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Asia/Pacific
Tamil For Travellers: Everyday Words For Visitors To Sri Lanka

Tamil For Travellers: Everyday Words For Visitors To Sri Lanka

More than a million Sri Lankan Tamils now live abroad having left the country during the civil war. Many are fluent in the language of their host country be that English, German, French or Italian. Their children, who might speak Tamil at home, would rarely use it outside of the house. There will come a time when many in the Diaspora would want to visit Sri Lanka and knowledge of Tamil would help then enormously. There are also a large number of western travellers, businessmen and NGO staff that spend time in both Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu who would find this book useful in getting around. This book is aimed at both these groups of people. It is divided up into small sections that can easily be found. The English word is followed by the Tamil one and a pronunciation guide. The use of the Tamil script is important to help readers learn the different letters and recognise them in road and shop signs.

Song Of The Sun God

Song Of The Sun God

In a time of upheaval, can Nala keep her family together? The capital city - a little boy watches a monk wrap himself in flames… A village in Jaffna - a little girl is bursting with life…Nala and Ranjan are on the brink of an exciting future. They will meet, marry and fall in love. They will set up house and have children. They will map out their future together, but destiny has other plans for them. Will they survive? This is a deeply moving saga spanning three continents and three generations. Lush physical details and an emotional recounting of events as they relentlessly unfold, reveal a heart-wrenching story of family, love, laughter, sorrow and new beginnings.

Invincible: Stories Of Hope And Courage By Individuals With Disabilities

Invincible: Stories Of Hope And Courage By Individuals With Disabilities

The book is a collection of stories that reflects the lives of disabled individuals across the globe. Each story is narrated by a courageous individual who refused to be defined and shaped by a label or a medical diagnosis. These individuals choose life and living instead of doom and gloom. They are not international superstars but are stars nevertheless because they valiantly defied limitations imposed on them despite the odds that were stacked against them. The stories are a gift of hope and inspiration to the countless number of individuals with disabilities. You too can overcome! The stories also carry a loving message to parents, care-givers, teachers, health professionals, neighbours, family and friends. Look beyond the disability and recognize the person who is struggling to emerge!

Spirits And Ships: Cultural Transfers In Early Monsoon Asia

Spirits And Ships: Cultural Transfers In Early Monsoon Asia

This volume seeks to foreground a borderless history and geography of South, Southeast, and East Asian littoral zones that would be maritime-focused, and thereby explore the ancient connections and dynamics of interaction that favoured the encounters among the cultures found throughout the region stretching from the Indian Ocean littorals to the Western Pacific, from the early historical period to the present. The collective body of work presented in the volume describes Monsoon Asia as an ideal theatre for circulatory dynamics of cultural transfer, interaction, acceptance, selection, and avoidance, and argues that, despite the rich ethnic, linguistic and sociocultural diversity, a shared pattern of values, norms, and cultural models is discernible throughout the region.

Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016

Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016

From its infancy in the 1980's to the vibrancy today, Asia's financial industry has transformed over the past three decades. But it has been a history of boom and bust cycles. Looking back at his career from a new joiner in the industry to regional executive with several custodian banks during this period, the author has captured in this book many interesting stories, episodes and events in this fascinating development process, from the perspective of a custodian, to add some colourful dimensions to the financial history of the region.

Inspire: Beyond Sg50 - 55 It Leaders Share Their Stories And Insights On Managing Technology And Innovation

Inspire: Beyond Sg50 - 55 It Leaders Share Their Stories And Insights On Managing Technology And Innovation

This volume condenses the stories and insights of 55 IT leaders on managing technology and innovation.

Bake & Celebrate: Cookies And Treats

Bake & Celebrate: Cookies And Treats

Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked goods wafting from the kitchen. Bake & Celebrate: Cookies and Treats is a collection of 42 recipes for irresistible cookies and treats lovingly contributed by selected top food and lifestyle bloggers and instagrammers from Singapore and the region. Complete with personal anecdotes, insightful tips and beautiful photos taken by the contributors, this cookbook will inspire seasoned bakers and guide baking novices. Bake and celebrate with a cookie or treat today!

Asian Port Cities: Uniting Lands And Water Worlds

Asian Port Cities: Uniting Lands And Water Worlds

Although the term "port city" has fallen out of favour, there are good reasons why it should be revived. Ports are reclaiming their role in the life of the city. A comparative study of some of Asia's port cities - Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tianjin, Tokyo, Jakarta and Johor Bahru (PTP) - demonstrate a complex, dynamic and symbiotic relationship between these ports and their cities. Port city form is dynamic and ever-changing. Twenty-first century Asian ports have expanded, constantly adapting to new technology, rapid growth trajectories, and the forces of globalization. Ports have shifted, moving from space adjacent to the city centre to the periphery. This, in turn, allows for the expansion of the waterfront, which is once more a focal point for people-oriented activities and displays. The vibrancy of the city centre is reflected in the exuberance of the high-rise buildings, plazas, malls and public spaces. Ports retain their traditional hinterlands, but for many, the hinterland has expanded to embrace the globe. The essence of twenty-first century Asian port city form is the uniting of land and water worlds.

Managing Globalization In The Asian Century: Essays In Honour Of Prema-Chandra Athukorala

Managing Globalization In The Asian Century: Essays In Honour Of Prema-Chandra Athukorala

Twenty-seven leading international authorities in the field, drawn from nine countries, provide a comprehensive examination of the causes, consequences and challenges of globalization. Among the major issues examined are the region's distinctive approach to trade liberalization, the effects of economic growth on poverty reduction and the labour market, the special challenges of by-passed regions, the role of ideas in influencing policy making, the modalities of connecting to global production networks, and the importance of remittances in economic development. Several country case studies provide in-depth analyses of development processes and outcomes. These include episodes in economic development, the challenges faced by transition economies, the macroeconomics of adjusting to slower growth and rising debt in advanced economies, and the so-called middle-income trap phenomenon.


China
Chinese Dream, The: What It Means For China And The Rest Of The World

Chinese Dream, The: What It Means For China And The Rest Of The World

The 'Chinese Dream' is a term coined by the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, in many of his speeches in China and around the world. Since its first appearance in 2012, the term has generated widespread interest and discussion. What does the 'Chinese Dream' mean for China and the rest of the world? Where does this dream come from, and how different is it from the American Dream? Is the 'Chinese Dream' a quest for the past glories of empire, or is it a desire for peaceful mutual development? How do people in China pursue and fulfill dreams, and how far are they from realizing them? In this book, a team of media experts in China come together to discuss and address these questions extensively, offering a thought-provoking interpretation of the 'Chinese Dream'.

Fung Group At 110, The: Four Generations Of Enterprise And Evolution

Fung Group At 110, The: Four Generations Of Enterprise And Evolution

Chinese family businesses that continue to thrive for more than a century are few and far in between. Fung Group (formerly Li & Fung Group) from Hong Kong is one of them. Founded in 1906, the group underwent several generations of tough challenges through Fung Pak-liu, Fung Hon-chu, Victor Fung and William Fung during its 110 years of history. The group has developed from a traditional trader in the early founding years and evolved into a modern multinational enterprise, Fung Group, with headquarters in Hong Kong to provide global supply chain management services for its clients through businesses in trading, logistics, distribution and retailing, among others. Using concise and fluent expressions and valuable historical photographs, this book presents the Fung Group's 110 years of development history and experiences, in particular the transformation and expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008, innovative developments in supply chain management, corporate social responsibility as well as the development opportunities and vision under China's 'Belt and Road' Initiative strategy.

Strokes Of Life: The Art Of Chen Chong Swee

Strokes Of Life: The Art Of Chen Chong Swee

Chen Chong Swee is acknowledged as one of the earliest artists to have explored depicting Southeast Asian scenes within the medium of traditional Chinese ink painting. Published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, this catalogue bears witness to Chen's explorations across the mediums of ink and oil, the influence his immediate surroundings had on his art, and his insistence, above all, that it was impossible to divorce art from life. Full-colour image plates, newly commissioned essays and a biographical timeline of the artist within the catalogue flesh out the inflections of Chen's oeuvre.

Rise Of China And The Chinese Overseas, The: A Study Of Beijing's Changing Policy In Southeast Asia And Beyond

Rise Of China And The Chinese Overseas, The: A Study Of Beijing's Changing Policy In Southeast Asia And Beyond

With the rise of China and massive new migrations, China has adjusted its policy towards the Chinese overseas in Southeast Asia and beyond. This book deals with Beijing's policy which has been a response to the external events involving the Chinese overseas as well as the internal needs of China. It appears that a rising China considers the Chinese overseas as a source of socio-political and economic capital and would extend its protection to them whenever this is not in conflict with its core national interest. The impacts on and the responses of the relevant countries, especially those in Southeast Asia, are also examined.

Routledgecurzon Encyclopedia Of Confucianism Volume 1 A-N - Volume 2 O-Z

Routledgecurzon Encyclopedia Of Confucianism Volume 1 A-N - Volume 2 O-Z

The Encyclopedia, the first of its kind, introduces Confucianism as a whole, with 1,235 entries giving full information on its history, doctrines, schools, rituals, sacred places and terminology, and on the adaptation, transformation and new thinking taking place in China and other Eastern Asian countries. An indispensable source for further study and research for students and scholars.

Strange Tales From A Chinese Studio: Eerie And Fantastic Chinese Stories Of The Supernatural

Strange Tales From A Chinese Studio: Eerie And Fantastic Chinese Stories Of The Supernatural

Long considered a masterpiece of the eerie and fantastic, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio is a collection of supernatural-themed tales compiled from ancient Chinese folk stories by Songling Pu in the eighteenth century. Already a true classic of Chinese literature and of supernatural tales in general, this new edition of the Herbert A. Giles translation converts the work to Pinyin for the first time and includes a new foreword by Victoria Cass that properly introduces the book to both readers of Chinese literature and of hair-raising tales best read with the lights turned low on a quiet night.

New History Of Christianity In China

New History Of Christianity In China

A New History of Christianity in China, written by one of the world's the leading writers on Christianity in China, looks at Christianity's long history in China, its extraordinarily rapid rise in the last half of the twentieth century, and charts its future direction. It provides the first comprehensive history of Christianity in China, an important, understudied area in both Asian studies and religious history; traces the transformation of Christianity from an imported, Western religion to a thoroughly Chinese religion; contextualizes the growth of Christianity in China within national and local politics; offers a portrait of the complex religious scene in China today; and contrasts China with other non-Western societies where Christianity is surging.


Others/general
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

This book explores Yayoi Kusama's best-known and most spectacular series?the Infinity Mirror Rooms?and its influence on the course of contemporary art over the past 50 years. World-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has worked in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, performance art, and installation. Kusama's iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms, which originated with Phalli's Field in 1965, situate viewers in kaleidoscopic spaces filled with multicolored lights or whimsical forms. These mirror-lined installations reflect endlessly, distorting rooms to project the illusion of infinite space. Over the years, the works have come to symbolize different modalities within the various contexts they have inhabited, from Kusama's "self-obliteration" in the Vietnam War era to her more harmonious aspirations in the present. By examining her early unsettling installations alongside her more recent ethereal atmospheres, this volume aims to historicize the body of work amidst the resurgence of experiential practices within the global landscape of contemporary art. Generously illustrated, this publication invites readers to examine the series' impact over the course of the artist's career. Accompanying essays, an interview with the artist, and a scholarly chronology round out the book.

Striking Patterns: Global Traces In Local Ikat Fashion

Striking Patterns: Global Traces In Local Ikat Fashion

Ikat refers to the originally Indonesian art and technique in which warp or weft threads, or both, are tie-dyed before weaving the fabric, creating complex patterns on handwoven textiles. Since time immemorial, master weavers in eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste have embraced ideas and motifs from elsewhere and integrated them in their own designs. Striking Patterns takes readers into the world of a handicraft that is beloved of both laypeople and experts. Ikat is practiced primarily in Indonesia, India, and Central and South America, and its techniques have continuously developed over the course of centuries. Foreign influences were absorbed and creatively integrated into local patterns. The main objects of research in this volume are works by female master weavers from eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste, whose fabrics reflect not only fashion and modernity but also aspects of globalization.

101 Danish Design Icons

101 Danish Design Icons

Denmark has long loomed large in international design history. Today, Danish furniture, textiles, home appliances and utensils from the 1960s and '70s are more popular than ever, for sale at design galleries and a rarity at flea markets. This publication provides an extensive overview of those everyday objects that have to this day written design history both in Denmark and worldwide. Among the design classics included are the Carlsberg lager label, the Dursley-Pedersen bicycle, the PH lamp, Dansk Standard cutlery, the Beolit 39 radio, the Spoke-Back Sofa, the Flag Halyard Chair, Kobenstyle kitchenware, the Nilfisk vacuum cleaner, LEGO, the Trinidad stacking chair and ECCO shoes.

Europe In The Renaissance

Europe In The Renaissance

The Renaissance experienced some of the most important advances in human history. All the discoveries and creations would have been unimaginable without cultural exchange. The Renaissance was an era of dialogue and new horizons in thinking over great distances and time. Based on numerous examples - works of art, instruments and everyday objects - this substantial publication invites readers to trace the various paths of transference. Renowned authors take us to antiquity and the Orient, to Italy and through half of Europe.

Dreaming Giant, The: A Children's Book Inspired By Wassily Kandinsky

Dreaming Giant, The: A Children's Book Inspired By Wassily Kandinsky

Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky's 1940 painting, Sky Blue, this delightful children's book delves into the kaleidoscopic mind of a sleeping giant. With its brightly colored palette and playful drawings, this wonderfully imaginative book echoes Kandinsky's lively style. As young readers explore the wonders of the miniature villagers' world and the colossal giant's imagination, they will be inspired to find their own way around Kandinsky's enigmatic masterpiece.

13 Art Materials Children Should Know

13 Art Materials Children Should Know

The earliest artists wielded bones, pieces of ivory, and wooden sticks to create works that tell us much about how ancient civilizations lived and thought. Today artists are using found objects to make elaborate pieces that are equally revealing. Aimed at young readers, this fascinating book focuses on 13 kinds of artistic materials to trace the development of artistic expression throughout history. Along the way readers will become familiar with celebrated and lesser-known works of art and the people who created them.

