosmopolitan areas such as Australia, Indonesia and Japan engage with people of other faiths. Lastly, Section 3 explores the concerns with the interaction of the religion, state and society in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. A unique collection of the history of Islam in the region, Islam and Peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific seeks to provide valuable insight for the global policy community by offering a comprehensive treatment of the issues highlighted.

50 Years Of Asean And Singapore

50 Years Of Asean And Singapore

This volume brings together 50 essays written by Singaporeans who have played a part in the partnership between ASEAN and Singapore. The reader will be able to glean an insight into the workings of ASEAN and Singapore's contributions to ASEAN through the lens of diplomats, academics, civil society leaders and officials.

Vietnam's Communist Revolution: The Power And Limits Of Ideology

Vietnam's Communist Revolution: The Power And Limits Of Ideology

By tracing the evolving worldview of Vietnamese communists over 80 years as they led Vietnam through wars, social revolution, and peaceful development, this book shows the depth and resilience of their commitment to the communist utopia in their foreign policy. Unearthing new material from Vietnamese archives and publications, this book challenges the conventional scholarship and the popular image of the Vietnamese revolution and the Vietnam War as being driven solely by patriotic inspirations. The revolution not only saw successes in defeating foreign intervention, but also failures in bringing peace and development to Vietnam. This was, and is, the real tragedy of Vietnam. Spanning the entire history of the Vietnamese revolution and its aftermath, this book examines its leaders' early rise to power, the tumult of three decades of war with France, the US, and China, and the stubborn legacies left behind which remain in Vietnam today.

Political Development Of Modern Thailand: And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy

Political Development Of Modern Thailand: And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy

Based on extensive, empirical research, The Political Development of Modern Thailand analyses the country's political history from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Long known for political instability, Thailand was thrust into a deep state of crisis by a royalist military coup staged in 2006. Since then, conservative royalists have overthrown more elected governments after violent street protests, while equally disruptive demonstrations staged by supporters of electoral democracy were crushed by military force. Federico Ferrara traces the roots of the crisis to unresolved struggles regarding the content of Thailand's national identity, dating back to the abolition of absolute monarchy in 1932. He explains the conflict's re-intensification with reference to a growing chasm between the hierarchical worldview of Thailand's hegemonic 'royal nationalism' and the aspirations that millions of ordinary people have come to harbour as a result of modernisation.

Coalitions Of Well-Being: How Electoral Rules And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy In Developing Countries

Coalitions Of Well-Being: How Electoral Rules And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy In Developing Countries

Why do some developing countries have more efficient health systems and better health outcomes? Contrary to existing theory that posits the superiority of proportional representation (PR) rules on public-goods provision, this book argues that electoral rules function differently given the underlying ethnic structure. In countries with low ethnic salience, PR has the same positive effect as in past theories. In countries with high ethnic salience, the geographic distribution of ethnic groups further matters: where they are intermixed, PR rules are worse for health outcomes; where they are isolated, neither rule is superior. The case studies include Thailand, Mauritius, Malaysia, Botswana, Burma and Indonesia. The theory has broad implications for electoral rule design and suggests a middle ground in the debate between the Consociational and Centripetal schools of thought.

Democracy, Inequality And Corruption: Korea, Taiwan And The Philippines Compared

Democracy, Inequality And Corruption: Korea, Taiwan And The Philippines Compared

In this comparative, historical survey of three East-Asian democracies, Jong-sung You explores the correlation between inequality and corruption in the countries of South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines. Drawing on a wealth of rich empirical research, he illustrates the ways in which economic inequality can undermine democratic accountability, thereby increasing the risk of clientelism and capture. Transcending the scope of corruption research beyond economic growth, this book surveys why some countries, like the Philippines, have failed to curb corruption and develop, whilst others such as South Korea and Taiwan have been more successful. Taking into account factors such as the success and failure of land reform, variations in social structure, and industrial policy, Jong-sung You provides a sound example of how comparative analysis can be employed to identify causal direction and mechanisms in political science.

Role Of The Public Bureaucracy In Policy Implementation In Five Asean Countries, The

Role Of The Public Bureaucracy In Policy Implementation In Five Asean Countries, The

This pioneering book addresses an important gap in the literature by comparing the role of the public bureaucracies in policy implementation in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. It highlights the importance of the policy context, especially the commitment of the government in allocating the necessary resources and the support of the implementers, as well as the public bureaucracy's effectiveness, as the critical factors responsible for effective policy implementation. The comparative analysis shows that the public bureaucracies in Singapore and Malaysia are more effective in policy implementation than their counterparts in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam because of their favourable policy contexts and higher level of organizational effectiveness.

