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Architecture
Grounding Urban Natures: Histories And Futures Of Urban Ecologies

Grounding Urban Natures: Histories And Futures Of Urban Ecologies

Case studies from cities on five continents demonstrate the advantages of thinking comparatively about urban environments. The global discourse around urban ecology tends to homogenize and universalize, relying on such terms as "smart cities," "eco-cities," and "resilience," and proposing a "science of cities" based largely on information from the Global North. This book makes the case for the importance of place and time in understanding urban environments. Rather than imposing a unified framework on the ecology of cities, the contributors use a variety of approaches across a range of of locales and timespans to examine how urban natures are part of-and are shaped by-cities and urbanization. The contributors consider the diversity of urban natures, analyzing urban ecologies that range from the coastal delta of New Orleans to real estate practices of the urban poor in Lagos. They examine the effect of popular movements on the meanings of urban nature in cities including San Francisco, Delhi, and Berlin. Finally, they explore abstract urban planning models and their global mobility, examining real-world applications in such cities as Cape Town, Baltimore, and the Chinese "eco-city" Yixing.

Contemporaneous Architecture Singapore

Contemporaneous Architecture Singapore

Contemporaneous Architecture celebrates 70 architectural projects that have shaped Singapore's landscape in the last 15 years. The selection includes works by renowned home-grown architects and President*s Design Award winners WOHA Architects Pte Ltd, DP Architects Pte Ltd and SCDA Architects Pte Ltd, as well as works from smaller and emerging practices such as Linghao Architects, Chang Architects, ip:li Architects, FARM Architects Pte Ltd, Red Bean Architects and Lekker Architects Pte Ltd.

Resilience Of Tradition, The: Malay Allusions In Contemporary Architecture

Resilience Of Tradition, The: Malay Allusions In Contemporary Architecture

In The Resilience of Tradition: Malay Allusions in Contemporary Architecture, the authors attempt to address rhetorical questions like how and to what extent contemporary Malaysian architecture is influenced by Malay culture, values and forms, and in what way is the Malay Modern situated within the discourse of contemporary tropical architecture? Can the evolution of Malay architecture answer the challenge of developing climatically appropriate eco-architecture? Such questions are being asked in Malaysian universities, and in international conferences looking at modernism, postmodernism, regionalism, tropical architecture, green building and sustainability.


Art
Just Another Day In Paradise

Just Another Day In Paradise

"The photographs in this book were taken by my late brother, Felix, between 2013 and early 2017. Felix was very passionate in photographing Singaporeans going about their daily lives. Despite his exhausting 12-hour shift at the data centre, he would capture these scenes on his way home from work or on his off-days. Rarely was he seen without his camera when he left home. Within a fraction of a second, Felix's style of capturing Singaporeans was consistently candid. He never interacted with the subjects, never had to make them pose for the camera, and they were usually unaware he had recorded that fleeting moment of their lives. His patient style of gradually blending into the crowd enabled him to highlight their emotions of joy, stress, relief, boredom, sadness, tiredness and of being absorbed in thought. While Felix took each shot individually, the pictures can be enjoyed on its own as a single strong image or even collectively as if going through your own daily routine of working, exercising, shopping, commuting or resting." - Gabriel Yeo, April 2019

Serve And F

Serve And F

For some artists, being in the army might be a straitjacket for creativity, but not Esmond Loh. For two years whilst serving in mandatory National Service, he armed himself with his sketchbook and pen, documenting his experience in the form of drawings and notes. Initially intended for personal reflection, this series of over 130 artworks and accompanying inscriptions represents a rare entry point into the often closed and esoteric rite of passage unique to Singaporean males. Keenly observed and underscored with affection and surprising emotional heft, this book details Loh's years in the military in ways that range from the mundane to the dramatic, evocative and downright comedic. Serve And F_______ is the entirely original and earnest result of the grappling of an artist with both the freedoms and limits that come with being in the military.

Soo Pieng: Drawings - A Centenary Reflection

Soo Pieng: Drawings - A Centenary Reflection

Cheong Soo Pieng (1917-1983) made more than 2,000 drawings in the course of his life's work, from which he produced a large body of major artworks in many expressions. He is now hailed as an important artist of the post-war Chinese diaspora. This book closely examines Soo Pieng's lifetime of drawings from 1943 to 1983, tracing it in tandem with developments of the artist's major works. This is the first detailed study on the drawings of Soo Pieng. It explores the basis for the thousands of drawings he made, many previously unseen in public, and how these are intrinsic to an understanding of his life's work. Both essay and image sections provide fresh insights into the way the artist chose his subjects, drew and re-drew, composing copiously, providing a deeper and more sensitive understanding of his art. Includes 250 artwork images.

Modern Art Of Southeast Asia: Introductions From A To Z

Modern Art Of Southeast Asia: Introductions From A To Z

Modern Art of Southeast Asia: Introductions from A to Z features 60 concise and accessibly written accounts of the key ideas and currents underlying modern art in the region. These are accompanied by over 250 beautifully reproduced artworks from the collection of National Gallery Singapore, and other public and private collections in Southeast Asia and beyond. The book offers an informative first encounter with art as well as refreshing perspectives, and is a rewarding resource for students.

Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ Kingsmead

Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ Kingsmead

This 96-page exhibition catalogue is published in conjunction with the landmark exhibition Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ Kingsmead at 5 Kingsmead Road, Singapore, from 12 April-3 May 2019. 5 Kingsmead Road is the former residence of Singapore pioneer artist Chen Wen Hsi. It is the only private residence that has been marked as a historic site under two categories by the National Heritage Board, specifically culture and community, and art. The exhibition opens this private residence to the public for the first time to showcase two historic mural works created by Chen Wen Hsi in the period of 1959-1964. Around 35 paintings drawn from private collections are also on exhibit inside the house, which offers audience a unique opportunity to view some of the best works created by the artist in his lifetime. This catalogue features around 35 colour plates of Chen Wen Hsi's paintings, an essay on the history of Chen Wen Hsi's former residence and painted murals by Ms. Chow Yian Ping, Lianhe Zaobao Senior Correspondent & former Assistant Director (Programmes and International Relations) and Curator at Singapore Art Museum, an essay on designing for conservation by Ms. Angelene Chan, CEO of DP Architects, and a reproduced essay self-written by Chen Wen Hsi in 1976.

Hua Shuo: Yan Chu Xin Sheng Ju Zi Shen: Tong Zhenshi You Hua Yu Chen Zhirui Shi Ge (The Painting Speaks: Paintings By Tong Chin Sye And Poems By Tan Chee Lay

Hua Shuo: Yan Chu Xin Sheng Ju Zi Shen: Tong Zhenshi You Hua Yu Chen Zhirui Shi Ge (The Painting Speaks: Paintings By Tong Chin Sye And Poems By Tan Chee Lay

This hardback publication features a collection of almost 40 ekphrastic poems by award-winning scholar, poet and educator Dr. Tan Chee Lay; each composed in response to a different painting by veteran painter Tong Chin Sye. The book is published in conjunction with the exhibition, The Painting Speaks: Paintings by Tong Chin Sye and Poems by Tan Chee Lay at The Arts House from 4-15 April 2018. The ekphrastic poetry by Dr. Tan Chee Lay relates an interesting literary dimension to appreciating Tong Chin Sye's oil and mixed media paintings (completed mostly between the 1980s-2012). Several paintings capture the street scenes and character of Old Singapore as experienced by Tong Chin Sye, before the rapid onslaught of urbanisation redefined the island. Also included are Tong Chin Sye's paintings of portraits and overseas landscapes, similarly enriched by Dr. Tan Chee Lay's poetry.

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Charles Lim

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Charles Lim

This catalogue spotlights the third work in the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series, SEA STATE 9: proclamation garden by Singaporean artist Charles Lim. It features a text by curator Adele Tan, alongside full-colour images of the commission and more than 30 species of plants selected to transform the Gallery's roof garden landscape, whose transplantation, adaptation to survive and eventual disposal tell the stories of Singapore's urban and coastal developments.

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Rirkrit Tiravanija

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Rirkrit Tiravanija

Rirkrit Tiravanija has created the second Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission artwork for National Gallery Singapore. Featuring an interlocking bamboo structure with a simple wooden tea house at its centre, this site-specific installation springs from the artist's interest in fostering social engagement and human interaction through art. With homes in Chiang Mai, New York and Berlin, Tiravanija's nomadic life is a constant negotiation of cultures, and a source of inspiration for his practice. This catalogue illuminates this influential artist's fascinating oeuvre through newly commissioned essays and full-colour images of the installation.

Brand New Art From China: A Generation On The Rise

Brand New Art From China: A Generation On The Rise

A unique and visionary generation of young Chinese artists are coming to prominence in the art world - just as China cements its place as the second largest art market on the planet. Renowned critic Barbara Pollack presents the first book to tell the story of how these Chinese millennials, fast becoming global art superstars, negotiate their cultural heritage, and what this means for China's impact on the future of global culture. It is the first collection to showcase the dynamic new art coming from Chinese artists, and features full-colour photos and video stills throughout - with many works being published in book-form for the first time.

