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Indonesia-Malaysia Dispute Concerning Sovereignty Over Sipadan And Ligitan Islands: Historical Antecedents And The International Court Of Justice Judgment

Indonesia-Malaysia Dispute Concerning Sovereignty Over Sipadan And Ligitan Islands: Historical Antecedents And The International Court Of Justice Judgment

In 2002, ASEAN made history when two of its founder members - Indonesia and Malaysia - amicably settled a dispute over the ownership of the two Bornean islands of Sipadan and Ligitan by accepting the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which ruled in favour of Malaysia. As both the historical evidence and legal milieu are vital considerations for the ICJ to award sovereignty, this book covers in detail the historical roots of the issue as well as the law dimension pertaining to the process of legal proceedings and the ICJ deliberations. The work concludes by offering a set of guidelines on cardinal principles of international law for successfully supporting a claim to disputed territories.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #15: How Will Shifts In American Foreign Policy Affect Southeast Asia?

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #15: How Will Shifts In American Foreign Policy Affect Southeast Asia?

A new phase in US foreign policy, in which China is viewed as a major threat to American economic and security interests, has begun under the Trump administration. The strong anti-China sentiment is accompanied by efforts to "decouple" from China. If carried too far, they will alienate allies and friends whose cooperation the US will need in order to compete with China. In the broader American foreign policy community, there is an intense ongoing debate on how strong the push-back against China should be. Both moderates and hawks agree on the need for a "tougher" approach but differ on the degree and method of toughness. The ongoing adjustments to global policy and strategy will therefore continue as the security focus shifts to the Indo-Pacific region.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #16: E-Commerce For Malaysian Smes In Selected Services: Barriers And Benefits

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #16: E-Commerce For Malaysian Smes In Selected Services: Barriers And Benefits

Findings from a recent survey done to identify the barriers and benefits of e-commerce for Malaysian SMEs in the retail and food and beverage services indicate that both e-commerce adopters and non-adopters are similar in that they perceive the CEO or decision-maker to be the most important factor in the adoption of e-commerce. The perceived benefits focus more on the domestic market than on exports. Getting firms to invest in e-commerce does not automatically lead to export. Exporting via e-commerce requires complementary policies that focus on specific issues, such as digital marketing at the targeted export destination.

Contested Memoryscapes: The Politics Of Second World War Commemoration In Singapore

Contested Memoryscapes: The Politics Of Second World War Commemoration In Singapore

This book sets itself apart from much of the burgeoning literature on war commemoration within human geography and the social sciences more generally by analysing how the Second World War is remembered within Singapore, unique for its potential to shed light on the manifold politics associated with the commemoration of wars not only within an Asian, but also a multiracial and multi-religious postcolonial context. By adopting a historical materialist approach, it traces the genealogy of war commemoration in Singapore, from the initial disavowal of the war by the postcolonial government since independence in 1965 to it being embraced as part of national historiography in the early 1990s apparent in the emergence since then of various memoryscapes dedicated to the event. Also, through a critical analysis of a wide selection of these memoryscapes, the book interrogates how memories of the war have been spatially and discursively appropriated today by state (and non-state) agencies as a means of achieving multiple objectives, including (but not limited to) commemoration, tourism, mourning and nation-building. And finally, the book examines the perspectives of those who engage with or use these memoryscapes in order to reveal their contested nature as fractured by social divisions of race, gender, ideology and nationality.

Budi Kritik: Expanded Edition

Budi Kritik: Expanded Edition

Why is it important to imbibe a thinking culture? What can contemporary Malays contribute by way of an active intellectual and social life towards reform and progress? Where are the loci of critical thought in Malay public life? Writers from various backgrounds - academics, researchers, community organisers, and social activists -offer insights and critical reflections into contemporary Malay society. These essays span wide-ranging fields - from culture to religion, identity to literature, faith to sociopolitics - with a shared objective: to promote the will to think and challenge dominant perspectives.

Governing Global-City Singapore: Legacies And Futures After Lee Kuan Yew

Governing Global-City Singapore: Legacies And Futures After Lee Kuan Yew

This book provides a detailed analysis of how governance in Singapore has evolved since independence to become what it is today, and what its prospects might be in a post-Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) future. First, it discusses the question of political leadership, electoral dominance, and legislative monopoly in Singapore's one-party dominant system and the system's durability. Second, it tracks developments in Singapore's public administration, critically analysing the formation and transformation of meritocracy and pragmatism, two key components of the state ideology. Third, it discusses developments within civil society, focusing in particular on issues related to patriarchy and feminism, hetero-normativity and gay activism, immigration and migrant worker exploitation, and the contest over history and national narratives in academia, the media, and the arts. Fourth, it discusses the People's Action Party (PAP) government's efforts to connect with the public, including its national public engagement exercises that can be interpreted as a subtler approach to social and political control. In increasingly complex conditions, the state struggles to maintain its hegemony while securing a pre-eminent position in the global economic order. Tan demonstrates how trends in these four areas converge in ways that signal plausible futures for a post-LKY Singapore.

From Free Port To Modern Economy: Economic Development And Social Change In Penang, 1969-1990

From Free Port To Modern Economy: Economic Development And Social Change In Penang, 1969-1990

The 1950s saw Lim Chong Eu taking an increasingly central role in Malayan politics, moving from the exhilarating preparation for independence to him losing political influence by the end of the decade. The following decade saw him trying to revive his political fortunes, and finally succeeding at the ballot box in 1969. Becoming the Chief Minister of Penang State-retreating from national politics, as it were-provided him with the platform from which he would excel as nation builder and political leader. In the process, he contributed decisively to the industrialisation, not only of Penang but also of Malaysia as a whole. This collection of articles tells the story of how the declining fortunes of the port of Penang was turned around through daring and forceful leadership into the industrialised society that it is today.

Myanmar Media In Transition: Legacies, Challenges And Change

Myanmar Media In Transition: Legacies, Challenges And Change

This is the first volume to overview the country's contemporary media landscape, providing a critical assessment of the sector during the complex and controversial political transition. Moving beyond the focus on journalism and freedom of the press that characterizes many media-focused volumes, the book also explores developments in fiction, filmmaking, social movement media and social media. Documenting changes from both academic and practitioner perspectives, the twenty-one chapters reinforce the volume's theoretical arguments by providing on-the-ground, factual and experiential data intended to open useful dialogue between key stakeholders in the media, government and civil society sectors.

Art

Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words and this is most evident in Mun Chor Seng's evocative images. Mun started taking photos in his teens and over the last six decades has captured many aspects of Singapore. These range from early street scenes to human interest photos of how Singaporeans live, work and play. All photos are accompanied by detailed captions that provide the context of what is presented. With over 700 photos from the 1950s to the early 1970s.

Narratives In Malaysian Art Volume 4: Perspectives

Narratives In Malaysian Art Volume 4: Perspectives

Narratives in Malaysian Art is a four-volume publication in progress, comprising republished texts, essays, and interviews on the development of visual art in Malaysia. This is volume 4 of the series.

