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Colours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore ElderlyColours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore Elderly by Kua Ee Heok

Ageing is not all grey. This book explores the minds of a generation who survived the Second World War and witnessed the dramatic rise of Singapore from third world to first. The 30 years of research on the mental health of the Singapore elderly is a tapestry of myriad colours of people from different ethnicities, cultures and social hierarchies. This book documents the social transformation of medical research, from epidemiological surveys to interventional studies of translational relevance, with the tagline "preventive medicine in the community by the community for the community". This book, a distillate of five epidemiological studies, is written from a longitudinal perspective, viewed through the lens of time by a doctor who conducted the research with his team. It will interest not only health professionals and policy makers but also the elderly, family caregivers and young people - just about everyone!

Heritage And Identity In Contemporary Thailand: Memory, Place And PowerHeritage And Identity In Contemporary Thailand: Memory, Place And Power by King, Ross

Using Thailand as a case study, Ross King examines the role of place in the formation of identity through memory. Employing the idea of French historian Pierre Nora that because we no longer live in environments of memory-places where the past is still vividly alive-we compensate by attaching ourselves to sites of memory, King explores whether Thailand offers an alternative vision, a place where modernity and heritage coexist. He looks closely at the myths of ancient Thai cities, the remaining royal palaces, historical monuments, small towns and villages, and the proliferating slums of Bangkok in order to create a unique and nuanced perspective of contemporary Thailand and its many ideas of Thai identity.

Asian Port Cities: Uniting Lands And Water WorldsAsian Port Cities: Uniting Lands And Water Worlds by Siddique, Sharon

Although the term "port city" has fallen out of favour, there are good reasons why it should be revived. Ports are reclaiming their role in the life of the city. A comparative study of some of Asia's port cities - Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tianjin, Tokyo, Jakarta and Johor Bahru (PTP) - demonstrate a complex, dynamic and symbiotic relationship between these ports and their cities. Port city form is dynamic and ever-changing. Twenty-first century Asian ports have expanded, constantly adapting to new technology, rapid growth trajectories, and the forces of globalization. Ports have shifted, moving from space adjacent to the city centre to the periphery. This, in turn, allows for the expansion of the waterfront, which is once more a focal point for people-oriented activities and displays. The vibrancy of the city centre is reflected in the exuberance of the high-rise buildings, plazas, malls and public spaces. Ports retain their traditional hinterlands, but for many, the hinterland has expanded to embrace the globe. The essence of twenty-first century Asian port city form is the uniting of land and water worlds.

Water Governance Dynamics In The Mekong RegionWater Governance Dynamics In The Mekong Region by Blake, David J.H.; Lisa Robins (Eds.)

The Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER) is a network of organizations and individuals collaborating to democratize water governance in the Mekong Region. Since 2006, M-POWER has developed and implemented a wide range of activities across Cambodia, southern China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. This final book in the series of books examining the work and achievements of the network brings us full circle. A decade on, it is far from obvious that the promises of democratization and improved public accountability are inevitable. The need for multi-disciplinary scholarship and constructive contestation remains.

Singapore Chronicles: LanguageSingapore Chronicles: Language by Kuo, Eddie C Y; Brenda Chan

Understanding language use is particularly challenging in a cosmopolitan city-state such as Singapore, with its multi-ethnic society that recognises four official languages - English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. This book reviews and discusses the changing language use patterns within Singapore society from Independence till today. It looks particularly at how they have been influenced by and, in turn, shape the state's language policies executed through education, language campaigns, mass media and so on. It also illustrates how language management by the Government is challenged by the emergence of colloquial forms such as Singlish, which is embraced by some citizens as uniquely Singaporean.

Singapore Chronicles: DemographySingapore Chronicles: Demography by Yap Mui Teng; Chrostopher Gee

Singapore's population is a veritable mix of nationalities, ethnic groups, languages and religious affiliations. Its unique trajectory of size and composition is mapped out by various phases of migration. There also has been a demographic transition from high birth and death rates in the post-World War II years to the very low birth and death rates today. This book traces trends and developments in Singapore's population from the pre-Independence period, when there was relatively little control over migration and fertility; through the period of population control from Independence to the 1980s; to the more expansionary years from the mid-1980s until recently.

Singapore Chronicles: FoodSingapore Chronicles: Food by Tan, Sylvia

Singapore's reputation as a food paradise reflects its position at the intersection of four culinary cultures: Chinese, Malay, Indian and European. This book discusses these influences and traces the changes in cooking practices and eating habits that have produced a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city known for the variety of dining experiences it offers. These range from fish head curry and laksa to chilli crab, raw fish salad and mee goreng. Dishes such as these attest to a unique culinary heritage which lives on in both high-end restaurants and the hawker centres that dot the gastronomic map of Singapore.

Singapore Chronicles: Civil SocietySingapore Chronicles: Civil Society by Koh, Gillian; Debbie Soon

This book documents the development of civil society in Singapore from the colonial era to the present day. It examines the relevance of the concept to Singapore and examines the working arrangement that state and civil society have arrived at. It discusses the legal and other mechanisms that shape the functioning of civil society, and explores key trends that will influence governability and the tenor of democracy in Singapore.

