The existence of an ethnic divide is a common problem in multiethnic societies, more so when these societies are straddled with contradictions reflected in their socioeconomic and political composition and configuration. The existence of an ethnic divide in the educational sector is most unfortunate. While Malaysia has aspired to provide a common or uniform system of schooling for the different ethnic groups since Independence, such an aspiration was however compromised by the co-existence of alternative pathways of education that are divided along ethnic lines. There are four dimensions underpinning these ethnic divisions, namely linguistic, preferential, religious and class. This monograph explores the emergence and subsequent developments of these alternative pathways of education and their impact on Malaysia's nation-building process.
The editors use the notion of metamorphosis to look at Myanmar today and tomorrow - a term that accommodates linear change, stubborn persistence and the possibility of dramatic transformation. Divided into four sections, on politics, identity and ethnic relations, social change in fields like education and medicine, and the evolutions of religious institutions, the volume takes a broad view, combining an anthropological approach with views from political scientists and historians. This volume is an essential guide to the political and social challenges ahead for Myanmar.
Lim Chim Siong was the most prominent left-wing leader in Singapore for a decade until he was eliminated from the political scene by the infamous Operation Coldstore on February 2, 1963. This book is an account of Lim's significance in Singapore's political developments in the decade preceding. It also contains tributes by his friends and colleagues in Singapore and Malaysia. This new edition features an essay by Dr Poh Soo Kai and an extract from Lim's posthumous manuscripts. It will redefine the debate on the post-war history of both countries and the legacy of continuing political repression in them.
Published by SMU's Centre for Management Practice, this 300-page coffee-table book chronicles the journey and key milestones of 17 major Singapore organisations and industries that were integral in shaping modern Singapore. It is the culmination of many months of field research and interviews with key people in business, government and academia. The book pays tribute to both industry stalwarts and ordinary folks who have made a difference. It seeks to learn from the past in order to embrace the future - thereby providing a legacy for many generations to come.
Kuala Lumpur's street names reflect its rich mix of cultures and its growth from a small tin mining settlement to the leading capital city it is today. This encyclopedic A-to-Z guide explores the meanings and origins of KL's street names, past and present - from those named after notable persons and prominent landmarks (often bygone), to those named after local flora and fauna. Themed clusters, such as the streets in Taman Sri Bahtera named after traditional Malay boats, lend their neighbourhoods a distinct identity.
This is the third in a series of four books that is dedicated to documenting all known artworks by Sanyu. This catalogue includes 211 known watercolors by Sanyu, as well as selected drawings that serve as a sampling of Sanyu's drawing styles. As the sheer number of drawings (1,840) precludes any practicality of printing them all on paper, a complete image index on flash drive is included. Previously published catalogue raisonnes include two volumes of Sanyu's oil paintings. The fourth book, planned for publication in 2015, will catalogue the artist's prints. This series of publications devoted to the art of Sanyu is part of the Archives of Modern Chinese Art, a program of the Li Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan.
This is the first bilingual publication on the life and art of revered art master, Cheong Soo Pieng. A pioneer of the Nanyang art movement and an eminent figure in the development of fine art in Singapore, Cheong Soo Pieng (b. 1917 - 1983) is widely regarded as one of the most prolific artists of his generation. The book contains up to 200 artwork illustrations, including a large number of never-been-seen works in various private collections. Apart from discussing Soo Pieng's multifaceted practice, the content has been chronologically outlined to help readers understand the diverse styles that emerged and were synthesized during the different periods of the artist's career.
This monumental new book, with essays by a spectrum of international art historians, critical theorists and artists, presents a fresh, new approach to understanding the development of modern and contemporary Chinese art through the art historical and critical framework of'three parallel artworlds'. The'100 Art Things' of the book's title refers to the special selection of 100 artworks shown in the 'Hanart 100: Idiosyncrasies' exhibition in January 2014, the narrative of which was constructed around this theoretical framework.
