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Soo Pieng: Drawings - A Centenary ReflectionSoo Pieng: Drawings - A Centenary Reflection by Koh Seow Chuan; Seah Tzi-Yan

Cheong Soo Pieng (1917-1983) made more than 2,000 drawings in the course of his life's work, from which he produced a large body of major artworks in many expressions. He is now hailed as an important artist of the post-war Chinese diaspora. This book closely examines Soo Pieng's lifetime of drawings from 1943 to 1983, tracing it in tandem with developments of the artist's major works. This is the first detailed study on the drawings of Soo Pieng. It explores the basis for the thousands of drawings he made, many previously unseen in public, and how these are intrinsic to an understanding of his life's work. Both essay and image sections provide fresh insights into the way the artist chose his subjects, drew and re-drew, composing copiously, providing a deeper and more sensitive understanding of his art. Includes 250 artwork images.

First Wave, The: JBJ, Chiam & The Opposition In SingaporeFirst Wave, The: JBJ, Chiam & The Opposition In Singapore by Loke, Hoe Yeong

Based on extensive interviews and archival material, The First Wave tells the story of the opposition in Singapore in its critical first thirty years in Parliament. Democratisation has been described to occur in waves. The first wave of a democratic awakening in post-independence Singapore began with J. B. Jeyaretnam's victory in the Anson by-election of 1981. That built up to the 1984 general election, the first of many to be called a "watershed", in which Chiam See Tong was also elected in Potong Pasir. After their successes in 1991, the opposition began dreaming of forming the government. But their euphoria was short-lived. Serious fault lines in the leading Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) rose to the surface almost immediately after the opposition victories of 1991, and the party was wiped out of Parliament by 1997. The opposition spent the next decade experimenting with coalition arrangements, to work their way back to victory.

This Could Be Home: Raffles Hotel And The City Of TomorrowThis Could Be Home: Raffles Hotel And The City Of Tomorrow by Iyer, Pico

No hotel is as inseparably linked to its city than Raffles Hotel, writes Pico Iyer, arguably the world's greatest travel writer alive. Drawing upon numerous stays in Raffles over 35 years and the fast-ascending city all around it, Iyer - a lifelong global soul - reflects on the "Grand Old Lady's" literary legacy and its mark on writers everywhere. In the process, he finds new ways of considering not just yesterday, but tomorrow. How have Singapore and its white-stucco monument evolved to meet the needs of a shifting world? In this compact volume, Iyer pulls back the curtains on a personal, thoughtful and surprising look at places we too often take for granted.

Armenians Of Singapore, The: A Short HistoryArmenians Of Singapore, The: A Short History by Wright, Nadia H.

Although the community never seemed to have numbered more than one hundred at any time, the Armenian community in Singapore appear to have made a far greater impact than any other community, proportionate to their size, than any other community on the island. Their significant legacies include the founding of Singapore's best known hotel and widest read newspaper and the creation of the orchid hybrid, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, Singapore's national flower. In this book the author brings to life this busy community during their almost 200 year presence in Singapore. 128 pages with more than 150 black and white and colour photographs and maps. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

Furrie And Shortie Number 02: A Time For EverythingFurrie And Shortie Number 02: A Time For Everything by Ampulets; Yvonne Tham; James Teo

In this second volume, Furrie and Shortie encounter the trials and joys of adulthood even as they revisit their childhood dreams, and encounter that lesson we are may come to: that there is a time for everything. All this while, Furrie and Shortie live, love and laugh in their usual silly ways.

Men For Christ: Living Out Our Faith Volume IiMen For Christ: Living Out Our Faith Volume Ii by Ho Peng Kee; Jeffrey Hong Et. Al.

Men for Christ: Living Out Our Faith Vol. II is a bold response to the crisis of masculinity in the church. This second volume features 22 more men who passionately address the issues that often hinder men from rising into their God-given destinies. The first half of the book deals with topics pertaining to deep inward restoration to Christlikeness: sexual purity, anger management, the importance of being accountable, and mental health. The second half of the book explores the outward expressions of faith that emerge from a renewed heart: being an effective marketplace minister and evangelism to the nations. Together, they form a picture of hope of the holistic transformation that God can do both in a man and, through him, in the world today.

Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ KingsmeadHomecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ Kingsmead by Ma Peiyi (Ed.)

