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I Am A Giant PandaI Am A Giant Panda by Zhang Zhihe

This book takes us, in an educational and informative way, on a giant panda's fascinating journey from birth to maturity. The exclusive photographs in this book, which capture the endearing personalities and natural behaviours of the giant pandas, have never been previously published. This book will undoubtedly prompt the reader to ponder over, and hopefully support the conservation efforts of the well-loved giant panda so that future generations can also experience the joy which the giant panda brings to every child and adult.

17A Keong Saik Road: A Personal Story17A Keong Saik Road: A Personal Story by Leung, Charmaine

17A Keong Saik Road recounts Charmaine Leung's growing-up years on Keong Saik Road in the 1970s when it was a prominent red-light precinct in Chinatown in Singapore. An interweaving of past and present narratives, 17A Keong Saik Road tells of her mother's journey as a young child put up for sale to becoming the madame of a brothel in Keong Saik. Unfolding her story as the daughter of a brothel operator and witnessing these changes to her family, Charmaine traces the transformation of the Keong Saik area from the 1930s to the present, and through writing, finds reconciliation. A beautiful dedication to the past, to memory, and to the people who have gone before us, 17A Keong Saik Road tells the rich stories of the Ma Je, the Pei Pa Zai, and the Dai Gu Liong-marginalised, forgotten women of the past, who despite their difficulties, persevered in working towards the hope of a better future.

State Of Emergency: A NovelState Of Emergency: A Novel by Tiang, Jeremy

Siew Li leaves her husband and children in Tiong Bahru to fight for freedom in the jungles of Malaya. Decades later, a Malaysian journalist returns to her homeland to uncover the truth of a massacre committed during the Emergency. And in Singapore, Siew Li's niece Stella finds herself accused of being a Marxist conspirator. Jeremy Tiang's debut novel dives into the tumultuous days of leftist movements and political detentions in Singapore and Malaysia. It follows an extended family from the 1940s to the present day as they navigate the choppy political currents of the region. What happens when the things that divide us also bind us together?

Yesteryears by Cham, Sean

Yesteryears captures 50 abandoned and forgotten buildings in Singapore through a series of in situ self-portraits. The buildings photographed are in different states of ruination, from the crumbling roofs of Istana Woodneuk to the soon-to-be demolished Rochor Centre. These buildings represent the modern ruins of post independence Singapore, an era that lives not only with progress but also the fleeting ruins left in its wake. In a city that is ever modernizing and growing, there is barely any room for the ruin. Buildings that are deemed obsolete will be torn down to make way for something bigger and butter. But in the face of the storm called progress, as German philosopher Walter Benjamin expounded in 'Thesis on the Philosophy of History', it is important to retain our historical consciousness. Yesteryears does this not through monuments, or officially sanctioned heritage spaces, but through the more minor, often forgotten ruins created by an ever-changing Singapore.

Preliminary Report On The Archaeological Investigations At The National Gallery SingaporePreliminary Report On The Archaeological Investigations At The National Gallery Singapore by Lim Chen Sian

The Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre is pleased to present our first report on archaeological rescue operations conducted in Singapore. Despite Singapore being a comparatively small island in the region, the archaeological assemblages are quite substantial, densely packed, and critically important vis-à-vis numerous applied and academic concerns. They not only add considerable depth to local and regional history, but also provide a wealth of data useful for global theories and models. Although many readers are often drawn to the prominent 14th century CE component of several Singaporean sites since their discovery in the 1980s and 1990s through the pioneering research conducted by Professor John Miksic and others, Singapore offers a rich historical archaeology potential from the 14th century onwards, particularly from the colonial period through the 20th century. It is quite intriguing to consider the different manifestations of Singapore's "port city" history (ancient, colonial, and modern) through the unique narratives provided by the archaeological record; a record that yields complementary, sometimes contradictory, and often missing narratives to historical studies. Furthermore, all periods are heavily characterised by complex inter-regional and inter-cultural interaction, commerce, and networks. On the other hand, inter-site and intra-site variability and dynamics are evident. These give ancient Temasek and historic Singapore a unique verve and personality. Moreover, the intra-site variability hints at different vocational, political, social class and perhaps cultural variability that adds considerable richness and dynamism to ancient urban studies.

1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On1987: Singapore's Marxist Conspiracy 30 Years On by Chng Suan Tze, Low Yit Leng & Teo Soh Lung (Eds.)