Living With Ink: The Collection Of Dr. Tan Tsze Chor

Living With Ink: The Collection Of Dr. Tan Tsze Chor

Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). The book presents highlights from the Xiang Xue Zhuang Collection of Singapore's renowned art collector Dr Tan Tsze Chor, including paintings by modern Chinese masters Ren Yi, Xu Beihong, and Qi Baishi; as well as works borrowed from other institutions and private collectors made by artists in Singapore in the 1930s through the 1980s, when Dr Tan was building his collection. Since 2000, the Tan family has donated to ACM over 130 treasured Chinese paintings, porcelains, and scholars' objects from this collection. Living with Ink explores, through essays by Conan Cheong, Lee Chor Lin, Kuo Huei-Ying, how Chinese art was appreciated by networks of overseas Chinese collectors and philanthropists, giving you a glimpse into the Singapore art world in the turbulent 20th century. Full colour illustrations of all the artworks displayed in the exhibition are included.

Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step In The Right Direction

Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step In The Right Direction

The Singapore Biennale 2019 exhibition catalogue features the works of 77 artists and artist collectives from the Southeast Asian region and beyond. Titled Every Step in the Right Direction, the Singapore Biennale 2019 invites participation through the act of artistic exploration, drawing on the importance of making choices and taking steps to consider current conditions and the human endeavour for change. The fully illustrated catalogue includes curatorial write-ups on each of the artworks, the curators' field notes and guest essays by Binna Choi, Mi You and Ranjit Hoskote.

Artist Speaks, The: Chua Ek Kay

Artist Speaks, The: Chua Ek Kay

One of Singapore's most prominent ink practitioners, Chua Ek Kay innovated Chinese ink painting with an inimitably understated perspective and a spare elegance. His paintings, from iconic scenes of Singapore's ever-changing streets to abstract representations of nature, were informed by a lifetime of tireless study and rumination. The products of this process take centre stage in this title, which explores Chua's artistic vision through never before published writings and sketches, shedding new light on his life and practice. The Artist Speaks series presents an intimate look at artists through their words and works, tracing the ideas, influences and experiences-as told by artists themselves-that constitute a vision.

Suddenly Turning Visible: Art And Architecture In Southeast Asia (1969-1989)

Suddenly Turning Visible: Art And Architecture In Southeast Asia (1969-1989)

In 1981, the Filipino artist and curator Raymundo Albano adopted the expression "Suddenly Turning Visible" to describe the rapid transformation of Manila's urban landscape. The visibility that Albano evoked was aspirational, driven by a desire for rapid economic growth in which art had a critical role. This catalogue traces this story through three influential art institutions: the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Alpha Gallery in Singapore and the Bhirasri Institute of Modern Art in Bangkok. It presents in rich detail artworks from the period, an anthology of primary documents and interviews with curators, artists and architects, revealing the links between architecture, modern art and the role of institutions in Southeast Asia.

Contemporary Indonesian Fashion: Through The Looking Glass

Contemporary Indonesian Fashion: Through The Looking Glass

Indonesian fashion has undergone a period of rapid growth over the last three decades. This book explores how through years of social, political, and cultural upheaval, the country's fashion has moved away from "colonial fashion" and "national dress" to claim its own distinct identity as contemporary fashion in a global world. With specific reference to women's wear, Contemporary Indonesian Fashion explores the diversity and complexity of the country's sartorial offerings, which weave together local textile traditions like batik and ikat-making with contemporary narratives. The book questions concepts of "tradition" and "modernity" in the developing world, taking stock of the elite consumption of luxury brands and the large-scale manufacturing of fast fashion, and introduces us to the rise of new trends such as busana muslim (or "modest wear"), creating a portrait of a vibrant and growing national and, increasingly, international, industry.

Spatial Cemetery: A Journey Beneath The Surface Of Hidden Hong Kong

Spatial Cemetery: A Journey Beneath The Surface Of Hidden Hong Kong

This book contains secrets and stories about Hong Kong that have never before been published. Prepare to have your preconceived notions of this bustling Asian financial hub butchered as you journey through crevices, enter hidden portals, clamber over barbed-wire fences, evade security guards and infiltrate derelict structures to travel back in time. Your hosts are an anonymous grassroots squad of explorers who will show you a side of Hong Kong only a specialist minority know about. The HK Urbex crew - a covert collective of urban explorers whose exploits merge archaeology, ethnography, historiography and anthropology - unearth dead zones on the periphery of the city. They invite you to explore haunted schools, rummage through old crime scenes, reconnoitre condemned buildings and uncover the scraps of modernisation which won't be recorded in history books.

In Conversation With Tan Oe Pang & Goh Huck Heng In Singapore

In Conversation With Tan Oe Pang & Goh Huck Heng In Singapore

This is the latest book featuring the art of Singaporean multidisciplinary artist Tan Oe Pang (b.1947). It invites readers to explore Tan's artistic practice through a series of dialogues with author Goh Huck Heng. For the first time, over 50 pieces of selected artworks, including Chinese ink paintings, oil paintings and Chinese calligraphy, were discussed in depth. Art lovers will be able to gain greater insight into Tan's mastery techniques, creative concepts and inspirations behind his works.

Tan Oe Pang - Native Singaporean

Tan Oe Pang - Native Singaporean

This hardcover art book encompasses a diverse array of artworks by Singaporean art practitioner Tan Oe Pang (b.1947). The comprehensive collection of art includes works created from as early as the late 1950s till the later period of 2000s. Over 80 full-colour artwork images are featured, including a wide range of varied mediums such as oil painting, Chinese ink painting, Chinese calligraphy, seal engraving and sculpture.

In Conversation With Tan Oe Pang & Goh Huck Heng In Singapore (Chinese Edition)

In Conversation With Tan Oe Pang & Goh Huck Heng In Singapore (Chinese Edition)

This is the latest book featuring the art of Singaporean multidisciplinary artist Tan Oe Pang (b.1947). It invites readers to explore Tan's artistic practice through a series of dialogues with author Goh Huck Heng. For the first time, over 50 pieces of selected artworks, including Chinese ink paintings, oil paintings and Chinese calligraphy, were discussed in depth. Art lovers will be able to gain greater insight into Tan's mastery techniques, creative concepts and inspirations behind his works. This is the Chinese edition.

History & Geography

Singapore: A Very Short History - From Temasek To Tomorrow

Singapore: A Very Short History - From Temasek To Tomorrow

This is a fresh, new, and highly-readable account of Singapore's history. It is a sweeping story of discovery, abandonment, rediscovery and development of what is today one of the world's greatest port-cities. Brief as this account may be, it incorporates all the latest research and findings about Singapore's past, and weaves a concise yet coherent and comprehensive account of the island over the last 700 years. Beyond familiar foundational myths and stories, this new account weaves Singapore's story on a wide tapestry - through a cast of princes, sultans, colonial administrators, occupiers community leaders and politicians - and tells the tale of how they struggled to answer that all important question: How do we make this island succeed?

