Operation Coldstore remains the most contentious event in the history of postcolonial Singapore. The authors in this volume have placed on record their own perspective of events. The stirring autobiographical accounts are supplemented by academic contributions that provide contextual depth to the historical events.
This is the first book to comprehensively examine the little-known history of Phuket and its surrounding region. The well-researched epic begins with the arrival of the first humans and goes on to cover: the influence of early Negro, Malay, Indian, Chinese, Arab, Greek settlers and visitors; Phuket's important position on the ancient east west maritime trade route; the rise and fall of mysterious early kingdoms and empires; the coming of Islam and Thai regional dominance; the social history and the scourge of piracy; swashbuckling attempts by Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch, French, and British adventurers to control Phuket in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; the destruction of the 18th and 19th century Burmese wars; the tin mining boom; mass Chinese immigration and their rise to regional power; European colonial pressure and why Phuket was never colonized; the birth of Thailand; Japan's WWII invasion, local resistance battles and the eventual Allied conquest of Phuket; and Phuket's post-war transformation into a booming jet-set destination. With over 100 maps, pictures and photographs.
Remembering Kampong Radin Mas records the memories of the residents from the kampong who were resettled in 1973. Kampong Radin Mas produced many illustrious members of the Malay community, such as Othman Wok, Singapore's Minister of Social Affairs from 1963 to 1977; food consultant Aziza Ali; and former Members of Parliament Sidek Saniff and Wan Hussin Zoohri. The book project aims to bring a sense of history to a new generation of younger Singaporeans. It explores what life was like in the kampong - the spirit of gotong royong that had the villagers rallying to help one another; traditional cultural practices now largely forgotten; and the happy times shared by village folk in a simpler age.
John (Kay) Corner left home in 1960, aged 19. He would never see his father, E. J. H. Corner, again.
Edred John Henry Corner was one of the most colourful and productive biologists and mycologists of the 20th century. His career began in 1929 as Assistant Director of the Straits Settlements Singapore Botanic Gardens, where he trained monkeys to collect specimens from the treetops of the rainforest, and published Wayside Trees of Malaya, a classic field guide interspersed with his delightful and idiosyncratic observations on plant life. He was key in the creation of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, a 163- hectare plot that contains more tree species than the whole of North America.
When war came, he considered it his responsibility to safeguard the scientific and cultural collections of Singapore during the Japanese Occupation, but was branded by some as a collaborator. Post-war, after heading the ambitious UNESCO Hylean Amazon Project, he returned to Cambridge University and was appointed Professor of Tropical Botany in 1965. There he propounded his theory that the Durian represented an ancestral type of angiosperm tree. He was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society, where he promoted the conservation of tropical forests and led expeditions to the British Solomon Islands and Mount Kinabalu. For the latter, he proposed Kinabalu Park which led to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After 46 years, John Corner faces his estranged father in a suitcase marked: 'For Kay, wherever he might be.' The letters, pictures and other memorabilia that spill out led him to search for the father he hardly knew, resulting in an engaging and frank biography of an eminent scientist who put science above all, including his family.
Chinese language theatre in Singapore has gone through a century of ups and downs. It was borne out of a mission to inspire public discourse and to aid disaster relief in the beginning of the 20th century, and developed in the post-war era of multivariate aesthetic and political currents. A century of Singapore Chinese language theatre has not only contributed to the painting of Singapore's cultural landscape, it is also closely associated with the turbulence in the world. Beginning from modern drama's first emergence in 1913, this volume traces the centennial history of Chinese language theatre in Singapore in the socio, cultural and political contexts. Through a survey of historical records accompanied by rare images, the book is a reflection on the cultural ethos and social development of the different periods.
This guide to the Peranakan Museum in Singapore features over a hundred fully illustrated entries written by the museum's curators, independent academics and researchers. It provides the reader with glimpses into the lifestyle of the Peranakan Chinese community, in all its facets and expressions. These include everyday household objects, distinctive crafts such as beadwork and embroidery, colourful porcelain, textiles, jewellery and the fine gilded furniture that graced the homes of the wealthier Peranakans. Intangible aspects of the culture such as language and poetic forms are explored as well.
