Southeast Asia/Asean

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Ambitious Alignments: New Histories In Southeast Asian Art, 1945-1990Ambitious Alignments: New Histories In Southeast Asian Art, 1945-1990 by Whiteman, Stephen H.; S. Abdullah Et Al.

Ten essays by emerging scholars draw upon unexplored archives and works of art, bearing witness to rich local histories and uncovering complex artistic exchanges across Southeast Asia and beyond. This volume sheds new light on the significance of architecture, painting, installation, photography and sculpture in the historical narratives of this period and offers fresh insights into artistic production and reception within the cultural and political contexts of postcolonialism and the Cold War, the legacies of which continue to shape the region today.

Iseas At 50: Understanding Southeast Asia Past And PresentIseas At 50: Understanding Southeast Asia Past And Present by Lee Hsien Loong, Wang Gungwu & Leonard Y. Andaya

This book presents three public lectures given to commemorate the Institute's Golden Anniversary. Professor Leonard Y. Andaya delivered the first lecture entitled "Developments in the Scholarship of Southeast Asia" on 21 February 2018. The second public lecture was delivered by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 13 March 2018. Professor Wang Gungwu delivered the final public lecture entitled "Before Southeast Asia: Passages and Terrains" on 3 October 2018. Collectively, these three public lectures exhort ISEAS to continuously reflect on its research agenda, the region, as well as the contemporary landscape and challenges it has to operate in.

Naturalist's Guide To The Trees Of Southeast AsiaNaturalist's Guide To The Trees Of Southeast Asia by Saw Leng Guan

A photographic identification guide to 286 native and introduced species of tree, shrub and palm most commonly seen in Southeast Asia. High quality images from the region's top nature photographers including bark, flower and fruit details are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, identifying features, distribution and ecology, as well as uses, where relevant.

Turning Points And Transitions: Selections From Southeast Asian Affairs 1974-2018Turning Points And Transitions: Selections From Southeast Asian Affairs 1974-2018 by Singh, Daljit; Malcolm Cook (Eds.)

"At a time when Southeast Asia is under-going rapid changes, this compilation of essays is a must-read for all those who seek to understand ASEAN and its member states. Southeast Asia is more than ASEAN and as an inter-state organization that works by consensus, ASEAN can do no more than what its members allow it to do." - Bilahari Kausikan.

To The Kwai And Back: War Drawings 1939-1945To The Kwai And Back: War Drawings 1939-1945 by Searle, Ronald

In 1939, as an art student, Ronald Searle volunteered for the army, embarking for Singapore in 1941. Within a month of his arrival he became a prisoner of the Japanese, and after 14 months in a POW camp, was sent north to a work camp on the Burma Railway. In May 1944, he was sent to the notorious Changi Gaol in Singapore, becaming one of the few British soldiers to survive imprisonment there. Throughout his captivity he made drawings to record his experiences, which he smuggled from place to place, stained with the sweat and dirt of his captivity. A record of one man's war, they are among the most important and moving accounts of World War II.

Southeast Asia's Best Recipes From Bangkok To BaliSoutheast Asia's Best Recipes From Bangkok To Bali by Hutton, Wendy; Masano Kawana

Cook delicious and healthy dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and all across the region with this easy-to-follow Southeast Asian cookbook.

Two Houses: Politics And Histories In The Contemporary Art Collections Of John Chia And Yeap Lam YangTwo Houses: Politics And Histories In The Contemporary Art Collections Of John Chia And Yeap Lam Yang by

Published to accompany the group exhibition Two houses: Politics and histories in the contemporary art collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang, including Aida Makoto, Alfredo Aquilizan and Isabel Aquilizan, Elmer Borlongan, Chang Fee Ming, Dadang Christanto, Tiffany Chung, John Clang, eX de Medici, Heri Dono, Le Quang Ha, FX Harsono, Jeremy Hiah, Ho Rui An, Michael Lee, Lee Wen, Li Shurui, Phuan Thai Meng, Sopheap Pich, Qiu Zhijie, Alwin Reamillo, Chanelle Rose, José Santos III, Hiraki Sawa, Semsar Siahaan, Shi Hu, Shooshie Sulaiman, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Sun Xun, Tang Dixin, Inga Svala Thorsdottir and Wu Shanzhuan, Natee Utarit, Vandy Rattana, Wong Hoy Cheong, Zai Kuning and Robert Zhao Renhui, at the ICA Singapore.

Civil-Military Relations In Southeast AsiaCivil-Military Relations In Southeast Asia by Croissant, Aurel

Civil-Military Relations in Southeast Asia reviews the historical origins, contemporary patterns, and emerging changes in civil-military relations in Southeast Asia from colonial times until today. It analyzes what types of military organizations emerged in the late colonial period and the impact of colonial legacies and the Japanese occupation in World War II on the formation of national armies and their role in processes of achieving independence. It analyzes the long term trajectories and recent changes of professional, revolutionary, praetorian and neo-patrimonial civil-military relations in the region. Finally, it analyzes military roles in state- and nation-building; political domination; revolutions and regime transitions; and military entrepreneurship.