Cities In Motion: Urban Life And Cosmopolitanism In Southeast Asia, 1920-1940Cities In Motion: Urban Life And Cosmopolitanism In Southeast Asia, 1920-1940 by Lewis, Su Lin

In the 1920s and 1930s, the port-cities of Southeast Asia were staging grounds for diverse groups of ordinary citizens to experiment with modernity, as a rising Japan and American capitalism challenged the predominance of European empires after the First World War. Both migrants and locals played a pivotal role in shaping civic culture. Moving away from a nationalist reading of the period, Su Lin Lewis explores layers of cross-cultural interaction in various spheres: the urban built environment, civic associations, print media, education, popular culture and the emergence of the modern woman. While the book focuses on Penang, Rangoon and Bangkok - three cities born amidst British expansion to the region - it explores connected experiences across Asia and in Asian intellectual enclaves in Europe. Cosmopolitan sensibilities were severely tested in the era of post-colonial nationalism, but are undergoing a resurgence in Southeast Asia's civil society and creative class today.

Communicating With Asia: The Future Of English As A Global LanguageCommunicating With Asia: The Future Of English As A Global Language by Leitner, Gerhard; Azirah Hashim Et Al (Eds.)

Communicating with Asia brings together an international team of leading researchers to discuss South, South-East, East and Central Asia, and explore Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi-Urdu, Malay, and Russian as major languages. The volume locates English inside a number of national, regional or lingua franca contexts and illustrates the way it develops in such contact situations. Local dynamics affecting languages in contact and cultural links of languages are dealt with, such as educational-political issues and tensions between conflicting norms. In today's global world, where the continent is an increasing area of focus, it is vital to explore what it means to 'understand' Asian cultures through English and other languages. This important new study will be of interest to students and researchers working in the fields of regional studies, English as a global language, Asian languages and cultural studies.

Malaysia That Could Be, TheMalaysia That Could Be, The by Kalimullah Hassan

As he reminisces the Malaysia of yesteryear when ordinary Malaysians lived modestly and harmoniously together, Kalimullah bemoans the decline in ethnic and religious tolerance in recent times, amidst a rise of often politically charged rhetoric of bigotry and racism. The subject of his book was inspired by his stint at the National Unity Panel - a "high-powered agency with the objective of promoting unity among Malaysians and resolve thorny issues behind closed doors". As a member, it was then did he realise how deep-rooted and severe the suspicions between Muslims and non-Muslims and between the different ethnic groups that make up Malaysia were. Having been friends with Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi since 1979, and part of the team that gave input for Abdullah's speeches at the annual Umno General Assembly, Kalimullah also gives an insider's view of the former Malaysian Prime Minister's years in power and the events which eventually led to the latter's resignation.

First Queer Voices From Thailand: Uncle Go's Advice Columns For Gays, Lesbians And KathoeysFirst Queer Voices From Thailand: Uncle Go's Advice Columns For Gays, Lesbians And Kathoeys by Jackson, Peter A.

This is a fully revised and substantially expanded edition of Peter Jackson's highly regarded pioneering study of an Asian gay culture, Male Homosexuality in Thailand (1989). The hero of Jackson's fascinating narrative is "Uncle Go", which was the pen name of a popular magazine editor who, despite being avowedly heterosexual, was tolerant of all sexual practices and whose "agony uncle" columns in the 1970s provided unique spaces in the national press for Thailand's gays, lesbians and transgenders (kathoeys) to speak for themselves in the public domain. Peter Jackson translates and analyses selected correspondence published in Uncle Go's advice columns, preserving and presenting important primary sources. In this new edition, Jackson has expanded his coverage to include not only letters from Thai gay men, but also those from lesbians and transgenders.

Population Policies And Programmes In Singapore (2Nd Ed.)Population Policies And Programmes In Singapore (2Nd Ed.) by Saw Swee Hock

The second edition of Population Policies and Programmes in Singapore presents an up-to-date and comprehensive account of the government's initiatives to influence the course of fertility, and hence the rate of population growth in the island-state of Singapore since the 1960s. The varied population issues and consequences associated with the prolonged below-replacement fertility are discussed in detail. The strength of the book lies in the author's intimate familiarity with the subject acquired through some personal involvement in the formulation of population policies for the country.

True Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers And Dope Heads - True Stories From A Japanese CourtroomTrue Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers And Dope Heads - True Stories From A Japanese Courtroom by Murphy, Paul

A middle-aged carpenter beats his 91-year old mother to death and goes to work the following day, leaving the body for his wife to find. An 82-year old woman is jailed for 10 months for stealing fried chicken. Like nearly all defendants in Japan, they both plead guilty. What happens between plea and sentencing is the subject of True Crime Japan. In this fascinating crime book journalist and longtime Japan resident Paul Murphy provides a glimpse of Japanese society through a year's worth of criminal court cases in Matsumoto, a city 140 miles to the west of Tokyo. Based on court hearings and interviews with the defendants, their families, neighbors and lawyers-Murphy explores not only the motives of offenders, but the culture of crime and punishment in Japan. The resulting true crime book provides a lens through which to view this honor-shame based, conformist culture, and shows how, in its role within that culture, the court system reveals Japan to be, surprisingly to some, a land of true individuals.

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.