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

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

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

Housing The Majority (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Housing The Majority (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

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

Harmony Of Terraces , The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Harmony Of Terraces , The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

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

Functional Shophouse, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Functional Shophouse, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

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

Charm Of Compound Houses, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Charm Of Compound Houses, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

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

Beauty Of Black & White, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Beauty Of Black & White, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

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

20 Under 45: A Selection Of Works By Under 45 Singapore-Registered Architects (3Rd Ed.)

20 Under 45: A Selection Of Works By Under 45 Singapore-Registered Architects (3Rd Ed.)

This title is an initiative of the Architecture & Urban Design Excellence (AUDE) programme of the URA. It presents the works of selected young Singapore architects under the age of 45. The architects are selected, based on their dossier of works, by a panel of assessors drawn from the architectural profession, the professional board, the real estate industry and institutions of higher learning. More than a collection of excellent buildings, the selection of the architects is based on their overall achievement in architectural design, ideas and leadership. The works also collectively highlight the state of architectural culture and discourse in Singapore. This initiative is a second instalment of the very successful inaugural event in 2004.

Singapore Chronicles: Urban Planning

Singapore Chronicles: Urban Planning

Singapore is a modern and global island-state, internationally recognised as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Since its independence, Singapore's journey towards its present-day urban landscape has been characterised by the political will to tackle pressing priorities together with bold professional initiatives in land planning. This book examines the significant role that land planning plays in Singapore's physical transformation and economic development, while also exploring future challenges in the light of demographic changes, technological advances and environmental pressures. These complexities will require more flexible and innovative land use policies and strategies to shape Singapore in the next 50 years.

Achievements And Thoughts

Achievements And Thoughts

Achievements and Thoughts, published by the Singapore Institute of Planners, is a book for urban planners, architects and all who are interested and actively involved in issues of urban growth, evolution of communities, place-making, and in search for real world applications of new planning concepts and models. Featuring our design pioneers who have made significant contributions to the planning landscape of Singapore and other countries, the book highlights their innovative planning solutions, which are internationally recognised to be synonymous with the legacy of modern Singapore. The invaluable thoughts and views of the pioneer designers on urban planning and design not only help to raise awareness and interest in our planning fraternity, but also inspire us on how we can shape the world and transform our future with new ideas. Complementing the feature of our pioneers is a compilation of projects by notable urban planners and designers. It showcases the achievements of these professionals and reflects the application of their Singapore experience in solving planning issues that are confronting many developing cities in Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, Africa and the Middle East today. These projects have won the 4th SIP Planning Awards 2015 for their comprehensive and unique solutions in addressing issues of intra-regional influences, social disparity, traffic congestion, incompatible land uses, and many problems arising from poor infrastructure planning. The projects are excellent case studies for methodologies and principles for addressing the challenges and opportunities of our urbanising world.


Art
Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960-1969)

Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960-1969)

Latiff Mohidin’s life work has been discussed extensively within national and, to some extent, regional frameworks, yet his contribution to global modernism remains understudied. Seen as a step toward addressing this gap, this catalogue seeks to position the artist within Berlin art circles of the 1960s, and unravel what could be contingently described as painting from within the tradition. The catalogue also explores the formative role of Latiff Mohidin’s Pago Pago series not only in his oeuvre, but also in our very ability to write about Southeast Asian history.

Buddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, And Narrative In Late Burmese Wall Paintings

Buddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, And Narrative In Late Burmese Wall Paintings

Step into a Burmese temple built between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries and you are surrounded by a riot of color and imagery. The majority of the highly detailed wall paintings display Buddhist biographical narratives, inspiring the devotees to follow the Buddha's teachings. Alexandra Green goes one step further to consider the temples and their contents as a whole, arguing that the wall paintings mediate the relationship between the architecture and the main Buddha statues in the temples. This forges a unified space for the devotees to interact with the Buddha and his community, with the aim of transforming the devotees' current and future lives. These temples were a cohesively articulated and represented Burmese Buddhist world to which the devotees belonged. Green's visits to more than 160 sites with identifiable subject matter form the basis of this richly illustrated volume, which draws upon art historical, anthropological, and religious studies methodologies to analyze the wall paintings and elucidate the contemporary religious, political, and social concepts that drove the creation of this lively art form.

Colours Of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musée D’Orsay

Colours Of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musée D’Orsay

One of the great innovations of the Impressionists was their radical use of colour: their application of strokes of complementary or contrasting hues captured the shifting effects of light and foregrounded the nature of vision. Using colour as the lens through which to magnify the movement's intricacies, this catalogue sweeps us from Manet's rich blacks, through green and blue landscapes of Monet and Cézanne, to the sensuous pinks of Renoir. Along this journey, scientific discoveries and emerging definitions of modernity are explored, illuminating the profound innovations of the Impressionists and the shifting preconceptions of their art.

Writing The Modern: Selected Texts On Art & Art History In Singapore, Malaysia & Southeast Asia, 1973-2015

Writing The Modern: Selected Texts On Art & Art History In Singapore, Malaysia & Southeast Asia, 1973-2015

T.K. Sabapathy has been writing on the art of Southeast Asia for over four decades (1973-2015), as a critic, curator and art historian. This collection of his work, representing the scope and depth of Sabapathy's output, and highlighting his most important and influential writings, is also a survey of the vast changes in the landscape of art in the region over the period. This publication provides an opportunity for more focused (re)reading, review and renewed consideration of T.K. Sabapathy's rich body of work, to further fuel modern and contemporary art writing, research and exhibition-making.

Place.Labour.Capital

Place.Labour.Capital. connects cultural production and artistic research to broader political and social concerns engaging readers with contemporary debates in Southeast Asia and beyond. The title of the publication refers to the framework employed at NTU CCA Singapore in its first cycle of activities (2013-2016). Singapore, as the world's second largest trading port and the economic epicentre for the region of Southeast Asia, served as an important point of departure to examine the intersections between locality and the global world, labour and flows of capital. Place.Labour.Capital. serves equally as a rear-view mirror that enables an art institution to review the parameters of its own position in times of a globalised art world and knowledge-production economies.

Singapore's Vanished Housing Estates (2Nd Edition)

Singapore's Vanished Housing Estates (2Nd Edition)

This is a photographic essay about these early architectural forms and living spaces. From the lush expanse of colonial-era Princess Elizabeth Park estate to the brick-clad heights of Pickering Street, these photographs may not be turn-of-the-century archaic but neither are they contemporary enough to be familiarly recognized. As pictorial records of our first homes in historically significant and newly emerging estates then, they are an invaluable window into Singapore's changing housing landscape in the 50s and beyond. The 27 public housing estates featured in this collection are expunged forever.

Women Artists In Paris, 1850-1900

Women Artists In Paris, 1850-1900

In the second half of the 19th century, Paris attracted an international gathering of women artists, drawn to the French capital by its academies and museums, studios and salons. Featuring 36 artists from 11 different countries, this beautifully illustrated book explores the strength of these women's creative achievements, through paintings by acclaimed Impressionists such as Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, and extraordinary lesser-known artists such as Marie Bashkirtseff, Anna Bilinska-Bohdanowicz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Hanna Pauli. It examines their work against the sociopolitical background of the period, when women were mostly barred from formal artistic education but cleverly navigated the city's network of ateliers, salons, and galleries.

Michaelangelo: Divine Draftsman And Designer

Michaelangelo: Divine Draftsman And Designer

The Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was especially celebrated for his disegno, a term that embraces both drawing and conceptual design. Featuring more than 200 drawings as well as paintings, sculpture, and architectural plans and views, this authoritative examines Michelangelo as "the divine draftsman and designer" whose work, according to Giorgio Vasari, embodied the unity of the arts. In each thematic chapter, related drawings and other works are illustrated and discussed together, many for the first time, to provide new insights into Michelangelo's creative process.

Degas: A Passion For Perfection

Degas: A Passion For Perfection

Published in the centenary year of the artist's death, this book presents an exceptional array of Degas's work, including paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, counter proofs, and sculpture, with approximately sixty key works from private and public collections in Europe and the United States, some of them published here for the first time. Shown together, the impressive works represent well over half a century of innovation and artistic production. Essays by leading Degas scholars and conservation scientists explore his practice and recurring themes of the human figure and landscape.

By The Pen And What They Write: Writing In Islamic Art And Culture

By The Pen And What They Write: Writing In Islamic Art And Culture

Considered by Muslims as the only true art, calligraphy has played a prominent role in Islamic culture since the time of the prophet Muhammad. Exploring this central role of the written word in Islam and how writing practices have evolved and adapted in different historical contexts, this book provides an overview of the enormous impact that writing in Arabic script has had on the visual arts of the Islamic world. Approaching the topic from a number of different perspectives, the essays in this volume include discussions on the relationship between orality and the written word; the materiality of the written word, ranging from the type of paper on which books were written to monumental inscriptions in stone and brick; and the development of Arabic typography and the printed book.

Jim Thompson: The Thai Silk Sketchbook

Jim Thompson: The Thai Silk Sketchbook

When the renowned American businessman Jim Thompson disappeared on Easter Sunday 1967 in mysterious circumstances, the legend of this extraordinarily gifted designer and entrepreneur began. During a period of two decades, he had developed silk making from being a static village craft into a dynamic textile industry providing exquisite silks for both the Thai domestic and international markets. The house he built in Bangkok is a work of art in itself, furnished with his superb collection of Asian antiques and artifacts. This attractive book portrays the world of Jim Thompson with annotated sketches and fine watercolor paintings - exploring his life story; the house, now a museum; the history of silk; sericulture and silk making; and the company he established which today continues his work, producing some of the world's finest fabrics and designs.

Yi-Lu Collection Of Vietnamese Ceramics, The. Yi Lu Cang Yue Nao Tao Ci

Yi-Lu Collection Of Vietnamese Ceramics, The. Yi Lu Cang Yue Nao Tao Ci

Vietnam has a long tradition of ceramic production. The works featured in this catalogue have been chosen to celebrate the artistic and technical achievements of the designers and potters who worked at northern Vietnamese production sites for more than two millennia. The works are presented in related groups, much as a private collector might display them. With a catalogue essay by Kerry Nguyen-Long.

50 Paintings You Should Know

50 Paintings You Should Know

Now available in an updated edition, this generously illustrated book is a tour of the most important Western paintings since the Renaissance. Spanning seven centuries, this selection of 50 iconic paintings offers readers a crash course in art history while presenting gorgeous color reproductions that are a pleasure to contemplate. Starting with Giotto's Arena Chapel frescoes and continuing through Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring as well as works by Monet, van Gogh, Cassatt, Cézanne, Dalí, Kahlo, Hopper, Pollock, Rothko, and O'Keeffe, nearly every important painter is represented in this book.

Seduction: Japan's Floating World - The John C. Weber Collection

Seduction: Japan's Floating World - The John C. Weber Collection

Seduction show how images of courtesans were constructed as objects of desire, and it considers how the artistic version aligned with or departed from the reality of women's lives. It traces the ways that art was used to transport viewers to a constructed realm of sensory delights to stimulate desires and gratify fantasies of carefree pleasure. Editor Laura W. Allen offers an overview of the seductive spell cast by the floating world and provides helpful entries on each of the featured objects. The result is a fascinating study of the way that visual objects were used to convey insider knowledge about the latest fashions in clothing, hairstyles, accessories, and even games.

Flower Power: The Meaning Of Flowers In Asian Art

Flower Power: The Meaning Of Flowers In Asian Art

In 1967, the phrase "flower power" transformed the commonplace flower into a Buddhist-inspired symbol of peace. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of San Francisco's "Summer of Love," this art and design book showcases the expressive powers of flowers in Asian arts and cultures. Beginning in ancient times, a language of flowers, where certain blooms suggest specific themes, was communicated in art throughout Asia. Here forty artworks, all drawn from the Asian Art Museum's renowned collection, focus on six celebrated flowers-lotus, plum blossom, cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, tulip, and rose-and the messages they convey.

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks In Chicano L.A

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks In Chicano L.A

Working between the 1960s and early 1990s, the artists profiled in this compendium represent a broad cross section of L.A.'s art scene. With nearly 400 illustrations and ten essays, this volume presents histories of artistic experimentation and reveals networks of collaboration and exchange that resulted in some of the most intriguing art of late 20th-century America. From "mail art" to the rise of Chicano, gay, and feminist print media; the formation of alternative spaces to punk music and performance; fashion culture to the AIDS crisis-the artists and works featured here comprise a boundary-pushing network of voices and talents.

Gods In Color: Polychromy In The Ancient World

Gods In Color: Polychromy In The Ancient World

When Renaissance artists sought to imitate ancient sculpture, their medium of choice was pure, white marble, but little did they know that the works they emulated were originally painted in dazzling and powerful hues-from red ocher and cinnabar to azurite and malachite. By illustrating painted reconstructions of well-known sculptures in relation to original examples, this volume reveals how ancient artists in Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome brought unexpected and breathtaking color to their artworks. Accompanying these reproductions are watercolors of Greece's landscapes dating from different years, which show how our perception of ancient art has changed over time.

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985

Amidst the tumult and revolution that characterized the latter half of the 20th century in Latin America and the US, women artists were staking their claim in nearly every field. This wide- ranging volume examines the work of more than 100 female artists with nearly 300 works in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance art, and other experimental media. A series of thematic essays, arranged by country, address the cultural and political contexts in which these radical artists worked, while other essays address key issues such as feminism, art history, and the political body.

Elements: The Art Of Make-Up By Yasmin Heinz

Elements: The Art Of Make-Up By Yasmin Heinz

One of the world's most renowned makeup artists, Yasmin Heinz works at the cutting edge of fashion. From photo shoots to runway shows and from music videos to advertising, Heinz's expertise is in demand by photographers, designers, and celebrities alike. This sumptuous volume of her most striking creations is divided into sections that echo the universe's four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Chosen from Heinz's vast archive, and featuring renowned illustrators and artists, the images in this book reveal her extraordinary skills-whether adding contour to a beautiful face, or completely transforming another. Weaving together the best of fashion, beauty, and photography, this irresistible volume shows that makeup can be an exciting form of art.

Revolution Is Dead, The: Long Live The Revolution! From Malevich To Judd, From Deineka To Bartana

Revolution Is Dead, The: Long Live The Revolution! From Malevich To Judd, From Deineka To Bartana

The point of departure for the present publication is the strikingly innovative artistic spirit of the Russian avant-garde, along with the "Socialist Realism" that became established after the revolution. It addresses the radical conceptions of the revolutionary artistic movements of the early 20th century and their significance for the breakthroughs to abstraction and Constructivism. It also traces the implications and the traces of "Socialist Realism" as an ideologically motivated pictorial formula up to the present day. Also investigated is the actuality and viability of revolutionary ideas and art with reference to numerous examples of both abstract and representational art.

Magnum Atlas: Around The World In 365 Photos From The Magnum Archive

Magnum Atlas: Around The World In 365 Photos From The Magnum Archive

Featuring new and iconic images, this follow-up to Prestel's highly successful A Year in Photography: Magnum Archive includes some of the most striking photography ever collected in one volume. As readers flip the pages they will find themselves traveling from west to east across the globe. Each country is represented in three or four images captured by a single photographer. While renowned figures such as Robert Capa, Bruce Davidson, and Martin Parr are included, readers will also find younger photographers such as Olivia Arthur, Alessandra Sanguinetti, and Mikhael Subotzky, all of whom present dazzling new views of our changing world.