Southeast Asia's Modern Architecture: Questions Of Translation, Epistemology And PowerSoutheast Asia's Modern Architecture: Questions Of Translation, Epistemology And Power by Chang Jiat-Hwee & Imran Bin Tajudeen (Eds.)

What is the modern in Southeast Asia's architecture and how do we approach its study critically? This pathbreaking multidisciplinary volume is the first critical survey of Southeast Asia's modern architecture. It looks at the challenges of studying this complex history through the conceptual frameworks of translation, epistemology, and power. Challenging Eurocentric ideas and architectural nomenclature, the authors examine the development of modern architecture in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with a focus on selective translation and strategic appropriation of imported ideas and practices by local architects and builders.

Dalley And The Malayan Security Service, 1945-48: Mi5 Vs MssDalley And The Malayan Security Service, 1945-48: Mi5 Vs Mss by Comber, Leon

This book fills an important gap in the history and intelligence canvas of Singapore and Malaya immediately after the surrender of the Japanese in August 1945. It deals with the establishment of the domestic intelligence service known as the Malayan Security Service (MSS), which was pan-Malayan covering both Singapore and Malaya, and the colourful and controversial career of Lieutenant Colonel John Dalley, the Commander of Dalforce in the WWII battle for Singapore and the post-war Director of MSS. It also documents the little-known rivalry between MI5 in London and MSS in Singapore, which led to the demise of the MSS and Dalley's retirement.

State, Ulama And Islam In Malaysia And Indonesia, TheState, Ulama And Islam In Malaysia And Indonesia, The by Norshahril Saat

In response to the Islamic resurgence of the 1970s and beyond, the Suharto and Mahathir governments undertook massive Islamisation programmes in Indonesia and Malaysia respectively. This included co-opting influential religious scholars into state-sponsored institutions. The 'official' ulamas - the religious scholars who participated in these institutions - were expected to support the states' ideologies in exchange for reward and recognition. The State, Ulama and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia examines the extent to which official ulamas in contemporary Indonesia and Malaysia capitalised on their co-optation to 'capture' the states. By capture, a concept popularized in political economy, the author refers to societal actors' ability to influence laws, policies, and the distribution of resources in their favour. The book examines how policies undertaken by Suharto and Mahathir determine capture successes and failures of official ulama in their respective countries.

Hamka And Islam: Cosmopolitan Reform In The Malay WorldHamka And Islam: Cosmopolitan Reform In The Malay World by Khairudin Aljunied

Since the early twentieth century, Muslim reformers have been campaigning for a total transformation of the ways in which Islam is imagined. Islam in the Malay World has a long list of innovative Muslim reformers. The author Haji Abdullah Malik Abdul Karim Amrullah, commonly known as "Hamka," is one of the most influential. In Hamka and Islam, Khairudin Aljunied employs the term "cosmopolitan reform" to describe Hamka's attempt to harmonize the many streams of Islamic and Western thought while posing solutions to the various challenges facing Muslims in the Malay world. Among the major themes explored by Aljunied are reason and revelation, moderation and extremism, social justice, the state of women in society, and Sufism in the modern age, as well as the importance of history in reforming the minds of modern Muslims. Aljunied argues that Hamka demonstrated intellectual openness and inclusiveness towards a whole range of thoughts and philosophies to develop his own imaginary and vocabulary of reform, attesting to Hamka's unique ability to function as a conduit for competing Islamic and secular groups.

Special Relationship In The Malay World: Indonesia And MalaysiaSpecial Relationship In The Malay World: Indonesia And Malaysia by Ho Ying Chan

Ho Ying Chan provides an expert analysis of Malaysia-Indonesia relations. He demystifies the concept of a "special relationship," rescuing it from woolly, sentimental rhetoric that often emanates from political figures and popular commentators. His well-informed study shows how a state's will to survive in the amoral world of international relations drives its conduct even in circumstances of common identities and common strategic interests with other states. He evaluates comparative evidence to shed light on how a special relationship leads to the emergence of a pluralistic security community.

Ensuring A Square Meal: Women And Food Security In Southeast AsiaEnsuring A Square Meal: Women And Food Security In Southeast Asia by Devasahayam, Theresa W. (Ed.)

Research on women and food security in Southeast Asia has been limited. The collection of chapters in Ensuring a Square Meal: Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia is one of the first attempts at providing a lens into the linkages between women and food security at the household, community, national and transnational levels. More broadly, the chapters examine women's contribution to the food security of households, resource distribution to produce food, and the purchasing power to buy food. In analysing the various facets to food security in relation to gender, the analyses focus on women and food security within the meanings of "private" and "public", and the extent to which the effects of the two spheres spill over into each other. Given women's critical role in food and agricultural production and provision, Ensuring a Square Meal: Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia assesses the structural forces that enable women to access productive resources and, in turn, ensure sustainable strategies for food security at the household level.

