This book considers the subject of the traditional Rulers of Malaysia from three perspectives - contemporary, historical and comparative. It looks looks at Malaysia within the context of different systems in various countries and the positions of their respective Rulers and the changes they have experienced, and predicts the likely future for The Malay Rulers, without being sensational or controversial.
This collection of papers examines the issue of maritime security and piracy from various perspectives, focusing on Asian and European countries.
This volume captures the interplay between religion and social thought in comparative case studies from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Drawing on a critical sociology of knowledge and a profound understanding of historical contexts, the central focus is on Muslim intellectuals who have grappled with the impact of modernity in these societies, between those seeking to reform Islam's role and those who take a hardline defensive stance. The discussion deals successively with the role of religious traditionalism, the upsurge of dakwah revivalism and the public sphere, attitudes towards democracy and pluralism, and finally the ideas advanced by liberal Islam and its opponents.
Operation Coldstore remains the most contentious event in the history of postcolonial Singapore. The authors in this volume have placed on record their own perspective of events. The stirring autobiographical accounts are supplemented by academic contributions that provide contextual depth to the historical events.
Part I of this book, written by naval reservists and researchers, relates the actual accounts of the Colonial Royal Naval Reservists from Australia, Britain, Burma, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Penang engaged in operations against the Japanese during World War II. Part II covers the Indonesian Confrontation, and encompasses the support given by the mobilised RMNVR reservists from Singapore, Penang and Klang divisions to the RMN. These accounts illustrate vividly the major part that naval Reservists played in the operations and the rich variety of experience and background which Reservists brought to bear.
Singapore Metropolitan Region is a graphical compendium of architectural research about the Sijori Triangle: Singapore, Johor and the Riau Archipelago. Beautiful plans, illustrations, drawings,a dn historical maps trace visions of the past with information of the present. Essays by Erik G.L'Heureux, Freek Colombijn, Lai Chee Kien, Chua Beng Huat, Tim Bunnell and Francois Decoster produce a more nuanced picture of the region in five chapters. A complex yet impressive picture emerges beyond political boundaries and conflicting national interest. Indeed by seeing the region as one cohesive landscape with distinct formal and spatial characteristics composed of longstanding histories, peoples and economies, the architecture of the Singapore Metropolitan Region reveals its interconnected complexity painting a picture of a region wrestling between the first and third world.
Chinese language theatre in Singapore has gone through a century of ups and downs. It was borne out of a mission to inspire public discourse and to aid disaster relief in the beginning of the 20th century, and developed in the post-war era of multivariate aesthetic and political currents. A century of Singapore Chinese language theatre has not only contributed to the painting of Singapore's cultural landscape, it is also closely associated with the turbulence in the world. Beginning from modern drama's first emergence in 1913, this volume traces the centennial history of Chinese language theatre in Singapore in the socio, cultural and political contexts. Through a survey of historical records accompanied by rare images, the book is a reflection on the cultural ethos and social development of the different periods.
This is the second volume of Joseph Pereira's comprehensive survey of the Singapore pop music scene in the 1960s. The second half of the sixties saw seismic shifts in the global music scene. In Singapore, newer breed of bands was coming to the fore, many with outlandish names. Tea dances became increasingly popular. Discotheques started sprouting up to cater to a new hip crowd. Pop Yeh Yeh, which had always been active alongside the mainstream pop music scene, came into its own with many releases. Singapore bands were very active playing the British services circuit and in Vietnam. But, as the decade drew to a close, several pivotal events signalled the end of this glorious era for Singapore pop music. Beyond the Tea Dance examines in rich detail all the major bands and singers in this turbulent period.
Ever wonder what the thumbdrive, SAR-21, Tiger Beer, RISIS orchid and the parking coupon have in common? These and another 13 objects are all (almost) uniquely Singapore in their origin or association with the city-state. This book, written by Singapore Management University undergraduates, tells the fascinating stories behind these objects. Its unusual perspective will interest Singaporeans as well as visitors keen to understand Singapore's creative mix of enterprise, innovation and organisation.
Many archival photographs are included in this insider's account of Malaya's music scene 1900-1965, a period of close Malaya/Singapore interchange. The first section overviews the history of Malay music, traditional songs and the early 20th century's Bangsawan opera, and gramophone and radio music. This music scene and Japanese policy 1942-45 and the 1045-65 developments in Radio Singapura, in cinema and entertainment hubs and at functions are then described. Inset photographs and biographical summaries are given for some 90 artistes and performers, and the role of musical groups noted. With bibliography, online database and index. Bilingual in Malay.
The Lady Boss features the success stories of 28 women entrepreneurs from 28 different industries in Singapore. They share their journeys and winning methods in running their businesses, and will be a source of inspiration for young adults and aspiring entrepreneurs. Among the successful women featured are Vijayah Sigamani, Elizabeth Hsu, Mary Ma, Marine Lim, and Leza Parker.
Mental healthcare in many Asian countries mirrors the British model, which in the past was focused on the large mental asylum but now has a community emphasis. Geriatric Psychiatry books in libraries and bookshops are mainly from Britain and North America. In recent years, Asian countries have begun to rethink, reorganise and introduce innovations to improve their mental health services. Mental Healthcare of the Elderly contains some of these new ideas and is a primer for health professionals who are involved in the care of elderly people with mental health problems like depression and dementia.