Political And Legal Transformations Of An Indonesian Polity: The Nagari From Colonisation To Decentralisation

Political And Legal Transformations Of An Indonesian Polity: The Nagari From Colonisation To Decentralisation

Political and Legal Transformations of an Indonesian Polity is a long-term study of the historical transformations of the Minangkabau polity of nagari, property relations and the ever-changing dynamic relationships between Minangkabau matrilineal adat law, Islamic law and state law. While the focus is on the period since the fall of President Suharto in 1998, the book charts a long history of political and legal transformations before and after Indonesia's independence, in which the continuities are as notable as the changes. It also throws light on the transnational processes through which legal and political ideas spread and acquire new meanings. The multi-temporal historical approach adopted is also relevant to the more general discussions of the relationship between anthropology and history, the creation of customary law, identity construction, and the anthropology of colonialism.

Islam And Democracy In Indonesia: Tolerance Without Liberalism

Islam And Democracy In Indonesia: Tolerance Without Liberalism

Indonesia's Islamic organizations sustain the country's thriving civil society, democracy, and reputation for tolerance amid diversity. Yet scholars poorly understand how these organizations envision the accommodation of religious difference. What does tolerance mean to the world's largest Islamic organizations? What are the implications for democracy in Indonesia and the broader Muslim world? Jeremy Menchik argues that answering these questions requires decoupling tolerance from liberalism and investigating the historical and political conditions that engender democratic values. Drawing on archival documents, ethnographic observation, comparative political theory, and an original survey, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia demonstrates that Indonesia's Muslim leaders favor a democracy in which individual rights and group-differentiated rights converge within a system of legal pluralism, a vision at odds with American-style secular government but common in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Islamic Populism In Indonesia And The Middle East

Islamic Populism In Indonesia And The Middle East

In a novel approach to the field of Islamic politics, this provocative new study compares the evolution of Islamic populism in Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, to the Middle East. Utilising approaches from historical sociology and political economy, Vedi R. Hadiz argues that competing strands of Islamic politics can be understood as the product of contemporary struggles over power, material resources and the result of conflict across a variety of social and historical contexts. Drawing from detailed case studies across the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the book engages with broader theoretical questions about political change in the context of socio-economic transformations and presents an innovative, comparative framework to shed new light on the diverse trajectories of Islamic politics in the modern world.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #06: Old Stereotypes, New Convictions: Pribumi Perceptions Of Ethnic Chinese In Indonesia Today

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #06: Old Stereotypes, New Convictions: Pribumi Perceptions Of Ethnic Chinese In Indonesia Today

Despite improvements in the position of ethnic Chinese in the reformasi era, critical and negative perceptions of them persist among prominent pribumi personalities, particularly in recent years. At the same time, there are others, including politicians affiliated with pro-government political parties, high-ranking officials, leaders of NGOs sympathetic to President Jokowi, as well as advocates of multiculturalism (many of whom are scholars and Muslim leaders), who believe that Chinese Indonesians are first and foremost Indonesians. The evidence they cite to support this belief varies, from past heroic actions by ethnic Chinese to the identity constructs of Chinese Indonesians, which is usually based on Indonesia or some Indonesian region.

Blood And Silk: Power And Conflict In Modern Southeast Asia

Blood And Silk: Power And Conflict In Modern Southeast Asia

Thought-provoking and eye-opening, this is an accessible, personal look at modern Southeast Asia. This is a first-hand account of what it's like to sit at the table with deadly Thai Muslim insurgents, mediate between warring clans in the Southern Philippines and console the victims of political violence in Indonesia - all in an effort to negotiate peace, and understand the reasons behind endemic violence. Vatikiotis tells the story of modern Southeast Asia using vivid portraits of the personalities who pull the strings, mixed with revealing analysis that is underpinned by decades of experience in the countries involved, from their silk-sheathed salons to blood-spattered streets. The result is a fascinating study of the dynamics of power and conflict in one of the world's fastest growing regions.

Singapore Chronicles: Trade Unions

Singapore Chronicles: Trade Unions

Trade unions hold a special place in Singapore's history. Occupying different camps on the left and right, unionists' past struggle for social justice saw the rise of leaders who could move the masses. A dispassionate look is taken at the ideas and impulses of those who defined today's labour movement. Can unions continue to play a key role in the future as jobs are threatened by technological change and disruption? Some observers think Singapore might have an answer. This book examines the issues critically.


