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Walking With Singapore: The Workers' Party's 60Th Anniversary

Walking With Singapore: The Workers' Party's 60Th Anniversary

The Workers' Party marks its 60th anniversary in 2017. This commemorative book includes essays and interviews that trace the journey the Workers' Party has taken with the country. The chapters track the confident strides David Marshall had opened up and the tumultuous, heartbreaking run of JB Jeyaretnam. They witness the marathon work of Low Thia Khiang and his teams in pushing for the breakthrough of democracy in the service of Singaporeans. There is no revelling in glories, no indulging in righteous indignations. The book presents the facts in a history of growth and decline, disappointment and revival. By looking back honestly at the past, while celebrating the present and modest achievements against massive odds, the party hopes to learn to do better in empowering Singaporeans for the future.

Illusions Of Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People Volume II

Illusions Of Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People Volume II

Bringing together a group of both international and Malaysian scholars, Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People Volume II offers an up-to-date and broad analysis of the contemporary state of Malaysian politics and society. Transcending disciplinary boundaries, it offers a look at Malaysian politics not only through the lens of political science but also anthropology, cultural studies, international relations, political economy and legal studies touching on both overlooked topics in Malaysian political life as well as the emerging trends which will shape Malaysia's future. Covering silat martial arts, Malaysia's constitutional identity, emergency legislation, the South China Sea dilemma, ISIS discourse, zakat payment, the fallout from the 1MDB scandal and Malaysia's green movement, Illusions of Democracy charts the complex and multi-faceted nature of political life in a semi-authoritarian state, breaking down the illusions which keep it functioning, to uncover the mechanisms which really underlie the paradoxical longevity of Malaysia's political, economic and social system.

Is This The Asian Century?

Is This The Asian Century?

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.

Tommy Koh: Serving Singapore And The World

Tommy Koh: Serving Singapore And The World

This book aims to celebrate the many contributions of Professor Tommy Koh as a Singaporean diplomat, public intellectual and social changemaker. Experts in the various fields of endeavour and people who have worked with him examine his significant contributions in essays that are organised in four main sections: Diplomacy and International Relations; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Progressive Society; International Law; and a fifth section that features tributes contributed by his colleagues and former classmates.

Regional Economic History Of Thailand, A

Regional Economic History Of Thailand, A

This book presents an economic history of Bangkok, the Central Region, the North, the South, and Northeastern Regions from the signing of the Bowring Treaty in 1855 to the present. Most research has focused on Bangkok as the centre of change affecting other regions and has neglected other regions that had an influence on Bangkok. This book however looks at the changes not only in Bangkok, but also in the other regions, and emphasizes the ways in which Bangkok had an impact on the other regions, and how changes in the other regions affected Bangkok. It also looks, in turn, at each of the principal regions, and concentrate on the long-term economic and social changes and the various forces which promoted the changes.

Capital Mobility In Asia: Causes And Consequences

Capital Mobility In Asia: Causes And Consequences

"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

Art

Between Worlds: Raden Saleh And Juan Luna

Between Worlds: Raden Saleh And Juan Luna

National heroes and enigmatic figures, 19th-century painters Raden Saleh and Juan Luna traversed the colonial territories of Southeast Asia and the imperial cities of Europe. Their agile navigation of these competing positions resulted in dramatic paintings that are today animated as allegories of anti-colonialism in their respective homelands of Indonesia and the Philippines. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, this catalogue features over a hundred full-colour image plates of their works: from sweeping Orientalist hunting scenes to gritty Realist portrayals of the working class. Essays and biographical timelines examine each artist's practices, as well as frame them within the cultural and social dynamics of the 19th century.

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks In Chicano L.A

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks In Chicano L.A

Working between the 1960s and early 1990s, the artists profiled in this compendium represent a broad cross section of L.A.'s art scene. With nearly 400 illustrations and ten essays, this volume presents histories of artistic experimentation and reveals networks of collaboration and exchange that resulted in some of the most intriguing art of late 20th-century America. From "mail art" to the rise of Chicano, gay, and feminist print media; the formation of alternative spaces to punk music and performance; fashion culture to the AIDS crisis-the artists and works featured here comprise a boundary-pushing network of voices and talents.

Jingna Zhang Postcard Set

Jingna Zhang Postcard Set

A 14-piece postcard set featuring fine art photography from Zhang Jingna's fantasy project "Motherland Chronicles".

Pan Yu Lin Catalogue Raisonné: Prints

Pan Yu Lin Catalogue Raisonné: Prints

This newly published catalogue raisonné offers for the first time a complete survey of all the prints made by the legendary Pan Yu Lin. The rarely seen drypoint prints by Pan are presented in their entirety. In addition, the author was able to pair the plates at the Anhui Museum with the prints at the Cernuschi Museum, thus reuniting plates with their "offspring" prints across two continents after a hiatus of over sixty years.

