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Give & Take: Writings On The Malaysian Chinese Community (Chinese Edition)Give & Take: Writings On The Malaysian Chinese Community (Chinese Edition) by Sim, Rita; Fui K. Soong

This is the Chinese version of Give & Take. This book begins with seemingly Chinese-centric issues, but they dissolve gradually into what are essentially issues that effect all communities in this multicultural nation: racial integration and disintegration; myths and misconceptions; connectedness and a sense of belonging; how to bring the community together; the need for a strong leadership that will act as a "strong negotiator" to represent and champion the community; and the search for common ground that a multicultural society can stand on. Worry over deterioration or loss of values, the collapse of the extended family and the dilution or hybridisation of tradition, presented from the Chinese perspective, may seem like race-specific problems, but they are actually human ones. -- extract from Message from Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid

Year Of Fire Dragons: An American Women's Story Of Coming Of Age In Hong KongYear Of Fire Dragons: An American Women's Story Of Coming Of Age In Hong Kong by Young, Shannon

Shannon Young is an American twentysomething living in Hong Kong. Originally from Arizona, she likes to read, travel and spy on other people's books on the train. In 2010, she followed followed her Eurasian boyfriend to Hong Kong, eager to forge a new love story in his hometown. But when work sent him to London a month later, Shannon embarked on a wide-eyed newcomer's journey through Hong Kong - alone. She taught in a local school as the only foreigner, explored Asia with other young expats and discovered family history in Hong Kong, all while trying to hold on to her thwarted romance.

Remembering Bruce Lee: And Jon Benn's Other AdventuresRemembering Bruce Lee: And Jon Benn's Other Adventures by Benn, Jon

Even four decades after the passing of Asian martial-arts superstar Bruce Lee (1940-73), his achievements still attract adoration from millions of movie fans. The biggest fan of all may be Jon Benn, who befriended the high-kicking hero while playing "the Big Boss", a villain in Lee's acclaimed 1972 movie The Way of the Dragon. In Remembering Bruce Lee, a tell-tale autobiography, Jon reminisces fondly about his experiences with Lee and a lifetime of other adventures. From facing Lee's fists of fury to riding in a cowboy posse, from almost starting the Third World War to a nude scene with sex symbol Bo Derek, much has happened to Jon for the sake of appearing in movies.

Korean Wave In Southeast Asia: Consumption And Cultural ProductionKorean Wave In Southeast Asia: Consumption And Cultural Production by Ainslie, Mary J.; Joanne B. Y. Lim

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.

Singapore 365: A Restrospective On 2013Singapore 365: A Restrospective On 2013 by Husken-Ulbrich, Dominique; Amin Zainotdini

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.

Habit?AtHabit?At by Atelier Hoko

HABIT?AT is an inquiry into how street cats in Singapore inhabit the man-made spaces of the suburban landscapes. This publication explores the intrinsic relationship between cats and their surrounding, encouraging the viewing of our urban landscape not simply as public space but one charged with possibilities through the cats' adaptive appropriation. Their ability to discern subtle qualities and identify 'gifts' from the surrounding is a wisdom that human beings can humbly learn from and apply to our own approach towards dwelling.

Tapestries: A Teaching LifeTapestries: A Teaching Life by Toh Kah Beng

Mrs Toh Kah Beng - a teacher's name which brought both fear and respect into the hearts of generations of students from one of Singapore's top schools. Growing up in the early years of post-war Singapore, Mrs Toh experienced hardship and poverty, but also learnt discipline and perseverance, which she brought to the classroom when she became a teacher; she sought to imbibe in her students at that stage of their young lives. Tapestries is a collection of reflections by Mrs Toh on her life, her principles, her (at times) harsh actions and outlook on dealing with life and young lives in a country coping with the throes of change. Whether in the area of politics, public service, medicine, engineering, real estate or others; students from the schools where she taught never forgot the stern discipline or quiet compassion which she demonstrated as a teacher. Many are now top political leaders, policy makers, leading professionals and leaders in their industries. Arguably, the lessons they learnt from those years have been formative in shaping their own careers and attitudes to a life of service.

