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Architecture
Small Homes: Grand Living - Interior Design For Compact Spaces

Small Homes: Grand Living - Interior Design For Compact Spaces

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

Bohemian Residence: Metropolitan Apartments And Interior Design

Bohemian Residence: Metropolitan Apartments And Interior Design

Bohemian Residence delves into the opulence and diversity of urban living across the globe. The detailed portraits take readers across the threshold and provide a tantalizing tour. Be it the witty elegance of the French, the boldness of an Italian modernist apartment, or enticing domestic cabinets of curiosity, these metropolitan dwellings illustrate and inspire the lavish possibilities of contemporary city living.


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

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

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

Oil Paintings Of Lee Man-Fong, The

Oil Paintings Of Lee Man-Fong, The

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

Shifting Currents: Glimpses Of A Changing Nation

Shifting Currents: Glimpses Of A Changing Nation

Shifting Currents: Glimpses of a Changing Nation is the first book to present a significant collection of Kouo Shang-Wei's most arresting images from his lifetime of photography.

Artist Speaks, The: Georgette Chen

Artist Speaks, The: Georgette Chen

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

Kandy Esala Perahera: A Photographic Journey

Kandy Esala Perahera: A Photographic Journey

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

Retrographic: History's Most Exciting Images Transformed Into Living Colour

Retrographic: History's Most Exciting Images Transformed Into Living Colour

Through the careful selection of striking images and dedicated colourization research, Retrographic will take you on a visual tour of the distant past. Many of these moments are already burned into our collective memory through the power of photography as shared by people across the 177-year long Age of the Image. And now, these visual time capsules are collected together for the first time and presented in living colour. Littered with informative gems and a powerful narrative that bounces themes of conflict, exploration, progress, regression, culture and hope across the Age of the Image, Retrographic is the ultimate celebration of human civilization's most impactful medium.

Georgia O'keeffe: Visions Of Hawai'i

Georgia O'keeffe: Visions Of Hawai'i

This book explores Georgia O'Keeffe's love for Hawai'i through more than 15 paintings inspired by the beautiful landscape. In 1939, Georgia O'Keeffe, who at 51 was among the most famous artists in the United States, accepted a commission from the Hawaiian Pineapple Company to produce two paintings for advertising campaigns. Her nine-week trip to Hawai'i resulted in 20 paintings, which reveal that O'Keeffe - most commonly associated with the stark deserts of New Mexico - was profoundly inspired by what she saw and experienced on the lush, tropical Hawaiian Islands. This groundbreaking volume offers a unique perspective by foregrounding the ecological complexity of the Hawaiian Islands - one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth - that is hidden behind O'Keeffe's depictions.

Paper Material, Medium And Magic

Paper Material, Medium And Magic

Wide-ranging and multi-faceted this intriguing and beautifully produced book will change the way you relate to paper in an increasingly "paperless" society. While sheets of paper are disappearing from our homes and offices, the medium is experiencing a renaissance in the worlds of art, design, and architecture. Suddenly, paper is everywhere - but not only in the old familiar places or forms. This fascinating book looks at every aspect of paper: its history, composition, production, application, and trade. Beginning with the anatomy of paper and its earliest forms, this book looks at paper as a symbol of political and economic importance and as a carrier of ideas, from literature to art, design, and music. It looks at the different surfaces, opacities, weights and volumes of paper and how it is used for printing, typography, graphics, and maps as well as a vehicle for origami, architecture, and fashion. Sumptuously illustrated with photographs and drawings, this book includes a variety of papers for readers to examine and feel, highlighting the sensual aspects of this seemingly ordinary product.

After Utopia: Revisiting The Ideal In Asian Contemporary Art

After Utopia: Revisiting The Ideal In Asian Contemporary Art

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

Medium At Large: Shapeshifting Material & Methods In Contemporary Art

Medium At Large: Shapeshifting Material & Methods In Contemporary Art

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

Bencharong: Chinese Porcelain For Siam

Bencharong: Chinese Porcelain For Siam

Bencharong, a unique class of Chinese export ware, was made exclusively for Thai royalty and the ruling elite in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Enamelled porcelain containers and dishes for the table and boudoir are resplendent in kaleidoscopic colors inspired by verdant, tropical vegetation. Lai Nam Thong ('gold-washed'), a variant, takes the opulence of this ware to a pinnacle by adding gold as an embellishment. Although Bencharong belongs both in place and time to the broader tradition of Chinese export art for the European and American markets, it is distinctively Thai in style and aesthetics. A wealth of lavish illustrations, many never before published, are visual revelations of Bencharong's splendor. The author traces the history of Bencharong from the renowned kilns of Jingdezhen to enamelling centres at coastal ports in southern China and its final destination - Ayutthaya and Bangkok.

Vibrancy In Stone: Masterpieces Of The Da Nang Museum Of Cham Sculpture

Vibrancy In Stone: Masterpieces Of The Da Nang Museum Of Cham Sculpture

This catalogue assembles sumptuous photographs of the world's leading collection of Cham sculpture, along with the most recent insights of Vietnamese and international scholars. The Champa culture thrived in magnificent temples, sculpture, dance and music along the central and southern coast of today's Vietnam from the 5th to the 15th centuries. A focused exploration here uncovers this brilliant yet almost lost culture to newcomers as well as experts. To mark its centenary, the Dà Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture has been expanded and refurbished to appropriately house the world's leading collection of Cham art. The museum staff, supported by the Southeast Asia art programme of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SoaS), London University, funded by the Alphawood Foundation, worked in concert with researchers from around the world to present these masterpieces.

Chasing Dreams

Chasing Dreams

Growing up between the Netherlands and South Africa, Dennis Swiatkowski knew early on that sunny climates suited him best. As a result, much of his fashion photography emanates with warm, dreamy light. This gorgeous book features signature works including spreads in Glamour, Elle, and Vice and for brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Tommy Hilfiger. Many of these photographs feel like cinematic stills, capturing moments of a larger story. Others celebrate expansive landscapes - beaches, mountains, grassland, and forests. Together they show why this young photographer is one of the most sought-after in his field.

Graphic Design For Art, Fashion, Film, Architecture, Photography, Product Design & Everything In Between

Graphic Design For Art, Fashion, Film, Architecture, Photography, Product Design & Everything In Between

This guide explores ways in which graphic designers can successfully collaborate with other creative professionals and sectors, whether it be a more sophisticated logo for a product, a better-designed lookbook for a fashion brand, or a more intuitive wayfinding system for a museum. The book features exceptionally conceived design solutions across a variety of industries - from architecture and product design to art, fashion, and film. Through dynamic spreads, readers will discover the Berlin-based studio Hort's transformative campaign for Nike; Base's responsive, flexible logo for Munich's Haus der Kunst museum; how design agency Bond worked with ArtRabbit, a website and app that catalogs contemporary art exhibitions, on a clever identity rollout; and how John Haslam, managing director of bespoke paper company G.F Smith, feels about the process of working with designers. Each example illustrates the significance of the graphic designer's role in making a campaign marketable and successful. Insights from clients and the designers themselves reveal the inner workings of the design process. An indispensable reference for the graphic design industry, this visually arresting and informative volume shows how excellence can be achieved when creative minds work together.

50 Contemporary Artists You Should Know

50 Contemporary Artists You Should Know

From painters and photographers to sculptors and performance artists, fifty of the most influential contemporary artists are profiled in this colorful and engaging book that traces the various artistic movements and radical changes of the second half of the twentieth century. Presented chronologically, each artist is featured in one or two double page spreads that include brilliant reproductions of their most important works, a succinct text about their work and life, an insightful biography with key dates in their career, and informative background on major developments in the art world. As diverse and inspiring as the artists themselves, this book is a voyage of discovery into art's cutting edge.

50 Impressionist Paintings You Should Know

50 Impressionist Paintings You Should Know

No artistic education is complete without a healthy dose of Impressionism. Here fifty of the most important works from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries are gorgeously reproduced, including the best of Monet, Degas, van Gogh, Renoir, Cézanne, Cassatt, Manet, Seurat, and Pisarro. Each piece is given a brief overview establishing its place in the Impressionist pantheon as well as in its artist's oeuvre. An introductory text explains the Impressionistic style, tracing the movement's development, while an appendix offers biographies of the artists. The result is a veritable tour on Impressionism, offering an enjoyable and practical art history lesson that everyone can enjoy.

Mohan Samant: Paintings

Mohan Samant: Paintings

Mohan Samant (1924 - 2004), among the earliest of the post-Independence modern Indian artists to train in India and settle as a successful mature artist in the West, has been called 'one of the few artists who has successfully made the bridge between Eastern and Western traditions.' This volume, the definitive work on the artist, presents a comprehensive overview of Samant's life and work, and includes essays on his place in the development of modernism in post-Independence India, a chronological survey of the styles, techniques, and themes employed by the artist and analyses of the media and techniques he utilized.

Chandigarh Revealed: Le Corbusier's City Today

Chandigarh Revealed: Le Corbusier's City Today

A photographic journey through a remarkable modernist landscape, it pays homage to the works of Le Corbusier with reflective observations on Chandigarh.

Yan Wang Preston: Forest

Yan Wang Preston: Forest

Planting trees, you put down roots. And what about those who dig them up? In China, the country where cities are springing up, transplanting nature is big business. In the photo series Forest Yan tracks down many uprooted creatures that are now in concrete deserts, once again questioning our sense of the meaning of homeland.

India: Art Now

India: Art Now

Contemporary art in India has enjoyed a tremendous flourishing since the early 1990s. As Indian artists establish an ever-stronger presence on the global art scene, India: Art Now shows how their negotiations of the global and the local are yielding fascinating fruit. Leading Indian critics, scholars, writers and artists discuss new developments and artistic positions in Indian contemporary art, and its role on the global art scene.

Contemporary Korean Photography

Contemporary Korean Photography

The 77 photographers selected in this project observe and interpret social and cultural changes in Korea from their own perspectives. Korea is expressed through portraits, cityscapes, records of daily life and digitally reconstructed works by, among others, Bien-U Bae, Sungsoo Koo, Soonchoel Byun and Sanghyun Lee.

Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke Of The West

Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke Of The West

Iraqi-American Michael Rakowitz's provocative multimedia projects confront popular political histories, particularly those of the US and Iraq. Whether serving Iraqi cuisine from his Enemy Kitchen food truck alongside Iraqi refugees and war vets, or recreating items lost during the 2003 looting of the National Museum in Baghdad, Rakowitz works to address the trauma created by Saddam Hussein's regime and the US. The book explores ten of Rakowitz's most renowned works and a new commission.

In The Fields Of Empty Days: The Intersection Of Past And Present In Iranian Art

In The Fields Of Empty Days: The Intersection Of Past And Present In Iranian Art

The past is a continuous and inescapable part of Iranian art and culture. This book beautifully demonstrates this notion with examples dating from the 1970s to the present - a time of turmoil and political upheaval. Featuring a dizzying variety of works - from paintings and photography to political cartoons and posters - this volume shows how contemporary artists appropriate and recontextualize myth and history to tell powerful new stories about life in Iran.

3D: Double Vision

3D: Double Vision

This book follows the cyclical development of 3D media from the 1830s to the present, tracing an alternate history of modernism in which virtual depth takes precedence over material flatness. Encompassing nearly 200 years of innovation and covering a wide range of genres, artists, and media-from sophisticated perceptual experimentation to popular cinema-this volume explores how and why 3D images remain wondrous to 21st-century artists and audiences. Each book includes 3D viewing apparatuses to allow readers to fully engage in this multi-dimensional history of artistic expression.

Mr Chow: 50 Years

Mr Chow: 50 Years

In the mid-sixties, armed with desire and passion, M (aka Michael Chow) established his vision of bridging the East with the West through the cuisine of China in a participatory theater of art, architecture, and design. Portraits of multiple generations of the Chow family by the most prominent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries portray how M holds court in the artistic community. Images of all iconic Mr Chow restaurants, spread throughout the globe from London to New York, Mexico City, and Beverly Hills, are captured here as well. The volume also features an illustrated history for Mr Chow's famous Beijing duck and hand-pulled noodles.

Photography In India: A Critical History From 1840 To The Present

Photography In India: A Critical History From 1840 To The Present

India has one of the richest and most extensive histories of photography in the world with the camera arriving in the country only a few years after its invention in Europe. Organized chronologically, this book covers over 150 years of photographs, divided into ten chapters which focus on themes and genres such as archaeology and ethnography, portraiture, photojournalism, social documentary, street photography, modernism, and contemporary art.

Xing Danwen: Captive Of Love

Xing Danwen: Captive Of Love

Since 1989, when she began photographing the lives of artists squatting on the fringes of Beijing, Xing Danwen has forged a significant identity in the Chinese art world. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue, Captive of Love, focus on Xing's relationship to Beijing and feature works from all of her major series Through photographs, installations, and videos, Xing positions herself inside the event as a subject, a model, or a critical eye, creating a visual language that is both subversive and poetic.

Dot Art: Sticker Seurat

Dot Art: Sticker Seurat

The perfect fun and relaxing art project for adults and children, this activity pack includes everything needed for readers to make their own Pointillist sticker masterpiece. Containing 14 sticker sheets with over three-thousand colored circular stickers and a poster "canvas" of colored outlines, readers simply need to match the colored stickers to the outlines found on the poster to recreate the painting. With a handy folder-style flap that allows for easy storage and transportation of the artwork in progress, this is the perfect activity to take on vacation or to unwind after a busy day.

Islamic Bookbinding

Islamic Bookbinding

Islamic Bookbinding is dedicated to highlight the development of the binding tradition in the Islamic world. Over 70 bindings from the collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia are analysed and presented within their historical context. Bindings made of leather, lacquer and textile, gilded or blind tooled or exquisitely painted form the catalogue section of this publication. Moreover, the catalogue take a comprehensive look into the bookbinding technique discuss the stitching process, the preparation of the binding and its doublure, and flap. The catalogue also explores the art of bookbinding from around the Islamic world, spanning geographically from the Maghreb and moving eastward to cover the Malay world and China, and covering the various practices and decorative repertoire of binding known to Islamic dynasties such as the Mamluk, Ottoman, Safavid and Qajar.

Introduction To Islamic Arts - Calligraphy: The Collection Of The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Introduction To Islamic Arts - Calligraphy: The Collection Of The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

This volume presents in four sections some of the most important historical developments, artistic trends as well as selected masterpieces produced within the Islamic world, that took place within a span of 1000 years, covering a vast geographical area from the Iberian Peninsula to Southeast Asia and China. A special attention is given to calligraphy, highlighting the role it played in the design of both religious and everyday arts and crafts, as well as in developing a distinctive visual culture inspired by Islam. The publication features over 50 artefacts with exquisite calligraphy by renowned scribes from royal and private ateliers representing the most important script styles produced during the apogee of Islamic dynasties. It also introduces calligraphy produced on paper, engraved and enamelled on metal, vibrant on ceramics, carved on wood, lacquered on papier-maché and embellishing sacred textiles. The collection takes us to the 20th century and presents calligraphy in the contemporary and modern world.

Dala'il Al-Khayrat: Prayer Manuscripts From The 16Th - 19Th Centuries

Dala'il Al-Khayrat: Prayer Manuscripts From The 16Th - 19Th Centuries

In conjunction with the "Dala'il al-Khayrat: Prayer Manuscripts From The 16th To 19th Centuries" exhibition, IAMM is proud to announce the latest addition of its publications that will enhance the experience and knowledge about these celebrated manuscripts from the Islamic Word. Featuring more than 100 artefacts from the collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, the catalogue unveils the beauty and intricacy of the pages of Dala'il al-Khayrat and other related artefacts. The collection highlights Dala'il al-Khayrat copies from its native land, Morocco to as far as East Turkistan and China. Dala'il al-Khayrat has inspired calligraphers, illuminators and painters of court ateliers in producing sumptuous illustrated and illuminated manuscripts. These manuscripts reveals the history and the diverse art form of the Islamic World. The catalogue offers 180 pages of informative contents about one of the most important manuscript in the Islamic world.

Inkpulse: The Art Of Yeo Shih Yun 2000-2017

Inkpulse: The Art Of Yeo Shih Yun 2000-2017

INKPULSE: The Art of Yeo Shih Yun chronicles the course of Yeo Shih Yun's 18 years long artistic journey, from the early 2000s when she first fell in love with ink and decided to pursue her dream to today having founded an independent art space that speaks volumes of the exceptional creative collaborations she has been a part of over the years and established an impressive oeuvre of works that ranges from pure abstraction to unconventional experimentation. With an ink-based, East-meets-West aesthetic - influenced by the tutelage of the eminent painter Chua Ek Kay - this monograph conceptualises the artist's pulsating pursuit for new depths and new perspectives within and beyond the realm of Abstract Expressionism.

Strike Art: Contemporary Art And The Post-Occupy Condition

Strike Art: Contemporary Art And The Post-Occupy Condition

What is the relation of art to the practice of radical politics today? Strike Art explores this question through the historical lens of Occupy, an event that had artists at its core. Precarious, indebted, and radicalized, artists redirected their creativity from servicing the artworld into an expanded field of organizing in order to construct of a new - if internally fraught - political imaginary set off against the common enemy of the 1%. In the process, they called the bluff of a contemporary art system torn between ideals of radical critique, on the one hand, and an increasing proximity to Wall Street on the other-oftentimes directly targeting major art institutions themselves as sites of action.


