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Eco-Cities: Sharing European And Asian Best Practices And Experiences

Eco-Cities: Sharing European And Asian Best Practices And Experiences

This publication addresses issues concerning the new emphasis and interest in eco-cities in Europe and Asia, including: How do developed countries and developing countries view the development of eco-cities? Is it a new fad or are countries serious in committing to the building of such environmentally friendly cities? What are the ways that countries can collaborate on eco-cities and what are the models for collaborations? Contributors include: Eero Paloheimo, Simon Joss, Qin Tianbao and Judith Ryser.

Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People

Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People

Fifteen researchers from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, France and the United Kingdom whose interest in Malaysia goes beyond passion - but always with reason - have come together to take readers on an intellectual quest to identify the contemporary nature of Malaysian politics and society. The researchers are from different disciplines, including urban studies, political economy, international relation, political sociology and anthropology, film studies, literature, law, and strategic studies.

History & Geography

Narrating Presence: Awakening From Cultural Amnesia

Narrating Presence: Awakening From Cultural Amnesia

In addition to celebrating the intellectual tradition of a past generation of Singaporean Malay thinkers, social and cultural activists, this series provides unique insights and perspectives into the lived-experience and collective memories of the Malay community in Singapore. This book investigates and raises questions on the background and social-historical conditionings that have shaped and coloured Malay thinking and world view, from the past to contemporary thought, through its literary heritage and letters.

Massacre In Malaya: Exposing Britain's My Lai

Massacre In Malaya: Exposing Britain's My Lai

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.

Culture & People

Dictionary Of Asian Language, The

Dictionary Of Asian Language, The

Of course there is no single Asian language. But plenty of vogue words from this booming continent are entering English. Did you know there is a flower named after former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il? The Chinese have a word - shengnu, literally leftover - for the new phenomenon of unmarried women over thirty. These are just some of the hundreds of words that illuminate little corners of life and culture in a pan-Asian selection of keywords from the zeitgeist.

Welcome Home: A Year Of Loving Singapore

Welcome Home: A Year Of Loving Singapore

Welcome Home: A Year of Loving Singapore is a book that invites the reader to explore, rediscover and reflect on Singapore and everything Singaporean. Over the course of 365 days, facts, personal anecdotes and vignettes of Singapore's history, heritage, economy, geography, arts and culture are presented in the format of a daily journal. The book is a co-creation of the collective memory and aspiration of the Singapore we love and one which we hope to achieve greater heights in the next 50 years.

History & Geography

Cultural Monuments Of Tibet, The (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)

Cultural Monuments Of Tibet, The (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)

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.

Culture & People

Beyond The Tea Dance: The Story Of Singapore Sixties Music - Vol. 2

Beyond The Tea Dance: The Story Of Singapore Sixties Music - Vol. 2

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.

Social Issues

Tombois And Femmes: Defying Gender Labels In Indonesia

Tombois And Femmes: Defying Gender Labels In Indonesia

This book offers a compelling view of sexual and gender difference through the everyday lives of tombois and their girlfriends ("femmes") in the city of Padang, West Sumatra. Tombois are masculine females who identify as men and desire women; their girlfriends view themselves as normal women who desire men. Through rich, in-depth, and provocative stories, author Evelyn Blackwood shows how these same-sex Indonesian couples negotiate transgressive identities and desires and how their experiences speak to the struggles and desires of sexual and gender minorities everywhere.

Art

Intersecting Histories: Contemporary Turns In Southeast Asian Art

Intersecting Histories: Contemporary Turns In Southeast Asian Art

This exhibition catalogue was published in conjunction with the Grand Opening exhibition for the ADM Gallery held at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The exhibition showcased some of the most significant contemporary art works created by artists in Southeast Asia, from the 1970s until the present, and highlighted the distinctive moments, or turning points, in the emergence and development of contemporary art in the region. It includes essays by TK Sabapathy, Yvonne Low, Seng Yu Jin, Aminudin TH Siregar and Adele Tan.

