This is a collection of speeches and essays by Dr. Jeyakumar Devaraj, a Malaysian opposition parliamentarian. A social activist since his university days, he is a founding member of the Parti Sosialis Malaysia and is currently a PSM central committee member. In this collection, Dr. Jeyakumar champions the needs of the common man, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, and proposes how political systems must address social challenges.
The Korean Wave (hallyu) refers to the international spread of South Korean popular culture, including films, television dramas, online games, cosmetics, food, fashion and music. This collection of essays aims to distinguish the very unique Southeast Asian region from the very problematic and abstract label of East Asian popular culture. Instead of including such a diverse and radically different region under such an umbrella term, this collection aims to investigate how such products have been received in, and exist within these very different nations that are separate from East Asia yet are still a part of Asia and heavily connected to this region in various political, geographic and economic ways.
Shannon Young is an American twentysomething living in Hong Kong. Originally from Arizona, she likes to read, travel and spy on other people's books on the train. In 2010, she followed followed her Eurasian boyfriend to Hong Kong, eager to forge a new love story in his hometown. But when work sent him to London a month later, Shannon embarked on a wide-eyed newcomer's journey through Hong Kong - alone. She taught in a local school as the only foreigner, explored Asia with other young expats and discovered family history in Hong Kong, all while trying to hold on to her thwarted romance.
Accepting the challenge of rethinking connections of food, space, and identity within everyday spaces of “public” eating in Malaysia and Singapore, Jean Duruz and Gaik Cheng Khoo enter street stalls, hawker centers, markets, cafés, restaurants, “food streets,” and “ethnic” neighborhoods to offer a broader picture of the meaning of eating in public places. This book creates a strong sense of the ways different people live, eat, work, and relax together, and it also traces negotiations and accommodations in these dynamics. Simply put, Eating Together is about understanding complex forms of multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore through the mind, tongue, nose, and eyes.
This publication addresses issues concerning social cohesion in both Europe and Asia. Subject matter experts from Europe and Asia examine the underlying factors affecting the degree of social cohesion and civic engagement in a number of countries, including the impact of globalisation, increasing multi-culturalism, the working poor, increasing income inequality, social polarisation etc. The papers consider a number of policy initiatives implemented in various countries, assess their effectiveness and proposes policy changes.
This catalogue focuses on a group of 72 batik altar cloths recently donated to the Peranakan Museum. Families traditionally used embroidered cloths made in southern China, but in the early 20th century, the cloths began to be made of Javanese batik. Essays by Peter Lee, discussing the use and historical context of altar cloths in Southeast Asia, and by Fiona Kerlogue, on the significance of the designs on the cloths, complement beautifully illustrated entries on each cloth.
The triennial Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize was inaugurated in 2008 by the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation and Singapore Art Museum. Recognising the most outstanding contemporary work by both emerging and established artists over the last three years, the prize puts the spotlight on compelling works of visual art from across the Asia Pacific region. This comprehensive exhibition catalogue features works nominated and exhibited during the third edition in 2014. A total of 105 works were nominated from 24 countries and territories, and a juried panel selected 15 finalist works which were shown at the museum. Staying true to contemporary practice, the entries for the 2014 edition demonstrate a diversity of medium, innovative approaches to genre and materials, and strong conceptual ideas. The critical essays and artist and nominators' statements in this volume address topical issues and collectively shed light on the region's contemporary art landscape and also on concerns and conversations relevant in society today.
To record the artist's 40 years' journey in painting, this book is published on the occasion of Journey in Art: Retrospective Exhibition by Fan Shao Hua, organised by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, from 21 March - 8 April 2015. This richly illustrated publication contains extensive writing from art critics, and includes many pages of artworks from the artist's early works as well as his sketches and paintings in various mediums and themes.
Huang Rui: The Stars Period is one of a very few books to be published about late-1970s avant garde art in China - and it certainly stands as one of the most extensive and insightful statements on this important genre ever attempted. Illustrated with images of more than 200 works by Huang Rui plus more than 200 archival photographs, the book goes on to describe the Stars Group, which pioneered many of the themes and techniques in Chinese contemporary art. Essays by important scholars and critics such as Wu Hung, Lü Peng and Shu Yang give additional context for this exciting period in Chinese artistic and cultural history spanning from 1977 to 1984. A number of the pictures, invitations, and magazines related to the exhibitions and events discussed in this book are newly rediscovered archival materials and are republished here for the first time.
This large format book is a groundbreaking body of work by Wong Perng Fey. Wong Perng Fey (b. 1974, Kuala Lumpur) is an artist that has built his reputation as an experimental and versatile painter. His works are in many prominent public collections. His gestural paintings of figures, nature and natural vistas fluctuate between abstraction and figuration with an acute sensitivity to colours, layers and textures. With writings by Ronald Kiwitt, Martina Ziesse and Haffendi Anuar.