Great Big Art History Colouring Book, The

Great Big Art History Colouring Book, The

Filled with imaginative drawings and sketches to color in and paint, this book features all twelve large plates and many more individual scenes from Annabelle von Sperber's Where's the Artist? book. Arranged chronologically, each scene depicts a critical juncture in the history of art: from the temples of ancient Egypt to Leonardo da Vinci's studio. The drawings encourage coloring and learning about artistic movements and personalities, making this a source of information as well as a welcome outlet for the artist in all of us.

Treasures Of Asian Art: The Asia Society Museum Collection

Treasures Of Asian Art: The Asia Society Museum Collection

Reflected in the holdings of Asia Society, this book shows how contemporary artists from Asia and the diaspora have responded to seismic shifts in sociopolitical, economic, and cultural conditions. The book groups artworks to emphasize the strengths of the collection and to allow for broader discussion of the connections between historic and contemporary art. Lavishly illustrated, this book acknowledges the enormous transformations that have taken place in Asian cultures, while also commemorating the continent's magnificent contributions throughout the history of art.

50 Modern Artists You Should Know

50 Modern Artists You Should Know

Starting with James Abbott McNeill Whistler and ending with Matthew Barney, nearly every prominent figure in Modern art is represented in vibrant double-page spreads that show how these artists redefined norms and challenged tradition. Fascinating biographical and anecdotal information about each artist is provided alongside large reproductions of their most celebrated works, stunning details, and images of the artists themselves.

Impressionism: The Art Of Landscape

Impressionism: The Art Of Landscape

This magnificently illustrated book draws on the latest scholarly research to reveal new perspectives on the techniques and influences of Impressionist landscapes. This breathtaking survey takes a multi-faceted approach in its study of 90 seminal works of Impressionist art. The book features contributions by six leading scholars who examine a wide range of themes, from the use of repetition and variation to the ecological climate in which the artists worked. The book also explores the influence of modern poetry and photography on the creation of these paintings. With beautiful reproductions from the masters, including Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, and Renoir.

Egon Schiele: Landscapes

Egon Schiele: Landscapes

Best known for his depictions of the human form, Schiele was also interested in portraying the beauty and structure of the world he inhabited. In fact, Schiele's paintings of the countryside and his native Vienna comprise a large proportion of his body of work. Nearly one hundred of the artist's landscapes are exquisitely reproduced in this handsome book and presented alongside photographs of the scenes he depicted, taken from the vantage point of the original works.

100 Great Street Photographs

100 Great Street Photographs

Over the past few decades, the long tradition of street photography has been wholly transformed by the proliferation of digital cameras, the Internet, and smartphones. A new generation of photographers have embraced this modern technology to capture the world around us in a way that is un-staged, of-the- moment, and real. Exploring this rich seam of emergent and exciting street photography, the 100 photographs featured in this book are presented on double-page spreads along with commentary about the work and its creator.

Big Picture, The: Contemporary Art In 10 Works By 10 Artists

Big Picture, The: Contemporary Art In 10 Works By 10 Artists

Written in an engaging, straightforward style by prominent art historian Matthew Israel, this book presents ten outstanding examples of contemporary art, each with significant historical or cultural relevance to contemporary art's big picture. Drawn from the fields of photography, painting, performance, installation, video, film, and public art, the works featured here combine to create a bigger picture of the state of contemporary art today. From Andreas Gursky's large-scale color photograph Rhine II to Kara Walker's acclaimed installation in the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, each work is carefully explored within the larger perspective of its social and artistic milieu.

Picasso And Rivera: Conversations Across Time

Picasso And Rivera: Conversations Across Time

Examining the artistic development of Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera, two towering figures in the world of modern art, this generously illustrated book tells an intriguing story of ambition, competition, and how the ancient world inspired their most important work. The book showcases nearly 150 iconic paintings, sculptures, and prints by both artists, along with objects from their native ancient Mediterranean and Pre- Columbian worlds. It gives an overview of their early training in national academies; important archaeological discoveries that occurred during their formative years; and their friendly and adversarial relationship in Montparnasse.

Battle Of The Sexes: From Franz Von Stuck To Frida Kahlo

Battle Of The Sexes: From Franz Von Stuck To Frida Kahlo

Featuring a selection of 140 works, including paintings, sculptures, graphic art, photography, and film, this book traces the artistic investigations of ever-changing gender roles from the mid-19th century to the end of World War II. Drawing from the considerable holdings of the Stadel Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, this sweeping examination explores the artistic representations of sexuality and gender. This comprehensive book offers insights into the complexity of gender issues and sheds light on the art-historical dimension of an eminently relevant subject.

Figurative Pollock, The

Figurative Pollock, The

This beautiful book focuses on the distinctive and expressive power of Jackson Pollock's figurative paintings, drawings, and prints; a rarely studied aspect of his artistic career. It features 100 paintings and works on paper. From rolling landscapes to experiments in non-Western totemic painting to sketches and drawings fueled by Jungian analysis, the enormous range of Pollock s early and late work is presented here. Brimming with confidence and a sense of freedom, distinct yet so easily related to Pollock's most famous oeuvre, these works contribute to an understanding of how the artist found his voice.

Klimt And The Women Of Vienna's Golden Age, 1900-1918

Klimt And The Women Of Vienna's Golden Age, 1900-1918

This authoritative and generously illustrated book highlights Gustav Klimt's portrayals of women in his work. Klimt was a central figure in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century, and a crucial link between nineteenth-century Symbolism and Modernism. His sensual portrayals of women are among his most celebrated works and the focus of this book.

Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms - Unsichtbare Raume

Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms - Unsichtbare Raume

This fascinating and beautifully illustrated book on the work of Francis Bacon, one of the 20th century s greatest painters, takes an in-depth look at his trademark motif of figures imprisoned within ghostly frames. Arguably one of the most influential and original painters of the 20th century, Francis Bacon painted haunting portraits that employed themes of crucifixion, torment, and isolation. Incorporating the insights of The Logic of Sensation, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze's seminal criticism of Bacon's work, this volume highlights Bacon's approach to space as one of the defining forces of his work.

Paul Klee: Irony At Work

Paul Klee: Irony At Work

Offering a fresh look at one of the major artists of the 20th century, this book illustrates how Paul Klee's critical and ironic take on life was evident in every stage of his oeuvre. Known for its whimsy and levity, Paul Klee's art is often considered gleefully childlike. This groundbreaking volume argues that Klee's style emerged from a philosophical school that originated with early German Romanticism and consisted of perpetual shifts between satire and affirmation of the absolute, finite and infinite, and real and ideal. Featuring approximately 250 works, this careful appreciation of Klee connects each stage of his career to the larger philosophical context.

100 Years, 100 Buildings

100 Years, 100 Buildings

The founder of the blog A Daily Dose of Architecture, John Hill, is obsessed with his subject and determined to expose his fellow citizens to the glorious structures that shape our environment. In this beautifully designed compendium Hill presents his selection of the most significant building to be built each year from 1916 to 2015. Each two-page spread includes one or two large color photos and text that explains the importance of each structure.

Inclusive Arts Practice And Research: A Critical Manifesto

Inclusive Arts Practice And Research: A Critical Manifesto

Inclusive Arts Practice and Research interrogates an exciting and newly emergent field: the creative collaborations between learning-disabled and non-learning-disabled artists which are increasingly taking place in performance and the visual arts. The authors interview artists, curators and key practitioners in the UK and US. They introduce and articulate this new practice, and situate it in relation to associated approaches. Fox and Macpherson candidly describe the tensions and difficulties involved too, and explore how the work sits within contemporary art and critical theory. The book inhabits the philosophy of Inclusive Arts practice: with Jo Offer, Alice Fox and Kelvin Burke making up the design team behind the striking look of the book. The book also includes essays and illustrated statements, and has over 100 full-colour images. Inclusive Arts Practice represents a landmark publication in an emerging field of creative practice across all the arts. It presents a radical call for collaboration on equal terms and will be an invaluable resource for anyone studying, researching or already working within this dynamic new territory.

Art Of Doing Business Across Cultures, The 10 Countries, 50 Mistakes, And 5 Steps To Cultural Competence

Art Of Doing Business Across Cultures, The 10 Countries, 50 Mistakes, And 5 Steps To Cultural Competence

People in other cultures don't always think and act the way you do. If you try to do business your way in their culture, you will make mistakes. And mistakes have consequences. This book describes 50 common cultural mistakes made in business settings in the form of short (8-10 line) conversations. It also provides five easily applicable steps to cultural competence - a framework readers can apply to identify cultural differences and communicate and act more effectively and appropriately.

Equal Joy, An: Reflections On God, Death And Belonging

Equal Joy, An: Reflections On God, Death And Belonging

Reflections on God, Death and Belonging. A collection of essays in which award-winning author Catherine Lim undertakes a bold and intense exploration into the fear of death, the nature of religion and the question of who we are. Drawing on her own experiences and myriad of influences. Lim reflects on the beauty of both the natural world and the world of faith.

Cheat Sheet: How To Navigate The Food World Like A Pro

Cheat Sheet: How To Navigate The Food World Like A Pro

This volume could well be subtitled the social history of Singapore in 120 haiku. There are haiku about MRT breakdown, rat infestation, haze, 377A, hungry ghosts and cavorting community cats. There are also those of matters of socio-political import: 2011 GE, population management, personal data protection, leadership renewal and compassionate meritocracy. Gwee adds to his army haiku that won prizes from the SAF with others of a military theme in Purple Light and Tekong diarrhea. Then there are newsy haiku reporting on NIMBY, the royal visit, that Holland V bank robbery plus The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. He does not forget the newsmakers either - the otters, the Little India Riot hero, A-Mei, Subhas Anandan, Phey Yew Kok, Joseph Schooling and that si geena who shall not be named. Also remembered is our dear Ah Kong in a pair of death anniversary haiku, and a sad one about the empty parade chair. There are haiku about our places we love, the hawker centre, cenotaph, kopitiam, Sungei Road, Singapore River…. This is book of haiku, backed by a nation-wide haiku writing contest, for every Singaporean - kuku or not.

It's A Big Big World!

It's A Big Big World!

This book was created to provide little children with an overall understanding that there are Muslims all over the world. Each country is different in terms of the people's dressing, the food they eat and even the mosque architecture. The vibrant illustrations and simple text will aid in children grasping these concepts easily. Meet other Muslim friends around the world with Mariam! The vibrant illustrations in the story were created to instil a geographical appreciation of Islam.

Dealing With An Ambiguous World

Dealing With An Ambiguous World

One of Singapore's top diplomats, Bilahari Kausikan was the Institute of Policy Studies' 2015/16 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book contains edited versions of the five public IPS-Nathan Lectures he gave between January and May 2016, and highlights of his dialogue with the audience. Kausikan gives a frank and dispassionate assessment of the international environment in the post-Cold War era and the geopolitical uncertainties that have emerged. In particular, he analyses the nature of US-China relations, the broad underlying factors in the South China Sea disputes and ASEAN's attempts to maintain order, and the role that human rights and democracy have played in international relations. He concludes by suggesting what Singapore needs to do to cope with the complexities that lie ahead, in this age without definition.

Adventures In Asian Art: An Afternoon At The Museum

Adventures In Asian Art: An Afternoon At The Museum

Ride on a rhino, enter a mandala, or climb Mt. Fuji! Asia is an entire world of wonderful places to go and things to see and do! Adventures in Asian Art travels from exhibit to exhibit, inviting kids to picture themselves in a variety of Asian countries as they ride on a rhino, become a samurai, or climb Mt. Fuji! Asia is home to an endless array of wonderful places to go and things to see and do, and through the magic of DiCicco's charming verse narrative, readers join a cartoon mom as she takes her three cartoon children through the museum for an afternoon of nonstop fun and learning. This delightfully illustrated, classroom-friendly book shares a series of fun facts about each of the exhibits and explains the culture, beliefs, and daily life informing these wonderful works of art.

Sherlock Sam And The Quantum Pair In Queenstown (Book 11)

Sherlock Sam And The Quantum Pair In Queenstown (Book 11)

The Supper Club encounter strange and impossible phenomena near Dad's workplace, and Sherlock Sam suspects that the weirdness is caused by alternate realities bleeding into his own. Together with Watson and the rest of the Supper Club, Sherlock Sam works to stop universes from colliding, lest they face a crisis of infinite Watsons spouting sarcasm everywhere they turn!


Hong Kong
Burning Lake, The

Burning Lake, The

In this book of poetry, Jonathan Locke Hart explores in a contemporary context the divine and human comedy, taking his inspiration from Dante.

Sheriff Of Wan Chai: How An Englishman Helped Govern Hong Kong In Its Last Decades As A British Colony

Sheriff Of Wan Chai: How An Englishman Helped Govern Hong Kong In Its Last Decades As A British Colony

In 1976, Peter Mann left a gloomy England for the last corner of the British empire: Hong Kong. As a police inspector, he commanded a sub-unit and led a district vice squad in Kowloon, before joining the colonial government's Administrative Service and working in the fields of transport, housing, security, environment and tourism. He also served as District Officer for Wan Chai. From raids on gambling dens to organising Governors' visits, his work involved him in all levels of Hong Kong society. Mann's memoir is an anecdotal, historical and racy account of Hong Kong's last decades as a British colony and the colourful story of a young Englishman in the twilight of empire.

Collected Hong Kong Stories

Collected Hong Kong Stories

For an arresting mosaic of the great and complex metropolis known as Hong Kong - and an insight into what the people of the city live by and die for - a reader need look no further than the Collected Hong Kong Stories of David T. K. Wong. Wong, a native son of this once British Crown Colony and now Special Administrative Region of China, has drawn upon his own experiences as a journalist, educator, government official and businessman to assemble a range of memorable characters for his tales. They range from barmen to labourers, from jockeys to expatriate bureaucrats, from scholars to tycoons, and each is infused with insights into the collective soul of the edgy, anomalous and perplexing place he finds himself. These 18 stories are carefully crafted in the grand tradition of O. Henry, Maugham and Saki. Each has been individually published in a magazine or broadcast over radio in Britain, the United States, Hong Kong or elsewhere. They can be dipped into and savoured separately or feasted upon all in one go. Either way, the result can only be satisfying.

