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Indonesia's Changing Political Economy: Governing The Roads

Indonesia's Changing Political Economy: Governing The Roads

Indonesia is Southeast Asia's largest economy and freest democracy yet vested interests and local politics serve as formidable obstacles to infrastructure reform. In this critical analysis of the politics inhibiting infrastructure investment, Jamie S. Davidson utilizes evidence from his research, press reports and rarely used consultancy studies to challenge mainstream explanations for low investment rates and the sluggish adoption of liberalizing reforms. He argues that obstacles have less to do with weak formal institutions and low fiscal capacities of the state than with entrenched, rent-seeking interests, misaligned central-local government relations, and state-society struggles over land. Using a political-sociological approach, Davidson demonstrates that 'getting the politics right' matters as much as getting the prices right or putting the proper institutional safeguards in place for infrastructure development. This innovative account and its conclusions will be of interest to students and scholars of Southeast Asia and policymakers of infrastructure investment and economic growth.

Review Of Configuration Of The Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors

Review Of Configuration Of The Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors

This review recommends possible extension and/or realignment of economic corridors to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency in advancing economic integration in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The economic corridor approach was adopted by the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries in 1998 to help accelerate subregional development. The development of economic corridors links production, trade, and infrastructure within a specific geographic area. The review of these corridors was conducted to take into account the opening up of Myanmar and ensure that there is a close match between corridor routes and trade flows; GMS capitals and major urban centers are connected to each other; and the corridors are linked with maritime gateways. The review came up with recommendations for possible extension and/or realignment of the corridors, and adoption of a classification system for corridor development.

Everyday Political Economy Of Southeast Asia, The

Everyday Political Economy Of Southeast Asia, The

In this empirically rich collection of essays, a team of leading international scholars explore the way that economic transformation is sustained and challenged by everyday practices across Southeast Asia. Drawing together a body of interdisciplinary scholarship, the authors explore how the emergence of more marketized forms of economic policy-making in Southeast Asia impacts everyday life. The book's twelve chapters address topics such as domestic migration, trade union politics in Myanmar, mining in the Philippines, halal food in Singapore, Islamic finance in Malaysia, education reform in Indonesia, street vending in Malaysia, regional migration between Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia, and Southeast Asian domestic workers in Hong Kong. This collection not only enhances understandings of the everyday political economies at work in specific Southeast Asian sites, but makes a major theoretical contribution to the development of an everyday political economy approach in which perspectives from developing economies and non-Western actors are taken seriously.

China's One Belt One Road Initiative

China's One Belt One Road Initiative

This book studies the equilibrium or balance between the overland and maritime trade routes of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. The interpretive section examines contemporary media narratives related to the OBOR initiative and how contemporary commentators appropriate narratives about historical events related to the maritime Silk Road to interpret current policy agendas and legitimize diplomatic or economic exchanges. The empirical case study highlights the fact that Euro-China High Speed Rail (HSR) and Central Asia-China HSR are not viable at the moment as passenger volume is not sufficient to justify the HSR line. This section examines the overland route of the OBOR and looks at recent Chinese HSR history and conventional sub-high speed rail technology development, and identifies technical & economic criteria determining the appropriate technology for a certain line. It analyzes the various rail linkage projects currently under study in the OBOR framework, highlight the economic, bureaucratic and geo-political challenges that these projects likely face and lay down conditions that will determine the outcome of these projects.

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight For Sex Worker's Right

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight For Sex Worker's Right

Do you have to think that prostitution is good to support sex worker rights? How do sex worker rights fit with feminist and anti-capitalist politics? Is criminalising clients progressive - and can the police deliver justice? In this book, sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith bring a fresh perspective to questions that have long been contentious. Speaking from a growing, global sex worker rights movement, and situating their argument firmly within wider questions of migration, work, feminism, and resistance to white supremacy, they make clear that anyone committed to working towards justice and freedom should be in support of the sex worker rights movement.

Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics And Institutions

Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics And Institutions

This book explores the interconnection between geopolitical context and the ways this context frames our knowledge about Asia, highlighting previously neglected cause-effect relations. It also examines how various knowledge institutions promote and shape Asian Studies. The authors seek to explain why Asian Studies and its subfields developed in the way they did, and what the implications of these transformations might be on intellectual and political understandings of Asia. The book not only builds on the current debates on the decolonization and de-imperialization of knowledge about Asia; it also proposes a more multifaceted view rather than just examining the impact of the West on the framing of Asian Studies.

Media And Elections: Democratic Transition In Malaysia

Media And Elections: Democratic Transition In Malaysia

This book examines the central role of the media in Malaysian electoral contests. The book unpacks how a potent mix of regulation and crony media ownership in Malaysia has created a mainstream media that is biased towards the ruling regime, especially during elections. Drawing from research into how the different media tried to impact voter behaviour during the 13th General Election, the authors in this volume forecast that the online landscape is where the communications contest will play out in the 14th General Election. In the run up to the next general election, political opinion continues to be polarised over social media in Malaysia. This has prompted the government to legislate the online space which has in turn implications for freedom of expression. This book is highly recommended to academics, analysts, civil society activists, commentators, election candidates, journalists, media owners, voters and all others interested in freedom of expression and online electoral communications is Malaysia.