Guo Pei: Chinese Art And Couture

Guo Pei: Chinese Art And Couture

Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture includes full-colour images of everything in the exhibition. Highlights are the gorgeous images and closeups of Guo Pei's dramatic, sculptural gowns made specially for this book by world-renowned Singaporean photographer Russel Wong. An essay by curator Jackie Yoong surveys Guo Pei's career so far. Serving as points of encounter and departure, Chinese artworks from the collection of the Asian Civilisations Museum are juxtaposed with Guo Pei's works, creating a dialogue between historical and contemporary Chinese design. The exhibition and catalogue invite contemplation on how Guo Pei references and reimagines Chinese art and tradition for China and the world today.

Language Of Bugs, The

Language Of Bugs, The

A contemporary art book by Chinese artist and book designer created using the natural characters and movements of bugs.

Carpets Of Afghanistan, The

Carpets Of Afghanistan, The

Carpets of Afghanistan is without a doubt one of the most detailed analysis of Afghanistan rug production ever published. Author Richard Parsons, for many years a buyer in Afghanistan for the well-known firm O.C.M (London) Ltd, treats the reader not only to a veritable feast of carpets and rugs, all with their attendant tribal origins and motifs vividly explained, but also to a fascinating journey through the history of a diverse and colorful country.

Cacaform Birds

Cacaform Birds

Step into the world of Cacaform Birds - a world that exists a half-pace to one side of our own, at the confluence of imagination, art and reality. The book contains three parts, the first containing doctored photographs that show these birds interacting with sepia cityscapes, alternately goggled at and overlooked by the passers-by. The second introduces us to each individual species through poetic verse, while the third section must be carefully unsealed by the reader in order to reveal how the Cacaform Birds came into being. A blend of bestiary, spotter's guide and poetic anthology, this book demonstrates that art and amusement can be found everywhere, if you only care to look.


Business
Asian Management Insights Vol 6 (May 2019): Artificial Intelligence Gets Real

Asian Management Insights Vol 6 (May 2019): Artificial Intelligence Gets Real

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.

Simply Invest: Naked Truths To Grow Your Money

Simply Invest: Naked Truths To Grow Your Money

A pioneer in financial planning in Singapore, Goh Yang Chye debunks several misconceptions, showing how so-called experts are no better than the average seven-year-old at picking stocks. Investing is simple; look at the evidence. He tells us why we shouldn't trust the industry jargon and why cryptocurrencies are not a good investment; why Singapore's love affair with property is a mistake; why the media always get it wrong; and how not to overreact. From understanding market cycles to knowing what exactly to ask your financial adviser, this book will teach you how to secure your financial future - and enjoy the journey!


Children
Codex: The Lost Treasure Of The Indus

Codex: The Lost Treasure Of The Indus

When a discovery that might be the key to deciphering the mysterious script of the Indus Valley Civilisation proves to be a puzzle in three languages, it's a job for Codex, who's a linguist, mathematician and all-round geek. But Codex soon discovers that this isn't like anything she's done before. As the sinister implications of the find become apparent, Codex must work with Agent Lila Raman to get to the bottom of a four-thousand-year-old mystery.

Bus Driver, The

Bus Driver, The

The "Invisible People" series of children's books offer heartfelt stories that help children appreciate unsung heroes in our society. These workers who have played and continue to play a key part in contributing to Singapore's growth are people who have the same needs and dreams that we do. The stories remind us how seemingly simple acts of kindness can make a world of difference, both to the workers who receive and the child who gives. The Bus Driver is the story of how something as simple as the bus trip to school and the interaction with the bus driver can inspire and impact one's growing-up years.

Uncles At Work

Uncles At Work

The "Invisible People" series of children's books offer heartfelt stories that help children appreciate unsung heroes in our society. These workers who have played and continue to play a key part in contributing to Singapore's growth are people who have the same needs and dreams that we do. The stories remind us how seemingly simple acts of kindness can make a world of difference, both to the workers who receive and the child who gives. Uncles at Work portrays how a kind father teaches his son to bring food and drinks to the construction workers who are building their flat.

Aunty Goes Home - The Invisible People

Aunty Goes Home - The Invisible People

The "Invisible People" series of children's books offer heartfelt stories that help children appreciate unsung heroes in our society. These workers who have played and continue to play a key part in contributing to Singapore's growth are people who have the same needs and dreams that we do. The stories remind us how seemingly simple acts of kindness can make a world of difference, both to the workers who receive and the child who gives. Aunty Goes Home depicts how a family helps their domestic worker discover her passion for cooking during her time with them. They empower her to achieve her dreams when it's time for her to return home.

Secret Of The Malacca Cabinet, The

Secret Of The Malacca Cabinet, The

This collection of stories continues the delightful tales told in Grandpa's Remedy. Lotus rediscovers the secret of the Malacca cabinet that her favourite grand aunt showed her a long time ago. Biba the blind pig and Ting-Tung the heroic dog bring unexpected adventures to the household - and lots of love. A rickshaw ride ends in an accident and starts an exciting chase. The children face danger when they venture into the mysterious castle next to their home. And as they uncover the secrets of their heritage, they begin to wonder if there was once a real pirate in the family.

Grandpa's Remedy

Grandpa's Remedy

Lotus and her brothers and sisters lived with their Grandpa, Grandma, parents, aunts, uncles and many cousins in a long, two-storied house with an attic, a spacious front porch and a garden by the gate. The children have a tug-of-war with a python that is trying to get into the chicken coop. They have front-row seats at the wedding of an aunt who is one of the ugliest women they have ever seen. Each of them get a stinging cut of the cane for dirtying clean laundry in their war games. Grandpa somehow brings Toots the tortoise back to life.

Get Curious! The Official Interactive Family Guide To The National Museum Of Singapore

Get Curious! The Official Interactive Family Guide To The National Museum Of Singapore

Get Curious! is the National Museum of Singapore's official family guide. Covering four galleries, and packed with interactive activities for over 40 objects, it brings the stories of our past to life for children and their families.

What A Scare! (Rubiah From Semarang, Book 2)

What A Scare! (Rubiah From Semarang, Book 2)

The second book of the Rubiah from Semarang series focuses on overcoming fears and cultural exchange. One night Jeremy mistakes Rubiah for a ghost while she has her pre-dawn meal for Ramadan. While reassuring Jeremy, Rubiah reveals that she keeps hearing odd noises in the house; turns out they both have overactive imaginations and get scared easily. The next day Rubiah and Jeremy investigate the odd noise, and Rubiah relies on her secret mind-reading skills to get out of another dilemma.

Awesome Art Malaysia: 10 Works From The Land Of Mountains Everyone Should Know

Awesome Art Malaysia: 10 Works From The Land Of Mountains Everyone Should Know

Dive into the wonderful world of Malaysian art! Get to know 10 of Malaysia's most awesome artists through fascinating facts about their lives and beautiful full-colour reproductions of their works. With bold, playful illustrations, Awesome Art Malaysia provides readers with an understanding not just of art and how it is created, but what influences it, from nature to culture. This book teems with fun and engaging activities that inspire hours of creativity at home or in the classroom. Awesome Art Malaysia is an expansion to the Awesome Art series, which seeks to make art accessible to the young and young at heart.

One And Only Inuka, The

One And Only Inuka, The

There will never be another Singapore Zoo attraction as delightful or instantly lovable as Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics. Inuka was born in Singapore on 26 December 1990. Thousands of children - and adults - came to see him over the years. When Inuka died on 25 April 2018, he was well into his 70s in polar bear years.

Lit Squad 2: The Case Of The Phantom Woman

Lit Squad 2: The Case Of The Phantom Woman

The second book of the new Lit Squad Mysteries series for 8-12 year-old readers. Into the shady world of hackers. A death on the tracks. A determined network of international terrorists revives. Things fall apart for Tash Nathan, Izzy Lim and Luddie Chua as they attempt to save their teacher, Mr Adam Salleh, who turns out not who he appears to be. Answers need to be quickly found before Singapore's security gets blown up.

Lit Squad 1: The Case Of The Moaning Mansion

Lit Squad 1: The Case Of The Moaning Mansion

The first of the new Lit Squad Mysteries series for 8-12 year-old readers. A haunted house in Katong. A strange SMS from their teacher who's gone missing. And a decades-old murder that remains unsolved. Tash Nathan, Izzy Lim and Luddie Chua have to put their heads together and investigate why Mr Adam Salleh, suddenly vanishes. In the process, they put their lives at risk and discover a horrifying truth.


Culture & People
Xin Ke: The Story Of Singapore And Malaya's First Feature Film (Xin Ke: Xin Ma Shou Bu Chang Pian Dian Ying De Gu Shi

Xin Ke: The Story Of Singapore And Malaya's First Feature Film (Xin Ke: Xin Ma Shou Bu Chang Pian Dian Ying De Gu Shi

In 1926, an enterprising young man enthusiastically brought into Singapore the idea of showcasing the life of the people in British Malaya - by way of a movie. His name was Liu Beijin. The uncle of the eminent local artist Liu Kang, the former Muar resident set up an office in Chinatown and a film studio in Katong, hired his crew and cast members, and began production. The result was Xin Ke, a full-length silent film, released in 1927, about a young Chinese immigrant who seeks his fortunes in Malaya. Assisted by his wealthy Peranakan relatives, he eventually finds a job in Singapore - and a girl he loves. In this bilingual book, film researchers Jan Uhde, Yvonne Ng Uhde and Toh Hun Ping travel back in time to the beginning of film production in Singapore. Reproducing the original movie script in full, accompanied by finely drawn illustrations by Dan Wong, this book is a much-needed addition to our film industry's collective memory.