This book presents amazing quality French Impressionist art held in Japanese collections, and includes some of the major works of the Impressionist movement. A selection of exquisite works from these Japanese museums now returns exclusively to Europe. At the heart of the exhibition and the book are masterpieces by French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists, among them Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Bonnard, Pissarro, Renoir, Signac, Sisley, and van Gogh. Their paintings are complemented by a selection of works by Japanese artists from the period before 1920 that laid the foundation for modern, Western-inspired Japanese art. Together, they tell the story of the interaction and two-way artistic influence between Europe and Japan from a new perspective.
This beautiful book presents a meditative, arresting, and dazzling collection of 240 black-and-white images of Japan, made over almost 30 years by the internationally renowned photographer Michael Kenna. The quietly evocative photographs, often paired with classic haiku poems of Basho, Buson, Issa, and others, provide a contemplative portrait of a country better known for its energy and industry. Gorgeously reproduced to convey the enormous subtleties that exist in Michael Kenna's traditional black-and-white silver prints, the photographs in this book include both well known and previously unpublished images from all corners of Japan.
This catalogue focuses on a group of 72 batik altar cloths recently donated to the Peranakan Museum. Families traditionally used embroidered cloths made in southern China, but in the early 20th century, the cloths began to be made of Javanese batik. Essays by Peter Lee, discussing the use and historical context of altar cloths in Southeast Asia, and by Fiona Kerlogue, on the significance of the designs on the cloths, complement beautifully illustrated entries on each cloth.
Ang Ah Tee is a second-generation Singaporean artist who was accorded the Cultural Medallion in 2009 by the government of Singapore. Under the tutelage of Cheong Soo Pieng and Georgette Chen, Ang has since created numerous paintings of different mediums. Amongst all, he is known for his acrylics works which allows him to paint spontaneously with speed. Coupled with the use of a knife palette, it creates a textural art form that is unique to Ang. Fascinating Visions was published in conjunction with his 10th solo exhibition, in 2010, at the Nafa Academy of Fine Arts. Featuring over 70 works all painted in different parts of the world from Ang's travels, this book bring about not only a painting but also the artist's travel experiences.
To record the artist's 40 years' journey in painting, this book is published on the occasion of Journey in Art: Retrospective Exhibition by Fan Shao Hua, organised by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, from 21 March - 8 April 2015. This richly illustrated publication contains extensive writing from art critics, and includes many pages of artworks from the artist's early works as well as his sketches and paintings in various mediums and themes.
The SIA Architectural Design Awards is the most prestigious award conferred by Singapore Institute of Architects to promote and encourage distinction in architectural design.
A compilation of 26 biographical accounts from the entire spectrum of Shanghai's Baghdadi Jewish society offers fresh insights into a remarkable community that lived through the crossroads of China's 20th-century history. Using previously unseen diaries and archival material, Shanghai's Baghdadi Jews documents the rise and fall of larger-than-life personalities who witnessed the Sino-Japanese War, the Occupation of Shanghai and the Communist Party's rise to power. Photographs illustrate the life and times of these individuals and the magnificent, cosmopolitan city they called home.
This unique hardcover, handmade die-cut, "Photo-Language" collection consists of 40 photographs that depict Singlish scenarios. It also has a dictionary glossary of 100 Singlish in the 4 main languages - English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil. There are also 3 essays on Singlish, sticker pullouts for readers to caption their own photos to complete the scene. It encourages reader to fill in the blanks on provided stickers, for their own Singlish interpretations.
This is a story about a true dance pioneer in Singapore - the late Krishna Pillay Bhaskar. Not only was he a genuine pioneer within the island nation's Indian classical dance scene, he also witnessed and participated in seminal episodes that helped shape the overall performing arts landscape in Singapore. There were few in Singapore who dedicated their lives to the preservation, practice and promotion of the Indian dance arts with as much passion, perseverance and dignity, and sustained it over a longer period of time, than K.P. Bhaskar. Affectionately known as "Uncle" to his legion of students and to many in the arts community, he stood out as an outstanding example of how a personal voyage of artistic self-discovery inadvertently created a legacy, in the country that he chose to call home.
