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Umbrellas In Bloom: Hong Kong's Occupy Movement UncoveredUmbrellas In Bloom: Hong Kong's Occupy Movement Uncovered by Ng, Jason Y.

The Umbrella Movement put Hong Kong on the world map and elevated this docile, money-minded Asian island to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book available in English to chronicle this history-making event, based on Jason Ng's firsthand account at the main protest sites. He steps through the 79-day struggle, from the firing of the first shot of tear gas by riot police to the evacuation of the last protester from the downtown encampments. It is all you need to know about the occupy movement: who took part in it, why it happened, how it transpired, and what it did and did not achieve. Together with Hong Kong State of Mind (2010) and No City for Slow Men (2013), Umbrellas in Bloom forms a Hong Kong trilogy that traces the city's sociopolitical development since its return to Chinese rule.

Chinese Language Movement In Malaysia, 1952-1967, The: Language, Ethnicity And Nation-Building In A Plural SocietyChinese Language Movement In Malaysia, 1952-1967, The: Language, Ethnicity And Nation-Building In A Plural Society by Tan Yao Sua; Teoh Hooi See

The Chinese language movement in Malaysia was launched by Chinese educationists to demand the recognition of Chinese as an official language and to legitimise the status of Chinese education in the national educational system. In the process, the official language issue evolved into an ethnic issue that strained ethnic relations between the Chinese and the Malays with severe political implications. This work examines the politics of language in Malaysia during a crucial period when the nation-building process was in its formative stages. It focuses on the contrasting linguistic assertions of the Chinese educationists and the Malay nationalists as well as the attempt by the government to resolve these assertions through an accommodative approach. Language and ethnicity remain a relevant issue in contemporary Malaysia, especially when it involves the vernacular primary school system which has evoked intense ethnic contestation over its actual functional role in the nation-building process.

Asean Economic Community And Beyond, The: Myths And RealitiesAsean Economic Community And Beyond, The: Myths And Realities by Sanchita Basu Das

The ASEAN Community, integrating the political, economic and social aspects of regional cooperation, will complete its first milestone by December 2015. This collection of 22 essays offers a rich analysis of ASEAN's own economic integration and other related initiatives proliferating in the broader Asia-Pacific region.

Panorama 02/2015: Nationalism In Asia And EuropePanorama 02/2015: Nationalism In Asia And Europe by Hofmeister, Wilhelm (Ed.)

This issue comprises papers presented at a conference held in 2015 by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the East Asia Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS) in May 2015. The papers offer insights into the evolving nature of nationalism, including its relationship to regional integration efforts and globalisation, as well as its impact on the domestic and foreign policies of countries in Europe and Asia.

Blood, Dreams And Gold: The Changing Face Of BurmaBlood, Dreams And Gold: The Changing Face Of Burma by Cockett, Richard

Burma is one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia and was once one of its richest. Under successive military regimes, however, the country eventually ended up as one of the poorest countries in Asia. Richard Cockett spent years in the region as a correspondent for The Economist and witnessed firsthand the vicious sectarian politics of the Burmese government, and later, also, its surprising attempts at political and social reform. Cockett's enlightening history, from the colonial era on, explains how Burma descended into decades of civil war and authoritarian government. Cockett also explains why the regime has started to reform, and why these reforms will not go as far as many people had hoped.

China And Asean: Energy Security, Cooperation And CompetitionChina And Asean: Energy Security, Cooperation And Competition by Zhao Hong

This book examines the energy resource relations between China and ASEAN countries. It addresses the following issues: as the world energy demand shifts East because of the rise of China, ASEAN community and other emerging Asian economies, and as the Greater Indian Ocean and the South China Sea become the world's energy interstates, will geopolitical tensions over energy resources spark conflicts in the region? Against the background of China's rise and its growing influence in Southeast Asia, will China's quest for energy resource cooperation be viewed as a threat or opportunity by its neighbouring countries? This book will be of interest to anyone who is keen to learn how the world, especially the United States, can accommodate and adapt to the new global energy dynamics and how China and ASEAN operate as new players in global and regional energy markets.