Reference
Bahasa: A Guide To Malay Languages - Banjar Bawean Buginese Javanese Malay Minangkabau Slitar And Tagalog

Bahasa: A Guide To Malay Languages - Banjar Bawean Buginese Javanese Malay Minangkabau Slitar And Tagalog

This work explains common Malay words and their equivalent meanings in eight Nusantara languages of the Malay Archipelago: Banjar, Bawean, Buginese, Javanese, Malay, Minangkabau, Slitar, Tagalog. Personal anecdotes by the author and charming illustrations are framed by a brief history of the Malay peoples, thereby offering a unique lesson and experience of these eight ethnic groups. As the presence of these languages continues to diminish in everyday conversations, this book hopes to revive interest in these languages and preserve the knowledge for the future generations.

Eurasian Heritage Dictionary, The: Kristang-English/English-Kristang (2Nd Edition)

Eurasian Heritage Dictionary, The: Kristang-English/English-Kristang (2Nd Edition)

First published in 2004, The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary is the first-ever dictionary of Kristang, representing a valuable resource on the language and culture of the Eurasian community. Fully illustrated with entries on Kristang songs, poems, cuisine, names, idioms and rituals, The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary encapsulates the living legacy and memories of one of Asia's most vibrant cultures. This updated Second Edition features additional cultural details and Kristang texts, including both poems and prose, for an even richer cultural understanding.

Visualize This: The Flowing Data Guide To Design, Visualization, And Statistics

Visualize This: The Flowing Data Guide To Design, Visualization, And Statistics

Data doesn't decrease; it is ever-increasing and can be overwhelming to organize in a way that makes sense to its intended audience. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could actually visualize data in such a way that we could maximize its potential and tell a story in a clear, concise manner? With this full-color book, data visualization guru and author Nathan Yau uses step-by-step tutorials to show you how to visualize and tell stories with data. He explains how to gather, parse, and format data and then design high quality graphics that help you explore and present patterns, outliers, and relationships.


Religion & Philosophy
Singapore Chronicles: Religion

Singapore Chronicles: Religion

Singapore is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. This feature gives multiple layers and combinations of richness, hybridity, complexity and fluidity to its landscape of religious communities, orientations and interactions. This book provides an overview of Singapore's religious diversity and focuses on some of its contemporary complexities. While recognising the positive - vibrancy and richness in religious diversity - it highlights problems and challenges posed by some religious trends and developments. The book foregrounds three religious/faith traditions and orientations - Islam, Christianity and secularism - which have become significant in recent times. It highlights some challenges of growing religiosity and religious diversity, assesses how they can be expected to evolve in the near future, and discusses how they might be navigated.

You Can Create Your Life: How To Create Prosperity Health & Happiness

You Can Create Your Life: How To Create Prosperity Health & Happiness

In this book, you will learn and experience a powerful proven life-changing and easy-to-apply system for positive and on-going personal transformation, acquiring specific techniques that can take you forward in your everyday life, business and work. You will be guided step by step, reinforced by the real-life stories of the author and her clients, to move into a new, more powerful state of mind, enabling you to reach your full potential and create the life you deserve. Learn to take the first step towards using your mind to create what you want in life and live abundantly, rich in spiritually, mentally and financially.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In Batam

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In Batam

The rise of Wahhabi-Salafi ideology in neighbouring Batam is causing concern in Singapore. There are worries that some Singapore Muslims are being radicalized by Batam's Islamic radio station Hang FM, which openly promotes Wahhabi-Salafi teachings. This article argues that Batam Muslims are non-violent traditionalists in their orientation, and key religious leaders from the state have come out against Wahhabi-Salafis anti-pluralist ideas.

Islam Explained: Essential Reading For Anyone Who Wants To Know More About Islam

Islam Explained: Essential Reading For Anyone Who Wants To Know More About Islam

Islam, a faith that embraces all races and cultures, has spread far and wide across the globe. Few people have not heard about Islam or interacted with Muslims. But many, including some Muslims, do not know much about Prophet Muhammad or what the Qur'an actually teaches. This fully updated and expanded second edition of Islam explains concisely Islam's principles and message of peace for mankind; clarifies misconceptions about Islam with regard to the Qur'an and the Hadith, the significance of the jihad, the requirements for halal food, and other issues; describes what Muslims need to practise to be righteous and helpful to the peace and progress of the one's country of residence and the wider world; and presents all the essential information in 25 succinct chapters.


