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Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #08: Rowing Against The Tide? Batam's Economic Fortunes In Today's Indonesia

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #08: Rowing Against The Tide? Batam's Economic Fortunes In Today's Indonesia

Despite its good infrastructure and proximity to Singapore, Batam's economic performance has taken a turn for the worse, with declining levels of foreign direct investment and exports. This volume examines the reasons for the decline and the recent measures taken, including reducing red tape, fighting corruption, and improving the islands' infrastructure.

Islam And Peacebuilding In The Asia Pacific

Islam And Peacebuilding In The Asia Pacific

This book provides a unique backdrop of how native or migrant Muslims interact with communities of other faiths have led to the contemporary treatment of Islam and the Muslim communities in these nations. It is based on the theme of Islam's presence and development in the Asia-Pacific region, and the concerns faced by Muslims in the region. Section 1 details the current status of peace or conflict between Muslims and practitioners of other faiths in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines, and the role of Muslim institutions in promoting peace in each nation. Section 2 features how Muslims living in cosmopolitan areas such as Australia, Indonesia and Japan engage with people of other faiths. Lastly, Section 3 explores the concerns with the interaction of the religion, state and society in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. A unique collection of the history of Islam in the region, Islam and Peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific seeks to provide valuable insight for the global policy community by offering a comprehensive treatment of the issues highlighted.

Coalitions Of Well-Being: How Electoral Rules And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy In Developing Countries

Coalitions Of Well-Being: How Electoral Rules And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy In Developing Countries

Why do some developing countries have more efficient health systems and better health outcomes? Contrary to existing theory that posits the superiority of proportional representation (PR) rules on public-goods provision, this book argues that electoral rules function differently given the underlying ethnic structure. In countries with low ethnic salience, PR has the same positive effect as in past theories. In countries with high ethnic salience, the geographic distribution of ethnic groups further matters: where they are intermixed, PR rules are worse for health outcomes; where they are isolated, neither rule is superior. The case studies include Thailand, Mauritius, Malaysia, Botswana, Burma and Indonesia. The theory has broad implications for electoral rule design and suggests a middle ground in the debate between the Consociational and Centripetal schools of thought.

Vietnam's Communist Revolution: The Power And Limits Of Ideology

Vietnam's Communist Revolution: The Power And Limits Of Ideology

By tracing the evolving worldview of Vietnamese communists over 80 years as they led Vietnam through wars, social revolution, and peaceful development, this book shows the depth and resilience of their commitment to the communist utopia in their foreign policy. Unearthing new material from Vietnamese archives and publications, this book challenges the conventional scholarship and the popular image of the Vietnamese revolution and the Vietnam War as being driven solely by patriotic inspirations. The revolution not only saw successes in defeating foreign intervention, but also failures in bringing peace and development to Vietnam. This was, and is, the real tragedy of Vietnam. Spanning the entire history of the Vietnamese revolution and its aftermath, this book examines its leaders' early rise to power, the tumult of three decades of war with France, the US, and China, and the stubborn legacies left behind which remain in Vietnam today.

Role Of The Public Bureaucracy In Policy Implementation In Five Asean Countries, The

Role Of The Public Bureaucracy In Policy Implementation In Five Asean Countries, The

This pioneering book addresses an important gap in the literature by comparing the role of the public bureaucracies in policy implementation in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. It highlights the importance of the policy context, especially the commitment of the government in allocating the necessary resources and the support of the implementers, as well as the public bureaucracy's effectiveness, as the critical factors responsible for effective policy implementation. The comparative analysis shows that the public bureaucracies in Singapore and Malaysia are more effective in policy implementation than their counterparts in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam because of their favourable policy contexts and higher level of organizational effectiveness.