Loss Adjustment

Loss Adjustment

Loss Adjustment is a mother's recount of her 17-year-old daughter's suicide. In the wake of Victoria McLeod 's passing, she left behind a remarkable journal in her laptop of the final four months of her life. Linda Collins, her mother, has woven these into her memoir, which is at once cohesive, yet fragmented, reflecting a survivor's state of mind after devastating loss. Loss Adjustment involves the endless whys, the journey of Linda Collins and her husband in honouring Victoria, and the impossible question of what drove their daughter to this irretrievable act.

Birthday Book, The: Narratives, Undiscovered And Underway

Birthday Book, The: Narratives, Undiscovered And Underway

Contributors to the 2019 edition of The Birthday Book reflect on the narratives of their lives: the stories that define them, their communities, the causes they champion, and Singapore's collective future. The 54 essays in the book are diverse; some touch on deeply personal issues while others tackle broader trends. Yet in the deeply personal we find the seeds of more universal issues, while in the trends we can discern the outlines of more individualised stories. Like the Singapore that each essay celebrates, this book dances between micro and macro worlds.

We Adopted! A Collection Of Dog Rescue Tales

We Adopted! A Collection Of Dog Rescue Tales

We Adopted is an anthology of modern, real life fairy tales of doggie salvation. It features some of the most incredible comeback stories, tales of resilience, forgiveness, trust, love, human cruelty, greed and miracle rebounds, dogs on the brink of death and the owners who never gave up on them. The stories are accompanied by stunning editorial fashion spreads. No one would ever guess that these beautiful canine models were once abused, neglected, crippled or abandoned.

Story Of Bentong Kali, The: Crime And Society In 90'S Kuala Lumpur

Story Of Bentong Kali, The: Crime And Society In 90'S Kuala Lumpur

The Story of Bentong Kali details the rise and fall of one of Malaysia's most notorious gangsters Kalimuthu a/l Pakirisamy, better known as Bentong Kali, who terrorised the nation in the early 1990s. On the front of every newspaper, he was believed to be behind at least 16 murders and attempted murders before being killed by police. Written by journalist Suganthi Suparmaniam, this book traces Kalimuthu's journey from his poor childhood in Bentong, Pahang to the streets of KL where he became involved in the drugs trade and protection work before forming his own gang and amassing around him a group of loyal followers. It tells the story not only of one gangster but also of a rapidly developing society coming to terms with problems of crime, drugs and economic insecurity.

Shanks, Yanks And Jurgen: The Men Behind Liverpool's Rise, Slip And Rise Again

Shanks, Yanks And Jurgen: The Men Behind Liverpool's Rise, Slip And Rise Again

Born in poverty, one of 10 children, Bill Shankly went to work in a coal mine at 14. A no-nonsense wing-half, he won 6 Scotland caps. As a manager and a socialist, he emphasised teamwork and forged a unique bond between players and fans. He called it the Liverpool Way and with it, the Reds would rule Europe. After initially building on his success, Liverpool, wounded by tragedies and tricked by con men, eventually lost their way. But now, with a manager in Shanks' mould and astute owners, they have regained their perch. And they've done it by reverting to as many of Shankly's principles as a 21st century corporation allows. There's much about the modern game he would have hated yet a lot about today's Liverpool that he would have liked. As Bob Holmes traces his epic journey from pit village to managerial Mount Rushmore, his 'voice' can be heard throughout. And even 38 years after his death, it is argued that he had a hand in the recovery.

Homeless: The Untold Story Of A Mother's Struggle In

Homeless: The Untold Story Of A Mother's Struggle In "Crazy Rich" Singapore

Ten years ago, Liyana Dhamirah was in a precarious situation: at 22, she was heavily pregnant and had no place to call home. For Liyana, home was often unstable. Once a bright teenager full of optimism, she faced uncertainty and found no support from family, government agencies and welfare groups. She had nowhere to go, no one to turn to. When she started living on a beach in Sembawang, she discovered a community of people - families - who were homeless just like her. They stuck together and watched out for each other, even when there were raids. She learned that in prosperous Singapore, the homeless are not always identifiable by appearance alone. Months later, journalists eventually uncovered Liyana's story and how she navigated a bureaucracy of obstacles. Today she is a successful entrepreneur and this is her memoir.

Hard At Work: Life In Singapore

Hard At Work: Life In Singapore

For most people in Singapore, having a job is just a fact of life. But that simple fact encompasses a wide range of experiences. Have you ever really considered what workers do on a daily basis and how they feel about their jobs? Hard at Work gives us access into the interior lives and experiences of more than fifty Singapore workers. It forms a snapshot of Singapore's working population that will fascinate contemporary and future readers.

This Could Be Home: Raffles Hotel And The City Of Tomorrow

This Could Be Home: Raffles Hotel And The City Of Tomorrow

No hotel is as inseparably linked to its city than Raffles Hotel, writes Pico Iyer, arguably the world's greatest travel writer alive. Drawing upon numerous stays in Raffles over 35 years and the fast-ascending city all around it, Iyer - a lifelong global soul - reflects on the "Grand Old Lady's" literary legacy and its mark on writers everywhere. In the process, he finds new ways of considering not just yesterday, but tomorrow. How have Singapore and its white-stucco monument evolved to meet the needs of a shifting world? In this compact volume, Iyer pulls back the curtains on a personal, thoughtful and surprising look at places we too often take for granted.

50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: People And Places

50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: People And Places

Discover 50 little-known facts about Istana, the place previously known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. In People and Places, learn about the landmarks within the Istana domain, rooms inside the Main Building, as well as the staff members and honourable visitors who have left indelible marks at the Istana. Structured as a general knowledge guide to the Istana, People and Places has a contemporary narrative mirroring the time period covered by the book (1959 to today), with a focus on the rooms and landmarks of the domain, distinguished guests who have visited and outstanding staff members who maintain the domain.

Great Leaps: Finding Home In A Changing China

Great Leaps: Finding Home In A Changing China

In Great Leaps, Colin Flahive explores China's rural-urban migration against the backdrop of his own transition from Colorado to southwest China. There, in Yunnan province, he partnered with three friends to open a cafe that became much more than simply an outpost of Western cuisine in a far-flung corner of the world. Over the course of a decade, Salvador's Coffee House became home to more than 50 young women from mountain villages in the surrounding countryside. Most knew nothing about coffee or Western food, but they moved to the city to work at Salvador's and earn their independence. Great Leaps follows the challenges faced by Colin, his partners and his employees as they leave their old lives behind to make a new home in a foreign land. They encounter unlikely successes, endure heartbreaks and nearly lose everything. But by taking the leap together, they all find their own places in the modern Chinese dream.

Thailand's Movie Theatres: Relics, Ruins And The Romance Of Escape

Thailand's Movie Theatres: Relics, Ruins And The Romance Of Escape

In the 1950s and 1960s, movie theatres across Thailand were important architectural statements and centres of social and cultural life. At a time when few houses had electricity, the local movie theatre was where people came together, irrespective of class or occupation. In today's era of shopping-mall multiplexes and movies streamed on personal devices, the popularity of the standalone cinema has become a thing of legend; few remember the once-familiar scenes of overflowing crowds spilling out onto the streets or frantic ticket buyers thrusting fists full of cash through small ticket windows.

M Kula: From Estate To Cabinet

M Kula: From Estate To Cabinet

This is a rags to riches story of an estate boy whose determination to avert the limited prospects of people of his background led him to make good at his profession and go on to pursue a political career which led him to the top of Malaysian politics. From Estate to Cabinet is M. Kula's chronicle of his rise from an underprivileged existence to national prominence as a lawyer and politician, up to the beginning of Malaysia's 14th General Election. It's a story Malaysians will find interesting for they can easily identify with the episodes and experiences described in the book. As Lim Kit Siang says in the foreword, Kula's life is "quintessentially Malaysian" because it is a product of the Malaysian dream.

