Politics & Economics

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Rethinking The Economics Of Land And Housing

Rethinking The Economics Of Land And Housing

Why are house prices in many advanced economies rising faster than incomes? Why isn't land and location taught or seen as important in modern economics? What is the relationship between the financial system and land? In this accessible but provocative guide to the economics of land and housing, the authors reveal how many of the key challenges facing modern economies - including housing crises, financial instability and growing inequalities - are intimately tied to the land economy. Looking at the ways in which discussions of land have been routinely excluded from both housing policy and economic theory, the authors show that in order to tackle these increasingly pressing issues a major rethink by both politicians and economists is required.

Pocket Piketty

Pocket Piketty

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been hailed as a masterpiece, making a powerful case that wealth inequality is not an accident, but rather an inherent feature of capitalism. But how many of us who bought or borrowed the book have read more than a fraction of its 700+ pages? And how many of Piketty's groundbreaking ideas have gone unappreciated, all for want of intellectual stamina? In this handy volume, Jesper Roine - whose own work was relied upon by Piketty - explains in clear and accessible prose the key concepts behind, and controversies surrounding, Piketty's landmark work.

Delicate Relationship, A: The United States And Burma/Myanmar Since 1945

Delicate Relationship, A: The United States And Burma/Myanmar Since 1945

In 2012, Barack Obama became the first US president to visit Myanmar. This marked a new period in the two countries' sinuous diplomatic relationship, which Kenton Clymer examines in A Delicate Relationship. From the challenges of decolonization and heightened nationalism after World War II, to the Cold War concern with domino states, to the rise of human rights policy in the 1980s, Clymer demonstrates how Burma/Myanmar has fit into the broad patterns of US foreign policy and yet has never been fully integrated into diplomatic efforts in Southeast Asia.

Ethnic And Religious Identities And Integration In Southeast Asia

Ethnic And Religious Identities And Integration In Southeast Asia

The research presented in this volume analyzes the impact of ethnic change and religious traditions on local, national, and regional identities. Case studies include the Bru population in Laos/Vietnam, hill tribe populations without citizenship in northern Thailand, the Lua also in northern Thailand, the Pakistani community in Penang, the Rohingya in Myanmar, the Leke religious movement in Thailand/Myanmar, political Islam in Indonesia, Sufi Muslims in Thailand, pluralism in Penang, the Preah Vihear dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, and hero cult worship in Lan Na. Historians and social anthropologists variously tackle these issues of identity and integration within the kaleidoscope of ethnicities, religions, languages, and cultures that make up Southeast Asia.

Walking With Singapore: The Workers' Party's 60Th Anniversary

Walking With Singapore: The Workers' Party's 60Th Anniversary

The Workers' Party marks its 60th anniversary in 2017. This commemorative book includes essays and interviews that trace the journey the Workers' Party has taken with the country. The chapters track the confident strides David Marshall had opened up and the tumultuous, heartbreaking run of JB Jeyaretnam. They witness the marathon work of Low Thia Khiang and his teams in pushing for the breakthrough of democracy in the service of Singaporeans. There is no revelling in glories, no indulging in righteous indignations. The book presents the facts in a history of growth and decline, disappointment and revival. By looking back honestly at the past, while celebrating the present and modest achievements against massive odds, the party hopes to learn to do better in empowering Singaporeans for the future.

Illusions Of Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People Volume Ii

Illusions Of Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People Volume Ii

Bringing together a group of both international and Malaysian scholars, Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People Volume II offers an up-to-date and broad analysis of the contemporary state of Malaysian politics and society. Transcending disciplinary boundaries, it offers a look at Malaysian politics not only through the lens of political science but also anthropology, cultural studies, international relations, political economy and legal studies touching on both overlooked topics in Malaysian political life as well as the emerging trends which will shape Malaysia's future. Covering silat martial arts, Malaysia's constitutional identity, emergency legislation, the South China Sea dilemma, ISIS discourse, zakat payment, the fallout from the 1MDB scandal and Malaysia's green movement, Illusions of Democracy charts the complex and multi-faceted nature of political life in a semi-authoritarian state, breaking down the illusions which keep it functioning, to uncover the mechanisms which really underlie the paradoxical longevity of Malaysia's political, economic and social system.

Art

Yi-Lu Collection Of Vietnamese Ceramics, The. Yi Lu Cang Yue Nao Tao Ci

Yi-Lu Collection Of Vietnamese Ceramics, The. Yi Lu Cang Yue Nao Tao Ci

Vietnam has a long tradition of ceramic production. The works featured in this catalogue have been chosen to celebrate the artistic and technical achievements of the designers and potters who worked at northern Vietnamese production sites for more than two millennia. The works are presented in related groups, much as a private collector might display them. With a catalogue essay by Kerry Nguyen-Long.

