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Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #14: China's Evolving Policy Towards The Chinese Diaspora In Southeast Asia (1949-2018)Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #14: China's Evolving Policy Towards The Chinese Diaspora In Southeast Asia (1949-2018) by Wu Xiao An

The Chinese diaspora, consisting of both Chinese living overseas who are citizens of China (huaqiao), and people of Chinese descent who are citizens of foreign countries (huaren), have significantly shaped the making of modern China. China's policy towards its diaspora is primarily governed by its national interests and foreign policy imperatives. However, the Chinese government has been careful to ensure that the huaqiao and the huaren fall into different policy domains: Chinese citizens living overseas are subject to China's domestic policies, while Chinese descendants who are citizens of other countries come under China's foreign affairs. Nevertheless, from the beginning, the latter continue to be regarded as kinsfolk distinct from other foreign nationals. The huaqiao-huaren distinction is often blurred in ordinary discourse and this has been a source of much misunderstanding. However, it has not been the policy of the Chinese government to blur this distinction, and it is acutely aware of the complexity of the issue and is therefore very cautious about implying any change. There is therefore a fundamental continuity in China's diaspora policy: namely, that China embraces both groups as part of a global Chinese community.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #13: Quality, Equity, Autonomy: Malaysia's Education Reforms ExaminedTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #13: Quality, Equity, Autonomy: Malaysia's Education Reforms Examined by Lee Hwok Aun

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government promised education reforms before getting elected in 2018, and presently grapples with the complexities of making good on those pledges while seeking to negotiate continuity and change with regard to the previous administration's Malaysian Education Blueprint launched in 2013. This article situates the education reforms in the context of Malaysia's highly centralized administration, embedded practices and policy initiatives of recent years. Discussion focuses on three areas - quality, equity, autonomy - where PH has more distinctly differentiated itself from its predecessor.

Professor, TheProfessor, The by Faisal Tehrani; Brigitte Bresson (Trans.)

Suliza is a feminist professor who discovers her sexuality while at an Islamic religious school. After her first relationship ends in tragedy, Suliza moves to the United States to continue her studies; there, she starts researching and advocating for human rights, a journey which takes her from Cornell to Geneva and Stockholm. Upon her return to Malaysia, she and her lawyer friend Maria are frequently the targets of conservative groups for their activism and sexuality but when Suliza meets Hashimah, a cleaner at her university whose abusive husband is a wanted terrorist, the dangers become even greater. When Hashimah's husband is arrested an Islamist mob descends on Suliza's house, leading to her tragic death. Crossing borders and cultures, Faisal Tehrani's The Professor is a love story but also a mediation on the meaning of justice, sexuality and religion in a society increasingly dominated by extremism.

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

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

Incantations/ IncarcerationsIncantations/ Incarcerations by Chauly, Bernice

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

Shanks, Yanks And Jurgen: The Men Behind Liverpool's Rise, Slip And Rise AgainShanks, Yanks And Jurgen: The Men Behind Liverpool's Rise, Slip And Rise Again by Homes, Bob

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

Identity, Nationhood And State-Building In MalaysiaIdentity, Nationhood And State-Building In Malaysia by K.J. Ratnam

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

Halal Cooking At HomeHalal Cooking At Home by Ismail Ahmad

Malay dishes are a feast for the senses: they are colourful, rich and spicy -- a result of using an abundance of ingredients, spices and herbs. This delightful collection of 72 authentic recipes from Malaysia's kampungs, including ulam vegetable rice, chicken kuzi, Rembau beef rendang and fried sepang cake, will take you on a culinary journey and introduce you to well-loved dishes that have been enjoyed for generations.

Penang Then & Now: A Century Of Change In PicturesPenang Then & Now: A Century Of Change In Pictures by Langdon, Marcus; Keith Hockton

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

Armenians Of Penang, TheArmenians Of Penang, The by Wright, Nadia H.

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

Calm In Chaos: A Personal Perspective To Managing ConflictCalm In Chaos: A Personal Perspective To Managing Conflict by Phng Li Kim

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

Pensioner, ThePensioner, The by Said, Adam

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

Origins Of Malayan Communism, TheOrigins Of Malayan Communism, The by C.F. Yong

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

M Kula: From Estate To CabinetM Kula: From Estate To Cabinet by M Kula Segaran

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

Resilience Of Tradition, The: Malay Allusions In Contemporary ArchitectureResilience Of Tradition, The: Malay Allusions In Contemporary Architecture by Shireen Jahn Kassim, Norwina Mohd Nawai Et Al

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

Nature Trails Of Seberang Perai: Nature, Ecology And EnvironmentNature Trails Of Seberang Perai: Nature, Ecology And Environment by Chacko, Rexy Prakash

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

My Rendang Isn't Crispy And Other Favourite Malaysian DishesMy Rendang Isn't Crispy And Other Favourite Malaysian Dishes by Olpin, Zaleha Kadir

Take a culinary voyage through the vibrant flavours of Malaysia with MasterChef UK contestant, Zaleha Kadir Olpin, as she shares her favourite family recipes in this cookbook. Mostly handed down from her mother and grandmother, Zaleha's recipes maintain traditional methods of cooking, but are suitable for use in the modern kitchen so you can experience Malaysian cuisine in all its authenticity. She also shares lessons she learnt growing up in a culinary family, with insights into the importance of food in Malaysian culture. Written from the heart, this book will appeal to anyone looking to expand their flavour repertoire or just wanting to dip their toes into the delightful world of Malaysian cooking.

Moving Forward: Malays For The 21St CenturyMoving Forward: Malays For The 21St Century by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

The post-2018 order is an exciting time of possibilities for Malaysia. For the country's Malay community to face new challenges of the 21st century and thrive, it has to look forward and forge ahead in a progressive manner. In this updated edition of Moving Forward, Nik Nazmi pushes for a paradigm that is comfortable with diversity and democracy. With the world changing and new problems to confront, Malaysia is brought to a crossroads. The choice is clear: a limbo of mediocrity with eventual decline looming, or to move forward educationally, economically, politically and socially.

Prince Of Mount Tahan, ThePrince Of Mount Tahan, The by Ishak Haji Muhammad

Ishak Haji Muhammad (1909-1991) was one of Malaysia's pioneer nationalists. He was a fearless critic of colonialism and became one of the leaders of the now defunct Malay Nationalist Party. For his pains he was imprisoned by the British both before and after the Second World War. As part of and beyond politics, Ishak was a prolific writer of articles, novels and poems. His best-known work The Prince of Mount Tahan (Putera Gunung Tahan), published in 1937, was his first novel and also a pioneering work in the Malay genre of satire.