Animation: The Global History

Animation: The Global History

Maureen Furniss surveys the cultural, political and economic context of how this dynamic industry evolved, emphasizing both artistic and technical achievements from around the world - from Hollywood to Tokyo, from Moscow to Sydney. Featuring a timeline for each of its six parts, Animation: The Global History provides readers with a clear and accessible chronology of events. A 'Global Storyline', highlighting the major themes of the era, opens each chapter, and an end-of-book glossary defines key terms used throughout the book.

Flowers & Plants Of Southeast Asia Sketches And Paintings

Flowers & Plants Of Southeast Asia Sketches And Paintings

This new book by Artist and Illustrator Lorette. E Roberts is a pictorial travelogue of her sketches, comments and paintings of the Flowers and Plants of Southeast Asia. The result is a beautiful and colourful rendition of mostly tropical species together with personal and recorded anecdotes of her discoveries. Whilst this book lays no claim to be a reference tome for tropical or any other plants, it is a faithful record of Lorette's observations of nature during her many travels in Southeast Asia. Her instantly recognisable style engages the reader and viewer throughout.


Business
Ownership Cycle, The: Success In Any Situation, Any Role, Anytime...And Helping Others To Do The Same

Ownership Cycle, The: Success In Any Situation, Any Role, Anytime...And Helping Others To Do The Same

Ownership drives fulfilment, true happiness and success. This book describes how to take ownership of your life and future, and help others around you to do the same.

Dhl: From Startup To Global Upstart

Dhl: From Startup To Global Upstart

DHL: From Startup to Global Upstart is the story of a startup that became the first worldwide logistics service organization, fighting regulation, trade restrictions, customs, and many other technical issues to develop processes that have stood the test of time to become the accepted norm in delivery throughout the world. It is a story of using "soft powers," persuasion, and ingenuity, working with, and around, emerging technologies to eliminate barriers to success. This book provides an extraordinary look into how a little startup with grit and perseverance succeeded in the face of overwhelming odds and revolutionized many of what are now accepted transportation and supply chain practices.

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

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

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

Value Investing In Asia: The Definitive Guide To Investing In Asia

Value Investing In Asia: The Definitive Guide To Investing In Asia

A practical, step-by-step guide to value investing in Asian stocks, this book offers a uniquely targeted guide to investors seeking new opportunities in Asian markets. Most value investing advice is geared toward US markets, leaving out the key guidance that pertains specifically to investing in publicly listed Asian companies - guidance that is critical for success. This book focuses on the opportunities and challenges of Asian markets, including current and historical case studies that illustrate various successes, risks and pitfalls. Step-by-step guidance helps you unearth great opportunities in Asia; from understanding the macroeconomic situation, to narrowing down on specific investment opportunities.

Mentoring Reversed: The Road To Creativity And Imagination

Mentoring Reversed: The Road To Creativity And Imagination

Reverse mentoring turns traditional mentoring on its head, by having a young employee serve as a mentor to a seasoned member of management. Businesses have been using it to teach their senior leaders the wonders of social media and other disruptive technology, but the roots of reverse mentoring run far deeper than this. Youthful mentorship, has, in fact, inspired some of the most important people in history and influenced events which have changed the world. This book brings these stories to light, and shows how, through reverse mentoring, it is possible to build a deep understanding across generations and embed diversity, humility, creativity and imagination into the culture of any organisation.

Singapore Chronicles: Finance

Singapore Chronicles: Finance

Singapore is one of the premier financial centres in the world. It is one of the biggest markets for the trading of foreign exchange and financial derivatives, and home to hundreds of global financial institutions, from banks and insurers to oil traders and hedge fund managers. This book traces the development of Singapore's financial sector from its early supporting role in a thriving British colonial trading outpost to its rapid expansion after the nation's Independence in 1965. It is the story of how policymakers here managed to maintain a reputation for regulation and supervision of a high standard, and yet take risks to innovate boldly and seize global opportunities when they arose.

Cat & The Banker, The: How To Get Started With Investing: An Illustrated Story

Cat & The Banker, The: How To Get Started With Investing: An Illustrated Story

Why should learning about finance and investing be dull and confusing? The Cat & the Banker is a fun and unconventional illustrated book about investing for people who don't know where to start. Truth be told, this really is most people. This accessible, creative guide is ideal for anyone put off by stuffy investment manuals.

Entrepreneurship In China: The Emergence Of The Private Sector

Entrepreneurship In China: The Emergence Of The Private Sector

The Chinese economy has grown faster for a longer period than any other economy in the world. It is now the second, and will soon become the largest, global economy. Central to this economic miracle has been the emergence of a private sector of entrepreneurs who have started and grown businesses of all sizes and types. This book explores these wealth creators and builders of China's new economy, and offers guidance on the best ways to work with China's entrepreneurs and their growing businesses. It examines the distinctive and particular context of China for entrepreneurs, and offers insights into how entrepreneurship has emerged as the driver of China's economy.

Understanding A Changing China: Key Issues For Business

Understanding A Changing China: Key Issues For Business

As China becomes the world's largest economy, so it becomes important to understand the key issues shaping the country's business environment and the behaviour of Chinese businesspeople. This is difficult because those issues are contested. Is China growing at 3% or 8%? Is the Chinese consumer going to save the world? Are state-owned enterprises national champions or zombies? Have we reached the end of "Cheap China"? This book provides an even-handed analysis of the key issues that will shape the threats and opportunities arising from China's development in the next decade. It cannot resolve the competing claims made. However, it does provide the reader with the ideas and the sources of evidence needed to understand and to make well thought-out judgments as China continues to evolve.


Children
Angel Magic

Angel Magic

When bombs rain down on the Malayan plantation where seven-year-old Rosie lives with her parents and beloved amah, her days of privilege and playfulness come to an abrupt end. Swept along with other British families eager to escape Malaya, fate cruelly leaves Rosie on the deck of a ship heading to India, alone and separated from her family Confined to a brutal school in Bombay, a determined Rosie seeks freedom in the crowded, chaotic city slums. Her life is lightened when she meets Armand, a poor Portuguese-Indian boy, and his mother. They shield Rosie with their love and allow her to enjoy adventures and escapades on the magical streets of Bombay. While Rosie is growing up on her own terms, her parents and brother endure different worlds in prison camps, dreaming of one day being reunited in Scotland.

Dream Island: The Mad, Mad World Of Philip Yeo (Prominent Singaporeans)

Dream Island: The Mad, Mad World Of Philip Yeo (Prominent Singaporeans)

Philip Yeo was a curious boy who loved to read. He learnt a lot about the world from books, and went to Canada to study. Back in Singapore, he worked for the government and helped create jobs. One day, he gets an idea to combine seven islands into one and build chemical factories on it. Everyone thought it was a crazy idea. But Philip refused to give up.

Hello Goodbye Little Island

Hello Goodbye Little Island

This is a story about the difficulties of relocation, saying goodbye and learning to form new and meaningful relationships. Maja had moved to the little island with her family not long ago. She missed home terribly and wanted nothing more than to go back. Soon after, she finds a friend and wishes things would never change. But when her friend moves away, her world crumbles once more. One day, Maja hears a friendly voice speak to her and a new friendship begins to form. With time, Maja discovers that distances do not matter; the friendship and love she finds in others will stay with her always, and goodbyes are not forever. Beautiful illustrations with a mix of different mediums and photographs will enthral readers of all ages.

Phantom Of Oxley Castle, The

Phantom Of Oxley Castle, The

Once upon a time on a tropical island, there was a grand castle with 38 rooms. Living inside were two young princes, a princess and their pesky butler named OB Markus. Prince Hector the Eldest is bookish and rational; Prince Humphrey the Youngest is rebellious; and Princess Harriet is daring and brash. One night, the children hear a strange ghostly noise coming from the dungeon and decide to investigate.


Culture & People
Wheels Still Turning: Musings Of A Senior Citizen

Wheels Still Turning: Musings Of A Senior Citizen

This is a delightful read; its reach is wide and, occasionally, also deep. K P Menon invites us to join him in thinking about a broad range of themes, topics, behaviours and often this invitation is decked in a multi-coloured lens so that as the hues subtly change, so do our feelings, thoughts and identifications. For identify we do as Menon teases us through a journey lined with rats, food, MRT, tuition, dogs, roads, bridges... the interesting miscellany that his pen has put together both brings a smile as well as a sheepish grin and perhaps even a hidden guilt. As we read his offerings (because these are essentially gifts he is giving us) we realise that so much of him is also so much of us.

Abc Kiam Chye Char Loti: An Alphabet Book Made With Passion

Welcome to ABC Kiam Chye Char Loti. For this edition, we've invited the usual suspects to bring you through the quirks of our "national language" in Singlish! Trace our Uniquely Singapore culture through these catchphrases and explore the ways in which various languages are used and reinvented.

Chinese Traditions & Practices

Chinese Traditions & Practices

China has a long, rich history spanning centuries. Although many China's customs have survived to the present day, some have been all but forgotten: rendered obsolete by modern day technology. This book explores the history of Chinese traditions and cultural practices, their purpose, and the differences between the traditions of the past and their modern incarnations. If you are a westerner or less informed about Chinese culture, you may find this book particularly useful, especially when it comes to doing business with the Chinese - whether it be in China itself or some other country with a considerable Chinese population.

I'd Say!

I'd Say!

Perfect for fans of Chee Chew and his Chew On It! comic strip in The Straits Times, this notebook offers a true slice of Singapore life, featuring situations familiar to everyone, such as tissue packet "chope-ing" at a hawker centre. Empty speech bubbles have been left for the user to write his own captions, while incurable list-makers will love the pages with headings like "I can't stand people who...." and "I will learn how to...". Guaranteed to keep the user busy for hours!

Redoubtable Reformer: The Life And Times Of Cheah Cheang Lim

Redoubtable Reformer: The Life And Times Of Cheah Cheang Lim

Growing up during the era of British colonial expansion in Malaya, Cheah Cheang Lim believed that economic progress should yield the fruit and flower of social progress. Cheah became an owner of tin mines and rubber plantations. He endowed the Perak Maternity Hospital and provided leadership to the Hokkien community in Cantonese-speaking Ipoh. A federal councillor for two terms, he lobbied for the restoration of the Queen's Scholarship, calling upon the British Empire to live up to its promises. The gift of an unpublished c. 1935 manuscript about this man s life, authored by Francis Cooray, a Ceylonese journalist with the Malay Mail, prompted Khoo Salma Nasution to write about Cheah in the context of his times. She has compiled a wealth of material, including speeches, letters and family photographs, to present a vivid impression of this gentleman capitalist on the edge of empire a Malayan patriot who contributed eagerly to social improvement in Perak, looked to England and China for inspiration, but considered Penang his true home.

Big Hearts, Big Dreams: Stories Of Singaporean Of The Year Nominees, 2015-2016

Big Hearts, Big Dreams: Stories Of Singaporean Of The Year Nominees, 2015-2016

Since 2015, The Straits Times has recognised unsung heroes and inspiring dreamers with the Singaporean of the Year award. Supported by UBS Singapore, the annual award celebrates individuals who made headlines not because of their status or fame, but for their selfless acts of goodwill. Big Hearts, Big Dreams gathers the stories of the 21 winners and nominees from the first two years of the award. Each profile captures the determination and drive of those who have made an impact on the community.

Hello, Have You Eaten? Memoirs Of A Food-Obsessed Nation

"This journey of mine welcomes you to slow down and stop for a moment to digest the purpose of food and eating. To me, food is a catalyst for human connection. Memories of my late grandpa buying delectable food for my mother to her observations of my late grandma cooking in the kitchen are memories that are forever etched in my heart. These stories are connected to me and will be passed on as legacies in their own right. This journey is less about the food per se but rather the togetherness, bonding and love that follows after. What's the joy of the sumptuous feast in front of my eyes when I've no one to share it with? Eating in Asia means long round-table conversations, endless laughter and casual debates on best food joints. These never cease. For one starts chatting from brunch to afternoon tea and before you'd know it, it's dessert after a hearty dinner. Live to eat, we say?"

Peranakan Museum Guide (Revised 2017 Edition)

Peranakan Museum Guide (Revised 2017 Edition)

This guide to the Peranakan Museum in Singapore features over a hundred fully illustrated entries written by the museum's curators, independent academics and researchers. It provides the reader with glimpses into the lifestyle of the Peranakan Chinese community, in all its facets and expressions. These include everyday household objects, distinctive crafts such as beadwork and embroidery, colourful porcelain, textiles, jewellery and the fine gilded furniture that graced the homes of the wealthier Peranakans. Intangible aspects of the culture such as language and poetic forms are explored as well.

Gateway To Singapore Culture: Celebrating Friendship, Peace & Harmony

Gateway To Singapore Culture: Celebrating Friendship, Peace & Harmony

Here in the beautiful Singapore, we live in harmony. Regardless of the different races, religions and customs, we are able to grow and prosper in peace. But, how much do you know about your classmates and neighbours? What do you know about the traditions of your own community? Find out more about yourself and your friends as you open the Gateway to Singapore Culture - a superb introductory read for locals and visitors alike!

Amazing Love: A Personal Testimony

Amazing Love: A Personal Testimony

Amazing Love by Julie Khoo is full of true-life stories. The author recounts her journey in discovering and experiencing love and happiness despite the odds and difficulties, and shares her thoughts and reflections on some important issues in life. Once regarded as a problem child, she was eventually transformed and found the true meaning of life. Who or what caused this transformation? What is the meaning of life? What is this amazing love (as reflected in the book title) that she experienced? These questions and more are answered in this engaging and interesting book.

Love With Passion And Perspective: Pearls From A Cross-Border Divorce And The Hague Convention

Love With Passion And Perspective: Pearls From A Cross-Border Divorce And The Hague Convention

Adele M. Lim, author, innovator, change catalyst, and mother dives into the deep and troubling realities of cross-border divorce and the harsh legalities of child custody. She tells us the emotional stories of several families, including her own, whose already difficult marital upheaval was further complicated by the regulations of the Hague Abduction Convention of 1980. Designed to hasten the return of abducted children to their country of habitual residence, the Convention has loopholes when applied to contentious separation cases despite its positive intent. Adele offers an expansive view that aims at meeting the Convention in light of our evolution as a global village, so that individually and collectively we enable a healthier systems balance and heal cross-generational trauma by attending to the family system.

Chasing The Dragon Out: An Inspiring Story Of A Drug Addict's Altered Destiny

Chasing The Dragon Out: An Inspiring Story Of A Drug Addict's Altered Destiny

This book is an honest no-holds barred biography. Author Jix Sze starts by sharing about the teenage years of his delinquency; his drug addiction, the illegal activities and the life he lived as a heroin addict. His account of the events, experiences and harrowing moments also offer a glimpse of the activities, happenings and culture in 1970s Singapore. He goes on to talk about the defining moment that saved him from several years of heroin addiction, a delinquent life and averted plausible criminal conviction. The account of his life after addiction focuses on the transformation that brought about purpose and empowerment. This influenced and altered his destiny in his journey through life. The book also touches on his accomplishments and successes, and is filled with moments of inspiration and encouraging liners.