Pattaya Undercover

Pattaya Undercover

Promising sun, sea, sand and more, Pattaya beach resort in Thailand lures eight million foreign tourists annually. However, behind the glitter lurks broken dreams, ethereal ecstasy and, often, tragedy. And behind every bargirl's smile and every foreigner's beer glass lurks a story: happy, touching, heart-wrenching. The author interviews bargirls, mamasans and customers, who reveal true stories of sex scams, doomed relationships and tragic suicides. The author's investigation takes him to the capital, Bangkok, as well as to an Isaan village in northeastern Thailand, and further afield to Saigon in Vietnam and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Tales Of Southeast Asia's Jazz Age: Filipinos, Indonesians And Popular Culture, 1920-1936

Tales Of Southeast Asia's Jazz Age: Filipinos, Indonesians And Popular Culture, 1920-1936

Luis Borromeo was the Philippines's "King of Jazz," who at the height of his popularity created a Filipino answer to the Ziegfeld Follies. Miss Riboet was a world-famous Javanese opera singer who ruled the theater world. While each represented a unique corner of the entertainment world, the rise and fall of these two superstar figures tell an important story of Southeast Asia's 1920s Jazz Age. Leaning on cultural studies and the work on cosmopolitanism and modernity by Henry Jenkins and Joel Kahn, Peter Keppy examines pop culture at this time as a contradictory social phenomenon. He challenges notions of Southeast Asia's popular culture as lowbrow entertainment created by elites and commerce to manipulate the masses, arguing instead that audiences seized on this popular culture to channel emancipatory activities, to articulate social critique, and to propagate an inclusive nationalism without being radically anticolonial.

Wayang And Its Doubles: Javanese Puppet Theatre, Television And The Internet

Wayang And Its Doubles: Javanese Puppet Theatre, Television And The Internet

Wayang, or Javanese puppet theater, has been around for millennia. Television has been around for decades. The two formats seem like disparate pieces yet they are both intensely part of the Javanese world. They are inescapable from each other in a relationship that has been described as a "difficult marriage": intimate on the one hand, deeply alienating on the other, institutionalized yet at the same time mercurial and shifting. This book explores the ways two complex forms of media coexist and meet as well as haunt and invade each other. It looks at performance aesthetics and the technicalities of television production, as well as issues of time, space, light, place, and movement. It compares audience experiences of live and televised performances, and highlights the collaboration and struggle between performers and television producers.

Under Red Skies: The Life And Times Of A Chinese Millennial

Under Red Skies: The Life And Times Of A Chinese Millennial

Karoline Kan was born in 1989, the year of the Tiananmen Square massacre: her generation has always been caught between China's authoritarian politics and its hyper-modern technology and economic boom. In her quest to understand the shifting sands of global, connected China, Karoline turns to her family, who have survived Maoism and its legacy by breaking with tradition. Navigating a society beset by poverty and often violent political unrest, the Kans swapped rural villages for crowded city streets in search of a better way of life. Now a journalist, Kan recounts gripping tales of her grandmother, who struggled to help her family through the Great Famine; of her mother, who defied the One-Child Policy by giving birth to Karoline; and of her cousin, a factory worker scraping by on less than £1 per hour. An ambitious millennial pursuing her career and personal life in a time of dizzyingly rapid social change, Kan discovers her own story's roots in the China of previous generations.

British Serial Killer In Singapore, A: A True Story

British Serial Killer In Singapore, A: A True Story

This is the true story of a man who went on a world tour to hunt his victims with a sinister skill. Body parts murderer John Martin, who was trained in butchery, was the first serial killer to be convicted in Singapore. His modus operandi was to first bash his victims with a hammer and then cut up their bodies at the joints with a small knife. He could have gone scot-free but for underestimating the mettle of his foe - the Singapore Police Force. Also included is an epilogue where the author re-imagines how a similar case would pan out if it happens today.

Reluctant Editor: The Singapore Media As Seen Through The Eyes If A Veteran Newspaper Journalist

Reluctant Editor: The Singapore Media As Seen Through The Eyes If A Veteran Newspaper Journalist

These are the hitherto unpublished stories about the stories that you may have read in Singapore newspapers over the years. PN Balji was an active participant in mainstream journalism, having spent nearly 40 years working in five newsrooms. He was part of a hardy generation of newspaper editors who wrestled with editorial issues and made tough decisions, sometimes against the will of Lee Kuan Yew. He also had a ringside view of his colleagues' tussles and confrontations with the government. In Reluctant Editor, Balji weaves a compelling narrative, with anecdotes, of an alternative story of how some editors of his generation managed to hold the ground when Lee was at his rogue best.


Education
Understanding Teaching, Learning And Learners: A Guide For Singapore

Understanding Teaching, Learning And Learners: A Guide For Singapore

Under the Singapore Teaching Practice (STP), a model that documents the best practices of Singapore's teaching profession, teaching is a dynamic combination of both knowledge and action. In STP, Pedagogical Processes (PP) articulates the processes of areas and actions in good teaching. Knowledge Bases, in turn, provide PP with a framework of conceptual and theoretical understanding such that they can be applied meaningfully in the classroom. This book seeks to provide its readers with key foundational knowledge in 2 STP knowledge bases, 'Understanding Teaching' and 'Understanding Students and Learning'. Embedded fully in the education contexts of Singapore, it melds theory together with empirical insight drawn from local classroom-based research. Whether you are a local educator or an international researcher, you will find this a useful introduction to the Singaporean praxis of teaching.

Fun-Filled Math Conversations With Your Child

Fun-Filled Math Conversations With Your Child

This very informative book is a guide to help parents find fun and relevant math conversations in their daily lives to prepare their children for PSLE Mathematics. Wendy Koh homeschooled her son for 16 years, and helped him to successfully achieve A* for math at the PSLE and IGCSE exams. This is a parenting book more than an education book. The message of the book is: you can parent and bond with your child while teaching him math. It can be fun, that is, if you make it fun.


History & Geography
Southeast Asia After The Cold War: A Contemporary History

Southeast Asia After The Cold War: A Contemporary History

International politics in Southeast Asia since end of the Cold War in 1990 can be understood within the frames of order and an emerging regionalism embodied in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. But order and regionalism are now under seige, with a new global strategic rebalancing under way. The region is now forced to contemplate new risks, even the emergence of new sorts of cold war, rivalry and conflict. Ang Cheng Guan writes here in the mode of contemporary history, presenting a complete, analytically informed narrative that covers the region, highlighting change, continuity and context. Crucial as a tool to make sense of the dynamics of the region, this account of Southeast Asia's international relations will also be of immediate relevance to those in China, the USA and elsewhere who engage with the region, with its young, dynamic population, and its strategic position across the world's key choke-points of trade.

Spice Islands

Spice Islands

Cloves and nutmeg are indigenous to the Spice Islands of Eastern Indonesia. The book tells of the many uses of these exotic spices and the history of their trade over a period of more than 2000 years. It describes how the Spice trade into Europe came to be dominated by Middle Eastern and Venetian merchants. Backed by the Crowns of Portugal and Spain explorers such as Columbus, Vasco da Gama and Magellan dreamt of sailing directly to the Spice Islands. Much of the story is told through the lives of these historical characters, as well as Sir Francis Drake, Jan Pieterzoom Coen, Pierre Poive and others, lesser known but equally important. The story revolves around the intense rivalry between the Sultans of Ternate and Tidore, their relationship with the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and English who at different times occupied the Spice Islands.

East Indies

East Indies

East Indies follows the trade winds, the trade routes, and the port cities across the East Indies and the Orient. High finance, piracy, greed, ambition, double dealing, exploitation - all is here. The struggle for supremacy between the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the English ranged across the Eastern Seas and in the settlements of Goa, Malacca, Ambon, Macao, Canton, Nagasaki, Solor, Batavia, Macassar, Johor, and Singapore for 250 years. The story is told by the history of these port cities, beginning with Malacca - one of the world's largest trading ports in the 16th Century - and ending with the founding of Singapore and Hong Kong.

Merchants, Bankers, Governors: British Enterprise In Singapore And Malaya, 1786-1920

This is the story of British enterprise in Singapore and Malaya from 1786 to 1920, when British vision, zeal and drive developed Penang, then Singapore and, finally, the peninsular Malay States. In the initial years, commerce and finance were paramount. The seeds of these commercial activities had been planted initially in the days of the East India Company but later, and more importantly, by individual merchant firms, supported by credit from London. This book presents an original and coherent account of British Enterprise in Singapore and Malaya in an important historical period and includes substantial new material from primary records of merchant firms and banks which will be of great interest to students, professionals as well as the general public.

Penang Then & Now: A Century Of Change In Pictures

Penang Then & Now: A Century Of Change In Pictures

This book will take readers on a pictorial time-travel of 115 sites in George Town and beyond. Each site is represented by two images. The first is an image from around 100 years ago - many not seen before - the second a photograph of the same site today, taken in a position as close as possible to the original. Some sites are easily recognisable - others readers will find it hard to believe are the same location! This book follows an exhibition held by the authors in 2016.

Armenians Of Penang, The

Armenians Of Penang, The

Why is there an Armenian Street in Penang? This quaint, narrow street draws visitors from around the world but there is little to explain the legacy of Penang's small, bygone Armenian population, after which it was named. Nadia Wright has spent decades tracing the history of the Armenians in Southeast Asia. Civic-minded and skilled businessmen, they played a small but very significant role in the development of Penang, particularly in the 1800s. This is the story of some of the prominent Armenian personalities of Penang and of the fate of their tiny community.