Singapore Chronicles: DefenceSingapore Chronicles: Defence by Ho Shu Huang & Samuel Chan

How can a tiny island defend itself against Goliaths in the region? This book addresses that often-asked question. This primer provides an introduction to what is Singapore's defence policy and why has it adopted the approach that it has. It details the wide-ranging role the Singapore Armed Forces plays in Singapore's defence, one that is not always conspicuous. The domestic challenges faced from possessing such an expensive, albeit formidable and technologically-advanced, force are also examined.

Singapore Chronicles: DiplomacySingapore Chronicles: Diplomacy by Goh, Evelyn; Daniel Chua

Diplomacy has played a significant part in Singapore's success story abroad over the past 50 years. This book shows how Singapore has dealt with many daunting challenges. Singapore's diplomacy has distinctively combined the characteristics of overcoming vulnerability; linking national security with economic development; being proactive in international affairs; and emphasising cooperation with multiple partners. The book also derives lessons from the past half-century that can help Singapore develop even more agile diplomatic responses and far-sighted strategic planning.

Singapore Chronicles: PresidencySingapore Chronicles: Presidency by Thio Li-Ann

The Elected Presidency represents one of the most distinctive institutional innovations that Singapore has made to the constitutional order in the first 50 years of its existence. Its original primary intention was to serve as a check on a powerful Parliament that could bankrupt the national reserves either through buying votes, fraud or sheer incompetence. However, experience has shown that this institution has evolved in ways unanticipated by its original design. This book traces the fascinating twists and turns of the relatively short history of the Elected Presidency in Singapore and how it has reached a new equilibrium.

Ocean In A Drop, The: Singapore, The Next Fifty YearsOcean In A Drop, The: Singapore, The Next Fifty Years by Ho Kwon Ping

The IPS-Nathan Lectures series was launched by the Institute of Policy Studies in 2014. Ho Kwon Ping was the 2014/15 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book contains the five IPS-Nathan Lectures he gave between October 2014 and April 2015, as well as highlights of the accompanying dialogue with the audience. In his lectures, Ho looks forward to the next 50 years, offering innovative ideas and robust views on how governance and key institutions can evolve to ensure the sustainable continuation of Singapore - the "improbable nation". This book illuminates Ho's vision of a cohesively diverse Singapore lasting beyond the lifespan of his generation, and aims to get the young to ponder and discuss the kind of home, and future, they wish for.

Asianisms: Regionalist Interactions & Asian IntegrationAsianisms: Regionalist Interactions & Asian Integration by Frey, Marc; Nicola Spakowski (Eds.)

At the core of this book is a seemingly simple question: What is Asia? In search of common historical roots, traditions and visions of political-cultural integration, first Japanese, then Chinese, Korean and Indian intellectuals, politicians and writers understood Asianisms as an umbrella for all conceptions, imaginations and processes which emphasized commonalities or common interests among different Asian regions and nations. This book investigates the multifarious discursive and material constructions of Asia within the region and in the West. It reconstructs regional constellations, intersections and relations in their national, transnational and global contexts. Moving far beyond the more well-known Japanese Pan-Asianism of the first half of the twentieth century, the chapters investigate visions of Asia that have sought to provide common meanings and political projects in efforts to trace, and construct, Asia as a united and common space of interaction. By tracing the imagination of civil society actors throughout Asia, the volume leaves behind state-centered approaches to regional integration and uncovers the richness and depth of complex identities within a large and culturally heterogeneous space.

Heart Of Public Service (Two-Volume Set)Heart Of Public Service (Two-Volume Set) by Prime Minister's Office

Heart of Public Service is a two-volume book-set that honours the institutions and officers of the Singapore Public Service. Touching on key milestones in our history, it brings alive Singapore's development through stories about our institutions and our officers.

Unequal Thailand: Aspects Of Income, Wealth And PowerUnequal Thailand: Aspects Of Income, Wealth And Power by Pasuk Phongpaichit & Chris Baker (Eds.)

Extreme inequalities in income, wealth and power lie behind Thailand's political turmoil. What are the sources of this inequality? Why does it persist, or even increase when the economy grows? The contributors to this important study Thai scholars, reformers and civil servants shed light on the many dimensions of inequality in Thailand, looking beyond simple income measures to consider land ownership, education, finance, business structures and politics. The contributors propose a series of reforms in taxation, spending and institutional reform that can address growing inequality.