Robert Kuok: A Memoir

Robert Kuok: A Memoir

Robert Kuok is one of the most highly respected businessmen in Asia. In these memoirs, the 94-year-old Kuok tells the remarkable story of how, starting in British Colonial Malaya, he built a multi-industry, multinational business group. In reflecting back on 75 years of conducting business, he offers management insights, discusses strategies and lessons learned, and relates his principles, philosophy, and moral code. Kuok has lived through fascinating and often tumultuous times in Asia - from British colonialism to Japanese military occupation to post-colonial Southeast Asia and the dramatic rise of Asian economies, including, more recently, China. From his front-row seat and as an active participant, this keen, multi-cultural observer tells nearly a century of Asian history through his life and times. Readers interested in business, management, history, politics, culture and sociology will all enjoy Robert Kuok's unique and remarkable story.

Singapore Ethnic Mosaic, The: Many Cultures, One People

Singapore Ethnic Mosaic, The: Many Cultures, One People

Far from being a melting pot, multi-racial Singapore prides itself on the richness of its ethnic communities and cultures. This volume provides an updated account of the heterogeneity within each of the main communities - the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Others. It also documents the ethnic cultures of these communities by discussing their histories, celebrations, cultural symbols, life cycle rituals, cultural icons and attempts to preserve culture. While chapters are written by scholars drawing insight from a variety of sources ranging from academic publications to discussions with community experts, it is written in an accessible way.

Stranger To Myself: Diary Of A Bangladeshi In Singapore

Stranger To Myself: Diary Of A Bangladeshi In Singapore

The sacrifices of migrant workers are written in every inch of Singapore - in the bricks of buildings, ship irons, under the floor of houses. Thousands of years later, someone may hear the story of our pain and sacrifice from the walls of this city. After about a decade here, I have many stories and recollections to share with you. This diary contains the collected fragments of my experiences. It is not my intention to write anything against my homeland or this country. No hurt feelings, please. I have just written down the most valuable moments of my life here. This diary records observations from my reality. - Preface

Criteria For Those Who Reach The Top, The: To Lead With Mind And Heart

Criteria For Those Who Reach The Top, The: To Lead With Mind And Heart

The world is no doubt full of self-improvement books. What sets Toshio Egawa's book apart is that its focus is more about being at The Top than about getting there. Of course, the traits that get you there and the traits that keep you there overlap in many cases. One could go further to say that it is not always clear whether one is on the way to the top, is at the top or is on the way down from the top. But there are ethical goals and self-reflections; social attitudes and pragmatic shrewdness, as well as a sense of time passing, which should be cultivated in any case if one is to live a full and meaningful life. The Top may not be a place that we can easily locate.

Marbles, Mayhem & My Typewriter: The Unfadable Life Of An Ordinary Man

Marbles, Mayhem & My Typewriter: The Unfadable Life Of An Ordinary Man

In a world where so many people believe that they cannot go far because they were not born gifted or with a silver spoon, Mano Sabnani's story provides profound inspiration - showing how an ordinary man can achieve extraordinary things by following a very simple and ethical set of principles. As a top journalist, banker and activist investor as well as intrepid traveller, Mano offers over six decades of unique experience and special insight into a myriad of topics and life itself. This humble man has also enjoyed a front-row seat to the transformation of Singapore since independence and some of the painful trade-offs that have been made as his tiny island nation achieved its phenomenal economic development and physical transformation.

Spiaking English: A Companion To How Singaporeans Communicate

Spiaking English: A Companion To How Singaporeans Communicate

Singlish is a punchy and witty patois used in Singapore. It mixes English with words, phrases, and syntaxes from the languages of different ethnic groups living in the country. Spiaking Singlish doesn't just describe Singlish elements; there are already several such references books. Rather, it aims to show how Singlish can be used in a confident and stylish way to communicate. Gwee Li Sui's collection of highly entertaining articles shares his observation of how Singlish has evolved over the decades.

Indian Etiquette: A Matter Of Course

Indian Etiquette: A Matter Of Course

Indian Etiquette covers key aspects of the rich culture, from giftgiving, presenting a garland, eating with fingers, coping with unfamiliar food, to home visits.

Japanese Etiquette: A Matter Of Course

Japanese Etiquette: A Matter Of Course

Japanese Etiquette delves in to details from bowing, sitting on tatami, drinking sake from a masu, coping with unfamiliar food, to business entertainment and festive occasions. The A Matter of Course series on Chinese, Indian, Malay, Japanese and Western etiquette teaches the proper way to behave in an unfamiliar culture.

Western Etiquette: A Matter Of Course

Western Etiquette: A Matter Of Course

Western Etiquette covers the essential of presenting oneself, from issuing and replying to formal invitations, dealing with bones while eating, to having afternoon tea. It includes a section that describes the range of wines, cheeses and pastas. The A Matter of Course series on Chinese, Indian, Malay, Japanese and Western etiquette teaches the proper way to behave in an unfamiliar culture.


Education
Tests And Exams In Singapore Schools: What School Leaders, Teachers And Parents Need To Know

Tests And Exams In Singapore Schools: What School Leaders, Teachers And Parents Need To Know

Assessment, mainly in the form of tests and examinations, plays a critical role in the schooling of Singaporean students. This book is written with school leaders, teachers, and parents in mind, with the view of helping them to better understand the processes and products of assessment via tests and exams. It is written in simple terms, using minimal technical terms, and introduces school leaders, teachers, and parents to essential concepts and principles of educational measurements which are relevant in the school context in Singapore.


History & Geography

Punji Trap - Pham Xuan An: The Spy Who Didn't Love Us

Pham Xuan An was a Communist agent whose espionage adventures - under the cover story of a celebrated war correspondent in the Western Media - were as brilliant for Hanoi as they were shattering for Washington during the tumultuous days of the Vietnam War. He has been dubbed "the perfect spy" and affectionately referred to by some as "the spy who loved us". Not quite. Journalist and Southeast Asian specialist Luke Hunt prises this story open. He knew and interviewed An for many years, along with many friends and colleagues in journalism who knew him best in war, on the journalistic beat and amid the collapse of South Vietnam.

Iran: A Modern History

Iran: A Modern History

This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the story of a nation. It offers a revealing look at how events, people, and institutions are shaped by currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years. The book covers the complex history of the diverse societies and economies of Iran against the background of dynastic changes, revolutions, civil wars, foreign occupation, and the rise of the Islamic Republic. Abbas Amanat combines chronological and thematic approaches, exploring events with lasting implications for modern Iran and the world. Drawing on diverse historical scholarship and emphasizing the twentieth century, he addresses debates about Iran's culture and politics.

Asia Betrayed: How Churchill Sacrificed The Far East To Save England

Asia Betrayed: How Churchill Sacrificed The Far East To Save England

Did Winston Churchill lure Japan into attacking Pearl Harbour as a cynical ruse to pull the United States into the war against the Nazis to save England? Did he deliberately weaken the defences of Singapore and Hong Kong to convince the Japanese to jump? Did he even run a double spy to feed information to Tokyo? John Bell Smithback examines the evidence in a shocking new assessment of the origins and backstory of one of the turning points of the twentieth century-the Pacific War 1941 to 1945. He looks at Churchill's role in how Japan came to make one of the biggest strategic errors in history, and the horrific consequences for tens of millions of people across East Asia.

Colonial Penang 1786-1957

Colonial Penang 1786-1957

This book is the result of a dilemma; whether or not to publish second editions of two earlier books, Penang under the East India Company 1786-1857 and Penang at War 1914-1946. Between the two, and with some fresh components, a useful overview of the British colonial engagement with Penang from beginning to end was feasible. The new book also began to develop its own dynamic- particularly for those new subjects such as the Brown family, demographics and opium, that transcended the years of British control. Thus this book is a hybrid, born of earlier work, with a uniqueness and integrity of its own. This is a book about the colonial era written from a British perspective.

Penang And Its Networks Of Knowledge

Penang And Its Networks Of Knowledge

This volume brings together the work of 11 distinguished scholars in efforts to recover and preserve cultural-historical knowledge embedded in the fabric of the city of George Town and articulate the significance and reach of the global connections created in Penang's island capital. The essays contained within this volume explore a diverse range of cultural intersections of knowledge and ideas, from the broad geographical scope of Penang's newspapers, to the dissemination of religious ideology, to the modern iterations of waqf. Eschewing a more traditional, nationally oriented framework of history, each tells the story of Penang through an outward-looking lens - an approach more suited to a cosmopolitan port city with far-reaching links to the world. Through this lens, Penang's role as a nexus of both networks of knowledge and trading diasporas becomes abundantly clear.

Witness To War: Remembering 1942

Witness To War: Remembering 1942

A special publication released by the National Museum of Singapore in conjunction with the Witness to War exhibition, this catalogue and compendium features key artefact highlights and 14 stories of ordinary men and women who braved the fall of Singapore in extraordinary ways.

Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation From The Past

Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation From The Past

Over the last 1,400 years, a succession of Muslim polities and empires expanded to control territories and peoples stretching from southern France to East Africa and South East Asia. Yet many of the contributions of Muslim thinkers, scientists and theologians, not to mention statesmen and soldiers, have been overlooked. The bestselling Lost Islamic History, now in a new updated edition, rescues from oblivion a forgotten past, charting its narrative from Muhammad to modern-day nation-states. From Abbasids and Ottomans to Mughals and West African kings, Firas Alkhateeb sketches key personalities, inventions and historical episodes to show the monumental impact of Islam on global society and culture.

Islamic Civilization In Thirty Lives: The First 1000 Years

Islamic Civilization In Thirty Lives: The First 1000 Years

The religious thinkers, political leaders, law-makers, writers and philosophers of the early Muslim world helped to shape the 1,400-year-long development of today's secondlargest world religion. But who were these people? What do we know of their lives, and the ways in which they influenced their societies? Chase F. Robinson draws on the long tradition in Muslim scholarship of commemorating in writing the biographies of notable figures, but weaves these ambitious lives together to create a rich narrative of early Islamic civilization, from the Prophet Muhammad to fearsome Tamerlane.

People's Constitutional Proposals For Malaya, The (70Th Anniversary Edition)

People's Constitutional Proposals For Malaya, The (70Th Anniversary Edition)

Drafted by representativer of the Pusat Tenaga Ra'ayat (PUTERA) and the All-Malaya Council Of Joint Action (AMCJA) between the months of May and August, 1947; and approved by two Conferences of Delegates from the PUTERA and the AMCJA on July 4-7, and on August 10, 1947, together with a full exposition, and an analysis to the Government's Constitutional Proposals.

Faithful Record Of The Lisbon Maru Incident, A

Faithful Record Of The Lisbon Maru Incident, A

This is a recent translation from an original Chinese publication covering an important chapter in Hong Kong's wartime history. It gives details of the Lisbon Maru Incident of 1942, seen through the eyes of the Chinese fishermen who rescued hundreds of British prisoners of war from Hong Kong, whose ship had been torpedoed. The Japanese had tried to keep them in the holds as the ship sank, and then shot at them as they tried to escape. These courageous fishermen not only prevented hundreds more deaths, they also hid three prisoners under the noses of the Japanese until they could be sent secretly on a journey across more than 1,000 miles of China to reach Chongqing, from where they could tell the world what had happened. The book also recounts the visit to Zhoushan in 2005 of one of the survivors of the sinking and his emotional reunion with those who saved him; as well as a visit to Hong Kong in the same year of the last few remaining fishermen who had taken part in the rescue.

Through American Eyes: The Journals Of George Washington (Farley) Heard 1837-1875

Through American Eyes: The Journals Of George Washington (Farley) Heard 1837-1875

Long ago secrets, lost emotions and persistent sadness at human conflict are finally revealed in this first publication of journals written by a young American visiting the Far East for the first time. Travelling out in 1859 to join his uncle's then successful trading house, Augustine Heard & Co., George was hired on shipboard by fellow-passenger John E. Ward, the American Minister tasked with the ratification of the American-Chinese treaty. As an attaché to the American Legation, George witnessed the June 1859 Battle of the Peiho, and in July 1860 - now promoted as Secretary of Legation - he saw the western Allies' preparations for the return battle that took place in August 1860. At least one of his letters home was borrowed to be copied by the American Minister and sent to the US President as an official report. These were early days in the intercourse between the United States and the Far East; a first Treaty with Japan (which George also visited and writes about here) had been agreed only a short time earlier. Some of the Chinese people whom George talked with in villages visited on the way to Beijing had never heard of his country. A cultured, charming and conscientious person, with a sense of humour, an early-developed cross-cultural perspective, and highly readable writing style, George W. Heard died unmarried in his late thirties, and was buried far from home. This book finally brings home his memorial.

Shanghai: Then And Now

Shanghai: Then And Now

Vaughan Grylls has rounded up all of the key sites that make up this fascinating and diverse city, from Jesuit cathedrals, Jewish synagogues, and Buddhist temples to neoclassical banks, art deco hotels, and the super-tall skyscrapers of the Pudong district. Sites include: The Bund, Yu Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, East Nanjing Road, Jing'an Temple, Jade Buddha Temple, People's Square, Shanghai Tower, Longhua Temple and Pagoda, Shanghai Museum, St. Ignatius Cathedral, Dongping National Forest Park, Lu Xun Park, Nanpu Bridge, Shanghai Club Building, HSBC Building, Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai Tower, Natural History Museum, Shanghai World Financial Center, Zhang Garden, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Moller House, and Custom House.

How Language Began: The Story Of Humanity's Greatest Invention

How Language Began: The Story Of Humanity's Greatest Invention

Mankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species: we talk to one another. But how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth? This book provides a comprehensive examination of the evolutionary story of language, from the earliest speaking attempts by hominids to the more than seven thousand languages that exist today. Although fossil hunters and linguists have brought us closer to unearthing the true origins of language, Daniel Everett's discoveries have upended the contemporary linguistic world, reverberating far beyond academic circles.

Acm Treasures: Collection Highlights

Acm Treasures: Collection Highlights

ACM Treasures, a new collection highlights book from the Asian Civilisations Museum, follows the structure of museum's permanent galleries, with sections dedicated to Trade, Faith and Belief, and Materials and Design. Within each section, chapters mapping onto present and future gallery spaces present art objects from each gallery of the museum. The reader will find that many of the objects are cross-cultural, meaning that they are hybrid - "east-west" or "east-east" sorts of things - essentially mixed, just like Singapore and many of its resident. Nearly 200 objects in full colour , each with a short explanation, make this book a perfect gift or personal remembrance of a visit to the ACM.

Jean Marshall's Pahang Letters, 1953-54: Sidelights On Malaya During The Emergency

Jean Marshall's Pahang Letters, 1953-54: Sidelights On Malaya During The Emergency

"Life generally is a bit hedged in with precautions at the moment," Jean Gray wrote, with characteristic understatement, to her parents in England. 27 years old, Jean was in rural Malaya working as a field officer with the British Red Cross for a year in 1953-54. At that time, Malaya was in a state of Emergency. Communist insurgents, using the jungle as cover, engaged in guerilla war against the colonial state. Under the Red Cross scheme, Jean was appointed to provide medical and welfare services in the New Villages - guarded settlements of villagers relocated from the jungle fringes in a government move to cut off aid to the militants. From west Pahang, where she was posted, Jean wrote weekly to her family and occasionally to her friends, sharing with them her impressions of Malaya and minutiae of her daily life and work while reassuring them that she was safe. These all-but-forgotten letters with accompanying photographs were rediscovered and returned to their sender after 60-odd years. As historical documents, they illuminate the social and professional world of a young and perceptive Englishwoman who was in small-town Malaya at a historically critical time - during the Malayan Emergency and the last days of empire.