Flower Power: The Meaning Of Flowers In Asian Art

Flower Power: The Meaning Of Flowers In Asian Art

In 1967, the phrase "flower power" transformed the commonplace flower into a Buddhist-inspired symbol of peace. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of San Francisco's "Summer of Love," this art and design book showcases the expressive powers of flowers in Asian arts and cultures. Beginning in ancient times, a language of flowers, where certain blooms suggest specific themes, was communicated in art throughout Asia. Here forty artworks, all drawn from the Asian Art Museum's renowned collection, focus on six celebrated flowers-lotus, plum blossom, cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, tulip, and rose-and the messages they convey.

Between Worlds: Raden Saleh And Juan Luna

Between Worlds: Raden Saleh And Juan Luna

National heroes and enigmatic figures, 19th-century painters Raden Saleh and Juan Luna traversed the colonial territories of Southeast Asia and the imperial cities of Europe. Their agile navigation of these competing positions resulted in dramatic paintings that are today animated as allegories of anti-colonialism in their respective homelands of Indonesia and the Philippines. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, this catalogue features over a hundred full-colour image plates of their works: from sweeping Orientalist hunting scenes to gritty Realist portrayals of the working class. Essays and biographical timelines examine each artist's practices, as well as frame them within the cultural and social dynamics of the 19th century.

Jingna Zhang Postcard Set

Jingna Zhang Postcard Set

A 14-piece postcard set featuring fine art photography from Zhang Jingna's fantasy project "Motherland Chronicles".

Pan Yu Lin Catalogue Raisonné: Prints

Pan Yu Lin Catalogue Raisonné: Prints

This newly published catalogue raisonné offers for the first time a complete survey of all the prints made by the legendary Pan Yu Lin. The rarely seen drypoint prints by Pan are presented in their entirety. In addition, the author was able to pair the plates at the Anhui Museum with the prints at the Cernuschi Museum, thus reuniting plates with their "offspring" prints across two continents after a hiatus of over sixty years.

Decoding Indonesia

Decoding Indonesia

This book, richly illustrated with 168 paintings by Erica Hestu Wahyuni, is about the journey of Indonesia as a country. Using art philosophy, it considers the historical journey from the perspectives of sociology, psychology, arts and business. Trilingual in English, Bahasa Indonesia, and Chinese.

Global Contemporary Art World, The

Global Contemporary Art World, The

The final instalment in the critically-acclaimed trilogy on globalization and art explores the growing dominance of Asian centers of art. This book takes readers on a fascinating journey around five Asian centers of contemporary art and its myriad institutions, agents, forms, materials, and languages, while posing vital questions about the political economy of culture and the power of visual art in a multi-polar world. Drawing on detailed case studies and personal insights gained from his extensive experience of the contemporary art scene in Asia, Professor Harris examines the evolving relationship between the western centers of art practice, collection, and validation and the emerging peripheries of Asian Tiger societies with burgeoning art centers. And he arrives at the somewhat controversial conclusion that dominance of the art world is rapidly slipping away from Europe and North America.

South East Asia Spaces Of The Curatorial Raume Des Kuratorischen

South East Asia Spaces Of The Curatorial Raume Des Kuratorischen

The curatorial challenges of working in Southeast Asia are explored in the new Jahresring journal, an annual series of interdisciplinary, discursive readers. Southeast Asia is experiencing accelerated global visibility and strong nation- and institution-building. Given this dynamic, how do curators engage with the intricacies of each place? How do they respond to the specificities of a location in the context of the international art world? The diversity of voices in this issue mirrors the complexity of the region itself: its various curatorial spaces, infrastructures and political systems. What emerges is a highly diverse art system that shifts away from traditional formats to embrace new or alternative platforms from symposia to fieldwork with the aim of emphasizing curating as a process of critical thinking that goes beyond presentations and representations. Featured contributors include Ute Meta Bauer, Zoe Butt, Kevin Chua, Patrick D. Flores, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Tony Godfrey, Yin Ker, Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Seng Yu Jin, Simon Soon, Nora A. Taylor David Teh.

Becoming Palm

Becoming Palm

Becoming Palm is the outcome of a conversation between two friends, artist Simryn Gill and anthropologist Michael Taussig, addressing the complexities of palm oil and "the enormous transformations, human, and ecological, that this crop engenders" (Taussig) in two disparate geographical locations, Southeast Asia and South America.

Architecture

Achievements And Thoughts

Achievements And Thoughts

Achievements and Thoughts, published by the Singapore Institute of Planners, is a book for urban planners, architects and all who are interested and actively involved in issues of urban growth, evolution of communities, place-making, and in search for real world applications of new planning concepts and models. Featuring our design pioneers who have made significant contributions to the planning landscape of Singapore and other countries, the book highlights their innovative planning solutions, which are internationally recognised to be synonymous with the legacy of modern Singapore. The invaluable thoughts and views of the pioneer designers on urban planning and design not only help to raise awareness and interest in our planning fraternity, but also inspire us on how we can shape the world and transform our future with new ideas. Complementing the feature of our pioneers is a compilation of projects by notable urban planners and designers. It showcases the achievements of these professionals and reflects the application of their Singapore experience in solving planning issues that are confronting many developing cities in Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, Africa and the Middle East today. These projects have won the 4th SIP Planning Awards 2015 for their comprehensive and unique solutions in addressing issues of intra-regional influences, social disparity, traffic congestion, incompatible land uses, and many problems arising from poor infrastructure planning. The projects are excellent case studies for methodologies and principles for addressing the challenges and opportunities of our urbanising world.