Islamic Populism In Indonesia And The Middle East

Islamic Populism In Indonesia And The Middle East

In a novel approach to the field of Islamic politics, this provocative new study compares the evolution of Islamic populism in Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, to the Middle East. Utilising approaches from historical sociology and political economy, Vedi R. Hadiz argues that competing strands of Islamic politics can be understood as the product of contemporary struggles over power, material resources and the result of conflict across a variety of social and historical contexts. Drawing from detailed case studies across the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the book engages with broader theoretical questions about political change in the context of socio-economic transformations and presents an innovative, comparative framework to shed new light on the diverse trajectories of Islamic politics in the modern world.

Lee Kuan Yew: One Man's View Of The World

Lee Kuan Yew: One Man's View Of The World

With over 100,000 copies sold in hardcover since its publication in 2013, the geopolitical insights of Singapore's late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew are as trenchant and relevant as ever amid the societal and political upheavals of today. Now released in paperback, the book features a new postscript by The Straits Times editor-at-large Han Fook Kwang, reflecting upon the changes that have unfolded since Lee first made his incisive observations.

Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism And State Capitalism In Singapore

Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism And State Capitalism In Singapore

In Liberalism Disavowed, Chua Beng Huat examines the rejection of Western-style liberalism in Singapore and the way the People's Action Party has forged an independent non-Western ideology. This book explains the evolution of this communitarian ideology, with focus on three areas: public housing, multiracialism and state capitalism, each of which poses different challenges to liberal approaches. With the passing of the first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew and the end of the Cold War, the party is facing greater challenges from an educated populace that demands greater voice. This has led to liberalization of the cultural sphere, greater responsiveness and shifts in political rhetoric, but all without disrupting the continuing hegemony of the PAP in government.

Art

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.

Brief History, A: The Development Of Chinese Calligraphy In Singapore

Brief History, A: The Development Of Chinese Calligraphy In Singapore

This book was published with an exhibition that celebrated the cultural journey of early Chinese calligraphers in Singapore. Featuring calligraphy pieces, including oracle, seal, clerical, walking and cursive scripts, by Singapore's pioneer artist-educators Chan San Sheh, Tsue Ta Tee, Pan Shou, and See Hiang To, among others, the essay and exhibits attest to the fluent styles mastered and handed down by these early calligraphers and their significant contribution to Singapore's cultural heritage.

Wong Keen: A Creative Life Unfurled

Wong Keen: A Creative Life Unfurled

This book was published in conjunction with an exhibition that featured over 30 exhibits in different media by Wong Keen. Wong Keen (b. 1942, Singapore) grew up in a Chinese literati environment and was a highly acclaimed teenage painter in the early Singapore art scene. His departure for the Art Students League of New York in 1961 marked him as the first Singaporean to venture into the flourishing post-war American art scene. Wong Keen's unique body of work, which encompasses oil, ink, acrylic and collage since the 1960s to the present, is a powerful embodiment of the elegant expressivity of Chinese ink wash aesthetics and Abstract Expressionism.

Joseon Korea: Court Treasures And City Life

Joseon Korea: Court Treasures And City Life

Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name at the Asian Civilisations Museum, the book explores the exuberant culture of Korea's Joseon dynasty (1392-1897) through lavish costumes, painted screens, ceramics, scrolls, furnishings, and ritual wares. The objects, all borrowed from National Museums in Korea, include luxuries of the royal court, elegant furnishings for scholar-officials, and images and objects for spiritual sustenance. This profusely illustrated catalogue provides a perfect introduction to Joseon culture and art.

Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow

Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow

Accompanying the first major survey of Yayoi Kusama's work in Southeast Asia, this catalogue explores the captivating work of one of the world's most influential artist. It features essays by curators from National Gallery Singapore and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, a biographical timeline, and beautifully reproduced images of her paintings, sculptures, collage, performances, video works and installations.

Charting Thoughts: Essays On Art In Southeast Asia

Charting Thoughts: Essays On Art In Southeast Asia

A constellation of thoughts by 25 established and emerging scholars who plot the indices of modernity and locate new coordinates within the shifting landscape of art. These newly commissioned essays are accompanied by close to 200 full-colour image plates.

Tang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9Th Century

Tang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9Th Century

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.

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.