This 96-page exhibition catalogue is published in conjunction with the landmark exhibition Homecoming: Chen Wen Hsi Exhibition @ Kingsmead at 5 Kingsmead Road, Singapore, from 12 April-3 May 2019. 5 Kingsmead Road is the former residence of Singapore pioneer artist Chen Wen Hsi. It is the only private residence that has been marked as a historic site under two categories by the National Heritage Board, specifically culture and community, and art. The exhibition opens this private residence to the public for the first time to showcase two historic mural works created by Chen Wen Hsi in the period of 1959-1964. Around 35 paintings drawn from private collections are also on exhibit inside the house, which offers audience a unique opportunity to view some of the best works created by the artist in his lifetime. This catalogue features around 35 colour plates of Chen Wen Hsi's paintings, an essay on the history of Chen Wen Hsi's former residence and painted murals by Ms. Chow Yian Ping, Lianhe Zaobao Senior Correspondent & former Assistant Director (Programmes and International Relations) and Curator at Singapore Art Museum, an essay on designing for conservation by Ms. Angelene Chan, CEO of DP Architects, and a reproduced essay self-written by Chen Wen Hsi in 1976.

Hua Shuo: Yan Chu Xin Sheng Ju Zi Shen: Tong Zhenshi You Hua Yu Chen Zhirui Shi Ge (The Painting Speaks: Paintings By Tong Chin Sye And Poems By Tan Chee LayHua Shuo: Yan Chu Xin Sheng Ju Zi Shen: Tong Zhenshi You Hua Yu Chen Zhirui Shi Ge (The Painting Speaks: Paintings By Tong Chin Sye And Poems By Tan Chee Lay by Tan Chee Lay; Tong Chin Sye

This hardback publication features a collection of almost 40 ekphrastic poems by award-winning scholar, poet and educator Dr. Tan Chee Lay; each composed in response to a different painting by veteran painter Tong Chin Sye. The book is published in conjunction with the exhibition, The Painting Speaks: Paintings by Tong Chin Sye and Poems by Tan Chee Lay at The Arts House from 4-15 April 2018. The ekphrastic poetry by Dr. Tan Chee Lay relates an interesting literary dimension to appreciating Tong Chin Sye's oil and mixed media paintings (completed mostly between the 1980s-2012). Several paintings capture the street scenes and character of Old Singapore as experienced by Tong Chin Sye, before the rapid onslaught of urbanisation redefined the island. Also included are Tong Chin Sye's paintings of portraits and overseas landscapes, similarly enriched by Dr. Tan Chee Lay's poetry.

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Charles LimNg Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Charles Lim by Storer, Russell (Ed.)

This catalogue spotlights the third work in the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series, SEA STATE 9: proclamation garden by Singaporean artist Charles Lim. It features a text by curator Adele Tan, alongside full-colour images of the commission and more than 30 species of plants selected to transform the Gallery's roof garden landscape, whose transplantation, adaptation to survive and eventual disposal tell the stories of Singapore's urban and coastal developments.

Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Rirkrit TiravanijaNg Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Rirkrit Tiravanija by Storer, Russell (Ed.)

Rirkrit Tiravanija has created the second Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission artwork for National Gallery Singapore. Featuring an interlocking bamboo structure with a simple wooden tea house at its centre, this site-specific installation springs from the artist's interest in fostering social engagement and human interaction through art. With homes in Chiang Mai, New York and Berlin, Tiravanija's nomadic life is a constant negotiation of cultures, and a source of inspiration for his practice. This catalogue illuminates this influential artist's fascinating oeuvre through newly commissioned essays and full-colour images of the installation.

50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: History And Heritage50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: History And Heritage by Hoe, Irene

Discover 50 little-known facts about Istana, the place previously known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. In History and Heritage, you'll discover 50 little-known facts about the place known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. Using archival research surrounding the history of Singapore from its colonial days to 1959, this book aims to present the country's past through a gentle and at times humorous narrative.

50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: People And Places50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: People And Places by Wong Sher Maine

Discover 50 little-known facts about Istana, the place previously known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. In People and Places, learn about the landmarks within the Istana domain, rooms inside the Main Building, as well as the staff members and honourable visitors who have left indelible marks at the Istana. Structured as a general knowledge guide to the Istana, People and Places has a contemporary narrative mirroring the time period covered by the book (1959 to today), with a focus on the rooms and landmarks of the domain, distinguished guests who have visited and outstanding staff members who maintain the domain.

50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: Flora And Fauna50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: Flora And Fauna by Cheah, Sharon

Discover 50 little-known facts about Istana, the place previously known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. In Flora and Fauna, you'll discover 50 little-known facts about the curious creatures to be found within its gardens, the great heritage trees that dot its landscape and conservation programmes that help keep the Istana domain well maintained into the future.

