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Teacher's Memoirs, ATeacher's Memoirs, A by Ang-Lee Lai Kuin

This book of memoirs, covering the author's years at Hwa Chong Junior College as a pioneer teacher from its very first year, shares the history and traditions of the College, whose deep rooted ethos and spirit help it to consistently deliver many top students and scholars into the best local and most prestigious universities overseas. These memoirs also record and share the travails and distressing times of the College, as it was forced to spend several years 'on the move' in temporary premises. The memoirs also share the triumphs of the College's students and student Councillors as they excel not only in their studies but also in various Co-Curricular Activities, and in leadership appointments - while enjoying their College life.

Ismail Hashim-Essays, Interviews & ArchievesIsmail Hashim-Essays, Interviews & Archieves by Ismail Hashi

This monograph comprises four parts: Part I has four essays that contextualise Ismail's early formative years. They elucidate the people and art historical developments that shaped his works, and analyse their formal, aesthetic and thematic thrusts. In Part II, the monograph shifts from the intellectual and theoretical to the personal. Parts III and IV are to be read and seen as reflective of each other, and constitute the core of the Ismail Hashim Project, an experiment with a breadth and scope likely never attempted before in Malaysia.

Reunion At The GraveyardReunion At The Graveyard by Tan Ean Nee; Noraeni Mohamed; Tan Ean Nee

A true story of a lady who was determined to search for the truth of her origins.

Karpal Singh: True Malaysian (Special Commemorative Edition)Karpal Singh: True Malaysian (Special Commemorative Edition) by Loovi, Melissa

This book showcases more than a hundred photographs, many of them rare and unpublished. Readers can share Karpal Singh's photographic journey of life from his younger days during the post-World War II period, the pre-and post-Merdeka years, as well as his political activism from the early 1970s until today. This reprint edition of Karpal Singh: True Malaysian is published in commemoration of the first snniversary of his passing. It contains additional commemorative postcards, photographs from his funeral and a special poem dedication by his widow, Mdm Gurmit.

Phoenix Rising: Pioneering Chinese Women Of MalaysiaPhoenix Rising: Pioneering Chinese Women Of Malaysia by Ho Tak Ming

The book traces the history of Chinese women in Malaysia from the Baba-Nyonya or peranakan China community of Malacca in the 15th century, their spread to the other settlements of the Straits Settlements (Penang, Singapore), and the gradually increasing influx of women from China from the nineteenth century onwards as wives of the Chinese immigrants who had settled in the country, and to work as domestic servants, manual labourers and prostitutes to cater for the large numbers of mining coolies. Although Chinese women have had to struggle with various injustices throughout their history, their circumstances in British Malaya were different. Under the law they were the equal of men, but social conditions took some time to evolve to give them full equality. However, Chinese women became successful entrepreneurs through their own ability, and through education, many of them became distinguished professionals.

Getting Along With The Chinese: For Fun And ProfitGetting Along With The Chinese: For Fun And Profit by Schneiter, Fred; Larry Freign (Illus.)

China Hand Fred Schneiter delves into the lighter side of Chinese psychology, and in doing so demystifies one of the toughest markets in the world. With an unfailing sense of humour, he offers insights for Sinophiles, Sinophobes and everyone in between. On the Hong Kong bestsellers list for twelve months, this book is now back in a new edition - the essential item to pack in your China survival kit.

Death Of The Dragon God Lake: Voices From Tasik Chini, MalaysiaDeath Of The Dragon God Lake: Voices From Tasik Chini, Malaysia by Parker, Isabel Crabtree; Jonathan C. Parker Et Al.

Death of the Dragon God Lake is a family ethnography focusing on the Jakun of Tasik Chini, Malaysia, and their contemporary struggles. The Orang Asli West Malaysia's indigenous people - comprise only 0.6 percent of the country's total population, and within this group, the Jakun of Tasik Chini number around 500. While recent decades have seen efforts to 'modernise' them, this official spin cloaks the denial of Orang Asli self-determination and the concurrent damage being done to their traditional land. As part of their condensed ethnography, the authors conducted interviews and field discussion groups, observed the adults and children living around Tasik Chini, and gathered information about their lives today and how they compare with the recent past. The lake is polluted, the children unable to swim in it as their parents did, and the natural beauty of the surroundings has been eroded, having an impact on tourism as well. With awareness of their positionality as foreign anthropologists, the authors examine the contradiction between the authorities' and indigenous narratives, and reveal the efforts made by Tasik Chini community members to improve their situation on their own terms.