Survivors of Operation Spectrum-the alleged Marxist conspiracy-speak up in this volume. For many of them, this is the first time that they cast their minds back to 1987 and try to make sense of the incident. What they did in that period was meaningful and totally legitimate. Their families and friends share the same view. The detainees were subjected to ill-treatment, humiliation, and manipulated television appearances. Under duress, and threatened with indefinite imprisonment without trial, they had to make statutory declarations against their will.

Find And Seek SingaporeFind And Seek Singapore by Roydhouse, Sally

When a child steps outside his ordinary world and travels to a foreign city or country, an adventure awaits. In Find and Seek Singapore a small boy arrives in Singapore with his family, willing to explore his new surroundings with an open heart and a spirit of wonder. Universal themes of travel, exposure to new cultures and a sense of discovery are pertinent to the story. His adventure will leave an impression on the reader's memory to keep, and hopefully ignite a love of travel in this diverse world in which we live. Find and Seek Singapore is colourful, educational and written in simple verse, and makes an enjoyable read for all members of the family.

Surrogate ProtocolSurrogate Protocol by Tham Cheng-E

A man of many names and identities. Landon Lock has lived many lifetimes, but his memory spans only days. Because Landon is no ordinary barista. Danger brews as Landon struggles to piece reality together through the fog of amnesia. A mysterious organisation bent on hunting him down, a man called John who claims to be a friend and women from Landon's past who have come to haunt him. As the organisation closes in on Landon, he finds himself being increasingly backed into a corner. Battling his unreliable memory, Landon is forced to decide who he can trust.

Tang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9Th CenturyTang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9Th Century by Chong, Alan; Stephen A. Murphy (Eds.)

This book tells the story and presents the objects found on the Tang Shipwreck, discovered off Belitung Island in Indonesia in 1998, and now housed at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. It is one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of recent times. Found at the site was a remarkable cargo of some 60,000 Chinese ceramics dating from the Tang dynasty (618-907), along with finely wrought gold and silver objects, bronze mirrors, and more ordinary objects belonging to the crew. The ten essays in this profusely illustrated volume discuss the ceramics and other commodities on board, the ship's construction and possible origin, China's maritime trade in the Tang period, Chinese ceramic production, ports of call in Asia and Southeast Asia, and life on board the ship.

Singapore: Country Of Many FacesSingapore: Country Of Many Faces by Lam, Jimmy

This book presents a rich, diverse, complex and vibrant portrait of Singapore and its people beyond the tourist sites and provides an intimate look into the various segments in society today. Lam captures the deep cultural roots of the native Malays and the early Chinese and Indian migrants even as the economic, physical and human landscape was transforming rapidly in this small country. Despite its small land area and short history are since independence, the book shows many faces of Singapore that will surprise and fascinate many. It is an important visual record of the country and its accomplishments over the years.

Life Is A MixtapeLife Is A Mixtape by Low, Ignatius

When Ignatius Low quit his civil service job and joined The Straits Times as a business reporter in 1999, never in his wildest dreams would he have thought that he would end up writing fortnightly personal columns in the Sunday newspaper on music, love, life and his many trivial obsessions. This is a collection of his best columns from over more than a decade, telling the story of a Singapore boy who grew up in the '80s. From pirated cassette compilations to second-hand vinyl records, shady Sim Lim Square shops to Zouk's dancefloor, Ignatius takes readers on a nostalgic tour of familiar memories. He muses about old friends and growing relationships, ponders Singapore society and the meaning of travel - and waxes lyrical about Bras Basah's bookstores, a history of Nokia phones, and the annual Club 21 sale.

Great Lengths: Singapore's Swimming PoolsGreat Lengths: Singapore's Swimming Pools by Lau, Jocelyn; Lucien Low (Eds.)

Every child who is "physically fit" should learn to swim by the time he or she leaves primary school, said Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in the 1970s. Swimming, now practically a national pastime, appeals to young and old, amateurs and elite athletes alike. However, little has been documented about the genesis of our aquatic aspirations and reminiscences: the swimming pool. Evoking nostalgia, Great Lengths: Singapore's Swimming Pools pays tribute with delightful illustrations, lovely old photographs and cherished memories.

Parsis Of Singapore, The: History, Culture, CuisineParsis Of Singapore, The: History, Culture, Cuisine by Kanga, Suna; Subina Khaneja

When Suna first moved to Singapore, there were barely forty Parsis; today there are well-over 350 Parsis in the country. During her four decade-long stay in Singapore, she was often asked, "Who are the Parsis?" This sparked the idea for a book to highlight the distinctive culture and cuisine of a notable but diminishing Indian community that settled in Singapore in the 1800s. The Parsis of Singapore: Heritage, Culture, Cuisine documents the history and heritage of this unique community.