The concept of harmony has always resonated through every aspect of China's long cultural history. In this collection, Dr Daniel CK Lau continues and extends the tradition in an innovative, contemporary vein. The large-scale calligraphic installation 'Harmony (cat. no. 1)' provides the vehicle for an exploration of script styles ranging from ancient to modern times. Through this work and others from the past decade, Lau strives to integrate past and present to create a fresh aesthetic with its roots in tradition.
Five female Japanese photographers each finds her own way to come to terms with oneself and drifts between personal realities and the crude reality of the world - a reflection of the state of mind of the younger generation of Japan today. Eight Korean photographer s showcase the unique 'literariness' in contemporary Korean photography - paradoxical ideas, poetic but contradictory semiotics, and sometimes fictional literary style, leading the audience to contemplate upon the truth underlying the apparent truths.
Thinking of Landscape presents a visual expedition through place and time. It traces a collector's journey of over 25 years, bringing together a selection of sixty works by artists from Southeast Asia, China, Taiwan and Australia. It explores ways in which individual artists have drawn inspiration from the landscape subject, probing its formal, emotional, and conceptual potential. The painting traditions of East and West, and different generations of artists meet in this diverse collection, allowing us to map relationships between artistic practices, and between the collector and his collection.
Born in London and raised in Nigeria, Shonibare employs a diverse range of media - from sculpture, painting and installation to photography and film - to probe matters of race, class, cultural identity and history. This book - the most comprehensive resource available on Shonibare - presents the best work of the London-based artist's career.
Paradise is a photographic monograph about an author's search for paradise in one of the most controversial places in recent history: the Swat valley of Pakistan. Paradise is at once an introspective journey, as well as a biographical sketch of Swat valley. Through the documentation of daily life and extraordinary happenings in Swat, the author discovers the fragility of Man's interpretation of paradise, as well as the resilience of the human spirit in the face of hell-on-earth. With a sequence of 75 carefully-selected black-and-white images and five chapters of personal notes from his journey, the 164-page volume is the author's attempt to answer the eternal question: "What is paradise?". Accompanied by a free copy of "Visage: A Book Comprising Vignettes of the Process and People behind the Legendary Martell Cognac".
HOME + BOUND is the inaugural volume in the Architectural Research Monograph series published by the Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture, National University of Singapore in January 2013. The essays engage with the notion of domesticity set within the geographical bounds of Southeast Asia - more specifically, Singapore and Malaysia. Theoretical frameworks, including those of Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Derrida and Anthony Vidler, are surveyed against local sites interwoven with varying scales, tropes, (mis)conceptions and antinomies of domesticity: a Chinese cemetery, Singapore's public Housing Development Board flats, the older Singapore Improvement Trust flats, its National Day Parade sites, a haunted house, a rural kampong (village), some national monuments, and a Straits Chinese patriarch's mansion in Penang. This volume does not privilege the distinction between loss and recuperation of domestic sites and ideologies, or the ensuing difficulties of their reconciliation. Rather, it highlights the inseparable conditions between the recovery of domestic ideals and the agents who formulate such ideals.
Azalea Dreams, Bamboo Lives tells the story of Siok Yi and Kok Wah, who grew up amidst the promise of a new China on Gulangyu island during the tumultuous years of the Chinese civil war. Condemned and persecuted for living their ideals, they elope to the colony of Singapore, hoping to build a new world for themselves. Haunted by the ghosts they left behind and faced with the same challenges they thought they had escaped, they find themselves caught in a web of intrigue and deceit, as they struggle to keep their dreams and love alive in a world at war. This sweeping work of historical fiction brings alive the emotions of that turbulent era, when great powers and ideologies tussled for control, inflicting unimaginable costs on the denizens of a Singapore slowly moving towards independence.
This is the 2013 first edition in English of a detailed narrative-based history of classical Malay literature already published at various times in Indonesian and in Malay. Translations with introductory commentaries are given for any immense range of material, folk literatures; tales based on the Indian epics; Javanese Panji stories; Hindu and Islamic tales and legends; historical narratives and the literature of Islamic theology; the Classical Malay Law Codes; and the final chapter explores the poetic form of pantun and syair. With bibliography and index.
Max is a self-centred boy who dislike the outdoors. One day, his parents bring him to the forest for a walk, where he finds himself separated from them and plunged into its very depth. He meets many different plants and animals and is shown the true beauty of nature. This book is centred around an actual trail in the MacRitchie forest, and will enrich children's knowledge of our local flora and fauna, and inspire a passion for nature and the outdoors.
Star Anise dreams of being a star. But nobody in Spice Town seems to notice her, so she sets off in search of stardom. This is a tasty tale about caring for others. It is the first title of The Asian Spice Kids series. The Asian Spice Kids series is a collection of five pre-school bilingual picture books. Each book is written in dual languages - English and Chinese; and English and Malay. These books provide the platform to pique children's curiosity in languages, motivate them to excel in bilingual skills, foster appreciation of the Asian culture while embracing cultural diversity.
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