Armenians Of Singapore, The: A Short History

Armenians Of Singapore, The: A Short History

Although the community never seemed to have numbered more than one hundred at any time, the Armenian community in Singapore appear to have made a far greater impact than any other community, proportionate to their size, than any other community on the island. Their significant legacies include the founding of Singapore's best known hotel and widest read newspaper and the creation of the orchid hybrid, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, Singapore's national flower. In this book the author brings to life this busy community during their almost 200 year presence in Singapore. 128 pages with more than 150 black and white and colour photographs and maps. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: History And Heritage

50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: History And Heritage

Discover 50 little-known facts about Istana, the place previously known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. In History and Heritage, you'll discover 50 little-known facts about the place known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. Using archival research surrounding the history of Singapore from its colonial days to 1959, this book aims to present the country's past through a gentle and at times humorous narrative.

Great Empires Of Asia, The

Great Empires Of Asia, The

Asian empires led the world economically, scientifically and culturally for hundreds of years, and posed a constant challenge to the countries of Europe. How and why did those empires gain such power, and lose it? What legacies did they leave? This major book brings together a team of distinguished historians and 200 illustrations to survey seven great Asian empires that rose and fell between 800 CE and the mid-20th century: the Mongol Empire, Ming Dynasty of China, Khmer Empire, Ottoman Empire, Safavid Empire of Persia, Mughal Empire of India and the Meiji Restoration in Japan.

Lelulur: Singapore's Kampong Glam

Lelulur: Singapore's Kampong Glam

The story of Kampong Gelam - a cosmopolitan village named after the Gelam (Kayu putih or Melaleuca cajuputi) tree which once grew in abundance in the area - was birthed some two centuries ago. It began with the signing of a treaty between Sultan Hussein Mohamed Shah, Temenggong Abdul Rahman and Sir Stamford Raffles of the East India Company, whereby Sir Stamford Raffles was given permission to set up a trading post in Singapore. Once the centre of trade and commerce connecting Singapore to the rest of the Malay Archipelago, Kampong Gelam served as a religious, intellectual and social hub for the Malays in Singapore. It also functioned as a Pilgrim Hub for would-be pilgrims bound for Saudi Arabia. To embrace the authentic spirit of Kampong Gelam, you are invited to embark on a journey to Leluhur, returning to the land of our Ancestors.

Seven Hundred Years: A History Of Singapore

Seven Hundred Years: A History Of Singapore

Assessments of Singapore's history invariably revolve around Sir Stamford Raffles' arrival in 1819. This ambitious book, co-written by four of Singapore's foremost historians, offers an assertive re-evaluation of that view and instead firmly situates Singapore's starting point to seven hundred years ago. Drawing from the latest archaeological discoveries and an extensive range of archival, textual and cartographical records, the authors cast a singular historical trajectory for Singapore over the past seven centuries and animate its history like never before. Written in a compelling and accessible manner, and richly illustrated with more than 200 artefacts, photographs, maps, artwork and ephemera, this is a highly original work that widens the historical lens and provides a vital new perspective to the story of Singapore.

General History Of The Chinese In Singapore, A

General History Of The Chinese In Singapore, A

The book documents over 700 years of Singapore's history from her early years, even before Sir Stamford Raffles' arrival. More specifically, it documents the life and development of the Chinese community in Singapore, as well as the role of the Chinese community in growing the nation's economic, societal, cultural and even political scenes.With 'Pride in our Past, Legacy for our Future' as its key objective, this book aims to preserve the Singapore Chinese story, history and heritage for future generations, as well as keep our cultures and traditions alive. Therefore, the book aims to serve as a comprehensive guide for Singaporeans, new immigrants and foreigners to have an epitome of the Singapore society.

General History Of The Chinese In Singapore, A

General History Of The Chinese In Singapore, A

The book documents over 700 years of Singapore's history from her early years, even before Sir Stamford Raffles' arrival. More specifically, it documents the life and development of the Chinese community in Singapore, as well as the role of the Chinese community in growing the nation's economic, societal, cultural and even political scenes.With 'Pride in our Past, Legacy for our Future' as its key objective, this book aims to preserve the Singapore Chinese story, history and heritage for future generations, as well as keep our cultures and traditions alive. Therefore, the book aims to serve as a comprehensive guide for Singaporeans, new immigrants and foreigners to have an epitome of the Singapore society.

On Air: Untold Stories From Caldecott Hill

On Air: Untold Stories From Caldecott Hill

This collection of 51 essays contains rich memories by the pioneers of Singapore's early media at their broadcasting station at Caldecott Hill. It captures the breadth and depth of life-long experiences of broadcasters over 82 years on the Hill; from the founding of the British Malayan Broadcasting Corporation in 1936 to Radio and Television Singapore (RTS) to Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), and finally to what is today Mediacorp. In this book, the authors have recorded many decades worth of work experience and have shared untold stories - from the Japanese Occupation of Caldecott Hill, to the changing faces of broadcasting to the move to Mediapolis at North Buona Vista in 2017. Illustrated with rare, archival photographs, many not seen before.

Jalan Singapura: 700 Years Of Movement Insingapore

Jalan Singapura: 700 Years Of Movement Insingapore

This book sheds new light on Singapore history through its land transport networks, and urban and traffic patterns. From horse carriages to subway trains, dirt tracks to million-dollar expressways, ancient attap villages to glass-and-steel waterfronts, the movement of a people has shaped Singapore's present - and illuminates its future.

Monarchical Manipulation In Cambodia: France, Japan And The Sihanouk Crusade For Independence

Monarchical Manipulation In Cambodia: France, Japan And The Sihanouk Crusade For Independence

One figure strides across modern Cambodian history - Norodom Sihanouk. But this is not a biography of Sihanouk; the focus is upon the final decades of the French protectorate, the rise of a counter-elite and winning of Cambodia's independence. Manipulation of the 1,000-year-old monarchy comes to the heart of this book, as does indigenous resistance, Buddhist activism, French cultural creationism, the rise of radical republicanism, Thai recidivism and wartime Japanese machinations. Carried through into the post-war period, the seeds of Cambodia's own destruction were being sown in the jungle perimeters, rubber plantations, schools and monkhood, and even in the classrooms of prestigious French institutions.


Law
Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #09: The Significance Of Everyday Access To Justice In Myanmar's

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #09: The Significance Of Everyday Access To Justice In Myanmar's

Legal pluralism in Myanmar is a reality that is not sufficiently recognized. A lack of recognition of and clear mandates for the informal justice providers, along with the absence of coordination between these providers and the judiciary, present critical challenges to local dispute resolution and informal legal systems. Discussion of reform of the justice sector in Myanmar and debates surrounding peace negotiations and the role of the ethnic armed groups in service provision are separated. This situation reinforces the divide between ceasefire areas and the rest of the country and raises concern that the improvement of justice systems will leave conflict-affected populations behind. Recognition of and support for community-based dispute resolution are crucial to reducing the escalation of conflict at the local level. Justice systems like those of ethnic armed groups can contribute significantly to stability and order at times when the official system has limited territorial reach and is mistrusted by civilians.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Giving Voice To The Accused

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Giving Voice To The Accused

In Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, N. Sivanandan, one of the longest-serving interpreters in Singapore's judiciary, gives an insight into the work of a court interpreter. During his twenty years in the High Court and more than thirty years in the Subordinate Courts (now the State Courts), Sivanandan has interpreted in lengthy criminal cases - mostly murder, rape and robbery - and long, complicated civil trials before High Court judges, many with formidable reputations. Here are interesting cases that show what it is like standing next to the witness box and giving voice to the witness or litigant in a courtroom filled with their loved ones, judges, prosecuting officers and defence lawyers. This collection of experiences is enlivened by personal stories of the men on the bench, and life in the early days when the courts were situated in different areas and travelling between courts was itself an experience!


Leisure
Fire Islands: Recipes From Indonesia

Fire Islands: Recipes From Indonesia

Steep verdant rice terraces, ancient rainforest and fire-breathing volcanoes create the landscape of the world's largest archipelago. Indonesia is a travellers' paradise, with cuisine as vibrant and thrilling as its scenery. Eleanor Ford gives a personal, intimate portrait of a country and its cooking, the recipes exotic yet achievable, and the food brought to life by stunning photography.

Tokyo Street Food

Tokyo Street Food

This volume from the Street Food series by Tom Vandenberghe and Luk Thys looks at the best of Tokyo's street food, including over 50 recipes from the Japanese kitchen, all beautifully photographed and explained in detail.

Baan: Recipes And Stories From My Thai Home

Baan: Recipes And Stories From My Thai Home

`Baan' means the hearth, the home, the community, the place where you come from and this new book by Kay Plunkett-Hogge emulates just that feeling from Thai cuisine. Born and raised in Bangkok, Kay spoke Thai before she spoke English and has spent more than half her life in Thailand. Baan is a true homage to her childhood, to the delicious recipes that she was raised on and a cuisine and country that she loves. Baan features over 120 recipes that Kay has collected from all over Thailand from friends, acquaintances and street-stall holders, all gathered over around 30 years of travel, and all of them tried and tested back in London.


