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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.

Concept Of A Hero In Malay SocietyConcept Of A Hero In Malay Society by Shaharuddin Maaruf

This book attempts to study the Malay conception of the hero as projected by the ruling class in Malaysia. It provides readers with a better understanding of Malay politics and cultural life.

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

How did Singapore's health care system transform itself into one of the best in the world? The Singapore Medicine brand is trusted internationally, and patients are drawn to Singapore from all over the world. And while many countries struggle to finance their health care, Singapore has developed a health care financing framework that makes health care affordable for its people and gives sustainability to the health care system. This book provides a fascinating insight into the development of Singapore's health care system from the early days of fighting infections and providing nutrition supplementation for school children, to today's management of lifestyle diseases and high-end tertiary care.

Simple Tips For Happy Kids: A Simple Adventure To Happier Families (Revised Edition)Simple Tips For Happy Kids: A Simple Adventure To Happier Families (Revised Edition) by Ho-Huan, Jenni

This book helps parents to focus on the basic but essential ideas that are critical to a happy and successful parenting experience. The simple, easy-to-do, yet fundamentally sound, ideas will help parents better understand how to bring up and nurture confident and happy children.

Homosexuality: Questions And AnswersHomosexuality: Questions And Answers by National Council Of Churches Of Singapore

What is homosexuality, and does the Bible allow stable and faithful homosexual partnerships? How should Christians respond to the "gay rights movement", and attempts by scholars to reinterpret Scripture in favour of homosexual practices? Can homosexual orientation be changed? Is it natural or genetically determined? What is the Church 's message to practising homosexuals, and Christians who face homosexual temptation? This revised and updated edition answers these questions and more, presenting the position that the National Council of Churches of Singapore believes to be faithful to the Bible and the best traditions of the Church.

Racism & Racial Discrimination In Malaysia: A Historical & Class PerspectiveRacism & Racial Discrimination In Malaysia: A Historical & Class Perspective by Kua Kia Soong

This is the first in-depth expose of racism & racial discrimination in Malaysia, written from a historical and class perspective. It is about the politics of race and class in Malaysia, highlighting the structural conditions that enable the manipulation of race to serve the economic interests of the ruling elite. The author offers alternatives that are needs based and thus race-free by doing away with such discriminatory policies, rent-seeking activities and patronage politics.

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.)

Our Lives to Live: Putting a Woman's Face to Change in Singapore 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 30 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.

50 Years Of Social Issues In Singapore50 Years Of Social Issues In Singapore by Chan, David

The social context of Singapore is changing rapidly, and understanding how people think, feel and behave in various situations has become a key driver of effectiveness in addressing social issues. This book provides a comprehensive review and examination of various social issues at multiple levels of analysis including the individual, group and society. It adopts a translational approach to social issues in Singapore by explicitly bridging intellectual and practical perspectives.