Singapore polity is changing - profoundly and probably irrevocably. The consensus that the PAP government constructed and maintained over five decades is fraying. The assumptions that underpin Singaporean exceptionalism are no longer accepted as easily and readily as before. Among these are the ideas that the country is uniquely vulnerable, that this vulnerability limits its policy and political options, that good governance demands a degree of political consensus that ordinary democratic arrangements cannot ensure, and that the country's success requires a competitive meritocracy accompanied by relatively little income or wealth redistribution. But the policy and political conundrums that Singapore faces today are complex and defy easy answers. Confronted with a more critical and sceptical public and an increasingly contested political landscape how will politics and policymaking in Singapore evolve? What reforms should the government pursue? This collection of essays suggests that a far-reaching and radical rethinking of the country's policies and institutions is necessary, even if it weakens the very consensus that enabled Singapore to succeed in its first 50 years.
This publication comprises nine papers addressing issues concerning food security in Europe and Asia, including: What are the food policies as well as present challenges in European and Asian countries? What can they learn from each other? How do they try to ensure a stable food supply? What impacts do trade, regional initiatives and technology transfer have on food security?
This book considers the subject of the traditional Rulers of Malaysia from three perspectives - contemporary, historical and comparative. It looks looks at Malaysia within the context of different systems in various countries and the positions of their respective Rulers and the changes they have experienced, and predicts the likely future for The Malay Rulers, without being sensational or controversial.
This catalogue accompanies an exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum of treasures from the Famen Temple crypt and other Tang dynasty artworks. Essays examine relic worship at the Famen Temple and the Buddhist world of the Tang, the rationale for the arrangement of donations in the crypt chambers, and the Tang dynasties contacts with the wider world. Figures and murals from tombs, magnificent reliquary boxes, rare ceramics, and gold and silver metalwork tell the story of life and culture during the Tang.
The Malayan Emergency (1948-60) was the longest war waged by British and Commonwealth forces in the twentieth century. Fought against communist guerrillas in the jungles of Malaya, this undeclared 'war without a name' had a powerful and covert influence on American strategy in Vietnam. Many military historians still consider the Emergency an exemplary, even inspiring, counterinsurgency conflict. Massacre in Malaya draws on recently released files from British archives, as well as eyewitness accounts from both the government forces and communist fighters, to challenge this view. It focuses on the notorious 'Batang Kali Massacre' - known as 'Britain's My Lai' - that took place in December, 1948, and reveals that British tactics in Malaya were more ruthless than many historians concede. Counterinsurgency in Malaya, as in Kenya during the same period, depended on massive resettlement programmes and ethnic cleansing, indiscriminate aerial bombing and ruthless exploitation of aboriginal peoples, the Orang Asli. The Emergency was a discriminatory war. In Malaya, the British built a brutal and pervasive security state - and bequeathed it to modern Malaysia. The 'Malayan Emergency' was a bitterly fought war that still haunts the present.
Singapore Metropolitan Region is a graphical compendium of architectural research about the Sijori Triangle: Singapore, Johor and the Riau Archipelago. Beautiful plans, illustrations, drawings,a dn historical maps trace visions of the past with information of the present. Essays by Erik G.L'Heureux, Freek Colombijn, Lai Chee Kien, Chua Beng Huat, Tim Bunnell and Francois Decoster produce a more nuanced picture of the region in five chapters. A complex yet impressive picture emerges beyond political boundaries and conflicting national interest. Indeed by seeing the region as one cohesive landscape with distinct formal and spatial characteristics composed of longstanding histories, peoples and economies, the architecture of the Singapore Metropolitan Region reveals its interconnected complexity painting a picture of a region wrestling between the first and third world.
Detailed descriptions and interpretations of the buildings, art, and furnishings of all major monasteries and significant secular buildings, as well as numerous references to both historical Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Chinese texts and to works of scholarly research in the West and in China, make this work a unique source of information for both the specialist and the general reader. This extensive documentation on the sacred art and monuments of Buddhist Tibet also provides a deeply researched history of the cultural and religious circumstances in which the sites and relics were created.