Business
Hunting The Killer Idea

Hunting The Killer Idea

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

Promoting Green Local Currency Bonds For Infrastructure Development In Asean+3

Promoting Green Local Currency Bonds For Infrastructure Development In Asean+3

ASEAN+3 policy makers are exploring options to promote green local currency-denominated bonds to meet the region's infrastructure development needs. The Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN+3 are looking to explore options to promote green local currency-denominated bonds to meet the region's infrastructure development needs. Green bonds - supported within the ASEAN+3 framework - would help meet the long-term financing of the region especially in its transition to a low-carbon region. This publication highlights an assessment study of green bond markets in ASEAN+3, identifies the barriers to green bond market development, and proposes recommendations to scale up green bond markets for infrastructure development in ASEAN+3.

Public Financial Management Systems - Sri Lanka: Key Elements From A Financial Management Persp

Public Financial Management Systems - Sri Lanka: Key Elements From A Financial Management Persp

To improve preparation of projects intended for Sri Lanka, project teams and consultants should have a better understanding of the country's financial management systems. This report documents Sri Lanka's financial management systems covering budgeting, funds flow, accounting and reporting, and auditing systems. It provides insights into Sri Lanka's internal control systems, staffing resource capacity, and information technology structure.

Asia Bond Monitor – March 2018

Asia Bond Monitor – March 2018

The Asia Bond Monitor reviews recent developments in East Asian local currency bond markets along with the outlook, risks, and policy options. It covers the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus the People's Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; and the Republic of Korea. This issue of the Asia Bond Monitor includes two special discussion boxes. Box 1 discusses the short-term and long-term effects of global monetary policy normalization and the resultant tighter global liquidity in financial markets in the region. Box 2 discusses the effects of tighter global liquidity on financial stability in the region. It highlights the implications of rising interest rates on the region's private debt that accumulated during the low global interest rate environment, and the impacts on the region's aggregate demand and economic growth.

Indonesia: Enhancing Productivity Through Quality

Indonesia: Enhancing Productivity Through Quality

Indonesia faces the twin challenge of maintaining high economic growth and making growth more inclusive. Most policymakers now agree that better jobs and greater productivity are fundamental for sustaining rapid and more inclusive growth. This book focuses on Indonesia's most pressing labor market challenges and associated policy options. It provides a clear understanding of the labor market, demographic and labor force transitions, and the role of education and skills development to build the foundation for sustainable growth for the next generation.

Asean+3 Bond Market Guide 2018: Myanmar

Asean+3 Bond Market Guide 2018: Myanmar

This Bond Market Guide provides an update for current and future domestic, regional, and international market participants on the tremendous developments in the Myanmar securities market. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar began to emphasize the development of its financial and capital markets in 2008. Much has been achieved since then.

Asean+3 Bond Market Guide 2018: Cambodia

Asean+3 Bond Market Guide 2018: Cambodia

This Bond Market Guide reports on the significant developments expected in Cambodia's bond market, including the issuance of corporate and government bonds and subsequent debt securities listings on the Cambodia Securities Exchange. Among the long-term development objectives of Cambodia's Financial Sector Development Strategy 2011-2020 were to develop the government securities market and to issue government bonds by the National Treasury. In 2010, the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) was established. The National Bank of Cambodia began issuing negotiable certificates of deposit in 2013, effectively creating an interbank money market.

Traders' Blueprint, The: Winning Strategies For Profiting From Stocks, Forex, Commodities And Options

Traders' Blueprint, The: Winning Strategies For Profiting From Stocks, Forex, Commodities And Options

In The Traders' Blueprint, you'll find winning strategies to profit from stocks, options, and Forex trading. Following Collin Seow's best-selling trading book The Systematic Trader, this book expands on his strategies along with three other proven top traders that he personally knows and endorses. There are many different types of asset classes to trade, and The Traders' Blueprint offers creative strategies for trading stocks, options, and Forex. It's an exciting time to trade the markets and generate returns on your money that will pay you over and over again. This book will show you, no holds barred, how skilled traders create the alpha to build consistent wealth.


Children
Trusthearts & Tails - The Greatest King Of All

Trusthearts & Tails - The Greatest King Of All

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

Trusthearts & Tails - Pepper's Promise

What secret lie behind the special bond between humans and animals? Find out in Trusthearts & Tails, the exciting new series set in the award-winning Tails of Ae'tann universe! Pepper made Vara a promise, but with so many obstacles in his way, how will he return to her?

Trusthearts & Tails - Harry And The Haunted House

Trusthearts & Tails - Harry And The Haunted House

Why does an ominous chitter arise from the abandoned house on the hill during every storm? Harry knows that there is something, something evil in the house. Together with his new Guardian friends, Harry sets out to find out what, or who, has been terrifying the neighbourhood for years. What could possibly go wrong? In Harry and the Haunted House, the realm of Ae'tann and its interactions with our World is further explained. With its layered themes, breath-taking art and set in an awe-inspiring universe, Harry and the Haunted House is a book that both children and adults will love.

Tails Of Aetann: A Sunset Story Part 3 - A War With Shadows

Tails Of Aetann: A Sunset Story Part 3 - A War With Shadows

Red and Olive find themselves in the middle of the greatest war ever fought between Guardians and Shadows - with Ollie's life at stake. The situation looks grim - the Guardians are severely outnumbered and the Shadows have a cunning and ruthless leader. Who will fall? Who will survive? Who wins the War? And what is the secret of Ae'tann?

Tails Of Aetann: A Sunset Story Part 2 - The Rainbow Fields

Tails Of Aetann: A Sunset Story Part 2 - The Rainbow Fields

With Ollie alone in the World, Red and Olive make the fateful decision to try and reach him by joining the Guardians. But if they fail in their quest, they could be exiled forever! Follow the puppies as they continue their exiting, but dangerous journey in The Rainbow Fields, the second part of A Sunset Story, a magical and heart-warming tale about courage, sacrifice, and undying love that is perfect for children, animal lovers and the young at heart.

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

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

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

Mount Emily

Mount Emily

While digging around their school's backyard in search of an urban legend, Patsy Goh and her best friend Elena are whisked back in time to 1987. Trapped in their mums' 13-year-old bodies, the duo race against the clock to hunt down the magical time crystal that got them in this mess, before the evil Midnight Warriors find it and cause a time crisis that could destroy all of existence.

Music From Around The World For Three-Part Recorder Ensembles

Music From Around The World For Three-Part Recorder Ensembles

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

Illustrated Atlas Of Architecture And Marvelous Monuments, The

Illustrated Atlas Of Architecture And Marvelous Monuments, The

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

A.F.K. Away From Keyboard: Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Wifi And Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead?

A.F.K. Away From Keyboard: Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Wifi And Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead?

Tactile experience is the foundation of a balanced education. You want your kids to develop strong communication between the body and brain. Digital feeds the head while starving the body. Find balance through creative projects. Body and brain combine. Go AFK today. You. Must. Create. Who has time to organise creative activities for their kids these days? What if you could give them an instant, ready made creative mini-project to get them away from the console and up at the big table, working with their hands, eyes and imaginations? Enter AFK. Give them a reason to be away from the keyboard. This big brilliant collection of instant activities will give your four eyed darlings a break from digital life and teach them to be proud of their own ideas. You don't need to be a Pinterest Parent to make these moments happen.

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

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

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

Hua Mulan: Legendary Woman Warrior

Hua Mulan: Legendary Woman Warrior

This book tells of the inspirational story of Hua Mulan, the legendary Chinese female warrior who pledges to fight for her family and country in the most unusual way: by disguising herself as a man - a filial "son" who takes the place of her aged and sick father at the battlefront. Quick-witted and well-skilled in martial arts, Hua Mulan fights valiantly and scores many victories throughout her many years in the army, never once having her real identity revealed. With stirring and unforgettable scenes, this comic book captures the legendary Chinese heroine at her most brilliant, ensuring that the legend of Mulan, that most enduring symbol of loyalty and filial piety, continues to live on.

Do Gallery Sitters Sit All Day? Things People Really Do In A Museum

Do Gallery Sitters Sit All Day? Things People Really Do In A Museum

What is a docent? What does an artwork conservator do? Take a look behind the scenes to discover what goes on inside an art museum. With colourful illustrations featuring the beautiful architecture of National Gallery Singapore, Do Gallery Sitters Sit All Day? Things People Really Do in a Museum brings readers into the daily lives of museum professionals as they prepare exhibitions, receive artworks and guide visitors around the museum.

Show & Tell Me The World: A Picture Dictionary

Show & Tell Me The World: A Picture Dictionary

As the pages unfold, Show & Tell Me The World guides readers through the nuances of everyday life. Otto, the young furry protagonist, is seen on every page partaking in various daily activities. The previously humdrum tasks of eating a meal at the table or being tucked in at night are playfully presented alongside exciting episodes of riding in an airplane or attending a concert.

Andersen: The Illustrated Fairy Tales Of Hans Christian Andersen

Andersen: The Illustrated Fairy Tales Of Hans Christian Andersen

Like the complementary volume, Grimm, the original texts of traditional stories such as "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes" are combined with contemporary visuals by imaginative and skilled artists. The plethora of aesthetic styles presented in Andersen appeals to a wide audience from young children to grandparents to design aficionados.

Issun Boshi: The One-Inch Boy

Issun Boshi: The One-Inch Boy

This classic Japanese fairy tale tells the story of Issun Boshi, the tiny son of an old, long childless couple. As in any proper fairy tale, Issun Boshi is tested in several adventures. He handles himself so bravely that, in the end, he is rewarded with just the right princess.

Carousel Of Animals, The

Carousel Of Animals, The

A lion riding a dog, monkeys boxing a kangaroo, a fox riding a fire engine... This is one ride children won't want to miss! The Carousel of Animals will enchant both young and old with the paper craftsmanship that is a signature of Gerard Lo Monaco's work. His striking illustrations captivate the imagination and delightful rhymes give pace to each spin of this madcap journey on the animal carousel.

Atlas Of Imaginary Places, An

Atlas Of Imaginary Places, An

Upside-down mountains, volcanoes that spew bubble gum, a gentle humpback whale keeping an entire city afloat. These and other wonderful worlds may not exist on Earth, but elsewhere - who knows? Each spread of this captivating book invites readers on a fantastic voyage. Perfect for before-bed reading, or daytime dreaming, this stunningly illustrated book will delight young readers and encourage them to conjure their own imaginary places.

Open: A Boy's Wayang Adventure

Open: A Boy's Wayang Adventure

Open is a 10-year-old-boy with a curiosity for life and the things that happen around him. He is on the autism spectrum, loves to draw and is especially good at drawing monkeys. When his class is chosen to put up a Chinese Opera based on the Monkey King and the Journey to the West, Open must find it in himself to overcome his obstacles and boldly step on stage. A heartwarming story about friendship beyond barriers, Open is a gift calling to the largeness of our hearts. Open is based off the film "The Wayang Kids" by Brainchild Pictures.


Culture & People
Archaeology Matters: Action Archaeology In The Modern World

Archaeology Matters: Action Archaeology In The Modern World

Archaeology is perceived to study the people of long ago and far away. How could archaeology matter in the modern world? Well-known archaeologist Jeremy Sabloff points to ways in which archaeology might be important to the understanding and amelioration of contemporary problems. Though archaeologists have commonly been associated with efforts to uncover cultural identity, to restore the past of underrepresented peoples, and to preserve historical sites, their knowledge and skills can be used in many other ways. Archaeologists help Peruvian farmers increase crop yields, aid city planners in reducing landfills, and guide local communities in tourism development and water management. This brief volume, aimed at students and other prospective archaeologists, challenges the field to go beyond merely understanding the past and actively engage in making a difference in the today's world.

Lisu, The: Far From The Ruler

Lisu, The: Far From The Ruler

The Lisu: Far From The Ruler, by award-winning journalist and historian Michele Zack, documents 30 years of globalization for this hill-dwelling ethnic group whose name in China means "those who have come down from the roof of the world," a possible reference to the eastern Tibetan plateau. Few studies have been conducted on the Lisu and the results of data collected by missionaries and anthropologists have not been optimized in part due to reluctance for mutual recognition and knowledge sharing. At a time when the group's cultural cohesion is increasingly under threat, this is a welcome contribution to the study of this little-known ethnic group.

Being Malaysia

Being Malaysia

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

Excavations, Interrogations, Krishen Jit & Contemporary Malaysian Theatre

Excavations, Interrogations, Krishen Jit & Contemporary Malaysian Theatre

This volume comprises essays, critical reflections and a performance text that stem from an experimental theatre conference held in January 2015 on the work of Malaysian theatre director Krishen Jit (1939 - 2005). Fourteen writers from different disciplines, generations and backgrounds draw from personal encounters, critical theory and performance analysis to engage with ideas about Krishen's theatre. They excavate and interrogate Krishen's practice in relation to a politics of theatre, culture and identity, experimentation and networking, archiving and remembering. Readers are invited to encounter and reflect on these ideas dialogically through works, images, design elements and textual interventions that intimate, if not perform, the way interactions occurred during the conference. Just as a performance relies on an engaged audience, this book depends on active readers to apprehend, digest and respond to questions about the business of theatre.

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

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

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

Baba Folk Beliefs And Superstitions (Reprinted 2018)

Baba Folk Beliefs And Superstitions (Reprinted 2018)

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

Excavations, Interrogations, Krishen Jit & Contemporary Malaysian Theatre

This book recounts the interventions and interactions of Malaysian theatre doyen and arts leader Krishen Jit (1939-2005). Best known for his cross-disciplinary takes on the avant garde and unflinching engagement with the differences and ruptures of multicultural identity, Krishen saw theatre's critical function as inseparable from daily life. A touching and insightful dedication from fourteen arts professionals, Excavations combines personal narratives and critical analyses to shed light on Krishen's process, character, and lasting impact in contemporary theatre practice. This richly illustrated collection traverses writings and conversations, and even serves up some homemade caramelised carrots, in its exploration of Krishen's professional and personal legacy.

Svay: A Khmer Village In Cambodia

Svay: A Khmer Village In Cambodia

May Mayko Ebihara (1934-2005) was the first American anthropologist to conduct ethnographic research in Cambodia. Svay provides a remarkably detailed picture of individual villagers and of Khmer social structure and kinship, agriculture, politics, and religion. The world Ebihara described would soon be shattered by Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. Fifty percent of the villagers perished in the reign of terror, including those who had been Ebihara's adoptive parents and grandparents during her fieldwork. Never before published as a book, Ebihara's dissertation served as the foundation for much of our subsequent understanding of Cambodian history, society, and politics.

Consul In Paradise: Seventy-Four Years In Siam

Consul In Paradise: Seventy-Four Years In Siam

Consul in Paradise describes a life full of interest, and a world that is now long past. Embracing all of Siamese life, we discover a racing stable with just one pony and Siam expertise in beetle fighting, the Siamese language and etiquette, and the nuances between the mountain tribes. It relates a distant period of diplomacy, a time when Wood's duties could include concocting love potions, exorcizing evil spirits (at one time from a rice bin), and creating huge straw hats to protect elephants from sunstroke. This evocative portrait of a corner of the British Empire, an entertaining encounter between Victorian Britain and Siam, "consists merely of a little of the froth collected by a cork which has floated for 68 years on the seas of Siamese and Anglo-Siamese life." This is a new edition of a charming memoir that combines humor, history, and an exploration of a culture that is as distant in time as place.

Adventures Of A Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

Adventures Of A Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

In 1954, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expeditions for the BBC. This is the story of those voyages. Staying with local tribes while trekking in search of giant anteaters in Guyana, Komodo dragons in Indonesia and armadillos in Paraguay, he and the rest of the team battled with cannibal fish, aggressive tree porcupines and escape-artist wild pigs, as well as treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather, to record the incredible beauty and biodiversity of these regions. The methods may be outdated now, but the fascination and respect for the wildlife, the people and the environment - and the importance of protecting these wild places - is not.

Tokyo Romance: A Memoir

Tokyo Romance: A Memoir

When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, he found a feverish and surreal metropolis in the midst of an economic boom, where everything seemed new and history only remained in fragments. Through his adventures in the world of avant-garde theatre, his encounters with carnival acts, fashion photographers and moments on-set with Akira Kurosawa, Buruma underwent a radical transformation. For an outsider, unattached to the cultural burdens placed on the Japanese, this was a place to be truly free. A Tokyo Romance is a portrait of a young artist and the fantastical city that shaped him, and a timeless story about the desire to transgress boundaries: cultural, artistic and sexual.

World Press Photo 2018

World Press Photo 2018

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

Stay Gold: An Almost Healthy Boy In A Mostly Healthy World

Stay Gold: An Almost Healthy Boy In A Mostly Healthy World

What does it mean to be almost healthy? For Daniel Selvakumar, it was being born with a heart defect that offered a slim chance of surviving past childhood. At 14 months old, he underwent the first of three open-heart surgeries. Grappling with his own mortality, Daniel accepted the big and small gifts of life - a close-knit family, lasting friendships, a business launched, a first love. In his own way, he sought to leave the world a bit better, whether by helping a friend struggling with drug addiction, coaching teenagers or brightening the lives of nurses and fellow hospital patients in his last days. Eloquent, heartrending and pensive, Stay Gold is a glowing tapestry of a memoir told through the interwoven perspectives of Daniel, his parents and the people he loved.

Proceedings Of The 4Th Symposium - The Ictm Study Group On Performing Arts Of Southeast Asia

Proceedings Of The 4Th Symposium - The Ictm Study Group On Performing Arts Of Southeast Asia

Proceedings of the 4th Symposium: (i) Performing Arts and the Religious Impulse in Southeast Asia, (ii) Endangered Performing Arts Maintenance and Sustainability Efforts, (iii) New Research.

