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Gila: A Journey Through Moods & MadnessGila: A Journey Through Moods & Madness by Hanna Alkaf

Here are the untold stories of the men and women living with mental illness in Malaysia, as well as those who love, care for, work with and fight for them. Filled with heart-wrenching personal stories, expert commentary, and helpful resources from patients, caregivers, psychologists, psychiatrists, volunteers and advocates, GILA offers a glimpse into a rarely seen or spoken-of world: the Malaysian mental health industry.

Mata Hati Kita: The Eyes Of Our HeartsMata Hati Kita: The Eyes Of Our Hearts by Angela M. Kuga Thas; Jac Sm Kee

Here are 24 stories that invite readers to witness the lives of lesbians, bisexual women and transexual people. These true stories speak of our shared struggles of being human, of loving, of living for oneself and of living for others. The realities of people who are non-conforming in their sexuality and gender identity are too often rendered invisible, and their voices silenced. This book attempts to change this, to help readers bear witness to 'the heart truth' of Malaysians.

South Asians Overseas: Migration And EthnicitySouth Asians Overseas: Migration And Ethnicity by Clarke, Colin; Ceri Peach & Steven Vertovec (Eds.)

The South Asian diaspora came into being with the end of slavery in the British Empire. Huge numbers of labourers were recruited in the Indian sub-continent for indentured labour schemes, notably in Southeast Asia, South and East Africa, Mauritius, Fiji and the Caribbean, and also in French colonies. Later there were waves of 'free' immigration to these and other countries, including, in the last generation, Britain itself and North America. This set of essays by scholars from several different disciplines offers detailed accounts of the experience of the migrant communities, and the editors contribute valuable overviews. Originally published in 1990, it is an indispensable resource for scholars interested in the diaspora, or concerned with problems of migration.

Singapore's Health Care System: What 50 Years Have AchievedSingapore's Health Care System: What 50 Years Have Achieved by Chien Earn Lee & K. Satku (Eds.)

How did Singapore's health care system transform itself into one of the best in the world? It not only provides easy access, but its standards of health care, not only in curative medicine but also in prevention, are exemplary.

Beyond The Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting For The Global AgeBeyond The Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting For The Global Age by Thiagarajan, Maya

How do Asian parents prime their children for success from a young age? Why do Asian kids do so well in math and science? What is the difference between an Asian upbringing and a Western one? These are just a few of the compelling questions posed and answered in this fascinating new parenting book by educator Maya Thiagarajan as she examines the stereotypes and goes beneath the surface to explore what really happens in Asian households. How do Asian parents think about childhood, family and education-and what can Western parents learn from them? Through interviews with hundreds of Asian parents and kids, Thiagarajan offers a detailed look at their values, hopes, fears and parenting styles. Each chapter ends with a "How To" section of specific tips for Asian and Western parents to aid their child's educational development both inside and outside the classroom.

Enjoy The Popcorn: Helping Your Child Re-Script The Bully Horror ShowEnjoy The Popcorn: Helping Your Child Re-Script The Bully Horror Show by Lim Kok Kwang & Wong Mei Yin

Parents are disturbed and angry that their children have to endure the physical and emotional harm from the bully in their school canteens, classrooms, neighbourhoods, and cyberspace. Children can arm themselves with safe and proven skills to outsmart the bully. The hard-earned wisdom from many experienced parents, their children and mental health professionals working with the victim and the bully forms the backbone of this book. It show you how to teach your child instant mind-body skills to avoid unnecessary and risky confrontations, relieve deep emotional stress, confuse the bully with 13 Taiji talk tactics and successfully develop greater self-knowledge, social confidence and emotional maturity.

Singapore And Unicef: Working For ChildrenSingapore And Unicef: Working For Children by Kek, Peggy; Penny Whitworth (Eds.)

This book looks at past collaborative efforts between Singapore and UNICEF to advance the rights of the child and help children realise their full potential. Although UNICEF has collaborated with many partner institutions and individuals in Singapore over the past few decades, little has been documented and not all in one publication. The lively essays, candid interviews and first-hand accounts in this volume provide meaningful reflections on the history of the relationship and insights into UNICEF's work and its involvement with diverse parts of Singapore society.

Marriage Migration In Asia: Emerging Minorities At The Frontiers Of Nation StatesMarriage Migration In Asia: Emerging Minorities At The Frontiers Of Nation States by Sari K. Ishii (Ed.)