Decoding Indonesia

Decoding Indonesia

This book, richly illustrated with 168 paintings by Erica Hestu Wahyuni, is about the journey of Indonesia as a country. Using art philosophy, it considers the historical journey from the perspectives of sociology, psychology, arts and business. Trilingual in English, Bahasa Indonesia, and Chinese.

Global Contemporary Art World, The

Global Contemporary Art World, The

The final instalment in the critically-acclaimed trilogy on globalization and art explores the growing dominance of Asian centers of art. This book takes readers on a fascinating journey around five Asian centers of contemporary art and its myriad institutions, agents, forms, materials, and languages, while posing vital questions about the political economy of culture and the power of visual art in a multi-polar world. Drawing on detailed case studies and personal insights gained from his extensive experience of the contemporary art scene in Asia, Professor Harris examines the evolving relationship between the western centers of art practice, collection, and validation and the emerging peripheries of Asian Tiger societies with burgeoning art centers. And he arrives at the somewhat controversial conclusion that dominance of the art world is rapidly slipping away from Europe and North America.

South East Asia Spaces Of The Curatorial Raume Des Kuratorischen

South East Asia Spaces Of The Curatorial Raume Des Kuratorischen

The curatorial challenges of working in Southeast Asia are explored in the new Jahresring journal, an annual series of interdisciplinary, discursive readers. Southeast Asia is experiencing accelerated global visibility and strong nation- and institution-building. Given this dynamic, how do curators engage with the intricacies of each place? How do they respond to the specificities of a location in the context of the international art world? The diversity of voices in this issue mirrors the complexity of the region itself: its various curatorial spaces, infrastructures and political systems. What emerges is a highly diverse art system that shifts away from traditional formats to embrace new or alternative platforms from symposia to fieldwork with the aim of emphasizing curating as a process of critical thinking that goes beyond presentations and representations. Featured contributors include Ute Meta Bauer, Zoe Butt, Kevin Chua, Patrick D. Flores, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Tony Godfrey, Yin Ker, Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Seng Yu Jin, Simon Soon, Nora A. Taylor David Teh.

Becoming Palm

Becoming Palm

Becoming Palm is the outcome of a conversation between two friends, artist Simryn Gill and anthropologist Michael Taussig, addressing the complexities of palm oil and "the enormous transformations, human, and ecological, that this crop engenders" (Taussig) in two disparate geographical locations, Southeast Asia and South America.

Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles Of Punjab From The Jill And Sheldon Bonovitz Collection

Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles Of Punjab From The Jill And Sheldon Bonovitz Collection

Exquisite and labor-intensive, phulkari ("floral-work" or "flower-craft") embroideries were originally produced by women in towns and villages across the greater Punjab from at least the early 19th century into the first decades of the 20th. Phulkaris were made from brightly colored silk thread on rough, earth-toned fabric. Focusing on a group of nineteen stunning works from the collection of Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, this exhibition surveys the genre's fascinating history. This is the first publication outside South Asia specifically on this art form. It also offers significant new information on the craft and its importance to personal, familial, and regional identity in the past and the present.

Tomas Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions

Tomas Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions

This is an inter-species encounter between arachnids and anthropos mediated by sound. This audio publishing project is conceived as a continuation and circulation of internationally acclaimed artist Tomás Saraceno's eponymous exhibition at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore in 2015. Exploring the arachnids's sophisticated mode of communication through vibrations, Saraceno developed several instruments that were able to amplify the vibrations of spiders, rendering them audible to other species. Various instruments, ranging from strings to percussion, were incorporated into the artist's exhibition at NTU CCA Singapore, and used within a series of Jam Sessions between arachnids and musicians.

Reminiscence

Reminiscence

This volume was published in conjunction with the exhibition "Reminiscence" held at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. With an essay by Bridget Tracy Tan.

Spirit Of Bhutan, The: An Artist's Vision

Spirit Of Bhutan, The: An Artist's Vision

This volume was published in conjunction with the exhibition "The Spirit of Bhutan: An Artist's Vision" by Cultural Medallion-winner Ang Ah Tee. Ang Ah Tee started exploring a new form of expression in his works after his sixth solo exhibition in 1993, and his works have developed into semi-abstraction, combining western elements with Chinese ink brush strokes.

Architecture

Forming/Unforming

Forming/Unforming

This book features student works from SUTD's Architecture and Sustainable Design programme. It documents the ideas and thought experiments of the school - the trending intellectual preoccupations. The book presents a compilation of raw artifacts produced in the various courses and design studios by students in their pioneering years and gives you a first glimpse of the experiments and projects and the underlying intentions and intellectual currents flowing at the school. It also serves as a map or orientation device for future generations to build upon.

