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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.

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.

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.

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

History Of Christianity In MalaysiaHistory Of Christianity In Malaysia by Roxborogh, John

Groups of people in Malaysia have long made Christianity part of who they are. This book seeks to tell their story from the earliest churches to recent events. It is a story of streams of language, ethnicity, faith and culture, and courage. Today, Christianity in Malaysia is marked by a sense of belonging and a commitment to prayer which engages with the whole of life. John Roxborogh tells the story of how they have reached this point through the experiences of colonialism, war, independence and nation-building over more than 500 years.

Chinese Women's Association - 100 Fabulous YearsChinese Women's Association - 100 Fabulous Years by Davis, Lindsay (Ed.)

The Chinese Ladies' Association was formed in 1915 by 23 independent and modern young women from prominent Chinese families in Singapore. This book begins with their stories. It then goes on to chart the lives of the association's presidents and the impressive accomplishments of the CWA, including its 32-year management and funding of Henderson Senior Citizen's Home. It also features articles written by members, past and present, reflecting on their lives; many of these pieces give the reader insight into the lives of women in 20th-century Singapore.

Templer And The Road To Malayan Independence: The Man And His TimeTempler And The Road To Malayan Independence: The Man And His Time by Comber, Leon

Dr Comber's account of General Templer's administration in Malaya as High Commissioner and Director of Operations during the Malayan Emergency departs from the usually accepted orthodox assessment of his time in Malaya by focusing on the political and socio-economic aspects of his governance rather than the military. The evidence and facts that Dr Comber marshals in this study reflect well the reservations that were often felt about General Templer's authoritarian form of government. While he was a good general and had an impressive military record, his administration in Malaya was marred by a lack of understanding of the background to Malaya's history and the subtleties that are inherent in its culture and way of life which would have enabled him to come to terms more easily with the aspirations of the Malayan people for self-government and independence.

State And Finance In The Philippines, 1898-1941: The Mismanagement Of An American ColonyState And Finance In The Philippines, 1898-1941: The Mismanagement Of An American Colony by Yoshiko Nagano

During the First World War, ill-advised steps by colonial officials in the Philippines created a financial crisis which lasted from 1919 until 1922. These events have generally been blamed on a corruption scandal at the Philippine National Bank, which had been established in 1916 as a multi-purpose, semi-governmental agency whose purpose was to provide loans for the agricultural export industry, to do business as a commercial bank, to issue bank notes, and to serve as a depository for government funds.Based on detailed archival research, Yoshiko Nagano argues that the crisis in fact resulted from mismanagement of currency reserves and irregularities in foreign exchange operations by American officials, and that the notions of a "corruption scandal" arose from a colonial discourse that masked problems within the banking and currency systems and the U.S. colonial administration.

Remembering The Samsui Women: Migration And Social Memory In Singapore And ChinaRemembering The Samsui Women: Migration And Social Memory In Singapore And China by Low, Kelvin E. Y.

In the early twentieth century, thousands of women from the Samsui area of Guangdong, China migrated to Singapore during a period of economic and natural calamity, leaving their families behind. In their new country, many found work in the construction industry, with others working in households or factories where they were called hong tou jin, after the headgear that protected them from the sun. Kelvin Low explores the lives and legacy of the Samsui women, both through media and state representations and through the oral histories of the women themselves. Thus, his work sheds light on issues of their identity, both publicly constructed and self-defined, and explores why they undertook their difficult migration.

History Of Southeast Asia: Critical CrossroadsHistory Of Southeast Asia: Critical Crossroads by Reid, Anthony

This volume presents a comprehensive history of Southeast Asia from our earliest knowledge of its civilizations and religious patterns up to the present day. It incorporates environmental, social, economic, and gender issues to tell a multi-dimensional story of Southeast Asian history from earliest times to the present. It argues that while the region remains a highly diverse mix of religions, ethnicities, and political systems, it demands more attention for how it manages such diversity while being receptive to new ideas and technologies. It demonstrates how Southeast Asia can offer alternatives to state-centric models of history more broadly

Of Whales And Dinosaurs: The Story Of Singapore's Natural History MuseumOf Whales And Dinosaurs: The Story Of Singapore's Natural History Museum by Tan, Kevin Y. L.

This is the story of Southeast Asia's natural history collections. Officially established in 1878, the previous Raffles Museum - the oldest in the region - has one of the largest collections of Southeast Asian animals. With the opening of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore in 2015, the original Raffles Museum was 'reincarnated' and the loop on its remarkable 127-year history has closed. This book is not only an institutional history of the museum but also tells the story of the frustrations, commitment and courage of the numerous individuals who battled officialdom, innovated endlessly and overcame the odds to protect Singapore's natural history heritage.

Brunei: From The Age Of Commerce To The 21St CenturyBrunei: From The Age Of Commerce To The 21St Century by De Vienne, Marie-Sybille

Now an energy-rich sultanate, for centuries an important trading port in the South China Sea, Brunei has taken a different direction than its Persian Gulf peers. Immigration is restricted, and Brunei's hydrocarbon wealth is invested conservatively, mostly outside the country. Focusing on Brunei's political economy, history and geography, this book aims to understand the forces behind Brunei's to-and-fro of tradition and modernization.