Challenging Malaysia's Status Quo

Challenging Malaysia's Status Quo

History professor, consumer advocate, policy analyst and public intellectual par excellence Dr Lim Teck Ghee has put together this important collection of critical essays on the existential crisis of the Malaysian nation today. Through these essays, Dr Lim systematically exposes the poor state of governance in the Malaysian state and the flaws of its past and current policies. His pointed analyses of how and why we must change ineffectual and moribund policies is essential reading for academicians, politicians and activists. - Johan Saravanamuttu, Adjunct Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore.

Art

After Utopia: Revisiting The Ideal In Asian Contemporary Art

After Utopia: Revisiting The Ideal In Asian Contemporary Art

In naming his fictional island 'Utopia', writer Thomas More conjoined the Greek words for 'good place' and 'no place' - a reminder that the idealised society he conjured was fundamentally phantasmal. Yet, the search and yearning for Utopia is a ceaseless endeavour. Predicated on a sense that the world is not enough, utopian principles and models of worlds have been perpetually re-imagined, and continue to haunt our consciousness through the centuries. Drawing mainly from the Singapore Art Museum's permanent collection, as well as artists' collections and new commissions, the exhibition After Utopia sought to ask where and how we have located these expressions of both our innermost yearnings as well as our contemporary realities. This fully illustrated catalogue features critical essays as well as artwork captions by the curators of After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art.

Medium At Large: Shapeshifting Material & Methods In Contemporary Art

Medium At Large: Shapeshifting Material & Methods In Contemporary Art

Medium at Large explored the idea of medium in contemporary art, probing some of the most fundamental and pressing questions of art - its making, and also our experience, encounter and understanding of it. The exhibition at Singapore Art Museum (SAM) revelled in the rich expanse of materials that contemporary artworks can be made of, and from, with artwork media ranging from oil paint to rattan, human hair, bullet shells, as well as 'dematerialised' media like sound and language. Encompassing 31 Southeast Asian and Asian contemporary artworks that were largely drawn from SAM's permanent collection, the exhibition examined the fluid nature of art as concept, process, method, and material. This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue features five curatorial essays that reflect upon a range of issues surrounding contemporary art, such as the notion of time as a material, the relationship between painting and photography, the meaning of material(s), and how contemporary art is collected in a museum.

Bencharong: Chinese Porcelain For Siam

Bencharong: Chinese Porcelain For Siam

Bencharong, a unique class of Chinese export ware, was made exclusively for Thai royalty and the ruling elite in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Enamelled porcelain containers and dishes for the table and boudoir are resplendent in kaleidoscopic colors inspired by verdant, tropical vegetation. Lai Nam Thong ('gold-washed'), a variant, takes the opulence of this ware to a pinnacle by adding gold as an embellishment. Although Bencharong belongs both in place and time to the broader tradition of Chinese export art for the European and American markets, it is distinctively Thai in style and aesthetics. A wealth of lavish illustrations, many never before published, are visual revelations of Bencharong's splendor. The author traces the history of Bencharong from the renowned kilns of Jingdezhen to enamelling centres at coastal ports in southern China and its final destination - Ayutthaya and Bangkok.

Vibrancy In Stone: Masterpieces Of The Da Nang Museum Of Cham Sculpture

Vibrancy In Stone: Masterpieces Of The Da Nang Museum Of Cham Sculpture

This catalogue assembles sumptuous photographs of the world's leading collection of Cham sculpture, along with the most recent insights of Vietnamese and international scholars. The Champa culture thrived in magnificent temples, sculpture, dance and music along the central and southern coast of today's Vietnam from the 5th to the 15th centuries. A focused exploration here uncovers this brilliant yet almost lost culture to newcomers as well as experts. To mark its centenary, the Dà Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture has been expanded and refurbished to appropriately house the world's leading collection of Cham art. The museum staff, supported by the Southeast Asia art programme of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SoaS), London University, funded by the Alphawood Foundation, worked in concert with researchers from around the world to present these masterpieces.

Islamic Bookbinding

Islamic Bookbinding

Islamic Bookbinding is dedicated to highlight the development of the binding tradition in the Islamic world. Over 70 bindings from the collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia are analysed and presented within their historical context. Bindings made of leather, lacquer and textile, gilded or blind tooled or exquisitely painted form the catalogue section of this publication. Moreover, the catalogue take a comprehensive look into the bookbinding technique discuss the stitching process, the preparation of the binding and its doublure, and flap. The catalogue also explores the art of bookbinding from around the Islamic world, spanning geographically from the Maghreb and moving eastward to cover the Malay world and China, and covering the various practices and decorative repertoire of binding known to Islamic dynasties such as the Mamluk, Ottoman, Safavid and Qajar.