Okinawa - The History Of An Island People

Okinawa - The History Of An Island People

This is the definitive book available in English on the history of Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands, and an influential scholarly work in the field of Japanese studies. Noted Eastern affairs specialist George Kerr recounts the fascinating history of the island and its environs, from 1314 A.D. to the late twentieth century. First published in 1958, this edition features an introduction and appendix by Okinawa history scholar Mitsugu Sakihara, making this the most comprehensive resource on the intriguing island of Okinawa.

(Re)Presenting Histories: Experiences And Perspectives From The National Museum Of Singapore

(Re)Presenting Histories: Experiences And Perspectives From The National Museum Of Singapore

In celebration of the nation's Golden Jubilee, the National Museum of Singapore re-opened in September 2015 after an extensive revamp of its permanent galleries. Featuring interactive, contextual displays and immersive experiences, the updated galleries seek to both represent and re-present Singapore's rich culture and history, and to encourage meaningful connections and conversations with its visitors. (Re)Presenting Histories is an intimate glimpse into the experiences and perspectives of the National Museum's curatorial team, as they undertook this ambitious project over the course of one year.

Warring Societies Of Pre-Colonial Southeast Asia: Local Cultures Of Conflict Within A Regional Context

Warring Societies Of Pre-Colonial Southeast Asia: Local Cultures Of Conflict Within A Regional Context

Why is it that warfare in Southeast Asian history is depicted so differently in various historical sources and representations? Why have scholars looking at different countries found so many exceptions to regional overviews of warfare? The present volume seeks to present a new approach to the study of warfare in the region by abandoning the generalizations made in the conventional literature. The contributors offer a range of new studies of warfare in local areas within the region, looking at warfare on its own, local terms rather than for what it says about warfare in the region as a whole. This approach for the first time lends Southeast Asia to comparative analysis in a way that avoids artificial and misleading regional attributes. The varied case studies, researched and written by a number of experts of local warfare within the region include naval warfare eighteenth century Vietnam, civil war in South Sulawesi during the Pénéki War, the art and texts of war in Burmese warfare, modes of warfare in precolonial Bali, war captive taking in Thailand, and kinship, religion, and war in late eighteenth century Maguindanao, and preparations for war in the Pacific rimlands.

Mapping Cultural Nationalism: The Scholars Of The Burma Research Society, 1910-1935

Mapping Cultural Nationalism: The Scholars Of The Burma Research Society, 1910-1935

This detailed study of the Burma Research Society (founded in 1910 and flourishing until the 1930s), its membership and published output contextualizes the Society within its metropolitan and regional setting, as well as drawing on a broader, transnational intellectual landscape. This timely work on the Society's intellectual legacy has the potential to inform current debates in Myanmar at a time when the activities of ultra-nationalist groups threaten other religions and ethnicities' rights as citizens. The study will be of interest to historians and students of colonial Burma as well as anyone interested in the roots of the identity issues currently to the fore in Myanmar.

What's In The Name? How The Streets And Villages In Singapore Got Their Names

What's In The Name? How The Streets And Villages In Singapore Got Their Names

Since 1819, more than 6,200 place (street and village) names divided into more than 3,900 name groups were known in Singapore. Based on digitised historical newspapers, dated back to 1830, municipal records and Malay dictionaries, the origins, meanings and date of naming for many place names are uncovered. As part of Singapore history, place names known since 1936 are recorded in this book. This book is a complete listing of all place names since 1936, together with the most comprehensive annotations to date. It is also the only book of its kind in Singapore that analyses naming trends. Information on the origins or date of naming was based on primary sources such as old maps, minutes of municipal meetings, Chinese books and digitised newspapers.

History Of Timor-Leste

History Of Timor-Leste

The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, a former Portuguese colony occupied by Indonesia from 1975 to 1999, became in 2002 the first new sovereign state of the twenty-first century. Its modern nationhood belies its ancient history. Archaeological data found on the island can be traced back at least 42,000 years, beyond most ancient European artifacts. The book provides a readable overview of the history of the country from the first traces of human habitation through Timor-Leste's hard-won independence in May 2002.

Bagan And The World: Early Myanmar And Its Global Connections

Bagan And The World: Early Myanmar And Its Global Connections

The archaeological site of Bagan and the kingdom which bore its name contains one of the greatest concentrations of ancient architecture and art in Asia. Much of what is visible today consists of ruins of Buddhist monasteries. While these monuments are a major tourist attraction, recent advances in archaeology and textual history have added considerable new understanding of this kingdom, which flourished between the 11th and 14th centuries. Bagan was not an isolated monastic site; its inhabitants participated actively in networks of Buddhist religious activity and commerce, abetted by the sites location near the junction where South Asia, China and Southeast Asia meet. This volume presents the result of recent research by scholars from around the world, including indigenous Myanmar people.

Entertainment: Forms Of Leisure In Singapore 1920S-1970S

Entertainment: Forms Of Leisure In Singapore 1920S-1970S

Published in 2017 to coincide with the 130th anniversary of the National Museum of Singapore, this book offers a visual feast of images from the museum's rich collections. As the nation's oldest purpose-built museum, it has played a major role in shaping Singapore's social landscape over the years through a variety of media. This book covers the site-specific entertainment parks, cinema, radio and music from the turn of the 20th century until the 1970s. It takes the reader on a nostalgic journey through these early forms of recreation, while first-person accounts bring memories to life. This is a comprehensive analysis of the emergence of leisure practices in the era of early modernity in Singapore.

Lieutenant Adnan And The Last Regiment

Lieutenant Adnan And The Last Regiment

Lieutenant Adnan bin Saidi was a man who fought valiantly to defend Singapore during the Japanese invasion in February 1942. He, along with the rest of the Malay Regiment, battled the Japanese soldiers on Bukit Chandu. These great men were Singapore's last defence and fought bravely to the end, despite being captured, and even tortured. Narrated by the son of Lieutenant Adnan's son, Mokhtar, this comic book tells the story of Lieutenant Adnan's life - not only depicting the infamous Battle of Bukit Chandu, but also the events before the critical battle and its repercussions thereafter. Through this book, readers would gain a deeper insight into Lieutenant Adnan's admirable character, as they will be given a glimpse of who he was, beyond his role as a soldier: a husband and father.

Becoming China: The Story Behind The State

Becoming China: The Story Behind The State

One of the two most powerful states in the world, China continues to be seen as a mystery even after decades of an open door. Epic in scope, this is the story of how China became the state it is today and how its worldview is based on what has gone before. Weaving together inspirations, ideas, wars and dreams to reveal the heart of what it means to be Chinese and how the past impacts on the present.


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

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

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

Rebel Law: Insurgents, Courts And Justice In Modern Conflict

Rebel Law: Insurgents, Courts And Justice In Modern Conflict

In most societies, courts are where the rubber of government meets the road of the people. If a state cannot settle disputes and ensure that its decisions are carried out, for practical purposes it is no longer in charge. This is why successful rebels put courts and justice at the top of their agendas. Rebel Law examines this key weapon in the armory of insurgent groups, ranging from the Ireland of the 1920s to today's 'Caliphate of Law' - the Islamic State, by way of Algeria in the 1950s and the Afghan Taliban. Frank Ledwidge tells how insurgent courts bleed legitimacy from government, decide cases and enforce judgments on the battlefield itself. Astute counterinsurgents, especially in 'ungoverned space,' can ensure that they retain the initiative. The book describes French, Turkish and British colonial 'judicial strategy' and contrasts their experience with the chaos of more recent 'stabilization operations' in Iraq and Afghanistan, drawing lessons for contemporary counterinsurgents.

Pro Bono In Singapore: The Pbg Story

This is a history of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty's Pro Bono Group.


Leisure
Shiok, Sia! Sketching Favourite Singapore Desserts

Shiok, Sia! Sketching Favourite Singapore Desserts

An artist sketches her way through all her favourite Singaporean hawkers favourites, from orh luak, hae mee and bak kut teh, to laksa, mee rebus, and murtabak, right through to the all famous chilli crab. Taste the colours and feel the textures of Singapore's popular street food as you feast on the delectable illustrations between these pages. Take home with you a uniquely Singaporean experience. A perfect gift for the festive season. Shiok, sia!

Singapore Chronicles: Sports

Singapore Chronicles: Sports

In 2016, Singapore's long-awaited dream of winning an Olympic gold medal was realised when Joseph Schooling touched the wall first in the 100m butterfly event. This quest for sporting glory was a stark contrast to the earlier mindset of using sports to produce fit and productive workers for a nascent economy. This primer charts the development of sports in Singapore, from the colonial days when playing football, cricket and hockey was an amateur pastime to the current emphasis on professionalism and commercialism. But ultimately, sports are about the stories of the sportsmen and sportswomen whose passion, dedication, struggles and accomplishments move a nation.

Straits Times Quiz Yearbook, The: 365 Awesome Questions!

Straits Times Quiz Yearbook, The: 365 Awesome Questions!

In 2017, which supermarket filed a police report over rumours that its rice was made of plastic? Which was the first country to shut down its FM radio network in favour of digital radio? These questions and more lie in wait for quiz gameshow fans and news junkies in The Straits Times Quiz Yearbook. The handy travel-sized book lets readers test their knowledge of Singapore and the world with a year's worth of trivia straight from the headlines: 365 questions or a question a day.

Daily Nonya Dishes: Laok Hari Hari - Heritage Recipes For Everyday Meals

Daily Nonya Dishes: Laok Hari Hari - Heritage Recipes For Everyday Meals

This cookbook gives recipes for the food that Babas and Nonyas of old ate for their breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between every day. This food is not the festive cuisine of Ayam Buah Keluak, Babi Pongteh, and Bakwan Kepiting that are the staples of many Peranakan cookbooks available in bookshops. The daily Nonya dishes are more simple fare, but no less delicious. The author also includes traditional dishes that have almost vanished. Thus, this book is not only a fresh, and welcome addition to the canon of Peranakan cookbooks, but is also a valuable documentation of the food enjoyed by Babas and Nonya around the family table in the heyday of Peranakan culture.

Weligama: Recipes From Sri Lanka

Weligama: Recipes From Sri Lanka

In this, her first cookbook, chef Emily Dobbs shares her favourite Sri Lankan-inspired recipes for every meal and season, including chapters on breakfast (such as crispy egg hopper 'pancakes') short eats (think traditional street food like vadai and mutton rolls) and a large selection of meat, fish, fruit and vegetable curries and their accompaniments.

Miffy X Kumoya Pop-Up Cafe: Miffy Cookbook

Miffy X Kumoya Pop-Up Cafe: Miffy Cookbook

Created in 1955 by Dutch artist Dick Bruna, the loveable white rabbit Miffy continues to charm children and adults alike today. Whether you're an adoring Miffy fan or someone looking for fun dishes to prepare, the Miffy x Kumoya Pop-Up Café Miffy Cookbook has something for everyone! From bento meals and onigiri, to cookies, cakes and tarts, bestselling cookbook author Shirley Wong shows how you can recreate these cute meals and treats for the whole family!

Get Started Making Japanese Snacks; Step-By-Step Recipes For Delectable Bites

Get Started Making Japanese Snacks; Step-By-Step Recipes For Delectable Bites

A treat not just for the taste buds, but also for the other senses, these Japanese confections known as wagashi were traditionally prepared according to the season, to be savoured with tea, as a snack during the day. Made using various types of sweet bean pastes and flours, these delicate treats are now widely enjoyed throughout the day, and make ideal gifts whatever the occasion. Discover the world of wagashi from traditional favourites to new creations with this inspiring collection of recipes from Chef Yamashita.

Get Started Making Fun Treats: Step-By-Step Recipes For Everyday Surprises

Get Started Making Fun Treats: Step-By-Step Recipes For Everyday Surprises

Award-winning cookbook author and food blogger Shirley Wong returns with even more kawaii creations. Familiar favourite treats - the bao and the doughnut - get transformed with a playful twist. These teatime and party favourites turn into cute, edible creatures and flowers.

Get Started Making Fun Sushi: Step-By-Step Recipes For Creative Deco Sushi

Get Started Making Fun Sushi: Step-By-Step Recipes For Creative Deco Sushi

Turn an everyday favourite into an edible centrepiece with kawaii sushi creations from celebrity bento artist, Little Miss Bento, Shirley Wong. In this handy cookbook, Shirley shares fresh ideas for making deco sushi - dainty, attractive morsels of rice - that are not only a feast for the eyes, but for the palate as well. With illustrated step-by-step instructions to guide beginners and innovative recipes to excite experienced cooks, this book is suitable for cooks of any skill level.


Literature
Unfree Verse: Singapore Poetry In Form (Second Edition)

Unfree Verse: Singapore Poetry In Form (Second Edition)

Rhyme is Shakespeare. Rhythm is rap. Sing Lit is free verse. If you've ever had such thoughts, let this book demolish them. With poems drawn from 80 years of print and online material, UnFree Verse illuminates an important but overlooked aspect of Singapore's literary history: formal poetry in English. It features poets beloved and forgotten, immigrant and emigrant, Malayan and cosmopolitan, challenging readers to explore the dynamic landscape of poetry from, about, and around Singapore. In this collection, the formal poem becomes a focal point for the duelling forces of repetition and improvisation, standards and Englishes, freedom and boundaries. Might these constraints be fertile soil for creativity in a city like Singapore? If you think so, UnFree Verse belongs on your shelf. This new edition contains an expanded glossary, a list of further reading, and a new essay on rhyme.

Last Immigrant, The: A Novel

Last Immigrant, The: A Novel

Ismael, a transplanted Singaporean, lives on a bucolic suburban Brisbane street. His job is to decide whether asylum-seekers get to stay in the country, a dilemma that never fails to remind him of his own immigrant status. But then his life begins to take on the hue of a nightmare: his neighbour inexplicably commits suicide, his wife dies of cancer, his daughter abandons him for the United States, and his Siamese cat goes missing. In Lau Siew Mei's new novel, an enclosed Australian neighbourhood becomes a microcosm of a world increasingly hostile towards migrants.

Songs From A Distance: Selected Poems From The 2015 And 2016 Migrant Worker Poetry Competition

Songs From A Distance: Selected Poems From The 2015 And 2016 Migrant Worker Poetry Competition

Songs From A Distance is an anthology of 31 poems composed by migrant workers based in Singapore. Written in Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, English, Mandarin Chinese, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Tamil, these poems offer readers a glimpse into the thoughts, hopes, and dreams ofSingapore's invisible workforce. Mothers and fathers wonder if their children will grow to resent their absence. A lover longs for union with a beloved who is out of reach. A man weighs what is lost against what is to be gained by travelling to foreign shores. Songs From A Distance celebrates the literary talent of migrant workers and stands at the forefront of an exciting new literary genre.

Voices Of The Displaced: Poems From The Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015-2016

Voices Of The Displaced: Poems From The Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015-2016

This anthology contains the winning entries of the Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015 and 2016 as well as all the finalists. It contains poetry of migrant workers and refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Syria in 10 languages, including Bengali, Tagalog and Hakha Chin, with accompanying English translations.

Cry Of The Flying Rhino

Cry Of The Flying Rhino

This novel is set in 1996 Malaysia and Borneo, told from multiple viewpoints and in multiple voices. Malaysian Chinese family doctor Benjie Lee has had a careless one night stand with his new employee - mysterious, teenage Talisa, the adopted daughter of a wealthy, crass Scottish plantation owner, Ian, in the provincial Malaysian town of Segamat. Talisa's arms are covered in elaborate tattoos, symbolic of great personal achievements among the Iban tribe in her native Borneo. Talisa has fallen pregnant and Ian forces Benjie to marry her. Benjie, who relished his previous life as a carefree, cosmopolitan bachelor, struggles to adapt to life as a husband and father. Meanwhile, Minos - an Iban who has languished ten years in a Borneo prison for a murder he didn't commit - is released into English missionary Bernard's care. One day, Minos and his sidekick and fellow ex-convict Watan appear in Segamat, forcing Benjie to confront his wife's true identity and ultimately his own fears. Are the tattoos the key to her secrets?

