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Thailand: History, Politics And The Rule Of Law

Thailand: History, Politics And The Rule Of Law

This introductory book on Thai politics and the rule of law explains why chronically unstable Thailand struggles to mediate and adjudicate its political disputes. It focuses on the continuities between the pre-1932 and post-1932 periods. Since the shift to constitutional monarchy in 1932, the power of the monarch and military has endured, the legislature, electorate and, until recently, judiciary have been comparatively powerless, and constitutions and laws have been comparatively unimportant. Until governance is again re-cast, Thailand's political instability and cycle of coups will continue.

Indonesian Economy In Transition, The: Policy Challenges In The Jokowi Era And Beyond

Indonesian Economy In Transition, The: Policy Challenges In The Jokowi Era And Beyond

By any indicator, Indonesia, the fourth most populous nation on earth, is a development success story. Yet 20 years after a deep economic and political crisis, it is still in some respects an economy in transition. Indonesia also faces many daunting challenges - how to achieve faster economic growth along with more attention to environment sustainability, how to achieve more equitable development outcomes, how to develop and nurture stronger institutional foundations, and much else.

Continuity And Change After Indonesia's Reforms: Contributions To An Ongoing Assessement

Continuity And Change After Indonesia's Reforms: Contributions To An Ongoing Assessement

This book addresses one of the most crucial questions in Southeast Asia: did the election in Indonesia in 2014 of a seemingly populist-oriented president alter the hegemony of the political and economic elites? Was it the end of the paradox that the basic social contradictions in the country's substantial capitalist development were not reflected in organized politics by any independent representation of subordinated groups, in spite of democratization?" - Professor Olle T?rnquist, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #07: Whither Myanmar's Garment Sector?

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #07: Whither Myanmar's Garment Sector?

The EU has threatened to suspend Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) status for Myanmar, under which the country's exports can enter Europe without any tariffs or quotas. The official reason cited by the EU is a growing concern over human rights violations and issues around labour rights in Myanmar. Whether or not the EU decides to withdraw GSP status, Myanmar's garment sector faces a number of challenges. How Myanmar's policymakers and garment industry leaders respond to global industry trends will be just as important, in the long run, in determining the sector's commercial sustainability.

Human Rights And Democracy In Indonesia And Malaysia

Human Rights And Democracy In Indonesia And Malaysia

This book is the result of a project encompassing 15 university and civil society researchers from Malaysia and Indonesia. The objective of the project was to study democracy and human rights in both countries. The goal was not to merely describe the relationship between the two concepts but instead to examine in depth how these concepts work symbiotically and how they may be enhanced or threatened. And this was to be done not merely in the more obvious areas of intersection between human rights and democracy but also in fields that are perhaps not studied enough or studied more commonly from different perspectives. This examination is done within the themes of freedom of expression, the judiciary, minority rights, gender and the electoral process.

China Imagined: From European Fantasy To Spectacular Power

China Imagined: From European Fantasy To Spectacular Power

China Imagined is a thoughtful exploration of the idea of China, from the naming and mapping of its territory and peoples to the creation and rise of the modern nation-state. China's early history describes a multilingual space, ruled by a homogeneous elite with its own minority culture - a far cry from Maoism's national mass culture, or Xi Jinping's state-controlled digital society today. Gregory Lee traces this complex, diverse entity's evolution since the Opium Wars into a China made in 'our' image.

Fighting Corruption: How The Communist Party Of China Works

Fighting Corruption: How The Communist Party Of China Works

This book depicts the new measures and policies adopted by the CPC Central Committee. Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the anti-corruption campaign has received widespread attention and recognition from China and the world. This book highlights the efforts of the CPC to fight corruption and build a clean government for the people. It also shares the CPC's views and meticulous planning on this very pertinent issue. The reader will be able to see the progress and achievements in improving Party conduct, how power is supervised in the government and the positive effects of the disciplinary inspection system.

Limits Of Authoritarian Governance In Singapore's Developmental State, The

Limits Of Authoritarian Governance In Singapore's Developmental State, The

This book delves into the limitations of Singapore's authoritarian governance model. In doing so, the relevance of the Singapore governance model for other industrialising economies is systematically examined. Research in this book examines the challenges for an integrated governance model that has proven durable over four to five decades. The editors argue that established socio-political and economic formulae are now facing unprecedented challenges. Structural pressures associated with Singapore's particular locus within globalised capitalism have fostered heightened social and material inequalities, compounded by the ruling party's ideological resistance to substantive redistribution. As 'growth with equity' becomes more elusive, the rationale for power by a ruling party dominated by technocratic elite and state institutions crafted and controlled by the ruling party and its bureaucratic allies is open to more critical scrutiny.

Aristocracy Of Armed Talent: The Military Elite In Singapore

Aristocracy Of Armed Talent: The Military Elite In Singapore

When Singapore declared independence in 1965, it faced the monumental task of building a military from scratch. This book tells the story of the development of the Singapore Armed Forces through a collective portrait of its leaders. It is based on interviews with twenty-eight flag officers, offering a firsthand look at Singapore's military from the very leaders who helped shape it. It addresses the challenges Singapore faced in building its officer core and encouraging individuals to stay and make a career out of military service. As former flag officers are often recruited into senior civil service and political roles, understating the military elite culture is central to understanding Singapore's politics. This book provides a rare window on an exceptional and globally influential institution.