Future Cities Lab Indicia

Future Cities Lab Indicia

This book, the first in a planned series, reports on the Future Cities Laboratory and its ambitious mission to shape sustainable future cities through science, by design, in place. It offers a global perspective on cities from the vantage point of Asia, where the laboratory is based. The first volume in the series focuses on the challenges that future cities pose to sustainability. The second will concentrate on the innovative approaches necessary for addressing those challenges. The third will present concrete scenarios and action plans that emerge from such approaches.

History & Geography

(Re)Presenting Histories: Experiences And Perspectives From The National Museum Of Singapore

(Re)Presenting Histories: Experiences And Perspectives From The National Museum Of Singapore

In celebration of the nation's Golden Jubilee, the National Museum of Singapore re-opened in September 2015 after an extensive revamp of its permanent galleries. Featuring interactive, contextual displays and immersive experiences, the updated galleries seek to both represent and re-present Singapore's rich culture and history, and to encourage meaningful connections and conversations with its visitors. (Re)Presenting Histories is an intimate glimpse into the experiences and perspectives of the National Museum's curatorial team, as they undertook this ambitious project over the course of one year.

Project 0812: The Inside Story Of Singapore' S Journey To Olympic Glory

Project 0812: The Inside Story Of Singapore' S Journey To Olympic Glory

In 2006, nearly 50 years after Singapore's first and only Olympic medal in 1960, a group of men decided to take a bold step. Led by International Olympic Committee member Ng Ser Miang, the team made a move which had never been attempted by Singapore before. They decided to fund, support and energise Singapore sport's attempt to win an Olympic medal. They called their experiment Project 0812 - a push for Singapore to score a medal at either the 2008 Beijing Olympics or 2012 London Olympics or, better yet, both. The first section of this book covers the genesis of the scheme. The second section looks at the four sports chosen by Project 0812 - table tennis, badminton, sailing and shooting - and how they overcame challenges to reach Beijing 2008. The third section focuses on the Singapore table tennis team, the stars of the Project 0812. It digs deep into the struggles which bedeviled the team in the lead-up to Beijing, the drama on the way to winning a silver and the equally colourful aftermath. In the epilogue, the exploits of Team Singapore at the Rio 2016 Olympics are discussed, the latest page in the legacy of Project 0812. The book was written through some 30 interviews with officials, coaches and athletes. It also relied heavily on books, newspapers and magazines, and even monthly reports submitted by the national sports associations, minutes of meetings held by Project 0812 and internal reports of SNOC. It is a story of courage and dreams, of deep-seated desire to bring Olympic glory to a small country.

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

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

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.

Historical Imagination And Cultural Responses To Colonialism And Nationalism

Historical Imagination And Cultural Responses To Colonialism And Nationalism

History conditions the way that society discusses its problems. Treating history as a form of 'imagination', Azhar Ibrahim invites readers to probe the colonialist and nationalist tampering, suppression, and distortion of narratives on the Malays. In this thought-provoking book, the author encourages contemporary historians to move beyond the practice of Orientalist scholars: collecting data and describing facts. Instead, he promotes an alternative reading of history, one that departs from mainstream versions. Reflecting a strong understanding of classical Malay texts, the author also touches on broad themes such as psychological feudalism, orientalism, and the contestation of nationalist and colonialist perspectives on the community. Azhar's book is a welcomed contribution and a must-read for those interested in alternative discourses in Malay Studies.

Singapore Indian Heritage

Singapore Indian Heritage

Singapore Indian Heritage is the Indian Heritage Centre's first publication since the centre's opening in 2015. It comprises essays by respected scholars and IHC's curators on different aspects of Indian heritage, as told through the centre's permanent galleries as well as catalogue entries featuring the centre's collection of over 300 artefacts, photographs and documents. Edited by Professors Rajesh Rai and A Mani, the publication is an important addition to the compilation of writings on Singapore's Indian community, and in particular on the community's cultural heritage.

Social Issues

Social Futures Of Singapore Society

Social Futures Of Singapore Society

This book, based on the proceedings at the Behavioural Sciences Institute Conference 2016, explores a range of issues about the social futures of Singapore. The book is organized into four parts. Part I provides an overview of issues involved in thinking about the social futures of Singapore society. Part II examines social futures from the perspectives of healthcare and education. Part III analyses the relationships linking social futures to the notion of giving and the increasing influence of social media. Part IV addresses specific questions on social futures of Singapore society in terms of social and national identities, cultural values, relationship between economic development and environmental sustainability, religious consciousness, perceptions of political leaders, and relationships between people and government.