Shadows From Here: Tales Of Terror

Shadows From Here: Tales Of Terror

Shadows from Here is Raymus Chang's debut collection of horror stories. At the forefront of a new dawn in Singaporean ghost stories, these are 8 tales of atmospheric horror, based on Singaporean history and culture. A man consumed by ambition; An idol from a faraway place; A girl sings, and is spirited away; A tycoon lives forever; Five shadows haunt an innocent man; A dead soldier yearns to be remembered; A painter sees the end; A man not like others; A forgotten place moans in our woods.

Operation Janus

Operation Janus

It is 1950s Malaya and the country is in the throes of the Malayan Emergency. As the British do battle with Communist terrorists hiding deep in the jungle, one British officer, a Communist sympathizer, has come to the attention of the staff at the Yam Yam. When Alan Hinlea, a British Gurkha captain with a hatred of a class system that has always kept him down, deserts to the guerillas and is spirited away to the jungle Communist HQ, Chin Peng, the leader of the Malayan Communist Party gloats at what he hopes will be a major propaganda victory. Operation Janus is the first in a trilogy of books involving Gurkha military units that may be read in any order. The author, JP Cross, a retired Gurkha colonel, old 'jungle hand' and counter-insurgency expert, draws on real events he witnessed during his time fighting in the Malayan Emergency and on true characters, including a British officer of his own battalion who attempted to join the Communist terrorists.

Gone Case: The Graphic Novel Complete Edition

Gone Case: The Graphic Novel Complete Edition

Set in a Singaporean housing estate, Gone Case is a moving yet unsentimental coming-of-age story. Yong, a 12-year-old boy has to deal with the dreaded PSLE exams while his family undergoes an upheaval. His friendship with his childhood friend Liang also undergoes strain as the exams approach. The novel won a commendation award in the Singapore Literature Prize in 1996 and is regarded as an essential work of Singapore Literature.

Being Arcadia

Being Arcadia

Arcadia Greentree confronts her past - and her future. The pieces of Arcadia's life are slowly falling into place when Moira returns to scatter them once more. Arcadia must now choose whether to trust her nemesis as they uncover the dark secret of their birth.

Finding Arcadia

Finding Arcadia

To understand the present, Arcadia Greentree must dig deep into her past. Her family torn apart by tragedy, Arcadia tries to locate the "professor" whom she believes to be ultimately responsible. A series of clues lead her to Oxford University and a confrontation with her enemy-but all is not as it seems.

Raising Arcadia

Raising Arcadia

Arcadia Greentree knows she isn't exactly normal. But then she discovers she isn't Arcadia Greentree either. Arcadia sees the world like no one else. Exceptionally observant, the sixteen-year-old is aware of her surroundings in a way that sometimes gets her into trouble - and out of it again. But when she seeks to unravel a mystery at school, a tragedy at home forces her to use her skills to catch a killer.

Little Miss Cloud Writes

Little Miss Cloud Writes

A collection of my original poetry writings where I'd settle and spill such honest, absorbing and a couple of seething thoughts I've compiled into this book and course, to share with the rest of the world whose hearts speaks poetry as well.

Travails Of A Trailing Spouse

Travails Of A Trailing Spouse

The adventure starts when Sarah's husband, Jason, is offered a position at a university in Singapore. Sarah, a successful lawyer in the US, quits her job and the couple, with their two children, fly off to a completely new life. The country is easy enough to adapt to and Sarah and Jason soon meet the other expats in the condo. Why, with an unbelievably fantastic lifestyle, is Sarah starting to feel listless? Why does John keep taking solo trips and when will Sara's brave front finally crack? Who's that woman with Ian in the lift? And what secret is Carys keeping from her friends? Not a simplistic, straightforward novel of one-dimensional characters, Travails of a Trailing Spouse will strike a chord with anyone, expat or not, who has ever found life more complicated, puzzling, thrilling, frustrating - and, ultimately, deliciously rich - than could ever have been imagined.

Singpowrimo 2017: The Anthology

The 2017 anthology of SingPoWriMo seeks to be a little different. With nearly 6, 000 thousand members on Facebook and several hundred active participants, editors Stephanie Dogfoot, Ruth Tang and Daryl Qilin Yam have whittled all the submissions they have received down to a selection of 100 poems, written by a list of 68 poets both emerging and established, prolific and never-published-before. Encounter the likes of flying comets, rude Singaporean uncles, HDB Rapunzels and odes to forgotten spaces in these pages, written in a dizzying array of forms including the ever popular twin cinema, the challenging udaiyaathathu, and the very recently discovered anima methodi. What can we say?

Lost Nostalgia: Stories

Lost Nostalgia: Stories

A rainbow is glimpsed in the enveloping darkness of Mohamed Lati? Mohamed's stories. Precious because it is mostly ?eeting-a herd of cattle ?nds deliverance from slavery in heroic resistance and death; a ?sherman disappears of his own free will to escape the disintegration of island life. These and other characters experience conditions, often described in hyper-realistic detail, that speak to our appreciation of change, injustice, and other facts of life-religion, family, friendship, love, to name a few. While salvation does not come easy or even happen in Latiff's stories, there are exceptional moments that can push readers into the outer limits of their existence.

Beef

Beef

BEEF is Nurul Amillin Hussain's debut collection of poetry. Consisting of 20 poems written over a decade, this book traces time through fresh explorations of nostalgia, recollecting the author's time spent in both Singapore and the UK. This collection is distinctly urban, and aims to translate the messy zig-zags of everyday discomforts into verse, focusing on themes of family, friendship and identity.

Inheritance: An Anthology

Inheritance: An Anthology is a collection of Singapore poetry that questions the concept of home. It searches for meaning in the quiet and personal, but also in the broader narrative of our history. Where do we come from, and what does that make us? How do our origins change the way we live, and the way we relate to one another? Featuring a diverse group of poets and subjects, the anthology whispers tales of tenderness, melancholy and the complicated nature of love.

Book Of Hims, A

Book Of Hims, A

In 2008, Ng Yi-Sheng won the Singapore Literature Prize for last boy, a debut collection which explored the poet's coming of age as a gay man. A Book of Hims is a spiritual sequel to this work, written with a voice that has grown older, but remains just as eccentric and reckless as before. Once again, he deals with the topics of male love and spirituality, recollecting current and past romances, odes to mentors and holy figures, as well as experiments with diverse poetic forms, including the haiku, the sonnet, the ghazal and the jueju. Heartfelt, surreal and evocative, these poems are a splendid addition to the growing body of Singapore literature.

Mother Of All Questions

Mother Of All Questions

Mother of All Questions is Grace Chia's third poetry collection about womanhood exploring what home means, how personal identities intersect and the meaning of life by examining domestic psychodrama, childhood innocence, gendered rebellion and the intimate dynamics of love, desire and loss. In Chia's lyrical and elegiac poetry, she makes putty of the female body's vast and richly textured landscape to mould stories of sentiment and the sensuous into callused and tender truths.

Sikit-Sikit Lama-Lama Jadi Bukit: An Anthology

Sikit-Sikit Lama-Lama Jadi Bukit: An Anthology

This anthology features award-winning poets such as Cultural Medallion recipients - Mohamed Latiff Mohamed and Suratman Makasan, accomplished poet-painters like Abdul Ghani Hamid and Suraidi Sipan, our brilliant Sufi poet - Johar Buang, as well as young talents such as Zulfadli Rashid and Noorhaqmal Mohamed Noor. Our acclaimed female poets Hadijah Rahmat, Amanah Mustafi and Kamaria Buang, also illuminate this poetic journey. These voices have been nothing but enlightening and empowering as they bear witness to the challenges and concerns of the people in the midst of change and transformation.

Story Of Number Nine, The

Story Of Number Nine, The

If Numbers had a life, what story would they tell? What personality would each number possess? What lessons would they teach us? Number Nine, although a smart and intellectual chap (with a big head), is frustrated about his position as the last number on Infinity Island. He sets off on a journey across his mystical home to prove his worth to the other numbers. Driven by ambition (and also insecurity) and using his intellect, he succeeds but only to realise that a person's significance is not found in how big or small you are. In uncovering the tale, young readers will also be inspired to creatively imagine the stories of different idioms (At Sixes and Sevens, On All Fours, On Cloud Nine... etc), using situations that the different Numbers would experience. This provides learning opportunities for young readers to better understand these idioms and express themselves better.

Twin Cities: An Anthology Of Twin Cinema From Singapore And Hong Kong

Twin Cities: An Anthology Of Twin Cinema From Singapore And Hong Kong

In this anthology, poets from the twin cities of Singapore and Hong Kong tackle the challenge of the twin cinema form in tandem with their own interpretation of lines that bind or divide us. We share a familiar postcolonial history, rich financial centres and trading ports bustling with energy, in the shadow of a hinterland yawning across the water. Yet we also rival each other ceaselessly, and are cleaved by language, geography, and politics. This is fertile ground for a poetry of proposition or opposition - and may it grow cities.

Death Wish

Death Wish

Gwee Li Sui once again shatters expectations from his verse with this gloriously macabre book. Death Wish distils almost two decades of his personal meditations on the state of death-in-life. In a series of charged, reinventive styles, the poems bring shape to dying in monotony, love, reason, indignation, religiosity, and memory. This collection is a striking invitation to understand our psyche's regressive tendency towards self-destruction.

My Love Is Blind

My Love Is Blind

Tan Guan Heng lost his sight at the age of 28. In his first novel, he paints a nostalgic picture of Singapore on the brink of independence. With biting honesty and ironic humour, this novel brings to life the world of the blind and their sighted helpers. More than twenty years after its first publication in 1995, My Love is Blind has retained its enduring appeal as one of Singapore's most extraordinary and memorable novels. Asiapac Books is pleased to launch a special edition of this groundbreaking novel, updated with an epilogue and a new foreword by Dr. Tommy Koh, and an afterword by literary critic, Gwee Li Sui.

Final Resting Place

Final Resting Place

Abandoned by his own parents at the Bukit Brown cemetery, the boy has to find a way out. Lost among the graves, he can only rely on his wits and resourcefulness. Will he prevail or perish?

Rockefeller & The Demise Of Ibu Pertiwi

Rockefeller & The Demise Of Ibu Pertiwi

In 1961, and one month following the disappearance of Michael C. Rockefeller off the southern coast of what was then known as Dutch Western New Guinea, Indonesia invaded and annexed the territory and commenced the systematic slaughter of indigenous Papuans, to pave the way for a massive wave of transmigrated Javanese. With the meteoric rise of the new powerhouses, China and India, Indonesian-occupied West Papua's wealth of oil, gas and minerals precipitates an international power-play for control over the vast natural resources. Decades have passed since the twenty-three year old Rockefeller disappeared - long presumed dead, when sightings of the heir are widely reported. Demands for West Papuan independence gain momentum and Australia is again drawn into military conflict with the Indonesian Motherland, Ibu Pertiwi.

Garden Of Foolish Indulgences, The

Garden Of Foolish Indulgences, The

In 1915, Han Wai Toon left Hainan Island to seek his fortune in Singapore. Through hard work, self-study and ingenuity, he become a global expert in diverse fields from ceramics, agriculture to Taoist deities. His rambutan orchard was particularly well-known and frequented by Chinese literati then, oddly because the rambutans were cultivated to taste like the lychees in his hometown. Some 90 years later, Ye Feng'an comes to Singapore with his family to seek better prospects for his son. One day, his encounter with a fruit seller sets Feng'an to delve into the world of little-known Han Wai Toon.

Island Secrets: Stories Of Love, Lust And Loss From Bali

Island Secrets: Stories Of Love, Lust And Loss From Bali

This is a collection of stories of lives fraught with scandal, conflict, heartache and despair. A western wife of a Balinese man enjoys a happy marriage and all the trappings of island wealth but the arrival of a man from home throws her life into turmoil as she surrenders to his seduction. A successful middle-aged ad exec leaves his family to become an artist; he lives an enviable life with a beautiful woman half his age but he soon finds himself weary of paradise. A recently divorced woman goes on a solo holiday and is irresistibly drawn to an attractive young man of dubious intentions.

Where The Sunrise Is Red

Where The Sunrise Is Red

The year is 1950. Malaya is in the grip of Emergency Rule sparked off by the brutal murder of three British planters by Communist insurgents. In Somerset, Ruth Lampard, young and newly married, finds herself abandoned by her husband Mark, who has been posted to Malaya to manage a rubber plantation. On arrival in Malaya, she discovers his affair with May, his beautiful and young Chinese housekeeper. After Mark is taken away to the jungle by insurgents, May marries Hugh Anderson, his best friend. When she meets Ruth, she realises that she has caused Ruth great unhappiness because of her past relationship with Mark. Following Mark's death, she takes Ruth under her care. Both women eventually find happiness and peace through their bonding and return to England to live out their days. Engaging, atmospheric and sensuous, Where the Sunrise is Red is Chan Ling Yap at her best to date.

Sacred Waters

Sacred Waters

Orphaned as a child and widowed at thirteen, Sita has always known the shame of being born female in Indian society. Her life constrained and shaped by the men around her, she could not be more different from her daughter, Amita, a headstrong university professor determined to live life on her own terms. While trying to unravel the mysteries in her mother's past, Amita encounters a traumatic event that leads her down the path of self-discovery. Unfolding simultaneously, their stories are set against the dramatic sweep of India's anti-colonial struggle in the 1940s, and move between past and present, from rural India to the chaotic Burmese battlefront where Sita experiences life as a recruit in the Indian National Army, to modern-day Singapore. Richly layered and beautifully evocative, the novel is a compelling exploration of two women's struggle to assert themselves in male-dominated societies of both the past and the present.

Escape Velocity: How Fast Do You Have To Drive To Escape The Suburbs

Escape Velocity: How Fast Do You Have To Drive To Escape The Suburbs

In the movie version, I start to merge with the car. The shifter grows into my hand, which quickly becomes metal. Wiry tentacles grow out of the back of the seat and attach themselves to my brain stem. My eyes discover a Terminator-like Heads-Up Display, and my foot grows into the accelerator pedal. My heart beats in synch with the tach and all the gauges register across my face. I'm becoming one with the machine. There's no telling where the Firebird ends, and I begin. I am the car. The car is me. I am the road. The journey is the destination. There's nowhere to go and yet, no turning back. There is only the drive, the car and the driver, and all are one.


Politics & Economics
Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics And Institutions

Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics And Institutions

This book explores the interconnection between geopolitical context and the ways this context frames our knowledge about Asia, highlighting previously neglected cause-effect relations. It also examines how various knowledge institutions promote and shape Asian Studies. The authors seek to explain why Asian Studies and its subfields developed in the way they did, and what the implications of these transformations might be on intellectual and political understandings of Asia. The book not only builds on the current debates on the decolonization and de-imperialization of knowledge about Asia; it also proposes a more multifaceted view rather than just examining the impact of the West on the framing of Asian Studies.