Perspectives On Bajau/ Sama' Diaspora Sabah Museum Monograph Vol. 13

Perspectives On Bajau/ Sama' Diaspora Sabah Museum Monograph Vol. 13

This volume comprises papers read at the International Conference on Bajau-Sama Diaspora & Maritime Southeast Asian Cultures at the Tun Sakaran Museum in Semporna in 2016 organised by Nusantara Performing Arts Research Centre (NusParc), the Department of Sabah Museum and the Kadazandusun Chair of Universiti Malaysia Sabah. This monograph publishes peer-reviewed re-submitted papers of the initial presentations based on specific themes on the study of Bajau-Sama' diaspora and maritime Southeast Asian cultures pertinent to the current case studies on Bajau Sama' communities in Semporna and within the Sulu Sea. Issues framed within the sub-themes on Migration, Politics, Rituals Performing Arts, Heritage, Material Culture, Language and Identity are discussed with the intention of seeking potential development models, affirmative actions and empowerment programs and interventions for Bajau-Sama' communities in Sabah.

Perspectives On Dance Education

Perspectives On Dance Education

This volume is based on the papers presented at the International Conference on Dance Education held on 13-17 August 2014 at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur supported by the Cultural Centre University of Malaya and National Department for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. The themes explored in the conference in relation to dance education were international perspectives on teaching, learning and creating; challenges; possibilities and prospects.

Hidden Face Of Eve, The

Hidden Face Of Eve, The

This powerful non-fiction account of the oppression of women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago. Nawal El Saadawi writes out of a powerful sense of the violence and injustice which permeated her society. Her experiences working as a doctor in villages around Egypt, witnessing prostitution, honour killings and sexual abuse, including female circumcision, drove her to give voice to this suffering. She goes on to explore the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature. Saadawi argues that the veil, polygamy and legal inequality are incompatible with the essence of Islam or any human faith.

Leftover Woman

Leftover Woman

In the early years of the People's Republic, the Communist Party sought to transform gender relations. Yet those gains have been steadily eroded in China's post-socialist era. Contrary to the image presented by China's media, women in China have experienced a dramatic rollback of rights and gains relative to men. In Leftover Women, Leta Hong Fincher exposes shocking levels of structural discrimination against women, and the broader damage this has caused to China's economy, politics, and development.

China And The New Maoists

China And The New Maoists

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

Employing The Enemy

Employing The Enemy

How would it feel to build homes on land stolen from you? This bitter toil is the daily reality for many Palestinians. Currently, thousands of Palestinians are working in, and building, illegal Israeli settlements. This work entails a rejection of their legal rights, little to no job security, low wages and dangerous working conditions. Through a vivid and moving narrative, based on many conversations with these workers and their families, Matthew Vickery explores the rationale, emotions, thoughts and consequences of such employment. In doing so, he draws attention to a previously neglected aspect of the Palestinian experience and Israeli subjugation. This, coupled with an innovative and ground-breaking analysis of the Israeli government's role in the settlement employment sector, exposes the true nature of these practices as a new, insidious form of state-sponsored forced labour.

Goodbye, My Kampong! Potong Pasir, 1966 To 1975

Goodbye, My Kampong! Potong Pasir, 1966 To 1975

Kampong life in Singapore did not end in 1965 with her independence. In Josephine Chia's new collection of non-fiction stories, the phasing out of attap-thatched villages, the largest mass movement in Singapore, is set against the backdrop of significant national events Weaving personal tribulations-her teenage angst-and the experiences of villagers from her kampong, Josephine skilfully parallels the hopes and challenges of a toddling nation going through the throes of industrialisation and rapid changes from 1966 to 1975. These delightful, real-life stories, sprinkled with snippets of her Peranakan culture, reveal the joie-de-vivre of gotong royong or community spirit, despite impoverished conditions, in the last days of kampong life.

Naysayer's Book Club, The: 26 Singaporeans You Need To Know

Naysayer's Book Club, The: 26 Singaporeans You Need To Know

In 26 conversations with 26 naysayers, this book is aimed at reflecting the spectrum of naysaying in Singapore's civil society. Each person is interviewed against the backdrop of his or her bookcase, putting front and centre a life of ideas and imagination. This is a book club for curious minds.

It's Only Blood: Shattering The Taboo Of Menstruation

It's Only Blood: Shattering The Taboo Of Menstruation

Across the world, 2 billion experience menstruation, yet menstruation is seen as a mark of shame. We are told not to discuss it in public, that tampons and sanitary pads should be hidden away, the blood rendered invisible. In many parts of the world, poverty, culture and religion collide causing the taboo around menstruation to have grave consequences. Younger people who menstruate are deterred from going to school, adults from work, infections are left untreated. The shame is universal and the silence a global rule. This book tells the shocking but always moving stories of why and how people from Sweden to Bangladesh, from the United States to Uganda, are fighting back against the shame.

Daughter Of Isis, A: The Early Life Of Nawal El Saadawi, In Her Own Words

Daughter Of Isis, A: The Early Life Of Nawal El Saadawi, In Her Own Words

Nawal El Saadawi is one of the greatest writers to come out of the Arab world. Born into a small Egyptian village in 1931, her life and writings have shown an extraordinary strength of character and a unique ability to create new worlds in the fight against oppression. This is the first part of this extraordinary woman's autobiography. In it she paints a sensuously textured portrait of the childhood that produced the freedom fighter: from the trauma of female genital mutilation at seven years old to eluding the grasp of suitors at the age of ten. We see how, as a young adult qualifying, against the odds, as doctor, she moulded her own creative power into a weapon - and how her use of words became an act of rebellion against injustice.

Kite In The Evening Sky, A

Kite In The Evening Sky, A

A Kite in the Evening Sky is Shaik Kadir's firsthand account of growing up in a Geylang Serai kampung in the late 1950s and 1960s. It was a time when children spent the hours after school playing capteh and marbles, eating fresh jambu, hauling pails of water home from the public standpipe, attending prayers at the surau, learning to fast, reading the Qur'an, as well as enjoying evenings in the open-air cinema. Despite the poverty, he thrived in the twilight years of the kampung and managed to make his dreams soar like a kite, fulfilling the aspirations of his single mother for a better life in a modernising city. Thoughtful, amusing and heartwarming, these stories hark back to simpler days and humbler ways, offering us a vivid glimpse of the kampung that raised the child.

Indelible City

Indelible City

The city is a place laced with the material and the immaterial, the visible and invisible. There are the migratory lines trod by our ancestors, the scent of our foodways, the flight of birds, the sigh of an old school, a demolished rooftop, an unassuming lamppost, fading tongues, empty chairs, extroverted harbours. These are the indelible marks that layer our city, that make up where we are, and who we are. Drawing together her memories growing up in Singapore and lyrical observations of the nation's ever-changing landscape, Yi Wei creates an evocative portrait of the city and what it means to her. Beautifully rendered and delicately written, Indelible City brings you on an intimate sojourn with Yi Wei as she explores issues of home, identity and place.

Journey To Impact: Bringing Hope And Change To Indonesia's Youth Through Social Entrepreneurship

Journey To Impact: Bringing Hope And Change To Indonesia's Youth Through Social Entrepreneurship

Veronica Colondam established the YCAB Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1999. YCAB stands for Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa, which translates from Indonesian to English as 'Loving the Nation's Children Foundation'. The foundation is dedicated to the betterment of children's lives through education and financial assistance. Veronica's and YCAB's stories are inextricably intertwined and Journey to Impact tells both. Veronica is open and honest about the steep learning curve she encountered in the early years of YCAB, detailing what she learnt from her failures and struggles, as well as how she achieved her successes. In 2001, Veronica became the youngest-ever recipient of the UN-Vienna Civil Society Award, which elevated YCAB's image, especially in the media, and made the foundation's future work possible.

Military Anthropology: Soldiers, Scholars And Subjects At The Margins Of Empire

Military Anthropology: Soldiers, Scholars And Subjects At The Margins Of Empire

In almost every military intervention in its history, the US has made cultural mistakes that hindered attainment of its policy goals. From the strategic bombing of Vietnam to the accidental burning of the Koran in Afghanistan, it has blundered around with little consideration of local cultural beliefs and for the long-term effects on the host nation's society. Cultural anthropology-the so-called 'handmaiden of colonialism'-has historically served as an intellectual bridge between Western powers and local nationals. What light can it shed on the intersection of the US military and foreign societies today? This book tells the story of anthropologists who worked directly for the military, such as Ursula Graham Bower, the only woman to hold a British combat command during WWII. Each faced challenges including the negative outcomes of exporting Western political models and errors of perception. Ranging from the British colonial era in Africa to the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Military Anthropology illustrates the conceptual, cultural and practical barriers encountered by military organisations operating in societies vastly different from their own.

People Like Us

People Like Us

What is it that makes us human? There are more than seven billion of us on the planet and we come in all different shapes and sizes, are born in different cultures and to different parents, but fundamentally we are the same. People Like Us provides a tongue-in-cheek investigation of the human race that might serve as a guide to earthlings for an imaginary alien visiting our planet for the first time. Amusing and entertaining, it documents the things we do; the things that make us human. This book is the culmination of more than 25 years of human observation. An inveterate people watcher and devotee of Honoré Balzac, Sasha Gusov's career has has taken him to over 40 countries where he has devoted his spare time to casting his keen and playful eye on the quirks that make us human.

Malay Etiquette: A Matter Of Course

Malay Etiquette: A Matter Of Course

Malay Etiquette teaches everything from performing a salam, washing before meals, appropriate dressing for parties, to correct terms of address.

Race To Rio: Joseph Schooling Goes For Olympic Gold

Race To Rio: Joseph Schooling Goes For Olympic Gold

Joseph Schooling's race to the Olympics began when he was still a boy. With the support and love of Mum and Dad, he dedicated himself to being the best swimmer he could be. From triumphant victories to devastating defeats, Joseph never gave up no matter how discouraged he got, and he finally proved that no dream is too big for a boy when he won Singapore's first Olympic Gold medal.


Education
Dyscalculia - A Mathematics Disorder - And Math Difficulties In Singapore

Dyscalculia - A Mathematics Disorder - And Math Difficulties In Singapore

This book provides information about Dyscalculia, a learning disorder in Mathematics. According to research studies, 3-8% of the population may struggle with this. Dyscalculia may also include difficulties related to telling time, directions and managing money. If undiagnosed, students may also develop anxiety issues, which may affect their social life or even lead to depression. The book covers the characteristics abd causes of Dyscalculia, criteria for diagnosis and consequences for adult life. Students and their parents who have contributed their stories, share their experiences in an open and candid way. The book inlcudes tips for the parents and teachers and also focuses on early intervention and early numeracy skills. Lastly, research studies from NIE/NTU as well as international studies related to Dyscalculia and math difficulties will be highlighted. Early math intervention in the form of educational therpay and an extensive support network as described in the book, are crucial for these students in order to cope with their challenges.

Painting And Drawing In Waldorf Schools: Classes 1 To 8

Painting And Drawing In Waldorf Schools: Classes 1 To 8

Painting and drawing are key artistic expressions which play an important role in children's physical, emotional and spiritual development. This comprehensive teachers' manual provides a complete artistic curriculum for Classes One to Eight in Steiner-Waldorf schools (age six to fourteen). At each stage, the book demonstrates the skills that teachers can help children to develop. There are 280 practical exercises for teachers to use, and over 800 drawings and paintings as inspiring examples of artistic possibilities. The curriculum moves from free drawing, to guided colour exercises, to precise perspective drawing. The exercises draw on elements of the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum at appropriate ages, incorporating themes from fables and legends, the Old Testament, Norse mythology, animals, Ancient Greece and botany. Throughout, the author draws on art theory and shows that art is truly a universal language. The book is also suitable for adult self-study.

Arts And Crafts In Waldorf Schools: An Integrated Approach

Arts And Crafts In Waldorf Schools: An Integrated Approach

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

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

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

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

Tradition And Islamic Learning: Singapore Students In The Al-Azhar University

Tradition And Islamic Learning: Singapore Students In The Al-Azhar University

The Al-Azhar University remains the top destination for Southeast Asian students pursuing an Islamic studies degree. The university, built in the last millennium, has been able to withstand competition from modern universities across the globe and continues to produce influential Islamic studies graduates. What are the motivations of students pursuing a degree at Al-Azhar? What are the challenges they face? Are they certain of their future and career opportunities upon their return to Singapore? This book combines both qualitative and quantitative analysis of former and current students at the Al-Azhar University. It not only hopes to develop more critical analysis of returning Al-Azhar graduates but also attempts to understand the deeper connections between Muslims in Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, and the Middle East.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To Overcome

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To Overcome

EduCity, built as an integrated learning hub, is a constituent part of Malaysia's general programme to enhance its reputation as a regional centre for higher education. Located in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, its proximity to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur provides it with a large population of potential students, although attracting academic staff to work there remains a challenge. Other challenges that EduCity faces revolve around the provision of facilities and support services, coordination of courses on offer, and coordination between the entity that runs the site and the universities.

Speaking Of Universities

Speaking Of Universities

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


History & Geography
Early Missionaries In Bangkok: The Journals Of Tomlin, Gutzlaff And Abeel 1828-1832

Early Missionaries In Bangkok: The Journals Of Tomlin, Gutzlaff And Abeel 1828-1832

Early Missionaries in Bangkok brings together the journals of Tomlin, of the London Missionary Society at that time; Gutzlaff, a German with some medical training and connected with the Netherlands Missionary Society; and Abeel, appointed by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Their experiences and observations are among the very few glimpses of Bangkok and its Chinese community in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama III, as seen through "Western" eyes and recorded in the more enduring part of their journals. The extensive passages devoted purely to biblical quotations and Christian moralizing have been omitted. Anthony Farrington's introduction sets the journals in historical context.

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

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

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

Three Women Of Annam: Womanhood In 1920S Vietnam

Three Women Of Annam: Womanhood In 1920S Vietnam

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

Economic Conditions Of North-Eastern Siam (1929)

Economic Conditions Of North-Eastern Siam (1929)

The Economic Conditions of North-Eastern Siam is the report of the first economic survey of Isan, conducted by Reginald Stuart Le May in 1929. Prior to 1929, not much was known of neglected Northeast Siam, previously called Laos. The population, almost 4 million, 1/3rd of the Kingdom's, was primarily ethnically Lao and Khmer. Le May's work, the result of provincial-level questionnaires, provides foundational knowledge of the contours of economic life in this neglected region just as Siam's 1932 constitutional revolution took place. Leedom Lefferts wrote the introduction and compares the work with Carle C. Zimmermann's Siam: Rural Economic Survey 1930-1931 (Available as a White Lotus Press reprint).

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

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

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

Views From Pulau Pinang: Countering Modern Orientalism And Policy Perspectives

Views From Pulau Pinang: Countering Modern Orientalism And Policy Perspectives

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

Red Star Over The Third World

Red Star Over The Third World

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

Penang Hill: A Journey Through Time

Penang Hill: A Journey Through Time

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

Nanyang: Essays On Heritage

Nanyang: Essays On Heritage

This volume is a book of reflections and encounters about the region that the Chinese knew as Nanyang. The essays in it look back at the years of uncertainty after the end of World War II and explore the period largely through images of mixed heritages in Malaysia and Singapore. They also look at the trends towards social and political divisiveness following the years of decolonization in Southeast Asia. Never far in the background is the struggle to build new nations during four decades of an ideological Cold War and the Chinese determination to move from near-collapse in the 1940s and out of the traumatic changes of the Maoist revolution to become the powerhouse that it now is.

Ancient World In Minutes: The History And Achievements Of The First Great Civilizations

Ancient World In Minutes: The History And Achievements Of The First Great Civilizations

Clear, concise yet wide-ranging, The Ancient World in Minutes is the quickest way to understand the great civilizations of the distant past. From the first-ever cities of Sumeria and Babylon around 3500 BCE to the fall of Rome and the bloody demise of the Aztecs, here - in 200 mini-essays - are the critical leaders and wars; ideas and inventions; myths and religions; and art and architecture of the first 5000 years of recorded history. Contents include Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, The Persian Empire, Classic Greece, The Roman Republic, the Maya, The Inca and many more.

Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City

Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City

This catalogue aimed at the general reader accompanies the exhibition Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City. Full-colour images and write-ups of all objects in the show, along with essays on a range of topics including pre-Angkorian cities, the 19th-century French exploratory missions, display of Cambodian culture and objects back in France, and the styles of Khmer sculpture enhance the experience of the show.

Traces Of The Ramayana And Mahabharata In Javanese And Malay Literature

Traces Of The Ramayana And Mahabharata In Javanese And Malay Literature

Local renderings of the two Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata in Malay and Javanese literature have existed since around the ninth and tenth centuries. In the following centuries new versions were created alongside the old ones, and these opened up interesting new directions. They questioned the views of previous versions and laid different accents, in a continuous process of modernization and adaptation, successfully satisfying the curiosity of their audiences for more than a thousand years. Much of this history is still unclear. For a long time, scholarly research made little progress, due to its preoccupation with problems of origin. The present volume, going beyond identifying sources, analyses the socio-literary contexts and ideological foundations of seemingly similar contents and concepts in different periods; it examines the literary functions of borrowing and intertextual referencing, and calls upon the visual arts to illustrate the independent character of the epic tradition in Southeast Asia.