This memoir covers the three years in the 1950s during which a young RAF serviceman was called up for National Service and based in Singapore for a tour of duty in 81 Photographic Squadron at Seletar Airbase. Based on diaries, notes and letters, Ted Wilkins describes life in the Squadron and the aerial survey work concerning the "terrorists" during the Malayan Emergency. Through these pages, the author warmly describes how he embraced the customs and livelihoods of Singapore's pleasant, always-smiling people, bringing to life all the excitement of exploring a new and fascinating country, so far removed from the author's previous country life in the UK. The climate, the people, all the hustle and bustle, the flowers, the clothes and colours of this "magical glamorous island" are all lovingly captured.
Kyichu Lhakhang is considered the spiritual heart of the Kingdom of Bhutan and its people. It is one of the most visited monasteries in Bhutan. An ancient site conceived and begun in the 7th century, Kyichu Lhakhang is a rare gem for historians and art connoisseurs. This book illuminates and documents the spiritual importance, inspiring artistry and rich history of this sacred temple. The book was compiled to enable both Buddhist pilgrims and ordinary visitors to appreciate fully the significance of Kyichu Lhakhang as a sanctuary with an enduring role in sustaining spiritual life in the face of modern challenges.
Three billion people eat rice every day, but no one's told its stories. Until now. For them, rice is life. Folk literature usually focuses on stories about kings, princes and heroes. There are few about farmers. Stories about animals are numerous, but plants seldom feature. This collection of legends puts this cherished simple grain respectfully in the lead role. Discover the secrets of rice. Gods, miracles, thieves, food, wives... yes, these are rich and dramatic tales.
In the early part of the 20th century, decorative tiles popularly known as 'maiolica' or 'majolica' tiles across the world, found favour with the affluent Peranakan community of a Singapore. The Peranakans decorated their houses, furniture and other surfaces with these colourful tiles. Soon enough, these tiles became a distinctive feature of this community and they began to be referred to as 'Peranakan tiles'. This book attempts to showcase some of these exquisite tiles seen across Singapore today. It also aims create awareness about this fragile legacy that needs to be conserved for the generation to come.
When Raffles sets sail from the cold, damp confines of Georgian London to make his name and fortune in the tropics, he takes with him his new wife, Olivia, a raffish beauty with a scandalous past. After Olivia's death, and back on leave in London, Raffles makes a practical marriage. Sophia, no beauty, but curious and intelligent, embraces the opportunity of an exciting life abroad. Marriage brings her great joy but also great sadness. Her life with Raffles becomes a catalogue of loss: of their children, of their possessions, of their savings.
One year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Angela finds herself flying into the devastated region of Banda Aceh as a researcher for the UN. Enthusiastic and committed, the young American woman arrives at a place swarming with aid workers, and she soon enters a world that is nothing like what she has known.
This is a collection of thoughtful essays in Chinese, by Cultural Medallion winner Han Lao Da on a range of topics related to arts and culture in Singapore. While the work touches on various aspects of the arts, as one of the leading cross-talk artists in the region, Han also writes about his experiences in this regard, including his interactions with noted foreign and local practitioners. One sees that cross-talk is not only a performance art but also a literary art. This book is not only a record of developments but also provides a valuable insight into the mind of one of the leading artists in Singapore.
In 2008, Shilpa was struck by Bell's Palsy, leaving her face paralyzed and limp over several agonizing months. This made her delve deeper into herself, beyond her physical appearance. She soon lost her father and missed her almost daily telephonic conversations with him. This had a great impact on her and one evening Shilpa found a sudden urge to write, and she has not stopped since then. Chimes of the Soul is written in simple easy-to-read language, portraying the writer's reflections and observations. The poems touch topics like life, resilience and inspiration. Each poem is beautifully illustrated by simple line artwork.
In Malaysia, where ethnic identity is overpoweringly applied to constrict popular thought and rationalise government policies, the uniqueness of individuals is ignored and devalued - even by the individuals themselves. Paradoxically, the community that has suffered the political ascription of group identity most acutely and most inescapably is the ascribed majority group, the Malays. In this collection of essays edited by Ooi Kee Beng and Wan Hamidi Hamid, nine young writers share their individual memories about growing up in Malaysia, and in some cases debate the racial politics in which they - and all Malaysians - seem inextricably caught.