How To Hong Kong: An Illustrated Travel Journal

How To Hong Kong: An Illustrated Travel Journal

In this joyful travel sketchbook, Hong Kong is captured through the hearts of a writer and an artist. From the winding, incense-filled streets of Sheung Wan to the pandemonium of a wet market in North Point to the sleepy island backwater of Tai O, Lena Sin and Nicholas Tay take you on a wonder-filled journey that shines a light on the softer, more romantic side of this chaotic city. Filled with tales of growing up in Hong Kong, Lena weaves personal anecdotes and conversations with locals with richly-illustrated watercolours and photographs by herself and artist husband Nicholas. The result is an intimate portrait of a city that is at once vibrant and energetic as well as charming and nostalgic.

Beyond Brightness

Beyond Brightness

A succession of tales where characters, many of whom are both somber and ridiculous, have the sinews of their will cut by the knife of fate, or desire. Sarman occasionally seems to be arguing that these phenomena come down to one and the same thing; adducing sentiment as proof. Just as the carbon found in diamonds comes from the living and the dead alike, so dreams, lapses of thought, involuntary visions and sheer boredom are indiscriminately transformed into the gemstone of the special kind of feeling Sarman capitalizes on - a feeling which, if it had a name, would be love of fate. Although the characters are curiously individuated, the center stage in this book is occupied by Sarman's lyrical voice, shot through and through with mystical pain, and the same stubbornly immature longing which characterized Leopardi's "rage to live" in this desert we call the world.

Curveball: Life Never Comes At You Straight

Curveball: Life Never Comes At You Straight

What Thomas Bland, formerly senior manager, now plain senior, expects upon his retirement in the seaside city of Durban isn't remotely what he gets. His wife, Caro, leaves him and he loses his friends through betrayal, illness and murder. All the while, socio-political storm clouds are gathering over South Africa. Tom gets caught up in events bigger than he could have ever imagined, and he has to fight for his life and love. The author skilfully sets a small, tightly knit group of characters within a philosophical and moral framework, against a background of a corrupt country sliding out of control.


Indonesia
Sovereignty And The Sea: How Indonesia Became An Archipelagic State

Sovereignty And The Sea: How Indonesia Became An Archipelagic State

Until the mid-1950s nearly all of the sea between the far-flung islands of the Indonesian archipelago was open to ships of all nations, but in 1957, the Indonesian government declared that it had absolute sovereignty over all the waters lying within straight baselines drawn between the outermost islands of Indonesia. In this single step, Indonesia made its lands and seas a unified entity for the first time, a claim formally recognized in 1982 by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Sovereignty and the Sea explores how Indonesia succeeded in its extraordinary claim despite its low international profile. John G. Butcher and R. E. Elson reveal that at the heart of Indonesia's archipelagic campaign was a small group of Indonesian diplomats whose dogged persistence, negotiating skills, and willingness to make difficult compromises resulted in Indonesia becoming the greatest archipelagic state in the world.

Indonesia And Not, Poems And Otherwise: Anecdotes Scattered

Indonesia And Not, Poems And Otherwise: Anecdotes Scattered

A collection of poems, vignettes and short stories set in Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia between 1969 and today.

Cigarette Girl

Cigarette Girl

Savour the familiar scent of clove and tobacco ... for this is the aroma of Indonesia s history. Soeraja is dying. On his deathbed he calls for Jeng Yah, a woman who is not his wife. His three sons, Lebas, Karim and Tegar heirs to Kretek Djagad Raja, Indonesia s largest clove cigarette empire are shocked, and their mother is consumed by jealousy. So begins the brothers search into the deepest recesses of Java for Jeng Yah, to fulfil their father s dying wish and to learn the truth about the family business and its secrets. Cigarette Girl is more than just a love story and the soul-searching journey of three brothers. Set on the island of Java the story follows the evolution of a family s kretek, or clove cigarette, business from its birth in the Dutch East Indies of the early 1940s, and it takes readers through three generations of Indonesian history, from the Dutch colonial era to the Japanese occupation, the struggle for independence and the bloody coup of 1965 in which half a million Indonesians were hunted down and killed. Rich in detail, with characters who struggle to right the wrongs of past generations, their relationships torn apart by the viciousness of revolution and politics, Cigarette Girl introduces readers to the history of Indonesia through clove cigarettes and unrequited love.

Chinese Epigraphy In Singapore, 1819-1944 (Two Volumes)

Chinese Epigraphy In Singapore, 1819-1944 (Two Volumes)

The history of Singapore's Chinese community has been carved in stone and wood throughout the country. This book looks specifically at 62 temples, native-place associations, and guildhalls where epigraphs made between 1819 and 1911 are still found today. These early inscriptions provide first-hand historical information on the aspirations and contributions of the early generation of Chinese settlers in Singapore and reveal the many ways that the epigraph's chosen structures-and the institutions they represent-have evolved over the years. These epigraphs, newly translated into English, open a window into the world of Chinese communities in Singapore, offering an important source for the study of both Chinese overseas as well as the place of Buddhism and Taoism within the political and social climate of colonial and postcolonial Singapore.


Japan
Culture Of Copying In Japan, The: Critical And Historical Perspectives

Culture Of Copying In Japan, The: Critical And Historical Perspectives

This book challenges the perception of Japan as a 'copying culture' through a series of detailed ethnographic and historical case studies. It addresses a question about why the West has had such a fascination for the adeptness with which the Japanese apparently assimilate all things foreign and at the same time such a fear of their skill at artificially remaking and automating the world around them. Countering the idea of a Japan that deviously or ingenuously copies others, it elucidates the history of creative exchanges with the outside world and the particular myths, philosophies and concepts which are emblematic of the origins and originality of copying in Japan. The volume demonstrates the diversity and creativity of copying in the Japanese context through the translation of a series of otherwise loosely related ideas and concepts into objects, images, texts and practices of reproduction, which include: shamanic theatre, puppetry, tea utensils, Kyoto town houses, architectural models, genres of painting, calligraphy, and poetry, 'sample' food displays, and the fashion and car industries.

Japanese And The Jesuits, The: Alessandro Valignano In Sixteenth-Century Japan

Japanese And The Jesuits, The: Alessandro Valignano In Sixteenth-Century Japan

The Japanese and the Jesuits examines the attempt by sixteenth century Jesuits to convert the Japanese to Christianity. Directing the Jesuits was the Italian Alessandro Valignano, whose own magisterial writings, many of them not previously translated or published, are the principle source material for this account of one of the most remarkable of all meetings between East and West.

National Faith Of Japan: A Study In Modern Shinto

National Faith Of Japan: A Study In Modern Shinto

This classic work, long out of print, was the first detailed study of modern Shinto, the religion of Japan, in both its state and sect forms, and is of particular interest for its account of the evolution of Shinto into a vital political force in the period leading up to World War II. After describing the early and medieval forms of Shinto, Holtom outlines the way in which traditional Shinto - unorganised and neglected at the time of the Meiji Restoration - was subsequently used by the new government as a force for reunifying the country through 'integrating the national mind and glorifying the national destiny'. Following the legal separation of state and sect Shinto in 1882, Holtom shows how state Shinto grew steadily with the growth of modern Japan, becoming in his words 'a factor that could not be safely overlooked in making an inventory of the important items involved in the extension of Japanese political control and cultural influence on the Asiatic Continent and elsewhere'.

Kimono Design: An Introduction To Textiles And Patterns

Kimono Design: An Introduction To Textiles And Patterns

Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns uses hundreds of photographs and a wealth of information on colors, fabrics and embellishments to paint a portrait of Japanese culture, art and thought. Lavish classical patterns, sweeping scenes, and the many motifs that have been woven, dyed, painted or embroidered into these textiles reveal a reflectiveness, a sense of humor, and an appreciation of exquisite beauty that is uniquely Japanese. Extensive notes on all the motifs demonstrate how the kimono reflects changing times and a sense of the timeless. Information on jewelry, hairpins and other accessories is scattered throughout to give a fuller sense of the Japanese art of dress. This is a volume that Japanophiles, historians, artists and designers will all cherish.


Korea
New Koreans, The: The Business, History And People Of South Korea

New Koreans, The: The Business, History And People Of South Korea

In the course of a couple of generations, South Koreans took themselves out of the paddy fields and into Silicon Valley, establishing themselves as a democracy alongside the advanced countries of the world. Yet for all their ambition and achievement, the new Koreans are a curiously self-deprecating people. Theirs is a land with a rich and complex past, certain aspects of which they would prefer to forget as they focus on the future. Having lived and worked in South Korea for many years, Michael Breen considers what drives the nation today, and where it is heading. Through insightful anecdotes and observations, he provides a compelling portrait of Asia's most contradictory and polarized country. South Koreans are motivated by defiance, Breen argues: defiance of their antagonistic neighbour, North Korea, of their own history and of international opinion. Here is an overlooked nation with, great drive, determined to succeed on its own terms.

Stop North Korea! A Radical New Approach To The North Korean Standoff

Stop North Korea! A Radical New Approach To The North Korean Standoff

Imagine you control a multi-billion dollar capital fund, and North Korea is an underperforming corporation. You see it is undervalued and want to take it over, but it is controlled by an old-fashioned board of directors-the Kim family and a small number of ultra elites-who will not negotiate a deal. In this regressive situation it is logical to offer its shareholders-the political and military elites, government managers and bureaucrats, and the general population-a higher price for their shares to convince them to overrule their board of directors. This book applies this basic scenario to a situation that has become dire, and for which a strong positive solution is crucial. This book shows how investment rather than constraint-the carrot rather than the stick-will not only deter the North Korea threat, but enhance the global community in ways perhaps unimagined in the past.


Malaysia

Development Of Malaysian Capitalism, The

As Malaysia grappled with bitter ethnic and political tensions at the end of the 1960s, the government initiated growth-oriented economic reforms to promote cohesion in the young, multi-ethnic nation. The large scale and lasting effects of these policies forged the countries' exceptional economic development: by 2020, Malaysia will likely enter the club of 'high-income' countries. This volume comprehensively surveys Malaysia's political economy, mapping the intersecting forces that inform it: economic growth, broader Asian development, the weight of colonial institutions, the influence of Islamic finance, and the sometimes ambiguous role of the state. It offers a discerning overview of Malaysian capitalism through readings of its history since 1874 - from the colonial economy through modernisation and accelerated development, up to its recent passage in global crises. The author details the causes and conditions of Malaysia's economic success; the result is a compelling portrait of a young capitalist nation sitting at both the geographic centre of Southeast Asia and at the crossroads of sovereign development.

Malaysians And Their Identities

Malaysians And Their Identities

Malaysians and their Identities presents a kaleidoscope of insights based on original empirical research by young Malaysian scholars. Among others, their topics cover festive TV advertisements, connoisseur café culture, the smartphone, online sports gaming, Islamic fashion, women indie musicians, men's health magazines, inter-racial marriages, and friendships in private universities. These chapters show the variety of everyday identity-making in Malaysia, and how these actions are also entangled with wider social, economic and technological processes in the world.

Getting By: Class And State Formation Among Chinese In Malaysia

Getting By: Class And State Formation Among Chinese In Malaysia

How do class, ethnicity, gender, and politics interact? In what ways do they constitute everyday life among ethnic minorities? Donald M. Nonini draws on three decades of research in the region of Penang state in northern West Malaysia, mainly in the city of Bukit Mertajam, to provide an ethnographic and historical account of the cultural politics of class conflict and state formation among Malaysians of Chinese descent.

Access To Justice: Women's Experiences In Penang Syariah Courts

Access To Justice: Women's Experiences In Penang Syariah Courts

In Access to Justice Shariza Kamarudin offers a rare insight into the lives and experiences of women as they navigate their way through the Penang Syariah court system. Grounded in theories of justice, Islamic jurisprudence and feminist legal theory, Access to Justice collects valuable first-hand accounts of the female litigants as they face an overwhelmingly patriarchal system. Touching on issues of polygamy, talaq divorce, domestic violence, domestic abuse and child custody, Shariza Kamarudin studies the responses of women, highlighting the ways in which issues of gender, class, and race play an important role in the administration of Syariah law. Finally, making use of the United Nations Development Programme Access to Justice Framework, Access to Justice calls for a reform in the administration of Syariah law in Malaysia which puts at its heart access to legal knowledge, legal representation and gender awareness.

Humeirah: A Story Of Existence, Beauty And Wisdom

Humeirah: A Story Of Existence, Beauty And Wisdom

Humeirah - A story about Beauty, Existence and Wisdom Humeirah is the story of a woman who faces the silence and the void amid the noise and clamor of a close knit society. Intelligent, reflective, and a keen-observer of the disharmony and hypocrisy of the people who surround her, she is on the constant lookout for something deeper and more sincere. Instead, she faces the incongruences with which society deals with the beautiful and provocative Sana; or even her own husband Haider, whom society reveres for reasons that don't make sense. A certain distance sets in between Humeirah and her daughter Warissah, as the former fears that getting close to her daughter would mean passing on the flaws and defects that society has labeled her with. Humeirah is an introspective story of a woman born on the island of Mauritius. It is also about the Kutchi Mehmans who live on that island; their arrogance and their sense of superiority over all other Indian-Muslim immigrants.

Semi-Apes

Semi-Apes

Semi-apes is a story celebrating life and death, homogeneity and diversity, belief and disbelief. It is told from Heera's perspective as she comments on the pursuits of people who surround her, and how they struggle with that against their own psychological make-up. Heera takes us to the darkest corners of Alif's life, the oppression and injustice that she endures; Khosrow uncle's experiences, and his struggle in finding meaning to life; and Layla aunty who is juggled between her psychiatrists and a disloyal husband. But Heera is not only an observer. Like others, she displays her own inconsistencies, her prejudices, and her misgivings. In the end, Semi-apes is about everybody's attempt to be unique and different, to strive to lead better lives, and in the process, by the working of an arbitrary law, succeed and lose at times, and lose and succeed at others.

