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Voices From The Rainforest: Testimonies Of A Threatened PeopleVoices From The Rainforest: Testimonies Of A Threatened People by Manser, Bruno

"The inhabitants of the rainforest must be allowed to speak for themselves," wrote Bruno Manser in 1992. Manser was careful to direct public attention to the plight of his adopted people, beleaguered by human rights abuses and the destruction of their home. This book tells the story of logging in Sarawak, its devastating effects on indigenous people, and government collusion with their suffering. It is a chronicle of injustice, brutality and resistance, recounted by Penan themselves, while Manser's illustrations bring the rainforest to life. This book is an essential record of the injustices suffered by the Penan in the 1980s and 1990s, and a reminder that the struggle is not over yet.

Three Centuries Of Conflict In East TimorThree Centuries Of Conflict In East Timor by Kammen, Douglas

Why does violence recur in some places, over long periods of time? Douglas Kammen explores this pattern in Three Centuries of Conflict in East Timor, studying that island's tragic past, focusing on the small district of Maubara. Once a small but powerful kingdom embedded in long-distance networks of trade, over the course of three centuries the people of Maubara experienced benevolent but precarious Dutch suzerainty, Portuguese colonialism punctuated by multiple uprisings and destructive campaigns of pacification, Japanese military rule, and years of brutal Indonesian occupation. In 1999 Maubara was the site of particularly severe violence before and after the UN-sponsored referendum that finally led to the restoration of East Timor's independence.

Chulia In Penang, The: Patronage And Place-Making Around The Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786-1957Chulia In Penang, The: Patronage And Place-Making Around The Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786-1957 by Khoo Salma Nasution

Tamil Muslims once known as Chulias prospered as traders of pelikat cloth, pepper and local products in the Straits of Malacca. In the nineteenth century, they enriched the port town of Penang with endowments for mosques, Sufi shrines, burial grounds, a water tank and an ashurkhanah, holding religious feasts and processions. They innovated the performing arts of Boria and Bangsawan and pioneered early Malay and Tamil print media in Penang, which helped give birth to modern vernacular discourses. Influenced by the Khilafat and Self-Respect Movements in India, they strengthened Tamil identity and started Tamil schools. For economic and political reasons, they formed the Muslim Merchants Society, the Muslim Mahajana Sabha and then the Muslim League, the last of which competed in Penangs city and settlement elections in the 1950s. The book looks at how this diaspora community living under the East India Company, then in the Straits Settlements and British Malaya evolved in response to the changing terms of colonial patronage.

Sea And Civilization, The: A Maritime History Of The WorldSea And Civilization, The: A Maritime History Of The World by Paine, Lincoln

A monumental, wholly accessible work of scholarship that retells human history through the story of mankind's relationship with the sea. Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. His narrative traces subsequent developments in commercial and naval shipping through the post-Cold War era. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be traced to the sea.

Over Singapore 50 Years Ago: An Aerial View In The 1950SOver Singapore 50 Years Ago: An Aerial View In The 1950S by Yeoh, Brenda; Theresa Wong

Over Singapore: 50 Years Ago is a view of old Singapore from a new angle. Many of the streets and buildings have changed; but many others are still instantly recognizable, and this book helps the reader make connections between places as they were and is.

Kuala Lumpur: Street Names - A Guide To Their Meanings & HistoriesKuala Lumpur: Street Names - A Guide To Their Meanings & Histories by Mariana Isa & Maganjeet Kaur

Kuala Lumpur's street names reflect its rich mix of cultures and its growth from a small tin mining settlement to the leading capital city it is today. This encyclopedic A-to-Z guide explores the meanings and origins of KL's street names, past and present - from those named after notable persons and prominent landmarks (often bygone), to those named after local flora and fauna. Themed clusters, such as the streets in Taman Sri Bahtera named after traditional Malay boats, lend their neighbourhoods a distinct identity.

Imperial China And Its Southern NeighboursImperial China And Its Southern Neighbours by Mair, Victor H.; Liam Kelley (Eds.)

