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Dome In The City: The Story Of The National Museum Of SingaporeDome In The City: The Story Of The National Museum Of Singapore by Yeo, Stephanie (Ed.)

This publication looks at the National Museum's transformation over the years, with a focus on its history, collection and building. Through photos from the museum's collection and intriguing lesser-known stories, the book provides a refreshing take on the oldest purpose-built museum in Singapore and celebrates its special role in the nation's cultural and heritage scene.

Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums Of Asia, 1500-1900Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums Of Asia, 1500-1900 by Lee, Peter; L. Andaya; B.W. Andaya; G. Newton

Port Cities perfectly encapsulate a fundamental human and cultural process that has existed since time immemorial - the constant mixing of things together. Such places, and the powerful cultural dynamics that took place within and between them, reflect how people, ideas, and objects circulate, and how culture is formed, spread, and shared. Four essays and a catalogue section of stunning objects make up with profusely illustrated book to accompany the exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum from 4 November 2016 to 19 February 2017.

Mapping The Chinese And Islamic Worlds: Cross Cultural Exchange In Pre-Modern AsiaMapping The Chinese And Islamic Worlds: Cross Cultural Exchange In Pre-Modern Asia by Park Hyunhee

Long before Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope en route to India, the peoples of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia engaged in vigorous cross-cultural exchanges across the Indian Ocean. This book focuses on the years 700 to 1500, a period when powerful dynasties governed both regions, to document the relationship between the Islamic and Chinese worlds before the arrival of the Europeans. Through a close analysis of the maps, geographic accounts, and travelogues compiled by both Chinese and Islamic writers, the book traces the development of major contacts between people in China and the Islamic world and explores their interactions on matters as varied as diplomacy, commerce, mutual understanding, world geography, navigation, shipbuilding, and scientific exploration. When the Mongols ruled both China and Iran in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, their geographic understanding of each other's society increased markedly. This rich, engaging, and pioneering study offers glimpses into the worlds of Asian geographers and mapmakers, whose accumulated wisdom underpinned the celebrated voyages of European explorers like Vasco da Gama.

Connections: History And Architecture, City Hall And Supreme CourtConnections: History And Architecture, City Hall And Supreme Court by

Connections: History and Architecture, City Hall and Supreme Court takes a look at two of Singapore's most prominent National Monuments. The histories of the buildings, their architecture as well as their transformation are presented in three parts. The first part is History and Architecture: These two Monuments had been designed to reflect the aspirations of the Singapore colony and have witnessed pivotal events in Singapore's evolution from a colony to an independent republic. The second part is Dreams and Visions. A photographer's interpretation of the buildings' histories and architectural elements, presented through surrealistic images that invite the imagination of readers and inject a fresh breath of inspiration to the buildings. The third part is Restoration and Preservation. The buildings' restoration and transformation into an art gallery are documented in this essay contributed by Jean Fran?ois Milou and studioMilou Singapore, the architectural firm responsible for this monumental effort.

Johor: 300 Early PostcardsJohor: 300 Early Postcards by Cheah Jin Seng

Johor: 300 Early Postcards will present a series of postcard galleries showing various aspects of the Peninsular Malaysian state of Johor from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, in particular the changing landscapes and townscapes. The book will be a richly informative visual guide to a formative period in Johor's history. The postcards presented in the book will be drawn from the vast postcard collection of Dr Cheah Jin Seng, the author of Malaya: 500 Early Postcards, Penang: 500 Early Postcards, Perak: 300 Early Postcards, Selangor: 300 Early Postcards and Singapore: 500 Early Postcards.

Admiral Matelieff's Singapore And Johor, 1606-1616Admiral Matelieff's Singapore And Johor, 1606-1616 by Borschberg, Peter (Ed.)

Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge (c.1570?1632) was admiral of the Dutch East India Company when it sailed to Asia in 1605 and besieged Portuguese Melaka in 1606 with the help of Malay allies. A massive Portuguese armada then arrived from Goa to fight the Dutch and succeeded in breaking the siege on the Portuguese colony. Throughout this time, Matelieff penned a series of letters in which he provided a candid assessment of trading opportunities and politics in Asia. Admiral Matelieff's Singapore and Johor offers an edited selection of Matelieff's most important writings from this period, focusing on his experience and interest in Singapore and the Straits of Melaka. The rediscovery of Matelieff's writings have helped to reshape the way local history is taught and understood in Singapore and Malaysia, and this collection will be essential to scholars of the region.