Handbook Of Language, Gender And Sexuality, The (2Nd Edition)

Handbook Of Language, Gender And Sexuality, The (2Nd Edition)

Significantly expanded and updated, this second edition brings together a team of the leading specialists in the field to create a comprehensive overview of key historical themes and issues, along with methodologies and cutting-edge research topics. It examines the dynamic ways that women and men develop and manage gendered identities through their talk, presenting data and case studies from interactions in a range of social contexts and different communities. It provides unrivalled geographic coverage and an essential resource for a wide range of disciplines, from linguistics, psychology, sociology, and anthropology to communication and gender studies.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #12: Beneath The Veneer - The Political Economy Of Housing In Iskandar Malaysia, Johor

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #12: Beneath The Veneer - The Political Economy Of Housing In Iskandar Malaysia, Johor

The rise of Iskandar Malaysia as a regional hub has profoundly altered the domestic landscape, generating a knock-on effect on Johor's housing development, both economically and politically. Housing policy and development in Johor, as illustrated in the formation of Iskandar Malaysia, is riddled with conflict along two dimensions bumiputra versus non-bumiputra and federal government versus state government. Given the importance of sub-national governments in many large-scale housing projects in Iskandar Malaysia, the changing political conditions urge us to rethink the long-standing practice of national-centric development policy in Malaysia. Taking housing as a point of departure, the timing is ripe to revisit the role of state government in policy-making and urban governance.

Birthday Book 2017, The: What Should We Never Forget?

Birthday Book 2017, The: What Should We Never Forget?

An annual publication, The Birthday Book examines emerging challenges and opportunities for Singapore, based on a selected prompt. The number of writers each year matches Singapore's age-52 for 2017, 53 for 2018, and so on. This edition presents 52 responses to "What Should We Never Forget?" The contributors have drawn from personal encounters, academic and professional experiences, and cornerstone values in their lives. Read their stories for a glimpse of our nation's spirit-mortal, vulnerable, restless, resilient, and aspirational. What's your response?

Culture & People

Stranger To Myself: Diary Of A Bangladeshi In Singapore

Stranger To Myself: Diary Of A Bangladeshi In Singapore

The sacrifices of migrant workers are written in every inch of Singapore - in the bricks of buildings, ship irons, under the floor of houses. Thousands of years later, someone may hear the story of our pain and sacrifice from the walls of this city. After about a decade here, I have many stories and recollections to share with you. This diary contains the collected fragments of my experiences. It is not my intention to write anything against my homeland or this country. No hurt feelings, please. I have just written down the most valuable moments of my life here. This diary records observations from my reality. - Preface

Rosalie And Other Love Songs

Rosalie And Other Love Songs

Beautiful music, born from an eclectic mix of cultures, was created in Malaya in the period leading up to country's independence in 1957. But this cultural history has yet to be told, until now. Saidah Rastam draws on extensive interviews with those who made that history, corroborating and elaborating this testimony by trawling through contemporary newspaper cuttings, and referencing hundreds of songs and scores of films. As a point of entry into this fascinating story, she explores the controversies surrounding the provenance of Malaysia's national anthem, 'Negara Ku', and embroiders a kind of detective story, drawing the reader into broader, contextual issues to do with culture, politics and society. The result is an innovative and perceptive account: well researched, splendidly constructed, deeply knowledgeable, beautifully illustrated and stylishly written in a way that captures the very musicality of its topic. The first edition of Rosalie and Other Love Songs was enthusiastically received, and this new, revised edition will be welcomed by all those with an interest in Malaysian culture and history, as well as fans of popular music worldwide.

White Butterflies

White Butterflies

After the Japanese invasion of Burma in late 1941, 11-year-old Colin McPhedran fled his homeland on foot, crossing the rugged Patkoi Mountain Ranges on foot to reach safety in India. Colin, along with his mother, elder brother and sister and thousands of others, many of whom died, battled monsoon rains, hunger, disease and exhaustion during the 500-kilometre journey. McPhedran's autobiography recalls his childhood as part of a large Anglo-Burmese family in colonial Burma, and provides a dramatic account of his harrowing trek to freedom. He eventually settled in Australia, where his memoir was first published. This edition, issued in Southeast Asia for the first time, includes a new afterword that supplies details left out of the story as originally published.