Inkpulse: The Art Of Yeo Shih Yun 2000-2017

Inkpulse: The Art Of Yeo Shih Yun 2000-2017

INKPULSE: The Art of Yeo Shih Yun chronicles the course of Yeo Shih Yun's 18 years long artistic journey, from the early 2000s when she first fell in love with ink and decided to pursue her dream to today having founded an independent art space that speaks volumes of the exceptional creative collaborations she has been a part of over the years and established an impressive oeuvre of works that ranges from pure abstraction to unconventional experimentation. With an ink-based, East-meets-West aesthetic - influenced by the tutelage of the eminent painter Chua Ek Kay - this monograph conceptualises the artist's pulsating pursuit for new depths and new perspectives within and beyond the realm of Abstract Expressionism.

Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960-1969)

Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960-1969)

Latiff Mohidin’s life work has been discussed extensively within national and, to some extent, regional frameworks, yet his contribution to global modernism remains understudied. Seen as a step toward addressing this gap, this catalogue seeks to position the artist within Berlin art circles of the 1960s, and unravel what could be contingently described as painting from within the tradition. The catalogue also explores the formative role of Latiff Mohidin’s Pago Pago series not only in his oeuvre, but also in our very ability to write about Southeast Asian history.

Buddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, And Narrative In Late Burmese Wall Paintings

Buddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, And Narrative In Late Burmese Wall Paintings

Step into a Burmese temple built between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries and you are surrounded by a riot of color and imagery. The majority of the highly detailed wall paintings display Buddhist biographical narratives, inspiring the devotees to follow the Buddha's teachings. Alexandra Green goes one step further to consider the temples and their contents as a whole, arguing that the wall paintings mediate the relationship between the architecture and the main Buddha statues in the temples. This forges a unified space for the devotees to interact with the Buddha and his community, with the aim of transforming the devotees' current and future lives. These temples were a cohesively articulated and represented Burmese Buddhist world to which the devotees belonged. Green's visits to more than 160 sites with identifiable subject matter form the basis of this richly illustrated volume, which draws upon art historical, anthropological, and religious studies methodologies to analyze the wall paintings and elucidate the contemporary religious, political, and social concepts that drove the creation of this lively art form.

Colours Of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musée D’Orsay

Colours Of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musée D’Orsay

One of the great innovations of the Impressionists was their radical use of colour: their application of strokes of complementary or contrasting hues captured the shifting effects of light and foregrounded the nature of vision. Using colour as the lens through which to magnify the movement's intricacies, this catalogue sweeps us from Manet's rich blacks, through green and blue landscapes of Monet and Cézanne, to the sensuous pinks of Renoir. Along this journey, scientific discoveries and emerging definitions of modernity are explored, illuminating the profound innovations of the Impressionists and the shifting preconceptions of their 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.

History & Geography

Records, Recoveries, Remnants And Inter-Asian Interconnections: Decoding Cultural Heritage

Records, Recoveries, Remnants And Inter-Asian Interconnections: Decoding Cultural Heritage

This volume has at its conceptual core the inter-regional networks of Nalanda Mahavihara and its unique place in the Asian imaginary. The revival of Nalanda university in 2010 as a symbol of a shared inter-Asian heritage is this collection's core narrative. The multidisciplinary essays interrogate ways in which ideas, objects, texts, and travellers have shaped - and in turn have been shaped by - changing global politics and the historical imperative that underpins them. The question of what constitutes cultural authenticity and heritage valuation is inscribed from positions that support, negate, or reframe existing discourses with reference to Southeast and East Asia. The essays in this collection offer critical, scholarly, and nuanced views on the vexed questions of regional and inter-regional dynamics, of racial politics and their flattening hegemonic discourses in relation to the rich tangible and intangible heritage that defines an interconnected Asia.

Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City

Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City

This catalogue aimed at the general reader accompanies the exhibition Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City. Full-colour images and write-ups of all objects in the show, along with essays on a range of topics including pre-Angkorian cities, the 19th-century French exploratory missions, display of Cambodian culture and objects back in France, and the styles of Khmer sculpture enhance the experience of the show.

Exhibiting The Fall Of Singapore: Close Readings Of A Global Event

Exhibiting The Fall Of Singapore: Close Readings Of A Global Event

In September 2017, the National Museum of Singapore launched Witness to War: Remembering 1942, a special international exhibition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. In conjunction with Witness to War, an international conference - Exhibiting the Fall: Remembering and Representing War and Its Aftermath in Asia - was held at the museum on 4 & 5 September 2017. The conference brought international academics and museum practitioners together in conversation about the ways in which Asia's violent mid-20th-century history is understood and represented. It was co-organised with the War Memoryscapes in Asia Partnership, an international, interdisciplinary network of academic specialists funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This publication is a collection of papers presented at the conference.

People's History Of Malaysia, A: With Emphasis On The Development Of Nationalism

People's History Of Malaysia, A: With Emphasis On The Development Of Nationalism

This book presents a brief people's history of Malaysia (formerly Malaya). Its approach is different from that which is often regarded as Official History because it focuses upon the process of making history from below, through the contribution of everyday people to the history of Malaya and Malaysia, and is written in a popular and not academic style. In focusing on the contribution of the people to the making of history, this book chronicles the development of nationalism and the rise of mass-based politics and people's independence movements alongside movements related to workers, women, students and indigenous peoples in the formation of a Malaysian nation state.