Rational Conversations: China Is Messing With Your Mind

Rational Conversations: China Is Messing With Your Mind

Former diplomat Bilahari Kausikan highlights two global trends that can shape Singapore's future-identity politics and the rise of China-and how China is using them to influence the Singapore identity.

Art

Migration, Transmission, Localisation: Visual Art In Singapore (1886-1945)

Migration, Transmission, Localisation: Visual Art In Singapore (1886-1945)

Drawing mainly on advertisements and comics in Chinese newspapers, Singaporean scholar and educator Yeo Mang Thong demonstrates how Singapore was an important hub for artists who travelled to and lived in Singapore. Yeo's research features amongst other things essays on sojourning artists, and fills a gap in scholarship on the pre-war visual arts scene in Singapore. Originally in Chinese, this English translation aims to bring his research to a broader audience.

Mak Yong: World Heritage Theatre

Mak Yong: World Heritage Theatre

Mak Yong was designated a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005, and included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008. The ancient dance-theatre is believed to have originated in the province of Patani in southern Thailand and the state of Kelantan in Malaysia. This book, illustrated with 1970s photographs from the author's fieldwork, is intended to alert the public and authorities to the importance of Mak Yong and its current state of endangerment, and to spur efforts towards its safeguarding.

Chungking Mansions: Photographs From Hong Kong's Last Ghetto

Chungking Mansions: Photographs From Hong Kong's Last Ghetto

Squatting amid the luxury hotels and malls of modern Kowloon, Chungking Mansions resembles the dirty vent of a giant subterranean machine. This Hong Kong landmark is a hotbed of criminality and home to pimps, hookers, thieves and drug pushers. The five 17-storey towers also offer the city's last low-rent refuge for asylum seekers and immigrants coming to start a new life. In 2009, shortly after a Canadian tourist disappeared from Chungking Mansions without a trace, photographer Nana Chen began wandering the corridors. Using her camera as a guide, she discovered the Chungking Mansions not visible to the naked eye. With compassion and courage, Chen sought to craft a portrait of Hong Kong's last ghetto and its inhabitants before its vibrant character is erased forever by the inevitable march of progress.

Hokusai: Prints And Drawings

Hokusai: Prints And Drawings

Now available again, this delightful selection of prints depicting nineteenth century Japan's natural beauty is a colorful introduction to the country's most beloved artist. The Japanese artist Hokusai spent the second half of his life sketching and painting with tremendous energy nearly everything he saw, and this book focuses on one of his most productive periods, when the artist was in his seventies. This book presents fifty works of the artist's astonishing oeuvre.

Art And Soul: 80 Years Of The Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts

Art And Soul: 80 Years Of The Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts

From humble art school to renowned international institution in 80 years - this is the awe-inspiring story of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Told through text, photographs and illustrations, it will relate its tumultuous but exhilarating journey from a Geylang shophouse with 14 students to the present-day Bencoolen Street campus with a 12,000-strong enrolment. It will chronicle its evolution from a private school teaching only the visual arts to a government-funded, full-fledged art academy which offers myriad courses including music, dance and theatre.

Voyages De Rhodes

Voyages De Rhodes

Voyages de Rhodes re-assembles into a book format watercolour drawings painted directly by the Vietnamese artist Thao Nguyen Phan on the pages of a found publication. The artist used as her canvas a book by French Jesuit missionary Alexandre de Rhodes (1591-1660) that describes his travel experiences and observations, including in the region of present-day Vietnam, during the seventeenth century. The artist started the project Voyages de Rhodes in 2014 and the drawings were first exhibited in a solo exhibition Poetic Amnesia (2017) curated by Zoe Butt at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In the process of assembling the drawings back into the codex form, the project Voyages de Rhodes turned into artist's book, whereby the book format is an artistic medium and subject of investigation. Voyages de Rhodes highlights that a book remains inherently open-ended despite its strive for completeness, and is prone to processes of erasure, ongoing interpretation, and new associations.

Collectors' Stage: Asian Contemporary Art From Private Collections

Collectors' Stage: Asian Contemporary Art From Private Collections

The catalogue is published on occasion of the exhibition Collectors' Stage: Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections , organised by the Singapore Art Museum to coincide with Art Stage Singapore 2011, a new international art fair. The exhibition presented some of the most interesting works of recent art to have been brought into private collections across the region. Themes include 'Seeing Anew; In The Name of Progess'; 'Transforming Tradition'; 'Picturing Humanity' and 'Apocalyptic Visions'.

Malaysia's Canvas: The Blistering Saga Of A Flash In The Pan Art Revolution

Malaysia's Canvas: The Blistering Saga Of A Flash In The Pan Art Revolution

In February 2014, an international colony of young, freewheeling and footloose artists held a group exhibition that would stand as a pivotal turning point for the future of George Town, Penang. It was an exhibition destined to make the artists household names, infamous for boldly swinging into parties and installing challenging art onto Southeast Asian walls. In this personal exposé, James H. Springer documents the lives and times of artists during the period of 2010 to 2016, telling the story of George Town's gentrification through their own influential experiences. Through childhood memories, artistic inspirations, fluctuating relationships and artwork - learn how these young artists lay a new path for George Town going into unpredictable times. Malaysia's Canvas lays bare the reality of being an artist in a developing country and the change it can inspire, with no holds barred.