Ever wonder what the thumbdrive, SAR-21, Tiger Beer, RISIS orchid and the parking coupon have in common? These and another 13 objects are all (almost) uniquely Singapore in their origin or association with the city-state. This book, written by Singapore Management University undergraduates, tells the fascinating stories behind these objects. Its unusual perspective will interest Singaporeans as well as visitors keen to understand Singapore's creative mix of enterprise, innovation and organisation.
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 provides a comprehensive look at the political philosophy that has shaped Singapore's healthcare system over the last five decades, and the financing and delivery of healthcare in Singapore. It delves into different aspects of the Singapore healthcare landscape, including pharmaceutical cost management, medical tourism, doctors' remuneration, medical education, rules and regulations, workforce planning and health promotion. It suggests lessons that the Singapore healthcare story holds for healthcare policy makers and reformers and the challenges that the future holds.
The branding of Singapore International Airlines with the image of a beautiful, petite and servile 'Oriental' woman dressed in figure-hugging sarong-kebaya is one of the world's longest running and most successful advertising campaigns. But this image does not simply advertise a service; it is part of a global and national regime of symbolic constructions of gender that today is seen as outdated and sexist. The nation's economic success has been a force for women's liberation. One catastrophic consequence of women's changed lives has been the plunge in fertility rates. Singapore has one of the world's lowest despite energetic government campaigns encouraging women to have more babies. The failure of these campaigns and rethinking of the Singapore Girl highlight a key premise of this book: there are limits to the power of discursive constructions of gender in the national interest.
Singapore Biennale 2013 features the works of 82 artists and artist collectives from the Southeast Asian region and beyond, with a 27-member curatorial team who, with their combined expertise, have harnessed the unique energies of Southeast Asia to shape the region's premier contemporary art exhibition. This fully illustrated catalogue features curatorial write-ups on each of the 82 artworks, an introduction by art historian T. K. Sabapathy and an essay by Amitav Acharya. Shedding light on the collaborative curatorial process, the publication also includes creative textual and visual responses by the 27 curators that offers a cross-section of their diverse perspectives, strategies and approaches in curating "If the World Changed".
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.
Narratives in Malaysian Art Volume 2: Reactions - New Critical Strategies looks at the ways in which Malaysian artists have responded to socio-political events that have taken place in Malaysia, and also at the changing approaches and attitudes in art-making over the past 45 years. Featuring leading critical voices in Malaysian art from the 70s to the 90s, to those of a younger generation of artists, writers and researchers, this volume captures something of the underlying urgency and passion that have informed the development of contemporary Malaysian art and artistic practice. Contained within this volume are polemical tracts by artists and art groups, existing and newly commissioned essays, as well as interviews with artists, and excerpts from seminal exhibition texts.The volume is also illustrated with black-and-white and colour documentation of over 100 art works and events.
Decoration and Symbolism in Chinese Architecture provides the specialist knowledge to unlock the hidden meanings behind the decorative symbols and architectural designs found in historic Chinese buildings in Singapore. Written by experts in the field and accompanied by beautiful photographs, this book brings to light the beliefs, values, aspirations and world views of the pioneers who constructed the landmark buildings that nestle below Singapore’s modern skyline today.
For thousands of years, the cultures of Asia have traded, interacted,and exchanged artistic ideas. This book presents highlights of crosscultural Asian art acquired by Singapore's Asian Civilisations Museum between 2009 and 2013. The objects show the migration of religions, the lure of exotic materials and rare techniques, and the creation of new art forms through the blending of traditions. The encounters between cultures and the global networks of trade that have shaped our world are much in evidence in the objects discussed in this volume.
The last decade has seen Hong Kong blossom into one of Asia's true artistic hotspots, with its galleries, art projects and fairs now flourishing along with local and international audiences. At the centre of this cultural renaissance are the artists themselves - working as both products and interpreters of Hong Kong's complex historical legacy. Though often finding themselves at odds with society's values, they have developed a wholly unique genre of art that acts as a vital bridge between a place and its people. The artist interviews in Contemporary Art in Hong Kong expose the countless links between history, culture and identity as well as Ha Thuc's conviction that art not only reflects society, but can also mould it.