Tiger Hunters Of Tai O, The

Tiger Hunters Of Tai O, The

Hong Kong, 1954. The British colony was not yet ready to hear about a Eurasian policeman having an affair with the police commissioner's daughter. Twenty-two-year-old Simon Lee tasted swift punishment. He was banished to the outer fringes of the territory, to the far tip of a wild and distant island a stone's throw from mainland Chinese waters - to Tai O, the ancient and murky trading post where fishermen, salt-farmers and refugees were thrown together with spies, pirates and triads. Pink dolphins swam the waters, eagles fished the sea, and some still believed that a tiger prowled the hills at night. Life was unpredictable for the band of beer-swilling misfits that staffed Tai O Police Station. Some said they needed reining in. But when a stranger was murdered on a beach, accused of being a Communist spy, Lee found himself on an unexpected collision course with his own masters in Central. Who had the dead man been working for? What did the secret agents know? Why was Central so eager to brush the execution aside? And who or what really was the 'tiger'?

Eva, Kopi And Matcha 2.0

Eva, Kopi And Matcha 2.0

Evangeline Neo's gallery of cultural differences continues with this follow-up to Eva, Kopi and Matcha. During her studies abroad in the United States and Japan, Eva's early brushes with how things are in those countries left such an impression on her that she eventually recorded them in webcomics, which featured her imaginary pets: Kopi the dog and Matcha the cat. In this volume, readers are also regaled with often hilarious anecdotes of life abroad and comparisons between her home country of Singapore and places such as the United States, Vietnam, Indonesia and, of course, Japan.

Local Encounters In A Global City: Singapore Stories

Local Encounters In A Global City: Singapore Stories

What is the impact of a constant flow of people and capital in one of the most globalised cities in the world? In this collection of essays, the authors pursue an ethnographic approach to globalization, and while they were informed by official statistics and social theory, they relied mostly on first-hand observations of life and experiences in Singapore. From iconic Singapore locations like the Botanic Gardens, Raffles Place and ION Orchard Shopping Mall to the seamier side of globalisation in the red-light district of Geylang and disused factories housing migrant workers, the authors relate their narratives in telling details and street insights. There is no single position for or against globalisation in this collection. The diverse views show the complex effects of global capital and labour flows on the culture and cityscape of Singapore at a time when sustained challenges are emerging to the global economic and political order of a past generation.

'Others' Is Not A Race

'Others' Is Not A Race

What is a Eurasian? Are Eurasians Singaporean? What does it mean to be a Eurasian living in Singapore? This book is a tapestry that weaves together the multiple genres of narrative fiction, creative nonfiction, literary food writing and family memoir, to offer insight into the micro-minority Eurasian community through the intensely personal lens of the writer's own experience living and growing up as a Eurasian in Singapore. Throughout are interwoven the themes of memory, loss, language, identity and cultural reclamation. Similarly, it is a reflective and provocative journey of self-discovery; a journey the reader may also take to explore what it means to exist at the confluence of being Singaporean and being Eurasian, and to interrogate the liminal space between two cultures, Asian and European, occupied by this community.

Religion & Philosophy

Singapore Chronicles: Religion

Singapore Chronicles: Religion

Singapore is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. This feature gives multiple layers and combinations of richness, hybridity, complexity and fluidity to its landscape of religious communities, orientations and interactions. This book provides an overview of Singapore's religious diversity and focuses on some of its contemporary complexities. While recognising the positive - vibrancy and richness in religious diversity - it highlights problems and challenges posed by some religious trends and developments. The book foregrounds three religious/faith traditions and orientations - Islam, Christianity and secularism - which have become significant in recent times. It highlights some challenges of growing religiosity and religious diversity, assesses how they can be expected to evolve in the near future, and discusses how they might be navigated.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In Batam

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In Batam

The rise of Wahhabi-Salafi ideology in neighbouring Batam is causing concern in Singapore. There are worries that some Singapore Muslims are being radicalized by Batam's Islamic radio station Hang FM, which openly promotes Wahhabi-Salafi teachings. This article argues that Batam Muslims are non-violent traditionalists in their orientation, and key religious leaders from the state have come out against Wahhabi-Salafis anti-pluralist ideas.

Travel

Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist In Nomad's Land

Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist In Nomad's Land

Michael Kohn, former editor of the Mongol Messenger newspaper, is one steppe ahead of the journalistic posse in this epic Western set in the Far East. Kohn's memoir of his time in Mongolia is an irresistible account of a nation where falcon poachers, cattle rustlers, exiled Buddhist leaders, death-defying child jockeys and political assassins vie for page one. A turf war between lamas, shamans, Mormon elders and ministers provides the spiritual backdrop in this nation which had only just been liberated from Soviet rule. From the reincarnated Bogd Khaan and his press spokesman to vodka-fuelled racing entrepreneurs and political leaders unclear on the concept of freedom of the press, Kohn explores one of Asia's most fascinating, mysterious and misunderstood lands.

Sydney

Sydney

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.