Bali Living: Innovative Tropical Design

Bali Living: Innovative Tropical Design

This comprehensive interior design book showcases the best in Balinese architecture with over 280 photographs and insightful commentary. Bali Living is a unique selection of 21 cutting-edge private homes, rental properties, restaurant and wedding facilities, a sports complex and villas. Traditional Balinese compound architecture is evident throughout, but most of the buildings included are contemporary structures that reinterpret old forms and materials in new and exciting ways.

History & Geography

First Islanders: Prehistory And Human Migration In Island Southeast Asia

First Islanders: Prehistory And Human Migration In Island Southeast Asia

Incorporating research findings over the last twenty years, First Islanders examines the human prehistory of Island Southeast Asia. This fascinating story is explored from a broad swathe of multidisciplinary perspectives and pays close attention to migration in the period dating from 1.5 million years ago to the development of Indic kingdoms late in the first millennium CE.

Taming Babel: Language In The Making Of Malaysia

Taming Babel: Language In The Making Of Malaysia

Taming Babel sheds new light on the role of language in the making of modern postcolonial Asian nations. Focusing on one of the most linguistically diverse territories in the British Empire, Rachel Leow explores the profound anxieties generated by a century of struggles to govern the polyglot subjects of British Malaya and postcolonial Malaysia. The book ranges across a series of key moments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in which British and Asian actors wrought quiet battles in the realm of language: in textbooks and language classrooms; in dictionaries, grammars and orthographies; in propaganda and psychological warfare; and in the very planning of language itself. Every attempt to tame Chinese and Malay languages resulted in failures of translation, competence, and governance, exposing both the deep fragility of a monoglot state in polyglot milieux, and the essential untameable nature of languages in motion.

Rice: Global Networks And New Histories

Rice: Global Networks And New Histories

Rice today is food to half the world's population. Its history is inextricably entangled with the emergence of colonialism, the global networks of industrial capitalism, and the modern world economy. The history of rice is currently a vital and innovative field of research attracting serious attention, but no attempt has yet been made to write a history of rice and its place in the rise of capitalism from a global and comparative perspective. Rice is a first step toward such a history. The fifteen chapters, written by specialists on Africa, the Americas, and Asia, are premised on the utility of a truly international approach to history. Each brings a new approach that unsettles prevailing narratives and suggests new connections. Together they cast new light on the significant roles of rice as crop, food, and commodity, and shape historical trajectories and interregional linkages in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Conflict And Commerce In Maritime East Asia: The Zheng Family And The Shaping Of The Modern World, C. 1620-1720

Conflict And Commerce In Maritime East Asia: The Zheng Family And The Shaping Of The Modern World, C. 1620-1720

The Zheng family of merchants and militarists emerged from the tumultuous seventeenth century amid a severe economic depression, a harrowing dynastic transition from the ethnic Chinese Ming to the Manchu Qing, and the first wave of European expansion into East Asia. Under four generations of leaders over six decades, the Zheng had come to dominate trade across the China Seas. Their average annual earnings matched, and at times exceeded, those of their fiercest rivals: the Dutch East India Company. Although nominally loyal to the Ming in its doomed struggle against the Manchus, the Zheng eventually forged an autonomous territorial state based on Taiwan with the potential to encompass the family's entire economic sphere of influence. Through the story of the Zheng, Xing Hang provides a fresh perspective on the economic divergence of early modern China from western Europe, its twenty-first-century resurgence, and the meaning of a Chinese identity outside China.

World War One In Southeast Asia: Colonialism And Anticolonialism In An Era Of Global Conflict

World War One In Southeast Asia: Colonialism And Anticolonialism In An Era Of Global Conflict

Although not a major player during the course of the First World War, Southeast Asia was in fact altered by the war in multiple and profound ways. Ranging across British Malaya, the Dutch East Indies, and French Indochina, Heather Streets-Salter reveals how the war shaped the region's political, economic, and social development both during 1914-18 and in the war's aftermath. She shows how the region's strategic location between North America and India made it a convenient way-station for expatriate Indian revolutionaries who hoped to smuggle arms and people into India and thus to overthrow British rule, whilst German consuls and agents entered into partnerships with both Indian and Vietnamese revolutionaries to undermine Allied authority and coordinate anti-British and anti-French operations.