Does Asean Matter? A View From WithinDoes Asean Matter? A View From Within by Natalegawa, Marty

Written by the highly regarded diplomat Marty Natalegawa, former ambassador and foreign minister of Indonesia, this book offers a unique insider-perspective on the present and future relevance of ASEAN. It is about ASEAN's quest for security and prosperity in a region marked by complex dynamics of power. Namely, the interplay of relations and interests among countries - large and small - which provide the settings within which ASEAN must deliver on its much-cited leadership and centrality in the region. The book seeks to answer the following questions: How can ASEAN build upon its past contributions to the peace, security and prosperity of Southeast Asia, to the wider East Asia, the Asia-Pacific and the Indo-Pacific regions? More fundamentally and a sine qua non, how can ASEAN continue to ensure that peace, security and prosperity prevail in Southeast Asia? And, equally central, how can ASEAN become more relevant to the peoples of ASEAN, such that its contributions can be genuinely felt in making better the lives of its citizens?

Ancient Southeast Asia (Routledge World Archaeology)Ancient Southeast Asia (Routledge World Archaeology) by Miksic, John Norman; Goh Geok Yan

Ancient Southeast Asia provides readers with a much needed synthesis of the latest discoveries and research in the archaeology of the region, presenting the evolution of complex societies in Southeast Asia from the protohistoric period, beginning around 500BC, to the arrival of British and Dutch colonists in 1600. Well-illustrated throughout, this comprehensive account explores the factors which established Southeast Asia as an area of unique cultural fusion. Miksic and Goh explore how the local population exploited the abundant resources available, developing maritime transport routes which resulted in economic and cultural wealth, including some of the most elaborate art styles and monumental complexes ever constructed. The book's broad geographical and temporal coverage, including a chapter on the natural environment, provides readers with the context needed to understand this staggeringly diverse region. It utilizes French, Dutch, Chinese, Malay-Indonesian and Burmese sources and synthesizes interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives and data from archaeology, history and art history.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #18: U.S. Relations With Southeast Asia In 2018: More Continuity Than ChangeTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #18: U.S. Relations With Southeast Asia In 2018: More Continuity Than Change by Shambaugh, David

The US maintains a comprehensive and robust presence throughout Southeast Asia that has grown dramatically since the 1980s. It includes the commercial, security, education and diplomatic, and other domains. However, this presence is not very well appreciated or reported by regional media, whereas China's presence and influence is pervasive. Most Southeast Asian governments are often reluctant to recognize or publicize the US presence or contributions to regional security, stability, and growth. As US-China competition escalates, Southeast Asia will become an epicentre of this competition. Southeast Asian states and ASEAN must elevate their own emphasis and engagement with the US. The US brings many more strengths and benefits than does China and is a far more comprehensive actor in the region. In particular, it would be helpful if ASEAN and its member states would more publicly recognize the contributions and importance of the US.

China's Footprints In Southeast AsiaChina's Footprints In Southeast Asia by Diokno, Maria Serena I.; M. Hsiao Et Al (Eds.)

This is the first book to survey China's growing role in Southeast Asia along multiple dimensions. It looks closely and skeptically at the multitude of ways that China has built connections in the region, including through trade, foreign aid, and cultural diplomacy. It incorporates examples such as the operation of Confucius Institutes in Indonesia or the promotion of the concept of guangxi. This book raises the question of whether the Chinese efforts are helpful or disruptive and explores who it is that really stands to benefit from these relationships.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #13: The Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #13: The "Free And Open Indo-Pacific" And Implications For Asean by Lee, John

In recent times, the US, Japan and Australia have all promoted extremely similar visions of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific as the central organizing concept to guide their efforts in the region. The concept is essentially a reaffirmation of the security and economic rules-based order which was cobbled together after the Second World War - especially as it relates to freedom of the regional and global commons such as sea, air and cyberspace, and the way nations conduct economic relations. ASEAN and its member states continue to delay any definitive response to the Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept. Although its principles are attractive to many ASEAN member states, long-held conceptions of ASEAN centrality and its meaning gives the organization apparent reason for hesitation. The reality is that while ASEAN and major member states are focused primarily on the risks of action, there are considerable risks of inaction and hesitation. The current era will either enhance or lessen the relevance of ASEAN in the eyes of these three countries in the years ahead depending on how the organisation and its key member states respond.

CircumstanceCircumstance by Milne, Rosie

It is 1924, and the British rule Malaya. Guy is a colonial administrator in charge of Kluanak, a remote district deep in the jungle. Nony is Guy's concubine. She is Malay, and together they have three mixed-race children. Guy is granted Home leave and uses this opportunity to find himself a proper English wife, assuming that on his return he'll be given a new posting far from Kluanak. Circumstance was inspired by The Force of Circumstance, a short story by W. Somerset Maugham and is the first in a trilogy of Maugham-inspired colonial tales set in 1920s Malaya.