Literature
Lamentville

Lamentville

Set against a background of social media and post-truth politics, Lamentville reflects on what we might lose as the world passes through a digital age - and whether this is cause for celebration, regret, or just another step in our inevitable evolution. Suspended between loss and recovery, Lamentville comments on the way humans interact, form and express identity in spaces saturated with digital technology and virtual hyperactivity, while emphasising the value of remembrance and emotional depth. Through unusual perspectives, subtle experimentation and a bold command of language, Lamentville celebrates diverse poetic forms and sites of composition while drawing on self-awareness, satire and issues of belonging and displacement. Lamentville holds a place for all of us - from the post-Millennial to those who clearly recall an analogue world.

Saviour

Saviour

Charlie Yam wants fame, fortune, and power; the quickest road to achieving all three is to fight for the chance to be the next Party Leader of Future Singapore. However, earning a place within the inner circle of the Party demands high moral standards, especially in the marital domain. One day, Charlie Yam discovers a small gift box left on his doorstep. Inside the box are fingernails which Charlie recognizes as belonging to his mistress. He employs his right-hand man, a scarred and terrifying enforcer to find out the perpetrator. Charlie's scandalous affair is eventually exposed. Charlie is ex-communicated, but with the help of a psychotic blogger, he devises a plan to claw his way back into the good graces of the Party. Inspired by events that happened in Singapore, Saviour is a darkly comic take on power and what it takes to keep it.

Incantations/ Incarcerations

Incantations/ Incarcerations

Incantations/Incarcerations is a rumination on ageing, menopause, losing one's children to the world, climate change, and the slow decline of the body. In this collection, Bernice Chauly will once again chart the unsayable and the confessional, and speak from places where few dare to write from - of the older woman, desire and loneliness, and of the certainty of death. Chauly is one of Malaysia's most forceful contemporary poets, and remains one of the country's most urgent and necessary voices.

Furrie And Shortie Number 02: A Time For Everything

Furrie And Shortie Number 02: A Time For Everything

In this second volume, Furrie and Shortie encounter the trials and joys of adulthood even as they revisit their childhood dreams, and encounter that lesson we are may come to: that there is a time for everything. All this while, Furrie and Shortie live, love and laugh in their usual silly ways.

Roti Kaya & Guyu #2

Roti Kaya & Guyu #2

First published in 1994, Roti Kaya and Guyu tells a tale of a retired Singaporean superhero team as they deal with societal and environmental issues in a changing world which has left them behind. Originally penned by Mr. Kiasu creator Johnny Lau and illustrated by Dan Kuah, this new volume catches up on the original team 25 years after the events of the first book!

Roti Kaya And Guyu #1

Roti Kaya And Guyu #1

First published in 1994, Roti Kaya and Guyu tells a tale of a retired Singaporean superhero team as they deal with societal and environmental issues in a changing world which has left them behind. Originally penned by Mr. Kiasu creator Johnny Lau and illustrated by Dylan Teo, this new edition features a revised afterword and new cover art!

Beijing Conspiracy, The

Beijing Conspiracy, The

"I need your support. There is no one else I can trust. Please help her. Please help our daughter." When ex-Marine Jack Ford receives a letter containing news of a daughter he never knew he had, he feels compelled to return to China, a country he hasn't visited since 1989 when, as a young American spy, he fell in love with a beautiful student activist and found himself caught up in the horrors of the Tiananmen Square massacre. But why has Xia got in touch now, after a thirty-year silence? On arrival in Beijing, Jack finds himself accidentally in possession of an explosive piece of information both the Chinese and American governments are desperate to get their hands on. Alone in a strange city, suspected of being a traitor by his own side, not knowing whom to trust, Jack is faced with an impossible dilemma: should he save his new-found daughter or prevent a new world war from breaking out?

Pensioner, The

Pensioner, The

Khalid Arshad lives in retirement with his wife Azizah in a suburb of George Town, Penang. He has had a disappointing career in the civil service, the result both of adverse circumstances at work and of innocent missteps on his own part. Having initially enjoyed retired life he begins to show symptoms of boredom until he runs into Bala, a friend from his schooldays, who introduces him to the joys of reading. In the course of his regular trips into town in search of second-hand books, he begins to discover aspects of his native city that had previously remained hidden from him. Although the story is about the life of one individual, it also shows how easily a country's politics, administration and culture can change within a single lifetime. The events and characters that we encounter may not have required any particular setting to be brought to life, but the fabric on which the narrative is woven makes this a distinctively Malaysian novel.

Alfian Sa'at Collected Plays Three: Nadirah, Parah, Your Sister's Husband, Grc (Geng Rebut Cabinet)

Alfian Sa'at Collected Plays Three: Nadirah, Parah, Your Sister's Husband, Grc (Geng Rebut Cabinet)

Alfian Sa'at explores the Malay identity and racial relations in this third volume of the Collected Plays series. This volume collects plays written and staged in Malay, and translated to English for the very first time. In Nadirah, a young woman is shocked to find out her mother wants to marry a non-Muslim. In Parah, a group of students can no longer ignore the stereotypes and prejudices that divide the races, and the strain it puts on their friendship. In Geng Rebut Cabinet (GRC), we're transported to an alternate reality where the Chinese are the minority in Singapore. And in Your Sister's Husband, five sisters try their hardest to reckon with their superstitious, old-fashioned eldest to farcical ends, raising questions about black sheep, outcasts and sociopaths.

Parsetreeforestfire

Parsetreeforestfire

parsetreeforestfire is a bilingual book of poetry in which poems in Singlish occupy one side of the book, and poems in English on the other. Conventionally such a book functions as a way for a person to learn a new language, but it remains to be seen if translation has successfully occurred, or if the book even intends to teach any reader how to speak either language. Instead, if poetry is intense attention to language, then this book can be considered to be the product of such scrutiny on the languages the book is written in.

Beng Beng Revolution: A Novel

Beng Beng Revolution: A Novel

Beng Hock and his brother, Beng Huat (who prefers to go by Archibald), find themselves navigating a tumultuous Singapore in the near future that has run out of oil and gas. Running afoul of the growing gangs could mean slavery or death, jobs are scarce and food scarcer, and home is a crumbling shanty-town behind the City Hall Steam-Engine Station. And as if these changes aren't drastic enough, a great power awakens inside Beng Hock, and he must learn how to control it before it destroys everyone and everything in his way.

Mr Kiasu In Singapore History

Mr Kiasu In Singapore History

Unravel Singapore's History through the eyes of Mr Kiasu! Journey back in time as we unravel the colourful history of Singapore's past, with Singapore's popular comic book icon, Mr Kiasu! Featuring re-imagined stories inspired by important moments in history and the famous characters who shaped Singapore to the way it is today, this fun and light-hearted comic will set you thinking about Singapore's past, present and future! It's history the way it's never been told!

Sightlines

Sightlines

Sightlines is a series of poems mapped onto a collection of black and white images shot on film. These are notes on passing through diverse places with an unnamed female traveler, who is both photographer and protagonist. The poems are a commentary on her perspectives, allowing the reader a sideways glance at moments that are written with and against the image.


Politics & Economics
Identity, Nationhood And State-Building In Malaysia

Identity, Nationhood And State-Building In Malaysia

Identity, loyalty and nation building are key global challenges today. Emeritus Professor K.J. Ratnam, a leading Malaysian social scientist, discusses multiple identities in complex societies, political loyalty, and the challenges that ethnic and religious differences pose for social cohesion. Ratnam also analyses current political alignments and their impact on ethnic relations, the perils of ethnic stereotyping, and the need for a national consensus on foundational issues. Sweeping in scope yet detailed in analysis, this publication will interest scholars, students, policy makers and laymen, and encourage reflection on useful ways of facing up to the many complex challenges confronting multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies like Malaysia.

Panorama 01/2019: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Trade And Economic Connectivity In The Age Of Uncertainty

Panorama 01/2019: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Trade And Economic Connectivity In The Age Of Uncertainty

This issue of Panorama explores the economic and trade connectivity between Asia and Europe, including the US-China trade war, an overview of Asia-Europe relations in the age of rising uncertainty, the development and implications of the Asia-Europe connectivity strategy and the Belt and Road Initiative, the impact of regional blocs on trade relations between Asia and Europe, and currency swap and bilateral agreements.

First Wave, The: JBJ, Chiam & The Opposition In Singapore

First Wave, The: JBJ, Chiam & The Opposition In Singapore

Based on extensive interviews and archival material, The First Wave tells the story of the opposition in Singapore in its critical first thirty years in Parliament. Democratisation has been described to occur in waves. The first wave of a democratic awakening in post-independence Singapore began with J. B. Jeyaretnam's victory in the Anson by-election of 1981. That built up to the 1984 general election, the first of many to be called a "watershed", in which Chiam See Tong was also elected in Potong Pasir. After their successes in 1991, the opposition began dreaming of forming the government. But their euphoria was short-lived. Serious fault lines in the leading Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) rose to the surface almost immediately after the opposition victories of 1991, and the party was wiped out of Parliament by 1997. The opposition spent the next decade experimenting with coalition arrangements, to work their way back to victory.