Hdb Homes Of SingaporeHdb Homes Of Singapore by Miyauchi, Tomohisa; Keyakismos

Eitaro Ogawa and Tamae Iwasaki, with Japanese architect Tomohisa Miyauchi, started out focusing on artistically-renovated flats but later photographed flats that featured occupants hailing from "different races, different religions, different lifestyles, all kinds of age group", with every house they visited to be included in the book in chronological order. In total, they took 4,000 photos; 1,500 of them were selected to be in this book.

Sam: A Mother's Journey Of FaithSam: A Mother's Journey Of Faith by Lim Soo Hoon

Monday, 6 September 2004, turned out to be one of the most harrowing days for our family. So begins Lim Soo Hoon's journey as she discovers that her elder son, Sam, is suffering from Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system. Over the course of two years, amidst numerous trips to the hospital and the everyday details of Sam's treatment, Soo Hoon wrote a fiercely honest series of updates to family and friends, chronicling her struggles and deepest fears. This book is a story of unexpected blessings and small mercies, of how faith can sustain us when hope seems most unlikely, and is a testament to the redeeming power of personal belief and familial love. Sam: A Mother's Journey of Faith was first published in 2006 and reprinted twice in that year. This edition contains a 2017 preface by the author and an update on Sam, who is now a trained teacher in a secondary school, teaching English Literature and English. All royalties from the book go to the Singapore Cancer Society.

Kawaii Bread: Little Miss BentoKawaii Bread: Little Miss Bento by Wong, Shirley

Bestselling cookbook author Shirley Wong (Little Miss Bento) presents a brand new collection of adorable bood creations using another favourite staple, bread. In this book, she shares basic techniques and essential know how on making cottony soft Asian-style bread, moulding the dough to take on a host of different shapes and forms, and preparing a range of yummy fillings that can be mixed and matched with different breads. With a wide range of recipes for plain and filled buns, as well as loaves and pull-part bread, you can now add a dash of colour and a touch of magic to your baking with 'Kawaii Bread.'

Brand Singapore: Nation Branding After Lee Kuan Yew In A Divisive WorldBrand Singapore: Nation Branding After Lee Kuan Yew In A Divisive World by Koh Buck Song

Without nation branding, there would be no Singapore. Reputation is precious. Top talent and hot money gravitate only to the most attractive, respected nations. For a country as small and as young as Singapore, its brand is its most valuable asset. How did Singapore create this country brand, cultivate and guard it, sell it to its "shareholders", and make it known to the world? Drawing on two decades in the nation branding game, Koh Buck Song offers an illuminating inside look at - and candid critique of - a country brand that is as rich in resource as it is potent with promise. First published in 2011, this timely second edition explores the implications of all these factors on Singapore's future.

Speaking Out & Speaking Up: Xinjiao PerspectivesSpeaking Out & Speaking Up: Xinjiao Perspectives by Pang Eng Fong & Arnoud De Meyer (Eds.)

This collection of essays by local and exchange students of SMU who were brought together to develop a deeper understanding of Singapore's extraordinary progress in the past half century arose from a new course, Singapore in the World, the World in Singapore. The diverse perspectives - Singaporeans interpreting their experiences through a wider lens and exchange students bringing their views from home to make sense of a new country - challenge and augment the national narrative absorbed by locals who have been through the Singapore school system.

Making Sense Of Life @ / & Smu: A Partial Guide For The CluelessMaking Sense Of Life @ / & Smu: A Partial Guide For The Clueless by Pang Eng Fong (Ed.)

This extraordinary volume provides unexpectedly heart-warming and heart-breaking insights into the interior lives and thoughts of SMU business graduates. It is both a paean to and an indictment of Singapore's education system and its excessively powerful formative impact on individual lives, family relationships, and Singapore society as a whole. Their intensely personal reflections, unleavened by humour, lay bare the contradictory liberating and homogenising effects of an undergraduate business education (not peculiar to SMU or Singapore only), while refreshingly engaging the too-often-taboo topics of race, religion, sexual orientation and social class.

Resource Guide (Corporate Governance Guides For Boards In Singapore)Resource Guide (Corporate Governance Guides For Boards In Singapore) by Singapore Institute Of Directors

This Resource Guide provides readers with an overview of all seven Guides in the series, as well as useful navigational tips for both the online and printed versions. Its contents include an overview of the CG Guides series, the structure of the contents, and the format of the printed and online Guide, the key concepts and terms common across the seven Guides, and the full text of the Code of Corporate Governance. The Corporate Governance Guides series is produced by the Singapore Institute of Directors with the support of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and the Singapore Exchange Limited.