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.

History & Geography

Faithful Record Of The Lisbon Maru Incident, A

Faithful Record Of The Lisbon Maru Incident, A

This is a recent translation from an original Chinese publication covering an important chapter in Hong Kong's wartime history. It gives details of the Lisbon Maru Incident of 1942, seen through the eyes of the Chinese fishermen who rescued hundreds of British prisoners of war from Hong Kong, whose ship had been torpedoed. The Japanese had tried to keep them in the holds as the ship sank, and then shot at them as they tried to escape. These courageous fishermen not only prevented hundreds more deaths, they also hid three prisoners under the noses of the Japanese until they could be sent secretly on a journey across more than 1,000 miles of China to reach Chongqing, from where they could tell the world what had happened. The book also recounts the visit to Zhoushan in 2005 of one of the survivors of the sinking and his emotional reunion with those who saved him; as well as a visit to Hong Kong in the same year of the last few remaining fishermen who had taken part in the rescue.

Acm Treasures: Collection Highlights

Acm Treasures: Collection Highlights

ACM Treasures, a new collection highlights book from the Asian Civilisations Museum, follows the structure of museum's permanent galleries, with sections dedicated to Trade, Faith and Belief, and Materials and Design. Within each section, chapters mapping onto present and future gallery spaces present art objects from each gallery of the museum. The reader will find that many of the objects are cross-cultural, meaning that they are hybrid - "east-west" or "east-east" sorts of things - essentially mixed, just like Singapore and many of its resident. Nearly 200 objects in full colour , each with a short explanation, make this book a perfect gift or personal remembrance of a visit to the ACM.

(Re)Presenting Histories: Experiences And Perspectives From The National Museum Of Singapore

(Re)Presenting Histories: Experiences And Perspectives From The National Museum Of Singapore

In celebration of the nation's Golden Jubilee, the National Museum of Singapore re-opened in September 2015 after an extensive revamp of its permanent galleries. Featuring interactive, contextual displays and immersive experiences, the updated galleries seek to both represent and re-present Singapore's rich culture and history, and to encourage meaningful connections and conversations with its visitors. (Re)Presenting Histories is an intimate glimpse into the experiences and perspectives of the National Museum's curatorial team, as they undertook this ambitious project over the course of one year.

Mapping Cultural Nationalism: The Scholars Of The Burma Research Society, 1910-1935

Mapping Cultural Nationalism: The Scholars Of The Burma Research Society, 1910-1935

This detailed study of the Burma Research Society (founded in 1910 and flourishing until the 1930s), its membership and published output contextualizes the Society within its metropolitan and regional setting, as well as drawing on a broader, transnational intellectual landscape. This timely work on the Society's intellectual legacy has the potential to inform current debates in Myanmar at a time when the activities of ultra-nationalist groups threaten other religions and ethnicities' rights as citizens. The study will be of interest to historians and students of colonial Burma as well as anyone interested in the roots of the identity issues currently to the fore in Myanmar.

History Of Timor-Leste

History Of Timor-Leste

The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, a former Portuguese colony occupied by Indonesia from 1975 to 1999, became in 2002 the first new sovereign state of the twenty-first century. Its modern nationhood belies its ancient history. Archaeological data found on the island can be traced back at least 42,000 years, beyond most ancient European artifacts. The book provides a readable overview of the history of the country from the first traces of human habitation through Timor-Leste's hard-won independence in May 2002.

Project 0812: The Inside Story Of Singapore' S Journey To Olympic Glory

Project 0812: The Inside Story Of Singapore' S Journey To Olympic Glory

In 2006, nearly 50 years after Singapore's first and only Olympic medal in 1960, a group of men decided to take a bold step. Led by International Olympic Committee member Ng Ser Miang, the team made a move which had never been attempted by Singapore before. They decided to fund, support and energise Singapore sport's attempt to win an Olympic medal. They called their experiment Project 0812 - a push for Singapore to score a medal at either the 2008 Beijing Olympics or 2012 London Olympics or, better yet, both. The first section of this book covers the genesis of the scheme. The second section looks at the four sports chosen by Project 0812 - table tennis, badminton, sailing and shooting - and how they overcame challenges to reach Beijing 2008. The third section focuses on the Singapore table tennis team, the stars of the Project 0812. It digs deep into the struggles which bedeviled the team in the lead-up to Beijing, the drama on the way to winning a silver and the equally colourful aftermath. In the epilogue, the exploits of Team Singapore at the Rio 2016 Olympics are discussed, the latest page in the legacy of Project 0812. The book was written through some 30 interviews with officials, coaches and athletes. It also relied heavily on books, newspapers and magazines, and even monthly reports submitted by the national sports associations, minutes of meetings held by Project 0812 and internal reports of SNOC. It is a story of courage and dreams, of deep-seated desire to bring Olympic glory to a small country.