A counsellor's self-awareness and understanding of what counselling is, and what it is not, are foundational for a beginning counsellor's learning journey. Just as important is the ability to connect with a client from the first contact to closure, as well as to understand and utilise effective counselling skills. This practical guide taps on the four authors' considerable expertise and experience to highlight the most critical competencies any counsellor should aspire to acquire. It will serve as a relevant and useful reference for students of counselling and mental health, as well as for practising counsellors and those working in the mental health field, such as nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, doctors and psychiatrists.
1001 Garden Plants in Singapore presents a quick pictorial reference to the great selection of plants found in Singapore. More than 2,000 plants have been selected for the enjoyment of all, including novice gardeners, students, keen enthusiasts and professionals in the field.
Death is the inevitable fate of every single person on earth. How do we accept the inevitability of our own death? Industrialist and philanthropist Satish Modi is a member of one of the most influential and affluent families in India. Yet despite privilege and success, he discovered happiness was not synonymous with wealth-and the secret to a meaningful life begins with a fresh understanding of death. This moving, powerful, thought-provoking work based on his own reflections as well as the experiences of people from all walks of life. The result is a fascinating book that teaches us that whoever we are and whatever our aspirations in this life, it is important for each and every one of us to accept our own passing. In doing so, we free ourselves to live as fully as possible, guided by the principles of goodness, love, and compassion.
Leap & Hop is a series of cultural travel books for children aged 8 and older. These interactive books aim at getting children to discover a new country or a big city and learn about the local culture 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. In addition to general information such as history, geography, currency, food, fashion, and Leap & Hop Myanmar will focus on the major sites such as Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay as well as Inle Lake. The children will be engaged as they explore Myanmar with fun and educational challenges that vary from place to place, such as an "I-Spy game" in Sulamani Temple in Bagan, a scavenger hunt in the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, a quiz walk in Yangon's heritage neighbourhood, or a step-by-step drawing of a reclining Buddha near Mawlamyine.
This delightful coloring book introduces children to one of the world's most celebrated printmakers, Hokusai. This engaging activity book will inspire learning and creativity in children, and will encourage young readers to make their own Hokusai-like creations.
In this book, we follow the journey of Finn - a young boy whose love for his beloved pet wild boar, Billy, led him to return it to its home in the forests. While they are rarely sighted today, wild boars are actually native to tropical Singapore. They were spotted around our island from as far back as the late 19th century. Journey with him as he tries to find his family, meeting awesome new friends and also a fearsome foe along his way.
Leap & Hop is a series of cultural travel books for children aged 8 and older. The idea of the series is to turn a "grown-up" trip into a fun adventure for children. These interactive books aim at getting children to discover a new country or a big city and learn about the local culture 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. In addition to general information such as history, geography, currency, food, architecture, religious beliefs and traditions, Leap and Hop Bali will take the children to the main Balinese sites scattered across the island. The kids will be engaged as they explore the main temples such as Pura Besakih, the remains of the royal palace in Klungkung, visit the Monkey Forest, the Bird and Reptile Park, and other areas with fun and educational challenges that vary from place to place, such as scavenger hunts, "I Spy" games, quizzes, puzzles, and word searches. There is also a blog for the book series: www.leapandhopblog.com.
The Spice Kids' friends from overseas, the Herbs, have come for a visit. Everyone is excited! Everyone, except for Cinnamon. He is afraid the Herbs want to move in and take everything away from them. So he comes up with a plan to get rid of them. Will it work? Find out in this delicious tale about jealousy, trust and friendship. Bilingual in English and Chinese.
This very useful book for Asian adult English learners comprises 73 lessons. Each lesson consists of 3 parts: a joke, a puzzle or a story from Chinese opera; a note on the informational grammar employed in Part 1; and a list of related words. Interspersed between the parts are suggested writing assignments. The lessons survey a broad spectrum of usage to help learners achieve proficiency in writing error-free English. Unconventional among language-learning books, it can also be read for pleasure.
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