Thaipusam In Malaysia: A Hindu Festival In The Tamil Diaspora

Thaipusam In Malaysia: A Hindu Festival In The Tamil Diaspora

In Thaipusam in Malaysia: A Hindu Festival in the Tamil Diaspora, the author argues that many scholars who had written about Thaipusam in Malaysia had constructed interpretations of the festivals and the associated forms of worship (especially the kavadi ritual) which suggested their own rationales for Thaipusam. It was contended that each of these analyses was superficially convincing, but when subject to close examination relied upon ethnographies that were far from complete. In treating Thaipusam as sui generis, these scholars had failed to situate either the festival or the kavadi ritual within a sufficiently broad cultural or comparative framework. The main objective of this study has been to closely examine Thaipusam from the "inside", as it were, and to trace the layers of meaning and the recondite vocabularies of this multifaceted and complex festival in terms of its continuing relevance to Malaysian Hindus. He concludes that far from being a cultural aberration, a product of time, place and the peculiar circumstances of Hindu Malaysians, Thaipusam is constructed from deep-rooted elements of South Indian culture, and can only be fully comprehended by locating it within Tamil history, philosophies and belief structures, and in particular those associated with the Tamil deity Murugan.

Kuala Lumpur Undercover Ii

Kuala Lumpur Undercover Ii

As eight sexy girls strut their stuff on stage, spandex shorts swathing their behinds as tightly as the lotus-leaf wrappings of a Chinese dumpling, author Ewe Paik Leong once again finds himself on the trail of Kuala Lumpur's ladies of the night. Following the success of his original book, which resulted in several red-light areas being closed down by the Malaysian authorities, he is back with new girls, new locations and new, shocking material.

Auditing: Theory And Practice In Malaysia

Auditing: Theory And Practice In Malaysia

This book gives an overview of auditing theory based on the ideas and concepts underlying agency theory, providing a history on the development of the profession as well as the auditing environment in Malaysia. It then proceeds to explain the entire audit process in a comprehensive but concise manner. Each step of the audit process is covered in detail, from client acceptance and planning, documentation of internal controls and preliminary evaluations, compliance and substantive testing, up till the issuance of the audit report. Each of the important cycles is also covered in separate chapters to give the reader a clear idea of what is needed when auditing each cycle.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #01: Johor Remains The Bastion Of Kaum Tua

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #01: Johor Remains The Bastion Of Kaum Tua

Many scholars on Malaysia have recognized that Salafism-Wahhabism has penetrated substantially into the country's political and social life. The southern state of Johor has always been considered, and remains, the bastion of kaum tua, with its religious institutions dominated by ulama (religious scholars) who are traditionalist in character but tolerant of religious practices that are infused with local culture and mysticism. These scholars have also tended to maintain conservative attitudes on gender issues, inter-religious relations, and intra-faith differences. The Sultan of Johor appoints the Mufti whose primary role is to issue fatwas (religious rulings) and be the ex-officio of the Johor Islamic Religious Council, the highest Islamic body in the state. Johors Muftis are dominantly political quietists, and loyal to the ruling family. Occasional interventions by the Sultan of Johor in the religious sphere have proved crucial in ensuring that the state maintains its Malay character. The Sultan also acts to protect the states religious institutions from encroachment by the federal government.

Electoral Dynamics In Sarawak: Contesting Developmentalism And Rights

Electoral Dynamics In Sarawak: Contesting Developmentalism And Rights

Based upon observation of the 2016 Sarawak state elections at a time of political turmoil for the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, Electoral Dynamics in Sarawak offers four ethnographic accounts of grassroots electoral politics in diverse constituencies of Sarawak. This volume exposes the diversity and complexity of Sarawak's electoral geography. Central to the analyses in this volume are not only the role of ethnicity and the urban/rural divide but also the longer term impact of the politics of developmentalism, the personality politics surrounding Chief Minister Adenan Satem and the emerging force of Sarawakian states' rights enshrined in the Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) social movement.

Lat: My Life And Cartoons

Lat: My Life And Cartoons

Mohammad Nor Khalid, far better known as Lat, is Malaysia's top cartoonist. In Lat: My Life and Cartoons he tells for the first time the story of his life. From his childhood in the idyllic village atmosphere so evocatively captured by him in his bestselling book Kampung Boy, through his years as a crime reporter in 1970s Kuala Lumpur, and several decades as an editorial and freelance cartoonist, Lat has achieved celebrity status and won the hearts and attention of millions with his inimitable style and perceptive insights. Respected by cartoonists around the world and venerated by the Malaysian public, his cartoons have been translated into nine languages and his animated series Kampung Boy has been broadcast in many countries including Canada. This treasure trove of memories tells the story of a man whose cartoons have come to represent the collective memories of an entire country. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs, memorabilia and carefully selected cartoons.

Finding Malaysia: Making Sense Of An Eccentric Nation

Finding Malaysia: Making Sense Of An Eccentric Nation

Zairil Khir Johari offers a quick-witted and focused reflection on some of the most pressing and contentious issues of the day. At the heart of the matter is the bane of Malaysian politics - the ethnic question - from which he explores a range of high profile issues: identity, secularism, federalism and education.

Being Abdullah Ahmad Badawi: The Authorised Biography

Being Abdullah Ahmad Badawi: The Authorised Biography

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi - Malaysia's fifth prime minister - is probably the most misunderstood and maligned among Malaysian leaders. He was regarded as an accidental prime minister, yet he led his party to the biggest-ever general election victory in Malaysian history, only to be rejected by voters four years later. Now, Malaysians acknowledge that his relatively short rule was the springtime of Malaysian democracy. His firmness in ensuring a smooth and peaceful handover of power in the five states won by the opposition after the 2008 general election marked him as a courageous and principled leader. His legacy to Malaysia is substantial. In this book, journalist and author Wong Sulong traces the evolving public perception of this humble and remarkable politician.


Myanmar
Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes From The Crossroads Of Southeast Asia

Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes From The Crossroads Of Southeast Asia

An eclectic collection of 80 achievable yet spectacular recipes from famed San Francisco Bay Area Burmese restaurant, Burma Superstar. For years, Bay Area residents and out-of-towners have packed the house - and lined up out the door - for the salads, curries, rice, and stir-fries served at Burma Superstar, a beloved Burmese restaurant with four locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. This collection of recipes includes favorites like Tea Leaf Salad, Samosa Soup, Pumpkin Pork Stew, Garlic Noodles, and Black Rice Pudding that have made the group of restaurants one of the most recognizable in the Bay Area but it also takes readers into the kitchens of Burmese home cooks, whose style of cooking drives menu inspiration.


Philippines
Liberalism And The Postcolony: Thinking The State In 20Th-Century Philippines

Liberalism And The Postcolony: Thinking The State In 20Th-Century Philippines

Through the biographies of four Filipino scholar-bureaucrats-Camilo Osias, Salvador Araneta, Carlos P. Romulo, and Salvador P. Lopez-Lisandro E. Claudio argues that liberal thought served as the grammar of Filipino democracy in the twentieth century. Melding political philosophy and narrative history, he takes us through various articulations of liberalism in pedagogy, international affairs, economics, and literature. In this first book on Filipino liberals in the twentieth century, Claudio brings to light an obscured history of the Philippine state and also argues for a new liberalism rooted in the postcolonial experience, a timely intervention in light of the ascent of President Rodrigo Duterte and the current developments in Southeast Asian politics.

Moral Politics In The Philippines: Inequality, Democracy And The Urban Poor

Moral Politics In The Philippines: Inequality, Democracy And The Urban Poor

Moral Politics in the Philippines offers an in-depth examination of the political participation and discourse of the urban poor in Manila. After the ousting of Ferdinando Marcos in 1986, society in the Philippines fractured along socioeconomic lines. The educated middle class began to recognize themselves as moral citizens and political participants while condemning the poor as immoral "masses" who earn money illegally and support corrupt leaders. Conversely, the poor believe themselves to be morally upright and criticize the rich as arrogant oppressors. Wataru Kusaka looks at the dangers of this moralization of politics during the last several decades, and he analyzes the damaging effects it has had on democracy by excluding much of society and marginalizing the interests of those most in need of resources.

Caring For Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers In Asia

Caring For Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers In Asia

Today, the Philippines has become one of the largest exporters of medical workers in the world, with nursing in particular offering many the hope of a lucrative and stable career abroad. This timely volume narrates their stories in a multi-sited ethnography that follows aspiring migrants from Manila's vibrant nursing schools where they dream of glamorous, cosmopolitan lives abroad but find a different reality in Singapore's multicultural hospitals and nursing homes. It also tracks their private lives in shopping malls and churches, and online, as they search for future jobs elsewhere, in places like Texas, Ontario or northern England, and connect with friends and family around the world; finally bringing them back home on a visit to a Filipino village. In so doing, the book offers anthropological insights on the lives and expectations of Filipino medical workers who care for strangers in another Asian city and the everyday encounters, anxieties and boundaries they face. It locates their stories within wider debates on migration, labour, care, gender and citizenship, while contributing a new and distinctive perspective to the scholarship on labour migration in Asia.


South Asia
Doomed King, The: A Requiem For Sri Vikrama Rajasinha

Doomed King, The: A Requiem For Sri Vikrama Rajasinha

On 24 Jan 1816, the captured king of Kandy was escorted on board the Cornwallis together with his queens, relatives and servants. Almost a month later, King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha arrives at the Vellore Fort in India, to spend his remaining days in exile. Thus ends the tragic tale of the Doomed King of Lanka. Using Kadaimpot, vittipot and documents from English servicemen, Gananath Obeysekere reveals a portrait of a king who was much maligned and betrayed by those he trusted. The Doomed King makes for fascinating reading where a master spy, a Machiavellian governor and an opportunistic nobleman together, bring about the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom.


Southeast Asia/Asean
Outward Foreign Direct Investment In Asean

Outward Foreign Direct Investment In Asean

The level of outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) flows from ASEAN countries has increased rapidly in past two decades. This book examines OFDI trends and patterns in the ASEAN region including the impact of the ASEAN Economic Community. It also provides analyses of country policies affecting OFDI and the drivers of OFDI in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. Myanmar is studied as an investment frontier for other ASEAN countries.

Asean Miracle, The: A Catalyst For Peace

Asean Miracle, The: A Catalyst For Peace

In an era of growing cultural pessimism, many thoughtful individuals believe that different civilisations - especially Islam and the West - cannot live together in peace. The ten countries of ASEAN provide a thriving counter-example of civilizational co-existence. Here 625m people live together in peace. This miracle was delivered by ASEAN. Stories of peace are told less frequently than stories of conflict and war. ASEAN's imperfections make better headlines than its achievements. But in the hands of thinker and writer Kishore Mahbubani, the good news story is also a provocation and a challenge to the rest of the world.

Eyes Of The Ancestors: The Arts Of Island Southeast Asia At The Dallas Museum Of Art

Eyes Of The Ancestors: The Arts Of Island Southeast Asia At The Dallas Museum Of Art

Lavish photography and groundbreaking new texts unlock the magic of the island cultures of Indonesia, Malaysia, and East Timor through examples of textiles, sculpture, and metalwork from this prestigious collection. Leading anthropologist Reimar Schefold introduces these texts, which investigate various indigenous art forms from a fresh art-historical perspective. They describe the contexts, purposes, and aesthetic influences of a range of objects, from intricately woven sacred and ceremonial textiles to carved ancestor figures. Also featured are gold and metalwork designs as well as weaponry and jewelry, most dating back more than a hundred years. A 19th-century mouth mask in the collection, from the Leti Islands, is one of only our known to be in existence. Carved in the shape of a bird's head, this wooden mask was used in ritual dances. Other spectacular examples from the collection likewise reflect the beliefs and practices of these island peoples.

Diving In Southeast Asia: The Best Sites In Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines And Thailand

Diving In Southeast Asia: The Best Sites In Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines And Thailand

Diving in Southeast Asia is a comprehensive diving guide covering Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. It presents in great detail the very best dive sites in the tropical western Pacific. Our seasoned diver-authors have an aggregate half-century of experience exploring these waters, and each site receives thorough coverage, including detailed maps, color photos, and a full description of access, conditions, and facilities.


Singapore
Periscope Magazine: The Hand-Made Issue

Periscope Magazine: The Hand-Made Issue

Periscope is a lifestyle publication that explores the stories of people and their passions. This issue features people and organisations who work with their hands.

Shaped For A Purpose: Finding Beauty In Brokenness

Shaped For A Purpose: Finding Beauty In Brokenness

Meet Sherena Loh. Sherena has Muscular Dystrophy, a debilitating disease in which the muscles progressively weaken. Doctors told her that she would only live until 25 years old. But many years later, Sherena is still alive - and living a full life. She rose above her circumstances and did all the things she never imagined she would be able to do - she graduated with a degree and various diplomas, found fulfilling jobs and even got married. She also helped set up the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) (MDAS) and currently serves as its Executive Director, dedicating her life to helping other persons with Muscular Dystrophy find purpose beyond their limits. How did she do it? This book is not meant for people with disabilities and their caregivers alone, but for every one of us who has experienced adversity. Read about hoer Sherena developed a positive mindset that helped her conquer her physical, social and psychological struggles - and be inspired to conquer your own mountains.

Instant Legal Protection For Your Family: Protect, Preserve, Prosper

Instant Legal Protection For Your Family: Protect, Preserve, Prosper

In this book, the author shares and explains your available options and alternatives to protect and prosper you and your loved ones. This book shows you how to protect your loved ones from harassment, and from hardship due to termination of employment, how to preserve your monies as a consumer against defective goods, how to preserve your assets using legal vehicles such as prenuptial agreements, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, lasting powers of attorney and deeds of family settlements. There is also step-by-step guidance to minimize pain and loss for individuals facing predicaments of potential separation, divorce and family violence.

6 Kids And A Pop-Up Camper

6 Kids And A Pop-Up Camper

When Singaporeans, Dan and Sue, decided to take their six homeschooled children on an epic 6-month road trip in the USA, they never did imagine just how tremendous their experience would turn out to be! Travelling with their faithful Pop-up Camper, 6 kids in tow (15 - 3 years old), America has left them with a deeply enriching experience. A full-colour, 300-page book with many stunning and inspiring photographs taken by their eldest son Asher, this travelogue attempts to chronologically record the family's epic 43 state journey around the USA. The whole family contributes many candid thoughts and learning moments being on a daily shifting schedule and of their encounters in a vast country so different from their own.