With multiple aims of exploring the relations between northern Chinese cultures and those of the south, examining the cultural plurality of areas which are today parts of Southern China, and illuminating the relations between Sinitic and non-Sinitic societies, the volume is broad in concept and content. Within these extensive rubrics, this edited collection further interrogates the nature of Asian polities and their historiography, the constitution of Chineseness, imperial China's southern expansions, cultural hybridity, economic relations, regional systems and ethnic interactions across East Asia.

Brief History Of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices, And Tsunamis - The Incredible Story Of The World's Largest NationBrief History Of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices, And Tsunamis - The Incredible Story Of The World's Largest Nation by Hannigan, Tim

This fascinating book tells the story of Indonesia as a narrative of kings, traders, missionaries, soldiers and revolutionaries, featuring stormy sea crossings, fiery volcanoes, and the occasional tiger. It recounts the colorful visits of foreign travelers who have passed through these shores for many centuries-from Chinese Buddhist pilgrims and Dutch adventurers to English sea captains and American movie stars.

Singapore's Heritage Through Places Of Historical Interest (Revised And Updated)Singapore's Heritage Through Places Of Historical Interest (Revised And Updated) by Samuel, Dhoraisingam S.

Updated edition of the 1991 illustrated commentary on selected buildings and sites of historical interest to Singaporeans and visitors. Photographs with historical notes and informal comments or anecdotes are given for some 180 of Singapore's well known or less-noticed buildings, monuments and sites. This is the hardcover version.

Buddhist Dynamics In Premodern And Early Modern Southeast AsiaBuddhist Dynamics In Premodern And Early Modern Southeast Asia by Lammerts, D. Christian (Ed.)

The study of historical Buddhism in premodern and early modern Southeast Asia stands at an exciting and transformative juncture. The twelve essays in this collection, written by leading scholars in Buddhist Studies and Southeast Asian history, epigraphy, and archaeology, comprise the latest research in the field to deal with the dynamics of mainland and (pen)insular Buddhism between the sixth and nineteenth centuries C.E. Drawing on new manuscript sources, inscriptions, and archaeological data, they investigate the intellectual, ritual, institutional, sociopolitical, aesthetic, and literary diversity of local Buddhisms, and explore their connected histories and contributions to the production of intraregional and transregional Buddhist geographies.

Images Of Singapore Botanic GardensImages Of Singapore Botanic Gardens by Loh, Alvin

With more than 150 years of history, the 74-hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens is the first and only topical botanic garden to be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Images of Singapore Botanic Gardens takes the reader on an enchanting photographic tour of the gardens' varied landscapes. This compact volume, packed with over 250 photographs, vividly captures the spirit of Singapore Botanic Gardens in all its glory. A perfect souvenir for travellers and visitors, the book also includes four bonus tear-out postcards.

Front Page: Stories Of Singapore Since 1845Front Page: Stories Of Singapore Since 1845 by

We come to know a people through their stories: Stories of origin, adversity, failure and triumph. Singapore's daily English-language newspaper, The Straits Times, has been reporting these stories since 1845. This book mines the 170-year-old archives of The Straits Times for articles, headlines and photographs, including never-before-seen pictures, to tell the familiar story of Singapore in a fresh way. It borrows its themes from sections of the newspaper and looks to Singapore's past to contemplate its present and future.

Defence And Fall Of Singapore, TheDefence And Fall Of Singapore, The by Farrell, Brian

Shortly after midnight on 8 December 1941, two divisions of crack troops of the Imperial Japanese Army began a seaborne invasion of southern Thailand and northern Malaya. Their assault developed into a full-blown advance towards Singapore, the main defensive position of the British Empire in the Far East. Based on the most extensive use yet of primary documents in Britain, Japan, Australia and Singapore, Professor Brian P. Farrell provides the fullest picture of how and why Singapore fell and its real significance to the outcome of the Second World War.

Out In The Midday Sun: The British In Malaya 1880-1960Out In The Midday Sun: The British In Malaya 1880-1960 by Shennan, Margaret

The story of British Malaya, from the days of Victorian pioneers to the denouement of independence, is a momentous episode in Britain's colonial past. Through memoirs, letters and interviews, Margaret Shennan chronicles its halcyon years, the two World Wars, economic depression and diaspora, revealing the attitudes of the diverse quixotic characters of this now quite vanished world.