Royal Navy In Eastern Waters, The: Linchpin Of Victory, 1935-1942

Royal Navy In Eastern Waters, The: Linchpin Of Victory, 1935-1942

The British Royal Navy has been sharply criticized for tactical errors in Asia during the years leading to WWII. In particular, the deployment of the Repulse and the Prince of Wales, and their catastrophic loss, has been characterized as part of a flawed and ineffective strategy. Andrew Boyd argues that the loss of these warships has overshadowed the RN's broader success in securing control of the Indian Ocean. The book moves authoritatively between grand strategy, intelligence, accounts of specific operations, and technical assessment of ships and weapons. It effectively challenges established views of the RN's capabilities and performance, and will change understandings of Britain's role in the early years of the war.

Historical Imagination And Cultural Responses To Colonialism And Nationalism

Historical Imagination And Cultural Responses To Colonialism And Nationalism

History conditions the way that society discusses its problems. Treating history as a form of 'imagination', Azhar Ibrahim invites readers to probe the colonialist and nationalist tampering, suppression, and distortion of narratives on the Malays. In this thought-provoking book, the author encourages contemporary historians to move beyond the practice of Orientalist scholars: collecting data and describing facts. Instead, he promotes an alternative reading of history, one that departs from mainstream versions. Reflecting a strong understanding of classical Malay texts, the author also touches on broad themes such as psychological feudalism, orientalism, and the contestation of nationalist and colonialist perspectives on the community. Azhar's book is a welcomed contribution and a must-read for those interested in alternative discourses in Malay Studies.

Social Issues

Straits Eclectic

Straits Eclectic

Whenever the idealistic among us speak about a better Malaysia, we tend to focus on the thing that unite us: the food, the festivals, the cultural experiences that bind us together in a shared national fabric, ignoring the yawning gaps that weaken the weave and keep us from achieving lofty visions of development and progress. Straits Eclectric is a collection of essays by young Malaysians who stare straight into the void and attempt to understand the divides that exist between us, whatever East and West Malaysian and the rest of the world, between East and West Malaysians, between Malays and Chinese and lndians and Dan Lain Lain, between religion and culture, between past and present, between the person you were when you left and the person you had become by the time you returned.

Art Of Advocacy In Singapore, The

Art Of Advocacy In Singapore, The

Advocacy is a tricky pursuit in Singapore. Your motives can be questioned, your activities monitored, and your scope for action limited. Despite the constraints, civil society activists have persisted, finding ways to pursue their cause and to try to bring about the changes they believe important for Singapore. In 2013 a small group of civil society stalwarts set out to acknowledge the contributions of these unsung heroes. The Singapore Advocacy Awards was launched, a 3-year project that saw a total of 18 individuals and organisations being honoured. In this book, 37 activists write about their causes and discuss the strategies shaped and lessons learnt as they practise the delicate art of advocacy in Singapore.

Social Futures Of Singapore Society

Social Futures Of Singapore Society

This book, based on the proceedings at the Behavioural Sciences Institute Conference 2016, explores a range of issues about the social futures of Singapore. The book is organized into four parts. Part I provides an overview of issues involved in thinking about the social futures of Singapore society. Part II examines social futures from the perspectives of healthcare and education. Part III analyses the relationships linking social futures to the notion of giving and the increasing influence of social media. Part IV addresses specific questions on social futures of Singapore society in terms of social and national identities, cultural values, relationship between economic development and environmental sustainability, religious consciousness, perceptions of political leaders, and relationships between people and government.

Handbook Of Language, Gender And Sexuality, The (2Nd Edition)

Handbook Of Language, Gender And Sexuality, The (2Nd Edition)

Significantly expanded and updated, this second edition brings together a team of the leading specialists in the field to create a comprehensive overview of key historical themes and issues, along with methodologies and cutting-edge research topics. It examines the dynamic ways that women and men develop and manage gendered identities through their talk, presenting data and case studies from interactions in a range of social contexts and different communities. It provides unrivalled geographic coverage and an essential resource for a wide range of disciplines, from linguistics, psychology, sociology, and anthropology to communication and gender studies.

Survivors: Breaking The Silence On Child Sexual Abuse

Survivors: Breaking The Silence On Child Sexual Abuse

The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported, but its effects are undeniably long-term and severe. In this powerful book, twelve survivors share their stories and the steps they took in their journey towards healing by breaking the silence. Their accounts expose the harsh realities of child sexual abuse and explain the pain it causes, while offering hope and encouragement to everyone who has been sexually abused as a child - and those who care about them. Compassionate and sensitively written, Survivors is a useful and inspiring tool for those who have been assaulted. It also equips family, friends and caregivers to help survivors move forward with courage and confidence.