Civil Society And The State In Singapore

Civil Society And The State In Singapore

Set within the context of rising political pluralism among the citizenry, bold ground-up conflict between the governing and the governed, and increasing adoption of the Internet and new media, the Institute of Policy Studies organised a Civil Society Conference on 11 November 2013. This collection provides a nuanced analysis of Singapore civil society's development over more than a decade and combines insights from experts from different domains, and sets out an agenda for the further development. The first section discusses the different approaches and philosophies that underpin civil society - engagement, collaboration, and ideological tensions. The second section examines change agents - technology, people, and politics - and their impact on civil society. The third section explores the future of civil society, in the areas of the non-profit sector, civic education, youth activism, legislation, and finally, ethnicity. The book provides the state-of-play in the civil society landscape and this should be of interest to watchers of political development in a soft authoritarian polity making its transition towards greater democratisation.

Singapore Perspectives 2016 - We

Singapore Perspectives 2016 - We

In 2015, Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence. The Institute of Policy took stock of how the choices people made have led the city-state to where she is today. As achievements are being celebrated, a conversation about the road ahead also begins. With much nation-building efforts premised upon the existence of this imagined community known as "Singapore," it is an opportune moment to question and reimagine who "we" are. The book documents the conference proceedings at Singapore Perspectives 2016 where the fourth generation of government ministers presented their thoughts on the social, economic and political future of Singapore and engaged in dialogues with panelists and audience members on the directions the country should take.

Onstage Offstage

The getai is a live stage performance held each year during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore and Malaysia. It forms an integral part of the month-long festival: local Chinese would burn incense paper to appease the spirits and performances would be held at various neighborhoods. In the past, performances were Chinese opera or puppet shows but have since evolved into a kitschy and gaudy combination of songs, dance and stand-up comedy. In Onstage Offstage, Lee questions the longevity of these performances, how long would it be before it becomes just that - a memory ?

Abuse Suxxx!!! And Other Plays

Abuse Suxxx!!! And Other Plays

Featuring five plays by Cultural Medallion recipient Haresh Sharma, created over a span of two decades, Abuse Suxxx! and Other Plays is an audacious collection that casts a spotlight on LGBT lives and issues explored in The Necessary Stage's productions. Yet these plays go beyond being simply out, loud and proud. Rather, they deal with a range of topics and advocate tolerance and acceptance of difference in our midst.

Meatmen Cooking Channel - Zi Char At Home Hearty Home-Style Singaporean Dishes

Meatmen Cooking Channel - Zi Char At Home Hearty Home-Style Singaporean Dishes

Zi char (a Hokkien term, literally translated "cook fry") is widely recognised in Singapore to refer to a variety of dishes that one can order from any Chinese cooked food (zi char) stall in coffee shops across the island. In continuing their efforts to inspire others to have fun whipping up their own meals, the MeatMen share 30 popular zi char dishes including crab bee hoon, san lou hor fun, cereal prawns, har cheong gai and sambal kangkong in this second cookbook. All dishes are prepared in their usual effortless style that requires no fancy tools, equipment or special skills, and come with the promise that anyone with a passion for good food and cooking can be a zi char expert at home!

Portrait Of Singapore Malay Poetry, A

Portrait Of Singapore Malay Poetry, A

In addition to celebrating the intellectual tradition of a past generation of Singaporean Malay thinkers, social and cultural activists, this series provides unique insights and perspectives into the lived-experience and collective memories of the Malay community in Singapore. This is the English translation of Isa Kamari's Potret Puisi Melayu Singapura, which features the works of 44 Singapore Malay poets, from the post-independence era to the present, and shows how the historical context, community and the individuality of the poet have given poetry written by Singaporean Malay writers its own distinctive identity.

Haikuku

Haikuku

This volume could well be subtitled the social history of Singapore in 120 haiku. There are haiku about MRT breakdown, rat infestation, haze, 377A, hungry ghosts and cavorting community cats. There are also those of matters of socio-political import: 2011 GE, population management, personal data protection, leadership renewal and compassionate meritocracy. Gwee adds to his army haiku that won prizes from the SAF with others of a military theme in Purple Light and Tekong diarrhea. Then there are newsy haiku reporting on NIMBY, the royal visit, that Holland V bank robbery plus The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. He does not forget the newsmakers either - the otters, the Little India Riot hero, A-Mei, Subhas Anandan, Phey Yew Kok, Joseph Schooling and that si geena who shall not be named. Also remembered is our dear Ah Kong in a pair of death anniversary haiku, and a sad one about the empty parade chair. There are haiku about our places we love, the hawker centre, cenotaph, kopitiam, Sungei Road, Singapore River…. This is book of haiku, backed by a nation-wide haiku writing contest, for every Singaporean - kuku or not.

Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery And Beadwork In The Peranakan World

Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery And Beadwork In The Peranakan World

Cheah Hwei-Fe'n examines parallel techniques of embroidery, work with gold thread, lace, and drawn needlework in this profusely illustrated catalogue to accompany an exhibition at the Peranakan Museum, Singapore, held from 24 June 2016 to 18 June 2017. In her careful analysis of the techniques associated with Peranakan objects, she reveals a complex network of cultural connections. The various types of needlework were practised by women and men, and drew upon techniques from Europe, India, China, and the Malay world. Religious and secular schools taught the techniques. There are many cross-cultural surprises within: gold embroidery derives not only from European military brocade but from ancient Chinese thread techniques of gold strips wrapped around paper. And many other techniques were long practised in remote islands of the Malay Archipelago.

Merlion & Mt. Fuji, The: 50 Years Of Singapore-Japan Relations

Merlion & Mt. Fuji, The: 50 Years Of Singapore-Japan Relations

Anime, Manga, Sushi, Teriyaki, J-pop, Harajuku fashion ... these are just some of the cultural exports from Japan that the rest of the world have embraced and Singapore is one of Japan's biggest fans. There are similarities too between these two countries: an aging population, changing geopolitical realities, mature economies, and environmental challenges. 50 Years of Singapore-Japan Relations is not just a historical account of the bilateral cooperation but also includes honest narratives on what it is like being a Singaporean student on exchange in Japan, an anime and manga fan outside of Japan, and some omotenashi appreciation.

Singapore Eurasians: Memories, Hopes And Dreams

Singapore Eurasians: Memories, Hopes And Dreams

This book offers insight into the Singapore Eurasian community, one of Singapore's minority communities. This book is the definitive record of Eurasian history and heritage in Singapore, and serves to educate the younger generation of Eurasians about their roots, the community's achievements and its collective hopes and dreams for the future, as well as provide a useful resource for others to learn more about the Eurasian community. In addition, it also covers the growth and developments of the Eurasian community within the last 25 years, and how the Eurasian Association, as a Self-Help Group since 1994, has been helping the less fortunate through its programmes, as well as being the main force in driving the preservation and sharing of the Eurasian culture for its future generations.

Men Who Lost Singapore, 1938-1942, The

Men Who Lost Singapore, 1938-1942, The

The British military failure against the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942 is a well-documented and closely examined episode. But far less attention has been paid to the role of the colonial governor and his staff during this period, an oversight Ronald McCrum corrects with this insightful history. As McCrum shows, the failure of the civil authorities in conjunction with the military to fully prepare the country for the possibility of war was a key factor in the defeat. McCrum closely examines the role and responsibilities of the colonial authorities before and during the war. He argues that the poor and occasionally hostile relations that developed between the local government and the British military hierarchy prevented the development and implementation of a strategic and unified plan of defense against the growing threat of the Japanese. Consequently, this indecisive and ineffective leadership led to significant losses and civilian casualties that could have been prevented.

National Day Rally Speeches: 50 Years Of Nationhood In Singapore, 1966-2015

National Day Rally Speeches: 50 Years Of Nationhood In Singapore, 1966-2015

The annual National Day Rally speeches in Singapore provide a valuable summation of all the major issues encountered each year, the challenges faced, as well as the policies and strategies that have shaped Singapore from Independence in 1965 to the present time. This book presents a collection of 50 National Day Rally speeches made between 1966 and 2015 by Singapore's Prime Ministers. This is the first time that these speeches have been published in one book. It is an excellent resource for researchers and academics as well as anyone who seeks a better understanding of Singapore's nation-building journey and insights into how the country has evolved into what it is today.

National Day Rally Speeches: 50 Years Of Nationhood In Singapore, 1966-2015

National Day Rally Speeches: 50 Years Of Nationhood In Singapore, 1966-2015

The annual National Day Rally speeches in Singapore provide a valuable summation of all the major issues encountered each year, the challenges faced, as well as the policies and strategies that have shaped Singapore from Independence in 1965 to the present time. This book presents a collection of 50 National Day Rally speeches made between 1966 and 2015 by Singapore's Prime Ministers. This is the first time that these speeches have been published in one book. It is an excellent resource for researchers and academics as well as anyone who seeks a better understanding of Singapore's nation-building journey and insights into how the country has evolved into what it is today.

Unfettered Ink: The Writings Of Chen Chong Swee

Unfettered Ink: The Writings Of Chen Chong Swee

Significant achievements in art notwithstanding, Chen Chong Swee was also a prolific, vivid essayist. His writings-collated here and also translated into English for the first time-range from the value of art education to the responsibilities of the art community, and are imbued with ardour and vigorous clarity. This compilation provides a compelling contribution to our understanding of the artist as a man of unwavering focus, whose thoughts cleaved to the advancement of art.

Rediscovering Treasures: Ink Art From The Xiu Hai Lou Collection

Rediscovering Treasures: Ink Art From The Xiu Hai Lou Collection

The Xiu Hai Lou Collection is one of the most extensive private collections of ink art in Singapore. This catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition Rediscovering Treasures: Ink Art from the Xiu Hai Lou Collection, and captures the stunning breadth of the Collection. Full-colour image plates showcase works which range from the ancient aesthetics of Ming and Qing painting and calligraphy through to the prized masterpieces of 20th-century ink masters, while newly commissioned essays analyse the unique place of the Collection in local art history. Rounding out the catalogue are an exclusive interview with the current custodians of the Collection as well as an exploration of the ecosystem of collecting.

Colours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore Elderly

Colours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore Elderly

Ageing is not all grey. This book explores the minds of a generation who survived the Second World War and witnessed the dramatic rise of Singapore from third world to first. The 30 years of research on the mental health of the Singapore elderly is a tapestry of myriad colours of people from different ethnicities, cultures and social hierarchies. This book documents the social transformation of medical research, from epidemiological surveys to interventional studies of translational relevance, with the tagline "preventive medicine in the community by the community for the community". This book, a distillate of five epidemiological studies, is written from a longitudinal perspective, viewed through the lens of time by a doctor who conducted the research with his team. It will interest not only health professionals and policy makers but also the elderly, family caregivers and young people - just about everyone!

Lky Story, The - Lee Kuan Yew, The Man Who Shaped A Nation

Lky Story, The - Lee Kuan Yew, The Man Who Shaped A Nation

Lee Kuan Yew, informally known by his initials LKY, is recognised as Singapore's founding father and the man who propelled a small nation from The Third World to First under his leadership. In this brilliantly illustrated graphic novel biography, we catch a glimpse into the life of the man before he made history. From his early years and education in Raffles College, to his experiences in World War II and work as a lawyer, the book traces the events that shaped Lee Kuan Yew's ideals that would lead him towards championing the rights of the people and the fight for an independent Singapore.

Faith Ng: Plays Volume One

Faith Ng: Plays Volume One

This collection gathers together eight compelling plays by Checkpoint Theatre's Associate Artist Faith Ng. This includes Normal (2015), a stark look at the education system which played to a sold-out audience, and For Better or for Worse (2013) and wo(men) (2010), critically acclaimed plays which offer unflinching portraits of how families can build up and break down individuals. Shorter plays and collaborations with a diverse range of theatre-makers are featured as well, including You are My Needle, I am Your Thread (2015). Deeply affecting and sensitively crafted, these plays firmly establish Faith Ng as a vital Singapore playwright.

Book Of Changes, A

Book Of Changes, A

Change is what happens to everything: history is humanity's attempt to make sense of this inevitability. In his debut collection of poetry, Daryl Lim Wei Jie paints minute strokes that give way to panoramas, strewn with unusual asides: migrants crossing oceans; an ancient king reclaiming a throne; rivers clogged with corpses; the paperwork for an invasion; a milo dinosaur the height of Mount Everest. A Book of Changes is a young poet's attempt to make sense of the impossible ebb and flow of time.

Field Guide To Supermarkets In Singapore, A

Field Guide To Supermarkets In Singapore, A

A Field Guide to Supermarkets in Singapore is a 19th century reference book (on philology? art history? anthropology? nobody remembers) that fell into a tropical swamp and was rescued, then lovingly restored, by a nice lady in curlers. Caked in organic matter too dense to scrub off, the pages of Samuel Lee's debut collection reveal visions and premonitions of a city filled with characters engaged in their own private sorrows, both minute and expansive. To read him is to be lost in the aisles of millennia.

Altered Straits: A Novel

Altered Straits: A Novel

In an alternate 1947 filled with mystical creatures, Singapuran boy-soldier Naufal Jazair is bonded to the merlion Bahana and enlisted in a war against an aggressive neighbour. Meanwhile, in a dystopian Singapore in 2047, SAF officer Titus Ang is tasked with entering Naufal's universe and retrieving a merlion to save the future of Singapore from the Concordance, a hive intelligence that is close to consuming what remains of humanity.

Fox Fire Girl

Fox Fire Girl

Derrick can't believe his luck when he rekindles a romance with ex-girlfriend Yifan. But Yifan remains aloof and distant, eventually confiding to Derrick that in her hometown of Ipoh, she discovered that she is actually a fox spirit with mystical powers. But Derrick isn't the only person who has fallen under Yifan's spell. Unbeknownst to him, Tien Chen, a man with an unhealthy obsession with fire, has also been dating her. When Tien Chen eventually confronts Yifan about her infidelity, she tells him a story about her childhood in Ipoh that explains her actions, and then disappears. Where has she gone, and is Yifan really the person she claims to be?

Singapore Red

Singapore Red

Singapore/Malaya, 1890s: A cholera epidemic breaks out in Singapore's congested Chinatown, and Detective Inspector Hawksworth finds himself embroiled in a case that threatens to spill over into regional warfare. While the immigrant population threatens to riot, someone is smuggling powerful new American weapons into the British colony, and rumours of Chinese undead wandering the night-time streets puts even the powerful Chinese clans on edge. Explore the dark underbelly of 19th-century Singapore and Malaya in this hard-boiled historical thriller trilogy, comprising Singapore Black, Singapore Yellow and Singapore Red.