Rethinking Visual Narratives From Asia: Intercultural And Comparative PerspectivesRethinking Visual Narratives From Asia: Intercultural And Comparative Perspectives by Green, Alexandra (Ed.)

Rethinking Visual Narratives covers topics from the first millennium B.C.E. through the present day, testifying to the enduring significance of visual stories in shaping and affirming cultural practices in Asia. Contributors analyze how visual narratives function in different Asian cultures and reveal the multiplicity of ways that images can be narrated beyond temporal progression through a particular space. The study of local art forms advances our knowledge of regional iterations and theoretical boundaries, illustrating the enduring importance of pictorial stories to the cultural traditions of Asia.

Recollections Of Life In An Accidental NationRecollections Of Life In An Accidental Nation by Alfred Wong Hong Kwok; Lai Chee Kien (Eds.)

Alfred Wong Hong Kwok is an architect whose working career spanned more than half a century. He was deeply involved in the birth of our local architectural institutions, and was the President of the Singapore Institute of Architects for four years. He has designed many significant buildings that paralleled the physical and social developments of modern Singapore. From the SATA clinic in Changi and several parish churches, he subsequently designed the National Theatre, the Marco Polo Hotel, the Singapore Polytechnic campus, Saint Joseph's Institution, the PSA Keppel Distripark, and many other important buildings and building complexes. This book chronicles a lifelong passion for architecture and music, two themes that recur in the book chapters. It also details a life that has been interwoven into significant eras of Singapore's development beyond its status as an accidental nation.

Singapore, My Country: Biography Of M. Bala Subramanion by Nilanjana Sengupta

This book tells the story of M Bala Subramanion, a second-generation Indian who lost his father to the Death Railway, witnessed Subhas Chandra Bose at the Padang and later emerged as not only a senior civil servant but the man behind multiple social interventions, living in a fast evolving Singapore. The histories of the man and his nation remain seamlessly intertwined, each peppered with equal doses of endeavour, ingenuity and a sheer will to survive!

Simple Beginnings: Building A Life Of Integrity, Resilience And ServiceSimple Beginnings: Building A Life Of Integrity, Resilience And Service by Tan Eng Liang; Lynn Tan

This is the autobiography of Dr Tan Eng Liang, who was Singapore's first Rhodes Scholar, a former Senior Minister of State, an Olympian, and is the current Vice-President of the Singapore National Olympic Council.

Peninsula: A Story Of MalaysiaPeninsula: A Story Of Malaysia by Rehman Rashid

This is a personal memoir amounting to a report on the generational changes Malaysia has undergone since Independnece, examining their roots in the past and implications for the future, by one who lived through them. The narrative unravels the many strands of Malaysian history and how they braided themselves into this nation as it is in the 21st century, each contributing to the whole while striving to remain true to itself.

Singapore Malay/Muslim Community, 1819-2015: A BibliographySingapore Malay/Muslim Community, 1819-2015: A Bibliography by Hussin Mutalib, Rokiah Mentol & S. Rosdi (Eds.)

Singapore's Malay (Muslim) community, constituting about 15 per cent of the total population and constitutionally enshrined as the indigenous people of Singapore, have had its fair share of progress and problems in the history of this country. While different aspects of the vicissitudes of life of the community have been written over the years, there has not been a singularly substantive published compendium specifically about the community - in the form of a Bibliography - available. This academic initiative fills this obvious literature gap. The scope and coverage of this Bibliography is manifestly comprehensive, encompassing the different sources of information (print or non-print) about the many facets of life of the Republic's Malays/Muslims - such as education, economy, politics, culture, history, health, language, religion, arts, and more.

Japanese Culture: The Religious And Philosophical FoundationsJapanese Culture: The Religious And Philosophical Foundations by Davies, Roger J.