Culture & People

Amazing Love: A Personal Testimony

Amazing Love: A Personal Testimony

Julie Khoo has been teaching language and communications skills for more than twenty years. She currently teaches various courses at NUS and NTU. Here, she recounts her journey in discovering and experiencing love and happiness despite the odds and difficulties, and shares her thoughts and reflections on some important issues in life. One regarded as a problem child, she was eventually transformed and found the true meaning of life.

Robert Kuok: A Memoir

Robert Kuok: A Memoir

Robert Kuok is one of the most highly respected businessmen in Asia. In these memoirs, the 94-year-old Kuok tells the remarkable story of how, starting in British Colonial Malaya, he built a multi-industry, multinational business group. In reflecting back on 75 years of conducting business, he offers management insights, discusses strategies and lessons learned, and relates his principles, philosophy, and moral code. Kuok has lived through fascinating and often tumultuous times in Asia - from British colonialism to Japanese military occupation to post-colonial Southeast Asia and the dramatic rise of Asian economies, including, more recently, China. From his front-row seat and as an active participant, this keen, multi-cultural observer tells nearly a century of Asian history through his life and times. Readers interested in business, management, history, politics, culture and sociology will all enjoy Robert Kuok's unique and remarkable story.

Singapore Ethnic Mosaic, The: Many Cultures, One People

Singapore Ethnic Mosaic, The: Many Cultures, One People

Far from being a melting pot, multi-racial Singapore prides itself on the richness of its ethnic communities and cultures. This volume provides an updated account of the heterogeneity within each of the main communities - the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Others. It also documents the ethnic cultures of these communities by discussing their histories, celebrations, cultural symbols, life cycle rituals, cultural icons and attempts to preserve culture. While chapters are written by scholars drawing insight from a variety of sources ranging from academic publications to discussions with community experts, it is written in an accessible way.

Stranger To Myself: Diary Of A Bangladeshi In Singapore

Stranger To Myself: Diary Of A Bangladeshi In Singapore

The sacrifices of migrant workers are written in every inch of Singapore - in the bricks of buildings, ship irons, under the floor of houses. Thousands of years later, someone may hear the story of our pain and sacrifice from the walls of this city. After about a decade here, I have many stories and recollections to share with you. This diary contains the collected fragments of my experiences. It is not my intention to write anything against my homeland or this country. No hurt feelings, please. I have just written down the most valuable moments of my life here. This diary records observations from my reality. - Preface

Criteria For Those Who Reach The Top, The: To Lead With Mind And Heart

Criteria For Those Who Reach The Top, The: To Lead With Mind And Heart

The world is no doubt full of self-improvement books. What sets Toshio Egawa's book apart is that its focus is more about being at The Top than about getting there. Of course, the traits that get you there and the traits that keep you there overlap in many cases. One could go further to say that it is not always clear whether one is on the way to the top, is at the top or is on the way down from the top. But there are ethical goals and self-reflections; social attitudes and pragmatic shrewdness, as well as a sense of time passing, which should be cultivated in any case if one is to live a full and meaningful life. The Top may not be a place that we can easily locate.

White Butterflies

White Butterflies

After the Japanese invasion of Burma in late 1941, 11-year-old Colin McPhedran fled his homeland on foot, crossing the rugged Patkoi Mountain Ranges on foot to reach safety in India. Colin, along with his mother, elder brother and sister and thousands of others, many of whom died, battled monsoon rains, hunger, disease and exhaustion during the 500-kilometre journey. McPhedran's autobiography recalls his childhood as part of a large Anglo-Burmese family in colonial Burma, and provides a dramatic account of his harrowing trek to freedom. He eventually settled in Australia, where his memoir was first published. This edition, issued in Southeast Asia for the first time, includes a new afterword that supplies details left out of the story as originally published.

Tiger Hunters Of Tai O, The

Tiger Hunters Of Tai O, The

Hong Kong, 1954. The British colony was not yet ready to hear about a Eurasian policeman having an affair with the police commissioner's daughter. Twenty-two-year-old Simon Lee tasted swift punishment. He was banished to the outer fringes of the territory, to the far tip of a wild and distant island a stone's throw from mainland Chinese waters - to Tai O, the ancient and murky trading post where fishermen, salt-farmers and refugees were thrown together with spies, pirates and triads. Pink dolphins swam the waters, eagles fished the sea, and some still believed that a tiger prowled the hills at night. Life was unpredictable for the band of beer-swilling misfits that staffed Tai O Police Station. Some said they needed reining in. But when a stranger was murdered on a beach, accused of being a Communist spy, Lee found himself on an unexpected collision course with his own masters in Central. Who had the dead man been working for? What did the secret agents know? Why was Central so eager to brush the execution aside? And who or what really was the 'tiger'?

