The Chinese language movement in Malaysia was launched by Chinese educationists to demand the recognition of Chinese as an official language and to legitimise the status of Chinese education in the national educational system. In the process, the official language issue evolved into an ethnic issue that strained ethnic relations between the Chinese and the Malays with severe political implications. This work examines the politics of language in Malaysia during a crucial period when the nation-building process was in its formative stages. It focuses on the contrasting linguistic assertions of the Chinese educationists and the Malay nationalists as well as the attempt by the government to resolve these assertions through an accommodative approach. Language and ethnicity remain a relevant issue in contemporary Malaysia, especially when it involves the vernacular primary school system which has evoked intense ethnic contestation over its actual functional role in the nation-building process.
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.
"The inhabitants of the rainforest must be allowed to speak for themselves," wrote Bruno Manser in 1992. Manser was careful to direct public attention to the plight of his adopted people, beleaguered by human rights abuses and the destruction of their home. This book tells the story of logging in Sarawak, its devastating effects on indigenous people, and government collusion with their suffering. It is a chronicle of injustice, brutality and resistance, recounted by Penan themselves, while Manser's illustrations bring the rainforest to life. This book is an essential record of the injustices suffered by the Penan in the 1980s and 1990s, and a reminder that the struggle is not over yet.
The entire period of Mao Zedong's leadership is now portrayed as a disaster, and any scrupulous efforts at questioning this version of events have been largely ignored by the international mass media. What is interesting is that the efforts of death toll-inflating academics and media appear to have had little impact on the working people of China. Indeed anti-Communists find the resilience of Mao's popularity baffling and frustrating. The common people are simply ruled out as rational actors. Swimming against the current of the academic industry and the international mass media, the contributors to this book have begun the task of recording the views and experiences of the common Chinese people regarding the period of socialist China, as a vital source of historical truth.
This book, in Chinese, addresses two aspecsts of Forex trading: trading strategies and psychological investment bias. It aims to provide a comprehensive overview of offensive and defensive trading concepts, and to allow the reader to understand the nature of mental errors, and how emotions, fear and greed can twist the original judgment and decision making. This book also introduces price action trading tools that are suitable for beginners.
The National Gallery's exhibition "Siapa Nama Kamu? Art in Singapore since the 19th Century" aims to provide visitors with an understanding and appreciation of Singapore art, its development and links with Southeast Asia, Asia and other parts of the word. It features more than 400 artworks, each significant in it own respect. This exhibition catalogue, which includes a number of important essays, was published in conjunction with the exhibition.
The National Gallery Singapore's opening exhibition "Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century", featuring more than 300 artworks, aims to provide a regional narrative of the modern art of Southeast Asia from the 19th century to the present. This exhibition catalogue, which includes a number of important essays, was published in conjunction with the exhibition.
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 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.
Chua Ek Kay is one of Singapore's leading ink practitioners. This National Gallery Singapore exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive overview of Chua's artistic development as well as pivotal milestones in his career. It features key works, ranging from 1975 to 2007, including some of his final works. This is the first time such a comprehensive survey has been carried out. This publication documents the artist family's generous donation to the national collection and provides an overview of Chua's career through his key works and major thematic series. It also contains newly commissioned essays and a detailed biographical timeline.
This book features all 128 Wu Guanzhong works in the National Collection of Singapore. It is complemented by four essays which contextualise the artist's life and practice, as well as a biographical timeline.
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.
The National Gallery Singapore is one of the largest art institutions in the region. The buildings of the Gallery are themselves works of art, rich with culture and heritage. Housed in the City Hall and former Supreme Court, the Gallery was developed over a period of 10 years, including painstaking restoration and conservation of the two buildings. This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story of the making of the Gallery.
Time of Others features works of artists responding to social, historical and geopolitical concerns at this present juncture of living in a more interconnected world today, where notions of boundary, difference and Otherness have also become more complex. A survey of contemporary art from the Asia Pacific region, the exhibition is co-curated by Singapore Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, National Museum of Art Osaka and Queensland Art Gallery, and will travel to the four museums from 2015 to 2016. This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue features essays and artwork captions by the international curatorial team of Time of Others.
The President's young Talents exhibition and award series is Singapore's premier mentoring and commissioning programme. Inaugurated by the Singapore Art Museum in 2001, it recognises young Singaporean artists whose practices chart new dimensions in contemporary art. The 2015 President's Young Talents is the series' sixth edition, and features new commissions from Ang Song Ming, Bani Haykal, Ezzam Rahman, Loo Zihan and Ong Kian Peng. Coinciding with Singapore's 50th year of independence, the exhibition celebrates artistic innovation and the pioneering spirit of contemporary art. The catalogue features a dedicated section for each of the five finalists; it includes interviews, mentors' perspectives and a curatorial essay, as well as showcasing both the artists' past works and their new commissions, offering a comprehensive overview of, and insight into, the practice of Singapore's most exciting and visionary young artists.
This is a book about the unique and intuitive process of creating an art collection. It chronicles a three-year journey - from genesis of vision to the reality - of conceptualising and commissioning a rich collection. Over 700 original two- and three-dimensional abstract and contemporary artworks, 90 percent of them specifically commissioned for spaces where they have been installed, are by established and emerging artists from Greater Asia. Art. Lifestyle. Environment bears testament of the daring endeavour of The Farrer Park Company to present the possibility of how art can infuse style and life into a space.
In celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday, the Eurasian Association published "The Eurasian Collection", a compilation of artefacts and family heirlooms, some more than 100 years old, displayed at the Eurasian Heritage Centre. Each item has its own symbolism, sharing Eurasian history, traditions and culture. Under the categories of family & home, jewellery & apparel, sports & music, religion, wedding and World War Two, this book features items such as household ornaments, kitchenware, pottery, old photos, books, traditional clothes, toys, jewellery and accessories, sports equipment, musical instruments, religious and wedding items, as well as documents, medals and swords from WWII.
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.
This memoir by former Singapore Member of Parliament Wan Hussin Zoohri tells about his early life in the kampong and how he had to sell kueh to survive. After becoming a teacher, he was awarded a schoarship to study at Oxford University. After teaching, he entered politics and became a PAP Member of Parliament. He talks about his unexpected entry into politics and his thoughts on a range of policies.
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.
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.
Singapore is a young nation at the crossroads of Asia and consistently faces the threat of infectious diseases. The infectious disease threats have changed with the times-it began with malaria, cholera and plague during the earliest days of the Straits Settlements; to vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio and smallpox; and now modern scourges including HIV, SARS, pandemic influenza, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Singapore has accomplished much to control and overcome the threat of infectious diseases. The collected stories and records in this volume provides and account of how Singapore's heathcare system has contributed to global and regional health and how hard-won is the protection from infectious diseases that we take for granted today.
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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