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Life Beyond Boundaries, ALife Beyond Boundaries, A by Anderson, Benedict

An intellectual memoir by the author of the acclaimed Imagined Communities. Born in China, Benedict Anderson spent his childhood in California and Ireland, was educated in England and finally found a home at Cornell University, where he immersed himself in the growing field of Southeast Asian studies. He was expelled from Suharto's Indonesia after revealing the military to be behind the attempted coup of 1965, an event which prompted reprisals that killed up to a million communists and their supporters. In this book, Anderson recounts a life spent open to the world. Here he reveals the joys of learning languages, the importance of fieldwork, the pleasures of translation, the influence of the New Left on global thinking, the satisfactions of teaching, and a love of world literature. He discusses the ideas and inspirations behind his best-known work, Imagined Communities (1983), whose complexities changed the study of nationalism.

Children Of Las Vegas: True Stories About Growing Up In The World's PlaygroundChildren Of Las Vegas: True Stories About Growing Up In The World's Playground by O'grady, Timothy

Las Vegas is a much regarded city, a global celebrity for its glitter and splash, and its offer of fulfilling all your desires without any repercussions. But what happens to the people who have to grow up there? Award-winning author Timothy O'Grady lived and taught in Las Vegas for two years, and in a class he was teaching, his students began to speak of what it was like to grow up in the world's playground. They spoke of being robbed by their parents, routinely losing their homes and raising themselves while their parents pursued the addictions serviced by the city. There were overdoses, desert shoot-outs, suicides, all before high school was over. This is a collection of ten of their stories, interspersed with short essays about the city by Timothy, and portraits by highly acclaimed photographer Steve Pyke.

Cities In Motion: Urban Life And Cosmopolitanism In Southeast Asia, 1920-1940Cities In Motion: Urban Life And Cosmopolitanism In Southeast Asia, 1920-1940 by Lewis, Su Lin

In the 1920s and 1930s, the port-cities of Southeast Asia were staging grounds for diverse groups of ordinary citizens to experiment with modernity, as a rising Japan and American capitalism challenged the predominance of European empires after the First World War. Both migrants and locals played a pivotal role in shaping civic culture. Moving away from a nationalist reading of the period, Su Lin Lewis explores layers of cross-cultural interaction in various spheres: the urban built environment, civic associations, print media, education, popular culture and the emergence of the modern woman. While the book focuses on Penang, Rangoon and Bangkok - three cities born amidst British expansion to the region - it explores connected experiences across Asia and in Asian intellectual enclaves in Europe. Cosmopolitan sensibilities were severely tested in the era of post-colonial nationalism, but are undergoing a resurgence in Southeast Asia's civil society and creative class today.

Media, Culture And Society In MalaysiaMedia, Culture And Society In Malaysia by Yeoh Seng Guan (Ed.)

This book presents a comprehensive, full-length analysis of the uses of media and communication technologies by different social actors in Malaysia. Unlike other studies of the media in Malaysia which concentrate on "political economy" or "freedom of the media" approaches, this book focuses on the ways in which different media forms have constituted cultural practices and power relations amongst particular audiences and publics. It also examines the ways in which technologies of varying scales and range have been appropriated for various subaltern purposes and counter-hegemonic agendas. Drawing upon recent case studies on the deployment of different media - including mainstream and independent films, television programming, black metal music, community rituals, political advertising, the internet, and artistic visual installations - it provides valuable insights into the complex, vibrant ways in which these different media forms have negotiated with the dominant cultural representations of Malaysian society. The book makes an important contribution to the emergent disciplines of media studies and cultural studies in Malaysia.

Geek In China, A: Discovering The Land Of Bullet Trains, Alibaba And Dim Sum by Christensen, Matthew

Every year, millions of foreign tourists flock to China-only to find themselves overwhelmed by the complexities of navigating the world's largest and fastest-changing culture. A professor, blogger, and avid China explorer, Matthew Christensen created this invaluable guide to help visitors and armchair travellers see past the exotic-and often erroneous-traditional stereotypes to better understand the real China today. Packed with photographs and short articles on all aspects of Chinese culture, past and present, A Geek in China enables readers to converse with native Chinese on a wide variety of everyday topics. This truly comprehensive guide ranges over essential aspects of Chinese culture, life in modern China, and insights into Chinese thinking.

True Path Of The Ninja: The Definitive Translation Of The Shoninki by Cummins, Antony; Yoshie Minami

This new edition contains a new introduction by the translator, and has been thoroughly updated to reflect developments that shed new light on the original Japanese text. True Path of the Ninja is the first authoritative translation in English of the Shoninki-the famous seventeenth century Ninja training manual. Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami worked closely with Dr. Nakashima Atsumi, author of the most comprehensive modern Japanese version of the Shoninki, thus making this English translation the closest to the original scrolls. The information and insights found in this translation are invaluable for understanding the skills, techniques and mentality of the historical Ninja. Whether it's information about surviving in the wild, advice on intelligence-gathering techniques or methods for creating chaos in the enemy camp, True Path of the Ninja unveils secrets long lost. Along with its practical applications, this book is an important guide to the mental discipline that a Ninja must have to ensure success in accomplishing their mission. In addition to the translation of the Shoninki, this book also includes the first written record of the oral tradition "Defense Against a Ninja" taught by Otake Risuke, the revered sensei of the legendary Katori Shinto Ryu school of swordsmanship. Sensei reveals for the first time these ancient and traditional teachings on how the Samurai can protect himself from the cunning wiles of a Ninja.