China Mission, The: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947

China Mission, The: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947

A nuanced history of the doomed diplomatic mission that turned the tides of the Chinese Civil War. Following the success of George C. Marshall's leadership of the American army during the Second World War, he was the obvious candidate for the international mission to broker a coalition government between China's warring Nationalists and Communists. As a US "special representative" Marshall began enacting miraculous change and under his guiding hand, China's political factions agreed to a ceasefire and settled on the principles of a democratic government. But then the agreements Marshall brokered fractured and civil war came to China. This fascinating history portrays the incredible beginnings and ultimate failure of Marshall's high-stakes mission. In spellbinding detail, it chronicles an unforgettable miss-step in American diplomacy that changed the course of global politics for ever more.

Sun Tzu: The Art Of War

Sun Tzu: The Art Of War

Written over two thousand years ago, The Art of War contains penetrating insights into the nature of power, inter-state rivalry, realpolitik and military success, relevant to any age. It was first translated into English in the early 20th century. Sun Tzu's short lines of argument and pithy aphorisms are highly accessible to modern readers, and his text has almost achieved cult status. Sun Tzu's advice is shrewd and pragmatic - he does not glory in slaughter and prefers to win battles off the battlefield if possible; he is a strong supporter of the use of deception, of varying your shots and above all, of doing your research: knowing your enemy is key; but of little use if you do not also 'know yourself'.

Exhibiting The Fall Of Singapore: Close Readings Of A Global Event

Exhibiting The Fall Of Singapore: Close Readings Of A Global Event

In September 2017, the National Museum of Singapore launched Witness to War: Remembering 1942, a special international exhibition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. In conjunction with Witness to War, an international conference - Exhibiting the Fall: Remembering and Representing War and Its Aftermath in Asia - was held at the museum on 4 & 5 September 2017. The conference brought international academics and museum practitioners together in conversation about the ways in which Asia's violent mid-20th-century history is understood and represented. It was co-organised with the War Memoryscapes in Asia Partnership, an international, interdisciplinary network of academic specialists funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This publication is a collection of papers presented at the conference.

People's History Of Malaysia, A: With Emphasis On The Development Of Nationalism

People's History Of Malaysia, A: With Emphasis On The Development Of Nationalism

This book presents a brief people's history of Malaysia (formerly Malaya). Its approach is different from that which is often regarded as Official History because it focuses upon the process of making history from below, through the contribution of everyday people to the history of Malaya and Malaysia, and is written in a popular and not academic style. In focusing on the contribution of the people to the making of history, this book chronicles the development of nationalism and the rise of mass-based politics and people's independence movements alongside movements related to workers, women, students and indigenous peoples in the formation of a Malaysian nation state.

Records, Recoveries, Remnants And Inter-Asian Interconnections: Decoding Cultural Heritage

Records, Recoveries, Remnants And Inter-Asian Interconnections: Decoding Cultural Heritage

This volume has at its conceptual core the inter-regional networks of Nalanda Mahavihara and its unique place in the Asian imaginary. The revival of Nalanda university in 2010 as a symbol of a shared inter-Asian heritage is this collection's core narrative. The multidisciplinary essays interrogate ways in which ideas, objects, texts, and travellers have shaped - and in turn have been shaped by - changing global politics and the historical imperative that underpins them. The question of what constitutes cultural authenticity and heritage valuation is inscribed from positions that support, negate, or reframe existing discourses with reference to Southeast and East Asia. The essays in this collection offer critical, scholarly, and nuanced views on the vexed questions of regional and inter-regional dynamics, of racial politics and their flattening hegemonic discourses in relation to the rich tangible and intangible heritage that defines an interconnected Asia.

Empire's New Clothes, The : The Myth Of The Commonwealth

Empire's New Clothes, The : The Myth Of The Commonwealth

In the wake of Brexit, the Commonwealth has been identified as an important body for future British trade and diplomacy, but few know what it actually does. How is it organised and what has held it together for so long? How important is the Queen's role as Head of the Commonwealth? Most importantly, why has it had such a troubled recent past, and is it realistic to imagine that its fortunes might be reversed? In The Empire's New Clothes, Murphy strips away the gilded self-image of the Commonwealth to reveal an irrelevant institution afflicted by imperial amnesia. He offers a personal perspective on this complex and poorly understood institution, and asks if it can ever escape from the shadow of the British Empire to become an organisation based on shared values, rather than a shared history.

Pulp: A Short Biography Of The Banished Book (Volume I Of V)

Since 2013 Shubigi Rao has been working on 'Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book', a decade -long film, book and visual art project about the history of book destruction, censorship and other forms of repression, as well as the book as a symbol of resistance. This involves visiting public and private collections, libraries and archives globally that served as flashpoints in history, collecting fragments, ephemera, anecdotes, buried secrets and piecing together (through the film, book and artworks) a composite chronology of the conjoined literary and violent trajectories of our species. This is the first volume of five, released in January 2016. The remaining four volumes will be published every two years.

Nigeria

Nigeria

Known as the African Giant, Nigeria's story is complex and often contradictory. How, despite the ravages of colonialism, civil war, ongoing economic disappointment and most recently the Boko Haram insurgency, has the country managed to stay together for a hundred years? Why, despite an abundance of oil, mineral and agricultural wealth, have so many of its people remained in poverty? These are the key questions explored by Richard Bourne in this remarkable and wide-ranging account of Nigeria's history, from its creation in 1914 to the historic 2015 elections and beyond.

Sutan Puasa, Founder Of Kuala Lumpur

Sutan Puasa, Founder Of Kuala Lumpur

Who was the founder of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia? Textbook history credits the Bugis chief of Klang, Raja Abdullah, while the Chinese regard the third Kapitan China, Yap Ah Loy, as the legendary founder. But closer examination reveals that the founding myths of Kuala Lumpur have omitted the earliest chapter of the city's history. 'Pangkalan Lumpur' was a Mandailing trading post at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, controlling the land and river routes of the upper Klang valley. Due to the visionary leadership of Sutan Puasa, it developed into a multicultural town, attracting Sumatran and Hakka Chinese miners and traders. Later, war destruction, disorder and debt paved the way for British colonial intervention into Selangor in 1874. Kuala Lumpur's strategic location as the trading hub of a rich tin mining interior destined it to become the capital - first, of Selangor, then of the Federated Malay States, and finally, of Malaysia itself.

Unsung Patriot: Memoirs Of Wong Pow Nee

Unsung Patriot: Memoirs Of Wong Pow Nee

Unsung Patriot: Memoirs of Wong Pow Nee is a record of Pow Nee's impeccable journey in writing national history - rising from humble beginnings as a farmer and school teacher to public office as the first Chief Minister of Penang from 1957 to 1969. Apart from rare insights and accounts of Pow Nee's early services and personal life, this book seeks to fill in the gaps of Penang's post-independence developmental history, while highlighting Pow Nee's personal struggles and major contributions during his turbulent tenure as Chief Minister.

Contest For North Sumatra, The: Aceh, The Netherlands And Britain, 1858-1898

Contest For North Sumatra, The: Aceh, The Netherlands And Britain, 1858-1898

Aceh and North Sumatra have the double distinction of being both one of the few places in the Archipelago that were left virtually untouched by Indian influence in pre-Islamic times and also of being an important base for Arab and Indian traders who, inter alia, initiated the spread of Islam in the area. That history of independence meant it was one of the last areas over which the Dutch were able to exert their control. Here, in a recently revised edition of his 1989 work, Anthony Reid, traces the history of increasing Dutch influence and the efforts of the British, based in the Straits Settlements, to thwart it.

History Of Human Rights Society In Singapore, The 1965-2015

To celebrate Singapore's fiftieth anniversary for its independence from Malaysia in 2015, 35 students, academics and activists came together to discuss and write about pioneering Singaporean human rights activists and their under-reported stories in Singapore. The city-state is known for its remarkable economic success while having strict laws on individual freedom in the name of national security, public order and racial harmony. Singapore's tough stance on human rights, however, does not negate the long and persistent existence of a human rights society that is little known to the world until today. This volume, composed of nine distinctive chapters, records a history of human rights activists, their campaigns, main contentions with the government, survival strategies and other untold stories in Singapore's first 50 years of state-building.

Japanese Occupation Of Malaya And Singapore, 1941-45, The: A Social And Economic History

Japanese Occupation Of Malaya And Singapore, 1941-45, The: A Social And Economic History

For three-and-a-half bleak years during World War II, Japan occupied Malaya and Singapore, transforming a once prosperous and vibrant region into a desolate place rife with unemployment, corruption, inflation and shortages of essential supplies. As Japan's promised Greater East Asia crumbled, malnourished residents increasingly faced a struggle to survive, with little prospect of better times ahead. Originally published in 1998, this book is fully updated with material from newly discovered and recently translated documents and as well as new archival evidence. Kratoska's work offers a clear depiction of wartime life under foreign occupation, and explains how the legacies of war and occupation shaped the post-war recovery in Malaya and Singapore.

Dilemmas Of Lenin, The: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution

Dilemmas Of Lenin, The: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, leader of the October 1917 uprising, is one of the most misunderstood leaders of the twentieth century. In his own time, there were many, even among his enemies, who acknowledged the full magnitude of his intellectual and political achievements. But his legacy has been lost in misinterpretation; he is worshipped but rarely read. On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Tariq Ali explores the two major influences on Lenin's thought-the turbulent history of Tsarist Russia and the birth of the international labour movement-and explains how Lenin confronted dilemmas that still cast a shadow over the present. Is terrorism ever a viable strategy? Is support for imperial wars ever justified? Can politics be made without a party? Was the seizure of power in 1917 morally justified? Should he have parted company from his wife and lived with his lover?

World War Ii: Singapore - The Chosabu Reports On Syonan

World War Ii: Singapore - The Chosabu Reports On Syonan

For 44 months during World War II, the Japanese occupied Singapore, renaming it Syonan and setting out to drastically change life on the island. As part of the occupation, the Japanese created a research bureau, the Chosabu, to study occupied Singapore. The bureau's detailed reports on the economy covered prices, wages, currency, rationing, living standards, food production, and industrialization. Syonan's military and civilian administrators drew on them when formulating social and economic policies. The reports were notoriously difficult to read, and so this exceptional translation by Gregg Huff and Shinobu Majima is a true linguistic accomplishment. These records are an invaluable record of life during this tumultuous period and are especially important as the Japanese destroyed most records of their wartime administration, leaving the Chosabu reports as one of the few first-hand sources to have survived.

My Nantah Story: The Rise And Demise Of The People's University

In 1958, more than a hundred thousand people attended the inauguration ceremony of Nanyang University (Nantah), a true "people's university" that was founded with the support of all strata of society, from tycoons to trishaw-men. After producing 12,000 graduates and winning global recognition, the institution, the first Chinese-medium university outside China, held her final convocation in 1980. Drawing from the author's own research and diverse sources that have never before been available in English, this book tells the fascinating story of Nantah's short and eventful life and deconstructs the many myths and misconceptions that continue to surround her.

Tigers In The Park: The Wartime Heritage Of Adam Park

Adam Park is a very special place. It is a place where the membrane of time is at its thinnest, where you can reach out and touch history. Some say that if you stop to sit and listen you can still hear the echoes of the battle reverberating through the very walls. Some say they hear the ghosts of dead POWs that flit between the evening shadows. But perhaps it is not the presence of lost souls they sense but the resonance of the past locked into the very landscape and buildings that surround them. It is the echo of every bullet, buckle and button entombed beneath this 'English heaven'. This book unlocks that past. It prises out those memories from hidden places. It reveals the incredible, untold wartime heritage of the estate and the surrounding area. It is an uncompromising blow-by-blow account of a desperate battle told from the soldier's perspective. It is a day-by-day account of survival in a POW work camp, and a house-by-house account of life in Singapore before, during and after 1942.

World War Ii @ Bukit Brown

This collection of stories, essays and poems looks at the impact of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in the Second World War (1942-1945) from the perspective of those interred at Bukit Brown Cemetery. The highlights of the book are stories shared by descendants from family oral archives and albums of their ancestors, some of whom survived and others who perished, during the darkest chapters of Singapore's history. Bukit Brown remains the largest cemetery in Singapore for the war dead in situ, and buried with them are many untold stories of bravery, resilience, tragedy, survival and, amid the darkness, hope. The book offers new material and insights into the human tragedy of war as an act of commemoration, thereby adding another layer to the already vast literature available on WWII in Singapore.

Life And Times Of Gerald De Cruz: A Singaporean Of Many Worlds

Gerald de Cruz's life overlapped many of the spheres of Singapore's history after World War II. As a Eurasian, a nationalist, a communist and then a democratic socialist, as a journalist and a writer, he represents the insurgent energies of a truculent time when a nascent nation was seeking the basis of statehood. His commitment to progressive ideas and movements reveals a man of integrity in search of himself in a better world. This book seeks to portray his place in time, particularly for younger Singaporeans who did not live in an era that has inaugurated the history of independent Singapore.

Singapore: 50 Constitutional Moments That Defined A Nation

This collection of short essays describes and explains 50 Constitutional Moments - major inflexion points in the trajectory of Singapore's constitutional development. The authors have selected each of these 'moments' on the basis of their impact in the forging of the modern constitutional order.

Saving A Sexier Island: Notes From An Old Singapore

With Singapore evolving at blistering pace, old Singapore is being left behind, neglected or just plain dying? As a result, active citizenry is taking off like never before with Singaporeans campaigning to save Bukit Brown, Joo Chiat HDB flats, Rochor Centre, with Jalan Besar, Balestier and Tiong Bahru championed for their history/heritage. Basically, as Singapore becomes more of a global metropolis, the search to save its soul has been taken up like never before. Nostalgia is spreading through the country. Old Singapore has never been more hip, more trendy as Singaporeans cling to the last vestiges of what actually makes them Singaporean. The race is on to save an even sexier island. So as the nation celebrates its 50th anniversary, Neil Humphreys heads off on a tour of old Singapore to find 50 sights and sounds that are at risk of being overlooked, forgotten or even bulldozed and lost forever. Some are historically significant (like Queenstown or Tiong Bahru). Some are environmentally significant (like Pulau Hantu or Lazarus Island). Some are culturally significant (like Cafe Colbar and Thieves Market). Some are politically significant (like LKY's house!). And some are just quirky and a tad surreal (a remote bus stop, a viewing tower in Upper Seletar, Haw Par Villa and Zouk). But Humphreys tracks them all down in a funny, insightful and unashamedly sentimental search for what's left of Singapore's soul.

Tan Lark Sye: Advocator And Founder Of Nanyang University

This book is a record of Mr Tan Lark Sye's remarkable contribution to the founding of Nanyang University. Hailing from Jimei, Fujian Province of China, Mr Tan Lark Sye (1897 - 1972) was a leading rubber industrialist in Southeast Asia. Being a social activist, he believed in the value of education. As Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in the 1950s, he fought for citizenship for the Chinese in Singapore, and for the Chinese language to be one of Singapore's official languages. Mr Tan's most outstanding contribution, however, was the initiating of the founding of Nanyang University in 1953. He donated Sgd5 million, which was a colossal amount at the time, to its building fund, as well as 523 acres of land for its campus on behalf of the Hokkien Huay Kuan. This collection of essays is based on a Chinese publication in 1997 on the occasion of Mr Tan Lark Sye's centenary birthday by Nanyang University Alumni Association of Hong Kong. It contains essays by outstanding Nanyang graduates and speeches by Mr Tan. It elaborates on how Mr Tan advocated to establish the Nanyang University while facing various difficulties. It tells of the life stories of Mr Tan. It is a must-read for those interested in the history of Nanyang University and the legendary life of Mr Tan.

Jacques De Coutre's Singapore And Johor, 1594-C.1625

The Flemish gem trader Jacques de Coutre visited Southeast Asia in the early 17th century, and his lengthy account of his experiences provides a glimpse of Singapore, Johor and the Straits of Melaka during an era for which little written material has survived. This special edition, which presents highlights from the full translation, is designed to provide students, teachers and the wider public with a glimpse of this tumultuous region when it was still controlled by local rulers, and Western colonialism was just gaining a foothold. The author describes dangerous intrigues involving fortune hunters and schemers, as well as local rulers and couriers, adventures that on several occasions nearly cost him his life. The manuscripts come from a bundle of documents preserved at the National Library of Spain in Madrid that includes De Coutre'sautobiography and several memorials to the Crowns of Spain and Portugal. Chapters from the autobiography have been excerpted from book I, which covers the writer's life in Southeast Asia between 1593 and 1603. A glossary and list of place names provide information about officials, goods and places mentioned in the text that will be unfamiliar to readers of English.

Ho See Beng - The Washerwoman's Son

The Washerwoman's Son is the story of a Singapore hero who rose from abject poverty to co-found and lead a national trade union movement. When Ho See Beng dropped out of school to help his widowed mother, he saw how man's exploitation of man had snuffed out the life of his father, a rickshaw puller. Helping the downtrodden and the victimised became his personal calling. Ho See Beng's journey takes us through the tumultuous years when Singapore workers were confronting employers for better pay and working conditions, and unions were torn by internal tussles for leadership control. In the battle for members between the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore Association of Trade Unions (SATU), the scale of defections to SATU had Ho See Beng and his good friend Devan Nair fighting for NTUC's survival.

Garden City Singapore - A Legacy Of Lee Kuan Yew

This book examines the first-hand experience of those involved in shaping the horticultural development of Singapore, from the 1970s to the 1990s. The driving force behind this decades-long process of the greening of Singapore has been Lee Kuan Yew, who took the lead in his capacity as then Prime Minister, to steer and beautify Singapore. This book celebrates the efforts of the authors and Lee Kuan Yew's early vision of a Garden City.