File Not Found/Nouvelles Vagues At Palais De Tokyo, Paris

File Not Found/Nouvelles Vagues At Palais De Tokyo, Paris

The Singapore Art Museum is proud to co-produce File Not Found with Palais de Tokyo (PDT), Paris, as part of the latter's highly anticipated Nouvelles Vagues exhibition, a platform to showcase new curatorial strategies. File Not Found is an experimental presentation to highlight Singapore's important contemporary artists and the various art practices of our generation. It features works by Singaporean architect Randy Chan and artists Zaki Razak, Joel Yuen and Lee Wen. Negotiating on one hand historical past, ideas of spirituality, mortality and death, and positioned within institutional dialogue, File Not Found challenges and puts into context why we collaborate, the intention for co-existence and the result of cultural participation.

History & Geography

Sir Stamford Raffles And Some Of His Friends And Contemporaries: A Memoir Of The Founder Of Singapore

Sir Stamford Raffles And Some Of His Friends And Contemporaries: A Memoir Of The Founder Of Singapore

This publication is a biographical account of the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, through a study of the lives of his closest friends and contemporaries. Some of the personalities featured include William Brown Ramsay, John Leyden and Thomas Horsfield.

Arc Of Containment: Britain, The United States And Anticommunism In Southeast Asia

Arc Of Containment: Britain, The United States And Anticommunism In Southeast Asia

Arc of Containment recasts the history of American empire in Southeast and East Asia from WWII through the end of U.S. intervention in Vietnam. Setting aside the classic story of anxiety about falling dominoes, Wen-Qing Ngoei articulates a new history premised on sure containment guaranteed by Anglo-American cooperation. He argues that anticommunist nationalism in Southeast Asia intersected with local antipathy toward China to usher the region from European colonialism to U.S. hegemony. Central to this assessment is the place of British power and the effects of direct neocolonial military might, as well as less overt cultural influences based in decades of colonial rule. Also essential to the analysis is the considerable influence of Southeast Asian actors.

Fall Of Singapore, The: The Battle For Malaya 1941-1942

Fall Of Singapore, The: The Battle For Malaya 1941-1942

The Japanese invasion of Malaya in December 1941 is one of the more heavily studied military campaigns in World War II. It has led to much controversy over how the British, Australian and Indian troops, well-prepared and numerically superior to their Japanese opponents, could so quickly lose the initiative, and then slowly and inexorably lose the campaign. With reinforcements arriving throughout much of the fighting, Arthur Percival, the British commander, was unwilling to risk his forces in a single battle which would determine the victor. After the Allied success at Kampar, followed by a withdrawal, the disaster at Slim River led to the Japanese outmanoeuvring their opponents in Johore, leading to the final battle in Singapore. As well as using accounts by many of the major participants, The Fall of Singapore incorporates recent research and thinking, also showing the effects of the fighting on the many Chinese, Malay and Indian civilians - so often neglected in military histories.

Islam, Humanity And The Indonesian Identity Reflections On History

Islam, Humanity And The Indonesian Identity Reflections On History

Islam exists in global history with its richly variegated cultural and social realities. When these specific cultural contexts are marginalized, Islam is reduced to an ahistorical religion without the ability to contribute to humanity. This limited understanding of Islam has been a contributing factor in many of the violent conflicts in the present day. Reflecting on Islam in Indonesia, the world's third largest democracy, supporting the largest Muslim population, Ahmad Syafii Maarif argues for an understanding that is both faithful to Islam's essential teachings and open to constantly changing social and cultural contexts. Building on this, he then addresses critical contemporary issues such as democracy, human rights, religious freedom, the status of women, and the future of Islam. Syafii Maarif's insights offer inspiration to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Tramways Of Hong Kong, The: A History In Pictures

Tramways Of Hong Kong, The: A History In Pictures

For more than a century, trams have plied their trade along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island. During that time, they have witnessed the transformation of the local economy from a colonial backwater to the massive financial centre that is the modern city. Today, Hong Kong trams still provide a vital public service, carrying vast numbers of passengers daily to and from their work or shops, and Hong Kong is one of the few places in the world where it is still possible to ride on the top deck of a double-deck tram. This album explores the history of the tramways of Hong Kong Island through the 20th century. Drawing upon a fascinating selection of photographs, most of which have never been published before, it traces the evolution of the streetscape over that period.

History Of Wireless Telegraphy In British North Borneo, The

History Of Wireless Telegraphy In British North Borneo, The

This book provides an account of the development of communications in North Borneo from the overland telegraph lines, built with great difficulties and expense through the forests of the interior to connect the East Coast to the West Coast, and via the submarine cable terminal in Labuan, to the outside world at the end of the 19th century, to its replacement with wireless technology in 1915. The author closely examined the relevant British North Borneo Company documents held in the British National Archives at Kew and the Sabah State Archives in Kota Kinabalu. He also extracted information from Telefunken and other archive material held in Germany, and conducted on-site field investigations and identified some remnants of the wireless stations that have survived buried in the grass for a hundred years. The book concludes with the destruction of the wireless stations during the Second World War and gives an account of the restoration of the communications services in the post-war era of North Borneo.