Science & Technology
Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #11: Speculating On World-Class Transporation Infrastructure In Ho Chi Minh City

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #11: Speculating On World-Class Transporation Infrastructure In Ho Chi Minh City

Population, cars and motorbikes have increased at higher than expected rates in Ho Chi Minh City, leading to increased congestion and strain on existing transportation infrastructure. While the city has a transportation infrastructure plan, it lacks adequate funds and is reliant on official development assistance (ODA) and foreign direct investment to finance it. Amidst the backdrop of an opaque regulatory environment and intense competition among global ODA institutions, city officials speculate on multiple and contradictory transportation projects simultaneously. Conflicting interests between Bus Rapid Transit and Metro projects in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City exemplify the states speculative forms of governance in capturing transnational flows of ODA capital to finance infrastructure and call into question dominant framings of infrastructure as rational processes and technologies that work against the so-called irrational and unplanned structure of the city.

Finding Eden: A Journey Into The Heart Of Borneo

Finding Eden: A Journey Into The Heart Of Borneo

Fifty years ago the interior of Borneo was a pristine, virgin rainforest inhabited by uncontacted indigenous tribes and na?ve, virtually tame, wildlife. It was into this 'Garden of Eden' that Robin Hanbury Tenison led one of the largest ever Royal Geographical Society expeditions, an extraordinary undertaking which triggered the global rainforest movement and illuminated, for the first time, how vital rainforests are to our planet. For 15 months, Hanbury Tenison and a team of some of the greatest scientists in the world immersed themselves in a place and a way of life that is on the cusp of extinction. Much of what was once a wildlife paradise is now a monocultural desert, devastated by logging and the forced settlement of nomadic tribes, where traditional ways of life and unimaginably rich and diverse species are slowly being driven to extinction. This is a story for our time, one that reminds us of the fragility of our planet and of the urgent need to preserve the last untamed places of the world.

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of Singapore

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of Singapore

This fully revised and updated identification guide to 280 bird species, including all resident and regular migratory species, occurring in Singapore is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from Singapore's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include common and scientific plus Chinese and Malay names, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the birds of Singapore encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and IUCN status as at 2017.

Naturalist's Guide To The Reptiles And Amphibians Of Bali

Naturalist's Guide To The Reptiles And Amphibians Of Bali

This easy-to-use identification guide to the 89 reptile and amphibian species of Bali is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High-quality photographs from the region's top nature photographers, are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits, occurrence and whether they are dangerous. The user-friendly introduction covers conservation, how to deal with snake bites, identification of body parts and a glossary. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the reptiles of Bali encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific names.

50 Years Of Engineering In Singapore

50 Years Of Engineering In Singapore

An underpinning force in Singapore's remarkable 50-year transformation into a sophisticated world-class city, engineering has contributed significantly to the nation's economic, infrastructural and social developments., This volume brings to life the extraordinary engineering feats across multiple disciplines and tells the stories of these exceptional engineers who, with their determinations and courage, turned the little red dot into a jewel of a city. This compendium covers air and sea hub; manufacturing in the areas of electronics, precision engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical/bio-medical engineering; housing/cities/infrastructure and land use (reclamation and underground); transportation (ERP system, MRT and LRT, roads and buses system); water management and engineering; energy (supply and maintenance); and telecommunications, ICT and software.


Social Issues
Handbook Of Language, Gender And Sexuality, The (2Nd Edition)

Handbook Of Language, Gender And Sexuality, The (2Nd Edition)

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

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #12: Beneath The Veneer - The Political Economy Of Housing In Iskandar Malaysia, Johor

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #12: Beneath The Veneer - The Political Economy Of Housing In Iskandar Malaysia, Johor

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

Birthday Book 2017, The: What Should We Never Forget?

Birthday Book 2017, The: What Should We Never Forget?

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

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

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

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

Ostrich, The Ah Long, The Con Woman, And The Creep Guy, The: The Story Of Crime Prevention In Singapore

Ostrich, The Ah Long, The Con Woman, And The Creep Guy, The: The Story Of Crime Prevention In Singapore

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

Who Cares? Thoughts About Caring For The Elderly In Singapore

Who Cares? Thoughts About Caring For The Elderly In Singapore

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


Travel
Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist In Nomad's Land

Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist In Nomad's Land

Michael Kohn, former editor of the Mongol Messenger newspaper, is one steppe ahead of the journalistic posse in this epic Western set in the Far East. Kohn's memoir of his time in Mongolia is an irresistible account of a nation where falcon poachers, cattle rustlers, exiled Buddhist leaders, death-defying child jockeys and political assassins vie for page one. A turf war between lamas, shamans, Mormon elders and ministers provides the spiritual backdrop in this nation which had only just been liberated from Soviet rule. From the reincarnated Bogd Khaan and his press spokesman to vodka-fuelled racing entrepreneurs and political leaders unclear on the concept of freedom of the press, Kohn explores one of Asia's most fascinating, mysterious and misunderstood lands.