Ai Wei Wei: Evidence

Ai Wei Wei: Evidence

Accompanying a major new exhibition of Ai Weiwei's work, including many pieces made especially for the show, this book features numerous illustrations, texts by the artist as well as informed essays by leading scholars. From large installations to smaller dioramas, these works present Ai's most recent artistic expressions of resistance, courage, and historical truth.

Warm Nights, Deathless Days: The Life Of Georgette Chen

Warm Nights, Deathless Days: The Life Of Georgette Chen

Warm Nights, Deathless Days: The Life of Georgette Chen is Eisner-nominated comic artist Sonny Liew's response to the legacy of one of Singapore's most prominent pioneer artists Georgette Chen (1906-1993). The result is a moving portrait of Chen's life, thoughts, and dreams, a charming chronicle of her days as a precocious young painter to her winning of Singapore's prestigious Cultural Medallion in 1982. Richly illustrated in a soft, milky palette, the comic captures the quiet space of art and friendship that Chen sheltered amid a turbulent backdrop of political turmoil and personal hardship.

Thinking Of Landscape: Paintings From The Yeap Lam Yang Collection

Thinking Of Landscape: Paintings From The Yeap Lam Yang Collection

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.

Nias Sculpture: Mandala Collection

Nias Sculpture: Mandala Collection

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.

Tze Peng: Songs From The Heart

Tze Peng: Songs From The Heart

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.

Architecture

Golden Lands, The: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam - Architecture Of The Buddhist World

Golden Lands, The: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam - Architecture Of The Buddhist World

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.

Science & Technology

Gerontological Counselling: An Introductory Handbook

Gerontological Counselling: An Introductory Handbook

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.

Religion & Philosophy

(Un)Expected: Inspired By Tsem Rinpoche

(Un)Expected: Inspired By Tsem Rinpoche

(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.

Literature

Potret Puisi Melayu Singapura

Potret Puisi Melayu Singapura

In addition to celebrating the intellectual tradition of a past generation of Singaporean Malay thinkers, social and cultural activists, this series provides unique insights and perspectives into the lived-experience and collective memories of the Malay community in Singapore. Written in Malay, this book features the works of 44 Singapore Malay poets, from the post-independence era to the present, and shows how the historical context, community and the individuality of the poet have given poetry written by Singaporean Malay writers its own distinctive identity.

Singapore Noir

Singapore Noir

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.

Leisure

Yunnan Cookbook, The: Recipes From China's Land Of Ethnic Diversity

Yunnan Cookbook, The: Recipes From China's Land Of Ethnic Diversity

From the yaks which graze at altitudes so high that vegetables cannot grow, and the paradise of Shangri-La; through the flower markets of Kunming; to the tropical south where market stalls brim with brilliant red chillies and shimmering purple eggplants. Yunnan, an exotic land of former kingdoms which borders Tibet, Sichuan, Burma, Vietnam and Laos, is the most bio-diverse province in China. Each ethnic minority has its own distinct cooking ingredients, aromas and flavours - all brought together for the first time in this unique cookbook.

Children

Leap & Hop: Cambodia

Leap & Hop: Cambodia

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.

New Croc On The Block

New Croc On The Block

Cyril's old home has just been destroyed and he is looking for a new place to stay. Chancing upon Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, he begins a journey filled with memorable encounters and unexpected delights. This is one of a series of books written and illustrated by students from Raffles Institution that will enable young readers to learn more about Singapore's nature locations and wildlife. The other books are on Pulau Ubin, MacRitchie Reservoir, Southern Ridges, and Lower Pierce Reservoir.

My Home (Picture Book)

My Home (Picture Book)

My Home is the first bilingual picture book which includes local content and lift-the-flaps games. All the content is presented in a pleasing bilingual format in both English and Mandarin Chinese and includes Hanyu Pinyin as a complementary reading aid. Set in a Singaporean flat, everyday family life as well as common neighbourhood settings are depicted with comical flair.


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