Japan's Quest For Stability In Southeast Asia: Navigating The Turning Points In Postwar Asia

Japan's Quest For Stability In Southeast Asia: Navigating The Turning Points In Postwar Asia

More than any other region in the world, Asia has witnessed tremendous change in the post-war era. What caused this change in Asia? The key to answering this question lies in the post-war history of maritime Asia and, in particular, the path taken by the maritime nation of Japan. Analysing the importance of Japan's relationship with Southeast Asia, this book therefore aims to illustrate the hidden trail left by Japan during the period of upheaval that has shaped Asia today-an era marked by the American Cold War strategy, the dissolution of the British Empire in Asia, and the rise of China. It provides a comprehensive account of post-war maritime Asia, making use of internationally sourced primary materials, as well as declassified Japanese government papers. As such, Japan's Quest for Stability in Southeast Asia will be useful to students and scholars of Japanese Politics, Asian Politics and Asian History.

Our Name Is Mutiny: The Global Revolt Against The Raj And The Hidden History Of The Singapore Mutiny 1907-1915

Our Name Is Mutiny: The Global Revolt Against The Raj And The Hidden History Of The Singapore Mutiny 1907-1915

In 1907, in the gathering storm of the First World War, a global revolt against the British Raj was taking shape. A shadowy network known as the Ghadar or Mutiny Movement plotted an Indian uprising that spilled across Britain's Eastern Empire. In 1915, the snug settlement of Singapore thus faced a mutiny by its garrison of British Indian Army soldiers or sepoys. This book reveals the hidden history of the mutiny and exposes the forces that converged on the small island enroute to the revolt against the British Empire in India. The story of the men and women behind the world-wide rebellion and the Singapore mutiny is brought to life in this thrilling non-fiction narrative that spotlights the legacy of the forgotten uprisings.

Dutch And English East India Companies, The: Diplomacy, Trade And Violence In Early Modern Asia

Dutch And English East India Companies, The: Diplomacy, Trade And Violence In Early Modern Asia

The Dutch and English East India Companies were formidable organizations that were gifted with expansive powers that allowed them to conduct diplomacy, wage war and seize territorial possessions. But they did not move into an empty arena in which they were free to deploy these powers without resistance. Early modern Asia stood at the center of the global economy and was home to powerful states and sprawling commercial networks. The companies may have been global enterprises, but they operated in a globalized region in which they encountered a range of formidable competitors. This groundbreaking collection of essays explores the place of the Dutch and English East India Companies in Asia and the nature of their engagement with Asian rulers, officials, merchants, soldiers, and brokers.

Lost Hong Kong: A History In Pictures

Lost Hong Kong: A History In Pictures

Over the years photographers have recorded the changing face of Hong Kong: its street scenes, buildings and people. This new book - drawing upon images from a wide range of sources, many of which are previously unpublished - is a pictorial tribute to this lost Hong Kong. Once familiar but now long-gone scenes are recorded, offering a tantalising glimpse back at an era which in chronological terms may be relatively recent, but given the rapidity of change, seems like a distant age.

Old New World, An: From The East Indies To The Founding Of Singapore, 1600S-1819

Old New World, An: From The East Indies To The Founding Of Singapore, 1600S-1819

Organised in conjunction with Singapore's Bicentennial, An Old New World explores the 200 years leading up to the establishment of an entrepot in Singapore in 1819, beginning with the bustling world of trade in the East Indies that attracted the Dutch and British East India Companies from the early 17th century. The European entry into the region, for better or worse, was only part of its longer history. This exhibition is a telling of that story, and a reflection of the broader forces at play that culminated in the events of 1819.

Chia Ann Siang And Family: The Tides Of Fortune

Chia Ann Siang And Family: The Tides Of Fortune

Chia Ann Siang was once one of Singapore's wealthiest landowners and merchants. His name lives on today in Ann Siang Hill in Chinatown, but little else is known about him, particularly his private life. This illuminating new book paints the most detailed portrait to date of his life and times in colonial Singapore and traces the changing fortunes of the Chia clan through the years. Born in Malacca in 1834, Chia joined Boustead and Co., an English trading company in Singapore, as a storekeeper at the age of 16. In just six years, he was made Chief Storekeeper, and was able to buy himself a house at 58 Telok Ayer Street (and another one on Amoy Street for good measure). An astute property investor, Chia continued to acquire much real estate in the course of his life; by 1919, he owned more than 70 houses in Chinatown. Far more than a biography, this book tells the fascinating story of more than seven generations of Straits Chinese, from Chia's grandfather's emigration from Fujian to Malacca in 1774, right up to the present day.

Anarchy, The: The Relentless Rise Of The East India Company

Anarchy, The: The Relentless Rise Of The East India Company

In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army. The East India Company's founding charter authorised it to `wage war' and it had always used violence to gain its ends. But the creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation dealing in silks and spices and became something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business. The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas in one small office, five windows wide, and answerable only to its distant shareholders.

Empire Of The Winds: The Global Role Of Asia's Great Archipelago

Empire Of The Winds: The Global Role Of Asia's Great Archipelago

Nusantaria - often referred to as `Maritime Southeast Asia' - is the world's largest archipelago and has, for centuries, been a vital cultural and trading hub. Nusantaria encompasses the lands and shores created by the melting of the ice following the last Ice Age. These have long been primarily the domain of the Austronesian-speaking peoples and their seafaring traditions. The surrounding waters have always been uniquely important as a corridor connecting East Asia to India, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. In this book, Philip Bowring provides a history of the world's largest and most important archipelago and its adjacent coasts. He tells the story of the peoples and lands located at this crucial maritime and cultural crossroads, from its birth following the last Ice Age to today.

Migration In The Time Of Revolution: China, Indonesia, And The Cold War

Migration In The Time Of Revolution: China, Indonesia, And The Cold War

This book examines how two of the world's most populous countries interacted between 1945 and 1967, when the concept of citizenship was contested, political loyalty was in question, identity was fluid, and the boundaries of political mobilization were blurred. Based on evidence from newly declassified documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archives and oral history interviews, Zhou argues that migration and the political activism of the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia were important historical forces in the making of governmental relations between Beijing and Jakarta after World War II. She highlights the agency and autonomy of individuals whose life experiences were shaped by - but also helped shape - the trajectory of bilateral diplomacy.

Merchants, Bankers, Governors: British Enterprise In Singapore And Malaya, 1786-1920

Merchants, Bankers, Governors: British Enterprise In Singapore And Malaya, 1786-1920

This is the story of British enterprise in Singapore and Malaya from 1786 to 1920, when British vision, zeal and drive developed Penang, then Singapore and, finally, the peninsular Malay States. In the initial years, commerce and finance were paramount. The seeds of these commercial activities had been planted initially in the days of the East India Company but later, and more importantly, by individual merchant firms, supported by credit from London. This book presents an original and coherent account of British Enterprise in Singapore and Malaya in an important historical period and includes substantial new material from primary records of merchant firms and banks which will be of great interest to students, professionals as well as the general public.

