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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.

Diplomat Of Kashgar, The: A Ver Special Agent The Life Of Sir George Macartney - 18 January 1867-19 May 1945Diplomat Of Kashgar, The: A Ver Special Agent The Life Of Sir George Macartney - 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.

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.

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.

Roll Out The Champagne, Singapore! An Exuberant Celebration Of The Nation's 50Th BirthdayRoll Out The Champagne, Singapore! An Exuberant Celebration Of The Nation's 50Th Birthday by Lim, Catherine

30 stories about ordinary Singaporeans at their best and worst, their joys and griefs and angers, their dreams fulfilled or lost. They are tales about the awesome human condition and the even more awesome human spirit, interweaved with the author's vignettes of her nearly 50 years in Singapore, such as how she came from Malaysia to live in Singapore and her run-in with then prime minister Goh Chok Tong.

Tales Of Old ShanghaiTales Of Old Shanghai by Earnshaw, Graham

The old Shanghai was a rich and cosmopolitan mixture of East and West and this engaging book offers a glimpse into that world through an assortment of photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, stamps, and other collectibles. Evoking different eras, this record also contains vintage advertisements, excerpts from travel guides, flyers handed out to ex-pats highlighting Shanghai's international atmosphere, and often hilarious firsthand accounts from those who had the opportunity to live in or pass through this bustling trade port.

China Online: Netspeak And Wordplay Used By Over 700 Million Chinese Internet UsersChina Online: Netspeak And Wordplay Used By Over 700 Million Chinese Internet Users by Michel, Veronique

Dive into China's cool new web-based subculture with China Online! Using Baidu, young Chinese web-surfers are creating their own language on the Internet. With this book, you can get an insider's view of the way the new wave of Chinese youth communicates in code. It guides you on a tour of the lifestyles inhabiting modern-day "tribes" on the Internet: The "Moonlight" or "Starlight" Tribe, The "Ant" Tribe, The "Corporate Insects", and The "Diamond Man". Learn the secret netspeak used by over half a billion of the coolest people in China, and be in the know!

Sound Of Sch, The: A Mental Breakdown, A Life JourneySound Of Sch, The: A Mental Breakdown, A Life Journey by Lim, Danielle

Can a life weave along through the same notes and yet come to play forth different sounds? The Sound of Sch, pronounced S-C-H, is the true story of a journey with mental illness, beautifully told by Danielle Lim from a time when she grew up witnessing her uncle's untold struggle with a crippling mental and social disease, and her mother's difficult role as caregiver. The story takes place between 1961 and 1994, backdropped by a fast globalising Singapore where stigmatisation of persons afflicted with mental illness nevertheless remains deep-seated. Unflinchingly raw and honest in its portrayal of living with schizophrenia, The Sound of Sch is a moving account of human resiliency and sacrifice in the face of brokenness.

Welcome Home: A Year Of Loving SingaporeWelcome Home: A Year Of Loving Singapore by Ng Koon Seng

Welcome Home: A Year of Loving Singapore is a book that invites the reader to explore, rediscover and reflect on Singapore and everything Singaporean. Over the course of 365 days, facts, personal anecdotes and vignettes of Singapore's history, heritage, economy, geography, arts and culture are presented in the format of a daily journal. The book is a co-creation of the collective memory and aspiration of the Singapore we love and one which we hope to achieve greater heights in the next 50 years.

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. Growing up in colonial-governed Malaya and Singapore, his profound love for great literature works inspired him to obtain an honors in English from King's college, London in 1948 despite the cruelties faced during and after the Second World War. Baker's humble beginnings and political consciousness earned him the friendship and respect of many diplomats during his 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. His portrayals of admiration for great leaders and men paint a vivid picture of the qualities that guided his beliefs, proving that he was by no means an "Accidental Diplomat" in the eyes of others.

Becoming Hannah: A Personal JourneyBecoming Hannah: A Personal Journey by Yeoh, Hannah; Deborah Loh

Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan is the Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly and State Assemblyman for Subang Jaya, Selangor. This is Hannah's story, from finding God to rediscovering her confidence, to the miracle of her marriage proposal and her amazing journey into politics.

Peaceful People, The: The Penan And Their Fight For The ForestPeaceful People, The: The Penan And Their Fight For The Forest by Malone, Paul

The Peaceful People is the story of the Penan, the jungle nomads of Sarawak, who for decades have fought for possession and preservation of their traditional forest lands. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, as well as the diaries and journals of explorers, botanists and colonial administrators, and the observations of missionaries, the book provides the most comprehensive account of the dynamics of Penan society to date. Written in a compelling and accessible style, the narrative tells the shocking history of the Penan, exposing massacres and murders, while recounting the nomads' uniquely shy and peaceful way of life.

Men Misbehaving: Men Who Commit Murder, Fraud And Other Crime In SingaporeMen Misbehaving: Men Who Commit Murder, Fraud And Other Crime In Singapore by Yeo Suan Futt

The author of Wild Women Do on crimes committed by females in Singapore returns with a new collection on local crime. This time round, it's the men who are up to no good and exposed here are cases of murders, sexual demeanours and fraud. The spurned lover who sets his former girlfriend on fire; the police staff sergeant who commits a double murder in Kovan; the fatal accident that caused 400 men to riot in Little India; two good friends who kidnapped a millionaire's mother. These are the stories of the men who have committed heinous crimes and run afoul of the law.

All For The Money: Bribery, Cheats, Swindles And Other Monetary Fraud In SingaporeAll For The Money: Bribery, Cheats, Swindles And Other Monetary Fraud In Singapore by Ooi, Sarah

Everyone wants to have more money and most of us work hard to earn a living. However, there are some among us who complain that their money is not enough but instead of earning their money, they take the easy way and conspire to cheat and con others to achieve their means. Cases featured in this book include the owner of a online blog shop who offered bargain goods that did not exist; the insurance agent who sold her millionaire client a non-existent premium policy; the four top chefs from luxury hotels charged with corruption in a S$1 million kickback case; the top surgeon who heavily overcharged her foreign clients; a syndicate that cloned ATM cards to steal from a major bank. These are the stories of the men and women who let their love of money get the better of them.