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Keto East

Keto East

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

Flavors Of Indonesia: William Wongso's Culinary Wonders

Flavors Of Indonesia: William Wongso's Culinary Wonders

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

Ask Me, Ask Me, Ask Me: Random Questions For Awesome Conversations

Ask Me, Ask Me, Ask Me: Random Questions For Awesome Conversations

How to answer a question: Talk, write, type, whisper, shout, sing, broadcast or daydream. For more instructions see your imagination. This little book of precisely one squillion random questions to ask your friends will make you the most fun person in the group to talk to in any situation. If the chat is dry this book is the rain. If the banter is awkward this book is the confidence boost. Nothing makes people blossom like the appliance of attention. Ask people questions. It makes them happier. It makes you happier. Everybody you think you know can surprise you. Break out of the old routines. Spice up your relationships. This mega dose of super random questions are so much fun to ask and answer that pretty soon everybody will be hollering Ask me! Ask me! Ask me!

Sourdough: Four Days To Happiness

Sourdough: Four Days To Happiness

This book celebrates the complexity and simplicity of sourdough bread making which offers a nourishing and meditative counterpoint to stressful lives and fast food. Sourdough bread, delicious, tangy, satisfying, is one of life's real pleasures, but like all good things, it takes time. In this journey through the world of sourdough bread baking, Martina Goernemann reveals how the process of baking bread exemplifies food awareness, a way of life that is becoming increasingly popular. Beginning with her own first attempts, Goernemann then goes on to interview a series of people across countries and cultures who, like her, have incorporated the practice of sourdough baking as a healing ritual for overscheduled lives. What they all have in common is Goernemann's starter recipe, now part of the Puratos Company's sourdough library. Whether it's carving out time in a busy day, contemplating the miraculous combination of flour, and water, or painstakingly searching for the optimum conditions, bakers at every level will take away something valuable from this nourishing guide to living well through sourdough.

Delicious Gems: A Treasury Of Recipes To Entertain And Delight

Delicious Gems: A Treasury Of Recipes To Entertain And Delight

Join expert entertainer Kelly Randall Sia in her kitchen as she showcases more than 80 delectable recipes to enliven any occasion, whether it is an intimate family lunch or a 20-person dinner party. Inspired by her own family heritage and background, as well as the dozens of colourful cultures she has encountered when travelling the world, Kelly's diverse recipes are rich in international flavour and influence. Lavish food photography and a sprinkling of jewels accompany Kelly's delicious recipes to complete this culinary treasury.

Celebration Desserts With Chef Zan Delightful Cakes, Cookies & Other Sweet Treats

Celebration Desserts With Chef Zan Delightful Cakes, Cookies & Other Sweet Treats

Special moments are often celebrated with delectable desserts and Chef Zan has put together this exciting collection of celebration desserts to inspire people to come closer together through sweet treats. From classics such as makmur peanut cookies and Christmas fruit cake, to new creations with a twist that will sit well at any party, Chef Zan also offers her take on popular Western and local treats such as macarons and durian serawa to appeal to all age groups. In this book, Chef Zan also shows how you can turn these desserts into stunning centrepieces with tips on types of buttercream to use and step-by-step instructions on piping techniques. Impress and indulge your loved ones with spectacular desserts from this tantalising collection.

Best Of Malaysian Cooking, The

Best Of Malaysian Cooking, The

Best of Malaysian Cooking is an extensive collection of more than 200 authentic and traditional Malaysian recipes. With popular favourites such as yim kok har (fried salted prawns), chilli oyster crabs and Indian fish curry, to unique dishes like kerabu sotong kering (dried cuttlefish salad), nasi ulam (herb rice salad) and bubur pedas (spicy porridge), this tantalising collection of recipes will inspire and delight.

Singapore Food: A Treasury Of More Than 200 Time-Tested Recipes

First published in 1989, 'Singapore Food' has since been recognised as one of the most authoritative titles on the unique culinary heritage of Singapore. It was the first of its genre to provide an extensive socia-historical map of the culnary traditions of this island state. This edition retains the original fascinating insights on how the various ethnic groups met and mingled, as well as the scrumptious ways in which their traditional culinary styles influenced one another. Having explored and written extensively about the cuisines of Asia for more than 25 years, Wendy presents this collection of more than 200 local recipes.

Korean Bbq: Master Your Grill In Seven Sauces

Korean Bbq: Master Your Grill In Seven Sauces

A casual and practical guide to grilling with Korean-American flavors from chef Bill Kim of Chicago's award-winning bellyQ restaurants, with 80 recipes tailored for home cooks with suitable substitutions for hard-to-find ingredients. Born in Korea but raised in the American Midwest, chef Bill Kim brings these two sensibilities together in Korean BBQ, translating Korean flavors for the American consumer in a way that is friendly and accessible. This isn't a traditional Korean cookbook but a Korean-American one, based on gatherings around the grill on weeknights and weekends.

Three Dishes One Soup: Inside The Singapore Kitchen

Three Dishes One Soup: Inside The Singapore Kitchen

It is said that the soul of the home is the kitchen. In Chinese families, this typically means several side dishes served with a bowl of rice and a soup. But when we try to replicate these beloved dishes ourselves, our attempts sometimes fall short. Faced with this situation, Lace Zhang set out to observe and note down every detail as her grandma and auntie cooked, and then tested each recipe rigorously to ensure nothing was left out. Three Dishes One Soup is the result of Lace's careful recording of her family's recipes. With detailed explanations and step-by-step photographs, this book is the perfect guide for anyone longing for a taste of home and needing that extra bit of help in the kitchen.

Living Shojin Ryori: Everyday Zen Cuisine To Nourish And Delight

Living Shojin Ryori: Everyday Zen Cuisine To Nourish And Delight

Simple, healthful and vegetarian, shojin ryori originated from Japanese Zen temples and is beloved today for its exquisite flavours, creativity and regard for ingredient, provenance and beauty. Chef Danny Chu of Enso Kitchen demonstrates once again the versatility and sophistication of the cuisine. With clearly written step-by-step instructions and insightful cooking tips, he brings the bounties of each season to the home kitchen and shows how satisfying, everyday meals can be made with ease, elegance and pleasure.

Domestic Goddess Wannabe, The: Bakes

Domestic Goddess Wannabe, The: Bakes

Combining favourite Asian ingredients with all-time classic bakes from around the world, Diana's easy-to-follow instructions and beautifully photographed recipes are ideal for kitchen novices and experienced cooks alike, and will guide you smoothly to baking success.

We Want Plates: The Crusade Against Food On Slates, Chips In Mugs, And Drink In Jam Jars

We Want Plates: The Crusade Against Food On Slates, Chips In Mugs, And Drink In Jam Jars

Remember when restaurants used to use plates? We Want Plates is the global crusade against serving food on bits of wood and roof slates, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars. A social media phenomenon, the online movement has gathered thousands of pictures of absurd, unexpected and downright stomach-churning occasions when restaurants have shunned the ordinary plate. This book is a hilarious collection of the best pictures from We Want Plates, plus previously unpublished material, including: Soup in a stiletto, bread in a flat cap, beef Wellington on barbed wire, prawns in an iron and a phone box sandwich.


Literature
Modern Myths

Modern Myths

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

Bitter Root, Sweet Fruit

Bitter Root, Sweet Fruit

The theme for the 2018 D.K. Dutt Award for Literary Excellence was knowledge and education and Bitter Root Sweet Fruit pulls together the best stories submitted for the competition and includes the winning entry by Bathmaloshanee M., and stories by runners-up Ling Low and Sumitra Selvaraj. Here are stories about teachers, sometimes wise and caring, but more often deeply flawed and of young people struggling to obtain an education against the odds. Whether it is learning to make the perfect chicken curry or coming to terms with important life truths these Malaysian writers, both new and established, share stories that are fresh and inventive.

Jit Murad Plays

Jit Murad Plays

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

Soulless: Inspector Mislan And The Faceless Girl

Soulless: Inspector Mislan And The Faceless Girl

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

Dark Demon Rising (20Th Anniversary Edition)

Dark Demon Rising (20Th Anniversary Edition)

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

Confessions Of A Eurasian Woman: A Destiny In 1920S Vietnam

Confessions Of A Eurasian Woman: A Destiny In 1920S Vietnam

Confessions of a Eurasian Woman. A Destiny in 1920s Vietnam is the story of the emotional life of a mixed-blood Franco-Vietnamese woman. The story is also a vehicle for the author, a long-time resident of French Indochina, who arrived there in 1909, to campaign on behalf of the better treatment of mixed-blood children. The intricate plot reads like a psychological thriller following the feelings of revenge for discrimination suffered and the inner struggles of a Eurasian woman. Children of mixed marriages were often the illegitimate offspring of Vietnamese mistresses and high officials, but also the children of Frenchmen who held less exalted positions in the colony, the so-called colons who sought a better future than they would have had in France. How were these mixed-race children educated? What could they expect after growing up? Did they all desire to get to Paris however they could? As a very early feminist the author did not fail to comment on the life of French colonial women too. In passing, she records impressions of official, business and social life, and of such places as Hue, Saigon and Angkor Wat, always worthy of a vacation, if not from work then from the daily struggles against discrimination.

Hook And Eye: Stories From The Margins

Hook And Eye: Stories From The Margins

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

God Dies By The Nile And Other Novels

God Dies By The Nile And Other Novels

God Dies by the Nile is Saadawi's attempt to square religion with a society in which women are respected as equals; Searching expresses the poignancy of loss and doubt with the hypnotic intensity of a remembered dream; while in The Circling Song, Saadawi pursues the conflicts of sex, class, gender and military violence deep into the psyche.

Essential Nawal El Saadawi, The: A Reader

Essential Nawal El Saadawi, The: A Reader

The writings of Nawal El Saadawi are essential to anyone wishing to understand the contemporary Arab world. Her dissident voice has stayed as consistent in its critique of neo.imperialist international politics as it has in its denunciation of women's oppression, both in her native Egypt and in the wider world. Saadawi is a figure of international significance, and her work has a central place in Arabic history and culture of the last half century. Featuring work never before translated into English, The Essential Nawal El Saadawi gathers together a wide range of Saadawi's writing. From novellas and short stories to essays on politics, culture, religion and sex; from extensive interviews to her work as a dramatist; from poetry to autobiography, this book is essential for anyone wishing to gain a sense of the breadth of Saadawi's work.

Who Are You My Country? Voices Of Singaporeans Past And Present

Who Are You My Country? Voices Of Singaporeans Past And Present

From the 1930s to 1965, discussions about modernisation, race and civic responsibility were as common as they are today. The youth of colonial Singapore wrote passionately about these issues, seeking to enkindle the idea of a nation that did not yet exist. The poetry and stories that encapsulate how they saw Singapore have become more, not less, relevant. In Who Are You My Country?, the youth of modern Singapore build on those stories and use them to create a vision for what our post-SG50 nation might look like. As the historical publications were to those students of the past, we hope this anthology will also be to us a shared space for the collective imagination of our Singapore.

Life Of Pinky, The: A Horse And Her Boy

Life Of Pinky, The: A Horse And Her Boy

The Life of Pinky is a collection of micro-fiction about an ordinary Singaporean family, consisting of Mummy and Daddy (quite naturally), a little boy named Russell, as well as their imaginary tiny pink pet horse Pinky. The 16 tales in the volume regale one with the funny episodes that are common - and some perhaps not so common - to the growing-up years of a household with preschoolers. The Life of Pinky will appeal to readers with young children in their midst, and to those who remain a child at heart. The stories are accompanied by drawings by Singaporean illustrator Stephanie Wong.

Sisters & Senang: The Island Plays

Sisters & Senang: The Island Plays

The Sisters Islands and Pulau Senang: two satellite islands off the coast of Singapore, small but rich in story. This volume brings together two remarkable plays by Jean Tay, Sisters and Senang, which explore these two islands through turbulent events in the 1960s.

Woman At Point Zero

Woman At Point Zero

'All the men I did get to know filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face.' So begins Firdaus's remarkable story of rebellion against a society founded on lies, hypocrisy, brutality and oppression. Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus struggles through childhood, seeking compassion and knowledge in a world which gives her little of either. As she grows up and escapes the fetters of her childhood, each new relationship teaches her a bitter but liberating truth - that the only free people are those who want nothing, fear nothing and hope for nothing. This classic novel has been an inspiration to countless people across the world. Saadawi's searing indictment of society's brutal treatment of women continues to resonate today.

Timothy And The Phubbers: How Not To Survive As A High School Sucker

Timothy And The Phubbers: How Not To Survive As A High School Sucker

Timothy Pong has enough trouble at home without throwing his first year of secondary school into the mix. The Pong family only interact with each other through digital machines rather than human contact. Twelve-year-old Timothy is too young to own a phone, according to his mum, so he hasn't actually spoken to his family in years as he can't WhatsApp his parents or Snapchat his older sister.

Sofia And The Utopia Machine

Sofia And The Utopia Machine

Sofia is an ordinary schoolgirl living in a future Singapore where the population is divided into three social strata. When she inadvertently unlocks the gateway to a new world, she realises she must escape the government's radar. She ventures into the lowest rung of society, the Voids, and meets with the eccentric Uncle Kirk and the resourceful Father Lang. While on the run, she learns why her father disappeared seven years ago and why the new world exists in the first place. Probing and thrilling, this novel explores worlds within worlds and reinvents the creation myth.

9Th Of August - A Novel

9Th Of August - A Novel

Six suicide bombers have slipped into Singapore. Their mission: to set off explosives on the country's 55th National Day. They were sent by Tun, an Afghan with a tragic past. Trying to stop them is Inspector Rahim, who is tracking a new terror group. And caught up in the plot is Henry, a single parent whose wife revealed a terrible secret on her deathbed.

Riot Act, The

Riot Act, The

Questions abound in the aftermath of the Little India riot. Hashwini wonders if she triggered the chaos. Jessica asks if she should reveal what truly happened in the ambulance. Sharon thinks that the catastrophe could be what she needs to boost her political career. The lives of three women intertwine when accident and coincidence collide. In Gimme Lao!-style hilarity, they become wrapped up in a web of truth, deception and political connections. This is a perceptive, fast-paced romp that asks "what if" of the riot that recently shook Singapore.

Rainbirds

Rainbirds

Clarissa Goenawan's dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan. Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister, Keiko's, sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago. But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician's mansion in exchange for reading to the man's catatonic wife. As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death.

Hdb Murders, The

Hdb Murders, The

An unexplained crime wave has taken over Singapore. Minister Chew is trying his best to end it, but the country's stringent structure is preventing him from his mandate: stop people dying from falling off HDB flats. As he digs deeper, he discovers what is happening, and has to make tough decisions for himself and the task force he leads.

We'll Eat When We're Done

We'll Eat When We're Done

Sunil has just discovered the recipe for Chicken rice, but he can't prepare it in a Singapore overrun by zombies! Can his grandmother and him, along with a hardy bunch of survivors, stop the mysterious Zibots that have enslaved the island nation's populace?

Terumbu

Terumbu

Terumbu is a love story set in mid 19th century Singapore, of a young Riau pirate and the daughter of a penghulu, who objects to their relationship. Left with no choice, the star-crossed lovers elope to the sea but the arrival of the British colonialists will affect the future of the Malay Peninsula and change their lives forever.

Unstable Foundations

Unstable Foundations

With university fees and other financial isues on Madeline's mind, finding Yamashita's Gold with her cousin, Nathaniel, seemed to be the best idea. But when she meets McRitchie, a veteran traveller with an ambiguous origin, she starts questioning the legitimacy of the treasure, and what's truly valuable to her.

Kungfu Dough

Kungfu Dough

Yan is a baker's daughter who wants nothing else but for her family bakery to survive an ailing economy. But when reporter Zhang finds out that she is not an ordinary girl and has other hidden skills and adversaries, he starts to fall for her. Will he be able to help Yan emerge a winner or be swallowed up by adversities?

Mystery Of

Mystery Of "A Yellow Sleuth": Detective Sergeant Nor Nalla, Federated Malay States Police

In 1931 a book full of thrilling adventures set mostly in Malaya appeared in London under the title A Yellow Sleuth: Being the Autobiography of "Nor Nalla" (Detective-Sergeant Federated Malay States Police). Reviewers concluded that the stories were just barely plausible, but agreed that the author knew Malaya intimately. Nor Nalla is an anagram for Ron Allan, who spent four years working on a rubber plantation in Malaya shortly before World War I. The "yellow sleuth" is a master of undercover operations, and this reissued work explores vast locales, from the forests of Malaya to the ports of Java, from London's underbelly to the camps of Chinese laborers in WWI Flanders. Contemporary readers will not only savor the book's tales of adventure and detection, they will also appreciate the ways that the author brings to life- and reveals the contradictions of-late colonial society.


Politics & Economics
Indonesia In The New World: Globalisation, Nationalism And Sovereignty

Indonesia In The New World: Globalisation, Nationalism And Sovereignty

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

Islam In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Modernity

Islam In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Modernity

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

Authoritarian Populism In Malaysia Autocrats Vs The People

Authoritarian Populism In Malaysia Autocrats Vs The People

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

Budi Kritik

Budi Kritik

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

Thai Military Power: A Culture Of Strategic Accomodation

Thai Military Power: A Culture Of Strategic Accomodation

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

Rising China, Resilient Japan, Resourceful Asean: Selected Writings Of Lee Poh Ping On East Asian International Relations

Rising China, Resilient Japan, Resourceful Asean: Selected Writings Of Lee Poh Ping On East Asian International Relations

The late Professor Lee Poh Ping had an active and distinguished scholarly career in Malaysia spanning at least five decades. His academic interests included studies of the ethnic Chinese communities in Malaya/Malaysia and Singapore, their historical and contemporary relations with China, Japan-Southeast Asia relations, Malaysia's politics and foreign policy, and international relations in the Asia-Pacific. This book is a collection of some of Lee's popular commentary writings and some of the more serious, but still accessible to the reading public, academic articles, on these issues.