Fahcheong: The Art Book is the first major publication of the life and work of Chong Fahcheong, one of Singapore's premier sculptors. It is an illuminating text which includes captivating quotes from the artist, an insightful essay by Singapore's foremost art historian T.K. Sabapathy and an intimate conversation between artist and art historian. These are accompanied by over 130 colour photographs of never-before-seen sculptures and famously iconic public artworks.
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 hydrological foundations that underpin the success of Singapore today and Cambodia of the 15th Century are made visible through a series of beautifully illustrated drawings, photographs and graphical diagrams. Through comparing the countries' hydrologic architecture, water distribution infrastructure, and water based economies a new understanding of Singapore and Cambodia comes into focus. This book is a breakdown and study of hydrology in every aspect - geographical, historical, economical, political, urban and architectural. Probing Hydrological Urbanism offers a timely look into Singapore's future by looking into Cambodia's past offering lessons and warnings of two very different yet parallel civilizations in South East Asia.
Azalea Dreams, Bamboo Lives tells the story of Siok Yi and Kok Wah, who grew up amidst the promise of a new China on Gulangyu island during the tumultuous years of the Chinese civil war. Condemned and persecuted for living their ideals, they elope to the colony of Singapore, hoping to build a new world for themselves. Haunted by the ghosts they left behind and faced with the same challenges they thought they had escaped, they find themselves caught in a web of intrigue and deceit, as they struggle to keep their dreams and love alive in a world at war. This sweeping work of historical fiction brings alive the emotions of that turbulent era, when great powers and ideologies tussled for control, inflicting unimaginable costs on the denizens of a Singapore slowly moving towards independence.
This is the 2013 first edition in English of a detailed narrative-based history of classical Malay literature already published at various times in Indonesian and in Malay. Translations with introductory commentaries are given for any immense range of material, folk literatures; tales based on the Indian epics; Javanese Panji stories; Hindu and Islamic tales and legends; historical narratives and the literature of Islamic theology; the Classical Malay Law Codes; and the final chapter explores the poetic form of pantun and syair. With bibliography and index.
Cyril Wong's poems provide a disturbing, poetic account of an unnamed dictator's eyebrow whose longings, delusions of grandeur, and curious influence have shaped history in ways previously unknown-until now. Within a surreal tale about an eyebrow's thirst for recognition and power, a love story also unexpectedly emerges.
Adi loves his life in the kampung: climbing the ancient banyan tree, watching ten-cent movies with his friends, fetching worms for the village bomoh. The residents of Kampung Pak Buyung may not have many material goods, but their simple lives are happy. However, looming on the horizon are political upheaval, race riots, gang wars and the Konfrontasi with Indonesia.
Star Anise dreams of being a star. But nobody in Spice Town seems to notice her, so she sets off in search of stardom. This is a tasty tale about caring for others. It is the first title of The Asian Spice Kids series. The Asian Spice Kids series is a collection of five pre-school bilingual picture books. Each book is written in dual languages - English and Chinese; and English and Malay. These books provide the platform to pique children's curiosity in languages, motivate them to excel in bilingual skills, foster appreciation of the Asian culture while embracing cultural diversity.
Welcome to Pulau Ubin! Lloyd is here to visit his grandfather and meets Tomo, who has lost his way home. Join them as they embark on an exciting adventure to find Tomo's home by following puzzling clues, meeting unusual friends, learning new things and understanding more about the world we live in! At each scene, Lloyd and Tomo have to solve puzzles to figure out where to go next. Can you help them?
Clear, strong lines, and radiant colours that seem to smile at the reader characterise Mies van Hout's drawings. In "Today I Am" Mies shows all the emotions a young child encounters. Each double page spread is devoted to one fish showing a particular emotion, along with its name in lettering that expresses the same feeling. Dive into "Today I Am" and meet the most dazzling fish that spark laughter and empathy.
Awesome Art provides an introduction to great works of art at the National Art Gallery, Singapore. The chapters are based on 20 works of art by important Southeast Asian artists; they invite young readers to uncover interesting stories behind the artworks, learn something new about materials and methods used by artists, or simply take in the beauty of art. The influence of history and culture in the creation of artworks is also presented in a lively and engaging format. Suitable for ages 8 and above.
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