Class, Race & Colonialism In Peninsular Malaysia: A Political History Of Malaysian Indians

Class, Race & Colonialism In Peninsular Malaysia: A Political History Of Malaysian Indians

Michael Stenson offers the authoritative political history of ethnic Indians in colonial and early post-colonial Malaya. Rejecting the plural society approach, he discusses relevant aspects of the political economy of colonial Malaya, including its class structure, the organisation of labour, its place in the world economy and importance to the British empire. Stenson links British policies to the exploitation and impoverishment of mainly Indian workers. He outlines how Malaysia's post-colonial ruling elite perpetuated communal divisions in furthering ethno-populisms in defence of their own interests. Now republished with an Afterword by V. Selvaratnam, Stenson's historical insights remain relevant in the face of the continuing, but nonetheless changing plight of the vast working-class majority of Malaysian Indians.

Social Issues

They Told Us To Move: Dakota-Cassia

They Told Us To Move: Dakota-Cassia

What happens when an entire community is moved? Dakota Crescent was one of Singapore's oldest public housing estates and a rental flat neighbourhood for low-income households. In 2016, its residents - many of whom are elderly - were relocated to Cassia Crescent to make way for redevelopment. To help them resettle, a group of volunteers came together and formed the Cassia Resettlement Team. They Told Us to Move tells the story of the relocation through interviews with the residents from the Dakota community and reflections by the volunteers. Accompanying these are essays by various academics on urban planning; gender and family; ageing, poverty, and social services; civil society and citizenship; and architectural heritage and place-making.

Public Trust In Singapore

Public Trust In Singapore

It is clear that public trust plays a critical role in developing a vibrant economy and a strong society. This book is organised into four parts. Part 1 provides an overview of issues involved in thinking about public trust. Part 2 examines public trust in the context of upholding public accountability and discusses specific issues of public transport in Singapore. Part 3 analyses the relationships linking trust to social media analytics as well as healthcare. Part 4 addresses specific questions on public trust in Singapore in terms of social harmony, race and religion, education, civil society, social inequalities, dealing with differences and disagreements, political leadership, and relationships between people and government.

Through The Valley: The Art Of Living And Leaving Well

Through The Valley: The Art Of Living And Leaving Well

This book tackles this sensitive and potentially-upsetting issue with grace, humour and kindness. William Wan draws on his wide knowledge of people and his varied background and myriad experiences to craft a book that deals with topics such as: Dealing with the effects of growing older; 10 tips to help you age gracefully; Reflections on death and dying; Handling grief; Planning your own funeral; Having "die-logues"; Helping others who are grieving.

Religion & Philosophy

Like A Fire In My Bones: A Journey Of Discipleship

Like A Fire In My Bones: A Journey Of Discipleship

A brave and honest question, asked by a young man raised in a Christian family. As Darius Lee asked this question, and many more, God answered with clarity and power. This book challenges us to answer our Lord's call to discipleship, and to actively bring Christ into the fallen world we live in, with its increasingly confused notions of Truth, Love and Identity. Ultimately, this is a book that will not only challenge you, but will equip you to address some of the most controversial issues of our day, including secularism, same-sex marriage and abortion.

Stories On The Blessing Of Giving

Stories On The Blessing Of Giving

Using money to advance the Kingdom of God - that is precisely what Tiang Siew has done with his money, and a key way he has done this is by investing in the lives of people. This book is a collection of stories of people who have benefited from Tiang Siew's investment. They illustrate how one person's choices have blessed people who have in turn gone on to bless others.

Bandit Saints Of Java

Bandit Saints Of Java

Bandit Saints of Java is a work of nonfiction that delves deep under the surface of modern Indonesia, exploring personalities and stories in the wacky world of local pilgrimage. It paints an astonishing portrait of Islam as it is practised today - largely invisible to journalists, scholars and tourists - by many of the 130 million people of Java.

Fulfilling The Trust: 50 Years Of Shaping Muslim Religious Life In Singapore

Fulfilling The Trust: 50 Years Of Shaping Muslim Religious Life In Singapore

Muslims constitute about half a million or 15 percent of Singapore's multiracial and multireligious population. In 1968, the Singapore Parliament passed the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA), which led to the formation of Muis or the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore). The formation of Muis has brought about better administration of Muslim affairs in Singapore in meeting the religious needs of the Muslim community in areas like the issuance of fatwa (religious rulings), provision of halal food, management of haj (religious pilgrimage), collection and disbursement of zakat (charity tithe), running of madrasahs (religious schools) and having access to sound Islamic education. This is the first book that comprehensively studies the development of Muis' policies over the last 50 years since its founding in 1968. It offers an insight into the multi-faceted considerations and the overall context of the development of such policies, providing a wide-ranging and evaluative analyses of their evolution in the various work domains.

Good News For Bruised Reeds - Walking With Same-Sex Attracted Friends

Good News For Bruised Reeds - Walking With Same-Sex Attracted Friends

This book seeks to both encourage those who are serious about following Christ but who are struggling with same-sex attraction, and to challenge the church to lend a listening ear and a helping and welcoming hand. The stories in this book are told with pathos, honesty, and courage.