Politics Of (No) Elections In Thailand, The: Lessons From The 2011 General Election

Politics Of (No) Elections In Thailand, The: Lessons From The 2011 General Election

The book was borne out of the idea that the 2011 election represents a paradigm shift in the history of Thai electoral politics. Data collected by King Prajadhipok's Institute before and after the 2011 election, mostly through face-to-face interviews, came to substantiate this claim. The data paints a picture of a well-informed and mature Thai electorate in all parts of the kingdom. Contrary to the conclusions drawn by some earlier research, the data here shows that the most knowledgeable and most informed of all voters in Thailand are northeastern people, outperforming voters in Bangkok in their knowledge of the candidates and the issues by a significant margin. In other words, the scholars in this book argue against the traditional anti-election discourse, which assumes alleged ignorance on the part of Thai voters (especially in the Northeast) and compares provincial members of Parliament to wild animals.

Media And Elections: Democratic Transition In Malaysia

Media And Elections: Democratic Transition In Malaysia

This book examines the central role of the media in Malaysian electoral contests. The book unpacks how a potent mix of regulation and crony media ownership in Malaysia has created a mainstream media that is biased towards the ruling regime, especially during elections. Drawing from research into how the different media tried to impact voter behaviour during the 13th General Election, the authors in this volume forecast that the online landscape is where the communications contest will play out in the 14th General Election. In the run up to the next general election, political opinion continues to be polarised over social media in Malaysia. This has prompted the government to legislate the online space which has in turn implications for freedom of expression. This book is highly recommended to academics, analysts, civil society activists, commentators, election candidates, journalists, media owners, voters and all others interested in freedom of expression and online electoral communications is Malaysia.

Universal Periodic Review Of Southeast Asia, The: Civil Society Perspectives

Universal Periodic Review Of Southeast Asia, The: Civil Society Perspectives

The research presented in this book provides a stakeholder analysis of human rights protection at a time when the region appears to be regressing into an insidious and deep authoritarianism. As political space shrinks in Southeast Asia, the book provides an insight into how civil society engaged with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council during the first (2008-2011) and second (2012-2016) cycles. Through evidence-based research, the authors in this volume identify gaps in human rights reporting and advocacy during the UPR, notably on civil and political issues such as the right to life, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and belief, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention and claims for greater autonomy.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #02: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia In Johor - New Party, Big Responsibility

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #02: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia In Johor - New Party, Big Responsibility

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) was officially launched on 14 January 2017, led by prominent personalities including former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Identity politics is a major hurdle for PPBM. The presence of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) in the Pakatan Harapan coalition - of which PPBM is a member - is a hurdle in attracting Malay support. Among Malay voters, DAP is perceived as a threat to Malay privileges. At the same time, PPBM leaders in Johor believe that their contribution towards the coalition is not yet fully recognized by their coalition partners who insist that PPBM contests only in constituencies with a large Malay population. Areas with a high percentage of Malay voters are difficult for PPBM to win because UMNO tends to enjoy huge support in such constituencies, and PPBM leaders argue that they deserve more mixed seats to run in as well. Winning Johor, or some other state, is crucial for PPBM. Should the coalition fail to win at the federal level, PPBM will need a base to avoid disintegration.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #01: Logistics Development In Asean - Complex Challenges Ahead

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #01: Logistics Development In Asean - Complex Challenges Ahead

Growing urbanization, increasing trade and investment due to integration, and emerging new business models like e-commerce are accelerating the demand for efficient logistics in each ASEAN country. The logistics sector is inherently complex due to its scope, ranging from physical infrastructure covering four modes of transport, customs, and services. Each of these sub-sectors is regulated by different government agencies, leading to complex challenges in each country's logistics sector. Policymaking has a tendency to be done piecemeal rather than integratively, while a more or less fragmented governance structure impedes implementation. ASEAN liberalization commitments focusses on raising the cap on foreign equity, while regulatory reform remains untouched. Also, flexibility offered in these commitments allows for non-compliance.

Scourge Of Poverty And Proselytism, The

Scourge Of Poverty And Proselytism, The

This book is based on a report commissioned by the Bangkok-based World Buddhist University that focused on the socio-economic and cultural challenges facing Buddhist communities in Asia with a case study of Sri Lanka. The research also looked at Buddhist social services that function with very little assistance from abroad, and why they are unable to counter the activities of Christian and Islamic evangelical groups who have huge financial resources from overseas to target Buddhists for conversions exploiting their poverty. The report's conclusions and recommendation includes an urgent need for a well coordinated international Buddhist charity - similar to the Catholic World Vision - to help empower these grassroots Buddhist communities; strict monitoring of NGO funding from overseas; need for a Community Harmony Bill (not an Anti-Conversion Bill); strict zoning laws to control 'illegal' construction of churches, mosques and temples; and concerted efforts by the Buddhists to convince other religious minorities that Sri Lanka's unique and rich Buddhist heritage belongs to all Sri Lankans.

Challenging Malaysia's Status Quo

Challenging Malaysia's Status Quo

History professor, consumer advocate, policy analyst and public intellectual par excellence Dr Lim Teck Ghee has put together this important collection of critical essays on the existential crisis of the Malaysian nation today. Through these essays, Dr Lim systematically exposes the poor state of governance in the Malaysian state and the flaws of its past and current policies. His pointed analyses of how and why we must change ineffectual and moribund policies is essential reading for academicians, politicians and activists. - Johan Saravanamuttu, Adjunct Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore.

China's One Belt One Road Initiative

China's One Belt One Road Initiative

This book studies the equilibrium or balance between the overland and maritime trade routes of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. The interpretive section examines contemporary media narratives related to the OBOR initiative and how contemporary commentators appropriate narratives about historical events related to the maritime Silk Road to interpret current policy agendas and legitimize diplomatic or economic exchanges. The empirical case study highlights the fact that Euro-China High Speed Rail (HSR) and Central Asia-China HSR are not viable at the moment as passenger volume is not sufficient to justify the HSR line. This section examines the overland route of the OBOR and looks at recent Chinese HSR history and conventional sub-high speed rail technology development, and identifies technical & economic criteria determining the appropriate technology for a certain line. It analyzes the various rail linkage projects currently under study in the OBOR framework, highlight the economic, bureaucratic and geo-political challenges that these projects likely face and lay down conditions that will determine the outcome of these projects.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #22: Malaysia's Bumiputera Preferential Regime And Transformation Agenda: Modified Programmes Unchanged System

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #22: Malaysia's Bumiputera Preferential Regime And Transformation Agenda: Modified Programmes Unchanged System

Malaysia has employed an extensive, constant and embedded Bumiputera preferential regime for several decades, but in recent years, the Bumiputera Economic Transformation Programme was introduced, aimed at building capable and competitive Bumiputera businesses, and reaching out to disadvantaged Bumiputera students. Official rhetoric and public discourse recurrently and erroneously maintain that need-based and merit-based affirmative action have replaced ethnicity-based programmes. The author proposes a systematic framework for integrating need-based selection (prioritizing the disadvantaged or limiting benefits to the already empowered) and merit-based selection (cultivating capable and competitive policy beneficiaries) as enhancements of the Bumiputera preferential regime, taking into account specific conditions and implications from three main policy spheres: higher education, high-level employment, and enterprise development.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #21: Parties In The Periphery: Organizational Dilemmas In Indonesia's Kepri Province

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #21: Parties In The Periphery: Organizational Dilemmas In Indonesia's Kepri Province

Political parties in Indonesia's Kepri (Kepulauan Riau, or Riau Islands) Province suffer from low organizational capacity. The set-up of their branch offices is barely adequate, with cadres and volunteers acting as the main administrators, while activities, funding and recruitment remain erratic, insufficient and disorganized. Electoral trends and the parties lack of organizational capacity have allowed for local figures to exercise greater influence, particularly during elections. In contrast, the parties themselves take a back seat during elections while their ground teams take charge. The parties' organizational incapacity in Kepri Province also translates into failure at the local level, and not much change can be expected in the near future.

In China's Backyard: Policies And Politics Of Chinese Resource Investments In Southeast Asia

In China's Backyard: Policies And Politics Of Chinese Resource Investments In Southeast Asia

"In this fascinating multi-disciplinary and multi-sited volume, the authors challenge reductionist and oversimplifying approaches to understanding China's engagement with Southeast Asia. Productively viewing these interactions through a 'resource lens', the editor has transcended disciplinary and area studies divides in order to assemble a dynamic and diverse group of scholars with extensive experience across Southeast Asia and in China, all while bringing together perspectives from resource economics, policy analysis, international relations, human geography, political ecology, history, sociology and anthropology." - Erik Harms, Department of Anthropology, Yale University

Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis To Confidence

Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis To Confidence

In 1998, wracked by financial turmoil and political upheaval, Indonesia seemed like a country on the brink of collapse. Yet it has more than turned its fortunes around. This book is the gripping inside account of Indonesia's steep decline after the Asian financial crisis and its improbable recovery and rise in the ensuing two decades. Blending first-rate journalism with in-depth research, it charts the country's difficult journey from a failing state to a confident young democracy and a fast-growing economy.

War For China's Wallet, The: Profiting From The The World Order

War For China's Wallet, The: Profiting From The The World Order

With Chinese-led initiatives such as One Belt One Road and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank combined with uncertainty due to US shifts in policy and apparent commitments over the past decade, the stakes are high for companies looking to profit from the world's newest superpower. China has become the second largest market for Fortune 500 companies like Starbucks, Apple, and Nike and drives growth for Hollywood and commodity products. Yet the profits come at a price for countries and companies alike - they must adhere to the political goals of Beijing or else face economic punishment or outright banishment. Using primary research from interviews with hundreds of business executives and government officials, this book will help companies understand how to profit from China's outbound economic plans as well as a shifting consumer base that is increasingly nationalistic.

China Paradox, The: At The Front Line Of Economic Transformation

China Paradox, The: At The Front Line Of Economic Transformation

Business strategist and historian Dr. Paul G. Clifford uses vivid examples from his deep experience in China to lay bare the delicate and fragile balance of forces which lie at the heart of China's success. He explains how, against all the odds, the ruling Communist Party boldly led the economic reforms as the surest way to preserve their grip on power. This flourishing of China's hybrid developmental model is placed firmly in the historical context, shedding light on the legacies that thwarted earlier attempts at change and which today still threaten to render the progress unsustainable. China is taking its place on the world economic stage, displaying business acumen and innovation. But flawed political governance, coupled with the downside of breakneck growth, hampers China's ability to realize its potential and casts a shadow over its longer-term prospects.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #20: The 2017 Johor Survey: Selected Findings

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #20: The 2017 Johor Survey: Selected Findings

ISEAS commissioned the 2017 Johor Survey to understand Johor residents' attitudes towards state and federal government, the economy, Islamic identity, the Johor royal family, as well as development projects like Iskandar Malaysia. This is a presentation of selected findings from the survey. The Johor royal family is viewed as a good steward of Johor's resources and is believed to look after the personal interests of citizens. Many also believe that the Johor Sultan should intervene in politics when necessary. However, a slight majority agree that the Johor royalty should refrain from business ventures. With regard to Islam, the vast majority of Malay respondents see Malaysia as an "Islamic state". This majority also believe that increased Islamic religiosity is a positive development for society. More than half of the Malay respondents would like hudud laws to be applied to non-Muslims as well. The majority of Malay respondents also believe that JAKIM should regulate Muslim behaviour and that Malay culture is not becoming more Arabized.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #19: Malaysia's Electoral Process: The Methods And Cost Of Perpetuating Umno Rule

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #19: Malaysia's Electoral Process: The Methods And Cost Of Perpetuating Umno Rule

Malaysia will hold its 14th general election before August 2018, bringing renewed focus on the nature of political competition in the country. This paper provides a systematic overview of the electoral process and an assessment of how it shapes the country's political environment. The high degree of electoral manipulation in Malaysia, juxtaposed against its successful developmental record and relative social stability, makes the country an important case for the growing body of research on electoral integrity and malpractice.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #18: Harnessing The Potential Of The Indonesian Diaspora

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #18: Harnessing The Potential Of The Indonesian Diaspora

In recent years, the Indonesian government has increased efforts to harness the economic, political, and social potential of its diaspora. Current estimates put the number of overseas Indonesians at up to 8 million people worldwide. Members of the Indonesian diaspora are lobbying for legislative amendments, including dual citizenship, parliamentary representation, property ownership rights, and constitutional recognition. The Indonesian government needs to take the potential of its diaspora seriously in order to harness their enormous capital and skills contribution.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #17: The Central Role Of Thailand's Internal Security Operations Command In The Post-Counter-Insurgency Period

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #17: The Central Role Of Thailand's Internal Security Operations Command In The Post-Counter-Insurgency Period

The Thai military's Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) was in charge of a wide range of civil affairs projects during the country's struggle with the communist insurgency between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s. These projects provided justification for the military to routinely penetrate the socio-political sphere. Since the Cold War drew to a close, little attention has been paid to ISOC's role and power within the state apparatus. Since the coups of September 2006 and May 2014 that toppled the elected governments, ISOC has been dangerously empowered and increasingly employed by the military regimes to dictate the country's political direction. The power of the Thai military is exerted not only through its use of force but also by means of its socio-political arms. ISOC represents a potent tool with which conservative elites can undermine and control electoral democracy and through which the military can maintain its power.

Khaki Capital: The Political Economy Of The Military In Southeast Asia

Khaki Capital: The Political Economy Of The Military In Southeast Asia

Although Southeast Asia has seen the emergence of civilian rule, the military continues to receive much of national budgets and, with significant assets and economic activities, often possesses enormous economic clout - enhancing its political power while hindering civilian rule and democratization. The political economy of the military in less developed countries is thus a crucial subject area in these terms. This study, the first of its kind covering Southeast Asia, examines such 'khaki capital' in seven countries - Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines and Indonesia - individual chapters being devoted to each of them. Each case study analyses the historical evolution of khaki capital in that country; the effect of internal and external factors (e.g. military unity and globalization) in this trajectory; and how the resulting equilibrium has affected civil-military relations.

Digital World War: Islamists, Extremists And The Fight For Cyber Supremacy

Digital World War: Islamists, Extremists And The Fight For Cyber Supremacy

Social media has dominated the discourse of recent events in the Muslim world - from the Arab Spring and its aftermath to ISIS's online recruitment. Yet the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks have received little attention. Haroon Ullah investigates the unprecedented impact of social media across the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Southeast Asia and demonstrates how it has profoundly changed relationships between regimes and peoples, and within populations - mostly, but not always, for the better. He considers its apparent inherently "democratic," anti-establishment revolutionary impact, as well as how religious conservatives and extremists have co-opted various platforms. He goes on to show how political parties, corporations, and governments have learned to exploit digital tools to target and mobilize audiences, to ultimately achieve power and status. Identifying key trends across the Muslim world, Ullah outlines what a proper understanding of social media can teach us about regional and international politics and diplomacy.

Listening In: Cybersecurity In An Insecure Age

Listening In: Cybersecurity In An Insecure Age

New technologies have provided both incredible convenience and new threats. The same kinds of digital networks that allow you to hail a ride using your smartphone let power grid operators control a country's electricity-and these personal, corporate, and government systems are all vulnerable. And yet despite such documented risks, government agencies, whose investigations and surveillance are stymied by encryption, push for a weakening of protections. In this accessible and riveting read, Susan Landau makes a compelling case for the need to secure our data, explaining how we must maintain cybersecurity in an insecure age.