Southeast Asia After The Cold War: A Contemporary History

Southeast Asia After The Cold War: A Contemporary History

International politics in Southeast Asia since end of the Cold War in 1990 can be understood within the frames of order and an emerging regionalism embodied in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. But order and regionalism are now under seige, with a new global strategic rebalancing under way. The region is now forced to contemplate new risks, even the emergence of new sorts of cold war, rivalry and conflict. Ang Cheng Guan writes here in the mode of contemporary history, presenting a complete, analytically informed narrative that covers the region, highlighting change, continuity and context. Crucial as a tool to make sense of the dynamics of the region, this account of Southeast Asia's international relations will also be of immediate relevance to those in China, the USA and elsewhere who engage with the region, with its young, dynamic population, and its strategic position across the world's key choke-points of trade.

Social Issues

Imagining Asia(S): Networks, Actors, Sites

Imagining Asia(S): Networks, Actors, Sites

As a continent lying to the east of Europe, Asia has been malleable to different spatial and temporal imaginations and politics. Recent scholarship has highlighted how the seemingly self-contained regional configurations of West and Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and East Asia carved by the Area Studies paradigm reflect changing (geo)political and economic interests than historical or cultural roots. This volume advances the question as to what Asia is, and as to whether there existed one or many Asia(s). It seeks to explore Asian societies as interconnected formations through trajectories/networks of circulation of people, ideas, and objects in the longue duree. Moving beyond the divides of area studies scholarship and the arbitrary borders set by late colonial empires and the rise of post-colonial nation-states, this volume maps critically the configuration of contact zones in which mobile bodies, minds, and cultures interact to foster new images, identities, and imaginations of Asia.

Divided By Race, Language, And Education: 200 Years Of Defiance And Deference Under Colonial Rule

Divided By Race, Language, And Education: 200 Years Of Defiance And Deference Under Colonial Rule

After the founding of modern Singapore, the story of the conflict among the poor and disaffected underclass was told from the viewpoint of the British colonizers. A coolie's perspective was never written down. Until now. This book paints a troubling portrait of the poor in historical Singapore. It examines poverty as a problem caused by the way the British colony was governed. Accounts throughout history find the poor caught in a vicious circle. They had little access to education, credit and other means of generating income, so they organised themselves and fought for the assets they needed to increase future income. Sometimes they clashed with one another. At other times, they rioted against British authorities. After the Second World War, they started a communist insurgency, believing that it was their chance at a world where all begin on more equal footing.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #11: Between Social Services And Tolerance: Explaining Religious Dynamics In Muhammadiyah

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #11: Between Social Services And Tolerance: Explaining Religious Dynamics In Muhammadiyah

Muhammadiyah, together with the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), are seen as the two pillars of moderate Islam in Indonesia. Muhammadiyah is currently often perceived to be the more conservative of the two and to have more affinity with Islamist groups. Muhammadiyah remains a social movement guided by its long-held theology of al-Ma`un (kindness) and with a strong emphasis on social services. It is this doctrine that has prevented Muhammadiyah from dwelling on mythical or abstract issues and neutralized it against Islamism, making its members more realistic in viewing the world. The "pragmatic Islamism" that Muhammadiyah has adopted allows it to handle social dynamics well.

At A Moment's Notice: Indonesian Maids Write On Their Lives Abroad

At A Moment's Notice: Indonesian Maids Write On Their Lives Abroad

Life abroad for Indonesian women hired as domestic workers is more than the job. In their spare time, some will plan a better life back home when their work contract ends. Others will venture out to experience the cities where they now work, even posing as locals and living life to the fullest. And some of these women can write. Recently, a new genre of Indonesian women's literature has developed, one in which - often in short stories - authors reimagine their experiences as domestic workers in foreign lands. Now, for the first time, a selection of these stories has been collected and translated into English. Collectively, these stories provide an honest description of the complex and multifaceted reasons for working abroad, the maids' living and working conditions, and their hopes and dreams for a better life. The stories are also a delightful read.

Contentious Belonging: The Place Of Minorities In Indonesia

Contentious Belonging: The Place Of Minorities In Indonesia

Contention has surrounded the status of minorities throughout Indonesian history. Two broad polarities are evident: one inclusive of minorities, regarding them as part of the nation's rich complexity and a manifestation of its "Unity in Diversity" motto; the other exclusive, viewing with suspicion or disdain those communities or groups that differ from the perceived majority. This book explores the complex historical and contemporary dimensions of Indonesia's religious, ethnic, LGBT and disability minorities from a range of perspectives, including historical, legal, political, cultural, discursive and social. It addresses fundamental questions about Indonesia's tolerance and acceptance of difference, and examines the extent to which diversity is embraced or suppressed.

This Is What Inequality Looks Like (Second Edition)

This Is What Inequality Looks Like (Second Edition)

This new edition features a new Afterword by the author, and a Foreword by Kwok Kian Woon, Professor of Sociology at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. What is poverty? What is inequality? How are they connected? How are they reproduced? How might they be overcome? Why should we try? The way we frame our questions shapes the way we see solutions. This book does what appears to be a no-brainer task, but one that is missing and important: it asks readers to pose questions in different ways, to shift the vantage point from which they view 'common sense,' and in so doing, to see themselves as part of problems and potential solutions. This is a book about how seeing poverty entails confronting inequality. It is about how acknowledging poverty and inequality leads to uncomfortable revelations about our society and ourselves. And it is about how once we see, we cannot, must not, unsee.

Religion & Philosophy

Theological Education In Singapore: Retrospect And Prospect

Theological Education In Singapore: Retrospect And Prospect

On 29 September 2018, seven theological institutions in Singapore came together at a conference organised by the Ethos Institute for Public Christianity to discuss their common ministry of theological education. The theme of the conference, 'Theological Education in Singapore: Retrospect and Prospect' invites the participating institutions to reflect on their unique beginnings and histories, as well as their shared mission to train and nurture the future generation of pastors, leaders and missionaries. The papers presented at the conference by the principals and presidents of the seven seminaries are published in this volume.

God And Money: Reflections On Economic Issues

God And Money: Reflections On Economic Issues

As Christians we need to know the origin of many economic issues arise that haunt us today. Planet earth had two beings first, but now there are more than seven billion! As we pause to reflect, we can "be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature" (1 Corinthians 14:20). As a doctor needs to diagnose first before making recommendations, so too we ought to recognise where we are as individuals and as society have fallen short of the glory of God, in the way economic activity is now organised so that we can rise to our true calling as Christians. God comes first, then money.