Payoh: A Novel

Payoh: A Novel

In a writing workshop at Changi Prison, retired professor JG Chan encounters a story written by inmate Alphonsus Goh. 'Payoh' tells the adventures of a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Lucky who finds his way to a protected bird sanctuary. Conflict soon ensues, and the sanctuary birds decide it's time to gain autonomy from their human-watchers. They assemble a small team of leaders to govern their newly independent sanctuary. However, skeptics and detractors also exist within.

Audit Committee Guide (Cg Guides For Boards In Singapore)

Audit Committee Guide (Cg Guides For Boards In Singapore)

This is the definitive guide to the roles, duties, challenges and leading practices of Audit Committees. Aimed especially at Singapore-listed companies, the Audit Committee Guide provides comprehensive coverage of the regulatory and practical aspects of the AC's work. Its contents include: The structure and composition of the AC; The organisation and conduct of AC meetings; The AC's oversight of risk management and internal controls, including control deficiencies, fraud risks, whistleblowing, data analytics, and interested person and related party transactions; The AC's role in relation to internal and external audits, and how it should engage and evaluate the internal and external auditors; The AC's responsibilities with respect to financial reporting, and the significant issues that arise; and AC-related disclosure requirements.

If You Only Live Twice

If You Only Live Twice

This book recounts the true story of a young man's tragic accident and his journey to recovery. Alone and left for dead in a foreign country, a series of miraculous interventions led to his location and ultimate rescue. Told with heart-breaking and refreshing honesty, we are taken on a journey of the author's physical and psychological healing and newfound awareness and appreciation of life. Ultimately a story of personal self-discovery, he has decided to share his painful account in the hopes of offering others a fresh perspective on life --and we are all forced to ask ourselves the compelling question: Do you really need a death certificate before you decide to live?

City Book, The - Singapore

City Book, The - Singapore

The City Book - Singapore combines both art and adventure, combining a series of unique stories told from the perspectives of local contemporary artists. Each narrative brings us on a personal journey of life in Singapore, with stories that reflect the diverse perspectives of culture, exploring themes including urban isolation, nostalgia, nature, and life in transitory spaces. These stories are supplemented by art to reflect their unique relationships with different elements of the city.

Furrie And Shortie - Issue #1: To Be The Most Wonderful You

Furrie And Shortie - Issue #1: To Be The Most Wonderful You

Furrie and Shortie - Issue #1 : To be the most wonderful you, is about these 2 characters - one's shortcoming is being furry (therefore, not too good for weather in Singapore), while the other too short in the world in love with everything big and tall. Furrie is usually the pessimistic one, while Shortie became the ultimate optimist. They are old skool comic oddballs who stick out a little from everyone else. That's why Furrie in one chapter has an identity crisis and wanders into the jungle! And in another, they encounter some troubling behaviors in society today, and in their own small and hopefully funny ways, they act - for good! One thing for sure, we wanted people who read our book to believe that life - no matter how dark - can still get better if you allow yourself to be the most wonderful you. The book has very few text and is dual language.

Disruption: What Lies Ahead

Disruption: What Lies Ahead

This compilation of features, first published in The Straits Times between May and August 2016, explores the trends that are fundamentally reshaping Singapore's economy, political landscape and way of life. The first series, Fast forward: disruption and the Singapore economy, takes a deep dive into several major disruptive forces and their likely impact on jobs and growth in Singapore and the world. These span the gamut from technological advancements, including in fintech and digital identity management, to industrial breakthroughs in 3D printing and nanotechnology, and even social shifts, such as the political and economic consequences of an ageing population. The second series, The Straits Times Future Economy roundtable discussions, is the outcome of seven panel discussions that senior editors from the newspaper conducted with industry leaders, academics and government representatives about the future of banking, energy, healthcare, manpower, media, manufacturing, and Asia.

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Danh Vo

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Danh Vo

From November 2016 to August 2017, Vietnamese-born Danish artist Danh Vo presents a series of compelling new sculptures at National Gallery Singapore as part of his first outdoor installation in Singapore. Vo's work often draws upon personal experience to explore broader historical, social or political themes, particularly those relating to the history of Vietnam at the close of the 20th century. A continuation of his existing practice, this installation explores issues of cross-cultural identity and the definition of cultural values. This is the inaugural exhibition of the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series, which invites leading international artists to create site-specific installations at the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery, made possible by a gift from the family of Ng Teng Fong. Published to accompany this exhibition, this catalogue delves deeper into Danh's practice and broader discussions surrounding cross-cultural identity through essays by leading scholar Professor Nora Taylor and National Gallery Singapore curator Charmaine Toh alongside full-colour images of the commissioned work.

Differentiation: How To Win In A Discruptive Market

Differentiation: How To Win In A Discruptive Market

The age of disruption has arrived fast and furious. Technological advances have revolutionised the global economy in ways not envisaged, engendering major established and traditional industries to wobble and slide. 'Is it too late to do anything?' According to Dr Wilson Chew, author and leading corporate strategist, the answer is an affirmative 'No'. A market that is being fiercely tested by disruptions is also a world bathed with opportunities. What is pivotal for leaders of enterprises big and small to ask is: 'What will the future global economy be driven by, where will it take place, and how do I get a piece of the action?' In Differentiation: How to Win in a Disruptive Market, Dr Chew underlines the imperatives for companies to differentiate in order to create value and win through a series of compelling strategies, bold innovation and perceptive branding. Peppered with case studies and infused with Dr Chew's insights gleaned from advising 250 fast-growing enterprises, this book aims to inspire enterprise leaders and readers to believe that it is possible to reap the fruits of differentiation in a disruptive market when you're determined to do so.

Man With A Mission, The: A Life Well-Lived Ron Chandran-Dudley 1934-2015

Man With A Mission, The: A Life Well-Lived Ron Chandran-Dudley 1934-2015

Enter the world of Ron Chandran-Dudley (1934-2015), an only child born into a Ceylonese immigrant family who had to shelve his dreams of becoming a brain surgeon when he found out that he would not be able to see again. He kept on walking, sometimes quitting, sometimes camping and sometimes climbing. He overcame the challenges his disability presented and found love and the drive to fulfil his mission of helping others with disabilities in Singapore and overseas.

Netherlands, Singapore, Our Regions, Our World, The: Connecting Our Common Future

Netherlands, Singapore, Our Regions, Our World, The: Connecting Our Common Future

The Singapore Lecture is designed to provide an opportunity for distinguished statesmen and leaders of thought and knowledge to reach a wider audience in Singapore. The presence of such eminent personalities allows Singaporeans, especially younger executives and decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, the benefit of exposure to leading world figures who address topics of international and regional interest.The 39th Singapore Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, on 24 November 2016 under the distinguished Chairmanship of Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore.

Taking Flight: A Photo Journey Of Birds Across Singapore

Taking Flight: A Photo Journey Of Birds Across Singapore

Taking Flight is a personal look at some of the diverse species of birds we have in Singapore by 82-year-old James Yong, who only picked up his first digital camera at the age of 78. From dainty kingfishers to soaring eagles, this collection of over 250 photographs leads you on a journey not just through green reserves like Sungei Buloh but also takes a look at those feathered friends with homes closer to our own urban dwellings.

Singpowrimo 2016: The Anthology

Singpowrimo 2016: The Anthology

Singapore Poetry Writing Month, or as we affectionately call it, SingPoWriMo. Write one poem a day for thirty days in the cruel month of April: that was the challenge we first gave the Internet in 2014. In its third year, our anthology gathers the best of the 5,110 poems that were submitted in 2016. Daily challenging prompts reflected on the Singaporean condition, with verses written for every MRT and LRT station, poems that upgraded other poems that upgraded other poems and so on. We are proud to feature first-time poets beside established bards, a wide swath of language -with poems in Minion next to poems in HTML - and the recently-revived form of the udaiyaathathu alongside the ground-breaking twin cinema and asingbol.

Every Moving Thing That Lives Shall Be Food

Every Moving Thing That Lives Shall Be Food

A Singapore emigrant muses about the HDB heartlands and her adopted British lifestyle. An undergrad gets culture shock travelling abroad to Canada for the first time. A vegetarian Western tourist finds a meatier version of Asia in a massage palour. A desperate male sniffs around a lone cougar. An expat wife seeks solace in a Kundera-quoting freelance artist. And a workaholic widower gets enlightened in his last days. Grace Chia's Every Moving Thing That Lives Shall Be Food is a smorgasbord of short stories that tells of individuals whose appetite for a spicier taste of life is driven by hunger, human folly and unhealthy cravings.

Perfection

Perfection

Growing up in Singapore wasn't as easy as it seemed. It was competitive yet conservative at the same time. In this personal memoir, Debbie Lee recounts how she survived self-doubt, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, suicide and the struggles she faced during recovery. Debbie shares how reverse psychology and being competitive can cause emotional damage to your child. How girls should treasure their body and sexuality. How she picked herself up from the mess she was in when she was sexually abused. How she was suddenly at the top of the world and her life was perfect. How she couldn't keep up with perfection and fell. How she struggled during the lowest point of her life when she was depressed and suicidal. How she tamed her demon.

Desire For Elsewhere, The

Desire For Elsewhere, The

A girl who nearly meets with death while on board a plane from Paris to Marrakech; a boy who fills her arms with paper animals under the open skies of rural China; her doppelg?nger whom she meets in the Middle East; a question she was once asked, and the answer she only finds three years after. The Desire For Elsewhere takes you on an intimate journey to explore the interiors of the museum of the narrator's being, where otherwise ordinary artefacts reveal the stories they contain within. Travelling to the past, parallel planets, and the future, it tells a story of stories that explores the universal themes of love and loss, time and transience, and travel and wanderlust. Enchanting and evocative, the tales of Agnes Chew transport you to places that run on lost time, missed opportunities, and deep-rooted aspirations. These are voyages fuelled by a sense of nostalgia, possibility, and hope. Ultimately, this debut collection raises fundamental questions on the ways in which we live our lives.

Rain Tree: A Novel

Rain Tree: A Novel

Singapore, on the cusp of Independence. In the midst of fear and uncertainty, a spirited young woman must choose between an education and her baby. When Ani is forcibly married, her dreams of becoming a teacher are shattered. Employed as a servant at Rain Tree, a colonial home, she indulges in English novels in her spare time. When Ani is widowed soon after, she befriends her Chinese colleagues who shield her from her bigoted mistress. Ani learns that her husband has left her a horrifying debt, one she must keep secret to safeguard her job and dignity. Falling in love with a house guest brings temporary respite. And ramifications - Ani bears his child after he returns to England. To keep her baby, Ani must leave the security of Rain Tree. With chronic unemployment, a housing shortage and impending Independence, Ani realises that without an education, life will be unbearable. With an illegitimate baby, life will be impossible. To alter her destiny, sacrifices must be made. But at what price? Rain Tree weaves a story of loyalty and hope with lessons on love unlike what Ani has learnt from English novels.

Wanderlusters, The: A Novel

Wanderlusters, The: A Novel

Delilah has her dream job working as a diva for the globe-trotting and glamorous Cirque Obélisque, the world's most famous modern circus. When her husband abandons her and their daughter, her life turns upside down until Richard, a charismatic and charming performer, enters her life. But in this close-knit village where everyone knows everyone, does she dare love another? The Wanderlusters is a backstage pass for a sneak peek at life behind the curtains of a travelling circus community, and how life on the road can make one stronger or tear one apart.

Spaces: People/Places

Spaces: People/Places

From a man with a hair fetish to a younger sister fighting to accept her elder sister's marriage, from a retiree downgrading from the terrace house where he raised his family to a fantastical history of a local neighbourhood, from a security guard's relationship with a Filipino maid to an encounter with a building too avant-garde and high tech in design, from a taxi driver bumping into his ex-wife within his cab to an imagined retelling of the life and times of Mimi Wong (the first woman executed for murder after Singapore's independence): each story within Spaces: People/Places explores the interior landscapes of the various protagonists and/or the exterior settings amidst which each protagonist functions through various experiments with form, point of view, mood and tone.

Capital Misfits: Seven Exercises In Economical Fiction

Capital Misfits: Seven Exercises In Economical Fiction

A young girl sees ghosts from her third eye, located where her belly button should be. A one-dimensional yellow man steps out of a cinema screen, hoping to lead a three-dimensional life. A journalist goes on assignment to report the latest food trend, which turns ice-cream eating into an extreme sport. In Portable Curiosities, Julie Koh re-imagines our world with a dark, satirical twist. These twelve stories combine absurd humour with searing critiques on contemporary society: the rampant consumerism, the casual misogyny, the insidious fear of those who are different. Brilliantly clever and brimming with heart, this unforgettable collection is the work of a significant new talent.

We R Family: An Anthology

We R Family: An Anthology

Families come packaged in all shapes and sizes. At the heart of every family unit is love - or what passes off as love. A father and son bond over a loss - with wool. A myopic daughter sees her parents clearly for the first time. Two mental patients learn to coexist under the same roof. An American biracial dad finds moorings with his African adoptee. And a Kiwi mum in a mixed family grows roots in multicultural Singapore. An anthology of eight unforgettable tales, We R Family celebrates the family in its colourful diversity from the whispers of homes in nameless cities to the metropolises of Singapore, New York, Mumbai and Addis Ababa to the suburbs of Indiana and Connecticut.

In Transit: An Anthology

In Transit: An Anthology

The city-state of Singapore is small enough to fly over in three minutes, yet is also home to two of the "world's best", Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines. In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel presents poetry, short stories and essays inspired by that distinctly modern experience of coming and going by air, written by some of the most exciting voices in Singapore literature today. This collection takes readers from the depths of Changi Airport up to cruising altitudes half a world away, in the process exploring questions about travel, aspiration, belonging and home.

Booksactually's Gold Standard 2016

Booksactually's Gold Standard 2016

BooksActually's Gold Standard 2016 is a highly anticipated new annual anthology from indie bookstore BooksActually, comprising short fiction by the best cult writers of East Asia, Southeast Asia and the diaspora. Showcasing some of the most compelling and original voices of the moment, this year's all-star collection features stories from nineteen writers.