Tribute To The Lion City: The Jewel Of Southeast AsiaTribute To The Lion City: The Jewel Of Southeast Asia by Daisaku Ikeda

A Tribute to the Lion City: The Jewel of Southeast Asia is a compilation of the writings of Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International, on his thoughts and interactions with Singapore, her leaders and people over the course of his three visits to Singapore in 1988, 1995 and 2000. The author's writings reflect his genuine respect and deep admiration for Singapore and her people.

Metamorphosis: Studies In Social And Political Change In MyanmarMetamorphosis: Studies In Social And Political Change In Myanmar by Egretau, Renaud; Francois Robinne (Eds.)

The editors use the notion of metamorphosis to look at Myanmar today and tomorrow - a term that accommodates linear change, stubborn persistence and the possibility of dramatic transformation. Divided into four sections, on politics, identity and ethnic relations, social change in fields like education and medicine, and the evolutions of religious institutions, the volume takes a broad view, combining an anthropological approach with views from political scientists and historians. This volume is an essential guide to the political and social challenges ahead for Myanmar.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #17: Retired Military Officers In Myanmar's Parliament An Emerging Legislative Force?Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #17: Retired Military Officers In Myanmar's Parliament An Emerging Legislative Force? by Egreteau, Renaud

Retired military officers continue to wield considerable influence in Myanmar's post-junta politics. As former soldiers, they have developed a particular mindset and a specific view of society as well as of the place and policy role of the armed forces. Drawing on a series of recent interviews, as well as an initial analysis of individual legislative activities performed by Union-level legislators, this paper identifies three types of Burmese parliamentarians with military background: reluctant members of parliament, dutiful MPs and high-flying MPs.

Troubled Transit: Asylum Seekers Stuck In IndonesiaTroubled Transit: Asylum Seekers Stuck In Indonesia by Missbach, Antje

Troubled Transit considers the situation of asylum seekers stuck in limbo in Indonesia from a number of perspectives. It presents not only the narratives of many transit migrants but also the perceptions of Indonesian authorities and of representatives of international and non-government organizations responsible for the care of transiting asylum seekers. Troubled Transit tries to explain the complexities faced by the transiting migrants within the context of the Indonesian government and its political challenges, including its relationship with Australia.

Our Common Challenges: Strengthening Security In The RegionOur Common Challenges: Strengthening Security In The Region by Abbott, Tony

The Singapore Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1980 by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. On 29 June 2015, the 35th Singapore Lecture was delivered by The Honourable Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia.

Defect Or Defend: Military Responses To Popular Protests In Authoritarian AsiaDefect Or Defend: Military Responses To Popular Protests In Authoritarian Asia by Lee, Terence

Although social movements and media can destabilize authoritarian governments, not all social protest is effective or culminates in the toppling of dictatorships. Frequently, the military's response determines the outcome. Terence Lee uses four case studies from Asia to provide insight into the military's role during the transitional phase of regime change. Lee compares popular uprisings in the Philippines and Indonesia - both of which successfully engaged military support to bring down authoritarian rule - with protest movements in China and Burma which were violently suppressed by military forces. Lee's theory of "high personalism" and power-sharing among the armed forces leadership provides a framework for understanding the critical transitory phases of democratization.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #16: Chinese Investment And Myanmar's Shifting Political LandscapeTrends In Southeast Asia 2015 #16: Chinese Investment And Myanmar's Shifting Political Landscape by Oh, Su-Ann; Philip Andrews-Speed

China has targeted Myanmar's resources to enhance and provide resources for its economic growth. Chinese investment in Myanmar intensified in the mid-2000s and has continued to increase. The largest increase in approved and actual Chinese FDI over the years has taken place in the energy, oil and gas, and mining sectors. Dramatic changes to contracts are more likely to take place with Chinese, and other, corporations that are involved in large-scale rather than small-scale projects. The changing political circumstances, with Myanmar no longer being reliant on a handful of countries for strategic and financial support and the necessity of taking into account the wishes of its electorate, means that the political landscape has shifted under the feet of stakeholders.