Do I Matter? A Journey To Building Your Self-Esteem

Do I Matter? A Journey To Building Your Self-Esteem

Do I Matter? is a journey towards understanding the self-esteem a person possesses and how it builds a foundation for resilience. This book aims to help its readers understand the factors that influence one's self-esteem and what can be done to reframe it - ultimately to develop acceptance and love for oneself regardless of the challenges one faces in life. Produced in conjunction with the Samaritans of Singapore - a non-profit organisation focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention - this book.

Geography Of Thought, The: How Asians And Westerners Think Differently... And Why

Geography Of Thought, The: How Asians And Westerners Think Differently... And Why

As Professor Nisbett shows in The Geography of Thought people actually think - and even see - the world differently, because of differing ecologies, social structures, philosophies, and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China, and that have survived into the modern world. As a result, East Asian thought is "holistic" - drawn to the perceptual field as a whole, and to relations among objects and events within that field. By comparison to Western modes of reasoning, East Asian thought relies far less on categories, or on formal logic; it is fundamentally dialectic, seeking a "middle way" between opposing thoughts. By contrast, Westerners focus on salient objects or people, use attributes to assign them to categories, and apply rules of formal logic to understand their behaviour.

Good News For Bruised Reeds: Mental Health & The Gospel Community

Good News For Bruised Reeds: Mental Health & The Gospel Community

This book speaks to and sheds light on mental illness in three ways. Following a theological overview from Leow Wen Pin, it first presents stories from Christians who have mental illness. Their honest accounts provide a glimpse into the realities of their suffering, the words that have helped them (and the ones that haven't), and the glimmer of hope that they find in Christ. Second, it offers testimonies from those who are caregivers of loved ones with mental illness. Their words give insight into the realities of their journey, the real questions they have for God, and, mostly, the heart that they have for those they are caring for. Third, it provides perspectives from pastors who have either struggled with mental illness or who are actively providing lifegiving communities in their churches for those who do. Their practical and loving advice offers stepping stones that can guide the Gospel community into becoming a safe place for those with mental illness.

Culture & People

Contested Space Revisited: George Town, Penang, Before And After Unesco World Heritage Listing

Contested Space Revisited: George Town, Penang, Before And After Unesco World Heritage Listing

This book explores the cultural, social and physical history of the East India Company's historic port settlement of George Town and its multi-ethnic population, tracing its urban evolution, the cultures and traditions of its diverse communities and the re?ection of these influences in their architecture, urban forms and ways of living and celebration, as well as their perpetuation, adaptation and/or demise. In order to understand the challenges of tangible heritage in the intangible context, the histories of six built heritage sites, and their 'owner' communities, are followed through both pre and post UNESCO World Heritage Listing 2008.

Making A Difference: 25 Stories That Made An Impact - Highlights From World News Day

Making A Difference: 25 Stories That Made An Impact - Highlights From World News Day

From the cruel practice of pressuring women workers to remove their wombs just to hold on to their jobs to a report on the medical bill of an elderly which shook up a healthcare system, Making A Difference: 25 Stories That Made An Impact brings together some of the best stories from World News Day 2019. It features the exemplary works of journalists from newsrooms around the world, including those in Germany, India, Nigeria, Singapore and Malaysia. This book serves as an important reminder that in today's fast-changing and complex world, good journalism matters more than ever.

Malaysian Murders And Mysteries: A Century Of Shocking Cases That Gripped The Nation

Malaysian Murders And Mysteries: A Century Of Shocking Cases That Gripped The Nation

Over the past century, Malaysia has seen criminal cases that have gripped the attention of the entire nation and beyond. This compilation brings together 42 of the most well-known and notorious cases, based on the authors' research and consultations with some of the most eminent historians, criminal lawyers, crime reporters and police officers in the country, who were able to breathe new life into some of the cases and shed new light on the notorious events. These cases go as far back as 1875, beginning with colonial-era intrigues that remain unresolved to this day, and investigate over a century of Malaysian murders and mysteries.

Doing Right By People: Field Notes Of A Veteran Politician And Hr Expert

Doing Right By People: Field Notes Of A Veteran Politician And Hr Expert

HR expert Loh Meng See shares his insights into the all-important field of people management, drawing on his wealth of experience at top companies Keppel Corporation and Singapore Airlines, and as a former Member of Parliament. Against the backdrop of the social and economic history of Singapore, readers are given a front row seat to how Loh rode out painful situations such as retrenchments during economic recessions and tensions between management and unions, as well as key events such as the SARS crisis and SQ006 crash. A must-read for business managers, human resources professionals, and any student of human nature.

Cross-Cultural Exchange And The Colonial Imaginary: Global Encounters Via Southeast Asia

Cross-Cultural Exchange And The Colonial Imaginary: Global Encounters Via Southeast Asia

For years, the study of how culture operates in colonial contexts was dominated by the ideas of transmission and influence. Yet the more we learn, the less useful those concepts seem to be. This collection deliberately complicates the binary of colonizer and colonized in order to establish a more effective framework for understanding. The contributors address a wide range of questions, rooted in specific colonial experiences: How can a controversy about forms of deference in Java reveal tensions around colonial policies and the rise of nationalism? What was Vietnamese about the French colonial governor's palace in Hanoi? What can the circulation of jazz in Asia tell us about its evolution, circuits of exchange, colonial culture, and its appropriation? Through such inquiries, the volume traces the multilinear trajectories of the flow of decorative objects, architectural styles, photographs, sartorial practices, music, deference rituals, and ethnographic knowledge, in a transimperial framework within and beyond Southeast Asia and Europe. Highlighting a wide range of actors along with their motivations and interactions, this volume treats cultural heritage as dynamic processes.

Hong Kong Letters, The

Hong Kong Letters, The

Gill Shaddick (nee Stevenson) left Britain aged 21 to take up a job in Hong Kong. She travelled from England on the Trans-Siberian Railway and then by Russian boat down the China coast to Hong Kong. In this spirited memoir, Gill recreates a Hong Kong of the imagination. Unexpected twists and a host of funny, bizarre and whimsical events are captured in her lyrical memoir. Carefully bundled and tied together with ribbon, Gill's letters from Hong Kong had remained untouched for nearly 50 years.

Forty Nights

Forty Nights

Former commando Chris Thrall returned from a year in Hong Kong suffering severe psychosis from crystal meth addiction. The medical profession said recovery was unlikely and recommended admitting him to a psychiatric hospital. Chris refused all intervention and his life descended into a chaotic cycle of drug use that almost killed him…until salvation came in a surprising form. In this long-awaited follow-up to Eating Smoke, Chris tells a harrowing yet refreshing and often hilarious account of addiction and one gutsy journey to recovery.

Zai Jian Da Tang, Fan Dui Sha Wen: Chen Youbing, Yi Ge Jian She Dong Xi Fang Yi Shu De Ren

Zai Jian Da Tang, Fan Dui Sha Wen: Chen Youbing, Yi Ge Jian She Dong Xi Fang Yi Shu De Ren

Written in traditional Chinese, this is the only biography book of Singaporean artist Tan Oe Pang (b.1947) published to date. Tracing Tan's journey from his fond childhood memories at the Bali Lane, it tells the stories, events and experiences that have shaped his life and work. The biography chronicles Tan's important achievements and recounts his journey to becoming a full-time art practitioner, including his tutelage under the influential Chinese ink master, Fan Chang Tien.