Elizabeth Meets The Queen: A War Heroine's Journey (Prominent Singaporeans)Elizabeth Meets The Queen: A War Heroine's Journey (Prominent Singaporeans) by Lee, Gwen; Arai Kreva (Illus.)

Elizabeth Meets the Queen tells a story of bravery and selflessness, through the life and experiences of Singapore war heroine Elizabeth Choy. Born in the jungles of Borneo, Elizabeth travels to Singapore and becomes a teacher, but she and her husband go through much hardship and torture as a result of helping prisoners-of-war during the Japanese Occupation. Follow Elizabeth as she tides through suffering towards freedom, and gets to meet the Queen of England.

Archipelago: A Journey Across IndonesiaArchipelago: A Journey Across Indonesia by Burnet, Ian

Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago nation, comprising over 17,000 islands. It is the most culturally diverse nation, containing an extraordinary melange of races, religions, languages, and cultures. In this book, author Ian Burnet takes a journey across the archipelago. He intertwines the history and geography, as well as the many races, languages, and cultures that make up a country whose motto is "Unity in Diversity." Traveling by bus, train, plane, and motorcycle, from Java to Timor, Burnet hops from island to island across the archipelago. He traces the history of the early Malay people and the influence of Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. He discovers the heritage of the Indians, Chinese, and Arabs trading in spice and sandalwood and follows the rise of Islam. Burnet traces of the first Europeans to enter Asia - the early Portuguese and priests. Illustrated with photographs and historical maps, this book takes the reader on a personal journey through geographic space and historical time.

Never Leave Home Without Your Chilli Sauce: Stories Of Food, Family And TravelNever Leave Home Without Your Chilli Sauce: Stories Of Food, Family And Travel by Singam, Constance

Constance Singam's love affair with food began with her mother's Keralan cooking. For Constance and her family, a good meal is evocative. After decades of social activism, travel and kitchen mishaps, food is still able to transport her back to a time of street hawkers, wet markets and when spaghetti was considered strange and foreign. In this memoir, Constance recounts the evolution of food against a backdrop of Singapore's social fabric over the last 70 years.

Neither Civil Nor Servant: The Philip Yeo StoryNeither Civil Nor Servant: The Philip Yeo Story by Peh Shing Huei

Neither Civil Nor Servant captures the half a century career of the former Economic Development Board chairman, telling the stories of brilliant achievements almost unparalleled in the history of the Singapore civil service. Yeo was the man who turned Batam into a household name in Singapore, created Jurong Island from seawater and put the country on the biomedical map globally with its iconic Biopolis. The famous rule breaker bulldozed his way through the bureaucracy he was a part of, blazing new paths in a manner more akin to an entrepreneur than a civil servant. In the process, he offended more than a few and was never afraid to challenge naysayers publicly, regardless of status and background.

Intended For Evil: A Survivor's Story Of Love, Faith And Courage In The Cambodian Killing FieldsIntended For Evil: A Survivor's Story Of Love, Faith And Courage In The Cambodian Killing Fields by Sillars, Les

When the Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh in 1975, new Christian Radha Manickam and his family were among two million people driven out of the city. Over the next four years, 1.7 million people--including most of Radha's family - would perish due to starvation, disease, and horrifying violence. His new faith severely tested, Radha is forced by the communist regime to marry a woman he doesn't know. But through God's providence, he discovers that his new wife is also a Christian. Together they find the courage and hope to survive and eventually make a daring escape to the US, where they raise five children and begin a life-changing ministry to the Khmer people in exile in the US and back home in Cambodia. This moving true story of survival against all odds shows readers that out of war, fear, despair, and betrayal, God can bring hope, faith, courage, restoration--and even romance.

Mdm Kwa: The Life Of Mrs Lee Kuan YewMdm Kwa: The Life Of Mrs Lee Kuan Yew by Chua, Morgan

Kwa Geok Choo was most famously known as the woman behind the man who shaped Singapore. But more than just the wife of the late PM Lee Kuan Yew, she was also a brilliant scholar, a Peranakan doyenne, a successful lawyer and the mother of Singapore's current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, all of which she accomplished quietly, modestly and behind the scenes. Morgan Chua chronicles, in his unique, droll style, the untold life of the one whom LKY lovingly called "Choo".

Elim Chew Story, The: Driven By Purpose, Destined For ChangeElim Chew Story, The: Driven By Purpose, Destined For Change by Chen, Loretta

This is a heartwarming, candid and frank biography of one of Singapore's most prominent entrepreneurs and multi-hyphenate, Elim Chew. Elim shares her lesser known familial histories, pangs of growing up, days of being wild, and the history and subsequent closure of retail icon 77th Street. In addition, she talks about her love for social enterprise, youth mentorships, recent ventures into F&B, logistics and technology, as well as her latest passion, fishing.

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.

Witch-Hunt And Conspiracy: The Witch-Hunt And Conspiracy: The "Ninja Case" In East Java by Herriman, Nicholas

This book brings unique insight and prize-winning analysis to an extraordinary story - that of a witch-hunt and 'ninja' craze that swept a region of Java, Indonesia, in 1998. When neighbours, family members and friends believed that one among them was a sorcerer, this suspicion would sometimes culminate in the death of the suspect. Using first-hand accounts, Herriman provides these events with a detailed context and history and analyses their development in terms of the interplay of national institutions and local culture and dynamics.

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 Graveyard: A True Story Of A Lady Who Was Determined To Search For The Truth OfReunion At The Graveyard: A True Story Of A Lady Who Was Determined To Search For The Truth Of 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.