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Women On Board: Making A Real DifferenceWomen On Board: Making A Real Difference by

This book features 24 female directors and highlights their directorship journeys. Cutting across age, race, profession and background, the profiles of these exceptional women will inspire readers and debunk the notion of the corporate boardroom as dull and colourless. Politically engaged, socially resilient and acutely attuned to the changes around them, women in boardrooms are making their mark. As diversity is pushed to the forefront, this publication provides thought leadership on women directorships around 12 boardroom themes such as business models, digital economy and risk management.

Why The Dalai Lama Is A SocialistWhy The Dalai Lama Is A Socialist by

To the surprise of many, the Dalai Lama recently declared that, 'I am a socialist'. While many Buddhists and socialists would be perplexed at the suggestion that their approaches to life share fundamental principles, important figures in the Buddhist tradition are increasingly framing contemporary social and economic problems in distinctly socialist terms. In this novel and provocative work, Terry Gibbs argues that the shared values expressed in each tradition could provide signposts for creating a truly humane, compassionate and free society. Hopeful about our potential to create the 'good society' through collective effort, Why the Dalai Lama is a Socialist is grounded in the fundamental belief that everyday human activity makes a difference.

Crime And The Chinese DreamCrime And The Chinese Dream by Bakken, Borge (Ed.)

Although official propaganda emphasizes the Chinese Dream as the dream of all Chinese, the opportunities of achieving prosperity by legal means are distributed unequally. Crime and the Chinese Dream reveals how people on the margins of Chinese society find their way to the Chinese Dream through illegal or deviant behaviors. The case studies in this book include corrupt doctors in public hospitals in Beijing, fraudsters in a village called "cake uncles," illegal motorcycle taxi drivers in Guangzhou, drug users being "reeducated" in detention centers, and internet addicts who are treated as criminals by the system. Despite the patriotic and collectivistic tint of the official dream metaphor, the contributors to this volume show that the Chinese Dream is essentially a state capitalist dream, which is embedded within the problems and opportunities of capitalism, as well as a dream of control.

This Is What Inequality Looks LikeThis Is What Inequality Looks Like by Teo You Yenn

What is poverty? What is inequality? How are they connected? How are they reproduced? How might they be overcome? Why should we try? This book - an ethnography of inequality - addresses these questions. Formed by a series of essays, they are written to be read individually, but have been arranged to be read as a totality and in sequence. Each aims to accomplish two things: first, to introduce a key aspect of the experience of being low-income in contemporary Singapore. Second, to illustrate how people's experiences are linked to structural conditions of inequality. The way we frame our questions shapes the way we see solutions. This book does what appears to be a no-brainer task, but one that is missing and important: it asks readers to pose questions in different ways, to shift the vantage point from which they view 'common sense,' and in so doing, to see themselves as part of problems and potential solutions. This is a book about how seeing poverty entails confronting inequality. It is about how acknowledging poverty and inequality leads to uncomfortable revelations about our society and ourselves. And it is about how once we see, we cannot, must not, unsee.

From Bmf To 1Mdb: A Criminological And Sociological DiscussionFrom Bmf To 1Mdb: A Criminological And Sociological Discussion by Teh Yik Koon

Bumiputra Malaysia Finance Limited (BMF) was a financial institution set up in Hong Kong at the end of 1977. Its parent bank was the Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad (BBMB) which was established in 1965 with public funds to promote Bumiputera participation in the economy. In the 1980s, BMF lost M$2.5 billion, allegedly due to fraud and corruption, which could not be accounted for until today. 1MDB is a development company set up by the Malaysian government in 2009, with a focus on the long-term economic development of the country. However, within about eight years, it has run up more than RM42 billion in debts and key figures are tainted by allegations of abuse of power and corruption. It is therefore timely to revisit the BMF case, to discuss and compare it with the present interest in the 1MDB case. This book will highlight the alleged fraud and corruption that took place in both cases - tracing the money trail, the problematic structure of both organisations, the political and social structure and environment in Malaysia during the occurrence of both scandals, and finally compare both cases, to provide an analysis of the social and political progress of Malaysia in the last three decades.

Citizenship In Myanmar: Ways Of Being In And From BurmaCitizenship In Myanmar: Ways Of Being In And From Burma by South, Ashley; Marie Lall (Eds.)

This book brings together chapters by Burmese and foreign experts, and contributions from community and political leaders, who discuss the meaning of citizenship in Myanmar/Burma. The book explores citizenship in relation to three broad categories: issues of identity and conflict; debates around concepts and practices of citizenship; and inter- and intra-community issues, including Buddhist-Muslim relations. This is the first volume to address these issues, understanding and resolving which will be central to Myanmar's continued transition away from violence and authoritarianism.