This is the second volume of Joseph Pereira's comprehensive survey of the Singapore pop music scene in the 1960s. The second half of the sixties saw seismic shifts in the global music scene. In Singapore, newer breed of bands was coming to the fore, many with outlandish names. Tea dances became increasingly popular. Discotheques started sprouting up to cater to a new hip crowd. Pop Yeh Yeh, which had always been active alongside the mainstream pop music scene, came into its own with many releases. Singapore bands were very active playing the British services circuit and in Vietnam. But, as the decade drew to a close, several pivotal events signalled the end of this glorious era for Singapore pop music. Beyond the Tea Dance examines in rich detail all the major bands and singers in this turbulent period.
Many archival photographs are included in this insider's account of Malaya's music scene 1900-1965, a period of close Malaya/Singapore interchange. The first section overviews the history of Malay music, traditional songs and the early 20th century's Bangsawan opera, and gramophone and radio music. This music scene and Japanese policy 1942-45 and the 1045-65 developments in Radio Singapura, in cinema and entertainment hubs and at functions are then described. Inset photographs and biographical summaries are given for some 90 artistes and performers, and the role of musical groups noted. With bibliography, online database and index. Bilingual in Malay.
This book on cultural mapping provides an invaluable resource for everyone interested in having a deeper understanding of the unique character and identity of a historic place and its community. The simple step by step procedures outlining the processes, tools and techniques for collecting and assessing the cultural assets and resources of any community provide the user with a clear methodology to unravel the complex and significant elements which wake up any human settlement. This has been further demonstrated with the illustration from a case study of cultural mapping within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town, Penang. An excellent resource for policy makers, planners, cultural advocates and community leaders.
Mental healthcare in many Asian countries mirrors the British model, which in the past was focused on the large mental asylum but now has a community emphasis. Geriatric Psychiatry books in libraries and bookshops are mainly from Britain and North America. In recent years, Asian countries have begun to rethink, reorganise and introduce innovations to improve their mental health services. Mental Healthcare of the Elderly contains some of these new ideas and is a primer for health professionals who are involved in the care of elderly people with mental health problems like depression and dementia.
Thinking of Landscape presents a visual expedition through place and time. It traces a collector's journey of over 25 years, bringing together a selection of sixty works by artists from Southeast Asia, China, Taiwan and Australia. It explores ways in which individual artists have drawn inspiration from the landscape subject, probing its formal, emotional, and conceptual potential. The painting traditions of East and West, and different generations of artists meet in this diverse collection, allowing us to map relationships between artistic practices, and between the collector and his collection.
The neon, pastels, bows, and vibrant prints of Tokyo's fashion tribes are unmistakable, outrageous, and fun. Recognized around the world, with huge online followings, the city's style icons are photographed here against white backgrounds, revealing a new dimension of personality and emotion in these remarkable individuals. Portraits include fashion icon Kumamiki, as well as personalities such as Chocomelo, Saki Kurumi, and Haruka Kurebayashi.
This dazzling array of Indian textiles from one of the world's most important and eclectic private collections contains many images never before published. A treasure trove of Indian textiles, this book ranges from 14th century trade cloths found as far away as Central Asia, Japan, Bhutan, and Afghanistan to Indian folk textiles and costumes.
The first book solely dedicated to the Art and Culture of Nias in 25 years, Nias Sculpture features a broad array of unpublished masterpieces from the collection of the Mandala Foundation. For countless centuries, the isolated island of Nias, located far off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, developed a unique culture and stunning art little influenced by the outside world. Descendants of the Austronesians, the ancient peoples who explored and settled insular Southeast Asia beginning some 5000 years ago, their art has been acclaimed for more than a century, Nias has achieved legendary status in the pantheon of Indonesian tribal art.
The concept of harmony has always resonated through every aspect of China's long cultural history. In this collection, Dr Daniel CK Lau continues and extends the tradition in an innovative, contemporary vein. The large-scale calligraphic installation 'Harmony (cat. no. 1)' provides the vehicle for an exploration of script styles ranging from ancient to modern times. Through this work and others from the past decade, Lau strives to integrate past and present to create a fresh aesthetic with its roots in tradition.
Cultural Medallion recipient Lim Tze Peng has been writing and painting for over 6 decades. He has amassed a diverse portfolio that traverses various mediums, and is most known for his nostalgic compositions of Old Singapore scenes as well as highly stylised series of Chinese calligraphy. Featuring over 50 colour plates and a series of short essays, this volume traces the veteran artist's unyielding devotion and innovative stylistic breakthroughs in the field of Chinese calligraphy.