Men are disadvantaged in the marriage markets of many Asian countries, and in some cases their response is to look abroad for a partner. Receiving countries for marriage migrants include Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, while the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and parts of mainland China supply wives to these territories. The authors in this volume explore the agency of women who migrate abroad to acquire opportunities unavailable to them in their homelands. They show that the trajectories of marriage migrants are often not a simple movement from home to destination but can involve return, repeated, or extended migrations, and that these transitions that can alter geographies of power in economics, nationality or ethnicity.

Singapore Dreaming: Managing UtopiaSingapore Dreaming: Managing Utopia by H. Koon Wee; Jeremy Chia (Eds.)

Singapore can be described as exceptional: in glowing terms of being exemplary and beautifully modern. Singapore can also be presented in a critical light: as being in a state of exception, justifying extreme socioeconomic, political and military measures derived from a constructed state of crisis. This is a book of well-rounded commentaries and observations from a broad range of disciplines. Many commentators share the impulse to propel Singapore into the global arena, and just as many would carefully analyse the hairline fissures. As an advanced post-industrialised Asian society, Singapore has to constantly upkeep itself as a utopian reference and inspiration. Contributors in this publication have shown courage and dexterity in raising constructive questions and dreaming the unimaginable.

Unesco In Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites In Comparative PerspectiveUnesco In Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites In Comparative Perspective by King, Victor T. (Ed.)

Southeast Asia's 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites make a significant contribution to their respective country's national prestige and identity, international profile and tourism development plans. Yet, although much is known about some individual sites like Angkor and Borobudur, we know very little about all sites in comparative terms. This wide-ranging study explores how both cultural and natural sites are being managed, how they are coping with the conflicting pressures from the global, national and local levels, and points to best practices for their future conservation and development. Some 20 sites across seven countries in the region are examined and placed in a historical, political, economic, environmental and cultural context.

Embrace A Different Kind Of Mind: Personal Stories Of DyslexiaEmbrace A Different Kind Of Mind: Personal Stories Of Dyslexia by Hewes, Deborah

The book is an initiative of the Embrace Dyslexia movement. It contains over 50 personal stories of dyslexia from people who have followed their passion and are succeeding despite any educational struggles they have encountered along the way. These stories aim to instil in young students the desire to strive for equal if not greater success in their future careers.

Extraordinary Women Singapore: Breaking The Gender BoundaryExtraordinary Women Singapore: Breaking The Gender Boundary by Lee, Karen

The premise for the book is Karen's personal observation of the state of gender inequality which still exists between men and women in Singapore. Karen explores the dire state of gender inequality in Singapore in her book, and hopes that the book will inspire men and women to work together towards achieving greater work-life balance and strive to break the invisible brick wall of gender inequality.

Young And Malay: Growing Up In Multicultural MalaysiaYoung And Malay: Growing Up In Multicultural Malaysia by Ooi Kee Beng; Wan Hamidi Hamid (Eds.)

In Malaysia, where ethnic identity is overpoweringly applied to constrict popular thought and rationalise government policies, the uniqueness of individuals is ignored and devalued - even by the individuals themselves. Paradoxically, the community that has suffered the political ascription of group identity most acutely and most inescapably is the ascribed majority group, the Malays. In this collection of essays edited by Ooi Kee Beng and Wan Hamidi Hamid, nine young writers share their individual memories about growing up in Malaysia, and in some cases debate the racial politics in which they - and all Malaysians - seem inextricably caught.

Second Thoughts: On Malaysia, Globalisation, Society, And SelfSecond Thoughts: On Malaysia, Globalisation, Society, And Self by Lee, Julian C.H. (Ed.); Jun Kit(Illustrator)

First impressions can be deceptive, as Julian Lee notes in the introduction to this book, and that's why he sees merit in second thoughts. In this engaging collection of essays and reviews, he gives us a whirlwind tour of topics as diverse as Gangnam Style and the Harlem Shake; the peculiarities of human interaction; cultural variations in emoticons; the art of the car sale; histories of fruit; the merits of pessimism; and why you think your phone is vibrating when it isn't. Not only this, but he can draw a line from Mars Attacks! to Edward Said in one breath, and explain what the plot of Transformers has to say about gender inequalities. With engaging illustrations by Jun Kit that astutely distill the essence of each chapter with humour and insight, Second Thoughts promises to inform and delight in equal measure.