Culture & People

50 Shades Of Love: Unearthing Who We Are

50 Shades Of Love: Unearthing Who We Are

The labyrinths of the heart are as complex as the fungal network of the soil. We begin small like the seeds. We absorb from the world around us-the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful-much like how the roots take in nutrients from its environment. We grow and spread our wings like the branches of the trees that lend themselves to the crowning glories. But sometimes we falter like the trees that fell, devastated, but not defeated. We learn to bend like the willow and face the storms like the great oak. If trees could talk, what stories would they tell? This book chronicles one woman's endeavours through the different seasons of love and celebrates the unique relationship between humans and trees.

Fight Through Cartoons: My Story Of Harassment, Intimidation & Jail

Fight Through Cartoons: My Story Of Harassment, Intimidation & Jail

This book chronicles Zunar's fight through cartoons from 2009 to 2018. Peppered within the pages of this book are some of Zunar's timeless philosophies on cartooning, which have kept him going despite the odds stacked against him - arrests, court charges, banning of books, travel ban. In this book, Zunar also sheds light on the methodological approach he utilises in his cartoons to effectively deliver his messages. From the conception of a cartoon right down to inking it, Zunar bares what goes on his mind when he draws these cartoons. From being labelled controversial to becoming an award winning cartoonist, this is Zunar's fight through cartoons in his own words.

Chinese Entrepreneurship In Singapore

Chinese Entrepreneurship In Singapore

What cultural factors lie behind Chinese entrepreneurship, especially among the Singaporean Chinese community? What is the place of the Chinese work ethic in the light of biblical Christian values? Do these ideologies clash, or, what common ground do they share? This book aims to tackle these questions with a close look at Chinese history and culture, as well as the theological basis of entrepreneurship. Case studies of 12 contemporary Singaporean Chinese entrepreneurs provide hands-on perspectives of the challenges of taking the entrepreneurial plunge.

Southeast Asian Anthropologies: National Traditions And Transnational Practices

Southeast Asian Anthropologies: National Traditions And Transnational Practices

Anthropology is a flourishing discipline in Southeast Asia. This book renders visible the development of national traditions and transnational practices of anthropology across the region. Anthropology's self-criticism of the colonial, postcolonial and neo-colonial conditions of its own production remains relevant for SE Asia. There has been a vigorous debate and a wide range of suggestions on what might be done to de-center the Euro-, andro-, hetero- and other centrisms of the discipline from an emerging world anthropologies perspective. But actually transforming anthropology requires practice beyond mere critique. The chapters in this volume focus on practices and paradigms of anthropologists working from and within SE Asia.

Haunted Houses And Ghostly Encounters: Ethnography And Animism In East Timor, 1860-1975

Haunted Houses And Ghostly Encounters: Ethnography And Animism In East Timor, 1860-1975

This book presents a history of Western ethnography of animism in East Timor during the Portuguese period. It consists of ten chapters, each one a narrative of the work and experience of a particular ethnographer. Part 1 deals with colonial ethnography and Part 2 with professional anthropology. Covering a selection of seminal 19th- and 20th-century ethnographies, the author explores the relationship between spiritual beliefs, colonial administration, ethnographic interests and fieldwork experience. It is argued that the presence of outsiders precipitated a new "transformative animism" as colonial control over Portuguese Timor was consolidated. Bringing colonial and professional ethnography into the one frame of reference, it is shown that ethnographers of both types not only bore witness to these processes of transformative animism, they also exemplified them. The book presents an original synthesis of East Timor's history, culture and anthropology.

Love, Money And Obligation: Transnational Marriage In A Northeastern Thai Village

Love, Money And Obligation: Transnational Marriage In A Northeastern Thai Village

Globalization means transnational marriages and intimacies become increasingly viable options for women and men. Patcharin Lapanun explores the marriages of Thai women with farang men, and complicates conventional views about materiality and intimacy in these settings. The sentiments and life stories of women and men engaging in these transnational relationships highlight the complexities of the associations that are shape and reshaped by love, money and gender obligations on the one hand and the dynamics of socio-cultural and historical contexts on the other. Transnational marriages challenge gender relations, perceptions of sexuality, marriage and family as well as existing class divisions in rural Thai communities.

Seah Eu Chin: His Life & Times

Seah Eu Chin: His Life & Times

This book captures a snapshot of Seah Eu Chin's life, and the lives of his famous sons, especially Seah Liang Seah and Seah Peck Seah, interwoven with other early pioneers such as Tan Tock Seng, Whampoa, and Sir Song Ong Siang. Told against a backdrop of a declining China and a rising British Empire, the book also tells the story of the founding and rise of a small maritime settlement nominally under British rule and its agricultural industry - and the rise of the "King of Gambier and Pepper". And it tells the story of the Chinese secret societies, including episodes of rampages and widespread outbreaks of mayhem like the Anti-Catholic Riots of 1851 and the Hokkien-Teochew Riots of 1854, and how the hapless colonial authorities turned to respected Chinese leaders like Seah Eu Chin for help.

