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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.

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.