Sociology Of Tourism

Sociology Of Tourism

First published as a zine in response to the limitations of mainstream travel magazines, Sociology of Tourism is a hand-sewn chapbook that explores the impact of tourism on societies and cultures, an issue that is too serious and sensitive to be pursued in advertising-driven travel magazines. Taking readers on a sometimes uncomfortable tour of various cities in Asia, including Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore, Sociology of Tourism is filled with vignettes illustrating the gentrification of historical neighbourhoods, the commodification of culture and the transient yet transactional relationship between locals and travellers.

Toraja: Misadventures Of An Anthropologist In Sulawesi, Indonesia

Toraja: Misadventures Of An Anthropologist In Sulawesi, Indonesia

In 1985, Dr. Nigel Barley, senior anthropologist at The British Museum, set off for the relatively unknown Indonesian island of Sulawesi in search of the Toraja, a people whose culture includes headhunting, transvestite priests and the massacre of buffalo. In witty and finely crafted prose, Barley offers fascinating insight into the people of Sulawesi and he recounts the tale of the four Torajan woodcarvers he invites back to London to construct an Indonesian rice barn in The British Museum.

Literature

Basket And The Rope, The: A Baby-Boomer Remembers Singapore's Old-World Charm

Basket And The Rope, The: A Baby-Boomer Remembers Singapore's Old-World Charm

Street food hawkers, pirate taxis, monkeys in the Botanic Gardens, Great World Amusement Park, the Tai Tian Kiew Circus. Jane Chew, a former journalist, sub-editor and columnist with The Straits Times, recounts her growing-up years in British colonial Singapore with nostalgia and lots of humour. It is a journey worth re-visiting, as it captures a way of life that is now gone, never to return.

Twin Cities: An Anthology Of Twin Cinema From Singapore And Hong Kong

Twin Cities: An Anthology Of Twin Cinema From Singapore And Hong Kong

In this anthology, poets from the twin cities of Singapore and Hong Kong tackle the challenge of the twin cinema form in tandem with their own interpretation of lines that bind or divide us. We share a familiar postcolonial history, rich financial centres and trading ports bustling with energy, in the shadow of a hinterland yawning across the water. Yet we also rival each other ceaselessly, and are cleaved by language, geography, and politics. This is fertile ground for a poetry of proposition or opposition - and may it grow cities.

Phat Planet Cometh

Phat Planet Cometh

"A playlist, a syllabus, a rollcall and a spell, Phat Planet Cometh is a righteous act of literary vengeance for Unica Zürn, Freud's Dora, Virginia Woolf, and any other figure of illicit femininity who has been straitjacketed by society's regime of compulsory wellness. In the examination room, on the dark side of the moon, 'A is for one more apocalypse against the rest of them.' " - Joyelle McSweeney, Recipient of Leslie Scalapino Prize

Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics

Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics

The building is but material structure. Within its architecture is imbued its aesthetic character. What happens when a writer confronts such a created space, and what texts emerge, themselves rendered as works of art? Commissioned by the National Arts Council, the anthology, Eye|Feel|Write: Building Architectonics, features these twelve illustrious Singapore authors: Aaron Lee, Aaron Maniam, Amanda Chong, Clara Chow, Daryl Lim Wei Jie, Heng Siok Tian, Josephine Chia, Kirpal Singh, Nuraliah Norasid, O Thiam Chin, Toh Hsien Min, and Tse Hao Guang. Each author was invited to pen three ekphrastic pieces inspired by the heritage architecture of the Supreme Court wing at National Gallery Singapore. Each text remains singular in its charm, adopting a particular way of seeing and saying. These are feats of artistry, exceptional in their craft and insight. From one construct melding into another, witness these exquisite articulations that celebrate the making of the text, the forging of its architectonics.

Eye/Feel/Write: Experiments In Ekphrasis

Eye/Feel/Write: Experiments In Ekphrasis

What happens when art meets literature? How does a writer view an artwork, and render new writing that stands on its own as a work of art? A special commission by the National Arts Council for the Singapore Writers Festival, Eye|Feel|Write is an ekphrastic project that pairs twenty eminent writers in Singapore to pen texts inspired by artworks exhibited at The National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. The twenty distinguished contributors include: Alfian Sa'at, Alvin Pang, Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, Chow Teck Seng, Divya Victor, Edwin Thumboo, Eric Tinsay Valles, Gwee Li Sui, Isa Kamari, Jerrold Yam, Jollin Tan, Joshua Ip, K. Kanagalatha (Latha), Leong Liew Geok, Ovidia Yu, Ramanathan Vairavan, Robin Hemley, Tan Chee Lay, Yeow Kai Chai, and Yong Shu Hoong. The selected artworks trek a bold and broad range, from the contemporary to heritage. Each text inhabits the artist's material, yet frees itself from it: teasing, testing, extending, tasting, in beautiful acts of transference. From this relationship between two different kinds of artist is borne an articulation, an architecture/architectonic that celebrates the making of texts as experiment.