Architecture

Unforming/Forming

Unforming/Forming

This is the second in the series of books that present the students works that are created by Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) program students at Singapore University of Technology and Design. It presents a collection and documentation of the rich design studio work that emerges from the rather distinctive structure and focus that is adopted in ASD. The student works presented in this book are organized according to ASD's core and option studio structure. The themes of the studio explorations are motivated by a sustainable future. These explorations strive to leverage and improve the available technologies to create a more sustainable future.

Bedmar & Shi In The Tropics (2 Volumes): Vol 1: Thirty Years; Vol 2: Ten Houses - Singapore

Bedmar & Shi In The Tropics (2 Volumes): Vol 1: Thirty Years; Vol 2: Ten Houses - Singapore

This two volume slipcased monograph presents a comprehensive portrait of the works of Singaporean firm Bedmar & Shi. Established in 1986, Bedmar & Shi is known today as one of the most successful high end residential architecture firms in the South East Asia / Pacific region.

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.

Education

Modelling Today, Guiding Tomorrow: A Singaporean Guide To Model United Nations

Modelling Today, Guiding Tomorrow: A Singaporean Guide To Model United Nations

Join us as we take you through the Model United Nations scene in Singapore and show you the work of the United Nations Association of Singapore Model United Nations, or UNASMUN - the largest secondary- and tertiary-level conference in the country. Whether you are new to Model United Nations and unsure of what to expect, a seasoned delegate wanting to learn about crisis committees and the administrative mechanics of a conference, or an educator trying to establish a school-based programme, this informative guide has something for everyone. Drawing from more than two decades of combined author experience as well as input from over 140 students and teachers, this handbook walks you through the conference process and provides practical tips on how to make the most of the experience.

Science & Technology

Future Of Philippine Agriculture Under A Changing Climate: Policies, Investments And Scenarios

Future Of Philippine Agriculture Under A Changing Climate: Policies, Investments And Scenarios

The Philippine economy has grown rapidly since 2010, but despite this growth, poverty and inequality remain high. Two-thirds of the poor live in rural areas, and the weak performance of the agriculture sector has contributed to the slow improvement in livelihoods. The challenge for agriculture will further increase, with climate change posing a growing threat to the sector. But agricultural transformation to spur sustained growth and reduce poverty is still possible under climate change with aggressive institutional reforms and implementation of the right mix of policies and programmes. This book addresses these big issues, focusing on enhancing the adaptation capacity of the Philippine agriculture sector. It is designed to provide a much-needed base of knowledge and menu of policy options to support decision- and policymaking on agriculture, climate change, and food security.

Birds Of Our Wetlands - A Journey Through Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Birds Of Our Wetlands - A Journey Through Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Birds of Our Wetlands brings you on an journey to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, features full-colour photographs and information of the migratory birds at the Reserve, including identification features and population status.

Birds Of Bhutan And The Eastern Himalayas

Birds Of Bhutan And The Eastern Himalayas

The nation of Bhutan and the Indian states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh together form the eastern arm of the Himalayas. This book is the definitive field guide to the birds of this magical corner of Asia. Covers all 809 species that regularly occur in the region, including most vagrants. 152 superb colour plates, with text on facing pages for quick and easy reference. Concise text covering identification, voice, habits, habitats, distribution and status.

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of Fraser's Hill And The Highlands Of Peninsular Malaysia

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of Fraser's Hill And The Highlands Of Peninsular Malaysia

A photographic identification guide to the 280 bird species most commonly seen at Fraser's Hill, a former British hill station and one of the premier birdwatching sites in Peninsular Malaysia, as well as the Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands. High quality photographs from the region's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, length, plumage, distribution, habits and habitat.

Literature

Signs Of Life

Signs Of Life

A mysterious terrorising force hounding a group of schoolgirls at a campfire. A couple trying to conceive in a post-apocalyptic world. Two gay men, the last of their kind, getting acquainted in a laboratory for the purpose of scientific observation. A Christ-like figure raising the dead in the heartlands. Strange and suspenseful, these stories offer a whole other world of voices, plot and imagery that opens up new terrain in what is possible and imaginable. With wit, sensitivity and dexterity, O's characters slip from their ever-present reality into the surreal and unknown, and find in the process their hungers, desires and pains coming fully awake, thrumming with exultant life. To read these stories is to enter a new universe where nothing is taken for granted and everything is truly, readily possible.

Move Over, Bird

Move Over, Bird

Miho entertains you with various forms of poetry she follows or invents. In seven poems from the first section, the poet breaks an ordinary day into pieces and rebuilds them in fourteen sentences. She also writes a song-like poem - a style she learned from reading a vast range of haiku. In this collection, she also translated her own Japanese haiku and tanka into English. She delights in connecting with readers through her delicate and transcendental artistry of her ongoing poetic musings.

Prince Of Mount Tahan, The

Prince Of Mount Tahan, The

Ishak Haji Muhammad (1909-1991) was one of Malaysia's pioneer nationalists. He was a fearless critic of colonialism and became one of the leaders of the now defunct Malay Nationalist Party. For his pains he was imprisoned by the British both before and after the Second World War. As part of and beyond politics, Ishak was a prolific writer of articles, novels and poems. His best-known work The Prince of Mount Tahan (Putera Gunung Tahan), published in 1937, was his first novel and also a pioneering work in the Malay genre of satire.