Paradise is a photographic monograph about an author's search for paradise in one of the most controversial places in recent history: the Swat valley of Pakistan. Paradise is at once an introspective journey, as well as a biographical sketch of Swat valley. Through the documentation of daily life and extraordinary happenings in Swat, the author discovers the fragility of Man's interpretation of paradise, as well as the resilience of the human spirit in the face of hell-on-earth. With a sequence of 75 carefully-selected black-and-white images and five chapters of personal notes from his journey, the 164-page volume is the author's attempt to answer the eternal question: "What is paradise?". Accompanied by a free copy of "Visage: A Book Comprising Vignettes of the Process and People behind the Legendary Martell Cognac".
(Un)expected is a campaign to help create an awareness of poverty not just in Malaysia but all around the world. This book is full of compassion and wisdom, presented in Rinpoche's inimitable contemporary style, a unique blend of serious contemplation, with generous dashes of wit and humour, but always profound. The selection of beautiful photographs ranges from the quirky to the perfect portrait.
HOME + BOUND is the inaugural volume in the Architectural Research Monograph series published by the Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture, National University of Singapore in January 2013. The essays engage with the notion of domesticity set within the geographical bounds of Southeast Asia - more specifically, Singapore and Malaysia. Theoretical frameworks, including those of Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Derrida and Anthony Vidler, are surveyed against local sites interwoven with varying scales, tropes, (mis)conceptions and antinomies of domesticity: a Chinese cemetery, Singapore's public Housing Development Board flats, the older Singapore Improvement Trust flats, its National Day Parade sites, a haunted house, a rural kampong (village), some national monuments, and a Straits Chinese patriarch's mansion in Penang. This volume does not privilege the distinction between loss and recuperation of domestic sites and ideologies, or the ensuing difficulties of their reconciliation. Rather, it highlights the inseparable conditions between the recovery of domestic ideals and the agents who formulate such ideals.
The Mahabharata endures as the great epic of India. But while Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra; Ajaya is the narrative of the unconquerable Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man. At the heart of India's most powerful empire, a revolution is brewing. Amidst the chaos, Prince Suyodhana, heir of Hastinapura, stands tall, determined to claim his birthright and act according to his conscience. He is the maker of his own destiny or so he believes…
In this novel, so chillingly plausible that Singaporeans will argue about it for years to come, Lee Chiu San, a former journalist who found a more fulfilling career as a car dealer, examines the relationship between a country and its citizens. Are the ties that bind them purely financial or more emotionally deep-rooted? How will Singaporeans change the course of world history?
Beneath Singapore's sparkling veneer is a country teeming with shadows. Explore the city-state's forgotten back alleys, red-light districts, kelongs and gambling dens with 14 illustrious writers, three of them Singapore Literature Prize winners. This exciting anthology - compiled by US-based Singaporean author Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and part of the award-winning Noir series developed by Akashic Books in New York - promises to uncover a side of Singapore rarely explored in literature.
Leap & Hop is a series of travel books written especially for children. The series aims to turn a "grown-up" trip into a fun adventure for children. These interactive books get children to discover new places and learn about other cultures through interesting information as well as games and activities. For parents, the books provide an ideal way to stick to a grown-up itinerary with a focus on cultural sites, and to create an unforgettable travel experience for their children. As kids play along by drawing, writing, and collecting items of interest throughout the journey, they'll find themselves creating a very personal souvenir as the book is transformed into a travel scrapbook for them to keep. Leap & Hop Cambodia teaches readers to play I-Spy in Angkor Wat, distinguish Apsaras from Devatas in the Khmer temples, draw a Buddha, go on a treasure hunt in the Bayon, and understand how currency exchange works, among other activities.
Max is a self-centred boy who dislike the outdoors. One day, his parents bring him to the forest for a walk, where he finds himself separated from them and plunged into its very depth. He meets many different plants and animals and is shown the true beauty of nature. This book is centred around an actual trail in the MacRitchie forest, and will enrich children's knowledge of our local flora and fauna, and inspire a passion for nature and the outdoors.
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