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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.

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.

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.

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.

Ancient Postcards On Rice In The Golden PeninsulaAncient Postcards On Rice In The Golden Peninsula by Poupon, Roland

Ancient Postcards on Rice in the Golden Peninsula focuses on rice cultivation in mainland Southeast Asia, encompassing Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. Through the analysis of old postcards, this book shows all aspects of rice culture from landscaping to trading, including land preparation, irrigation, sowing and transplantation, harvesting and threshing, postharvest processes, transportation, sales and consumption, but it also speaks about people, their homes, and their rituals.

Eating In Northeastern Cambodia, A Socio-Anthropological Approach To Highland Food In RatEating In Northeastern Cambodia, A Socio-Anthropological Approach To Highland Food In Rat by Istasse, Manon

Eating in Northeastern Cambodia, A Socio-Anthropological Approach to Highland Food in Ratanakiri investigates food among societies practicing swidden agriculture in Ratanakiri province, Northeastern Cambodia. The author provides a qualitative and anthropological description of food habits, practices and representations among these non-Khmer (Kreung, Tampuan, Kavet and Jara?) populations who live in small, dispersed villages. Her investigation questions the relevance of the concept of affluent societies in contemporary Ratanakiri.

Dare To Be Different: The Albert Hong Story The Life Of An Architect And Entrepreneur by Hong, Albert; Timothy Auger

In this book, Dr Albert Hong tells his own story. Today, he is prominent in his field, as chairman of RSP Architects Planners and Engineers. Albert Hong and RSP have grown as Singapore has grown, overcoming many of the challenges associated with a young, fast-developing nation. His early years were overshadowed by war and occupation, but he proved that adversity can be a springboard for achievement. In 1964 Albert Hong joined Raglan Squire & Partners as an associate. Over the next 50 years, he transformed the firm. RSP has become one of the biggest, most successful and most respected architectural firms in Southeast Asia. Among many charitable contributions, he has always given generous support to educational institutions and deserving individuals. This is a very human success story, likely to inspire readers planning their careers.

Hand To Heart: The Collective Spirit Of Malay/Muslim Organisations In SingaporeHand To Heart: The Collective Spirit Of Malay/Muslim Organisations In Singapore by Ibrahim Tahir (Ed.)

This book shows the endeavours of Malay/Muslim organisations, led by individuals with vision and buoyed by the community's collective spirit of commitment, selflessness and determination. Recorded in this book are stories that speak of personal sacrifice and public spiritedness that saw benefit delivered not only to their immediate communities but beyond to the wider society - Mercy Relief, a humanitarian organisation initiated by Perdaus, is one example. This book is written for those with an interest in the Malay/Muslim pioneers and organisations that have helped to make Singapore a nation of opportunity for all and which have contributed to the nation's success story.

It Won't Be Long Now: The Diary Of A Hong Kong Prisoner Of WarIt Won't Be Long Now: The Diary Of A Hong Kong Prisoner Of War by Heywood, Graham

Japan marched into Hong Kong at the outbreak of the Pacific War on December 8, 1941. On the same day, Graham Heywood was captured by the invading Japanese near the border while carrying out duties for the Royal Observatory. He was held at various places in the New Territories before being transported to the military Prisoner-of-War camp in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. The Japanese refused to allow Heywood and his colleague Leonard Starbuck to join the civilians at the Stanley internment camp. Heywood's illustrated diary records his three-and-a-half years of internment, telling a story of hardship, adversity, and survival of malnutrition and disease; as well as repeated hopes of liberation and disappointment. As he awaits the end of the war, his reflections upon freedom and imprisonment bring realisations about life and how to live it.

Atari To Zelda: Japan's Videogames In Global ContextsAtari To Zelda: Japan's Videogames In Global Contexts by Consalvo, Mia

In the early days of arcades and Nintendo, many players didn't recognize Japanese games as coming from Japan; they were simply new and interesting games to play. But since then, fans, media, and the games industry have thought further about the "Japaneseness" of particular games. In this book, Mia Consalvo looks at what happens when Japanese games travel outside Japan, and how they are played, thought about, and transformed by individuals, companies, and groups in the West. Consalvo begins with players, first exploring North American players' interest in Japanese games (and Japanese culture in general) and then investigating players' DIY localization of games, in the form of ROM hacking and fan translating. She analyzes several Japanese games released in North America and looks in detail at the Japanese game company Square Enix. She examines indie and corporate localization work, and the rise of the professional culture broker. Finally, she compares different approaches to Japaneseness in games sold in the West and considers how Japanese games have influenced Western games developers.

Winning With Honour: In Relationships, Family, Organisations, Leadership And LifeWinning With Honour: In Relationships, Family, Organisations, Leadership And Life by Siong Guan Lim; Joanne H. Lim

Singapore was the world's strongest nation brand in 2015. We believe that Honour is the essential quality that has enabled Singapore to come so far since its independence in 1965, and has distinguished Singapore from many nations in the world to become the world's strongest nation brand in 2015.

Bruce Lee: Letters Of The Dragon - The Original 1958-1973 CorrespondenceBruce Lee: Letters Of The Dragon - The Original 1958-1973 Correspondence by Little, John (Ed.)

This is a fascinating glimpse of the private Bruce Lee behind the public image-a man with the patience and concern to dedicate as much effort to crafting a thoughtful personal answer to the letter of a young fan as to those from his old friends and associates. The letters in this inspiring book track Bruce Lee's career and development, all the way to the last letter he ever composed, just hours before his sudden death. After absorbing the letters in this volume, the reader will inevitably find that the private Bruce Lee was every bit as great as the public Bruce Lee, and deeper and broader by far.