He Saved Thousands: The Story Of Dr Jmj Supramaniam

He Saved Thousands: The Story Of Dr Jmj Supramaniam

He lost his mother when he was two and his father when he was 15. His leg was injured during the Japanese bombardment of Singapore and doctors almost amputated it. His medical studies were halted when the Japanese ruled Singapore. Despite such daunting circumstances, Dr James Mark Jeyasebasingam Supramaniam (popularly known as Dr JMJ) prevailed to emerge at the forefront of Singapore's medical service during its nation-building phase. This book traces the inspiring life of Dr JMJ within the larger context of the evolution of Singapore, from the 1800s when his older family members arrived on its shores, to the creation of the Singaporean nation during the 1950s and 1960s, in which JMJ played a pivotal part.

Architecture

Swan & Mclaren, The: A Story Of Singapore Architecture

Swan & Mclaren, The: A Story Of Singapore Architecture

Swan & Maclaren were the most prominent and prestigious architectural practice working in Singapore during the latter part of the British era. As such, the history of Singapore architecture, during that period, is very much the history of Swan & Maclaren. The output of the firm was extraordinary, too, ranging from corporate blockbusters like the Hongkong & Shanghai Bank and the Union Building of the 1920s, to factories, shophouses, department stores, hotels, schools and university buildings, railway stations, churches, mosques, a synagogue, bungalows, even the odd cattle shed! The scope of the book covers the period from the mid-1880s, when the two eponymous founding partners, Archibald A. Swan and J. W. B. Maclaren first came to Singapore, and continues through to the end of the British era in 1965.

Architecture Of Shame

Architecture Of Shame

Award-winning architect Ho Kwon Cjan has a wicked sense of humour and a keen interest in history. This book combines his passions, with a big dose of sheer cheek. In Architecture of Shame, the author 'reveals' little-known details about famous buildings around the world, such as how India's Taj Mahal was intended to have two domes and that the Eiffel Tower, in France, once wore fig leaves. Some of the information is startling and unheard of, not least because they were drawn from the author's vivid imagination. Each of the 28 chapters features a building of significant historical interest and tells an alternative background story behind its development and construction in a mischevious blend of leg-pull and tall tales. Also included are the author's original illustrations of what might have been. This book will be of interest to architects, people with an interest in history - and anyone with a sense of humour.

Grounding Urban Natures: Histories And Futures Of Urban Ecologies

Grounding Urban Natures: Histories And Futures Of Urban Ecologies

Case studies from cities on five continents demonstrate the advantages of thinking comparatively about urban environments. The global discourse around urban ecology tends to homogenize and universalize, relying on such terms as "smart cities," "eco-cities," and "resilience," and proposing a "science of cities" based largely on information from the Global North. This book makes the case for the importance of place and time in understanding urban environments. Rather than imposing a unified framework on the ecology of cities, the contributors use a variety of approaches across a range of of locales and timespans to examine how urban natures are part of-and are shaped by-cities and urbanization. The contributors consider the diversity of urban natures, analyzing urban ecologies that range from the coastal delta of New Orleans to real estate practices of the urban poor in Lagos. They examine the effect of popular movements on the meanings of urban nature in cities including San Francisco, Delhi, and Berlin. Finally, they explore abstract urban planning models and their global mobility, examining real-world applications in such cities as Cape Town, Baltimore, and the Chinese "eco-city" Yixing.

Law

Building A New Legal Order For The Oceans

Building A New Legal Order For The Oceans

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS, has been called a constitution for the oceans. It is keeps order in the world's oceans and regulates nations' use of its natural resources. Tommy Koh served as president of the third convention, a multi-year meeting that resulted in important regulations still in use today. In this volume, Koh brings a unique, insider's perspective on the UNCLOS negotiation process, and the concepts, tensions, and intentions that underlie today's Law of the Sea. Koh fully explains the many new concepts of international law that arose from UNCLOS III, such as the Exclusive Economic Zone, Archipelagic State, Straits Used for International Navigation, Transit Passage, Archipelagic Sealane Passage, the Common Heritage of Mankind. He also discusses current threats to maritime security and explains the intricacies of the disputes in the South China Sea.

Education

200 Years Of Chinese Education In Malaysia: A Protean Saga

200 Years Of Chinese Education In Malaysia: A Protean Saga

This is the fifth edition of Kua Kia Soong's 1985 title. It was and still is, the first full-length book on the history and politics surrounding the chinese-medium schools in Malaysia. It has been in constant demand because of the interest in this unique community-run mother tongue education system. With more than 1,280 primary schools, 60 Independent secondary schools and three tertiary-level colleges, the Malaysian Chinese education system has few comparisons in the world. Their school-leaving Unified Examination Certificate is today recognized all over the world except in Malaysia. From their birth more than 200 years ago, these school have been steeped in politics since they have had to struggle against state attempts to impose a mono-lingual education policy in the country. Thus, some aspect or other of the Chinese schools has featured in almost every general election since independence. Their survival to the present day is a veritable "protean saga" and a truly Malaysian achievement.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #13: Quality, Equity, Autonomy: Malaysia's Education Reforms Examined

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #13: Quality, Equity, Autonomy: Malaysia's Education Reforms Examined

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government promised education reforms before getting elected in 2018, and presently grapples with the complexities of making good on those pledges while seeking to negotiate continuity and change with regard to the previous administration's Malaysian Education Blueprint launched in 2013. This article situates the education reforms in the context of Malaysia's highly centralized administration, embedded practices and policy initiatives of recent years. Discussion focuses on three areas - quality, equity, autonomy - where PH has more distinctly differentiated itself from its predecessor.

Understanding Teaching, Learning And Learners: A Guide For Singapore

Understanding Teaching, Learning And Learners: A Guide For Singapore

Under the Singapore Teaching Practice (STP), a model that documents the best practices of Singapore's teaching profession, teaching is a dynamic combination of both knowledge and action. In STP, Pedagogical Processes (PP) articulates the processes of areas and actions in good teaching. Knowledge Bases, in turn, provide PP with a framework of conceptual and theoretical understanding such that they can be applied meaningfully in the classroom. This book seeks to provide its readers with key foundational knowledge in 2 STP knowledge bases, 'Understanding Teaching' and 'Understanding Students and Learning'. Embedded fully in the education contexts of Singapore, it melds theory together with empirical insight drawn from local classroom-based research. Whether you are a local educator or an international researcher, you will find this a useful introduction to the Singaporean praxis of teaching.

Reference

Manglish: Malaysian English At Its Wackiest!

Manglish: Malaysian English At Its Wackiest!