Religion & Philosophy

Holy Men, Holy Women: A Journey Into Faiths Of Malaysians And Other Essays

Holy Men, Holy Women: A Journey Into Faiths Of Malaysians And Other Essays

Needing a break from her first book, I Am Muslim, Dina Zaman embarked on a two-year journey around Malaysia - the length of the peninsula as well as Sabah and Sarawak. She met people of many faiths. And from these encounters she has woven together a tapestry of vital stories: of nuns and shamans, of silat practitioners who she inadvertently offended, of pilgrims and ustaz, of hijabis who pole dance, and she ended up in Memali to discover that tragic tale. This collection of essays - animated, engaging and provocative - opens a window on the sometimes troubled terrain of religious beliefs and practices. The accounts are personal and intimate, and at the same time throw light on some of the most pressing issues that confront society today: mindfulness and worldliness, interfaith relations and lifestyle choices, class and conviction, identity and religiosity.

Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam In Comparative Perspective

Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam In Comparative Perspective

Once upon a time on a tropical island, there was a grand castle with 38 rooms. Living inside were two young princes, a princess and their pesky butler named OB Markus. Prince Hector the Eldest is bookish and rational; Prince Humphrey the Youngest is rebellious; and Princess Harriet is daring and brash. One night, the children hear a strange ghostly noise coming from the dungeon and decide to investigate.

On Being The Antioch Of Asia: Global Missions And Missions Partnership Through Asian Lenses

On Being The Antioch Of Asia: Global Missions And Missions Partnership Through Asian Lenses

Has Singapore been living up to its call as the Antioch of Asia? What happens when churches carry out their missions programs without partnering with missions organisations? Is it healthy for churches to apply popular trends or ideas in missions across different cultural fields? W M Syn speaks to 60 missions leaders and pastors about the health of mission practices in churches in Singapore. While churches seem to be embracing this call to be the Antioch of Asia by sending out more missionaries, their lack of partnership with missions organisations and short-term strategies has also led to a host of problems that are negatively affecting the Singapore mission system. This book examines the effectiveness of popular trends and ideas in missions, highlights areas that need strengthening, and proposes a new model of missions partnership between local churches and agencies in order to enable Singapore to fulfil its call as the Antioch of Asia effectively.

Travel

Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist In Nomad's Land

Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist In Nomad's Land

Michael Kohn, former editor of the Mongol Messenger newspaper, is one steppe ahead of the journalistic posse in this epic Western set in the Far East. Kohn's memoir of his time in Mongolia is an irresistible account of a nation where falcon poachers, cattle rustlers, exiled Buddhist leaders, death-defying child jockeys and political assassins vie for page one. A turf war between lamas, shamans, Mormon elders and ministers provides the spiritual backdrop in this nation which had only just been liberated from Soviet rule. From the reincarnated Bogd Khaan and his press spokesman to vodka-fuelled racing entrepreneurs and political leaders unclear on the concept of freedom of the press, Kohn explores one of Asia's most fascinating, mysterious and misunderstood lands.

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road

Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn't the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of GBP750 - including for the flight home - he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond - and meet the people who lived and worked there. This is a true traveller's tale in the tradition of the best of the genre, populated by a cast of eccentric characters; from mujahideen fighters to the Russian mafia.

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.

Literature

Voices Of The Displaced: Poems From The Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015-2016

Voices Of The Displaced: Poems From The Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015-2016

This anthology contains the winning entries of the Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015 and 2016 as well as all the finalists. It contains poetry of migrant workers and refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Syria in 10 languages, including Bengali, Tagalog and Hakha Chin, with accompanying English translations.

Cry Of The Flying Rhino

Cry Of The Flying Rhino

This novel is set in 1996 Malaysia and Borneo, told from multiple viewpoints and in multiple voices. Malaysian Chinese family doctor Benjie Lee has had a careless one night stand with his new employee - mysterious, teenage Talisa, the adopted daughter of a wealthy, crass Scottish plantation owner, Ian, in the provincial Malaysian town of Segamat. Talisa's arms are covered in elaborate tattoos, symbolic of great personal achievements among the Iban tribe in her native Borneo. Talisa has fallen pregnant and Ian forces Benjie to marry her. Benjie, who relished his previous life as a carefree, cosmopolitan bachelor, struggles to adapt to life as a husband and father. Meanwhile, Minos - an Iban who has languished ten years in a Borneo prison for a murder he didn't commit - is released into English missionary Bernard's care. One day, Minos and his sidekick and fellow ex-convict Watan appear in Segamat, forcing Benjie to confront his wife's true identity and ultimately his own fears. Are the tattoos the key to her secrets?