Riot RecollectionsRiot Recollections by Zakaria Zainal & Prabhu Silvam

The riot that struck Little India on 8 December 2013 was the worst outbreak of violence Singapore had experienced in four decades. Within minutes, updates-and judgments-poured in thick and fast from netizens around the island and beyond. Both mainstream and alternative media issued their own explanations of the events that unfolded that night. Issues of class, the treatment of migrant workers and the efficiency of the riot force, amongst others, were brought to light for scrutiny in the conversations that followed. When rioters were often simply referred to as a mob-whether unruly and inebriated or as victims of xenophobia and slack legislation-it is easy to forget that individuals were involved. Riot Recollections brings us back to the ground and to the individuals who were in the thick of events at Race Course Road. As the noise from disgruntled and shocked Singaporeans die down, the witnesses now speak, offering a glimpse into a place that still carries the trauma of the riot long after all debris has been cleared.

Diplomat Of Kashgar, The: The Life Of Sir Georgemacartney - 18 January 1867-19 May 1945Diplomat Of Kashgar, The: The Life Of Sir Georgemacartney - 18 January 1867-19 May 1945 by Mccarthy, James

Sir George Macartney was of mixed Scottish-Chinese parentage. Based in remote Kashgar on the famous Silk Road, he was caught up in the great 19th and early 20th century power-struggle between Britain, China and Russia over control of Central Asia in what came to be known as The Great Game. Here he met the scheming Russian Consul Nicolai Petrovsky who was to prove a cunning adversary in the political contest for control in this turbulent region. Macartney's dangerous encounter leading a mission to the Bolshevik revolutionaries in Tashkent made for a dramatic finale to his extraordinary career in a restive region now causing concern to the Chinese government.

50 Things To Love About Singapore50 Things To Love About Singapore by Leong, Susan

As Singapore marks 50 years of independence, The Straits Times (ST) has put together a book about love. This intimate study of the things we know and love about Singapore is written by some of ST's most authoritative beat reporters. It is a dossier of modern Singapore halfway through her first century, an often surprising composite portrait of the little quirks, incongruities and rhythms of life in Singapore, which we chortle, ruminate and worry over, with familial affection but sometimes also exasperation. It delves into the ironies of nanny state policies and political instincts that die hard among rulers and ruled alike, pricey cars and real estate, a land-scarce city which prizes greenery to the point of fashioning vertical gardens, Singapore's prowess at the most oddball sports and penchant for setting all manner of world records, her own brand of guided multi-racialism, her citizens' preference to complain rather than protest, the fast-growing global cult that is Singapore maths, and the skilful codeswitching that makes it so natural for Singaporeans to eat across many cultural and culinary cost divides. But enduring love is not blind. The writers do not flinch from looking at where Singapore is showing her age and what she has had to leave behind in the quest for her next edge. There is much to love about Singapore at 50. But this has been no easy, ask-no-questions, take-her-as-she-is love.

Roger Dahl's Comic Japan: Best Of Zero Gravity Cartoons From The Japan TimesRoger Dahl's Comic Japan: Best Of Zero Gravity Cartoons From The Japan Times by Dahl, Roger

Roger Dahl's Zero Gravity cartoon strip has been a popular feature of Japan's leading English-language daily newspaper, "The Japan Times," since 1991. Now, for the first time, "Roger Dahl's Comic Japan" brings together the best of Zero Gravity in book form. Offering a Western artist's take on Japan, the strip stars Larry and Lily, a young American couple working as English teachers in Tokyo. Larry and Lily never manage to fully integrate into Japanese society, and Zero Gravity takes a whimsical approach to the meeting of cultures as well as the quirky dynamics of changing relationships between generations and subgroups within Japan. Besides Larry and Lily, Zero Gravity features their close friends, the Koyama family, whose three very different generations encounter plenty of misunderstandings of their own This anthology contains eight chapters featuring the best selection of strips from Larry and Lily's life in Japan. Each chapter opens with a brief passage about its theme, and a 3-page illustrated introduction provides information about Dahl, his career, and his inspiration for Zero Gravity. Graphic novels and comic books have experienced explosive growth in recent years, and "Roger Dahl's Comic Japan" offers humorous cross-cultural observations that will delight visitors to Japan and armchair travellers alike.