This book takes readers on a thoroughly researched and extremely readable journey through Japan's cultural history. It provides a comprehensive overview of the religion and philosophy of Japan. This cultural history of Japan explains the diverse cultural traditions that underlie modern Japan and offers readers deep insights into Japanese manners and etiquette. Davies begins with an investigation of the origins of the Japanese, followed by an analysis of the most important approaches used by scholars to describe the essential elements of Japanese culture. From there, each chapter focuses on one of the formative elements: Shintoism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zen, Confucianism, and Western influences in the modern era. Each chapter is concluded with extensive endnotes along with thought-provoking discussion activities, making this volume ideal for individual readers and for classroom instruction.

Our City, Our Home: Singapore Eurasians 1965-2015Our City, Our Home: Singapore Eurasians 1965-2015 by

In celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday, the Eurasian Association published this SG50 book which features 50 Eurasians from diverse fields of expertise who have contributed in one way or another to Singapore's nation-building over the last fifty years.

Majulah! 50 Years Of Malay/Muslim Community In SingaporeMajulah! 50 Years Of Malay/Muslim Community In Singapore by Zainul Abidin Rasheed & Norshahril Saat (Eds.)

The Malay/Muslim community, comprising approximately 13% of Singapore's population, is an integral part of modern Singapore's formative years. The community has come a long way and accomplished plenty. This book highlights the progress, the contributions and the challenges of the community for the past 50 years since Singapore's independence in 1965. While progress is significant, challenges remain an uphill battle towards a comprehensive community development.

End Of Karma, The: Hope And Fury Among India's YoungEnd Of Karma, The: Hope And Fury Among India's Young by Sengupta, Somini

Somini Sengupta emigrated from Calcutta to California as a young child in 1975. Returning 30 years later as the bureau chief for The New York Times, she found a vastly different country: one defined as much by aspiration and possibility - at least by the illusion of possibility - as it is by the structures of sex and caste. This book is an exploration of this new India through the lens of young people from different worlds: a woman who becomes a Maoist rebel; a brother charged for the murder of his sister who had married the "wrong" man; and a woman who opposes her family and hopes to become a police officer. Driven by aspiration-and thwarted at every step by state and society-they are making new demands on India's democracy for equality of opportunity, dignity for girls, and civil liberties. Sengupta spotlights these stories of ordinary men and women, weaving together a groundbreaking portrait of a country in turmoil.

Thousand Miles To Freedom: My Escape From North KoreaThousand Miles To Freedom: My Escape From North Korea by Kim Eunsun; Sebastien Falletti

Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated.By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun too was in danger of starving. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete.Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting expos? of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

Leap: Journey Of A Young Global Leader From SingaporeLeap: Journey Of A Young Global Leader From Singapore by Yap Kwong Weng

Yap Kwong Weng makes a compelling case for the need to adapt in today's world. From extreme experiences in US Navy Seal training to trekking 100 km across the Taklamakan Desert in China to doing business in a leading Oil & Gas company in Myanmar, the author shares his insights into what he has learnt and suggests ways to strengthen your purpose and how to keep going when the odds are stacked against you. To raise awareness for the UN Millennium Goals, he trekked across the Taklamakan Desert in 2010. This book tells his story.

Eating Together: The Design Of Sharing Food In A Connected WorldEating Together: The Design Of Sharing Food In A Connected World by Zhuang, Justin; Sheere Ng

To eat together conjures up images of people gathered happily for a hearty meal. But sharing food is more than just that. These gatherings of people across differences-be it geographical, cultural, personal, among others-do not occur naturally, but are facilitated by design. Consisting of objects, systems, and spaces, design surrounds our food, meditating the relationships between people and their meals. Eating Together examines these often overlooked designs to reflect upon what it means to share food as consumers, with family and friends, in the public, and even alone in this increasingly connected world. Through objects, speculative designs and installations, we invite you to look at eating beyond a mere delivery of food into our mouths, but as a consumption of values and cultures involving all our senses. Far from a state of bliss, eating together serves up issues that takes time to digest.