Reporting The Retreat: War Correspondents In Burma, 1942

Reporting The Retreat: War Correspondents In Burma, 1942

Japan's invasion of Burma in 1942 set off the longest retreat in British military history. Along with the fall of Singapore, it marked the beginning of the end of British rule, not only in Burma but also in south and south-east Asia. Britain's defeat in Burma has been studied in detail, but Reporting the Retreat is the first account that looks at how war correspondents presented the campaign in Western newspapers, pictorial magazines, and newsreels. Using wartime archives, Philip Woods re-evaluates the accuracy and impact of the versions of events presented by war correspondents reporting from Burma. His account will be of great value to historians of conflict and to anyone interested in journalism and the media.

Social Issues

Citizens, Civil Society And Heritage-Making In Asia

Citizens, Civil Society And Heritage-Making In Asia

This volume is based on papers from the second in a series of three conferences that deal with the multi-scalar processes of heritage-making, ranging from the local to the national and international levels, involving different players with different degrees of agency and interests. These players include citizens and civil society, the state, and international organizations and actors. The current volume focuses on the role of citizens and civil society in the politics of heritage-making, looking at how these players at the grass-roots level make sense of the past in the present. Who are these local players that seek to define the meaning of heritage in their everyday lives? How do they negotiate with the state, or contest the influence of the state, in determining what their heritage is? These and other questions will be taken up in various Asian contexts in this volume to foreground the local dynamics of heritage politics.

Nan Dao Zhi

Nan Dao Zhi

Nandao is a platform for discussion and sharing by the faculty and students from the Chinese, English, Physical and Mathematical Science, and Mechanical Engineering divisions of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Through discussions on Singaporean and Malaysian issues, Nandao strives to expand the intellectual horizon of university students, and motivate their social concerns and interventions. At the same time, Nandao aims to promote rational, plural and generous insights in terms of understanding differences, offences and discrepancies in society, and to search for the language of our own age. Nandao Zhi is a compilation of speeches and talks held by Nandao.

Culture & People

Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days

Filled with joy, laughter and good memories, this collection comprises 50 short stories set in Malaysia during the 1950s to the 1970s. Carefully constructed and delivered with a lot of heart, these uplifting stories are still relatable today. Friele's lively narrative revolves around his colourful experiences. From the moment he arrived in Malaya, his eventful days were dotted with a host of sentimental, hilarious and crazy moments. The author's love for this magical era shines through, along with his in-depth observations and insights. With the author's unique voice interspersed with a myriad of emotions, this collection offers an unforgettable stroll down memory lane. There is also a pictorial supplement, with more than 100 photos and images from the author's personal collection covering the period from the late l940s to the l970s.

Sundays With Sumiko

Sundays With Sumiko

Sumiko Tan wrote her first personal column as a young reporter in 1994. Over the next 22 years, her fortnightly column in The Sunday Times gathered a faithful readership and made her a household name. This is a collection of her most representative columns over the past two decades, exploring family, love, friends, career, dogs, death, and marriage. The book follows Sumiko's journey from horizon-broadening travels and singlehood woes of the Nineties, to musings about romance and ageing in the Noughties, to an exciting reunion with a junior college friend that culminated in marriage. In the last section of the book, Now, Sumiko explores married life, negotiates her new role as a stepmum, and reaffirms the importance of everyday moments of happiness. Her columns also explore the lighter side of things: whether it is learning to swim as an adult, waxing nostalgic about Yaohan supermarket, finally getting Lasik eye surgery, or the woes of having different air-conditioning preferences from her husband.