Islamism: A History Of Political Islam From The Fall Of The Ottoman Empire To The Rise Of Isis

Islamism: A History Of Political Islam From The Fall Of The Ottoman Empire To The Rise Of Isis

A political, social, and cultural battle is currently raging in the Middle East. On one side are the Islamists, those who believe Islam should be the region's primary identity. In opposition are nationalists, secularists, royal families, military establishments, and others who view Islamism as a serious threat to national security, historical identity, and a cohesive society. This provocative, vitally important work explores the development of the largest, most influential Islamic groups in the Middle East over the past century. Tarek Osman examines why political Islam managed to win successive elections and how Islamist groups in various nations have responded after ascending to power. He dissects the alliances that have formed among Islamist factions and against them, addressing the important issues of Islamism's compatibility with modernity, with the region's experiences in the twentieth century, and its impact on social contracts and minorities. He explains what Salafism means, its evolution, and connections to jihadist groups in the Middle East. Osman speculates on what the Islamists' prospects for the future will mean for the region and the rest of the world.

Challenges Of Governance In A Complex World, The

Challenges Of Governance In A Complex World, The

Peter Ho, former Head of the Singapore Civil Service, was the Institute of Policy Studies' 2016/17 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book collects the four IPS-Nathan Lectures that he delivered between April and May 2017, and gathers highlights of his dialogues with the audience. Ho surveys the increasingly complex world, and suggests what governments can do to prepare for the future - even as no one can predict it. He uses metaphors such as the "black elephant" and concepts like the "dialectic of governance" to explain how a systematic approach to thinking about the future can help countries in general - and Singapore in particular - build resilience and develop a comparative advantage in the face of uncertainty and rapid change.

1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On (Second Edition)

1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On (Second Edition)

Survivors of Operation Spectrum-the alleged Marxist conspiracy-speak up in this volume. For many of them, this is the first time that they cast their minds back to 1987 and try to make sense of the incident. What they did in that period was meaningful and totally legitimate. Their families and friends share the same view. The detainees were subjected to ill-treatment, humiliation, and manipulated television appearances. Under duress, and threatened with indefinite imprisonment without trial, they had to make statutory declarations against their will. It is hoped that with this publication, Singaporeans will know what actually happened and decide for themselves if there was a national security threat that necessitated the mounting of Operation Spectrum.

Labor

Labor

Labor is the source of all wealth. Without workers, the world's natural resources cannot be transformed into finished goods and services cannot be delivered. Labor, though, is a uniquely important resource because, unlike others, it is capable of altering its own conditions of existence and of challenging how it is used. In this book, Andrew Herod offers an original and wide-ranging analysis of labor as a multifaceted and truly global resource. He concludes by surveying some of the ways in which working people are taking action to improve their lives, including forming trade unions and other labor organizations, occupying factories in places like Argentina and Greece, and establishing anti-sweatshop campaigns.

Services Liberalization In Asean: Foreign Direct Investment In Logistics

Services Liberalization In Asean: Foreign Direct Investment In Logistics

The services sector plays an important role in ASEAN economies as it accounts for about half of the regions GDP and more than 45 per cent of its total employment. Logistics is an important industry in the services sector. The integration of logistics is important for deepening economic integration in ASEAN as it facilitates the movement of goods, services and people within and across countries, among producers and from producers to consumers. This book examines the current state of services liberalization in the ten ASEAN economies. It also assesses the FDI enabling environment and the extent of FDI liberalization in the logistics sector as well as the liberalization challenges encountered in each of the ASEAN economies. The book, thus, provides a comparative picture of services liberalization as well as the state of logistics liberalization and development in each of the ten ASEAN member countries.

Chinese Ways Of Being Muslim: Negotiating Ethnicity And Religiosity In Indonesia

Chinese Ways Of Being Muslim: Negotiating Ethnicity And Religiosity In Indonesia

Many recent works on Muslim societies have pointed to the development of 'de-culturalization' and 'purification' of Islamic practices. Instead, by exploring architectural designs, preaching activities, cultural celebrations, social participations and everyday practices, this book describes and analyses the formation and contestation of Chinese Muslim cultural identities in today's Indonesia. Chinese Muslim leaders strategically promote their unique identities by rearticulating their histories and cultivating ties with Muslims in China. Yet, their intentional mixing of Chineseness and Islam does not reflect all aspects of the multilayered and multifaceted identities of ordinary Chinese Muslims - there is not a single 'Chinese way of being Muslim' in Indonesia. Moreover, the assertion of Chinese identity and Islamic religiosity does not necessarily imply racial segregation and religious exclusion, but can act against them.

Killing Season, The: A History Of The Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66

Killing Season, The: A History Of The Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66

This book explores one of the largest and swiftest, yet least examined, instances of mass killing and incarceration in the twentieth century-the shocking antileftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965-66, leaving some five hundred thousand people dead and more than a million others in detention. An expert in modern Indonesian history, genocide, and human rights, Geoffrey Robinson sets out to account for this violence and to end the troubling silence surrounding it. Challenging conventional narratives of the mass violence of 1965-66 as arising spontaneously from religious and social conflicts, Robinson argues convincingly that it was instead the product of a deliberate campaign, led by the Indonesian Army. He also details the critical role played by the United States, Britain, and other major powers in facilitating mass murder and incarceration. Robinson concludes by probing the disturbing long-term consequences of the violence for millions of survivors and Indonesian society as a whole. Based on a rich body of primary and secondary sources, The Killing Season is the definitive account of a pivotal period in Indonesian history. It also makes a powerful contribution to wider debates about the dynamics and legacies of mass killing, incarceration, and genocide.

Cold War Monks: Buddhism And America's Secret Strategy In Southeast Asia

Cold War Monks: Buddhism And America's Secret Strategy In Southeast Asia

How did the U.S. government make use of a "Buddhist policy" in Southeast Asia during the Cold War despite the American principle that the state should not meddle with religion? To answer this question, Eugene Ford delved deep into an unprecedented range of U.S. and Thai sources and conducted numerous oral history interviews with key informants. Ford uncovers a riveting story filled with U.S. national security officials, diplomats, and scholars seeking to understand and build relationships within the Buddhist monasteries of Southeast Asia. This fascinating narrative provides a new look at how the Buddhist leaderships of Thailand and its neighbors became enmeshed in Cold War politics and in the U.S. government's clandestine efforts to use a predominant religion of Southeast Asia as an instrument of national stability to counter communist revolution.

Handbook On The History Of Economic Analysis Volume Ii: Schools Of Thought In Economics

Handbook On The History Of Economic Analysis Volume Ii: Schools Of Thought In Economics

Volume II contains entries on the major schools of economic thought and analysis. These schools differ with regard to their 'vision' of the working of the economic system, the major forces and interactions that shape its path, and the policy recommendations proposed. At any moment of time, several such schools typically compete with one another, striving for dominance within the economic and political discourse.

Rethinking The Economics Of Land And Housing

Rethinking The Economics Of Land And Housing

Why are house prices in many advanced economies rising faster than incomes? Why isn't land and location taught or seen as important in modern economics? What is the relationship between the financial system and land? In this accessible but provocative guide to the economics of land and housing, the authors reveal how many of the key challenges facing modern economies - including housing crises, financial instability and growing inequalities - are intimately tied to the land economy. Looking at the ways in which discussions of land have been routinely excluded from both housing policy and economic theory, the authors show that in order to tackle these increasingly pressing issues a major rethink by both politicians and economists is required.

Pocket Piketty

Pocket Piketty

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been hailed as a masterpiece, making a powerful case that wealth inequality is not an accident, but rather an inherent feature of capitalism. But how many of us who bought or borrowed the book have read more than a fraction of its 700+ pages? And how many of Piketty's groundbreaking ideas have gone unappreciated, all for want of intellectual stamina? In this handy volume, Jesper Roine - whose own work was relied upon by Piketty - explains in clear and accessible prose the key concepts behind, and controversies surrounding, Piketty's landmark work.

Delicate Relationship, A: The United States And Burma/Myanmar Since 1945

Delicate Relationship, A: The United States And Burma/Myanmar Since 1945

In 2012, Barack Obama became the first US president to visit Myanmar. This marked a new period in the two countries' sinuous diplomatic relationship, which Kenton Clymer examines in A Delicate Relationship. From the challenges of decolonization and heightened nationalism after World War II, to the Cold War concern with domino states, to the rise of human rights policy in the 1980s, Clymer demonstrates how Burma/Myanmar has fit into the broad patterns of US foreign policy and yet has never been fully integrated into diplomatic efforts in Southeast Asia.

Rise Of The Octobrists In Contemporary Thailand, The: Power And Conflict Among Former Left Wing Student Activists In Thai Politics

Rise Of The Octobrists In Contemporary Thailand, The: Power And Conflict Among Former Left Wing Student Activists In Thai Politics

This book chronicles the history of the "Octobrist" students in Thai politics from the 1970s to the present. It examines the reasons why these former leftist student activists have managed to remain a significant force over the past three decades despite the collapse of left-wing politics in Thailand at both the national and international levels. At the same time, it asks why the Octobrists have become increasingly divided, particularly during the last decade's protracted conflict in Thai politics. In addition, it fills in gaps in studies of leftists in transition at the global level on the question of the historical development of leftist and progressive forces in the post-Cold War era. The book is also important for readers interested in social movement theory, demonstrating how it has influenced political actors outside the boundaries of typical social movements. Finally, political opportunity structure, resource mobilization theory, and the framing process are used to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the origins, emergence, and transformation of the Octobrists in contemporary Thai politics.

Ethnic And Religious Identities And Integration In Southeast Asia

Ethnic And Religious Identities And Integration In Southeast Asia

The research presented in this volume analyzes the impact of ethnic change and religious traditions on local, national, and regional identities. Case studies include the Bru population in Laos/Vietnam, hill tribe populations without citizenship in northern Thailand, the Lua also in northern Thailand, the Pakistani community in Penang, the Rohingya in Myanmar, the Leke religious movement in Thailand/Myanmar, political Islam in Indonesia, Sufi Muslims in Thailand, pluralism in Penang, the Preah Vihear dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, and hero cult worship in Lan Na. Historians and social anthropologists variously tackle these issues of identity and integration within the kaleidoscope of ethnicities, religions, languages, and cultures that make up Southeast Asia.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #15: The Growing

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #15: The Growing "Strategic Partnership" Between Indonesia And China Faces Difficult Challenges

Jakarta-Beijing relations have experienced significant progress, especially since the Yudhoyono presidency. Economic links between the two countries have expanded rapidly and tourism and cultural exchanges have also shown improvements. Issues that may affect Indonesia-China relations negatively in the future include: mainland Chinese workers in joint projects; the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Natuna Islands; the rise of pribumi-ism in Indonesia; domestic anti-Chinese sentiments; and changes in China's policy on Chinese overseas.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #14: The Rising Politics Of Indigeneity In Southeast Asia

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #14: The Rising Politics Of Indigeneity In Southeast Asia

Amidst rising trends of nativism and xenophobia throughout Southeast Asia, a related yet distinct movement framed around altogether different notions of indigeneity is occurring among various long-oppressed ethnic minorities. The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Foundation based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is playing a key role in promoting solidarity, networking and capacity-building among indigenous peoples in Asia as well as linking local communities with international funders and advocates. As highly marginalized communities residing predominantly in the regions natural-resource-rich areas, indigenous peoples are bearing the brunt of the downside of ASEAN's ambitious investment plan and resource-extractive model of development.

Lee's Lieutenants: Singapore's Old Guard (Revised Edition)

Lee's Lieutenants: Singapore's Old Guard (Revised Edition)

A classic in the historiography of the city-state, Lee's Lieutenants argues that a sovereign and successful Singapore was not built by a single great leader but by a magnificent team; each a leader in his own right. Across eight meticulously-argued chapters, filled with vivid photographs that capture key historical moments, leading scholars examine Singapore's first generation leaders - affectionately and reverentially referred to as the Old Guard. This Revised Edition reflects on the passing of most of the Old Guard and its implications for the contested Singapore Story. It also tells the story behind the book: its genesis, its controversy, how it became a national bestseller and its subsequent 'mainstreaming' in the Singapore Narrative.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #13: The Peace Process And Civil-Military Relations During The Nld Administration's First Year

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #13: The Peace Process And Civil-Military Relations During The Nld Administration's First Year

Peace and political considerations are priorities in Myanmar as indicated by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's frequent pronouncements. Stakeholders including ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) appear willing to engage further at the negotiating table although the Tatmadaw (military) has stuck to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) route reiterated by the National League for Democracy (NLD) government at the 21st Century Panglong Conference. The Tatmadaw has softened its views on federalism, and although military operations drew criticisms, inter-elite relations especially between the NLD and the Tatmadaw appear to be improving. Economic development is not high on the government's agenda as yet, and civil servant responses to the government-led reforms remain unchanged.

Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times, The: A History Of Now

Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times, The: A History Of Now

In a forensic examination of the world we now live in, acclaimed historian Michael Burleigh sets out to answer whether this is really the worst of times. Who could have imagined that China would champion globalization and lead the battle on climate change? Or that post-Soviet Russia might present a greater threat to the world's stability than ISIS? And while we may be on the cusp of still more dramatic change, perhaps the risks will - in time - bring not only change but a wholly positive transformation. Incisive, robust and always insightful, The Best of Times, The Worst of Times is both a dazzling tour d'horizon of the world as it is today and a surprisingly optimistic vision of the world as it might become.

Beautiful Country And The Middle Kingdom, The: America And China, 1776 To The Present

Beautiful Country And The Middle Kingdom, The: America And China, 1776 To The Present

While we tend to think of America's ties with China as starting in 1972 with the visit of President Richard Nixon to China, the patterns - rapturous enchantment followed by angry disillusionment - were set in motion hundreds of years earlier. A fascinating and thrilling account, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom is also an indispensable book for understanding the most important relationship between any two countries in the world.

Singapore, Incomplete: Reflections On A First World's Nation Arrested Political Development

Singapore, Incomplete: Reflections On A First World's Nation Arrested Political Development

As the government lays the ground for a transition to a fourth generation of leaders after the death of Lee Kuan Yew and its 2015 general election triumph, Cherian George considers the unfinished business of political liberalisation and multicultural integration. Singapore, Incomplete is a collection of personal reflections about the country's underdeveloped political culture and structure. "Ours is a middle-aged country with a maturing economy-but a political system that treats us like children," he argues. George calls for more open "rules of engagement" that will protect and celebrate a diversity of ideas and beliefs. He critiques Singapore's culture of fear, the lack of political transparency, and governmental groupthink.


Reference
Nuts And Bolts Of English Grammar, The

Nuts And Bolts Of English Grammar, The

This refreshing and informative guide takes readers on a journey through English grammar, moving from morphemes to words, and on to phrases, clauses and sentences, ending with a look at different ways in which sentences may be structured and punctuated. Lively, engaging, bite-sized exercises peppered throughout the book offer chances to apply newly acquired knowledge to common and much-debated issues in English grammar. In language as simple as possible, grammarians and teacher educators Norhaida Aman and Lugwig Tan explain how the grammar of English works, particularly in the classroom, media and workplace, so you'll never be persuaded to believe that students - all of them! - should be sent for counselling.