Southeast Asia In Ruins: Art And Empire In The Early 19Th CenturySoutheast Asia In Ruins: Art And Empire In The Early 19Th Century by Tiffin, Sarah

British artists and commentators in the late 18th and early 19th century encoded the twin aspirations of progress and power in images and descriptions of Southeast Asia's ruined Hindu and Buddhist candis, pagodas, wats and monuments. To the British eye, images of the remains of past civilisations allowed, indeed stimulated, philosophical meditations on the rise and decline of entire empires. Ruins were witnesses to the fall, humbling and disturbingly prophetic, (and so revealing more about British attitudes than they do about Southeast Asia's cultural remains). This important study of a highly appealing but relatively neglected body of work adds multiple dimensions to the history of art and image production in Britain of the period, showing how the anxieties of empire were encoded in the genre of landscape paintings and prints.

Ipoh When Tin Was King (Vol. 1 & 2)Ipoh When Tin Was King (Vol. 1 & 2) by Ho Tak Ming

In spite of being sidelined as an official town by the colonial government, Ipoh could still consider herself the most favoured of Malayan towns. For she had one thing in abundance - tin! Tin gave Ipoh more millionaires than any other Malayan town; it gave her confidence and vibrancy; it gave her a soul. This is the story of Ipoh's Golden Age, an era that is now shrouded in the mist of time, but which present-day Ipohites can take pride in and draw inspiration from.

Glimpses Of Penang's PastGlimpses Of Penang's Past by Loh Wei Leng

Selected and introduction by Badriyah Haji Salleh and Loh Wei Leng, this selection of articles provide a bird's eye view of Penang's past. It covers broad themes such as the British imperial enterprise and the incorporation of their Southeast Asian settlement into the world economy as suppliers of raw materials and importers of western manufactures; the agency of local actors in the face of Anglo-Dutch rivalry; and the myriad consequences of imperialism - political, economic, social and cultural.

50 Years Of Indian Community In Singapore by Pillai, Gopinath; K Kesavapany

From Tamils to Malayalees, from Bengalis to Punjabis, the diverse Indian community in Singapore has played a large part in building the country. This celebratory volume highlights the progress, contributions and challenges of the community for the past 50 years since Singapore's independence in 1965.

Foreigners Under Mao: Western Lives In China, 1949-1976Foreigners Under Mao: Western Lives In China, 1949-1976 by Hooper, Beverley

This is a pioneering study of the Western community during the turbulent Mao era. Based largely on personal interviews, memoirs, private letters, and archives, this book 'gives a voice' to the Westerners who lived under Mao. It shows that China was not as closed to Western residents as has often been portrayed. The book examines the lives of six different groups of Westerners: 'foreign comrades' who made their home in Mao's China, twenty-two former Korean War POWs who controversially chose China ahead of repatriation, diplomats of Western countries that recognized the People's Republic, the few foreign correspondents permitted to work in China, 'foreign experts', and language students.

Majulah Moments: 50 Years Of National Day ParadesMajulah Moments: 50 Years Of National Day Parades by

This is the first of a series of exclusive postcard books featuring 20 iconic moments from past National Day Parades. Within the book are unforgettable vintage images of crowds braving the pouring rain as the contingent marched through the streets during the first parade of 1968, soldiers standing ramrod straight under the scorching sun during the 1993 parade, and the young and old bonding over the Kallang Wave in 2015. They reflect the special moments and collective joy of a people proud to be identified as Singaporeans. Only 1,500 of these limited edition Majulah Moments postcard books will be printed. Each book contains 20 postcards with local pre-paid postage. Grab your copy now.

Kampung Tempe: Voices From A Malay VillageKampung Tempe: Voices From A Malay Village by Yahaya Sanusi & Hidayah Amin

The product of primary oral history research that spanned several years, this book captures glimpses of Kampung Tempe's varied history and records stories of life in the kampong, and of how the villagers produced tempe or fermented soya bean cakes. Kampung Tempe was a Javanese/Malay kampong located at Jalan Haji Alias in Bukit Timah. The only remaining trace of the kampung is the presence of the kampung's mosque, Masjid Al-Huda, which was in the past referred to as Masjid Kampung Tempe.