Introduction To The Politics Of The Indonesian Union Movement

Introduction To The Politics Of The Indonesian Union Movement

"In this most significant contemporary study of Indonesian trade unions and the broader working class, Max Lane provides a concise and informed examination of the practical and ideological challenges of incipient labour organizations engaged in political and popular struggles in an underdeveloped nation. This detailed and highly informative book evokes similar historical and comparative struggles of exploited workers worldwide and is indispensable for students of labour movements in the Global South." - Immanuel Ness, Professor of Political Science

Strategic Choice For China's Prosperity, The

Strategic Choice For China's Prosperity, The

This is one of the very few books in English actually written by top Chinese leaders and economists. Li Yining, Professor in Beijing University, is one of the top economists in China and played a key role in the reforming of the economy and state enterprises. Meng Xiaosu, an economist, played a key role on real estate reform. Li Yuanchao was Vice President of the PRC from 2013 to 2018, a member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China and head of its Organization Department between 2007 and 2012. Li Keqiang is the current Premier of China. An economist by trade, Li is China's head of government as well as one of the leading figures behind China's financial and economic affairs. Originally published in 1991, this book is a valuable guide to China's economic reform and economic development strategy, including reform of state-owned enterprises, reform of shareholding system, development of enterprise groups, and the direction of rural reform. On the issue of how to further accelerate economic reforms and bring the Chinese economy onto a track of sound development, a comprehensive, systematic and incisive theoretical elaboration was carried out and discussed in depth. This English translation provides key insights into China's reforms over the past 40 years.

China's Hong Kong: The Politics Of A Global City

China's Hong Kong: The Politics Of A Global City

The constitutional settlement under which Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the PRC in 1997 was based on the idea of "one country, two systems". At the time of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule, there was much speculation over how and whether an open society and market economy would be respected by an authoritarian communist state, one which has since risen to become the world's second largest economy. This book looks afresh at the constitutional settlement and considers whether it has been able to withstand the changes in Hong Kong, the economic rise of China and the shifts in the global economy that have accompanied them. Tim Summers argues that the developments in Hong Kong have to be understood as a unique interplay between local, national and global developments and challenges the assumption that the main dynamic at play in Hong Kong is its tussle for control with Beijing.

Origins Of Malayan Communism, The

Origins Of Malayan Communism, The

Malayan Chinese radicalism in the form of anarcho-communism only emerged in 1919. The ideology of anarcho-communism promoted not only the concept of anarchism but also of communism as a panacea for global problems. The arrival of anarcho-communism was followed in the 1920s by three waves of Chinese communism to Malayan shores until the founding of the Malayan Communist Party in mid-April 1930. The MCP struggled grimly for survival during its early years but posed a real threat to British colonial rule from 1936 after it had secured an important power base in trade unions. It also capitalised on rising Chinese nationalism in July 1937 in the aftermath of the Sino-Japanese War, arousing Chinese community sympathies in general and mobilizing Chinese-educated youths, women and intellectuals in particular. The author draws on substantial Chinese and English-language archival sources and oral history evidence from participants in the movement to reconstruct the chequered history of the Malayan communist movement of pre-war years. The present work explores the origins of Malayan communist, analyses the changing ideology and organisations of the Malayan communist movement, unmasks its dramatis personae and assesses the success or otherwise of British colonial control of the MCP and its various affiliates.

One Road, Many Dreams: China's Bold Plan To Remake The Global Economy

One Road, Many Dreams: China's Bold Plan To Remake The Global Economy

One Belt, One Road is China's bold plan to remake the global economy. It's an ambitious strategy with a $2 trillion - and rising - budget. The objective? To challenge the existing economic and political world order. This book reveals the true extent of China's ambition, analyses the impact of the One Belt, One Road initiative and assesses its chances of success and failure. Written by three highly regarded political economists, it examines the One Belt, One Road initiative from all angles. It looks at the projects and the players, the alliances and the governance. It explores the opportunities for China and the threat to the West, particularly for Trump's isolationist US administration.

Speaking Out In Vietnam: Public Political Criticism In A Communist-Party Ruled Nation

Speaking Out In Vietnam: Public Political Criticism In A Communist-Party Ruled Nation

Since 1990 public political criticism has evolved into a prominent feature of Vietnam's political landscape. So argues Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet in his analysis of Communist Party-ruled Vietnam. Speaking Out in Vietnam assesses the rise and diversity of these public displays of disagreement, showing that they have morphed from family whispers to large-scale use of electronic media. In discussing how such criticism has become widespread over the last three decades, Kerkvliet focuses on four clusters of critics: factory workers demanding better wages and living standards; villagers demonstrating and petitioning against corruption and land confiscations; citizens opposing China's encroachment into Vietnam and criticizing China-Vietnam relations; and dissidents objecting to the party-state regime and pressing for democratization.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #10: Interreligious Conflict And The Politics Of Interfaith Dialogue In Myanmar

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #10: Interreligious Conflict And The Politics Of Interfaith Dialogue In Myanmar

Amidst successive episodes of interreligious violence in Myanmar between 2012 and 2014, interfaith dialogue emerged as a crucial conflict resolution and prevention mechanism. The present National League for Democracy administration has more actively sought to engage in intrafaith promotion of Buddhism and in interfaith peace and harmony initiatives. Although the National League for Democracy has largely eliminated Buddhist nationalist groups such as Ma Ba Tha, Buddhist identity politics remains influential after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army's attacks in Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017 and the consequent refugee crisis. Although extreme anti-Muslim Buddhist identity politics may not see a resurgence in the approach to the 2020 general elections, it may come back in more nuanced forms. Interfaith dialogue and other training and activities for interreligious peace and harmony will thus remain relevant to the political scene.

From Aquino II To Duterte (2010-2018): Change, Continuity - And Rupture

From Aquino II To Duterte (2010-2018): Change, Continuity - And Rupture

The Duterte administration is often considered a rupture in Philippines' politics. Yet, how different is Duterte's programme of change from the past governments, particularly from its predecessor, the Aquino II administration? Is there a shift in regime orientation and policy preferences from Aquino II to Duterte? What will this mean to the future direction of Philippine democracy, its economic development, peace and security, and relations with other countries? This volume focuses on four critical areas-politics and governance; economic governance; Mindanao peace process; and international relations-to illustrate continuities or discontinuities in policies and governance of institutions to explain the dynamics of change in the Philippines.

Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao To Xi Jinping

Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao To Xi Jinping

In 1920s Shanghai, Zhou Enlai founded the first Chinese communist spy network, operating in the shadows against nationalists, Western powers and the Japanese. The story of Chinese spies has been a global one from the start. Unearthing previously unseen papers and interviewing countless insiders, Roger Faligot's astonishing account reveals nothing less than a century of world events shaped by Chinese spies. Working as scientists, journalists, diplomats, foreign students and businessmen, they've been everywhere, from Stalin's purges to 9/11. This murky world has swept up Ho Chi Minh, the Clintons and everyone in between, with the action moving from Cambodia to Cambridge, and from the Australian outback to the centres of Western power. This fascinating narrative exposes the sprawling tentacles of the world's largest intelligence service, from the very birth of communist China to Xi Jinping's absolute rule today.

Is The People's Action Party Here To Stay? Analysing The Resilience Of The One-Party Dominant State In Singapore

Is The People's Action Party Here To Stay? Analysing The Resilience Of The One-Party Dominant State In Singapore

This book examines the staying power of the People's Action Party, a political party that has governed Singapore since June 1959. A political titan with few chinks in its armour, the party has kept winning elections under three prime ministers and Singapore is about to witness a transition to the fourth prime minister. The party's seemingly unstoppable sterling performance makes the issue of the durability of the PAP highly critical. In light of the serious weakness of the Opposition and the strong performance legitimacy of the ruling party, it is worthwhile asking the question, can the PAP stumble and fall? Addressing this question is highly relevant given that similar political parties and structures have almost all collapsed elsewhere - the Barisan Nasional as the latest casualty with its defeat in Malaysia's 2018 General Elections. With an extensive coverage on domestic and international issues, up-to-date developments on the finalisation of the PAP's 4G leadership, the Workers' Party town council saga, and the efforts to form an opposition coalition led by Tan Cheng Bock are also analysed in this book.

Pursuing Open And Integrated Development For Shared Prosperity

Pursuing Open And Integrated Development For Shared Prosperity

The Singapore Lecture is one of the intellectual highlights of Singapore. It provides an opportunity for distinguished statesmen and leaders to reach a wider audience in Singapore. The 44th Singapore Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, on 13 November 2018.


Religion & Philosophy
Mental Health & The Gospel Community

Mental Health & The Gospel Community

This book speaks to and sheds light on mental illness in three ways. Following a theological overview from Leow Wen Pin, it first presents stories from Christians who have mental illness. Their honest accounts provide a glimpse into the realities of their suffering, the words that have helped them (and the ones that haven't), and the glimmer of hope that they find in Christ. Second, it offers testimonies from those who are caregivers of loved ones with mental illness. Their words give insight into the realities of their journey, the real questions they have for God, and, mostly, the heart that they have for those they are caring for. Third, it provides perspectives from pastors who have either struggled with mental illness or who are actively providing lifegiving communities in their churches for those who do. Their practical and loving advice offers stepping stones that can guide the Gospel community into becoming a safe place for those with mental illness.