Religion & Philosophy
Buddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention

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

Q&A With An Islamophobe: Concise Responses To Counter Irrational Islamophobia

Q&A With An Islamophobe: Concise Responses To Counter Irrational Islamophobia

Concise responses to over 200 most vile, widely debunked and yet variedly repeated Islamophobic comments levelled against ordinary Muslims and Islam today by renowned Islamophobes, anti-Muslim groups, talk-show hosts, presidential candidates and right-wing politicians, either out of intolerance or ignorance. This book is a collection of such remarks and more importantly, long overdue counter-points responding to the oft-repeated Islamophobic statements increasingly commonplace today. Given the wide-ranging, divisive and worrying questions some of our children or teenage children are bound to be confronted with - or are asking - or sooner or later will start asking, this book will hopefully serve as a quick reference point.

Faith In An Age Of Terror

Faith In An Age Of Terror

Recent events have resulted in attention being increasingly drawn to the link between terrorism and religious belief, as both those responsible for terrorist acts and those who launch counter-terrorist actions justify what they do by appealing to religious teachings. Questions addressed include: What are the roots of violent human behaviour? Why does religious fundamentalism have violent potentials? What do the Bible and the Quran each say about religious violence? How should inter-religious dialogue be pursued, and what are appropriate ways for religious believers to commend their faith to those who do not share it? The nine essays in this multi-disciplinary volume focus on these urgent and difficult issues, drawing on insights from the fields of the social sciences, biblical studies, pastoral theology, inter-religious dialogue and public theology.

Holy Men, Holy Women: A Journey Into The Faiths Of Malaysians And Other Essays

Holy Men, Holy Women: A Journey Into The Faiths Of Malaysians And Other Essays

Needing a break from her first book, I Am Muslim, Dina Zaman embarked on a two-year journey around Malaysia - the length of the peninsula as well as Sabah and Sarawak. She met people of many faiths. And from these encounters she has woven together a tapestry of vital stories: of nuns and shamans, of silat practitioners who she inadvertently offended, of pilgrims and ustaz, of hijabis who pole dance, and she ended up in Memali to discover that tragic tale. This collection of essays - animated, engaging and provocative - opens a window on the sometimes troubled terrain of religious beliefs and practices. The accounts are personal and intimate, and at the same time throw light on some of the most pressing issues that confront society today: mindfulness and worldliness, interfaith relations and lifestyle choices, class and conviction, identity and religiosity.

Faith Of Our Father - The Discipleship Walk Of Peter Yap Huat Tuan

Faith Of Our Father - The Discipleship Walk Of Peter Yap Huat Tuan

This book provides a close-up view of Yap Huat Tuan Peter, a man who responded to the call of God and who walked as a disciple of Christ, as recounted by his five children. They fondly recall observing Pa's regular appointment with God and recount how the faith of their father was lived out, in his giving attention to the family, serving as a school teacher and ministering as led and enabled by the Lord. They know him as an ordinary man who walked each step fully reliant on the extraordinary God. His life and legacy continues today, evident in the lives of the people he mentioned and touched.

There Your Heart Will Be Also

There Your Heart Will Be Also

Written as a sequel to Where Your Treasure Is, this book features the work of the Sztos upon their return from Hokkaido after two decades of mission work. In Singapore, they spent eight years training new missionaries, when Melville served as Dean of the Asian Cross-cultural Training Institute. Then they took off to Hokkaido again for another eight years of evangelism and church-planting work until their retirement from field ministry in 2010. The author shares first-hand knowledge and experience about raising a family and educating children on the mission field. This book is a valuable resource for those looking to gain practical understanding of foreign mission, and of what Northern Japan is like, beyond what is portrayed by media and popular culture.

Where Your Treasure Is

Where Your Treasure Is

A little over two years after it welcomed the first Japanese to its Sunday worship service, Itoi Church, located in a small town in Hokkaido, baptised its first believer in 1982. During the baptism service, the visibly nervous young believer stood up to share his testimony. It was an act that took great courage, but it was the first visible fruit of three years ploughing, sowing and watering, and it marked the beginning of an amazing chain of events that would lead to more conversions and baptisms. In this autobiography, Melville Szto recounts his pioneering church-planting experiences in Japan - as well as his own spiritual journey - and gives readers inspiring glimpses of the grace of God at work in yielded lives and the power of God at work in hard places.

Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam In Comparative Perspective

Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam In Comparative Perspective

Cosmopolitan ideals and pluralist tendencies have been employed creatively and adapted carefully by Muslim individuals, societies and institutions in modern Southeast Asia to produce the necessary contexts for mutual tolerance and shared respect between and within different groups in society. Organised around six key themes that interweave the connected histories of three countries in Southeast Asia - Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia - this book shows the ways in which historical actors have promoted better understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in the region. Case studies from across these countries of the Malay world take in the rise of the network society in the region in the 1970s up until the early 21st century, providing a panoramic view of Muslim cosmopolitan practices, outlook and visions in the region.

On Being The Antioch Of Asia: Global Missions And Missions Partnership Through Asian Lenses

On Being The Antioch Of Asia: Global Missions And Missions Partnership Through Asian Lenses

Has Singapore been living up to its call as the Antioch of Asia? What happens when churches carry out their missions programs without partnering with missions organisations? Is it healthy for churches to apply popular trends or ideas in missions across different cultural fields? W M Syn speaks to 60 missions leaders and pastors about the health of mission practices in churches in Singapore. While churches seem to be embracing this call to be the Antioch of Asia by sending out more missionaries, their lack of partnership with missions organisations and short-term strategies has also led to a host of problems that are negatively affecting the Singapore mission system. This book examines the effectiveness of popular trends and ideas in missions, highlights areas that need strengthening, and proposes a new model of missions partnership between local churches and agencies in order to enable Singapore to fulfil its call as the Antioch of Asia effectively.


Science & Technology
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. A vibrant record of engineering excellence, this book traces the goliath challenges impeding the nation's growth over the past five decades, and the engineering innovations that brought about wealth creation, higher standards of living, and enhanced liveability. 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.

Singapore Chronicles: Flora & Fauna

Singapore Chronicles: Flora & Fauna

The term "flora and fauna" refers to the plants and animals found in a particular region. Singapore's primeval vegetation has changed vastly over the past 200 years due to a range of human activities. Yet, Singapore is rich in plant and animal life - as found in the various terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. This book introduces some of the interesting and notable native plants and animals, in addition to highlighting the physical characteristics of each ecosystem and revealing the challenges that plants and animals need to overcome in order to survive. Readers will also get to know what Singapore has done to conserve its unique and precious natural heritage.

Birds Of Singapore

Birds Of Singapore

For a relatively tiny island, with such a high ratio of urban development, Singapore contains a surprisingly large number of birds - native species as well as seasonal visitors due to its strategic position on a migration route between temperate Asia and the eastern tropics. In this classic guide, Dr Christopher Hails leads the reader to all the major birdwatching habitats in Singapore, explaining changing patterns with shifting development and nature's fascinating adaptations to urban encroachment. His scholarly insights into migration, simplified for the lay reader, are enthralling and illuminating.

Stayin' Alive: Health Myths And Facts Uncovered

Stayin' Alive: Health Myths And Facts Uncovered

As society advances at breakneck speed amid widespread digital disruption and information avalanche - including the ever-increasing bombardment of contradictory advices and news on health - how do you stay healthy to live well? Stayin' Alive aims to empower readers to "think and live healthily" by uncovering common health myths and facts swirling around online and offline. Authored by leading cardiologist Dr Mak Koon Hou, this easy-to-read, informative and intriguing book helps you get your body in shape, understand the truth regarding diet and exercise, and finally, apply the knowledge daily.

Birds Of Java, Sumatra And Bali

Birds Of Java, Sumatra And Bali

This text is a compact, easy-to-use bird identification guide suitable for any birdwatcher visiting the Indonesian islands of Java, Sumatra and Bali. The book features descriptions of 236 species, thumbnail silhouettes for ease of use, up-to-date tips and information on bird biology and behaviour.


Social Issues
Crime And The Chinese Dream

Crime And The Chinese Dream

Although official propaganda emphasizes the Chinese Dream as the dream of all Chinese, the opportunities of achieving prosperity by legal means are distributed unequally. Crime and the Chinese Dream reveals how people on the margins of Chinese society find their way to the Chinese Dream through illegal or deviant behaviors. The case studies in this book include corrupt doctors in public hospitals in Beijing, fraudsters in a village called "cake uncles," illegal motorcycle taxi drivers in Guangzhou, drug users being "reeducated" in detention centers, and internet addicts who are treated as criminals by the system. Despite the patriotic and collectivistic tint of the official dream metaphor, the contributors to this volume show that the Chinese Dream is essentially a state capitalist dream, which is embedded within the problems and opportunities of capitalism, as well as a dream of control.

This Is What Inequality Looks Like

This Is What Inequality Looks Like

What is poverty? What is inequality? How are they connected? How are they reproduced? How might they be overcome? Why should we try? This book - an ethnography of inequality - addresses these questions. Formed by a series of essays, they are written to be read individually, but have been arranged to be read as a totality and in sequence. Each aims to accomplish two things: first, to introduce a key aspect of the experience of being low-income in contemporary Singapore. Second, to illustrate how people's experiences are linked to structural conditions of inequality. The way we frame our questions shapes the way we see solutions. This book does what appears to be a no-brainer task, but one that is missing and important: it asks readers to pose questions in different ways, to shift the vantage point from which they view 'common sense,' and in so doing, to see themselves as part of problems and potential solutions. This is a book about how seeing poverty entails confronting inequality. It is about how acknowledging poverty and inequality leads to uncomfortable revelations about our society and ourselves. And it is about how once we see, we cannot, must not, unsee.

From Bmf To 1Mdb: A Criminological And Sociological Discussion

From Bmf To 1Mdb: A Criminological And Sociological Discussion

Bumiputra Malaysia Finance Limited (BMF) was a financial institution set up in Hong Kong at the end of 1977. Its parent bank was the Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad (BBMB) which was established in 1965 with public funds to promote Bumiputera participation in the economy. In the 1980s, BMF lost M$2.5 billion, allegedly due to fraud and corruption, which could not be accounted for until today. 1MDB is a development company set up by the Malaysian government in 2009, with a focus on the long-term economic development of the country. However, within about eight years, it has run up more than RM42 billion in debts and key figures are tainted by allegations of abuse of power and corruption. It is therefore timely to revisit the BMF case, to discuss and compare it with the present interest in the 1MDB case. This book will highlight the alleged fraud and corruption that took place in both cases - tracing the money trail, the problematic structure of both organisations, the political and social structure and environment in Malaysia during the occurrence of both scandals, and finally compare both cases, to provide an analysis of the social and political progress of Malaysia in the last three decades.

Citizenship In Myanmar: Ways Of Being In And From Burma

Citizenship In Myanmar: Ways Of Being In And From Burma

This book brings together chapters by Burmese and foreign experts, and contributions from community and political leaders, who discuss the meaning of citizenship in Myanmar/Burma. The book explores citizenship in relation to three broad categories: issues of identity and conflict; debates around concepts and practices of citizenship; and inter- and intra-community issues, including Buddhist-Muslim relations. This is the first volume to address these issues, understanding and resolving which will be central to Myanmar's continued transition away from violence and authoritarianism.

Straits Eclectic

Straits Eclectic

Whenever the idealistic among us speak about a better Malaysia, we tend to focus on the thing that unite us: the food, the festivals, the cultural experiences that bind us together in a shared national fabric, ignoring the yawning gaps that weaken the weave and keep us from achieving lofty visions of development and progress. Straits Eclectric is a collection of essays by young Malaysians who stare straight into the void and attempt to understand the divides that exist between us, whatever East and West Malaysian and the rest of the world, between East and West Malaysians, between Malays and Chinese and lndians and Dan Lain Lain, between religion and culture, between past and present, between the person you were when you left and the person you had become by the time you returned.

Singapore Chronicles: Policing

Singapore Chronicles: Policing

Singapore is simultaneously praised for its extraordinary safety and criticised for its draconian laws. This primer seeks to explain Singapore's achievements in creating a law-abiding society by making public peace and wellbeing as well as security of life, limb and property a centrepiece of the good life. To that end, tough laws exist against crimes that attract capital and corporal punishment, narcotics, corruption, commercial crime and cybercrime. This book also examines the role played by the prison system, internal security laws, and border security in the state's overall approach to preserving a peaceful and secure nation.

Videocracy: How Youtube Is Changing The World... With Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, And Other Trends We Can't Stop Watching

Videocracy: How Youtube Is Changing The World... With Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, And Other Trends We Can't Stop Watching

What we watch, create, upload, follow, subscribe to and share matters. It reveals more about ourselves and our society than we could imagine. YouTube is the biggest pool of cultural data since the beginning of recorded communication, with four hundred hours of video uploaded every minute. Its viral fads, endless tutorials and colourful personalities provide us with surprisingly profound insight into human nature - in all its glory and ignominy. Through rousing and illuminating behind-the-scenes looks at beloved videos and famous trends, Videocracy reveals internet video's massive influence in our world, explains how awkward dance moves become global phenomena and paints a vivid, multi-layered and unexpected portrait of modern culture.

Art Of Advocacy In Singapore, The

Art Of Advocacy In Singapore, The

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

Social Futures Of Singapore Society

Social Futures Of Singapore Society

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

Thailand's Sustainable Development: Sourcebook Issues & Information. Ideas & Inspiration

Thailand's Sustainable Development: Sourcebook Issues & Information. Ideas & Inspiration

This timely and topical book showcases Thailand's involvement in what many believe is the most important movement of recent times: the quest for sustainable development. Covering key challenges, ongoing efforts and potential solutions. It provides an incredible array of information, ideas and inspiration through more than 60 articles on the subject, written by experts in the field. Released to coincide with the launch of the United Nations' Post-2015 Development Agenda, this book demonstrates how one country's leaders and people, led by the example and works of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, are striving to meet the challenges and opportunities created by this emerging movement of our times.

Making A Difference: Parents And Professionals In Partnership

Making A Difference: Parents And Professionals In Partnership

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

Survivors: Breaking The Silence On Child Sexual Abuse

Survivors: Breaking The Silence On Child Sexual Abuse

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

Crime Scene Asia: When Forensic Evidence Becomes The Silent Witness

Crime Scene Asia: When Forensic Evidence Becomes The Silent Witness

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

Unmasked: Being Authentic About Sexuality

Unmasked: Being Authentic About Sexuality

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

Asian Culture 41 (December 2017)

Asian Culture 41 (December 2017)

Asian Culture is a bilingual refereed journal published by the Singapore Society of Asian Studies.


Travel
200 Weekends In China: One Man's Conquest Of His Middle Kingdom Bucket List

200 Weekends In China: One Man's Conquest Of His Middle Kingdom Bucket List

In 1996, Alex stepped foot in China for the first time and set eyes on what would have kick-started his visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. Twenty-two years on, Alex is possibly the first (if not the only) person in the world to achieve the incredible feat of conquering and photographing all 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China. 200 Weekends in China is the culmination of Alex's audacious China dream, a personal journey which delves deep into his heritage, roots and Chinese history. It was a calling that led him to trek 130 mountains and retrace the trail of the rise of the Middle Kingdom from the beginning of civilisation to the end of feudalism and to the world power it is today. In that time, Alex also completed 30 marathons in China as part of his life goal to conquer 100 marathons around the world. The images in this book are captured through the lens of Alex, a passionate photographer, making his conquest an even more intimate one.

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road

Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn't the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of GBP750 - including for the flight home - he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond - and meet the people who lived and worked there. This is a true traveller's tale in the tradition of the best of the genre, populated by a cast of eccentric characters; from mujahideen fighters to the Russian mafia.