Contest For North Sumatra, The: Aceh, The Netherlands And Britain, 1858-1898

Contest For North Sumatra, The: Aceh, The Netherlands And Britain, 1858-1898

Aceh and North Sumatra have the double distinction of being both one of the few places in the Archipelago that were left virtually untouched by Indian influence in pre-Islamic times and also of being an important base for Arab and Indian traders who, inter alia, initiated the spread of Islam in the area. That history of independence meant it was one of the last areas over which the Dutch were able to exert their control. Here, in a recently revised edition of his 1989 work, Anthony Reid, traces the history of increasing Dutch influence and the efforts of the British, based in the Straits Settlements, to thwart it.

Penang And Its Networks Of Knowledge

Penang And Its Networks Of Knowledge

This volume brings together the work of 11 distinguished scholars in efforts to recover and preserve cultural-historical knowledge embedded in the fabric of the city of George Town and articulate the significance and reach of the global connections created in Penang's island capital. The essays contained within this volume explore a diverse range of cultural intersections of knowledge and ideas, from the broad geographical scope of Penang's newspapers, to the dissemination of religious ideology, to the modern iterations of waqf. Eschewing a more traditional, nationally oriented framework of history, each tells the story of Penang through an outward-looking lens - an approach more suited to a cosmopolitan port city with far-reaching links to the world. Through this lens, Penang's role as a nexus of both networks of knowledge and trading diasporas becomes abundantly clear.

Social Issues

Women On Board: Making A Real Difference

Women On Board: Making A Real Difference

This book features 24 female directors and highlights their directorship journeys. Cutting across age, race, profession and background, the profiles of these exceptional women will inspire readers and debunk the notion of the corporate boardroom as dull and colourless. Politically engaged, socially resilient and acutely attuned to the changes around them, women in boardrooms are making their mark. As diversity is pushed to the forefront, this publication provides thought leadership on women directorships around 12 boardroom themes such as business models, digital economy and risk management.

Gender Equality Results Case Study: India - Enhancing Energy-Based Livelihoods For Women

Gender Equality Results Case Study: India - Enhancing Energy-Based Livelihoods For Women

This gender equality case study presents the contributions of the ADB-India project in providing 24-hour power supply to rural households in Madhya Pradesh and how it has opened opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the energy sector. Reliable supply of 24-hour electricity in the State of Madhya Pradesh since 2014 has transformed the lives of many, including women from low-income households. The case study builds up on the project progress so far, showcasing women who, along with their sense of personal empowerment, have increased their incomes and savings through microenterprises. The case study reaffirms that a steady supply of electricity, coupled with capacity development, helps create an arena where men and women are accorded equal participation in business opportunities.

Pentecostal Megachurches In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Class, Consumption And The Nation

Pentecostal Megachurches In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Class, Consumption And The Nation

Charismatic pastors, fast-paced worship sessions, inspirational but shallow theology, and large congregations - these are just some of the associated traits of Pentecostal megachurches. But what lies beneath the veneer of glitz? What are their congregations like? How did they grow so quickly? How have they managed to negotiate local and transnational challenges? This book seeks to understand the growth and popularity of independent Pentecostal megachurches in Southeast Asia. Using an ethnographic approach, the chapters examine Pentecostal megachurches in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore. Each chapter dwells on the development of the megachurch set against the specific background of the country's politics and history.

Mediating Islam: Cosmopolitan Journalisms In Muslim Southeast Asia

Mediating Islam: Cosmopolitan Journalisms In Muslim Southeast Asia

What is Islamic journalism? This study examines day-to-day journalism as practiced by Muslim professionals at five exemplary news organizations in Malaysia and Indonesia. At Sabili, established as an underground publication, journalists are hired for their ability at dakwah, or Islamic propagation. At Tempo, a news magazine banned during the Soeharto regime, the journalists do not talk much about sharia law; although many are pious and see their work as a manifestation of worship, the Islam they practice is often viewed as progressive or even liberal. At Harakah reporters support an Islamic political party, while at Republika they practice a "journalism of the Prophet." Secular news organizations, too, such as Malaysiakini, employ Muslim journalists. Janet Steele explores how these various publications observe universal principles of journalism and do so through an Islamic idiom.

Rohingyas, The: Inside Myanmar's Genocide (Revised And Updated Edition)

Rohingyas, The: Inside Myanmar's Genocide (Revised And Updated Edition)

According to the United Nations, Myanmar's Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Only now has the media turned its attention to their plight at the hands of a country led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Yet the signs of this genocide have been visible for years. For generations, this Muslim group has suffered routine discrimination, violence, arbitrary arrest and detention, extortion, and other abuses by the Buddhist majority. As horrifying massacres have unfolded in 2017, international human rights groups have accused the regime of complicity in an ethnic cleansing campaign against them. Authorities refuse to recognise the Rohingyas as one of Myanmar's 135 "national races," denying them citizenship rights in the country of their birth and severely restricting many aspects of ordinary life, from marriage to free movement. In this updated edition, Azeem Ibrahim chronicles the events leading up to the current, final cleansing of the Rohingya population, and issues a clarion call to protect a vulnerable, little known Muslim minority. He makes a powerful appeal to use the lessons of the twentieth century to stop this genocide in the twenty-first.