Lost Nostalgia: Stories

Lost Nostalgia: Stories

A rainbow is glimpsed in the enveloping darkness of Mohamed Lati? Mohamed's stories. Precious because it is mostly ?eeting-a herd of cattle ?nds deliverance from slavery in heroic resistance and death; a ?sherman disappears of his own free will to escape the disintegration of island life. These and other characters experience conditions, often described in hyper-realistic detail, that speak to our appreciation of change, injustice, and other facts of life-religion, family, friendship, love, to name a few. While salvation does not come easy or even happen in Latiff's stories, there are exceptional moments that can push readers into the outer limits of their existence.

Basket And The Rope, The: A Baby-Boomer Remembers Singapore's Old-World Charm

Basket And The Rope, The: A Baby-Boomer Remembers Singapore's Old-World Charm

Street food hawkers, pirate taxis, monkeys in the Botanic Gardens, Great World Amusement Park, the Tai Tian Kiew Circus. Jane Chew, a former journalist, sub-editor and columnist with The Straits Times, recounts her growing-up years in British colonial Singapore with nostalgia and lots of humour. It is a journey worth re-visiting, as it captures a way of life that is now gone, never to return.

Twin Cities: An Anthology Of Twin Cinema From Singapore And Hong Kong

Twin Cities: An Anthology Of Twin Cinema From Singapore And Hong Kong

In this anthology, poets from the twin cities of Singapore and Hong Kong tackle the challenge of the twin cinema form in tandem with their own interpretation of lines that bind or divide us. We share a familiar postcolonial history, rich financial centres and trading ports bustling with energy, in the shadow of a hinterland yawning across the water. Yet we also rival each other ceaselessly, and are cleaved by language, geography, and politics. This is fertile ground for a poetry of proposition or opposition - and may it grow cities.

Phat Planet Cometh

Phat Planet Cometh

"A playlist, a syllabus, a rollcall and a spell, Phat Planet Cometh is a righteous act of literary vengeance for Unica Zürn, Freud's Dora, Virginia Woolf, and any other figure of illicit femininity who has been straitjacketed by society's regime of compulsory wellness. In the examination room, on the dark side of the moon, 'A is for one more apocalypse against the rest of them.' " - Joyelle McSweeney, Recipient of Leslie Scalapino Prize

Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics

Eye/Feel/Write: Building Architectonics

The building is but material structure. Within its architecture is imbued its aesthetic character. What happens when a writer confronts such a created space, and what texts emerge, themselves rendered as works of art? Commissioned by the National Arts Council, the anthology, Eye|Feel|Write: Building Architectonics, features these twelve illustrious Singapore authors: Aaron Lee, Aaron Maniam, Amanda Chong, Clara Chow, Daryl Lim Wei Jie, Heng Siok Tian, Josephine Chia, Kirpal Singh, Nuraliah Norasid, O Thiam Chin, Toh Hsien Min, and Tse Hao Guang. Each author was invited to pen three ekphrastic pieces inspired by the heritage architecture of the Supreme Court wing at National Gallery Singapore. Each text remains singular in its charm, adopting a particular way of seeing and saying. These are feats of artistry, exceptional in their craft and insight. From one construct melding into another, witness these exquisite articulations that celebrate the making of the text, the forging of its architectonics.

Eye/Feel/Write: Experiments In Ekphrasis

Eye/Feel/Write: Experiments In Ekphrasis

What happens when art meets literature? How does a writer view an artwork, and render new writing that stands on its own as a work of art? A special commission by the National Arts Council for the Singapore Writers Festival, Eye|Feel|Write is an ekphrastic project that pairs twenty eminent writers in Singapore to pen texts inspired by artworks exhibited at The National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. The twenty distinguished contributors include: Alfian Sa'at, Alvin Pang, Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, Chow Teck Seng, Divya Victor, Edwin Thumboo, Eric Tinsay Valles, Gwee Li Sui, Isa Kamari, Jerrold Yam, Jollin Tan, Joshua Ip, K. Kanagalatha (Latha), Leong Liew Geok, Ovidia Yu, Ramanathan Vairavan, Robin Hemley, Tan Chee Lay, Yeow Kai Chai, and Yong Shu Hoong. The selected artworks trek a bold and broad range, from the contemporary to heritage. Each text inhabits the artist's material, yet frees itself from it: teasing, testing, extending, tasting, in beautiful acts of transference. From this relationship between two different kinds of artist is borne an articulation, an architecture/architectonic that celebrates the making of texts as experiment.

Law

Same But Different: A Legal Guidebook For Lgbt Couples & Families In Singapore

Same But Different: A Legal Guidebook For Lgbt Couples & Families In Singapore

This is a legal guidebook for LGBT families, focusing on Singapore's unique legal landscape and challenges. It does not aim to replace legal advice or work rendered by practicing lawyers, but simply provide a starting point. It is written in a layman-friendly manner, to break down complex legal concepts and nuances for the layman. The guide covers: Marriage & Cohabitation Contracts, Property & Finances, Wills & Inheritance, Medical Decisions, Children, and Miscellaneous topics such as sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Education

Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges

Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges

Prior to the era of globalization, education in Southeast Asia was viewed in the context of the national state and it was deployed in the service of state and nation-building and national economic development. States monopolized education, and public-funded centralized education systems were established to teach literacy, transmit national cultures and promote social cohesion, and to produce literate workers. Globalization forces, however, dramatically impacted in varying ways and degrees the national education systems across the region. As states begun to see their citizens as resources to enhance the countries' competitiveness in the global market, it, among other things, led to the increasing demand for highly skilled and qualified human capital. The accompanying neoliberal ideology led to varying degrees of decentralization, privatization and internationalization of education, especially of higher education, in Southeast Asia.