Promises And Predicaments: Trade And Entrepreneurship In Colonial And Independent Indonesia In The 19Th And 20Th CenturiesPromises And Predicaments: Trade And Entrepreneurship In Colonial And Independent Indonesia In The 19Th And 20Th Centuries by Schrikker, Alicia; Jeroen Touwen (Eds.)

Indonesia's trajectory towards successful economic growth has been long and capricious. The authors of the 17 essays in this book adopt a long-term perspective that transcends regimes and bridges dualist economic models in order to examine what did and did not change as the country moved across the colonial-postcolonial divide, and shifted from reliance on exports of primary products to a multi-centred economy. The aim is to analyse how economic development grew out of the interplay of foreign trade, new forms of entrepreneurship and the political economy. One recurring issue is the way actors from different ethnic groups occupied complementary niches, highlighting the rich variety of roles played by Asian entrepreneurs.

General Ne Win: A Political BiographyGeneral Ne Win: A Political Biography by Taylor, Robert H.

This is an illuminating study of Ne Win, the most enigmatic and controversial of the first generation of post-independence Southeast Asian leaders, and how he steered a then largely unknown country, Burma, through the Cold War years.

Vietnamese Traditional Medicine: A Social HistoryVietnamese Traditional Medicine: A Social History by Thompson, C. Michele

Medical manuscripts in Chinese and in Nom capture various aspects of the historical interaction between Chinese and Vietnamese thought. In Vietnamese Traditional Medicine: A Social History, Michele Thompson argues that indigenous Vietnamese concepts regarding health and the human body helped shape Vietnam's reception of foreign medical ideas and practices, first from China and then from the West. To illustrate this theme, she presents a detailed analysis of the Vietnamese response to a Chinese medical technique for preventing smallpox, and to the medical concepts associated with it, looking at Vietnamese healers from a variety of social classes. Thompson's account brings together colorful historical vignettes, contemporary observations and interviews, and textual analysis.

Taming The Wild: Aborigines And Racial Knowledge In Colonial MalayaTaming The Wild: Aborigines And Racial Knowledge In Colonial Malaya by Manickam, Sandra Khor

With concepts of race being an influential factor in politics and many other aspects of life in present day Malaysia, the author seeks to uncover how these concepts originated. A significant factor obviously has been the colonial attitudes to race, many of which have been taken on in various forms by Malaysians today. By concentrating her focus on attitudes to the people now known as Orang Asli, the aboriginal people of the country, she seeks to extract more general evidence for the development of racial concepts in the country generally.

Journal, Memorials And Letters Of Cornelis Matelieff De Jonge: Security, Diplomacy And Commerce In 17Th-Century Southeast AsiaJournal, Memorials And Letters Of Cornelis Matelieff De Jonge: Security, Diplomacy And Commerce In 17Th-Century Southeast Asia by Borschberg, Peter (Ed.)

Admiral Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge, a Director in the Rotterdam chamber of the Dutch East Indies Company for three decades during the early 17th century, set sail from the Dutch Republic in 1605. He launched an attack on Portuguese Melaka in 1606 and signed landmark treaties with the rulers of Johor and Ternate. After his return to the Netherlands in the autumn of 1608 he wrote a series of epistolary reports and memoranda that were carefully studied by leading policy makers in the Republic. Here translated into English for the first time, this collection of treaties, reports and excerpts from Matelieff's travelogue will be of great interest to students of Southeast Asian and early colonial history and of the history of international law.

Founding Fathers: Great Singapore StoriesFounding Fathers: Great Singapore Stories by

What do we know of the Singapore story today? We often tend to dismiss the past as dry history, a list of dates or milestones of events. How many people actually know: the huge effort to relocate our people from farms to flats; the secretive efforts to build Singapore's defence force; Singapore's industrialisation drive - once called "Goh's folly"? Founding Fathers is a handy series featuring 10 must-know individuals who were at the beginning of the Great Adventure of Independent Singapore. It offers a comprehensive guide for busy readers. Hear their words. Read insiders' comments. Get a glimpse of their lives through pictures and cartoons. Understand their legacy