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.

Citizenship In Myanmar: Ways Of Being In And From Burma

Citizenship In Myanmar: Ways Of Being In And From Burma

This book brings together chapters by Burmese and foreign experts, and contributions from community and political leaders, who discuss the meaning of citizenship in Myanmar/Burma. The book explores citizenship in relation to three broad categories: issues of identity and conflict; debates around concepts and practices of citizenship; and inter- and intra-community issues, including Buddhist-Muslim relations. This is the first volume to address these issues, understanding and resolving which will be central to Myanmar's continued transition away from violence and authoritarianism.

End Of Policing, The

End Of Policing, The

This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice-even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve. In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives-such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction-has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.

Religion & Philosophy

Buddhism, Politics And Political Thought In Myanmar

Buddhism, Politics And Political Thought In Myanmar

This is the first book to provide a broad overview of the ways in which Buddhist ideas have influenced political thinking and politics in Myanmar. Matthew J. Walton draws extensively on Burmese language sources from the last 150 years to describe the 'moral universe' of contemporary Theravada Buddhism that has anchored most political thought in Myanmar. In explaining multiple Burmese understandings of notions such as 'democracy' and 'political participation', the book provides readers with a conceptual framework for understanding some of the key dynamics of Myanmar's ongoing political transition. Some of these ideas help to shed light on restrictive or exclusionary political impulses, such as anti-Muslim Buddhist nationalism or scepticism towards the ability of the masses to participate in politics. Walton provides an analytical framework for understanding Buddhist influences on politics that will be accessible to a wide range of readers and will generate future research and debate.

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention

The birth of Buddhism goes back to the sixth century BCE and, over the centuries, there has been considerable variety as well as considerable change in its doctrines, practices and propagation across the different parts of Asia. This volume showcases the expansion in the religion's contours and popularity in Asia in modern times. Focusing on India, Sri Lanka and China, the essays in the book highlight the cross-fertilization between Buddhism and contemporary discourses which makes the phenomenon of Buddhist revival in Asia unambiguously modern. This is a historically rich and readable volume which will interest general readers as well as students and scholars of history and of Buddhism.

Q&A With An Islamophobe: Concise Responses To Counter Irrational Islamophobia

Q&A With An Islamophobe: Concise Responses To Counter Irrational Islamophobia

Concise responses to over 200 most vile, widely debunked and yet variedly repeated Islamophobic comments levelled against ordinary Muslims and Islam today by renowned Islamophobes, anti-Muslim groups, talk-show hosts, presidential candidates and right-wing politicians, either out of intolerance or ignorance. This book is a collection of such remarks and more importantly, long overdue counter-points responding to the oft-repeated Islamophobic statements increasingly commonplace today. Given the wide-ranging, divisive and worrying questions some of our children or teenage children are bound to be confronted with - or are asking - or sooner or later will start asking, this book will hopefully serve as a quick reference point.

Culture & People

Consul In Paradise: Seventy-Four Years In Siam

Consul In Paradise: Seventy-Four Years In Siam

Consul in Paradise describes a life full of interest, and a world that is now long past. Embracing all of Siamese life, we discover a racing stable with just one pony and Siam expertise in beetle fighting, the Siamese language and etiquette, and the nuances between the mountain tribes. It relates a distant period of diplomacy, a time when Wood's duties could include concocting love potions, exorcizing evil spirits (at one time from a rice bin), and creating huge straw hats to protect elephants from sunstroke. This evocative portrait of a corner of the British Empire, an entertaining encounter between Victorian Britain and Siam, "consists merely of a little of the froth collected by a cork which has floated for 68 years on the seas of Siamese and Anglo-Siamese life." This is a new edition of a charming memoir that combines humor, history, and an exploration of a culture that is as distant in time as place.

Leftover Woman

Leftover Woman

In the early years of the People's Republic, the Communist Party sought to transform gender relations. Yet those gains have been steadily eroded in China's post-socialist era. Contrary to the image presented by China's media, women in China have experienced a dramatic rollback of rights and gains relative to men. In Leftover Women, Leta Hong Fincher exposes shocking levels of structural discrimination against women, and the broader damage this has caused to China's economy, politics, and development.