Regime Resilience In Malaysia And Singapore

Regime Resilience In Malaysia And Singapore

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

Diplomatically Speaking: Dispatches From The Best Democracy We Never Had

Diplomatically Speaking: Dispatches From The Best Democracy We Never Had

A career diplomat, Dennis Ignatius served in London, Beijing and Washington before being appointed Malaysia's Ambassador to Chile. He was subsequently appointed Ambassador to Argentina and then High Commissioner to Canada. Upon his retirement from the foreign service, he took to writing on politics and international affairs as a columnist for a major national daily. He now writes regularly for independent news portals and has been interviewed on current affairs by local and foreign media. His main areas of interest are democracy, human rights and foreign policy.

Unapologetic

Unapologetic

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

Dreaming Of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak

Dreaming Of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak

Dreaming of Freedom places Israel's military detention of Palestinian children in its full context, shedding insight onto the Israel occupation and the Palestinian resistance to it - as well as the lives of children who grow up in an environment filled with heavily-armed soldiers, walls and tanks. It contains first-hand testimonies by Palestinian children enduring the horrors of Israeli prison cells - beatings, torture, humiliation and violations, with no accountability whatsoever.

Critical Issues In Asset Building In Singapore's Development

Critical Issues In Asset Building In Singapore's Development

Singapore's progress as an independent nation and the uplifting of its people's livelihood have been made possible by stable social and political conditions. A more important factor in driving these positive changes lies with people-centric leadership. One can contrast the case of Singapore with societies led by self-serving leaders whose lack of honesty and integrity brings about immense social and economic hardships to various communities. When people suffer under undesirable circumstances, they often migrate to seek better future for themselves and their families. This book reveals how Singapore's governance grounded on the principle of asset building facilitates the country's growth and development. Policies being discussed in this volume include multi-culturalism, accessible housing, social mobility for low-income families, water resource management, and national conscription.

Duterte Harry: Fire And Fury In The Philippines

Duterte Harry: Fire And Fury In The Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte was elected President of the Philippines in 2016. Duterte is a serial womaniser and a self-confessed killer. He is on record as saying he does not `give a shit' about human rights. Yet he is beloved of the 16.6 million Filipinos who voted for him, seen as vulgar but honest, a breath of fresh air, and an iconoclastic, anti-imperialist rebel. In this revelatory biography, Channel 4 News' Asia Correspondent Jonathan Miller charts Duterte's rise, and shows how this fascinating, fearsome man can be seen as the embodiment of populism in our time.

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

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

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

Panorama 02/2017: Security Architectures Under Threat - The Status Of Multilateral Fora

Panorama 02/2017: Security Architectures Under Threat - The Status Of Multilateral Fora

In this issue of Panorama: Insights into Asian and European Affairs, the authors discuss the current security challenges in the realm of the new global security landscape. Based on analyses of the different threats and dynamics, the papers look at ways to strengthen cooperative security arrangements. They argue that such collaborative initiatives are ultimately the most promising avenues to contain the transnational insecurities and build trust in order to develop a regional security architecture that will ensure regional stability and peace.

China's Road

China's Road

China Road uses more than 400 precious historical pictures, coupled with authoritative and accurate textual explanations, to visually display major historical events that have taken place in every historical period in China since the Opium War. These fully reflect the Chinese people's efforts in various kinds of explorations and struggles to achieve national rejuvenation and make the country prosperous and strong.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #10: Ge14: Will Urban Malays Support Pakatan Harapan?

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #10: Ge14: Will Urban Malays Support Pakatan Harapan?

In Malaysia's last general election, urban voters tended to support the opposition coalition. However, most of these seats have a mixed demography, with a high percentage of ethnic Chinese voters. In the upcoming general election, Pakatan has a good chance of winning the federal government if Malay voters join their Chinese counterparts in supporting the opposition coalition. A subsequent so-called "Malay tsunami" could lead to a Pakatan victory. This present study, which is based on a series of focus group discussions held in the Malaysian states of Kedah and Johor, finds that urban Malay voters are very unhappy with the economic condition of the country and are also worried about corruption. But despite their grouses, they are still uncertain about supporting the opposition coalition due to the fear of losing the race-based privileges they enjoy as ethnic Malays.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #09: Malaysia's General Elections 2018: Understanding The Rural Vote

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #09: Malaysia's General Elections 2018: Understanding The Rural Vote

This study was carried out in Johor and Kedah through a combination of focus groups, formal and informal interviews and long-term ethnographic participant observation. The study shows that the rural vote is not homogeneous; views and perceptions that could lead to electoral action differs between regions, ages and genders. Daily survival and rising costs of living are the key common issues that were raised across all regions. The importance of Malay rights and the priority of Islam are also important to the rural voter. Younger voters might be open to the idea of a new government, but they need to overcome community and family pressure to break away from generational practices of voting for Barisan Nasional. Some rural voters feel that they gain no benefits from having either side of the political divide in power. While these voters generally do not see the point of voting, a last-minute decision to vote may go the way of the party that provides them with immediate gains.

Building A Ship While Sailing

Building A Ship While Sailing

This is the story of the development of Indonesia over the past six decades, as told by award-winning Indonesian businessman Setyono Djuandi Darmono, also known as S. D. Darmono. Born in Yogyakarta in 1949, he is the founder, former CEO and now the President Commissioner of public-listed industrial estate developer PT Jababeka Tbk. Drawing on his wide experience as a businessman and as a respected business leader in Indonesia, Mr Darmono discusses issues such as Indonesia's development, its strengths, its future, and also its areas of weakness, such as an inadequacy in education and the failure of some institutions of higher learning to produce graduates who are able to face challenges. With its detailed discussions on a wide range of issues and with practical suggestions on development, this book is for anyone who has long been fascinated with the culturally and geographically diverse country of Indonesia, as well as for the entrepreneur who may be interested in investing in the country.

20 Years Of Can Asians Think? Commemorative Edition

20 Years Of Can Asians Think? Commemorative Edition

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

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #08: The Rise And Decline Of Labour Militancy In Batam

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #08: The Rise And Decline Of Labour Militancy In Batam

Over the past two decades, trade union activity in Batam has been heavily influenced by regional demographics, employment conditions and the prevalent political scenario. Following the end of the New Order in 1998, the single state-authorized union was fragmented, giving rise to a number of new enterprise unions. Batam's young and diverse immigrant population, with no pre-existing loyalties to particular trade unions, made it a hotspot for industrial relations activities. After intervention by the Widodo government, and the signing of a harmony declaration, there has been a change in the unions' approach in demanding wages and conditions improvement. While there are no visible signs of a confrontational mobilization in the near future, a number of worker welfare issues remain unsettled.

Southeast Asian Affairs 2018

Southeast Asian Affairs 2018

Southeast Asian Affairs is a comprehensive annual review devoted to the international relations, politics, and economies of the region and its nation-states. The collected volumes of Southeast Asian Affairs have become a compendium documenting the dynamic evolution of regional and national developments in Southeast Asia from the end of the 'second' Vietnam War to the alarms and struggles of today. Over the years, the editors have drawn on the talents and expertise not only of ISEAS' own professional research staff and visiting fellows, but have also reached out to tap leading scholars and analysts elsewhere in Southeast and East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, North America, and Europe.

Review Of Configuration Of The Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors

Review Of Configuration Of The Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors

This review recommends possible extension and/or realignment of economic corridors to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency in advancing economic integration in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The economic corridor approach was adopted by the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries in 1998 to help accelerate subregional development. The development of economic corridors links production, trade, and infrastructure within a specific geographic area. The review of these corridors was conducted to take into account the opening up of Myanmar and ensure that there is a close match between corridor routes and trade flows; GMS capitals and major urban centers are connected to each other; and the corridors are linked with maritime gateways. The review came up with recommendations for possible extension and/or realignment of the corridors, and adoption of a classification system for corridor development.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #07: Chinese Capitalism And Economic Integration In Southeast Asia

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #07: Chinese Capitalism And Economic Integration In Southeast Asia

China's rise exerts a powerful pull on ASEAN economies and constitutes an impetus for a resinicization of Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. China has become a skilled practitioner of "commercial diplomacy", and as long as it continues to lead the way in regional integration, China's state-led capitalism will seek to integrate itself into the ASEAN Economic Community. This in effect becomes China's essential strategy of desecuritization for the region. As China rises, Southeast Asia has witnessed increased complexity and variations of "hybrid capitalism", including alliances between state-led capitalism, transnational entrepreneurs emanating from China's "going out" policy and ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia. Three main forms of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia are neoliberal capitalism, flexible capitalism and Confucian capitalism. These intermingle into a range of local varieties under different socio-economic conditions.

Vietnam's Foreign Policy Under Doi Moi

Vietnam's Foreign Policy Under Doi Moi

In 1986, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) adopted the Doi Moi (Renovation) policy at its sixth national congress, opening up a new chapter in the country's modern history. Under Doi Moi, Vietnam has undergone significant socio-economic, political and foreign policy reforms that have transformed the country in many meaningful ways. This edited volume aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the multiple aspects and transformations of Vietnam's foreign policy over the past thirty years. As the most informative, updated and comprehensive volume on Vietnam's foreign policy under Doi Moi, the book is a useful reference source for academics, policymakers, students as well as anyone interested in contemporary Vietnam in general and its foreign policy in particular.

Age Of Anger: A History Of The Present

Age Of Anger: A History Of The Present

How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world today? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century before leading us to the present. He shows that as the world became modern, those who were unable to enjoy its promises - of freedom, stability, and prosperity - were increasingly susceptible to demagogues. The many who came late to this new world - or were left, or pushed, behind - reacted in horrifyingly similar ways: with intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment through spectacular violence. It was from among the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the nineteenth century arose - angry young men who became cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally. Today, just as then, the wide embrace of mass politics and technology and the pursuit of wealth and individualism have cast many more billions adrift in a demoralized world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity - with the same terrible results.

China's Great Wall Of Debt: Shadow Banks, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, And The End Of The Chinese Miracle

China's Great Wall Of Debt: Shadow Banks, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, And The End Of The Chinese Miracle

A stunning inside look at how and why the Chinese economy is barreling towards disaster and the impact its collapse would have on the rest of the world. China's Great Wall of Debt is a penetrating examination of the country's opaque financial system and the complex factors - demographic shifts; urbanization; industrialization; a pervasive over-reliance on debt-fueled investments - that have brought the country to the brink of crisis. Anchored by stories of China's cities and its people; from factory workers and displaced farmers to government officials and entrepreneurs, the narrative will take readers inside the country's ghost cities, zombie companies, start-ups, and regulatory institutions as McMahon explains how things got so bad, why fixing the problems is so hard, and what the economic outlook means for China and for the rest of us.

Indonesia's Changing Political Economy: Governing The Roads

Indonesia's Changing Political Economy: Governing The Roads

Indonesia is Southeast Asia's largest economy and freest democracy yet vested interests and local politics serve as formidable obstacles to infrastructure reform. In this critical analysis of the politics inhibiting infrastructure investment, Jamie S. Davidson utilizes evidence from his research, press reports and rarely used consultancy studies to challenge mainstream explanations for low investment rates and the sluggish adoption of liberalizing reforms. He argues that obstacles have less to do with weak formal institutions and low fiscal capacities of the state than with entrenched, rent-seeking interests, misaligned central-local government relations, and state-society struggles over land. Using a political-sociological approach, Davidson demonstrates that 'getting the politics right' matters as much as getting the prices right or putting the proper institutional safeguards in place for infrastructure development. This innovative account and its conclusions will be of interest to students and scholars of Southeast Asia and policymakers of infrastructure investment and economic growth.

Everyday Political Economy Of Southeast Asia, The

Everyday Political Economy Of Southeast Asia, The

In this empirically rich collection of essays, a team of leading international scholars explore the way that economic transformation is sustained and challenged by everyday practices across Southeast Asia. Drawing together a body of interdisciplinary scholarship, the authors explore how the emergence of more marketized forms of economic policy-making in Southeast Asia impacts everyday life. The book's twelve chapters address topics such as domestic migration, trade union politics in Myanmar, mining in the Philippines, halal food in Singapore, Islamic finance in Malaysia, education reform in Indonesia, street vending in Malaysia, regional migration between Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia, and Southeast Asian domestic workers in Hong Kong. This collection not only enhances understandings of the everyday political economies at work in specific Southeast Asian sites, but makes a major theoretical contribution to the development of an everyday political economy approach in which perspectives from developing economies and non-Western actors are taken seriously.

Daim Zainuddin: Malaysia's Revolutionary And Troubleshooter

Daim Zainuddin: Malaysia's Revolutionary And Troubleshooter

Daim Zainuddin is one of Asia's cleverest politicians and policy makers, as well as one of its most controversial. Twice rescuing the Malaysian economy from near collapse, he has also been instrumental in restructuring Malaysia's economy. This fully authorised biography, including numerous interviews with Zainuddin himself and the people closest to him, reveals teh truth behind one of Asia's most able, private and contentious politicians.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #06: Reconciling Economic And Environmental Imperatives In Batam

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #06: Reconciling Economic And Environmental Imperatives In Batam

Batam's economic transformation has been accompanied by a marked degradation of its natural environment. Enforcement to protect the environment has often been inadequate on many fronts, exacerbated by population increases. Though regulations exist for the provision of public amenities like wastewater and sewerage treatment, existing facilities are run-down and ill-equipped to cope with the present demands. The capacity of reservoirs to meet the present demand for water is also strained because of the large population base, with illegal intrusion and squatters further threatening supplies. Economic and environmental imperatives can be reconciled if more emphasis and resources are put into enforcing regulations and protecting the environment.

National Debt, The : A Short History

National Debt, The : A Short History

While it is central to today's politics, few people fully understand the National Debt and its role in shaping the course of British history. Without it, Britain would not have gained - and lost - two empires, nor won its wars against France and Germany. But Britain has also been moulded by attempts to break free of the Debt, from postwar Keynesian economics to today's austerity. Martin Slater writes a vivid tale coloured with some of the most dramatic incidents and personalities of Britain's past--from clashes between King and Parliament, American independence and war in Europe, to the abolition of slavery, the development of the Union and the role of leading figures such as Pitt, Gladstone, Adam Smith and Keynes. From medieval times to the 2008 financial crash and beyond, The National Debt explores the changing fortunes of the Debt, and so of Great Britain.

Reclaiming Development

Reclaiming Development

There is no alternative to neoliberal economics - or so it appeared when Reclaiming Development was published in 2004. Many of the same driving assumptions - monetarism and globalization - remain within the international development policy establishment. Ha-Joon Chang and Ilene Grabel confront this neoliberal development model head-on by combining devastating economic critique with an array of innovative policies and an in-depth analysis of the experiences of leading Western and East Asian economies. Still, much has changed since 2004 - the relative success of some developing countries in weathering the global financial crisis has exposed the latent contradictions of the neoliberal model. The resulting situation of increasingly open policy innovation in the global South means that this book is even more relevant today than when it was first published. History is being made.

You Want This Goonvernment Ah?

You Want This Goonvernment Ah?

Wah! Najib said RM500 could feed a whole family for a year! He bought a chicken for RM1 and told us to shop wisely! Umno MP said MO1 was the Agong! ROTF! Alamak! So many scandals at Felda! Ahmad Maslan said with GST, some goods cheaper wor! Menteri Besar challenged Opposition man to a fight! Celaka! Najib broke his promise to repeal Sedition Act! Aiyo! Teachers warned not to support Opposition! Aiseh! Won't Najib declassify audit report on 1MDB? This is the goonshit we get from the GOONvernment. Read about it and decide if you want a kakistocracy run by goonshitters, sygoonphants, shenanigoons and kleptogoons.

Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House

Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House

With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time. The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #05: Accidental And Intentional Exporters - Comparing Indonesian Malaysian Msmes

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #05: Accidental And Intentional Exporters - Comparing Indonesian Malaysian Msmes

Regardless of the size of the domestic economy, there are ample reasons for firms to extend their markets beyond home shores. Both Indonesia and Malaysia seek to enhance the competitiveness of their micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by including internationalization goals in their respective national development plans for these enterprises. Findings from fourteen case studies in the two countries indicate that exporting may be a serendipitous discovery, as few of these cases were born global in intent. Shifting to intentional exporting will require entrepreneurs to tap into government and/or private networks and thus connect with international buyers. ASEAN can facilitate the entry of MSMEs into the ASEAN market by implementing resolutely current plans to reduce technical barriers to trade.

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight For Sex Worker's Right

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight For Sex Worker's Right

Do you have to think that prostitution is good to support sex worker rights? How do sex worker rights fit with feminist and anti-capitalist politics? Is criminalising clients progressive - and can the police deliver justice? In this book, sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith bring a fresh perspective to questions that have long been contentious. Speaking from a growing, global sex worker rights movement, and situating their argument firmly within wider questions of migration, work, feminism, and resistance to white supremacy, they make clear that anyone committed to working towards justice and freedom should be in support of the sex worker rights movement.