Siamese Melting Pot: Ethnic Minorities In The Making Of Bangkok

Siamese Melting Pot: Ethnic Minorities In The Making Of Bangkok

Ethnic minorities historically comprised a solid majority of Bangkok's population. They played a dominant role in the city's exuberant economic and social development. In the shadow of Siam's prideful, flamboyant Thai ruling class, the city's diverse minorities flourished quietly. In tracing the social, political, and spatial dynamics of Bangkok's ethnic pluralism through the two-and-a-half centuries of the city's history, this book calls attention to a long-neglected mainspring of Thai urban development. While the books primary focus is on the first five reigns of the Chakri dynasty (1782-1910), the account extends backward and forward to reveal the continuing impact of Bangkok's ethnic minorities on Thai culture change, within the broader context of Thai development studies.

Religion & Philosophy

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.

Religious Pluralism: A Christian Perspective

Religious Pluralism: A Christian Perspective

In a religiously pluralistic world, the Christian church is faced with challenges and responsibilities regarding its relationship with other faiths. Can Christians learn anything from other religions? What is the theological relationship between other faiths and Christianity? And, is Jesus really the only way to salvation? This book discusses the various Christian responses to religious plurality based on the tri-fold typology. It begins with a discussion of pluralism in generic terms before proceeding to describe some of the challenges that religious pluralism poses for the Christian faith. The theological merits and pitfalls of each standpoint are analysed, before concluding with some observations on the current trend in the theology of religions, one that is based on the doctrine of the Trinity and called the Trinitarian Theology of religions.

Islam Explained: Essential Reading For Anyone Who Wants To Know More About Islam

Islam Explained: Essential Reading For Anyone Who Wants To Know More About Islam

Islam, a faith that embraces all races and cultures, has spread far and wide across the globe. Few people have not heard about Islam or interacted with Muslims. But many, including some Muslims, do not know much about Prophet Muhammad or what the Qur'an actually teaches. This fully updated and expanded second edition of Islam explains concisely Islam's principles and message of peace for mankind; clarifies misconceptions about Islam with regard to the Qur'an and the Hadith, the significance of the jihad, the requirements for halal food, and other issues; describes what Muslims need to practise to be righteous and helpful to the peace and progress of the one's country of residence and the wider world; and presents all the essential information in 25 succinct chapters.

Equal Joy, An: Reflections On God, Death And Belonging

Equal Joy, An: Reflections On God, Death And Belonging

Reflections on God, Death and Belonging. A collection of essays in which award-winning author Catherine Lim undertakes a bold and intense exploration into the fear of death, the nature of religion and the question of who we are. Drawing on her own experiences and myriad of influences. Lim reflects on the beauty of both the natural world and the world of faith.

Travel

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.

On Brittle Ground: My China Journey

On Brittle Ground: My China Journey

When Souchou Yao returns in middle age to the Chinese market town he left as a child, he finds that he is both a stranger and a kinsman; at once a tourist and a native son. His encounters with family members who suffered the terror and persecution of Mao's Land Reforms, and his intimate observations of how the new China is still haunted by its past, are interleaved with personal reflections and mixed emotions. Can one justify the sacrifice of millions of lives in building a brave new world? Is destruction the inevitable price of progress? Can an exile ever go home again? On Brittle Ground is a moving chronicle of a journey home and a poignant reminder that new life may spring from catastrophic events, and new fires flicker among the ashes of the old. In Souchou Yao's beautiful prose narrative, unresolved paradoxes give way to the wisdom of acceptance.

Literature

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.

Love At The Gallery

Love At The Gallery

Art becomes a muse for most of the 26 love poems in this collection. Those poems are ekphrastic - that is, they engage in the imaginative act of describing, narrating, or re?ecting on situations limned in paintings or sculptures, expanding and amplifying on the meaning that they evoke. The artworks that inspire these poems belong to the National Gallery Singapore. The 26 love poems are arranged according to common threads based on the four different kinds of love as ?rst outlined by the ancient Greeks: éros, storge, philía, and agápe. We hope that readers will be continually led back to the poems and their respective artworks.