Perspectives On Bajau/ Sama' Diaspora Sabah Museum Monograph Vol. 13

Perspectives On Bajau/ Sama' Diaspora Sabah Museum Monograph Vol. 13

This volume comprises papers read at the International Conference on Bajau-Sama Diaspora & Maritime Southeast Asian Cultures at the Tun Sakaran Museum in Semporna in 2016 organised by Nusantara Performing Arts Research Centre (NusParc), the Department of Sabah Museum and the Kadazandusun Chair of Universiti Malaysia Sabah. This monograph publishes peer-reviewed re-submitted papers of the initial presentations based on specific themes on the study of Bajau-Sama' diaspora and maritime Southeast Asian cultures pertinent to the current case studies on Bajau Sama' communities in Semporna and within the Sulu Sea. Issues framed within the sub-themes on Migration, Politics, Rituals Performing Arts, Heritage, Material Culture, Language and Identity are discussed with the intention of seeking potential development models, affirmative actions and empowerment programs and interventions for Bajau-Sama' communities in Sabah.

It's Only Blood: A Global Story Of Menstruation And Power

It's Only Blood: A Global Story Of Menstruation And Power

Across the world, 2 billion experience menstruation, yet menstruation is seen as a mark of shame. We are told not to discuss it in public, that tampons and sanitary pads should be hidden away, the blood rendered invisible. In many parts of the world, poverty, culture and religion collide causing the taboo around menstruation to have grave consequences. Younger people who menstruate are deterred from going to school, adults from work, infections are left untreated. The shame is universal and the silence a global rule. This book tells the shocking but always moving stories of why and how people from Sweden to Bangladesh, from the United States to Uganda, are fighting back against the shame.

Architecture

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series (Box Set)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series (Box Set)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes highlights the key architectural features of conserved houses. The editorial team, headed by former Member of Parliament Wan Hussin Zoohri, developed a list of historically significant types of homes in consultation with architectural historians and practising architects. Each of the 5 books in the series features one specific home style, and covers both the exteriors and interiors of the heritage houses, including those privately owned and seldom seen. There are also interviews of people who have lived in or are living in heritage houses, many of which are conserved. These pocketbooks are a boon to heritage buffs who want a visually appealing, bite-size introduction to Singapore's heritage homes.

Functional Shophouse, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Functional Shophouse, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes highlights the key architectural features of conserved houses. The editorial team, headed by former Member of Parliament Wan Hussin Zoohri, developed a list of historically significant types of homes in consultation with architectural historians and practising architects. Each of the 5 books in the series features one specific home style, and covers both the exteriors and interiors of the heritage houses, including those privately owned and seldom seen. There are also interviews of people who have lived in or are living in heritage houses, many of which are conserved. These pocketbooks are a boon to heritage buffs who want a visually appealing, bite-size introduction to Singapore's heritage homes.

Beauty Of Black & White, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Beauty Of Black & White, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes highlights the key architectural features of conserved houses. The editorial team, headed by former Member of Parliament Wan Hussin Zoohri, developed a list of historically significant types of homes in consultation with architectural historians and practising architects. Each of the 5 books in the series features one specific home style, and covers both the exteriors and interiors of the heritage houses, including those privately owned and seldom seen. There are also interviews of people who have lived in or are living in heritage houses, many of which are conserved. These pocketbooks are a boon to heritage buffs who want a visually appealing, bite-size introduction to Singapore's heritage homes.

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.

Law

Politics Of Shari'a Law, The: Islamist Activists And The State In Democratizing Indonesia

Politics Of Shari'a Law, The: Islamist Activists And The State In Democratizing Indonesia

The Islamization of politics in Indonesia after 1998 presents an underexplored puzzle: why has there been a rise in the number of shari'a laws despite the electoral decline of Islamist parties? Michael Buehler presents an analysis of the conditions under which Islamist activists situated outside formal party politics may capture and exert influence in Muslim-majority countries facing democratization. His analysis shows that introducing competitive elections creates new pressures for entrenched elites to mobilize and structure the electorate, thereby opening up new opportunities for Islamist activists to influence politics. Buehler's analysis of changing state-religion relations in formerly authoritarian Islamic countries illuminates broader theoretical debates on Islamization in the context of democratization. This timely text is essential reading for students, scholars, and government analysts.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #23: Legislation On Underwater Cultural Heritage In Southeast Asia: Evolution And Outcomes

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #23: Legislation On Underwater Cultural Heritage In Southeast Asia: Evolution And Outcomes

This paper examines the evolution of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) legislation in Southeast Asia. Legislation in every country differs, with some reflecting great cultural awareness and some signalling neglect. Countries examined include Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore. Singapore, in particular, does not have legislation dealing specifically with UCH, although both terrestrial and underwater cultural heritage policy is currently under review. Singapore can afford institutional investigation and excavation, thereby avoiding the pitfalls of private partnerships. Singapore can afford enforcement. By cherry-picking the most effective UCH policies from like-minded governments and moulding them to fit Singapore's unique circumstance Singapore could go from non-starter to leader through a single act of parliament.

Education

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To Overcome

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To Overcome

EduCity, built as an integrated learning hub, is a constituent part of Malaysia's general programme to enhance its reputation as a regional centre for higher education. Located in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, its proximity to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur provides it with a large population of potential students, although attracting academic staff to work there remains a challenge. Other challenges that EduCity faces revolve around the provision of facilities and support services, coordination of courses on offer, and coordination between the entity that runs the site and the universities.