Men For Christ: Living Out Our Faith Volume Ii

Men For Christ: Living Out Our Faith Volume Ii

Men for Christ: Living Out Our Faith Vol. II is a bold response to the crisis of masculinity in the church. This second volume features 22 more men who passionately address the issues that often hinder men from rising into their God-given destinies. The first half of the book deals with topics pertaining to deep inward restoration to Christlikeness: sexual purity, anger management, the importance of being accountable, and mental health. The second half of the book explores the outward expressions of faith that emerge from a renewed heart: being an effective marketplace minister and evangelism to the nations. Together, they form a picture of hope of the holistic transformation that God can do both in a man and, through him, in the world today.

Owl's Journey, An: Essays To Commemorate The 70Th Birthday Of David W F Wong

Owl's Journey, An: Essays To Commemorate The 70Th Birthday Of David W F Wong

This collection of 20 essays explores how the church intersects with a range of different spheres: leadership, the arts, academia and pastoral care. It challenges us to consider the possibilities of what a healthy and well-rounded church can accomplish.

Calm In Chaos: A Personal Perspective To Managing Conflict

Calm In Chaos: A Personal Perspective To Managing Conflict

We encounter conflicts every day and in every aspect of our lives. It's inescapable. But let's face it, the world will be a much better place when there are fewer conflicts. So how do we can manage, deal and overcome our conflicts better? In other words, how do we find our calm amidst all the bustling chaos? Calm in Chaos will allow readers, from all walks of life, to better understand the concept of conflict and where it stems from.

Geography Of Thought, The: How Asians And Westerners Think Differently... And Why

Geography Of Thought, The: How Asians And Westerners Think Differently... And Why

As Professor Nisbett shows in The Geography of Thought people actually think - and even see - the world differently, because of differing ecologies, social structures, philosophies, and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China, and that have survived into the modern world. As a result, East Asian thought is "holistic" - drawn to the perceptual field as a whole, and to relations among objects and events within that field. By comparison to Western modes of reasoning, East Asian thought relies far less on categories, or on formal logic; it is fundamentally dialectic, seeking a "middle way" between opposing thoughts. By contrast, Westerners focus on salient objects or people, use attributes to assign them to categories, and apply rules of formal logic to understand their behaviour.

Eastern Philosophy: The Greatest Thinkers And Sages From Ancient To Modern Times

Eastern Philosophy: The Greatest Thinkers And Sages From Ancient To Modern Times

Spanning from 1200 BCE to the present day, this fascinating guide covers a wide breadth of Eastern thinkers including Muhammad, Gandhi and Mao Zedong. These individuals and their philosophical concepts are introduced in a lively and lucid narrative with fascinating biographical detail. Packed with wisdom spanning thousands of years, Eastern Philosophy introduces some unique approaches to some of life's great questions.


Science & Technology
50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: Flora And Fauna

50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: Flora And Fauna

Discover 50 little-known facts about Istana, the place previously known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. In Flora and Fauna, you'll discover 50 little-known facts about the curious creatures to be found within its gardens, the great heritage trees that dot its landscape and conservation programmes that help keep the Istana domain well maintained into the future.

Nature Trails Of Seberang Perai: Nature, Ecology And Environment

Nature Trails Of Seberang Perai: Nature, Ecology And Environment

Explore a range of trails with this trekker's companion written by avid hiker, Rexy Prakash Chacko. From coastal and riverbank walks for beginners to challenging hill climbs for the fit, these trails are spread across the three districts of mainland Penang, Malaysia. The book is vividly illustrated with maps and photographs, bringing the wonders of Seberang Perai's natural assets to the fore.


Social Issues
At A Moment's Notice: Indonesian Maids Write On Their Lives Abroad

At A Moment's Notice: Indonesian Maids Write On Their Lives Abroad

Life abroad for Indonesian women hired as domestic workers is more than the job. In their spare time, some will plan a better life back home when their work contract ends. Others will venture out to experience the cities where they now work, even posing as locals and living life to the fullest. And some of these women can write. Recently, a new genre of Indonesian women's literature has developed, one in which - often in short stories - authors reimagine their experiences as domestic workers in foreign lands. Now, for the first time, a selection of these stories has been collected and translated into English. Collectively, these stories provide an honest description of the complex and multifaceted reasons for working abroad, the maids' living and working conditions, and their hopes and dreams for a better life. The stories are also a delightful read.

This Is What Inequality Looks Like (Second Edition)

This Is What Inequality Looks Like (Second Edition)

This new edition features a new Afterword by the author, and a Foreword by Kwok Kian Woon, Professor of Sociology at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. What is poverty? What is inequality? How are they connected? How are they reproduced? How might they be overcome? Why should we try? 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.

Contentious Belonging: The Place Of Minorities In Indonesia

Contentious Belonging: The Place Of Minorities In Indonesia

Contention has surrounded the status of minorities throughout Indonesian history. Two broad polarities are evident: one inclusive of minorities, regarding them as part of the nation's rich complexity and a manifestation of its "Unity in Diversity" motto; the other exclusive, viewing with suspicion or disdain those communities or groups that differ from the perceived majority. This book explores the complex historical and contemporary dimensions of Indonesia's religious, ethnic, LGBT and disability minorities from a range of perspectives, including historical, legal, political, cultural, discursive and social. It addresses fundamental questions about Indonesia's tolerance and acceptance of difference, and examines the extent to which diversity is embraced or suppressed.

Contentious Belonging: The Place Of Minorities In Indonesia

Contentious Belonging: The Place Of Minorities In Indonesia

Contention has surrounded the status of minorities throughout Indonesian history. Two broad polarities are evident: one inclusive of minorities, regarding them as part of the nation's rich complexity and a manifestation of its "Unity in Diversity" motto; the other exclusive, viewing with suspicion or disdain those communities or groups that differ from the perceived majority. This book explores the complex historical and contemporary dimensions of Indonesia's religious, ethnic, LGBT and disability minorities from a range of perspectives, including historical, legal, political, cultural, discursive and social. It addresses fundamental questions about Indonesia's tolerance and acceptance of difference, and examines the extent to which diversity is embraced or suppressed.


Travel
Down And Out In Paradise: A Memoir - East, West, Sex, Death

Down And Out In Paradise: A Memoir - East, West, Sex, Death

Luke Williams flies to Kuala Lumpur coming down off crystal meth without plans or much cash. He is in Asia for three years. He spends time working as a prostitute in Pattaya, eats snake heart in Vietnam, consults an American medium in Ubud, and explores the eye-popping red light scenes in Jakarta and the Philippines. Along the way, he encounters other Westerners who go to Asia for the things they can't find at home - riches, wives, ladyboys, cheap living and even cheaper drugs, cults, spices, mountains, tropical beaches, beach gigolos, 'self-esteem' necklaces, and ascended masters.

Wanderlust: The Amazing Ida Pfeiffer - The First Female Tourist

Wanderlust: The Amazing Ida Pfeiffer - The First Female Tourist

Wanderlust is the true story of Ida Pfeiffer (1797-1858), one of the most remarkable female travellers who ever lived - a housewife who decided to follow her dreams despite the strong disapproval of society. At a time when it was considered utterly impossible, Pfeiffer set off alone to travel the world. Along the way, she survived storms at sea, parched deserts, plague, malaria, drowning, earthquakes, robbers, murderers, head hunters and cannibals. She became the first woman to circle the globe alone - and then the first to do so twice. As a result of her incredible exploits and her best-selling travel books, Pfeiffer became one of the most famous women in the world in the nineteenth century.

Laotian Pages: A Classic Account Of Travel In Upper, Middle And Lower Laos

Laotian Pages: A Classic Account Of Travel In Upper, Middle And Lower Laos

Laos, 1900 - a frontier land caught in a power struggle between Eastern kingdoms and Western colonial powers, a fertile place teetering between an ancient pastoral existence and the modern machine age. Alfred Raquez's Laotian Pages vividly describes his exploration of the diverse kingdoms of Laos at the turn of the last century with the same Parisian verve and ironic turn of mind that he brought to his first travel book. Raquez's keen eye and sensitivity to the exotic in both nature and human culture, combined with a mastery of the genre and his hallmark conversational style, transport the reader to the largely unexplored frontier of fin-de-siecle Indochina. Long known only to specialists on the history and ethnography of the region, this new work presents a scholarly translation into English together with Raquez's original photographs that will finally allow a wide audience to experience the joys and hardships of travel in a land that is both timeless and forever changing.

From The Lion's Mouth: A Journey Along The Indus

From The Lion's Mouth: A Journey Along The Indus

Iain Campbell has been fascinated by mountains for as long as he can remember. In his new book, he tells the story of a journey following the course of the Indus River from its mouth in the mudflats of Karachi through the Karakorum, Kashmir and the Himalayas to its source in Ladakh on the Indian side of the Tibetan plateau, where it springs from the 'Lion's Mouth' on Mount Kailash. His narrative paints an insightful, honest and heartfelt portrait of Pakistan. Engrossing and eye-opening, Iain Campbell's account of his travels through this mesmerising land will appeal to travellers, mountaineers, trekkers, wilderness enthusiasts, anyone interested in the culture and history of the subcontinent, and fans of quality travel writing.