Business

Asian Management Insights, V.4(2): The Sustainability Edge - Driving Top-Line With Triple -Bottom-Line Thinking

Asian Management Insights, V.4(2): The Sustainability Edge - Driving Top-Line With Triple -Bottom-Line Thinking

Asian Management Insights aims to develop a body of knowledge and a narrative of innovation and creativity for trends in Asian management. It brings together some of the best and brightest of Asia's thought leaders and their solutions to address current Asian challenges.

Value Investing In Asia: The Definitive Guide To Investing In Asia

Value Investing In Asia: The Definitive Guide To Investing In Asia

A practical, step-by-step guide to value investing in Asian stocks, this book offers a uniquely targeted guide to investors seeking new opportunities in Asian markets. Most value investing advice is geared toward US markets, leaving out the key guidance that pertains specifically to investing in publicly listed Asian companies - guidance that is critical for success. This book focuses on the opportunities and challenges of Asian markets, including current and historical case studies that illustrate various successes, risks and pitfalls. Step-by-step guidance helps you unearth great opportunities in Asia; from understanding the macroeconomic situation, to narrowing down on specific investment opportunities.

Entrepreneurship In China: The Emergence Of The Private Sector

Entrepreneurship In China: The Emergence Of The Private Sector

The Chinese economy has grown faster for a longer period than any other economy in the world. It is now the second, and will soon become the largest, global economy. Central to this economic miracle has been the emergence of a private sector of entrepreneurs who have started and grown businesses of all sizes and types. This book explores these wealth creators and builders of China's new economy, and offers guidance on the best ways to work with China's entrepreneurs and their growing businesses. It examines the distinctive and particular context of China for entrepreneurs, and offers insights into how entrepreneurship has emerged as the driver of China's economy.

Take Control Of Your Sales Now! Building Your Sales Pipeline In The 21St Century

Take Control Of Your Sales Now! Building Your Sales Pipeline In The 21St Century

Take Control of Your Sales Now! is a book about Lead Generation in the new age. The techniques shared by Norman in this book are from actual experiences. Norman shares his proven process, having worked with multiple clients in growing their businesses. Business owners who are serious about the growth about their businesses need to take control of their sales and scale quickly, and this book provides effective advice and tips.

Leisure

Shiok, Sia! Sketching Favourite Singapore Desserts

Shiok, Sia! Sketching Favourite Singapore Desserts

An artist sketches her way through all her favourite Singaporean hawkers favourites, from orh luak, hae mee and bak kut teh, to laksa, mee rebus, and murtabak, right through to the all famous chilli crab. Taste the colours and feel the textures of Singapore's popular street food as you feast on the delectable illustrations between these pages. Take home with you a uniquely Singaporean experience. A perfect gift for the festive season. Shiok, sia!

Daily Nonya Dishes: Laok Hari Hari - Heritage Recipes For Everyday Meals

Daily Nonya Dishes: Laok Hari Hari - Heritage Recipes For Everyday Meals

This cookbook gives recipes for the food that Babas and Nonyas of old ate for their breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between every day. This food is not the festive cuisine of Ayam Buah Keluak, Babi Pongteh, and Bakwan Kepiting that are the staples of many Peranakan cookbooks available in bookshops. The daily Nonya dishes are more simple fare, but no less delicious. The author also includes traditional dishes that have almost vanished. Thus, this book is not only a fresh, and welcome addition to the canon of Peranakan cookbooks, but is also a valuable documentation of the food enjoyed by Babas and Nonya around the family table in the heyday of Peranakan culture.

Weligama: Recipes From Sri Lanka

Weligama: Recipes From Sri Lanka

In this, her first cookbook, chef Emily Dobbs shares her favourite Sri Lankan-inspired recipes for every meal and season, including chapters on breakfast (such as crispy egg hopper 'pancakes') short eats (think traditional street food like vadai and mutton rolls) and a large selection of meat, fish, fruit and vegetable curries and their accompaniments.

Science & Technology

Birds Of Java, Sumatra And Bali

Birds Of Java, Sumatra And Bali

This text is a compact, easy-to-use bird identification guide suitable for any birdwatcher visiting the Indonesian islands of Java, Sumatra and Bali. The book features descriptions of 236 species, thumbnail silhouettes for ease of use, up-to-date tips and information on bird biology and behaviour.

Children

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.


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