Speaking Of Universities

Speaking Of Universities

In recent decades there has been an immense global surge in the numbers both of universities and of students. In the UK alone there are now over 140 institutions teaching more subjects to nearly 2.5 million students. New technology offers new ways of learning and teaching. Globalization forces institutions to consider a new economic horizon. At the same time governments have systematically imposed new procedures regulating funding, governance, and assessment. Universities are being forced to behave more like business enterprises in a commercial marketplace than centres of learning. Historian and critic Stefan Collini analyses these changes and challenges the assumptions of policy-makers and commentators. He asks: does 'marketization' threaten to destroy what we most value about education; does this new era of 'accountability' distort what it purports to measure; and who does the modern university belong to? Responding to recent policies and their underlying ideology, the book is a call to 'focus on what is actually happening and the clichés behind which it hides; an incitement to think again, think more clearly, and then to press for something better'.

Science & Technology

Water–Energy Nexus In The People’S Republic Of China And Emerging Issues

Water–Energy Nexus In The People’S Republic Of China And Emerging Issues

This report analyzes the trade-off between the two sectors in the context of the People's Republic of China and proposes recommendations to ensure that the choices made are sustainable in the long run. Water and energy are both valuable resources and indispensable for human society and economic development. By nature, water and energy are interlinked. Water plays a critical role in the generation of electricity for cooling of thermal power plants and in hydropower, as well as in the production of fossil fuels such as coal; energy is required to treat, distribute, and for wastewater treatment. Choices made in either of the sectors may have unintended and often negative implications on the other sector.

Future Carbon Fund: Delivering Co-Benefits For Sustainable Development

Future Carbon Fund: Delivering Co-Benefits For Sustainable Development

Asia and the Pacific is home to more than 60% of the world's population and 62% of the global economic output. But the region still faces enormous development challenges and with economic growth, it has become a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This report reflects how Clean Development Mechanism projects supported by the Future Carbon Fund not only reduce GHG emissions but deliver social, environmental, and economic co-benefits contributing to sustainable development in the region. This report also presents qualitative and quantitative analysis of these co-benefits.

Literature

Who Are You My Country? Voices Of Singaporeans Past And Present

Who Are You My Country? Voices Of Singaporeans Past And Present

From the 1930s to 1965, discussions about modernisation, race and civic responsibility were as common as they are today. The youth of colonial Singapore wrote passionately about these issues, seeking to enkindle the idea of a nation that did not yet exist. The poetry and stories that encapsulate how they saw Singapore have become more, not less, relevant. In Who Are You My Country?, the youth of modern Singapore build on those stories and use them to create a vision for what our post-SG50 nation might look like. As the historical publications were to those students of the past, we hope this anthology will also be to us a shared space for the collective imagination of our Singapore.

We'll Eat When We're Done

We'll Eat When We're Done

Sunil has just discovered the recipe for Chicken rice, but he can't prepare it in a Singapore overrun by zombies! Can his grandmother and him, along with a hardy bunch of survivors, stop the mysterious Zibots that have enslaved the island nation's populace?

Last Immigrant, The: A Novel

Last Immigrant, The: A Novel

Ismael, a transplanted Singaporean, lives on a bucolic suburban Brisbane street. His job is to decide whether asylum-seekers get to stay in the country, a dilemma that never fails to remind him of his own immigrant status. But then his life begins to take on the hue of a nightmare: his neighbour inexplicably commits suicide, his wife dies of cancer, his daughter abandons him for the United States, and his Siamese cat goes missing. In Lau Siew Mei's new novel, an enclosed Australian neighbourhood becomes a microcosm of a world increasingly hostile towards migrants.

Travel

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.

Singapore Trails: Singapore River Walk & Jubilee Walk

Singapore Trails: Singapore River Walk & Jubilee Walk

Filled with evocative archival photographs and vivid snapshots of the modern city, this hany guide book uncovers the island's rich past and vibrant present via two meticulously-curated walking trails. It brings together two trails in the heart of the city: the Singapore River Walk, which traces Singapore's path from a bustling 19th-century port to a modern city, and the Jubilee Walk, created to mark Singapore's Golden Jubilee in 2015. With this guide in hand, tourists, foreign residents, and locals alike will enjoy finding out more about Singapore on foot. It includes historical tidbits, little-known facts, and helpful information such as the addresses and opening hours of the many sights along the way.

Business

Promoting Green Local Currency Bonds For Infrastructure Development In Asean+3

Promoting Green Local Currency Bonds For Infrastructure Development In Asean+3

ASEAN+3 policy makers are exploring options to promote green local currency-denominated bonds to meet the region's infrastructure development needs. The Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN+3 are looking to explore options to promote green local currency-denominated bonds to meet the region's infrastructure development needs. Green bonds - supported within the ASEAN+3 framework - would help meet the long-term financing of the region especially in its transition to a low-carbon region. This publication highlights an assessment study of green bond markets in ASEAN+3, identifies the barriers to green bond market development, and proposes recommendations to scale up green bond markets for infrastructure development in ASEAN+3.