Chinese Wet Market Handbook, The: A Guide To Shopping At Hong Kong's Fresh Food MarketsChinese Wet Market Handbook, The: A Guide To Shopping At Hong Kong's Fresh Food Markets by Shookman, Pam

Have you ever wondered about that wacky-looking fruit staring back at you in the local wet market? Or did you want to know how to cook a particular Chinese vegetable, but don't have the language skills? This pocket-sized guidebook, designed to be taken out shopping with you, identifies fresh produce commonly found at food markets. Originally published in 2012 as "Roots, Fruits, Shoots and Leaves".

Street Life Hong Kong: Outdoor Workers In Their Own WordsStreet Life Hong Kong: Outdoor Workers In Their Own Words by Chabot, Nicole; Michael Perini

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.

Accidental Diplomat, The: The Autobiography Of Maurice BakerAccidental Diplomat, The: The Autobiography Of Maurice Baker by Baker, Maurice

Maurice Baker is an academic and one of Singapore's pioneer diplomats, with missions to India in 1967, Malaysia in 1969, Philippines in 1977 and back to Malaysia in 1980 before retiring from his career as a diplomat in 1988. Between his diplomatic missions, Baker returned to Singapore in 1972 to head the Department of English at the University of Singapore for five years.This is Baker's story of how he came to be The Accidental Diplomat. With occasional poems and a sense of humor, he candidly recounts the colourful romances of his life to his enriching encounters of diplomatic relations.

Cambridge Companion To Modern Indian Culture, TheCambridge Companion To Modern Indian Culture, The by Dalmia, Vasudha; Rashmi Sadana Et Al (Eds.)

India is changing at a rapid pace as it continues to move from its colonial past to its globalised future. This book offers a framework for understanding that change, and how modern cultural forms have emerged out of very different histories and traditions. It provides accounts of literature, theatre, film, modern and popular art, music, television and food; it also explores in detail social divisions, customs, communications and daily life. In a series of engaging, erudite and occasionally moving essays the contributors, drawn from a variety of disciplines, examine not merely what constitutes modern Indian culture, but just how wide-ranging are the cultures that persist in the regions of India.

Defeat Cancer... Like I Did Twice!!Defeat Cancer... Like I Did Twice!! by Thomson, Barry

This book continues the story of Barry Thomson's journey with cancer, and subsequent cancer fighting experiences, and also provides a wealth of additional and valuable new cancer-fighting information since his first book, "Join Our Escape from Death Row - Cancer Jail" in late 2007. Since early 2004, by following Barry Thomson's anti-cancer regimen, people have defeated a wide range of cancers, including bowel cancer, non-malignant brain tumour, aggressive T-cell lymphoma, tumours throughout the head, bladder cancer, pituitary gland tumour and stage 4 ovarian cancer. After defeating melanoma and bowel cancer himself, Barry has continued his research to find more and more effective natural cancer attackers, gaining a wealth of new and superb cancer-fighting information. Barry felt it would be appropriate to write a second book to share this additional knowledge he had acquired with people fighting cancer. It has taken three years of continuous work to write this book. Amazing and incredible cancer fighting information, month after month, kept coming to Barry from a network of friends involved in natural health, both in Australia and the USA. He also had additional successful cancer fighting experiences in this three year period and they have been detailed in this book. This book, thanks to "alerts" and contributions from many friends in natural health, is a far better and more informative book than Barry ever envisaged it could become when he first started to write the book.

