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Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics And InstitutionsFraming Asian Studies: Geopolitics And Institutions by Tzeng, Albert; William L. Richter Et Al (Eds.)

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

Chinese Traditions & PracticesChinese Traditions & Practices by Yap, Joey

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

Asia Betrayed: How Churchill Sacrificed The Far East To Save EnglandAsia Betrayed: How Churchill Sacrificed The Far East To Save England by Smithback, John Bell

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

Breast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across AsiaBreast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across Asia by Chou, Cynthia; Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen (Eds.)

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

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And ReinventionBuddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention by Nayanjot Lahiri & Upinder Singh (Eds)

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

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

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

Value Investing In Asia: The Definitive Guide To Investing In AsiaValue Investing In Asia: The Definitive Guide To Investing In Asia by Lim Peir Shenq, Stanley; Mun Hong Cheong

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

Flower Power: The Meaning Of Flowers In Asian ArtFlower Power: The Meaning Of Flowers In Asian Art by Chan, Dany

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

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

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

Is This The Asian Century?Is This The Asian Century? by Lee Jong-Wha

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

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk RoadEastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road by Wood, Levison

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

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

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

Eurasian Heritage Dictionary, The: Kristang-English/English-Kristang (2Nd Edition)Eurasian Heritage Dictionary, The: Kristang-English/English-Kristang (2Nd Edition) by Scully, Valerie; Catherine Zuzarte

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

Capital Mobility In Asia: Causes And ConsequencesCapital Mobility In Asia: Causes And Consequences by Jongwanich, Juthathip

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

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

Islam And Peacebuilding In The Asia PacificIslam And Peacebuilding In The Asia Pacific by Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman (Ed.)

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

Coalitions Of Well-Being: How Electoral Rules And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy In Developing CountriesCoalitions Of Well-Being: How Electoral Rules And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy In Developing Countries by Selway, Joel Sawat

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

Democracy, Inequality And Corruption: Korea, Taiwan And The Philippines ComparedDemocracy, Inequality And Corruption: Korea, Taiwan And The Philippines Compared by You Jong-Sung

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

Asian Seafood: Steamed & Boiled, Grilled & Baked, Fried, Stir-FriedAsian Seafood: Steamed & Boiled, Grilled & Baked, Fried, Stir-Fried by Lee Geok Boi

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

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #05: The Natunas: Territorial Integrity In The Forefront Of Of Indonesia-China RelationsTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #05: The Natunas: Territorial Integrity In The Forefront Of Of Indonesia-China Relations by Suryadinata, Leo; Mustafa Izzuddin

In May 2017 the Indonesian military conducted a large-scale exercise in the Natuna Islands. This was in the wake of three incidents in 2016 that involved Chinese fishing boats. Jakarta accused the vessels of stealing fish within the Indonesian EEZ but Beijing considered these boats to be carrying out regular activities in Chinese traditional fishing grounds. While the Natunas is likely to remain a perennial issue between Indonesia and China in the short to medium term, it is unlikely to derail the bilateral relationship as economics is likely to continue trumping politics in Sino-Indonesian relations, at least under Indonesian President Jokowi's administration. It is also unlikely to bring about an outright naval confrontation between Indonesia and China.