Leisure

Three Dishes One Soup: Inside The Singapore Kitchen

Three Dishes One Soup: Inside The Singapore Kitchen

It is said that the soul of the home is the kitchen. In Chinese families, this typically means several side dishes served with a bowl of rice and a soup. But when we try to replicate these beloved dishes ourselves, our attempts sometimes fall short. Faced with this situation, Lace Zhang set out to observe and note down every detail as her grandma and auntie cooked, and then tested each recipe rigorously to ensure nothing was left out. Three Dishes One Soup is the result of Lace's careful recording of her family's recipes. With detailed explanations and step-by-step photographs, this book is the perfect guide for anyone longing for a taste of home and needing that extra bit of help in the kitchen.

We Want Plates: The Crusade Against Food On Slates, Chips In Mugs, And Drink In Jam Jars

We Want Plates: The Crusade Against Food On Slates, Chips In Mugs, And Drink In Jam Jars

Remember when restaurants used to use plates? We Want Plates is the global crusade against serving food on bits of wood and roof slates, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars. A social media phenomenon, the online movement has gathered thousands of pictures of absurd, unexpected and downright stomach-churning occasions when restaurants have shunned the ordinary plate. This book is a hilarious collection of the best pictures from We Want Plates, plus previously unpublished material, including: Soup in a stiletto, bread in a flat cap, beef Wellington on barbed wire, prawns in an iron and a phone box sandwich.

Living Shojin Ryori: Everyday Zen Cuisine To Nourish And Delight

Living Shojin Ryori: Everyday Zen Cuisine To Nourish And Delight

Simple, healthful and vegetarian, shojin ryori originated from Japanese Zen temples and is beloved today for its exquisite flavours, creativity and regard for ingredient, provenance and beauty. Chef Danny Chu of Enso Kitchen demonstrates once again the versatility and sophistication of the cuisine. With clearly written step-by-step instructions and insightful cooking tips, he brings the bounties of each season to the home kitchen and shows how satisfying, everyday meals can be made with ease, elegance and pleasure.

Children

Hua Mulan: Legendary Woman Warrior

Hua Mulan: Legendary Woman Warrior

This book tells of the inspirational story of Hua Mulan, the legendary Chinese female warrior who pledges to fight for her family and country in the most unusual way: by disguising herself as a man - a filial "son" who takes the place of her aged and sick father at the battlefront. Quick-witted and well-skilled in martial arts, Hua Mulan fights valiantly and scores many victories throughout her many years in the army, never once having her real identity revealed. With stirring and unforgettable scenes, this comic book captures the legendary Chinese heroine at her most brilliant, ensuring that the legend of Mulan, that most enduring symbol of loyalty and filial piety, continues to live on.

Do Gallery Sitters Sit All Day? Things People Really Do In A Museum

Do Gallery Sitters Sit All Day? Things People Really Do In A Museum

What is a docent? What does an artwork conservator do? Take a look behind the scenes to discover what goes on inside an art museum. With colourful illustrations featuring the beautiful architecture of National Gallery Singapore, Do Gallery Sitters Sit All Day? Things People Really Do in a Museum brings readers into the daily lives of museum professionals as they prepare exhibitions, receive artworks and guide visitors around the museum.

Eyeyah! Internet

Eyeyah! Internet

EYEYAH! uses art and design as a creative way to teach children about the internet and make them aware of some of its dangers. It is a tool for parents and teachers to talk to children about addiction, social media and online strangers. It is made up of 40 specially commissioned artworks by artists from Singapore and 15 other countries.

Angel Magic

Angel Magic

When bombs rain down on the Malayan plantation where seven-year-old Rosie lives with her parents and beloved amah, her days of privilege and playfulness come to an abrupt end. Swept along with other British families eager to escape Malaya, fate cruelly leaves Rosie on the deck of a ship heading to India, alone and separated from her family Confined to a brutal school in Bombay, a determined Rosie seeks freedom in the crowded, chaotic city slums. Her life is lightened when she meets Armand, a poor Portuguese-Indian boy, and his mother. They shield Rosie with their love and allow her to enjoy adventures and escapades on the magical streets of Bombay. While Rosie is growing up on her own terms, her parents and brother endure different worlds in prison camps, dreaming of one day being reunited in Scotland.

Issun Boshi: The One-Inch Boy

Issun Boshi: The One-Inch Boy

This classic Japanese fairy tale tells the story of Issun Boshi, the tiny son of an old, long childless couple. As in any proper fairy tale, Issun Boshi is tested in several adventures. He handles himself so bravely that, in the end, he is rewarded with just the right princess.

Atlas Of Imaginary Places, An

Atlas Of Imaginary Places, An

Upside-down mountains, volcanoes that spew bubble gum, a gentle humpback whale keeping an entire city afloat. These and other wonderful worlds may not exist on Earth, but elsewhere - who knows? Each spread of this captivating book invites readers on a fantastic voyage. Perfect for before-bed reading, or daytime dreaming, this stunningly illustrated book will delight young readers and encourage them to conjure their own imaginary places.


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