This book traces the history of the costume of Peranakan women; specifically, the sarong, kebaya, and baju panjang. The sarong kebaya is only a starting point, however, for a rich history of language, women, trade, slavery, community formation, and education. Profusely illustrated with a wealth of historical photographs and beautiful images of sarongs and kebayas from a large donation to the Peranakan Museum, as well as those in a private collection, the book will become a valuable reference. Independent scholar Peter Lee has amassed impressive documentation from primary and secondary sources in this highly readable, visually stunning book.
Time Present: Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection is the first Deutsche Bank exhibition on international photography and features works from the 1970s to the present day by 28 renowned photographers from regions such as Japan, China, India, Europe, and North and South America. Shedding light on the relationship between photography and time, the exhibition explores the myriad ways that photography has made sense of a changing world while highlighting the various technical, formal, and conceptual methods undertaken to expand the artistic potential of the medium. This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue includes artwork captions and essays by the exhibition curators that address the complexities of seeing, and making images, through the photographic medium.
Afterimage: Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia is a survey of the photographic practices of thirteen artists that expand the medium's field of operations as art, visual language and social practice. Using the photographic image to articulate a range of concerns related to the idiosyncratic cultural, social, political and alternative histories of Southeast Asia, these artists trace links to national and transnational iconographic legacies and shared aspects of the physical landscape. The critical essays and detailed artworks commentaries in this publication explore the commonalities and antimonies between artists, and map the ways geographic proximity informs contemporary photographic narratives produced in the region. Afterimage is an essential tool for scholars of Southeast Asian contemporary art and photography.
This is a heartwarming story told by Abby, a veteran stray cat who insists "We are not strays, we are community cats!" It brings to life the many stray cats who live in almost every community giving each cat featured in this book a face, a heart, feelings, thoughts and the same fears and happiness of the humans who can make their lives a blessing or a curse. Abby, the macho yellow male cat walks us through his very colorful adventures and experiences as he and his siblings and friends live each day to the fullest of their nine lives, never knowing whether they will be alive at the end of the day! There is never a dull moment and some harrowing matching of wits with those who hate their very existence and believe that community cats should neither be seen nor heard!
With money and freedom, a growing pool of young, well-educated and ambitious Japanese professional women are no longer submissive, demure extensions of their menfolk. They are ready to enjoy life, and with power and position four women (onna) have formed a strong supportive bond. Their friendship has withstood romantic conflicts, the fast-paced, glitzy life of Tokyo, trials of the workplace and the insulting 'ainoko' label given to one of the four. Now sordid secrets from the past have emboldened a blackmailer, threatening the very foundation of the friends' bond.
This is a groundbreaking survey of the Buddhist architecture of Southeast Asia, abundantly illustrated with new color photography and 3-D renderings. It is the first volume in a projected six-volume series that will take a new multidisciplinary approach in showing how Buddhist thought and ritual have interacted with local traditions across the Asian continent to produce masterpieces of religious architecture. The Golden Lands is devoted to Southeast Asia. Following a general introduction to the early history of Buddhism and its most characteristic architectural forms (the stupa, the temple, and the monastery), Lall examines the Buddhist architecture of Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos in turn. For each country, he provides both a historical overview and case studies of noteworthy structures.
Death is the inevitable fate of every single person on earth. How do we accept the inevitability of our own death? Industrialist and philanthropist Satish Modi is a member of one of the most influential and affluent families in India. Yet despite privilege and success, he discovered happiness was not synonymous with wealth-and the secret to a meaningful life begins with a fresh understanding of death. This moving, powerful, thought-provoking work based on his own reflections as well as the experiences of people from all walks of life. The result is a fascinating book that teaches us that whoever we are and whatever our aspirations in this life, it is important for each and every one of us to accept our own passing. In doing so, we free ourselves to live as fully as possible, guided by the principles of goodness, love, and compassion.
This book examines the nature of religious life among the Malays of Singapore by researching into the nature of religious elite and the basis of their authority or legitimacy. It examines the social-historical background of the ulama, their family roots, education, career paths, elements of thinking, and various forms of contribution towards enriching the religious lives of the Malays. While furnishing useful information on the institutionalization and administration of Islam in contemporary Singapore, the author raises many pertinent questions on the religious lives of the Malays and Muslims in contemporary Singapore, as well as their relations with the wider world of Islam and Muslims elsewhere.
Social workers and counsellors face a myriad of complex issues and problems related to ageing when working with older clients and their families. Yet, many social workers and counsellors do not have specialized training in gerontological counselling. This is a trainer's guide to counselling elders and their family members from Asian backgrounds, with emphasis on: ageing processes and issues, counselling older persons and their families, and culture-specific factors which affect the experiences of older persons.
The Spice Kids' friends from overseas, the Herbs, have come for a visit. Everyone is excited! Everyone, except for Cinnamon. He is afraid the Herbs want to move in and take everything away from them. So he comes up with a plan to get rid of them. Will it work? Find out in this delicious tale about jealousy, trust and friendship. Bilingual in English and Chinese.
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