Breast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across AsiaBreast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across Asia by Chou, Cynthia; Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen (Eds.)

This volume presents conversations across Asia with breast cancer patients, their caregivers, doctors, traditional healers as well as just ordinary men and women-all on the subject of breast cancer meanings. Through the stories as told by local peoples in Asia about how they think and talk about breast cancer, as well as how they respond to the disease, insights on breast cancer meanings emerge. These offer new understandings into how local contexts shape those meanings and life courses-and hopefully will help medical practitioners devise new strategies to combat the disease.

Straits EclecticStraits Eclectic by Nine (Ed.)

Whenever the idealistic among us speak about a better Malaysia, we tend to focus on the thing that unite us: the food, the festivals, the cultural experiences that bind us together in a shared national fabric, ignoring the yawning gaps that weaken the weave and keep us from achieving lofty visions of development and progress. Straits Eclectric is a collection of essays by young Malaysians who stare straight into the void and attempt to understand the divides that exist between us, whatever East and West Malaysian and the rest of the world, between East and West Malaysians, between Malays and Chinese and lndians and Dan Lain Lain, between religion and culture, between past and present, between the person you were when you left and the person you had become by the time you returned.

Singapore Chronicles: PolicingSingapore Chronicles: Policing by Asad Latif

Singapore is simultaneously praised for its extraordinary safety and criticised for its draconian laws. This primer seeks to explain Singapore's achievements in creating a law-abiding society by making public peace and wellbeing as well as security of life, limb and property a centrepiece of the good life. To that end, tough laws exist against crimes that attract capital and corporal punishment, narcotics, corruption, commercial crime and cybercrime. This book also examines the role played by the prison system, internal security laws, and border security in the state's overall approach to preserving a peaceful and secure nation.

Videocracy: How Youtube Is Changing The World... With Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, And Other Trends We Can't Stop WatchingVideocracy: How Youtube Is Changing The World... With Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, And Other Trends We Can't Stop Watching by Allocca, Kevin

What we watch, create, upload, follow, subscribe to and share matters. It reveals more about ourselves and our society than we could imagine. YouTube is the biggest pool of cultural data since the beginning of recorded communication, with four hundred hours of video uploaded every minute. Its viral fads, endless tutorials and colourful personalities provide us with surprisingly profound insight into human nature - in all its glory and ignominy. Through rousing and illuminating behind-the-scenes looks at beloved videos and famous trends, Videocracy reveals internet video's massive influence in our world, explains how awkward dance moves become global phenomena and paints a vivid, multi-layered and unexpected portrait of modern culture.

Art Of Advocacy In Singapore, TheArt Of Advocacy In Singapore, The by Singam, Constance; Margaret Thomas (Eds.)

Advocacy is a tricky pursuit in Singapore. Your motives can be questioned, your activities monitored, and your scope for action limited. Despite the constraints, civil society activists have persisted, finding ways to pursue their cause and to try to bring about the changes they believe important for Singapore. In 2013 a small group of civil society stalwarts set out to acknowledge the contributions of these unsung heroes. The Singapore Advocacy Awards was launched, a 3-year project that saw a total of 18 individuals and organisations being honoured. In this book, 37 activists write about their causes and discuss the strategies shaped and lessons learnt as they practise the delicate art of advocacy in Singapore.

End Of Policing, TheEnd Of Policing, The by Vitale, Alex S.

This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice-even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve. In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives-such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction-has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.

Social Futures Of Singapore SocietySocial Futures Of Singapore Society by Chan, David (Ed.)

This book, based on the proceedings at the Behavioural Sciences Institute Conference 2016, explores a range of issues about the social futures of Singapore. The book is organized into four parts. Part I provides an overview of issues involved in thinking about the social futures of Singapore society. Part II examines social futures from the perspectives of healthcare and education. Part III analyses the relationships linking social futures to the notion of giving and the increasing influence of social media. Part IV addresses specific questions on social futures of Singapore society in terms of social and national identities, cultural values, relationship between economic development and environmental sustainability, religious consciousness, perceptions of political leaders, and relationships between people and government.

Handbook Of Language, Gender And Sexuality, The (2Nd Edition)Handbook Of Language, Gender And Sexuality, The (2Nd Edition) by Ehrlich, Susan; Miriam Meyerhoff & J. Holmes (Eds.