Mistaken Identity: Race And Class In The Age Of Trump

Mistaken Identity: Race And Class In The Age Of Trump

Whether class or race is the more important factor in modern politics is a question right at the heart of recent history's most contentious debates. Among groups who should readily find common ground, there is little agreement. To escape this deadlock, Asad Haider turns to the rich legacies of the black freedom struggle. Drawing on the words and deeds of black revolutionary theorists, he argues that identity politics is not synonymous with anti-racism, but instead amounts to the neutralization of its movements. Weaving together autobiographical reflection, historical analysis, theoretical exegesis, and protest reportage, Mistaken Identity is a passionate call for a new practice of politics beyond colorblind chauvinism and "the ideology of race."

Hara Hotel: A Tale Of Syrian Refugees In Greece

Hara Hotel: A Tale Of Syrian Refugees In Greece

Hara Hotel chronicles everyday life in a makeshift refugee camp on the forecourt of a petrol station in northern Greece. In the first two months of 2016, more than 100,000 refugees arrived in Greece. Half of them were fleeing war-torn Syria, seeking a safe haven in Europe. As the numbers seeking refuge soared, many were stranded in temporary camps, staffed by volunteers. Hara Hotel tells some of their stories.

Cities Of Power: The Urban, The National, The Popular, And The Global

Cities Of Power: The Urban, The National, The Popular, And The Global

In this brilliant, very original survey of the politics and meanings of urban landscapes, leading sociologist G?ran Therborn offers a tour of the world's major capital cities, showing how they have been shaped by national, popular, and global forces. Through a global, historical lens, and with a thematic range extending from the mutations of modernist architecture to the contemporary return of urban revolutions, Therborn questions received assumptions about the source, manifestations, and reach of urban power, combining perspectives on politics, sociology, urban planning, architecture, and urban iconography. He argues that, at a time when they seem to be moving apart, there is a strong link between the city and the nation-state, and that the current globalization of cities is largely driven by the global aspirations of politicians as well as those of national and local capital.

Shock Of The Anthropocene, The: The Earth, History And Us

Shock Of The Anthropocene, The: The Earth, History And Us

The Earth has entered a new epoch: the Anthropocene. What we are facing is not only an environmental crisis, but a geological revolution of human origin. In two centuries, our planet has tipped into a state unknown for millions of years. How did we get to this point? Refuting the convenient view of a "human species" that upset the Earth system, unaware of what it was doing, this book proposes the first critical history of the Anthropocene, shaking up many accepted ideas: about our supposedly recent "environmental awareness," about previous challenges to industrialism, about the manufacture of ignorance and consumerism, about so-called energy transitions, as well as about the role of the military in environmental destruction. In a dialogue between science and history, The Shock of the Anthropocene dissects a new theoretical buzzword and explores paths for living and acting politically in this rapidly developing geological epoch.

What Is The Sharia?

What Is The Sharia?

In the West, "sharia" often calls to mind antiquated laws founded upon gender discrimination and barbaric punishments. In the East, for some it means the ideal standards by which Muslims strive to live; for others, it is the greatest obstacle to modernization of their societies. These clashing views sometimes lead to violence. Clarification of the term has therefore become an urgent necessity. Sharia is all of these things and much more. It is the legal system of Islam, a series of guidelines and prohibitions. But it is also a concept invested with a whole range of meanings, from the virtuous attributes of an "'ideal"' society, to the confinement of particular elements to otherness and adversity. Moving through history, society and Islamic thought to explore the sources of sharia law, Baudouin Dupret gets to the heart of its uses and abuses in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Taliban Reader, The: War, Islam And Politics In Their Own Words

Taliban Reader, The: War, Islam And Politics In Their Own Words

Who are the Taliban? Are they a militant movement? Are they religious scholars? The fact that these and other questions are still raised with frequency is testimony to the way the movement has been studied, often at arm's length and with scant use of primary sources. The Taliban Reader forges a new path, bringing together an extensive range of largely unseen sources in a guide to the Afghan Islamist movement from a unique insider perspective. Ideal for students, journalists and scholars alike, this book is the result of an unprecedented, decade-long effort to encourage the emergence of participant-centered accounts of Afghan history.

Thailand:Shifting Ground Between The Us And A Rising China

Thailand:Shifting Ground Between The Us And A Rising China

In this up-to-date study of Thai foreign policy, Benjamin Zawacki provides a compelling account of Thailand's modern history and its changing role in the world order, from the beginning of its alliance with the United States in 1945 to the 2014 coup and beyond. Featuring extensive interviews with more than seventy high-level figures in Thailand and the United States, including deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the book offers unprecedented insight into the inner workings of the Thai elite and their dealings with the United States and China. As the Sino-American rivalry escalates, Southeast Asia will become an increasingly important theater in global affairs. Understanding the current transitions of power in Thailand are essential for comprehending the profound implications of China's influence, not only for the region, but for the wider world.

Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence And The Making Of A Muslim 'Other'

Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence And The Making Of A Muslim 'Other'

For decades Myanmar has been portrayed as a case of good citizen versus bad regime - men in jackboots maintaining a suffocating rule over a majority Buddhist population beholden to the ideals of non-violence and tolerance. But in recent years this narrative has been upended. In June 2012, violence between Buddhists and Muslims in western Myanmar pointed to a growing divide between religious communities that before had received little attention from the outside world. In this gripping and deeply reported account, Francis Wade explores how the manipulation of identities by an anxious ruling elite has laid the foundations for mass violence, and how, in Myanmar's case, some of the most respected and articulate voices for democracy have turned on the Muslim population at a time when the majority of citizens are beginning to experience freedoms unseen for half a century.

China's Asian Dream: Empire Building Along The New Silk Road

China's Asian Dream: Empire Building Along The New Silk Road

"China", Napoleon once remarked, "is a sleeping lion. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will shake the world." In 2014, President Xi Jinping triumphantly declared the lion had awakened. Under his leadership, China is pursuing a dream to restore its historical position as the dominant power in Asia. From the Mekong River Basin to the Central Asian steppe, China is flexing its economic muscles for strategic ends. By setting up new regional financial institutions, Beijing is challenging the post-World War II order established under the watchful eye of Washington. And by funding and building roads, railways, ports and power lines-a New Silk Road across Eurasia and through the South China Sea and Indian Ocean-China aims to draw its neighbours ever tighter into its embrace. Combining a geopolitical overview with on-the-ground reportage from a dozen countries, China's Asian Dream offers a fresh perspective on the rise of China' and what it means for the future of Asia?


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How To Learn Chinese Without Even Trying!

How To Learn Chinese Without Even Trying!

Most people will tell you understanding Chinese is hard, but we've made learning this increasingly important language as simple as can be with games and activities. With simple tracing, diagrams, stories and memorable phrases, this book for the absolute beginner will have you mastering pinyin, so you can write and pronounce Chinese words, understanding perfect pitch and tone, simple grammar rules and basic vocabulary. This practical, useful guide will easily equip you with the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese.


Religion & Philosophy
World To Win, A: The Life And Works Of Karl Marx

World To Win, A: The Life And Works Of Karl Marx

Epic new biography of Karl Marx for the 200th anniversary of his birth. In this essential new biography - the first to give equal weight to both the work and life of Karl Marx - Sven-Eric Liedman expertly navigates the imposing, complex personality of his subject through the turbulent passages of global history. A World to Win follows Marx through childhood and student days, a difficult and sometimes tragic family life, his far-sighted journalism, and his enduring friendship and intellectual partnership with Friedrich Engels.

Buddhism, Politics And Political Thought In Myanmar

Buddhism, Politics And Political Thought In Myanmar

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


Science & Technology
Pathology & Genetics Of Head And Neck Tumours

Pathology & Genetics Of Head And Neck Tumours

Pathology and Genetics of Head and Neck Tumours is the latest volume in the new WHO series on histological and genetic typing of human tumours. This authoritative, concise reference book provides an international standard for pathologists and oncologists and will serve as an indispensable guide for use in the design of studies monitoring response to therapy and clinical outcome. Diagnostic criteria, pathological features, and associated genetic alterations are described in a strictly disease-oriented manner. Sections on all WHO-recognized neoplasms and their variants include new ICD-O codes, incidence, age and sex distribution, location, clinical signs and symptoms, pathology, genetics, and predictive factors.

Who International Standard Terminologies On Traditional Medicine In The Western Pacific Region

Who International Standard Terminologies On Traditional Medicine In The Western Pacific Region

This book has been prepared in an effort to address the pressing need for a common language, i.e. international standard terminology and technical terms to be used in traditional medicine. The number of commonly used terms in traditional medicine is estimated to be more than 4000, most of which are included in this book, which is designed for use by students and clinical practitioners and researchers in the Western Pacific Region. This terminology will also be useful to assist Member States in the region in developing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on traditional medicine.

Industry Of Paper In China, The

Industry Of Paper In China, The

This book takes readers on an illustrated journey through the art of paper making in China today. It is not just about the paper industry, but the industry around paper, covering the whole value chain from raw materials to machinery and to various end products of paper. Bilingual in Chinese and English.

Island Life: A Natural History Of Pulau Tengah, Johor, Malaysia

Island Life: A Natural History Of Pulau Tengah, Johor, Malaysia

Set in the protected Johor Marine Park, Pulau Tengah is three kilometres in circumference with an elevation of 150m at its highest point. Though just sixteen kilometres from the fishing town of Mersing, Johor, and 140km from Singapore, the island ticks every fantasy of an uninhabited paradise island. The beaches that encircle most of the island attract Green and Hawksbill turtles that land to lay their eggs from March to October. The translucent waters that surround the island are home to both coral reefs and meadows of sea grass which in themselves house rich marine life. This book sets out to document and share a broad overview of the natural history of Pulau Tengah. It is a dedication to the work of Batu Batu's staff and the various experts and nature lovers who have visited the island and contributed a little to its preservation.

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of The Philippines

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of The Philippines

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

Natural Bounty Of China Series, The: Beijing

Natural Bounty Of China Series, The: Beijing

The Natural Bounty of China is an important book series of 60 titles that comprehensively documents the vast diversity of China's natural resources. China recognizes more than 1,600 products unique to the country - known as geographical indication products. This series describes these products in detail, with each single volume focusing on a particular region of China and the unique products cultivated there. This volume looks at the abundant resources and products of China's historic capital city, Beijing.

Natural Bounty Of China Series, The: Inner Mongolia

Natural Bounty Of China Series, The: Inner Mongolia

The Natural Bounty of China is an important book series of 60 titles that comprehensively documents the vast diversity of China's natural resources. China recognizes more than 1,600 products unique to the country - known as geographical indication products. This series describes these products in detail, with each single volume focusing on a particular region of China and the unique products cultivated there. This volume looks at the abundant resources and products from the birthplace of Chinese civilization, Inner Mongolia.

Natural Bounty Of China Series, The: Tibet

Natural Bounty Of China Series, The: Tibet

The Natural Bounty of China is an important book series of 60 titles that comprehensively documents the vast diversity of China's natural resources. China recognizes more than 1,600 products unique to the country - known as geographical indication products. This series describes these products in detail, with each single volume focusing on a particular region of China and the unique products cultivated there. This volume looks at the abundant resources and products of Tibet, the 'Roof of the World'.

Natural Bounty Of China Series, The: Shanghai

Natural Bounty Of China Series, The: Shanghai

The Natural Bounty of China is an important book series of 60 titles that comprehensively documents the vast diversity of China's natural resources. China recognizes more than 1,600 products unique to the country - known as geographical indication products. This series describes these products in detail, with each single volume focusing on a particular region of China and the unique products cultivated there. This volume looks at the abundant resources and products of Shanghai, the 'Pearl of the Orient'.

Naturalist's Guide To The Mammals Of Southeast Asia

Naturalist's Guide To The Mammals Of Southeast Asia

This easy-to-use identification guide to the 129 species of mammal most commonly seen in Southeast Asia is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from some of the region's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat, as well as interesting snippets of information about the mammals. The user-friendly introduction covers details on habitats, advice on mammal watching, notes on taxonomy and information on threats to the wildlife.

Carec Road Safety Engineering Manual 2: Safer Road Works

Carec Road Safety Engineering Manual 2: Safer Road Works

Road authorities in CAREC countries are encouraged to include road safety as an integral part of the planning, design, and operation of all road worksites under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program. This manual explains how to provide safer road worksites on CAREC roads. It explains good practices for roadwork sites, offering clear and simple guidance for CAREC road authorities to use to improve road safety at these sites for road users and workers alike. It offers information about the six-zone process, how to plan and implement a traffic management plan, and how to manage a safe worksite. This manual is essential reading for project managers, designers, supervision consultants, contractors, works supervisors and others who have a responsibility for safe worksites.

Carec Road Safety Engineering Manual 1: Road Safety Audit

Carec Road Safety Engineering Manual 1: Road Safety Audit

CAREC countries has committed to road safety as a key objective in implementing road projects. The road safety audit process will be an integral part of the planning, design, and construction of road projects within the CAREC region. This manual also explains the road safety audit process as it can apply in CAREC road projects. It provides information about the audit process for those who undertake the audits (practitioners) and for those who manage the audit process (policy makers).

Compendium Of Best Practices In Road Asset Management

Compendium Of Best Practices In Road Asset Management

Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program member countries share best practices in road asset management, which aims to optimize economic benefits by minimizing maintenance and road user costs. This compendium presents the best practices for the introduction and development of road asset management based on a desk review of the experiences in the 11 member countries of the Program. his compendium also provides a general introduction to the concept of road asset management and presents an overview of its status in each CAREC country.

Water-Energy Nexus In The People's Republic Of China And Emerging Issues

Water-Energy Nexus In The People's Republic Of China And Emerging Issues

This report analyzes the trade-off between the two sectors in the context of the People's Republic of China and proposes recommendations to ensure that the choices made are sustainable in the long run. Water and energy are both valuable resources and indispensable for human society and economic development. By nature, water and energy are interlinked. Water plays a critical role in the generation of electricity for cooling of thermal power plants and in hydropower, as well as in the production of fossil fuels such as coal; energy is required to treat, distribute, and for wastewater treatment. Choices made in either of the sectors may have unintended and often negative implications on the other sector.

Trade And Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism In Nepal: Baseline Study

Trade And Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism In Nepal: Baseline Study

This baseline study reviews Nepal's trade and transport procedures, highlights the importance of monitoring trade and transport facilitation, and lays a foundation to establish trade and transport facilitation monitoring mechanism. The establishment of a trade and transport facilitation monitoring mechanism (TTFMM) is important because it allows a country to take stock, identify bottlenecks, and prioritize recommendations for the implementation of trade facilitation measures. This report reviews trade and transport procedures in Nepal, highlights the importance of monitoring trade and transport facilitation, and lays a foundation for future studies and establishment of long-term, sustainable TTFMM.

Pathways To Low-Carbon Development For Viet Nam

Pathways To Low-Carbon Development For Viet Nam

This study assesses how Viet Nam's green growth objectives can be achieved through a detailed modeling approach that draws on extensive national stakeholder input to ensure alignment with sector plans and strategies. Viet Nam's rapid economic growth in recent years has been energy dependent. This study uses a bottom-up model to evaluate 63 measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from household electricity, industry, power generation, and transport. Policy measures are also identified to help realize this growth.

Pathways To Low-Carbon Development For The Philippines

Pathways To Low-Carbon Development For The Philippines

This study assesses how the growth of the Philippines can be made climate friendly through a detailed modeling approach that draws on extensive national stakeholder input. The Philippines currently has a low level of per capita greenhouse gas emissions. However, emission levels are growing at an increasing rate, with 4% annual growth between 2006 and 2012. This study assesses how the Philippines can take a low-carbon pathway by drawing on detailed modeling of the power, residential, and transport sectors. It identifies low-carbon development options that can be deployed at approximately zero net cost.

Microsoft Excel-Based Tool Kit For Planning Hybrid Energy Systems: A User Guide

Microsoft Excel-Based Tool Kit For Planning Hybrid Energy Systems: A User Guide

This Microsoft Excel-based tool kit and user guide intends to support planning hybrid renewable energy systems based on experiences of pilot projects in ADB's South Asian developing member countries. ADB has implemented a regional technical assistance to develop small hybrid renewable energy systems that will provide reliable, adequate, and affordable energy for inclusive growth in Asian rural areas, and enable access to electricity and energy efficiency in remote rural locations and small isolated islands. A Microsoft Excel-based Tool Kit, prepared as part of knowledge development activities of the technical assistance, is intended to support planning hybrid renewable energy systems based on experiences of pilot projects in South Asian developing member countries.

Future Carbon Fund: Delivering Co-Benefits For Sustainable Development

Future Carbon Fund: Delivering Co-Benefits For Sustainable Development

Asia and the Pacific is home to more than 60% of the world's population and 62% of the global economic output. But the region still faces enormous development challenges and with economic growth, it has become a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This report reflects how Clean Development Mechanism projects supported by the Future Carbon Fund not only reduce GHG emissions but deliver social, environmental, and economic co-benefits contributing to sustainable development in the region. This report also presents qualitative and quantitative analysis of these co-benefits.

Developing Renewable Energy Mini-Grids In Myanmar: A Guidebook

Developing Renewable Energy Mini-Grids In Myanmar: A Guidebook

This guidebook shares training materials and knowledge on mini-grid development for rural electrification. It documents experiences and lessons learned from developing 12 pilot mini-grid systems for off-grid energy access in Myanmar. This guidebook documents the experiences and lessons learned from developing 12 pilot mini-grid systems for off-grid energy access in Myanmar. Unelectrified rural communities typically located 10 kilometers from the national grid and without prospects of being connected to the grid in the next 5 to 10 years have been chosen for the project. This guidebook shares training materials and knowledge on the major aspects of mini-grid development for rural electrification.