Owl's Journey, An: Essays To Commemorate The 70Th Birthday Of David W F WongOwl's Journey, An: Essays To Commemorate The 70Th Birthday Of David W F Wong by Menon, Dev; Quek Tze Ming

This collection of 20 essays explores how the church intersects with a range of different spheres: leadership, the arts, academia and pastoral care. It challenges us to consider the possibilities of what a healthy and well-rounded church can accomplish.

Roti Kaya & Guyu #2Roti Kaya & Guyu #2 by Lau, Johnny; Dan Kuah

First published in 1994, Roti Kaya and Guyu tells a tale of a retired Singaporean superhero team as they deal with societal and environmental issues in a changing world which has left them behind. Originally penned by Mr. Kiasu creator Johnny Lau and illustrated by Dan Kuah, this new volume catches up on the original team 25 years after the events of the first book!

Roti Kaya And Guyu #1Roti Kaya And Guyu #1 by Lau, Johnny; Dylan Teo

First published in 1994, Roti Kaya and Guyu tells a tale of a retired Singaporean superhero team as they deal with societal and environmental issues in a changing world which has left them behind. Originally penned by Mr. Kiasu creator Johnny Lau and illustrated by Dylan Teo, this new edition features a revised afterword and new cover art!

Understanding Teaching, Learning And Learners: A Guide For SingaporeUnderstanding Teaching, Learning And Learners: A Guide For Singapore by Liu Woon Chia, Caroline Koh, Doris Choy Et Al

Under the Singapore Teaching Practice (STP), a model that documents the best practices of Singapore's teaching profession, teaching is a dynamic combination of both knowledge and action. In STP, Pedagogical Processes (PP) articulates the processes of areas and actions in good teaching. Knowledge Bases, in turn, provide PP with a framework of conceptual and theoretical understanding such that they can be applied meaningfully in the classroom. This book seeks to provide its readers with key foundational knowledge in 2 STP knowledge bases, 'Understanding Teaching' and 'Understanding Students and Learning'. Embedded fully in the education contexts of Singapore, it melds theory together with empirical insight drawn from local classroom-based research. Whether you are a local educator or an international researcher, you will find this a useful introduction to the Singaporean praxis of teaching.

Alfian Sa'at Collected Plays Three: Nadirah, Parah, Your Sister's Husband, Grc (Geng Rebut Cabinet)Alfian Sa'at Collected Plays Three: Nadirah, Parah, Your Sister's Husband, Grc (Geng Rebut Cabinet) by Alfian Sa'at

Alfian Sa'at explores the Malay identity and racial relations in this third volume of the Collected Plays series. This volume collects plays written and staged in Malay, and translated to English for the very first time. In Nadirah, a young woman is shocked to find out her mother wants to marry a non-Muslim. In Parah, a group of students can no longer ignore the stereotypes and prejudices that divide the races, and the strain it puts on their friendship. In Geng Rebut Cabinet (GRC), we're transported to an alternate reality where the Chinese are the minority in Singapore. And in Your Sister's Husband, five sisters try their hardest to reckon with their superstitious, old-fashioned eldest to farcical ends, raising questions about black sheep, outcasts and sociopaths.

ParsetreeforestfireParsetreeforestfire by Hamid Roslan

parsetreeforestfire is a bilingual book of poetry in which poems in Singlish occupy one side of the book, and poems in English on the other. Conventionally such a book functions as a way for a person to learn a new language, but it remains to be seen if translation has successfully occurred, or if the book even intends to teach any reader how to speak either language. Instead, if poetry is intense attention to language, then this book can be considered to be the product of such scrutiny on the languages the book is written in.

Lelulur: Singapore's Kampong GlamLelulur: Singapore's Kampong Glam by Hidayah Amin

The story of Kampong Gelam - a cosmopolitan village named after the Gelam (Kayu putih or Melaleuca cajuputi) tree which once grew in abundance in the area - was birthed some two centuries ago. It began with the signing of a treaty between Sultan Hussein Mohamed Shah, Temenggong Abdul Rahman and Sir Stamford Raffles of the East India Company, whereby Sir Stamford Raffles was given permission to set up a trading post in Singapore. Once the centre of trade and commerce connecting Singapore to the rest of the Malay Archipelago, Kampong Gelam served as a religious, intellectual and social hub for the Malays in Singapore. It also functioned as a Pilgrim Hub for would-be pilgrims bound for Saudi Arabia. To embrace the authentic spirit of Kampong Gelam, you are invited to embark on a journey to Leluhur, returning to the land of our Ancestors.