Tiger And The Leopardess, The

Tiger And The Leopardess, The

An old tiger is on a hunt but is frustrated by his lack of success. Then he finds himself stalked by a leopard, a lesser, smaller and weaker animal, but his forbearance and benign character allows him to tolerate the leopard and the two animals develop a co-operative relationship. The Tiger and the Leopardess is about a time in Malaysia when life was more laid back and people were more preoccupied with the immediate world around them than with politics. So when a tiger attacks a boy out on a picnic, suddenly everybody feels the need to be involved in resolving the situation.

Philip Jeyaretnam Collection, The

Philip Jeyaretnam Collection, The

This collection gathers three of Philip Jeyaretnam's best-known works - First Loves, Raffles Place Ragtime and Abraham's Promise. Together, they showcase Jeyaretnam's technique and accomplishments across a range of forms, subject matter and emotional landscapes. Set in Singapore in the 1960s through the 1980s, the short stories and novels explore themes of identity, materialism, interracial relationships, power and betrayal; foreground the thinkers, dreamers and doers of post-colonial Singapore; and expose the young nation's frailties, cracks and contradictions.

Law

Pluralism, Transnationalism And Culture In Asian Law: A Book In Honour Of M.B. Hooker

Pluralism, Transnationalism And Culture In Asian Law: A Book In Honour Of M.B. Hooker

To honour this great scholar, this book gathers essays from admirers and friends who add their own contributions on legal pluralism, transnationalism and culture in Asia. The book opens with an account of M.B. Hooker colourful and prolific career. The authors then approach legal pluralism through legal theory, legal anthropology, comparative law, law and religion, constitutional law, even Islamic art, thus reflecting the broad approaches of Professor Hooker's scholarship. While most of the book focuses mainly on Southeast Asia, it also reaches out to all of Asia up to Israel, and even includes a chapter comparing Indonesia and Egypt.

Education

Empowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality

Empowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality

Empowered Educators in Singapore is one volume in a series that explores how high-performing educational systems from around the world achieve strong results. This book delves into the country's rapid rise to educational excellence on a global scale and the national effort that drives it. Singaporean students routinely outperform their peers from around the world, placing first or second in international assessments, particularly in math and science. This book describes the interwoven strategies that merge context, quality, governance, and continual evolution into a consistently high-achieving student population.

Private Education In Singapore: Contemporary Issues And Challenges

Private Education In Singapore: Contemporary Issues And Challenges

Not much has been written about the private education sector in Singapore despite the fact that the sector houses about 300 private education institutions (PEIs) and enrolls about 150,000 students. In this book, the author offers an extensive discussion on (i) the key elements of the sector - types and features of the PEIs, (ii) the regulatory framework for private education, (iii) students' aspiration and the impact of the ASPIRE report on PEIs, and (iv) the provision of external degree programme through transnational partnership. The book also tackles the hotly debated discussion in relation to academic quality and standard of PEI courses.

Translating The Body: Medical Education In Southeast Asia

Translating The Body: Medical Education In Southeast Asia

Until recently, receiving a European or North American-style medical education in Southeast Asia was a profoundly transformative experience, as western conceptions of the body differed significantly from indigenous knowledge and explanations. Further, conceptions of the human body had to be translated into local languages and related to vernacular views of health, disease, and healing. Translating the Body is the first book to present the history of biomedical education across Southeast Asia. The contributors chart and analyze the organization of western medical education in Southeast Asia, public health education campaigns in the region, and the ways in which practitioners of what came to be conceived of as "traditional medicine" in many Southeast Asian countries organized themselves in response.

Pisa Ranking: Issues And Effects In Singapore, East Asia And The World

Pisa Ranking: Issues And Effects In Singapore, East Asia And The World

The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is gaining increasing attention among education authorities of the world. The number of participating economies almost doubled in the past one and a half decades, increasing from 43 in 2000 when it first started to 74 in 2015. PISA assesses the performance in Reading, Mathematics, and Science of 15-year-olds with different emphases rotating among the three subjects in different exercises. The attention of the participating economies has been focused almost exclusively on the ranking results which are used to evaluate the standings and progress of their education systems, although PISA does cover many background conditions which might have influenced the performance. Interestingly, East Asian economies have been consistently in the leading positions, and Finland has been frequently cited as a model for the Western economies and even the world to emulate. This monograph contains many secondary analyses of PISA data. Using mainly simple and layman language, it equips educational administrators and policy makers with in-depth insights into some of the intricacies inherent in the PISA data for a more appropriate understanding. It is readily appreciated that such an understanding is needed to prevent misinterpretation and avoid unsound policy or wasteful action.