One Malaysia, Under God, Bipolar: Essays On Society, Schooling And SalvationOne Malaysia, Under God, Bipolar: Essays On Society, Schooling And Salvation by Rahman, Azly

In this fine collection of opinion pieces, the respected and sagacious public intellectual Azly Rahman reflects on the political machinations and cultural politics in Malaysia. The book is a smorgasbord of commentaries on the poetics and politics of cultural life in a nation that is struggling to transcend its racialized structure to forge a cohesive and harmonious future. It is a clarion call to Malaysians to get out of their comfort zone and apathy and to join the movement for a better Malaysia where bigotry, racism and religious extremism are kept in check and where peace, harmony, intercultural understanding are reinstated and reinforced as part and parcel of everyday life.

No City For Slow Men: Hong Kong's Quirks And Quandaries Laid BareNo City For Slow Men: Hong Kong's Quirks And Quandaries Laid Bare by Ng, Jason Y.

Author and blogger Jason Y. Ng has a knack for making the familiar both fascinating and funny. Three years after his bestselling debut Hong Kong State of Mind, the razor-sharp observer returns with a sequel that is bigger and every bit as poignant. No City for Slow Men is a collection of 36 essays that examine some of the pressing social, cultural and existential issues facing Hong Kong. It takes us from the gravity-defying property market to the plunging depths of old age poverty, from the storied streets of Sheung Wan to the beckoning island of Cheung Chau, from the culture-shocked Western expat to the misunderstood Mainland Chinese and the disenfranchised foreign domestic worker. The result is a treatise on Hong Kong life that is thought-provoking, touching and immensely entertaining.

Social Change In An Urban Neighbourhood In Klang: A Case StudySocial Change In An Urban Neighbourhood In Klang: A Case Study by Jayanath Appudurai; Lian Kwen Fee

Urbanisation has transformed the social structure of Malaysian society since the 1970s. The Malays, a rural and peasant-based society in the 1950s, are now an integral part of urban society and constitute significant parts of the middle and working classes. The Indians, semi-rural and semi-urban in the past, are now a full blown urban proletariat. This case study is the first attempt to examine the socio-economic and political consequences of two ethnic groups of rural origins - one peasant and the other a plantation economy - now incorporated into an industrial economy and constituting an urban proletariat. This urban working class, neglected by the government in the past, has gained in importance over the years and has emerged as a politically significant influence in Malaysian politics.

Sustainable Environment: Balancing Growth With The EnvironmentSustainable Environment: Balancing Growth With The Environment by

In spite of rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, Singapore has enjoyed a high quality 'Clean and Green' environment. This was achieved by maintaining an intricate balance between development and sustainability. Over time, the balancing act has turned into an economic advantage and a virtuous cycle. This study presents a historical account of the environmental and economic policy objectives, including the trade-offs required and the implementation of adaptive environmental policy to meet changing economic demands.

Housing: Turning Squatters Into StakeholdersHousing: Turning Squatters Into Stakeholders by

An immediate task facing Singapore's first independent government was to fix the housing problem. The housing landscape in the post-war 1940s and 1950s was a melange of slums, overcrowding, unhygienic living conditions and a lack of decent accommodation. Singapore now boasts high standard of living with over 80 percent of Singapore's resident population living in public housing. How has Singapore managed this in a mere half-century? Drawing from first-hand interview material with urban pioneers and current practitioners, this study traces the evolution of Singapore's public housing story. Beyond the brick and mortar, it interweaves and fleshes out how Singapore has managed to use public housing policies to achieve wider social and nation building goals - to root an immigrant population and build a home-owning democracy; eradicate ethnic enclaves; meet the aspirations of Singapore's growing middle class; care for the less fortunate; and foster a sense of community.

Our Lives To Live: Putting A Woman's Face To Change In SingaporeOur Lives To Live: Putting A Woman's Face To Change In Singapore by Kanwaljit Soin; Margaret Thomas (Eds.)

This book explores and documents how women's roles, choices, and voices in Singapore have changed in the last 50 years; how women, from all sectors of society, have helped to shape the Singapore we know today. The 31 chapters, some with a more academic slant, others with a distinctly personal tone, reflect the rich diversity and depth of women's contributions to Singapore's evolution in the last half century, and also point to the problematical areas that still need attention.