Singapore MutinySingapore Mutiny by Brown, Edwin A.; Mary Brown

Chinese New Year 1915 will long be remembered in the Straits Settlements, write Edwin and Mary Brown in their extraordinary account of the 1915 Singapore Mutiny. This is a enthralling husband-and-wife account of an unexpected and terrifying episode in Singapore s history that saw 850 Indian soldiers revolt and slaughter 47 British and local soldiers and civilians. Never before transcribed, this memoir is published for the first time, 100 years after the events took place.

Reassessing The Japanese Prisoner Of War Experience: The Changi Pow Camp, Singapore, 1942-5Reassessing The Japanese Prisoner Of War Experience: The Changi Pow Camp, Singapore, 1942-5 by Havers, R. P. W.

Popular perceptions of life in Japanese prisoner of war camps are dominated by images of emaciated figures, engaged in slave labour, and badly treated by their captors. This book, based on extensive original research, shows that this view is quite wrong in relation to the large camp at Changi, which was the main POW camp in Singapore. It demonstrates that in Changi the Japanese afforded the captives a high degree of autonomy, that this in turn resulted in a prison camp society that grew and flourished, in contrast to other Japanese POW camps, and that it fostered an independent and combative spirit, and high morale.

Americans In ThailandAmericans In Thailand by Algie, Jim; Denis Gray; Jeff Hodson Et Al

They brought the printing press and telescopes, religious fervour and medical innovations; they advised the monarchs and then based their operations there for a controversial war. Americans in Thailand is the story of one of the world's most fascinating foreign communities. Beginning with the first American to step foot on Siamese soil in the early 1800s and covering the growth of the community from the early traders and missionaries through the Vietnam-war era, the illustrated title explores the colorful and compelling impact Americans have had on this Southeast Asian nation.

Prince In A Republic, A: The Life Of Sultan Hamengku Buwono Ix Of YogyakartaPrince In A Republic, A: The Life Of Sultan Hamengku Buwono Ix Of Yogyakarta by Monfries, John

Hamengku Buwono IX, the late Sultan of Yogyakarta Special Province, is revered by Indonesians as one of the great founders of the modern Indonesian state. He leaves a positive but in some ways ambiguous legacy in political terms. His most conspicuous achievement was the survival of hereditary Yogyakartan kingship, and he provided rare stability and continuity in Indonesia's highly fractured modern history. Under the New Order, Hamengku Buwono also helped to launch the Indonesian economy on a much stronger growth path. This biography seeks to explain his political standpoint, motivations, and achievements, and set his career in the context of his times.

China And Beyond In The Mediaeval Period: Cultural Crossings And Inter-Regional ConnectionsChina And Beyond In The Mediaeval Period: Cultural Crossings And Inter-Regional Connections by Wong, Dorothy C.; Gustav Heldt (Eds.)

This book illuminates various aspects of the spread of Buddhism from its Indian homeland to China and beyond during the first through tenth centuries. The coverage is amazingly broad, ranging from maritime aspects of the propagation of Buddhism to movements of peoples and ideas along the Central Asian desert Silk Roads, from "barbarian" dress to the Hellenistic roots of the astrolabe, and many other interesting topics besides. Scholarly disciplines and fields represented include history, history of art, religious studies, history of science, literature, economic history, astronomy, and others. The special attention paid to women in this volume, including diplomats and rulers, is unusual, and redresses the balance of male dominance that has hitherto plagued both scholarship and society.

Eurasian Core And Its Edges, The: Dialogues With Wang Gungwu On The History Of The WorldEurasian Core And Its Edges, The: Dialogues With Wang Gungwu On The History Of The World by Ooi Kee Beng (Ed.)

With China's transformation into a republic after two millennia as an empire as the starting point, Ooi Kee Beng prompts renowned historian Wang Gungwu through a series of interviews to discuss China, Europe, Southeast Asia and India. What emerges is an exciting and original World History that is neither Eurocentric nor Sinocentric. If anything, it is an appreciation of the dominant role that Central Asia played in the history of most of mankind over the last several thousand years. The irrepressible power of the Eurasian core over the centuries explains much of the development of civilizations founded at the fringes - at its edges to the west, the east and the south. Most significantly, what is recognized as The Global Age today, is seen as the latest result of these conflicts between core and edge leading at the Atlantic fringe to human mastery of the sea in military and mercantile terms. In effect, human history, which had for centuries been configured by continental dynamics, has only quite recently established a new dimension to counteract these. In summary, Wang Gungwu argues convincingly that "The Global is Maritime".

Trade And Society: The Amoy Network On The China Coast 1683-1735Trade And Society: The Amoy Network On The China Coast 1683-1735 by Ng Chin-Keong

The book examines the social and economic changes in south Fukien (Fujian) on the southeast coast of China during late imperial times. Faced with land shortages and overpopulation, the rural population of south Fukien turned to the sea in search of fresh opportunities to secure a livelihood. With the tacit support of local officials and the scholar gentry, the merchants played the pivotal role in long-distance trade, and the commercial networks they established spanned the entire China coast, making the port city of Amoy (Xiamen) a major centre for maritime trade. In the work, the author discusses four interrelated spheres of activity, namely, the traditional rural sector, the port cities, the coastal trade and the overseas trade links. He argues that the creative use of clan organizations was key to the growth of the Amoy network along the coast as well as overseas.