Balik Kampung 3C: Central Corridor

Balik Kampung 3C: Central Corridor

Balik Kampung 3C: Central Corridor contains stories that feature the central spine of Singapore: from Bukit Timah, Bukit Merah, Farrer Road, Cairnhill, down to the Keppel area. Responding to at least ten years of living within a particular neighbourhood, each author has woven aspects of specific landscapes together with various autobiographical elements and created fascinating combinations of fiction and non-fiction. This collection will guarantee to touch your heart and make you wonder about where in the world you call home.

Balik Kampung 3B: Some East, More West

For an arresting mosaic of the great and complex metropolis known as Hong Kong - and an insight into what the people of the city live by and die for - a reader need look no further than the Collected Hong Kong Stories of David T. K. Wong. Wong, a native son of this once British Crown Colony and now Special Administrative Region of China, has drawn upon his own experiences as a journalist, educator, government official and businessman to assemble a range of memorable characters for his tales. They range from barmen to labourers, from jockeys to expatriate bureaucrats, from scholars to tycoons, and each is infused with insights into the collective soul of the edgy, anomalous and perplexing place he finds himself. These 18 stories are carefully crafted in the grand tradition of O. Henry, Maugham and Saki. Each has been individually published in a magazine or broadcast over radio in Britain, the United States, Hong Kong or elsewhere. They can be dipped into and savoured separately or feasted upon all in one go. Either way, the result can only be satisfying.

Balik Kampung 3A: Northern Shores

Balik Kampung 3A: Northern Shores

Ten established and new writers have written ten short stories that are set in Seletar, Yishun, Marsiling, Ang Mo Kio and Upper Thompson. Because each story draws upon the respective writer's in-depth knowledge of a specific space, they are powerful texts that evoke vivid characters inhabiting palpable environments and demonstrate why these writers regard Singapore's northern shores as 'home'.

Half Ghost Volume 1

Half Ghost Volume 1

Not just a boy. Not quite a ghost. Nail is a half ghost. A series of events unfolds as Nail moves into a haunted neighbourhood. A sleeping power coursing within his body awakens and turns him into a mighty jiangshi. But something evil covets his blood. Nail is pulled down into the underworld. He embarks on a thrilling adventure, seeking his way home with help from some odd and mysterious friends.

Loud Poems For A Very Obliging Audience

Loud Poems For A Very Obliging Audience

This book is a compilation of some of Ng Yi-Sheng's best spoken word pieces - songs, diatribes and phantasmagorias - created for assorted poetry slams, readings and theatrical events between the years 1999 and 2016. Dealing with issues of politics, history, cultural identity and queer sexuality, these works show the writer at his most fearless, opinionated and dramatic - a complement to the subtler but similarly imaginative poems of his first collection of poetry, last boy.

Luxury We Must Afford, A: An Anthology Of Singapore Poetry

In 2015, the anthology A Luxury We Cannot Afford commemorated 50 years of man-made myth - 50 years of mysteries and ministries, Marxists and memorandums, the Merlion and The Man - and whether the 1969 assertion that "poetry is a luxury we cannot afford" still held true in the 2010s. Instead of looking back, this companion volume to the first looks forward to everything SG51 and beyond. It is a collection of bold narratives of Singaporeans shaping their own future, a cornucopia of hyper-modern dreams of robots and aliens, yet also tales of muted despair at a future slipping out of touch with the past.

Passage Of Time: Singapore Bookstore Stories, 1881-2016 (Chinese Edition)

Passage Of Time: Singapore Bookstore Stories, 1881-2016 (Chinese Edition)

Bookstores often carry the little-known literary aspirations of the owners. Admired by many but understood by few - this tricky situation is what the bookstores in the 21st century find themselves in. However, the seemingly sluggish bookstore industry was once an important catalyst for the vitality in the Lion City and, indeed, the entire Southeast Asia. The content of this book is divided into five sections: Bookstore Genesis, Bookstore Chronicle, Bookstore Stories, Bookstore Memories and Bookstore Listing. This is the Chinese edition of the book.

Passage Of Time: Singapore Bookstore Stories, 1881-2016

Passage Of Time: Singapore Bookstore Stories, 1881-2016

Bookstores often carry the little-known literary aspirations of the owners. Admired by many but understood by few - this tricky situation is what the bookstores in the 21st century find themselves in. However, the seemingly sluggish bookstore industry was once an important catalyst for the vitality in the Lion City and, indeed, the entire Southeast Asia. The content of this book is divided into five sections: Bookstore Genesis, Bookstore Chronicle, Bookstore Stories, Bookstore Memories and Bookstore Listing.

Nus Baba House - Architecture And Artefacts Of A Straits Chinese Home

Nus Baba House - Architecture And Artefacts Of A Straits Chinese Home

"Baba", "Nonya", "Peranakan" and "Straits Chinese" are terms that refer to the descendants of Chinese traders who settled in Southeast Asia centuries ago, and assimilated aspects of indigenous Malay culture into Chinese culture. Built between 1896 and 1897, the NUS Baba House was the ancestral home of the Wee family, who are part of the Straits Chinese community in Singapore. The building is now a museum that replicates the unique experience of a visit to a 1928 Peranakan home, featuring a range of beautiful and distinctive furniture, architectural decorations, ceramics and other household objects cherished by the Straits Chinese. NUS Baba House: Architecture and Artefacts of a Straits Chinese Home is an illustrated guide for visitors as well as a useful reference for people interested in the social history of Southeast Asia. Accompanied by detailed photography and carefully researched explanations of the symbolism behind the objects and ornamental motifs in the house, this guide is designed to provide an exclusive view into the colourful domestic lifestyle of the Straits Chinese people.

Honest Good Food: Bold Flavours, Hearty Eats

Honest Good Food: Bold Flavours, Hearty Eats

Chef Benny Se Teo is the creative force behind a highly successful chain of restaurants, known not just for its hearty, no-nonsense good food, but also for its continuing efforts to help ex-offenders and youths at risk. Himself an ex-offender, Chef Benny's inspirational life story is now the backdrop of his first cookbook, Honest Good Food, where he brings together a collection of comfort food recipes, inspired by his childhood memories and personal experiences, and most notably his internship at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen in London.

Lee Kuan Yew Through The Eyes Of Chinese Scholars

Lee Kuan Yew Through The Eyes Of Chinese Scholars

Lee Kuan Yew through the Eyes of Chinese Scholars is a compilation of essays by highly-respected Chinese scholars in which they evaluate the life, work and philosophy of Lee Kuan Yew, founding Prime Minister of Singapore. Presenting a range of views from a uniquely Chinese/Asian perspective, this book provides valuable insights for those who wish to gain a fuller and deeper understanding of Lee Kuan Yew - the man, as well as Singapore - his nation. Marking the momentous event of his death as well as the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence in 2015, this compilation reflects both the high regard in which Lee Kuan Yew is held across the Chinese-speaking world as well as the reservations of a few. Originally published in Chinese, this English translation makes the material accessible to a wider English-reading audience.

Lee Kuan Yew Through The Eyes Of Chinese Scholars

Lee Kuan Yew Through The Eyes Of Chinese Scholars

Lee Kuan Yew through the Eyes of Chinese Scholars is a compilation of essays by highly-respected Chinese scholars in which they evaluate the life, work and philosophy of Lee Kuan Yew, founding Prime Minister of Singapore. Presenting a range of views from a uniquely Chinese/Asian perspective, this book provides valuable insights for those who wish to gain a fuller and deeper understanding of Lee Kuan Yew - the man, as well as Singapore - his nation. Marking the momentous event of his death as well as the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence in 2015, this compilation reflects both the high regard in which Lee Kuan Yew is held across the Chinese-speaking world as well as the reservations of a few. Originally published in Chinese, this English translation makes the material accessible to a wider English-reading audience.

Twentieth Singapore Economic Roundtable, The (Nov 2013)

The Singapore Economic Roundtable is a flagship programme of IPS. A select group of senior private sector economists, academics, business leaders and policy makers are invited to the roundtable which is held twice a year. The meeting is conducted along Chatham House rules and is intended to generate a frank discussion of major macro-economic policy issues facing Singapore. Each SER assesses current monetary and fiscal policy in the light of changing economic circumstances and provides a forum for non-policy makers to air their recommendations. In addition, each SER also looks at a longer term structural issue facing Singapore in detail. The special focus session of the 20th SER was on Singapore's Integration with the Region - A Malaysian Perspective.

Singapore Chronicles: Theatre

Singapore Chronicles: Theatre

Theatre is the most active and vibrant of the performing arts in Singapore. This book surveys the beginnings, evolution and current state of theatre in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil against the backdrop of Singapore's rise as a nation and as a cultural polity. It examines issues of regulation, cultural linguistic imperatives, and the use of theatre as a mirror, asking the nation and its people to reflect on themselves and their contexts.

Singapore Chronicles: Language

Singapore Chronicles: Language

Understanding language use is particularly challenging in a cosmopolitan city-state such as Singapore, with its multi-ethnic society that recognises four official languages - English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. This book reviews and discusses the changing language use patterns within Singapore society from Independence till today. It looks particularly at how they have been influenced by and, in turn, shape the state's language policies executed through education, language campaigns, mass media and so on. It also illustrates how language management by the Government is challenged by the emergence of colloquial forms such as Singlish, which is embraced by some citizens as uniquely Singaporean.

Singapore Chronicles: Water

Singapore Chronicles: Water

Water is more than a basic human necessity in Singapore. Its supply was a strategic collaboration between two British colonies and, later, formed the core of the two independent nations' strategic relationship. This book traces the story of how Singapore was almost totally dependent on the Malay Peninsula to quench its daily thirst and how it has now become almost self-sufficient. Water is also a catalyst for a nation's economic development, and lies at the heart of a city's living environment. This book details the transformation of the water landscape made possible by judicious long-term planning alongside technology and policy innovation. It ends with a view of the nation's future opportunities, both economic and strategic, that have been created as a result of this transformation.

Singapore Chronicles: Environment

Singapore Chronicles: Environment

This book documents Singapore's journey towards greater environmental sustainability, biodiversity, and public cleanliness. Its draws on the experiences of two government institutions: the National Parks Board and the National Environment Agency. It assesses Singapore's record in achieving for its residents a higher quality of life, greater environmental sustainability, and an aesthetically pleasant place in which to live and to work.

Singapore Chronicles: Demography

Singapore Chronicles: Demography

Singapore's population is a veritable mix of nationalities, ethnic groups, languages and religious affiliations. Its unique trajectory of size and composition is mapped out by various phases of migration. There also has been a demographic transition from high birth and death rates in the post-World War II years to the very low birth and death rates today. This book traces trends and developments in Singapore's population from the pre-Independence period, when there was relatively little control over migration and fertility; through the period of population control from Independence to the 1980s; to the more expansionary years from the mid-1980s until recently.

Singapore Chronicles: Governance

Singapore Chronicles: Governance

Good governance is at the heart of Singapore's development, forged in the furnace of the early challenges that Singapore faced after Independence, and shaped by its leaders to reflect their long-term vision. This book chronicles key aspects of Singapore's governance - such as incorruptibility, pragmatism and meritocracy - and demonstrates how institutions, policies and strategies combined to play a critical role in Singapore's transformation from a Third to a First World nation. It offers references for readers to understand the origins of Singapore's public policy and principles of governance.

Singapore Chronicles: Transport

Singapore Chronicles: Transport

This book traces the development of Singapore's land transport system since its modern founding in 1819. Until Independence in 1965, the provision of roads, traffic devices, and private, public and non-motorised transport were permitted to develop without any masterplanning. It was not until a sound and workable transport strategy was formulated in the early 1970s and implemented rigorously, that there was a marked improvement in the provision of transport services. Besides the tested methods of building roads, and implementing better traffic management and improved bus and rail services, Singapore is a pioneer in road congestion pricing. The safe and efficient movement of people and goods will always remain a top priority.

Singapore Chronicles: Energy

Singapore Chronicles: Energy

Starting with a condensed history of the beginnings of Singapore's oil industry since 1870, this book describes how Singapore emerged by the early 1980s as the "East of Suez" hub for oil refining, petrochemicals manufacturing and trading, and an important supplier of offshore vessels, equipment and services for the oil and gas industries in Southeast Asia and beyond. By then, it had also consolidated its position as the oil price discovery centre for the Asia-Pacific time zone, attaining an importance to global oil markets comparable to New York and London. Critical policy issues facing government planners in energy security, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability are also discussed to inform the reader of the key issues related to the story of oil in Singapore.

Singapore Chronicles: Central Provident Fund

Singapore Chronicles: Central Provident Fund

Since its inception in 1953, the Central Provident Fund (CPF), the mandatory savings scheme, has evolved to meet Singaporeans' housing and investment aspirations as well as retirement needs while Singapore progressed from Third World to First. The story of the CPF reflects the economic history and social development of Singapore. CPF policies are aligned with national objectives - economic growth, macroeconomic stability, asset-building and savings for health and retirement. The CPF's intricate connection with housing financing has made Singapore's social protection system a unique social innovation in the world. With an ageing population, the CPF will continue to explore more ways to stay relevant to retirement and other needs. As the choice architect, the CPF Board needs to anticipate behavioural responses and manage the expectations of its members.

Singapore Chronicles: Food

Singapore Chronicles: Food

Singapore's reputation as a food paradise reflects its position at the intersection of four culinary cultures: Chinese, Malay, Indian and European. This book discusses these influences and traces the changes in cooking practices and eating habits that have produced a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city known for the variety of dining experiences it offers. These range from fish head curry and laksa to chilli crab, raw fish salad and mee goreng. Dishes such as these attest to a unique culinary heritage which lives on in both high-end restaurants and the hawker centres that dot the gastronomic map of Singapore.

Singapore Chronicles: Gateways

Singapore Chronicles: Gateways

Singapore has leveraged on its strategic location and open economy to become a global maritime and logistics centre. In particular, the port has grown from being just a terminal for ships to berth in, to hosting a maritime industry. On the aviation front, Singapore has moved from a mere airfield in Kallang to Changi Airport, among the best in the world and connected to more than 200 cities. There is also a vibrant aerospace industry. However, intense challenges lie ahead. This book examines how Singapore needs to raise the bar to remain a strategic gateway to the region and the rest of the world.