Sydney

Sydney

Get the top places to eat, drink and play suggested by a bunch of cool locals! Didi & Co is the first guidebook co-created by local insiders for fellow urban explorers. Places, pictures and pointers are all handpicked and generated collaboratively. Curious to spot hidden gems along your heritage trails? Want to find a cute neighbourhood café? Eager to know where the groovy party is? Didi & Co has got you covered with authentic haunts and secret spots.

Sociology Of Tourism

Sociology Of Tourism

First published as a zine in response to the limitations of mainstream travel magazines, Sociology of Tourism is a hand-sewn chapbook that explores the impact of tourism on societies and cultures, an issue that is too serious and sensitive to be pursued in advertising-driven travel magazines. Taking readers on a sometimes uncomfortable tour of various cities in Asia, including Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore, Sociology of Tourism is filled with vignettes illustrating the gentrification of historical neighbourhoods, the commodification of culture and the transient yet transactional relationship between locals and travellers.

Maldives: The Underwater Kingdom

Maldives: The Underwater Kingdom

The Maldives is one of the most diverse and exciting underwater realms on the planet with colour saturated coral reefscapes and vicious current-swept channels where pelagics feed in the nutrient rich waters. The photographic team at Scubazoo have supplied the underwater cameramen and expertise for most of the big players in documentary-making. This new book concentrates on the Maldives, capitalising on the contacts and reputation Scubazoo has built up over the years providing in-house videographers to liveaboards and resorts in the archipelago.

Sensational Seas Of Sabah

Sensational Seas Of Sabah

Sitting in the heart of the Coral Triangle, home to the world's greatest marine diversity, Sabah is a magnet for divers from around the world. Sensational Seas of Sabah captures the beauty, diversity and breathtaking experiences that attracts people to enjoy some of the world's best diving. Scubazoo will take you on a journey to reveal the amazing diversity of creatures such as the endangered green and hawksbill turtles, countless species of sharks, plus thousands of barracuda and jacks.

Toraja: Misadventures Of An Anthropologist In Sulawesi, Indonesia

Toraja: Misadventures Of An Anthropologist In Sulawesi, Indonesia

In 1985, Dr. Nigel Barley, senior anthropologist at The British Museum, set off for the relatively unknown Indonesian island of Sulawesi in search of the Toraja, a people whose culture includes headhunting, transvestite priests and the massacre of buffalo. In witty and finely crafted prose, Barley offers fascinating insight into the people of Sulawesi and he recounts the tale of the four Torajan woodcarvers he invites back to London to construct an Indonesian rice barn in The British Museum.

Long Ride From Singapore, The: Two Surgeons On Motorcycle Journey Across Asia For Cancer

Long Ride From Singapore, The: Two Surgeons On Motorcycle Journey Across Asia For Cancer

In 2014, breast surgeons Philip Iau and Mikael Hartman from the breast cancer team at National University Hospital set off on an epic journey by motorcycle from Singapore to Sweden, over 100 days.

Culture Shock! India - A Survival Guide To Customs And Etiquette

Culture Shock! India - A Survival Guide To Customs And Etiquette

CultureShock! India helps you understand this country that has more than 4,000 separate communities and where over 300 different languages are spoken. Learn to maneuver through the structure and varieties of Indian society, and appreciate the traditions and values that bind the people together despite their differences. Peppered with personal anecdotes, this book gives practical advice to avoid cultural misunderstandings as well as tips to facilitate your move to the country, including information on how to find a suitable home, how to get around, what schools and facilities are available for your family and what to expect from the work environment.

Beijing: Then And Now

Beijing: Then And Now

Beijing has several millennia of human history. It has been a city of regional importance for many centuries, first becoming the Chinese imperial capital in 1267. The city has been known by various names through the ages, reflecting a turbulent history of change. As the political and cultural heart of modern China, Beijing has grown dramatically since the Communist revolution of 1949. Beijing Then and Now shows how that dramatic modernization has affected the city and how, despite all the new building and modern infrastructure, some of the great historic sites have been preserved and maintained.