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Trafficking In Human Beings: Learning From Asian And European Experiences

Trafficking In Human Beings: Learning From Asian And European Experiences

This publication addresses issues concerning the increased prevalence of human trafficking in both Europe and Asia. Subject matter experts from Europe and Asia examine th underlying factors leading to human trafficking, the constraints and drivers that affect government policy-makers' decision-making and the social consequences.

Ethnic Relations In Malaysia: Harmony & Conflict (New Edition)

Ethnic Relations In Malaysia: Harmony & Conflict (New Edition)

With Malaysia in the throes of sweeping political change, academic turned political activist Dr Syed Husin Ali traces how ethnicity has been manipulated, since Independence, by Malaysian politicians for their own gain to the detriment of the masses. He dissects the origins, fallacies and destructive nature of ethnic politics in Malaysia and examines the issue of class versus ethnicity or race. It is time, he argues, for an end torace or ethnic-based politics. In this new edition, the author has updated the book in terms of facts and events, and included two more articles.

History & Geography

Forgotten Names Recalled: Stories From The Singapore Cenotaph

Forgotten Names Recalled: Stories From The Singapore Cenotaph

Sitting on the Esplanade in modern Singapore is an elegant National Monument, the cenotopah, built as a tribute to the men from the Straits Settlements of Singapore, Penang and Malacca who gave their lieves to the Great War of 1914 to 1918. Of the 124 names on the bronze plaques, 112 have been recalled in this book. Through newspaper articles, letters, military and civil records, this book pieces together a collection of insights into the lives and times of these men.

From Syonan To Fuji-Go: The Story Of The Catholic Settlement Of Bahau In Wwii Malaya

From Syonan To Fuji-Go: The Story Of The Catholic Settlement Of Bahau In Wwii Malaya

During the Japanese Occupation in World War II, some 3,000 men, women and children left Singapore to form a Catholic settlement in the jungles of Malaya, near the town of Bahau. Based on extensive interviews and access to private manuscripts, this book provides a vivid account of life in Bahau, and presents new insights into those who were there, why they went, and the lasting legacy of Bahau on their lives. It is also a moving account of the author’s journey of discovery about her mother, who was interned at Bahau. Fitting memory to those who died, honourable recognition of those who survived, and an important resource for future generations, this is essential reading for those who seek an understanding of an important part of Singapore’s history.

Narrating Presence: Awakening From Cultural Amnesia

Narrating Presence: Awakening From Cultural Amnesia

In addition to celebrating the intellectual tradition of a past generation of Singaporean Malay thinkers, social and cultural activists, this series provides unique insights and perspectives into the lived-experience and collective memories of the Malay community in Singapore. This book investigates and raises questions on the background and social-historical conditionings that have shaped and coloured Malay thinking and world view, from the past to contemporary thought, through its literary heritage and letters.

Culture & People

Street Life Hong Kong: Outdoor Workers In Their Own Words

Street Life Hong Kong: Outdoor Workers In Their Own Words

Hong Kong is famous for its bustling streets. In this book we the people who provide it the colour - a flower seller, a street musician and a tram driver; a bouncer, a shoeshiner and a gas canister delivery man; a site foreman and a lifeguard; one man who climbs bamboo scaffolding for a living, and a woman who ferries visitors around the harbour on a sampan. They tell their life stories in their own words. Sharp black-and-white portraits immerse the reader in the dynamic streetscape of Hong Kong.

Singapore 365: A Restrospective On 2013

Singapore 365: A Restrospective On 2013

Singapore 365 is essential reading for anyone interested in Singapore. Based on interviews, illustrations, maps, articles, pictures, and infographics, this first annual edition of Singapore 365 looks back at the main events of 2013, and thereby witnesses history in the making on the eve of Singapore’s 50th birthday. Singapore 365 is designed to give a comprehensive view of the city-state’s dynamism on politics, society, business, culture, sports, and sustainable development. It aims to provide an up-to-date image of Singapore today in a way that will both inform and entertain.

Korean Wave In Southeast Asia: Consumption And Cultural Production

Korean Wave In Southeast Asia: Consumption And Cultural Production

The Korean Wave (hallyu) refers to the international spread of South Korean popular culture, including films, television dramas, online games, cosmetics, food, fashion and music. This collection of essays aims to distinguish the very unique Southeast Asian region from the very problematic and abstract label of East Asian popular culture. Instead of including such a diverse and radically different region under such an umbrella term, this collection aims to investigate how such products have been received in, and exist within these very different nations that are separate from East Asia yet are still a part of Asia and heavily connected to this region in various political, geographic and economic ways.

Welcome Home: A Year Of Loving Singapore

Welcome Home: A Year Of Loving Singapore

Welcome Home: A Year of Loving Singapore is a book that invites the reader to explore, rediscover and reflect on Singapore and everything Singaporean. Over the course of 365 days, facts, personal anecdotes and vignettes of Singapore's history, heritage, economy, geography, arts and culture are presented in the format of a daily journal. The book is a co-creation of the collective memory and aspiration of the Singapore we love and one which we hope to achieve greater heights in the next 50 years.