Significantly expanded and updated, this second edition brings together a team of the leading specialists in the field to create a comprehensive overview of key historical themes and issues, along with methodologies and cutting-edge research topics. It examines the dynamic ways that women and men develop and manage gendered identities through their talk, presenting data and case studies from interactions in a range of social contexts and different communities. It provides unrivalled geographic coverage and an essential resource for a wide range of disciplines, from linguistics, psychology, sociology, and anthropology to communication and gender studies.

Thailand's Sustainable Development: Sourcebook Issues & Information. Ideas & InspirationThailand's Sustainable Development: Sourcebook Issues & Information. Ideas & Inspiration by Grossman, Nicholas (Ed.)

This timely and topical book showcases Thailand's involvement in what many believe is the most important movement of recent times: the quest for sustainable development. Covering key challenges, ongoing efforts and potential solutions. It provides an incredible array of information, ideas and inspiration through more than 60 articles on the subject, written by experts in the field. Released to coincide with the launch of the United Nations' Post-2015 Development Agenda, this book demonstrates how one country's leaders and people, led by the example and works of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, are striving to meet the challenges and opportunities created by this emerging movement of our times.

Making A Difference: Parents And Professionals In PartnershipMaking A Difference: Parents And Professionals In Partnership by Tan, Theresa

This book traces the transformations that ARC(S) has made in Singapore's autism landscape over the last 20 years, from the introduction of diagnostic, training and outreach services to the setting up of Pathlight School, Singapore's first autism-specific school. This is the story of many helping hands and generous individuals and organisations coming together to sow the seeds of change. Together, they worked to create an inclusive society for all. Together, they made a difference.

Survivors: Breaking The Silence On Child Sexual AbuseSurvivors: Breaking The Silence On Child Sexual Abuse by Eirliani Abdul Rahman & Daniel Fung

The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported, but its effects are undeniably long-term and severe. In this powerful book, twelve survivors share their stories and the steps they took in their journey towards healing by breaking the silence. Their accounts expose the harsh realities of child sexual abuse and explain the pain it causes, while offering hope and encouragement to everyone who has been sexually abused as a child - and those who care about them. Compassionate and sensitively written, Survivors is a useful and inspiring tool for those who have been assaulted. It also equips family, friends and caregivers to help survivors move forward with courage and confidence.

Crime Scene Asia: When Forensic Evidence Becomes The Silent WitnessCrime Scene Asia: When Forensic Evidence Becomes The Silent Witness by Porter, Liz

This is a casebook of fascinating true stories from Singapore, Malaysia, HK, The Philippines and Indonesia. Its opening case begins when the body of a woman is found in a Singapore nature park. Nobody has reported her missing. Nobody knows who she is. The only clue to her identity is a set of tiny numbers etched into a series of implants in her teeth. Police door-knock the dentists of Singapore until they find the one who treated her. Then, following a trail of numbers called from her phone, they unmask her killer. Another one of the book's Hong Kong cases tells the story of a humble truck driver facing jail for his apparent involvement in a bombing plot allegedly masterminded by two of the former British colony's most notorious gangsters. Then the evidence of a forensic scientist sets him free.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #12: Beneath The Veneer - The Political Economy Of Housing In Iskandar Malaysia, JohorTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #12: Beneath The Veneer - The Political Economy Of Housing In Iskandar Malaysia, Johor by Ng Keng Khoon & Guanie Lim

The rise of Iskandar Malaysia as a regional hub has profoundly altered the domestic landscape, generating a knock-on effect on Johor's housing development, both economically and politically. Housing policy and development in Johor, as illustrated in the formation of Iskandar Malaysia, is riddled with conflict along two dimensions bumiputra versus non-bumiputra and federal government versus state government. Given the importance of sub-national governments in many large-scale housing projects in Iskandar Malaysia, the changing political conditions urge us to rethink the long-standing practice of national-centric development policy in Malaysia. Taking housing as a point of departure, the timing is ripe to revisit the role of state government in policy-making and urban governance.

Birthday Book 2017, The: What Should We Never Forget?Birthday Book 2017, The: What Should We Never Forget? by Pakir, Sheila; Malminderjit Singh (Eds.)

An annual publication, The Birthday Book examines emerging challenges and opportunities for Singapore, based on a selected prompt. The number of writers each year matches Singapore's age-52 for 2017, 53 for 2018, and so on. This edition presents 52 responses to "What Should We Never Forget?" The contributors have drawn from personal encounters, academic and professional experiences, and cornerstone values in their lives. Read their stories for a glimpse of our nation's spirit-mortal, vulnerable, restless, resilient, and aspirational. What's your response?