Now back after 20 years with brand new words, expressions and idioms, this hilarious classic remains packed with humour, irreverence and loads of fun. It bids all Malaysians to lighten up, laugh at ourselves and revel in our unique, multicultural way of life. Forget about tenses, grammar, pronunciation, and just relek lah ... Aiyoh. Manglish or Malaysian English is what Malaysians speak when we want to connect with each other or just hang loose. Borrowing from Malay, Chinese, Indian, Asli, British English, American English, dialects, popular mass media and plenty more, our unique English reflects our amazing diversity.

Science & Technology

Your Infertility Is My Problem: The Comprehensive Guide To Achieving Conception

Your Infertility Is My Problem: The Comprehensive Guide To Achieving Conception

A pioneer of IVF in the world with almost 50 years of experience as a fertility specialist, Professor Christopher Chen was the first doctor to successfully produce and deliver IVF triplets, and was the first to successfully freeze the human egg. In this book, Professor Chen will attempt to unravel the mysteries behind fertility and help you discover how you can solve your infertility problem. Learn more about how your physical fitness, diet, stress levels and lifestyle can affect your fertility. Between nutritional recipes, exercises, yoga, and of course assisted reproductive techniques such as IVF, there is sure to be a solution in this book for your infertility.

Deep Human: Practical Superskills For A Future Of Success

Deep Human: Practical Superskills For A Future Of Success

What separates you from the robots? How can you thrive in tomorrow's workplace? Experts predict that within the next few years, you will need an extra 101 days of learning to remain relevant at work, but what skills should you hone? Authors Crystal and Dr Gregor Lim-Lange combine their expertise in leadership and psychology to share five timeless superskills that will help you unlock your fullest potential. Deep Human offers practical tools, unexpected insights and inspiring real-life stories so you can build a successful and meaningful life no matter what lies ahead.

Literature

Kebaya Tales: Of Matriarchs, Maidens, Mistresses And Matchmakers

Kebaya Tales: Of Matriarchs, Maidens, Mistresses And Matchmakers

Kebaya Tales is a delightful collection of short stories teeming with fascinating and interesting characters, unexpected twists and turns, cultural rituals, beliefs and superstitions, and poignant events in the life stories of the Peranakans. Laced with humour and occasional gentle satire, this first-ever collection of short stories about the Straits Chinese are based on or inspired by real-life events which the author has collected from her nyonya mother, grandmother, bibiks and nyonyas.

Contour: A Lyric Cartography Of Singapore

Contour: A Lyric Cartography Of Singapore

How do we understand the history and landscape of our country? In this bicentennial year, Contour charts a lyric cartography of Singapore, taking in events from the past seven hundred years while also reflecting on the current state of our nation. Drawing on poems written in all four of Singapore's official languages, this anthology weaves them into a lyrical tapestry showcasing both the unity and diversity of Singapore's poetic voices.

Kopi Thiam Since 1998

Kopi Thiam Since 1998

Kopi Thiam is your friendly heartland coffee shop where Thiam and his wife have been operating their business for decades. However, Kopi Thiam has to compete with the increasing number of modern cafés, including starbucks and new outlets that serve artisanal coffee. In spite of competition, Kopi Thiam is able to stay in business with the support of die-hard customers. Kopi Thiam blends ingenuity, friendship, and wit to create a homely space where the characters seem strangely, and pleasantly, familiar. Smartly written and skilfully drawn, Kopi Thiam harks back to the time of those comic strips that used the simplicity of comics to entertain children and adults alike.

To Gather Your Leaving: Asian Diaspora Poetry From America, Australia, Uk And Europe

To Gather Your Leaving: Asian Diaspora Poetry From America, Australia, Uk And Europe

Tracking the developments of Asian diaspora poetry in America, Australia, UK and Europe, To Gather Your Leaving is a groundbreaking global anthology that explores new ways of looking at nation, culture, identity, and place. Gathered here are established and new poets who are émigrés, refugees, and descendants of Asian migrants, poets who straddle two or more languages, cultures, and places, and who question and complicate the notion of home in the age of global change and transnational crossings. The poems collected here, spanning over three decades and representing three generations, eschew straightforward answers to the questions of identity and citizenship, offering profoundly rich, diverse and moving perspectives on what it means to belong on this earth.

In This Desert, There Were Seeds

In This Desert, There Were Seeds

Endangered tigers connecting telepathically through time-travel; a guard's ethical dilemma at a history museum; a slaughterhouse worker's memories of his dead wife; a monochrome town upended by a wild watermelon…This is an intimate collection of past and future dreams, featuring exciting new and established literary voices from Western Australia and Singapore. From our shifting sense of community and identity, to our frustrations with existing political, social and economic structures-this anthology transcends boundaries and captures the persistence of ordinary lives in deserts literal and metaphorical.

11X9: Co-Authored Poetry From The Philippines And Singapore

11X9: Co-Authored Poetry From The Philippines And Singapore

Eleven writers from the Philippines and nine from Singapore were connected via Google Docs and a pining for "the composition of alternatives, other realms and planes, a space upon which another kind of lived experience could be had." Seven pairs and two threesomes wrote back and forth toward what could be called "cross-cultural literature if not a mess." The result: this volume. An encounter with annotated small talk, versified duets, digitally mediated dances, riffs against blackouts, and cryptic/triptych meditations --- this was/is an experiment. What was experienced and what was meant? The book is the form readers may now complete.

Words On Art: Ayatana

Words On Art: Ayatana

Edwin Thumboo, one of Singapore's pioneering literary voices, brings his incisive awareness of socio-cultural history to this volume of poetry. With a humanist's eye, narratives spanning the domestic, the politic and the mythic form intertexual responses to the works of art hanging on the walls of the National Gallery Singapore. This volume is the second title in the Gallery's Words on Art series: books dedicated to examining the intersections between visual and literary art.

New Sun Rises Over The Old Land, A: A Novel Of Sihanouk's Cambodia

New Sun Rises Over The Old Land, A: A Novel Of Sihanouk's Cambodia

A New Sun Rises Over the Old Land traces the story of Sam, a young man who leaves the countryside for the capital after the death of his parents. Once there he is exposed to the hardships and injustice of the city's capitalist society. The city takes its toll on Sam and his wife, Soy, despite the kindness and generosity offered by their friends who are also only barely managing to scrape by. As the country develops and Sam's fortunes change, he realises that while the life of a farmer is far from easy, it is one that has the potential to bring fulfilment and happiness. First published in 1961, eight years after Cambodia gained independence from French colonial rule, A New Sun Rises Over the Old Land by Suon Sorin is an iconic work of modern Khmer literature. The novel - a singularly illuminating historical document of the new nation -offers a fresh view into a period of profound transformation in Cambodia and a region that was coming to know itself and to be known as "Southeast Asia."