Art

Equilibrium: Wong Perng Fey

Equilibrium: Wong Perng Fey

This large format book is a groundbreaking body of work by Wong Perng Fey. Wong Perng Fey (b. 1974, Kuala Lumpur) is an artist that has built his reputation as an experimental and versatile painter. His works are in many prominent public collections. His gestural paintings of figures, nature and natural vistas fluctuate between abstraction and figuration with an acute sensitivity to colours, layers and textures. With writings by Ronald Kiwitt, Martina Ziesse and Haffendi Anuar.

Sculpture Square/ Re: Defining Space

Sculpture Square/ Re: Defining Space

In 1999, history was made when a 130-year-old former chapel at 155 Middle Road became the venue for Sculpture Square, Singapore's first arts centre for contemporary 3D art. Fifteen years and hundreds of exhibitions later, SSQ, as the arts organisation has come to be known, moves on from its historical space to take on a new role in the advocacy of visual arts. This book tells the story of the first 15 years of SSQ, from the time it boldly redefined what an old dilapidated chapel could do, to defining the visual landscape of Singapore.

Sarong Kebaya: Peranakan Fashion In An Interconnected World 1500-1950

Sarong Kebaya: Peranakan Fashion In An Interconnected World 1500-1950

This book traces the history of the costume of Peranakan women; specifically, the sarong, kebaya, and baju panjang. The sarong kebaya is only a starting point, however, for a rich history of language, women, trade, slavery, community formation, and education. Profusely illustrated with a wealth of historical photographs and beautiful images of sarongs and kebayas from a large donation to the Peranakan Museum, as well as those in a private collection, the book will become a valuable reference. Independent scholar Peter Lee has amassed impressive documentation from primary and secondary sources in this highly readable, visually stunning book.

Time Present: Photography From The Deutsche Bank Collection

Time Present: Photography From The Deutsche Bank Collection

Time Present: Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection is the first Deutsche Bank exhibition on international photography and features works from the 1970s to the present day by 28 renowned photographers from regions such as Japan, China, India, Europe, and North and South America. Shedding light on the relationship between photography and time, the exhibition explores the myriad ways that photography has made sense of a changing world while highlighting the various technical, formal, and conceptual methods undertaken to expand the artistic potential of the medium. This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue includes artwork captions and essays by the exhibition curators that address the complexities of seeing, and making images, through the photographic medium.

Afterimage: Contemporary Photography In Southeast Asia

Afterimage: Contemporary Photography In Southeast Asia

Afterimage: Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia is a survey of the photographic practices of thirteen artists that expand the medium's field of operations as art, visual language and social practice. Using the photographic image to articulate a range of concerns related to the idiosyncratic cultural, social, political and alternative histories of Southeast Asia, these artists trace links to national and transnational iconographic legacies and shared aspects of the physical landscape. The critical essays and detailed artworks commentaries in this publication explore the commonalities and antimonies between artists, and map the ways geographic proximity informs contemporary photographic narratives produced in the region. Afterimage is an essential tool for scholars of Southeast Asian contemporary art and photography.

Thinking Of Landscape: Paintings From The Yeap Lam Yang Collection

Thinking Of Landscape: Paintings From The Yeap Lam Yang Collection

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.

Architecture

Golden Lands, The: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam - Architecture Of The Buddhist World

Golden Lands, The: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam - Architecture Of The Buddhist World

This is a groundbreaking survey of the Buddhist architecture of Southeast Asia, abundantly illustrated with new color photography and 3-D renderings. It is the first volume in a projected six-volume series that will take a new multidisciplinary approach in showing how Buddhist thought and ritual have interacted with local traditions across the Asian continent to produce masterpieces of religious architecture. The Golden Lands is devoted to Southeast Asia. Following a general introduction to the early history of Buddhism and its most characteristic architectural forms (the stupa, the temple, and the monastery), Lall examines the Buddhist architecture of Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos in turn. For each country, he provides both a historical overview and case studies of noteworthy structures.

Science & Technology

Gerontological Counselling: An Introductory Handbook

Gerontological Counselling: An Introductory Handbook

Social workers and counsellors face a myriad of complex issues and problems related to ageing when working with older clients and their families. Yet, many social workers and counsellors do not have specialized training in gerontological counselling. This is a trainer's guide to counselling elders and their family members from Asian backgrounds, with emphasis on: ageing processes and issues, counselling older persons and their families, and culture-specific factors which affect the experiences of older persons.

Children

Voices Under The Rising Sun

Voices Under The Rising Sun

Can you imagine how war might affect your life? This book tells the amazing story of how the lives of three children were changed by World War 2 in Malaya. Read their diaries, letters and other documents to work out what happened to them. Written in the form of both primary and secondary sources such as diaries, letters and discursive texts, this book will enable them to develop their skills of historical deduction but in addition to being an interesting and informative historical story, this book is also an educational resource for English writing.

My Home (Picture Book)

My Home (Picture Book)

My Home is the first bilingual picture book which includes local content and lift-the-flaps games. All the content is presented in a pleasing bilingual format in both English and Mandarin Chinese and includes Hanyu Pinyin as a complementary reading aid. Set in a Singaporean flat, everyday family life as well as common neighbourhood settings are depicted with comical flair.


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