First Five, The: A New Collection Of Southeast Asian Writing

First Five, The: A New Collection Of Southeast Asian Writing

This anthology of poetry and short stories marks another milestone in the literary tradition of Southeast Asia and co-operation among its publishing community. The publishers - Ethos Books, Singapore; Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines; Buku Fixi, Malaysia; Silkworm Books, Thailand and Yayasan Pustaka Obor, Indonesia - believe that the literature of Southeast Asia is a rich mine of creativity and that the peoples of this region should be invited to share their stories and poems with one another. These two genres are more readily accessible to readers who wish to take a quick dip into the literatures of their neighbors. And the English language, being the de facto lingua franca for all of us, has been chosen for the same reason.

Living In Babel: Singapore Literature In Translation

Living In Babel: Singapore Literature In Translation

Botak. Yau siew. Akka. Baris sedia. Singaporeans are bombarded every day by a babel of voices speaking different languages. The multilingual marrow of the island both binds and divides her people. The literatures of the four main language communities in Singapore reflect not just their individual realities but also the shared experience of living on an island of many tongues. This collection features some of the best Singapore writers in Chinese, Malay, and Tamil, ranging from national treasures such as Mohamed Latiff Mohamed and Yeng Pway Ngon to emerging talents such as Tang Jui Piow and Elancharan Gunasekaran. Translated into English for the first time, these works provide a rare and valuable glimpse into the island’s rich non-Anglophone worlds. A Hakka girl goes on a prata adventure in her housing estate. An old fisherman ponders his future life in an HDB flat. A villager covets the organs of a black panther so he can father an heir. A housewife tosses a pistol into Rochor Canal in the middle of the night. Poignant, humorous, occasionally heart-breaking, these literary gems present Singapore in all her multicultural colour.

Law

Same But Different: A Legal Guidebook For Lgbt Couples & Families In Singapore

Same But Different: A Legal Guidebook For Lgbt Couples & Families In Singapore

This is a legal guidebook for LGBT families, focusing on Singapore's unique legal landscape and challenges. It does not aim to replace legal advice or work rendered by practicing lawyers, but simply provide a starting point. It is written in a layman-friendly manner, to break down complex legal concepts and nuances for the layman. The guide covers: Marriage & Cohabitation Contracts, Property & Finances, Wills & Inheritance, Medical Decisions, Children, and Miscellaneous topics such as sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Education

Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges

Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges

Prior to the era of globalization, education in Southeast Asia was viewed in the context of the national state and it was deployed in the service of state and nation-building and national economic development. States monopolized education, and public-funded centralized education systems were established to teach literacy, transmit national cultures and promote social cohesion, and to produce literate workers. Globalization forces, however, dramatically impacted in varying ways and degrees the national education systems across the region. As states begun to see their citizens as resources to enhance the countries' competitiveness in the global market, it, among other things, led to the increasing demand for highly skilled and qualified human capital. The accompanying neoliberal ideology led to varying degrees of decentralization, privatization and internationalization of education, especially of higher education, in Southeast Asia.

Business

Take Control Of Your Sales Now! Building Your Sales Pipeline In The 21St Century

Take Control Of Your Sales Now! Building Your Sales Pipeline In The 21St Century

Take Control of Your Sales Now! is a book about Lead Generation in the new age. The techniques shared by Norman in this book are from actual experiences. Norman shares his proven process, having worked with multiple clients in growing their businesses. Business owners who are serious about the growth about their businesses need to take control of their sales and scale quickly, and this book provides effective advice and tips.

Team Skills For High Performance

Team Skills For High Performance

The premise of this Human Resource guidebook is that organisations are healthier and more productive when staff relationships are strong and people understand how to work together. This guidebook can be used individually or as a basis for team training. When used for team training, team members will have fun while learning principles, making decision and maintaining a positive social environment. Readers will: Value perspectives different from their own; Know how to listen and understand other points of views; Understand the importance of two-way communication; Learn how to handle conflicts directly and in a win-win way; Understand several skills for solving technical problems together.