Malayan Emergency, The: Essays On A Small, Distant WarMalayan Emergency, The: Essays On A Small, Distant War by Yao Souchou

Throughout the book runs a passionate concern for the lives and struggles of ordinary men and women in colonial Malaya. Here, the effect of counterinsurgency measures are captured by the anthropologist's art of ethnography and cultural analysis. Among the vignettes are an ethnographic encounter with a woman ex-guerrilla, and the author's remembrance of his insurgent-cousin killed in a police ambush. As such, this fascinating study examines the Emergency afresh, and in the process brings into focus issues not normally covered in other accounts: nostalgia and failed revolution, socialist fantasy and ethnic relations, and the moral costs of modern counterinsurgency.

Tokyo: A Biography - Disasters, Destruction And Renewal: The Story Of An Inomintable CityTokyo: A Biography - Disasters, Destruction And Renewal: The Story Of An Inomintable City by Mansfield, Stephen

The history of Tokyo is as eventful as it is long. A concise yet detailed overview of this fascinating, centuries-old city, this is a perfect companion volume for history buffs or Tokyo-bound travellers looking to learn more about their destination. In a whirlwind journey through Tokyo's past from its earliest beginnings up to the present day, this Japanese history book demonstrates how the city's response to everything from natural disasters to regime change has been to reinvent itself time and again.

Brief History Of Bali, A: Piracy, Slavery, Opium And Guns - The Story Of An Island ParadiseBrief History Of Bali, A: Piracy, Slavery, Opium And Guns - The Story Of An Island Paradise by Hanna, Willard A.

This book tells the story of Bali, its rulers and its people, and their encounters with the Western world. A new introduction by Adrian Vickers, a professor of history at the University of Sydney, places the book into the context of the literature on Bali and the impact that the Western world and tourism are currently having on the island.

Genghis Khan: The Man Who Conquered The WorldGenghis Khan: The Man Who Conquered The World by Mclynn, Frank

Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols, describes Temujin's rise from boyhood outcast to become Genghis Khan, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.

Raj At War, The: India's Second World War A People's History Of India's Second World WarRaj At War, The: India's Second World War A People's History Of India's Second World War by Khan, Yasmin

The Second World War was not fought by Britain alone. India produced the largest volunteer army in world history: over 2 million men. In this book, we hear the myriad voices of ordinary Indian people, from the first Indian to win the Victoria Cross, the nurses in Indian General Hospitals to labourers and their families in remote villages.

Early Kingdoms: Indonesian Archipelago & The Malay PeninsulaEarly Kingdoms: Indonesian Archipelago & The Malay Peninsula by Munoz, Paul Michel

At a time when sea navigation depended more on the skill and courage of sailors than on technology, men were nonetheless able to build maritime regional empires that stretched from Indochina to the Indonesian Archipelago. This book, which draws on a huge body of archaeological and documentary research, provides a much-needed overview of the history of the Malay Peninsula and insular Southeast Asia from its earliest times to the 16th century. It also provides an in-depth analysis of the international context of the political, economic and social evolution of these kingdoms, and so provides a useful background to the modern history of the region. This is an excellent book for those with a keen interest in the ancient history of the first kingdoms of the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian Archipelago.

Boundaries And Beyond: China's Maritime Southeast In Late Imperial TimesBoundaries And Beyond: China's Maritime Southeast In Late Imperial Times by Ng Chin-Keong

Using the concept of boundaries, both physical and cultural, to explain the development of China's maritime southeast and its interactions across maritime East Asia and the broader Asian Seas, this book offers a new way of understanding Chinese history in the late Imperial period. Ng Chin-keong examines social boundaries between "us" and "them;" challenges to rigid demarcations posed by the state; movements of people, goods, and ideas across borders and among cultures; and the line between tradition and innovation. The result is a novel way of understanding China's relations with neighboring territories and people as well as the nature of tradition in China and its persistence in the face of changing circumstances.