Business

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.

Trust Economy, The: Building Strong Networks And Realising Exponential Value In The Digital Age

Trust Economy, The: Building Strong Networks And Realising Exponential Value In The Digital Age

Trust is a key enabler for economic value creation. This book introduces a world-first cyclical model for building trust in six easy, repeatable steps. Trust - much like anything without a method or systematic approach - is tough to achieve, and this book will make it easier and more effective than ever before to build the trust you need to make your innovation efforts succeed.

Leisure

Hunger Management: Easy Recipes For The Lazy And Ravenous Cook

Hunger Management: Easy Recipes For The Lazy And Ravenous Cook

Tan Hsueh Yun is editor of the Life section of The Straits Times and The Sunday Times, and also writes about food. This book is a collection of some of her favourite recipes from her fortnightly cooking column, Hunger Management, which has been running in The Sunday Times since 2008.

Shanghai In 12 Dishes: How To Eat Like You Live There

Shanghai In 12 Dishes: How To Eat Like You Live There

So many places to visit, so many delicious things to eat. Where to start, in a strange, new city? These nifty guides take visitors through the potentially bewildering process of finding authentic eats, across a variety of destinations.? Welcome to eating like a local, Shanghai style!

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

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of Singapore

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of Singapore

This fully revised and updated identification guide to 280 bird species, including all resident and regular migratory species, occurring in Singapore is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from Singapore's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include common and scientific plus Chinese and Malay names, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the birds of Singapore encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and IUCN status as at 2017.

Sustainability Shift, The: Refashioning Malaysia's Future

Sustainability Shift, The: Refashioning Malaysia's Future

This book discusses the specific ecological threats facing Malaysia and the intellectual as well as practical 'shift' required for a more sustainable future. The book explores themes of environmental degradation, climate change and imminent ecological collapse faced by humanity today. These issues demand an urgent response from individuals, industries and national governments. Yet, in most countries, national policies are still based on fragmentary thinking and unsound science. Malaysia, a resource-rich upper-middle income economy, is no exception. This book shows how, by reforming its institutional hardware, software and 'heartware', Malaysia can nurture an inclusive, sustainable society and also benefit economically by greening its growth.

Children

Pollilymics, The

Pollilymics, The

Deep in the forest, there is a great pollination competition that few have heard of, and even fewer have seen. Join the pollinators on a fun-filled adventure to see who has what it takes to be crowned the best pollinator! But things don't go as planned…

Dolphin Travel Troubles

Dolphin Travel Troubles

The Tan family has always been a peaceful group of dolphins living in the waters near Singapore, until the day their home was contaminated by an oil spill. Fortunately, they meet Sam, a mysterious dolphin who brings promises of a wonderful place filled with food, space and lots of new marine neighbours! However, oil spills are not the only peril that they will encounter on their long journey there. Will they reach this new haven? What is Sam really up to? And is there truly a safe place that the Tans can finally call home?

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.

Dreaming Giant, The: A Children's Book Inspired By Wassily Kandinsky

Dreaming Giant, The: A Children's Book Inspired By Wassily Kandinsky

Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky's 1940 painting, Sky Blue, this delightful children's book delves into the kaleidoscopic mind of a sleeping giant. With its brightly colored palette and playful drawings, this wonderfully imaginative book echoes Kandinsky's lively style. As young readers explore the wonders of the miniature villagers' world and the colossal giant's imagination, they will be inspired to find their own way around Kandinsky's enigmatic masterpiece.


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