Travel

Down And Out In Paradise: A Memoir - East, West, Sex, Death

Down And Out In Paradise: A Memoir - East, West, Sex, Death

Luke Williams flies to Kuala Lumpur coming down off crystal meth without plans or much cash. He is in Asia for three years. He spends time working as a prostitute in Pattaya, eats snake heart in Vietnam, consults an American medium in Ubud, and explores the eye-popping red light scenes in Jakarta and the Philippines. Along the way, he encounters other Westerners who go to Asia for the things they can't find at home - riches, wives, ladyboys, cheap living and even cheaper drugs, cults, spices, mountains, tropical beaches, beach gigolos, 'self-esteem' necklaces, and ascended masters.

From The Lion's Mouth: A Journey Along The Indus

From The Lion's Mouth: A Journey Along The Indus

Iain Campbell has been fascinated by mountains for as long as he can remember. In his new book, he tells the story of a journey following the course of the Indus River from its mouth in the mudflats of Karachi through the Karakorum, Kashmir and the Himalayas to its source in Ladakh on the Indian side of the Tibetan plateau, where it springs from the 'Lion's Mouth' on Mount Kailash. His narrative paints an insightful, honest and heartfelt portrait of Pakistan. Engrossing and eye-opening, Iain Campbell's account of his travels through this mesmerising land will appeal to travellers, mountaineers, trekkers, wilderness enthusiasts, anyone interested in the culture and history of the subcontinent, and fans of quality travel writing.

Laotian Pages: A Classic Account Of Travel In Upper, Middle And Lower Laos

Laotian Pages: A Classic Account Of Travel In Upper, Middle And Lower Laos

Laos, 1900 - a frontier land caught in a power struggle between Eastern kingdoms and Western colonial powers, a fertile place teetering between an ancient pastoral existence and the modern machine age. Alfred Raquez's Laotian Pages vividly describes his exploration of the diverse kingdoms of Laos at the turn of the last century with the same Parisian verve and ironic turn of mind that he brought to his first travel book. Raquez's keen eye and sensitivity to the exotic in both nature and human culture, combined with a mastery of the genre and his hallmark conversational style, transport the reader to the largely unexplored frontier of fin-de-siecle Indochina. Long known only to specialists on the history and ethnography of the region, this new work presents a scholarly translation into English together with Raquez's original photographs that will finally allow a wide audience to experience the joys and hardships of travel in a land that is both timeless and forever changing.

Business

E-Commerce, Competition & Asean Economic Integration

E-Commerce, Competition & Asean Economic Integration

The e-commerce market has grown rapidly within the ASEAN region in recent years. This trend is expected to continue in the future given the region's large population base, rising middle-class and improvements in connectivity. This edited volume examines the current state of e-commerce in ASEAN countries. It highlights some of the key domestic and cross-border challenges faced by ASEAN member states in developing e-commerce. These challenges include the regulatory and legal environment in which e-commerce firms operate across ASEAN, and the supporting infrastructure in ASEAN member states.

Designing A Life: A Cross-Cultural Journey

Designing A Life: A Cross-Cultural Journey

Designing a Life tells the inspiring story of Kai-Yin Lo, a determined woman born to a wealthy Hong Kong family who had to build her own future following an abrupt change in the family's fortunes. After a first job at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, she made her way to Time Inc. in New York to establish a new life. Encouraged by her first collection being accepted by Cartier New York, she employed talent, innovation and determination to become a designer of international renown, respected as an ambassador for cross-cultural exchange in art, design and thought.

Leisure

China: A Cookbook

China: A Cookbook

From bustling cosmopolitan cities to remote rural landscapes, this comprehensive volume explores the varied food and cooking of China with fascinating background information on the local geography and culinary history. Bringing together classic dishes, from the old imperial kitchens of Beijing to the tea houses of southern China, expert Terry Tan explores the diverse regions and introduces the reader to local ingredients and cooking methods.

Way Of Kueh, The: Savouring & Saving Singapore's Heritage Desserts

Way Of Kueh, The: Savouring & Saving Singapore's Heritage Desserts

Food writer, cooking instructor and author Christopher Tan is back with the definitive book on Singapore's kueh, sharing everything you need to know about local kueh culture. Much more than just a collection of recipes, The Way of Kueh delves into the topic with a lyrical, insightful and practical approach. It traverses kueh families and genres, key kueh-making techniques, the seasonality and social significance of kueh, and the importance of both tradition and innovation. Helpful glossaries on key ingredients and essential kitchen tools will equip you to tackle over 100 detailed and precise recipes for kuehs from across Singapore's communities, from ang koo kueh to kueh bakar, kueh kaswi to jian dui, steamed and baked kueh lapis varieties, and many more, including rare and endangered items such as sesagun, putugal and bak kueh.

Wet Market To Table: A Modern Approach To Fruit And Vegetable

Wet Market To Table: A Modern Approach To Fruit And Vegetable

Celtuce? Fingerroot? Tatsoi? If you've never heard of these produce names, local chef Pamelia Chia is here to help. Wet markets promise charm and authenticity that supermarkets and online grocers cannot replicate. Local chef Pamelia Chia explores uncommonly used vegetables, fruits and herbs found in Singapore wet markets, using over 80 recipes to bring out their unique flavours and textures. Writing in a frank and easy-to-read manner, Pamelia shares stories from wet-market vendors, memories of grocery shopping with her mother and how each ingredient inspires her to push the boundaries of local cooking.

Children

Izan Goes To The Istana

Izan Goes To The Istana

Izan Goes To The Istana is a delightful story of a little boy who visits the Istana with his parents, gets separated from them and runs into President Halimah Yacob. Written by Izan Sidek, this illustrated children's book is based on the imaginary experience of the author in commemoration of the Istana's 150th birthday. Illustrated by award-winning Singapore artist Patrick Yee, it is designed to appeal to children of all ages with its simple telling in English of a slice of Singapore history at the close of the Bicentennial Year.

Aunty Goes Home - The Invisible People

Aunty Goes Home - The Invisible People

The "Invisible People" series of children's books offer heartfelt stories that help children appreciate unsung heroes in our society. These workers who have played and continue to play a key part in contributing to Singapore's growth are people who have the same needs and dreams that we do. The stories remind us how seemingly simple acts of kindness can make a world of difference, both to the workers who receive and the child who gives. Aunty Goes Home depicts how a family helps their domestic worker discover her passion for cooking during her time with them. They empower her to achieve her dreams when it's time for her to return home.

Awesome Art Malaysia: 10 Works From The Land Of Mountains Everyone Should Know

Awesome Art Malaysia: 10 Works From The Land Of Mountains Everyone Should Know

Dive into the wonderful world of Malaysian art! Get to know 10 of Malaysia's most awesome artists through fascinating facts about their lives and beautiful full-colour reproductions of their works. With bold, playful illustrations, Awesome Art Malaysia provides readers with an understanding not just of art and how it is created, but what influences it, from nature to culture. This book teems with fun and engaging activities that inspire hours of creativity at home or in the classroom. Awesome Art Malaysia is an expansion to the Awesome Art series, which seeks to make art accessible to the young and young at heart.


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