Temiar Religion 1964-2012: Enchantment, Disenchantment And Re-Enchanment In Malaysia's UplandsTemiar Religion 1964-2012: Enchantment, Disenchantment And Re-Enchanment In Malaysia's Uplands by Benjamin, Geoffrey

The Temiars, a Mon-Khmer-speaking Orang Asli society living in the uplands of northern Peninsular Malaysia, have long attracted popular attention in the West for reports that ascribed to them the special psychotherapeutic known as 'Senoi Dreamwork'. However, the reality of Temiar religion and society, as studied and recorded by Geoffrey Benjamin over 50 years, is even more fascinating than that popular portrayal - which is shown to be based on a serious misrepresentation of Temiar practice. Benjamin's ongoing fieldwork in the 1970s, 1990s and 2000s followed the Temiars through processes of religious dis-enchantment and re-enchantment, as they reacted in various ways to the advent of Baha'i, Islam and Christianity.

Tan Siak Kew: Going Against The GrainTan Siak Kew: Going Against The Grain by Tan, Fiona

Mr Tan Siak Kew was a fervent supporter of education, President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for multiple terms, Singapore's first ambassador to Thailand, nominated member of the Legislative Assembly, community leader of the Teochews, and notable philanthropist. Effectively bilingual and conscious of his responsibility to both his community and the new nation which was about to be born, Tan was able to act as the bridge between the Chinese-speaking and English-speaking communities with his tact and non-partisan position. This is a biographical sketch of this under-appreciated pioneer, telling the story of his public life through historical records and discussions with his contemporaries.

99 Months: The Case Of The Sydney Double Murders99 Months: The Case Of The Sydney Double Murders by Tiwary, Ram

On 15 September 2003, two Singaporean students at the University of New South Wales in Sydney were brutally murdered in their apartment. More than eight months later, their housemate and fellow Singaporean, Ram Tiwary, was arrested for their murders. Although Ram proclaimed innocence, he was found guilty in 2006 and sentenced to life imprisonment. A successful appeal overturned the conviction and awarded him a retrial, which also resulted in a guilty verdict in 2009. But just two days after the second appeal in 2012, the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal overturned the 2009 conviction and acquitted him. He was released after spending 99 months in maximum security jail. What happened in the courtroom that compelled the most senior judges in the state to overturn two murder convictions within a day of the hearings? From the police claims of 'losing' evidence from evidence safes, revelations in the courtroom that the DPP had hidden crucial evidence from its own expert witnesses, solid leads that were inexplicably abandoned, detectives seemingly caught lying under oath and the Crown's theory of naked assassins, this is Ram's story of the 99 months that have left us with more questions than answers.

Book Of Daniel, The - Adventures Of A Fashion InsiderBook Of Daniel, The - Adventures Of A Fashion Insider by Boey, Daniel

He's been anointed the "Godfather of Singapore fashion" and "Singapore's Fashion Royalty" but Daniel Boey is not a fashion designer. Just who exactly is he and what does he do? On the cusp of his 50th birthday, and several months shy of his 25th anniversary in fashion, we take an unabashed, no-holds-barred look at his colourful life in the industry. From his clueless early days as a shy kid through the time he picked up his first fashion magazine (not Vogue), his early dalliances with fashionistas, packing his bags for an uncertain future in the West to his rise into the realms as a feared industry personality and eventual mentor to many of Singapore's top fashion labels and models, Daniel takes us on a dizzy roller-coaster ride through his tumultuous time in a tough, unforgiving, unpredictable, cut-throat, often superficial industry. This is the untold story of a man who refused to conform, who went from a glittering life to a shocking knock on death's door, and who still continues to write his own rules. With forewords by Singapore's top couturier, one of the nation's most beloved actors, two of Singapore's most popular radio personalities and a bevy of supermodels, the book is a fantastical journey of one singular sensation.