In These Curved Spaces

In These Curved Spaces

Our memories are not entirely ours, each is a patch handed to us, shaped with hands that are both ours and not. Together, they form a patchwork quilt we drape to give us the shape of who we are. But what about the memories that have been lost through time, circumstance? If memories anchor who we are, what do we do with these gaps? Do we make up our own stories in its wake? Plug the gaps from the scraps of a memory? What does that say about us? In These Curved Spaces explores the relationship between memory, time and identity. It is about memory. It is about questions. It is the most important ten-year series of your life but the answer key is lost in a cardboard box of things you thought you no longer needed. What do we do when time is a hard, cold wall and we have left pieces of ourselves on the other side? It is about how to write your own answers.

Sense And Sensitivity: A Guide To Unseen Poetry For The Gce 'O' And 'N' Level Exam

Sense And Sensitivity: A Guide To Unseen Poetry For The Gce 'O' And 'N' Level Exam

Sense and Sensitivity provides a systematic and comprehensive approach to developing skills for critical close reading of poetry. Students will be taught how to gain a "big-picture" sense of the poem before acquiring sensitivity to form and literary techniques including word choice, figurative language, symbolism, word order, and sound among others. The 15 chapters in this book include classic and contemporary poems, poems from Singapore and around the world as well as a variety of visual and comparative exercises that will develop students' appreciation of poetry.

Gathering Of Themes, A

Gathering Of Themes, A

This collection contains Prof Thumboo's latest works. Especially interesting are the poems based on biblical characters, something very close to his heart in recent years. Some evergreens of his works are included, such as "A poet reading", to make this a most collectible set of his published works. The sections are named: Chin (for his wife), Tribes, Togetherness, Cultures, I to i, By Quiet Waters and Words.

Travel

African Odyssey, An - 300 Days On The Back Roads Of Africa

African Odyssey, An - 300 Days On The Back Roads Of Africa

This is the adventure of an ordinary family who left the trappings of modern existence behind them to embark on an extraordinary voyage through the backroads of Africa. Andre and Laura gave up a comfortable expatriate life in Asia, pulled their children out of school, and took off for Africa armed with four bags, a few guidebooks and an insatiable amount of curiosity. Travelling by car, bus, boat, aeroplane and even camel, they covered 30,000km through deserts, jungles, plains, highlands, lakes and rivers. Along the way, they came across a cast of characters, mysterious and eccentric, who brought the world around them to life. They lived with the last survivors of near-extinct tribes, met with hunters and conservationists, soldiers and bandits, kings and voodoo priests. Most of all, they encountered ordinary people going about their lives in often difficult circumstances, whose small acts of kindness helped them get through the tough days, and make the good days truly special.

Aini's Railway Odyssey: An Exile's 18,200Km Journey Home From London To Kuala Lumpur

Aini's Railway Odyssey: An Exile's 18,200Km Journey Home From London To Kuala Lumpur

In this beautifully illustrated book, Nooraini Mydin grabs you by the hand and takes you with her on a madcap rail adventure through 10 countries. She sleeps alongside 53 passengers in the open carriage of the Trans-Siberian train, traversing Siberia to take in the stunning views of Lake Baikal. She gets held up in a fake teashop in Beijing, climbs the Great Wall of China with a prosthetic knee, finds herself in a Shanghai brothel and samples the orgasmic food of Penang. Aini's Railway Odyssey, part autobiography, part travel writing, is the informative, entertaining, often hilarious account of a 50-year old down-at-heel wimp who decided to confront her demons and take a solo trip halfway round the world. This book will leave you trawling the internet for tickets to Timbuktu and beyond.

Flavours Of Singapore: Eat, Drink & Travel

Flavours Of Singapore: Eat, Drink & Travel

Written for passionate cooks, culinary tourists, chefs, restauranteurs, and anyone with a grumbling stomach, Flavours of Singapore has encapsulated the best of what Singapore's culinary scene has to offer. This book being a practical guide to all things food, you will find our top picks for the latest restaurant hot spots, specialty coffee cafes and trendy bars to discover the latest creations in cuisine. Whether you keep this book on your kitchen bench or take it to the streets of Singapore, use this guidebook to explore over 55 destinations using different cuisines from all around the globe including many of Singapore's specialty dishes.

Undertourism

Undertourism

A lot has been written about overtourism and how cities are inundated by unceasing waves of tourists that are causing strain to infrastructure and disruption to everyday life. For locals, their city is resembling less like a home and more like a hotel. Yet, even in the most popular of destinations, there exist tourist sights that are often out of tourists' sight. Based on fieldwork in nine relatively lesser known tourist sites across Asia, the book poses several questions: Why are these neighbourhoods, temples, museums and parks experiencing undertourism? And what does it say about the desires and motivations of tourists and travellers?

Business

Sunday Emails From A Chairman

Sunday Emails From A Chairman

In this book, Mr Liew Mun Leong, chairman of the Changi Airport Group and of urban and infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong Group, shares his thoughts on a wide range of topics, ranging from core values and leadership to the aviation industry.

Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments In Global Finance

Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments In Global Finance

Recent economic crises have made the centrality of debt, and the instability it creates, increasingly apparent. This realization has led to cries for change-yet there is little popular awareness of possible alternatives. Beyond Debt describes efforts to create a transnational economy free of debt. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Malaysia, Daromir Rudnyckyj illustrates how the state, led by the central bank, seeks to make the country's capital Kuala Lumpur "the New York of the Muslim world"-the central node of global financial activity conducted in accordance with Islam. Rudnyckyj shows how Islamic financial experts have undertaken ambitious experiments to create more stable economies and stronger social solidarities by facilitating risk- and profit-sharing, enhanced entrepreneurial skills, and more collaborative economic action.

Decrypted: A Financial Trader's Take On Cryptocurrency

Decrypted: A Financial Trader's Take On Cryptocurrency

In 2009, an anonymous programmer releases a new method of paying and being paid to the world. No one runs it; no one controls it; no authority verifies it. In this, its creator promises, is a way around banks and governments, around laws and regulations, and around failure itself. Less than a decade on, the technology known as Bitcoin is soaring in demand, and a single unit is valued in the thousands. It has spawned hundreds of clones, and its underlying blockchain technology has created a revolution in computing. It has legally made millionaires of thousands of ordinary people. Decrypted shows you, in plain, no-nonsense terms, exactly how that happened. Cryptocurrency and startup pioneer Leng Hoe Lon walks you through how cryptos like Bitcoin work and get their value, their strengths and weaknesses, their implications for the world... and how they fit in your investment plans. Will you join the cryptocurrency revolution, or ignore it as a passing fad? It's up to you to check out the facts and decide for yourself. This book will show you what you need to know.

Leisure

Chinese Street Food: A Field Guide For The Adventurous Diner

Chinese Street Food: A Field Guide For The Adventurous Diner

Street food is the fuel of daily life in China, just as it has been for generations. In every Chinese city, adventurous travelers seeking a deeper understanding of authentic Chinese culture can find unique local street foods unavailable anywhere else in the world. If you want to sample these treasures but don't know where to start, look no further. With full-color pictures, taste descriptions, Chinese characters and pinyin names of hundreds of foods from 53 Chinese cities, this book gives you all the information you need to find the most delicious local dishes China can offer.

Delicious Heirlooms: Stories Behind Singapore's Oldest Family-Run Restaurants

Delicious Heirlooms: Stories Behind Singapore's Oldest Family-Run Restaurants

Who was "Fatty Weng"? Which family restaurant is being run by the fourth generation? "Samy's Curry" got its name from its owner, but "Muthu's Curry" didn't - so where did the "Muthu" come from? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this book, which traces the founding and growth of 10 well-known family-run restaurants in Singapore - some dating back to the 1920s.

Keto Baked: Ketogenic Baking & Desserts

Keto Baked: Ketogenic Baking & Desserts

Keto diet expert and writer Kelly Tan Peterson is back with her latest release, Keto Baked. Between recipes as well as advice from her husband, Dr. Dan, on the health benefits of the Keto diet, in this 240-paged book, Kelly relates the story of how she began experimenting with baking while respecting the Keto lifestyle guidelines with an unlikely ally - her mother. In this new release, Kelly shares some of the recipes that she created for her mother, including Butter Cake, and Tiramisu. With Keto Baked, Kelly shows how traditional desserts can be altered as a healthy alternative that doesn't compromise the Keto diet. Dr. Dan also shares his insights on the health benefits and disease prevention of the Keto lifestyle. Keto Baked is not only a revolutionary cookbook but also a look into how the Keto lifestyle helped a daughter and mother forge the strongest bond.

Children

Family Treasures

Family Treasures

Written by Jessie Wee, one of Singapore's most prominent writers for children's content, Family Treasures depicts some of the joys and challenges that pre-teens face today. As they follow the exploits and family interactions of Khiang, Meng and Kim, the richness of a life lived with God is made evident. This book, with its relatable stories, fun activities and prayers, provides rich resources for parents wanting to build a storehouse of meaningful and memorable moments with their young children.

Caged Bird Of Singapore

Caged Bird Of Singapore

On her home from school, Anika discovers a mysterious injured bird on the banks of the Singapore River. The 8-year-old little girl, with her mission to save the bird, helps us discover the customs of everyday life in Singapore: close-to-nature-town-country. At the same time she discovers the meaning of true friendship.

Ready, Set, Fiyah! An Olympic Flame's Adventure Around The World

Ready, Set, Fiyah! An Olympic Flame's Adventure Around The World

"Ready, Set, Fiyah!" features the protagonist, Fiyah (pronounced as fire), as she embarks on an adventure around the world. The character is a symbolisation of the Olympic flame. As Fiyah turns 10, she decides to travel the world, seeking her friends from the Youth Olympic Games to invite them to her birthday party in Lausanne in 2020. This journey represents the journey of the Olympic flame before the start of every Olympic Games. Fiyah's friends are represented by the mascots from all editions of the YOG - Lyo, Merly, NanjingLELE, Yoggi, Sjogg, and #Pandi. During their adventure, Fiyah and her friends are faced with certain difficulties and sporting obstacles that they, together as a team, must overcome. These challenges will represent the Olympic values - excellence, friendship, and respect - on top of other values such as teamwork and determination which the characters will come to exemplify.


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