Singapore Chronicles: Emergency

Singapore Chronicles: Emergency

This book examines the origins of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) in the inter-War years and its subsequent development against the wider backdrop of the Cold War. The chameleon-like CPM, in its determined quest to set up a Communist Republic of Malaya and Singapore, mounted a violent rural insurgency in Malaya and later shifted to urban subversion of the bourgeoning anti-colonial left-wing movement in Singapore itself. It was a gambit that almost succeeded. Contemporary Singapore's emphasis on law and order cannot be understood without reference to its long twilight struggle with the CPM, a fateful conflict that ended only in 1989.

Singapore Chronicles: Civil Society

Singapore Chronicles: Civil Society

This book documents the development of civil society in Singapore from the colonial era to the present day. It examines the relevance of the concept to Singapore and examines the working arrangement that state and civil society have arrived at. It discusses the legal and other mechanisms that shape the functioning of civil society, and explores key trends that will influence governability and the tenor of democracy in Singapore.

Singapore: Smart City Smart State

Singapore: Smart City Smart State

Nearly everyone knows that Singapore has one of the most efficient governments and is among the most competitive advanced economies in the world. But can this unique city-state of some 5.5 million residents serve as a model for other advanced economies as well as for the emerging world? Respected East Asia expert Kent Calder provides clear answers to this intriguing question in his new, groundbreaking book. Calder describes Singapore as a laboratory for solutions to problems experienced by urban societies around the world. But there are caveats: the city-state comes in at only "partly free" in the Freedom House democracy rankings and, like many other developed nations, faces growing inequality. Singapore: Smart City, Smart State addresses these deficits while also offering concrete insights and a lucid appreciation of how many of Singapore's answers to near-universal problems can have a much broader relevance, even in very different societies.

Believe

Believe

A coming-of-age story, "Believe" follows the life of 14 year-old John. Discouraged by poor academic results and a dysfunctional family, he spends much of his time at LAN shops, gaming with his friends. An unfortunate tussle with a local gangster lands him in jail, whereupon his release, was appointed a probation officer, Teck An. John goes through many struggles, but ultimately triumphs over his circumstances with the help and support of his friends and mentors. Believe takes a candid view at the life and living of our youths in Singapore... their many challenges in school and home. A story about the transforming power of faith and confidence, Believe promises to touch and inspire.

Boardroom Matters Volume Iii: Towards Effective Boards

Boardroom Matters Volume Iii: Towards Effective Boards

The short and punchy articles by Singapore Institute of Directors Council and Committee members, and staff in this volume, range from age-old issues of directorship such as director independence and boardroom dynamics, to more contemporaneous topics such as digital disruption, black swans, and sustainability reporting.

Mum Is Where The Heart Is

Mum Is Where The Heart Is

In this uproarious memoir, You Jin employs her wry, inimitable style to look at the parental life as she grows with her children. Beginning with her first trip back to her in-laws' home in Ipoh, she takes us through nearly three decades to when the youngest of her three children leaves home to study overseas, unflinchingly facing the mistakes she makes along the way and the wisdom she- and they- discover in the process. Equally unafraid to acknowledge her own failings and her children's sometimes surprising insights, You Jin bares some of the deepest emotions found in any of her work, feelings that have grown out of some of the most personal observations and events.

We Love Serangoon Gardens - Urban Sketchers Singapore

We Love Serangoon Gardens - Urban Sketchers Singapore

Home to the beloved Chomp Chomp Food Centre and the iconic Serangoon Gardens Circus, Serangoon Gardens has been designated an "identity node" by the Urban Redevelopment Authority since 2013. Its distinctive charm is derived from its rich heritage that seeps into its thriving present. With the artists from Urban Sketchers Singapore, we journey through this quiet and laidback suburban estate, where nostalgia and modern convenience seamlessly blend, resulting in a unique atmosphere that is unlike anywhere in Singapore.

Enchanting Lion City, The: A Snapshots Of Singapore's Heritage

Enchanting Lion City, The: A Snapshots Of Singapore's Heritage

This illustrated book reflects the heritage of Singapore's multi-cultural diversity. It reflects its charm, lively streetscapes and unique character through the interesting mix of traditions and businesses that make up the city. Part 1 look at familiar streetscapes often associated with Singapore such as Raffles Hotel, bumboats along the Singapore River and the iconic bandstand at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Part 2 looks at the heritage tapestry such as sundry shops, wet markets, street vendors and other traditional business that are fast disappearing. Part 3 is on our cultural legacy such as Colonial buildings and ethnic enclaves. Part 4 showcases Singapore's origin as a food paradise with illustrations featuring dishes and establishments that still favour the old-style way of preparation; handmade with pride and love. Each illustration captures the essence of what makes it special and includes a short write up that explains the part it played in shaping Singapore and its people.

From Kerala To Singapore: Voices From The Singapore Malayalee Community

From Kerala To Singapore: Voices From The Singapore Malayalee Community

This book traces the lives of Malayalees in Singapore through their memories and experiences of moving from Kerala to Singapore and how their families subsequently built their lives here, slowly sinking their roots and becoming Singapore Malayalees. It is the result of rigorous research into the relatively little-known Singapore Malayalees, and provides a comprehensive insight into a rich and fascinating community that has made a rich contribution to the country. This book gathers together an academic account of migration, more than 100 personal narratives - which are complemented by specially commissioned photo portraits and personal family memorabilia - and dozens of meticulously researched family trees.

Singapore: Then And Now

Singapore: Then And Now

Singapore: Then and Now brings together rare archival images of this global city-state and matches them with specially commissioned photos of the same sites as they appear today. Vaughan Grylls has rounded up all of the key sites that make up this fascinating and diverse place, from gleaming new skyscrapers and shopping malls to magnificent temples and ancient rainforests. The breathtaking contrast between past and present make this a fascinating addition to the long-running Then and Now series. Sites include: Elgin Bridge, Empress Place Building, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Fullerton Hotel, Johnston's Pier, Singapore Cricket Club, the Supreme Court, Capitol Theatre, Raffles Hotel, Masjid Sultan Mosque, Ellison Building, Coleman Bridge, Fort Canning, National Museum, YMCA Building, Cathay Building, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Tanjong Pagar Dock, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Johor-Singapore Causeway, Ford Factory, and Changi Village.


Thailand
Bamboo Road

Bamboo Road

Thailand 1942: Sirinya and her family are members of the Thai underground, who risk their lives to resist the World War Two Japanese occupation and to and help British prisoners of war building the Thai-Burma railway. The events of those years have repercussions for decades to come. The book tells Sirinya's wartime story and how in the 1970s she returns to Kanchanaburi after a long absence abroad, to settle old scores from the war years. Bamboo Road is volume three in a Southeast Asian WWII trilogy that includes Bamboo Heart and Bamboo Island (the books may be read in any order).

Mammals Of South-East Asia

Mammals Of South-East Asia

This compact, easy-to-use identification guide describes 192 species of mammals found in South-east Asia, covering each major genus. The book features thumbnail silhouettes, a regional distribution map, and up-to-date tips on the best wildlife localities. Illustrated with clear color photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of animals from each region that the traveler is most likely to see, as well as those that are truly endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow the books to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal backpack and suitcase space.

Call To Action, A: Thailand And The Sustainable Development Goals

Call To Action, A: Thailand And The Sustainable Development Goals

This timely and highly relevant volume takes an in depth look at how Thailand is positioned to achieve the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development launched by the United Nations in 2016. The book is divided into 17 chapters - one for each of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - that examine Thailand's strategies, progress and areas for improvement on issues such as climate change, public health, poverty reduction, sustainable industry, clean energy production and ecosystem management. Highlighting both success stories and cautionary tales, the editors seek to draw readers a comprehensive picture of Thailand's progress on achieving the SDG targets.

Heritage And Identity In Contemporary Thailand: Memory, Place And Power

Heritage And Identity In Contemporary Thailand: Memory, Place And Power

Using Thailand as a case study, Ross King examines the role of place in the formation of identity through memory. Employing the idea of French historian Pierre Nora that because we no longer live in environments of memory-places where the past is still vividly alive-we compensate by attaching ourselves to sites of memory, King explores whether Thailand offers an alternative vision, a place where modernity and heritage coexist. He looks closely at the myths of ancient Thai cities, the remaining royal palaces, historical monuments, small towns and villages, and the proliferating slums of Bangkok in order to create a unique and nuanced perspective of contemporary Thailand and its many ideas of Thai identity.

30 Useful Herbs & Spices Of Thailand: A Guide To Their Characteristics And Uses In Cooking And Healing

30 Useful Herbs & Spices Of Thailand: A Guide To Their Characteristics And Uses In Cooking And Healing

Thai cuisine is famed for the complexity and delicacy of its flavours, largely the result of the herbs and spices used. Surprisingly, only thirty or so are needed. It is the ingenious combination of these ingredients that makes Thai food so distinctive. At the same time that these herbs and spices add flavor and fragrance, they bring natural curative properties that have been recognized for their efficacy in traditional practice through the ages. Each herb or spice in this book is described in terms of its botanical characteristics, its culinary and medicinal uses (and other notable applications), and how it should be handled and stored to best preserve its qualities. In addition, a selection of classic recipes shows how the various ingredients are brought together harmoniously in authentic Thai fare.

Principles Of Thai Business Law

Principles Of Thai Business Law

Principles of Thai Business Law is aimed at students, researchers, and practitioners who wish to familiarize themselves with the legal environment for their academic or professional activities. It offers both a comprehensive overview and selected details of contemporary business law in Thailand in a clear and straightforward manner. The book is built up in several layers, starting from the general rule to the gradually more specific ones. Chapters encompass not only the legal system, starting from the Civil and Commercial Code and emphasizing the substantial changes that have been introduced in the past decades, but also the deep influence of doctrine and case law. The areas of business law covered include legal persons, things, property and real rights, intellectual property, contract, tort, businesses and companies, and employment law-a knowledge of which is essential in doing business in Thailand.

Meeting Of Masks, A: Status, Power And Hierarchy In Bangkok

Meeting Of Masks, A: Status, Power And Hierarchy In Bangkok

A fresh understanding of the ongoing Thai political conflict is offered by this highly accessible ethnographic study, which explores the connections between status, space, and social life in Bangkok. The author argues that the notion of the 'urban-rural divide' popularly used to describe the conflict obscures a more complex reality in which city and countryside are linked by reciprocal relations within both urban and national systems of status and class. This is clearly discernible in the nature of everyday interclass relations in Bangkok, which have been exacerbated by diminishment and marginalization of upcountry Thais by the urban middle classes. It is an incendiary dynamic that has been exploited to tremendous effect in the current political power struggle. The author further explores how middle-class culture and identity are drawn in large part from their understandings of status practices of elites. Structural constraints and the societal privileging of wealth and connections are constant challenges to middle-class aspirations for upward mobility. This disenchantment has been channelled into a churning politics of resentment with demonstrably explosive potential. Ultimately, however, the author argues that this discontent will contribute little to reform while the majority of individuals feel their only avenue for social mobility is to negotiate a pre-existing system that many perceive as unjust.

Charismatic Monks Of Lanna Buddhism

Charismatic Monks Of Lanna Buddhism

Lanna Buddhism is a variant of Theravada Buddhism that evolved between the 13th and 16th centuries in northern Thailand and spread to neighbouring areas of the Upper Mekong region. A salient feature is the belief in charismatic monks, some of whom are renowned for their asceticism, supernatural powers and strivings to recreate a utopian 'Buddha-land'. Issues highlighted in the book are the relationship of these charismatic monks to the state and state-controlled monkhood (sangha), the tendency for religious construction to spill over into economic development activities, and the diversity of lowland and highland devotional communities from Thailand and Myanmar. The book also explores contemporary influences on this religious tradition: the continuing marginalization of highland minorities and consequent devotion to messianic leaders, the incorporation for Lanna holy men into a national constellation of popular charismatic monks, the commercialization of Buddhism, and the patronage of wealthy urban elites. Charismatic Monks of Lanna Buddhism will appeal to scholars within the fields of Buddhist studies, Thai studies and the anthropology of religion as well as to those with an interest in the study of contemporary religious change in Thailand.


Taiwan
Re-Writing Culture In Taiwan

Re-Writing Culture In Taiwan

This inter-disciplinary volume of essays opens new points of departure for thinking about how Taiwan has been studied and represented in the past, for reflecting on the current state of 'Taiwan Studies', and for thinking about how Taiwan might be re-configured in the future. As the study of Taiwan shifts from being a provincial back-water of sinology to an area in its own (albeit not sovereign) right, a combination of established and up and coming scholars working in the field of East Asian studies offer a re-reading and re-writing of culture in Taiwan. They show that sustained critical analysis of contemporary Taiwan using issues such as trauma, memory, history, tradition, modernity, post-modernity provides a useful point of departure for thinking through similar problematics and issues elsewhere in the world. With chapters on nationalism, anthropology, cultural studies, media studies, religion and museum studies, the breadth of ground covered is truly comprehensive.


Vietnam
Living Next To The Giant: The Political Economy Of Vietnam's Relations With China Under Doi Moi

Living Next To The Giant: The Political Economy Of Vietnam's Relations With China Under Doi Moi

This book examines how the interaction between political and economic factors under Doi Moi has shaped Vietnam's China policy and bilateral relations since the late 1980s. As the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of Vietnam's relations with China over the past thirty years, the book is a useful reference source for academics, policymakers, students, and anyone interested in contemporary Vietnam foreign policy in general and Vietnam-China relations in particular.

British And The Vietnam War, The: Their Way With L B J

British And The Vietnam War, The: Their Way With L B J

During the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, the British government sought to avoid escalation of the war in Vietnam and to help bring about peace, but the British were only able to exert little, if any, influence on the United States. In this in-depth analysis of Britain's involvement in the Vietnam War, Nicholas Tarling draws on many overlooked papers in the British archives in order to describe the making of Britain's policy toward the war and its careful negotiations of its connection to America. The result is a revealing account of the Anglo-American relationship that shows that the illusion of Britain's ability to influence the United States in the conduct of war has had a long history.