Wayside Flowers Of Singapore

Wayside Flowers Of Singapore

Singapore has numerous wild plants that grow and flower freely in our city-state, adding colour and beauty to even the most urban and drab of areas. Yet, all too often, we walk past these common flowering plants without even noticing them. And when we do, we are able to name only one or two - perhaps the common touch-me-not, or the morning glory. Here, then, is an easy-to-use guide to help the general public fully appreciate and put a name to the many wayside flowers of Singapore. This book is in full colour, with excellent close-up photography for each flower, showing each species in close detail, so that its parts can be clearly seen. The book also shows the plant in its typical natural environment, be it up a wall or in a drain. The flowers have been grouped by their predominant colour - blue, green, orange, pink, purple, white or yellow - making it easy for the user to locate the flower in the book.

Radical Technologies: The Design Of Everyday Life

Radical Technologies: The Design Of Everyday Life

Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to transfigure our lives. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory excavation of our Information Age, leading technology thinker Adam Greenfield forces us to reconsider our relationship with the networked objects, services and spaces that define us. It is time to re-evaluate the Silicon Valley consensus determining the future. Having successfully colonized everyday life, these radical technologies are now conditioning the choices available to us in the years to come. How do they work? What challenges do they present to us, as individuals and societies? Who benefits from their adoption? In answering these questions, Greenfield's timely guide clarifies the scale and nature of the crisis we now confront - and offers ways to reclaim our stake in the future.

Nature Contained: Environmental Histories Of Singapore

How has Singapore's environment-and location in a zone of extraordinary biodiversity-influenced the economic, political, social, and intellectual history of the island since the early 19th century? What are the antecedents to Singapore's image of itself as a City in a Garden? Grounding the story of Singapore within an understanding of its environment opens the way to an account of the past that is more than a story of trade, immigration, and nation-building. Each of the chapters in this volume-focusing on topics ranging from tigers and plantations to trade in exotic animals and the greening of the city, and written by botanists, historians, anthropologists, and naturalists-examines how humans have interacted with and understood the natural environment on a small island in Southeast Asia over the past 200 years, and conversely how this environment has influenced humans.


Social Issues
Food Matters: Food Security And The Future Of Food

Food Matters: Food Security And The Future Of Food

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

Our Cities, Our Homes: People, Places And Passions

Our Cities, Our Homes: People, Places And Passions

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

Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality?

Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality?

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

Catching Thunder: The True Story Of The World's Longest Sea Chase

Catching Thunder: The True Story Of The World's Longest Sea Chase

December, 2014: In the forbidding waters off Antarctica, Captain Hammarstedt of the Bob Barker embarks on a voyage unlike any seen before. Across ten thousand miles of hazardous seas, Hammarstedt's crew will relentlessly pursue the Thunder - an infamous illegal fishing ship - for what will become the longest chase in maritime history. Wanted by Interpol, the Thunder has for years evaded justice: accumulating millions in profits, hunting endangered species and ruthlessly destroying ocean habitats. The authors follow this incredible expedition from the beginning. The wake of the Thunder leads them to trail of criminal kingpins, rampant corruption, modern slavery, and an international community content to turn a blind eye. Very soon, apprehending Thunder becomes more than a chase but a pursuit of the truth itself and a symbolic race to preserve the well-being of our planet. A Scandinavian best-seller, Catching Thunder is a remarkable true story of courage and perseverance, and a wake-up call to act against the destruction of our environments.

Beyond Romance: Fieldwork In Sarawak

Beyond Romance: Fieldwork In Sarawak

This volume offers a collection of fieldwork stories written through the lens of sociologists, historians and anthropologists who have made the people, cultures and environment of Sarawak their field of study. Fieldwork is, they have found, never a straightforward task of collecting data, it is about establishing a relationship with the people and their surroundings and learning to live in different worlds. Bringing together fieldwork memoirs, short essays, journal entries and letters, this book also offers an insight into the history and culture of Sarawak from the eyes of its researchers, covering the 'lost tribes' in resettlement schemes, Kelabit child rearing, the biography of a Hakka civil servant and the Tua Pek Kong temples of Sarawak.

The Ha Noi Action Plan 2018-2022

The Ha Noi Action Plan 2018-2022

The Ha Noi Action Plan 2018-2022 (HAP) addresses the unfinished and expanded agenda of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program for the remaining 5 years of the GMS Strategic Framework 2012-2022. The HAP provides directions and operational focus to the GMS program and guides identification of projects in transport, urban development, energy, agriculture, environment, tourism, trade facilitation, human resource development, and information and communication technology.

Institutionalizing Gender Equality: Urban Development Experience Of The Bangladesh Local

Institutionalizing Gender Equality: Urban Development Experience Of The Bangladesh Local

This case study examines selected urban development projects of the local government engineering department in Bangladesh, with focus on mechanisms to foster gender equality and women empowerment. ADB supports the institutionalization of gender equality in government agencies to enhance their gender-responsiveness and sustainability of gender equality results. The Bangladesh Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is a trailblazer in mainstreaming gender equality in its policies, systems, and programs. This report presents the results of a stocktaking of LGED's gender mainstreaming practices particularly in ADB-financed urban development projects.

Gender Equality Results Case Study: India - Enhancing Energy-Based Livelihoods For Women

Gender Equality Results Case Study: India - Enhancing Energy-Based Livelihoods For Women

This gender equality case study presents the contributions of the ADB-India project in providing 24-hour power supply to rural households in Madhya Pradesh and how it has opened opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the energy sector. Reliable supply of 24-hour electricity in the State of Madhya Pradesh since 2014 has transformed the lives of many, including women from low-income households. The case study builds up on the project progress so far, showcasing women who, along with their sense of personal empowerment, have increased their incomes and savings through microenterprises. The case study reaffirms that a steady supply of electricity, coupled with capacity development, helps create an arena where men and women are accorded equal participation in business opportunities.

Gender Equality And Social Inclusion Assessment Of The Energy Sector: Enhancing Social Sustainabi

Gender Equality And Social Inclusion Assessment Of The Energy Sector: Enhancing Social Sustainabi

This study seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of gender equality and social inclusion issues of the energy sector in Nepal and recommends measures to ensure energy access to all. In Nepal, deeply embedded structural conditions determined by gender, caste or ethnicity, religion, language, and even geography have made access to and benefits from energy resources highly uneven. This study is an attempt to understand the factors affecting the outcomes and extent to which the initiatives have fostered gender equality and social inclusion. The study recommends measures to facilitate the distributive impact of energy sector development if Nepal is to meet its target of ensuring energy access to all.

Bangladesh Gender Equality Diagnostic Of Selected Sectors

Bangladesh Gender Equality Diagnostic Of Selected Sectors

Over the last 2 decades, Bangladesh has made progress in women's participation in the labor force, gender parity in primary education, and women's political representation. The Government of Bangladesh has made policy commitments toward gender equality and established an institutional framework to fulfill these. This publication intends to support the government in its attempt to address persisting gender inequalities and gaps through a multisector approach across policies, programs, and projects. It provides insights into gender issues in urban; transport; energy; and skills, vocational, and tertiary education, and gives suggestions for strengthening gender mainstreaming in projects.

Urban Wastewater Management In Indonesia: Key Principles And Issues In Drafting Local Regula

Urban Wastewater Management In Indonesia: Key Principles And Issues In Drafting Local Regula

This publication is intended to serve as a guidance document for local governments in Indonesia to develop their regulations on urban wastewater management. One of the major concerns in urban development is proper wastewater management. In many developing countries, the lack of a comprehensive wastewater management law jeopardizes sustainable urban development. This is true in Indonesia where wastewater management regulations at the local level are inadequate. This publication discusses the basic principles of wastewater management services and is designed to be a guidebook for the development of local urban wastewater management legislation. This guidebook's chapters and sections can be readily transformed into the chapters and articles of a local regulation.

Dhaka Water Services Turnaround, The

Dhaka Water Services Turnaround, The

This publication features an ADB project that turned around an urban water utility in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and offers a good example for other similar utilities in South Asia. ADB's investment program in the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority provided a breakthrough in approaching urban development, particularly the delivery of clean, reliable, affordable water and to the poor, no less. This publication looks at the key success factors that other utilities are taking note of: The zonal approach to rehabilitating and managing urban water services, trenchless technology for expeditiously laying pipes, and how to connect the urban poor - and keeping them connected - through community-managed approaches.

Impact Evaluation Of Development Interventions: A Practical Guide

Impact Evaluation Of Development Interventions: A Practical Guide

This book offers guidance on the principles, methods, and practice of impact evaluation. It contains material for a range of audiences, from those who may use or manage impact evaluations to applied researchers. Impact evaluation is an empirical approach to estimating the causal effects of interventions, in terms of both magnitude and statistical significance. To help backstop more use of impact evaluation approaches, this book introduces core concepts, methods, and considerations for planning, designing, managing, and implementing impact evaluation, supplemented by examples. The topics covered range from impact evaluation purposes to basic principles, specific methodologies, and guidance on field implementation.

Pentecostal Megachurches In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Class, Consumption And The Nation

Pentecostal Megachurches In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Class, Consumption And The Nation

Charismatic pastors, fast-paced worship sessions, inspirational but shallow theology, and large congregations - these are just some of the associated traits of Pentecostal megachurches. But what lies beneath the veneer of glitz? What are their congregations like? How did they grow so quickly? How have they managed to negotiate local and transnational challenges? This book seeks to understand the growth and popularity of independent Pentecostal megachurches in Southeast Asia. Using an ethnographic approach, the chapters examine Pentecostal megachurches in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore. Each chapter dwells on the development of the megachurch set against the specific background of the country's politics and history.

Why We Fight

Why We Fight

Why are we willing to die for our countries? How can ideology persuade someone to blow themselves up? When we go to war, morality, religion and ideology often take the blame. But Mike Martin boldly argues that the opposite is true: rather than driving violence, these things help to reduce it. While we resort to ideas and values to justify or interpret warfare, something else is really propelling us towards conflict: our subconscious desires, shaped by millions of years of evolution. Why We Fight will change the way we think about violence and ourselves.

Ghost Cities Of China

Ghost Cities Of China

Featuring everything from sports stadiums to shopping malls, hundreds of new cities in China stand empty, with hundreds more set to be built by 2030. Between now and then, the country's urban population will leap to over one billion, as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into overdrive. In the process, traditional social structures are being torn apart, and a rootless, semi-displaced, consumption orientated culture rapidly taking their place. Ghost Cities of China is an enthralling dialogue driven, on-location search for an understanding of China's new cities and the reasons why many currently stand empty.

Why The Dalai Lama Is A Socialist

Why The Dalai Lama Is A Socialist

To the surprise of many, the Dalai Lama recently declared that, 'I am a socialist'. While many Buddhists and socialists would be perplexed at the suggestion that their approaches to life share fundamental principles, important figures in the Buddhist tradition are increasingly framing contemporary social and economic problems in distinctly socialist terms. In this novel and provocative work, Terry Gibbs argues that the shared values expressed in each tradition could provide signposts for creating a truly humane, compassionate and free society. Hopeful about our potential to create the 'good society' through collective effort, Why the Dalai Lama is a Socialist is grounded in the fundamental belief that everyday human activity makes a difference.

Sq21: Singapore Queers In The 21St Century

Sq21: Singapore Queers In The 21St Century

First published in 2006, the groundbreaking collection of coming out stories was the first affirming non-fiction volume accompanied by real names and faces. Written in light, clear prose, SQ21 shows an unabashed straightforward honesty and finds inspiration in the lives of these ordinary Singaporeans. Though a bestseller that won acclaim as The Straits Times non-fiction book of that year, SQ21 remained out-of-print for nearly a decade. This new reprint comes updates with fresh material - a new interview by Ng Yi-Sheng, and a new foreword by the editor Jason Wee.

Breast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across Asia

Breast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across Asia

This volume presents conversations across Asia with breast cancer patients, their caregivers, doctors, traditional healers as well as just ordinary men and women-all on the subject of breast cancer meanings. Through the stories as told by local peoples in Asia about how they think and talk about breast cancer, as well as how they respond to the disease, insights on breast cancer meanings emerge. These offer new understandings into how local contexts shape those meanings and life courses-and hopefully will help medical practitioners devise new strategies to combat the disease.

Mediating Islam: Cosmopolitan Journalisms In Muslim Southeast Asia

Mediating Islam: Cosmopolitan Journalisms In Muslim Southeast Asia

What is Islamic journalism? This study examines day-to-day journalism as practiced by Muslim professionals at five exemplary news organizations in Malaysia and Indonesia. At Sabili, established as an underground publication, journalists are hired for their ability at dakwah, or Islamic propagation. At Tempo, a news magazine banned during the Soeharto regime, the journalists do not talk much about sharia law; although many are pious and see their work as a manifestation of worship, the Islam they practice is often viewed as progressive or even liberal. At Harakah reporters support an Islamic political party, while at Republika they practice a "journalism of the Prophet." Secular news organizations, too, such as Malaysiakini, employ Muslim journalists. Janet Steele explores how these various publications observe universal principles of journalism and do so through an Islamic idiom.

Rohingyas, The: Inside Myanmar's Genocide (Revised And Updated Edition)

Rohingyas, The: Inside Myanmar's Genocide (Revised And Updated Edition)

According to the United Nations, Myanmar's Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Only now has the media turned its attention to their plight at the hands of a country led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Yet the signs of this genocide have been visible for years. For generations, this Muslim group has suffered routine discrimination, violence, arbitrary arrest and detention, extortion, and other abuses by the Buddhist majority. As horrifying massacres have unfolded in 2017, international human rights groups have accused the regime of complicity in an ethnic cleansing campaign against them. Authorities refuse to recognise the Rohingyas as one of Myanmar's 135 "national races," denying them citizenship rights in the country of their birth and severely restricting many aspects of ordinary life, from marriage to free movement. In this updated edition, Azeem Ibrahim chronicles the events leading up to the current, final cleansing of the Rohingya population, and issues a clarion call to protect a vulnerable, little known Muslim minority. He makes a powerful appeal to use the lessons of the twentieth century to stop this genocide in the twenty-first.

Follow The Maid: Domestic Worker Migration In And From Indonesia

Follow The Maid: Domestic Worker Migration In And From Indonesia

Drawing on extended ethnographic research, this fascinating study unveils the workings of the Indonesian migration regime which sends hundreds of thousands of women abroad as domestic workers each year. It follows migrant women from a village in upland Central Java from recruitment by local brokers to the 'training' received in secluded camps in Jakarta, employment in gated middle-class homes within Indonesia and in Malaysia and back home again. Olivia Killias tracks the moral, social, economic, and legal processes by which women are turned into 'maids'. By exploring the Indonesian state's overseas legal labor migration regime, she brings the reader into the nerve-racking lives of migrant village women, and reveals the richness and ambiguity of their experiences, going beyond stereotypical representations of them as 'victims of trafficking'.

End Of Policing, The

End Of Policing, The

This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice-even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve. In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives-such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction-has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.


Travel
Monocle Guide To Hotels, Inns And Hideaways, The

Monocle Guide To Hotels, Inns And Hideaways, The

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

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

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

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

Singapore Trails: Singapore River Walk & Jubilee Walk

Singapore Trails: Singapore River Walk & Jubilee Walk

Filled with evocative archival photographs and vivid snapshots of the modern city, this hany guide book uncovers the island's rich past and vibrant present via two meticulously-curated walking trails. It brings together two trails in the heart of the city: the Singapore River Walk, which traces Singapore's path from a bustling 19th-century port to a modern city, and the Jubilee Walk, created to mark Singapore's Golden Jubilee in 2015. With this guide in hand, tourists, foreign residents, and locals alike will enjoy finding out more about Singapore on foot. It includes historical tidbits, little-known facts, and helpful information such as the addresses and opening hours of the many sights along the way.

Lost Guides: Singapore - A Unique, Strylish And Offbeat Travel Guide To Singapore

Lost Guides: Singapore - A Unique, Strylish And Offbeat Travel Guide To Singapore

Lost Guides - Singapore is a unique, stylish and offbeat travel guidebook to Singapore. An A5, full-colour, 212-page book with hand-illustrated maps and original photography. Featuring over 120 of the most special spots in Singapore, from cool coffee shops and fabulous food (local and contemporary) to authentic Asian art galleries and wild nature walks. The book also includes interview with local creatives, and pieces of local literature.

Lost Guides: Bali & Islands - A Unique, Stylish And Offbeat Travel Guide To Bali And Its Surrounding Islands

Lost Guides: Bali & Islands - A Unique, Stylish And Offbeat Travel Guide To Bali And Its Surrounding Islands

The recommendations in this book are a highly curated selection of special spots for Bali and its surrounding islands chosen by the author Anna Chittenden, who has personally visited and selected each place. Recommendations can range from secret beaches, boutique retreats and cool cafes, to traditional artisans and surf spots. Designed to be practical and useful as well as beautiful, this book is organised into neighbourhoods, with maps and original photography to give the reader all the information that they need. The book also includes interviews and features with inspiring local creatives.

Walk Through Paris, A: A Radical Exploration

Walk Through Paris, A: A Radical Exploration

Eric Hazan leads us by the hand in this walk from Ivry to Saint-Denis, roughly following the meridian that divides Paris into east and west, and passing such familiar landmarks as the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pompidou Centre, the Gare du Nord and Montmartre, as well as little-known alleyways and arcades. Filled with historical anecdotes, geographical observations and literary references, Hazan's walk guides us through an unknown Paris.