Leisure

Daily Nonya Dishes: Laok Hari Hari - Heritage Recipes For Everyday Meals

Daily Nonya Dishes: Laok Hari Hari - Heritage Recipes For Everyday Meals

This cookbook gives recipes for the food that Babas and Nonyas of old ate for their breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between every day. This food is not the festive cuisine of Ayam Buah Keluak, Babi Pongteh, and Bakwan Kepiting that are the staples of many Peranakan cookbooks available in bookshops. The daily Nonya dishes are more simple fare, but no less delicious. The author also includes traditional dishes that have almost vanished. Thus, this book is not only a fresh, and welcome addition to the canon of Peranakan cookbooks, but is also a valuable documentation of the food enjoyed by Babas and Nonya around the family table in the heyday of Peranakan culture.

Best Of Chef Wan Volume 2: A Taste Of Malaysia

Best Of Chef Wan Volume 2: A Taste Of Malaysia

In this companion volume to The Best of Chef Wan Volume 1, Malaysia's Culinary Ambassador and Asia's most recognisable chef, Chef Wan shares more than 60 recipes for some of his favourite Asian dishes that he has carefully perfected over the years. Recipes include classic Malaysian dishes such as Tok Wan Beef Rendang, Kam Heong Crab and Hokkien Mee, as well as regional specialties such as Chettinad Chicken and Prawn and Mango Salad. Written in an easy-to-follow format and with an illustrated glossary that highlights the ingredients used.

Wedding Prelude: Your Definitive Guide To Wedding Planning

Wedding Prelude: Your Definitive Guide To Wedding Planning

Not sure where to start planning your wedding, but know you want to avoid ending utterly stressed out? Want a wedding that looks like a million dollars without bursting your budget? If you need a friendly expert to guide you through your wedding planning, Wedding Prelude: Your Definitive Guide To Wedding Planning is the book to choose. This book will help you to ask the questions that matter, and avoid the devastating mistakes that most first time married couples to be tend to make. Expect insider scoops, behind-the-scenes stories, practical solutions, step by step checklists and comprehensive coverage of everything wedding related from setting a budget to gown selection to honeymoon planning.

Science & Technology

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #11: Speculating On World-Class Transporation Infrastructure In Ho Chi Minh City

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #11: Speculating On World-Class Transporation Infrastructure In Ho Chi Minh City

Population, cars and motorbikes have increased at higher than expected rates in Ho Chi Minh City, leading to increased congestion and strain on existing transportation infrastructure. While the city has a transportation infrastructure plan, it lacks adequate funds and is reliant on official development assistance (ODA) and foreign direct investment to finance it. Amidst the backdrop of an opaque regulatory environment and intense competition among global ODA institutions, city officials speculate on multiple and contradictory transportation projects simultaneously. Conflicting interests between Bus Rapid Transit and Metro projects in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City exemplify the states speculative forms of governance in capturing transnational flows of ODA capital to finance infrastructure and call into question dominant framings of infrastructure as rational processes and technologies that work against the so-called irrational and unplanned structure of the city.

Finding Eden: A Journey Into The Heart Of Borneo

Finding Eden: A Journey Into The Heart Of Borneo

Fifty years ago the interior of Borneo was a pristine, virgin rainforest inhabited by uncontacted indigenous tribes and na?ve, virtually tame, wildlife. It was into this 'Garden of Eden' that Robin Hanbury Tenison led one of the largest ever Royal Geographical Society expeditions, an extraordinary undertaking which triggered the global rainforest movement and illuminated, for the first time, how vital rainforests are to our planet. For 15 months, Hanbury Tenison and a team of some of the greatest scientists in the world immersed themselves in a place and a way of life that is on the cusp of extinction. Much of what was once a wildlife paradise is now a monocultural desert, devastated by logging and the forced settlement of nomadic tribes, where traditional ways of life and unimaginably rich and diverse species are slowly being driven to extinction. This is a story for our time, one that reminds us of the fragility of our planet and of the urgent need to preserve the last untamed places of the world.

Children

Artsy: Fun With Southeast Asian Art

Artsy: Fun With Southeast Asian Art

Inspired by artworks from Singapore's National Collection, this fun activity book encourages young curious minds to observe and explore the world around them. Artsy: Fun with Southeast Asian Art introduces children to simple visual elements like line, shape and colour while stimulating creative expression. Recommended for children aged 4 to 7.

Awesome Art: The Next 20 Works From Southeast Asia Everyone Should Know

Awesome Art: The Next 20 Works From Southeast Asia Everyone Should Know

Explore the awesome world of art through 20 awesome works from Southeast Asia! Perfect for the young and young at heart, Awesome Art dispels the notion that art is a difficult domain, introducing instead its colourful stories and personalities, as well as the diverse styles and forms artworks can take. Besides learning to understand and look at art, readers will also be able to see how art is inextricably connected to the world around us. Beautifully reproduced in full colour, the 20 artworks featured in Awesome Art are also accompanied by original illustrations, and fun facts and questions. Recommended for children aged 9 to 12.


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