The entire period of Mao Zedong's leadership is now portrayed as a disaster, and any scrupulous efforts at questioning this version of events have been largely ignored by the international mass media. What is interesting is that the efforts of death toll-inflating academics and media appear to have had little impact on the working people of China. Indeed anti-Communists find the resilience of Mao's popularity baffling and frustrating. The common people are simply ruled out as rational actors. Swimming against the current of the academic industry and the international mass media, the contributors to this book have begun the task of recording the views and experiences of the common Chinese people regarding the period of socialist China, as a vital source of historical truth.
What would life be like without art? For at least as long as art criticism has existed, there has been a great deal of philosophizing and speculation on the topic. What Is Art? allows young readers and interested adults to quickly immerse themselves in the world of art. Young people have formulated 27 basic questions about art, which are by turns earnest, bemused, amusing and profound: how did art begin? At what point does something become art? The easy-to-follow question-and-answer format invites the reader to dip into or browse the book at whim, finding out about historical developments and significant concepts, or gaining specific knowledge about artists, museums and works of art, in the process. Experts from the Beyeler Foundation provide accessible, anecdotal replies to each of the questions posed.
Chinese painter Li Songsong (born 1973) repaints political images from media footage and photography, supplanting historical events with his own artistic interpretation. His paintings are characterized by thick, impasto fields, gauged and pockmarked through repetitive gestures. This publication is the artist's first monograph.
This is the true life story of "Jokowi" told in attractive graphic novel form. Rising from boyhood poverty in an urban kampung to adult success as a furniture exporter, Jokowi then entered politics during reformasi as a refereshingly honest candidate. His ascent has been meteoric: from mayor to governor to president - in less than 10 years! Filled with personal anecdotes, this charmingly illustrated book reveals the exemplary character of the first Indonesian to be elected president as an "outsider" to the traditional power and money elite.
Time of Others features works of artists responding to social, historical and geopolitical concerns at this present juncture of living in a more interconnected world today, where notions of boundary, difference and Otherness have also become more complex. A survey of contemporary art from the Asia Pacific region, the exhibition is co-curated by Singapore Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, National Museum of Art Osaka and Queensland Art Gallery, and will travel to the four museums from 2015 to 2016. This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue features essays and artwork captions by the international curatorial team of Time of Others.
This unique book explores the exciting new democratic spaces that open up when budgets get participatory. The experiences of gender responsive budgeting meet the world of participatory budgeting, both of which have gained traction since the 1980s. The chapters bring together GRB and PB policy makers, practitioners, researchers and civil society actors to share and review their respective journeys. The book is a valuable contribution to current debates on re-thinking GRB and PB and the need to synergize both approaches to achieve gender equality, social justice and good governance.
The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party happens to be one of the oldest and biggest political parties in Malaysia today. This is a work that recounts the constructed nature of PAS, as a party that has undergone several transformations - from a left-leaning anti-colonial party in the 1950s and 1960s, to a right-leaning communitarian party in the 1970s, to a party inspired by the Iranian revolution in the 1980s, to its present avatar as a pro-democracy party. It shows how PAS has evolved along a non-linear path, and was shaped by a host of internal and external variable factors that impacted upon Malaysia and its complex society.
"Amongst the select group of constitutional law advocates in Malaysia, Tommy Thomas ranks among the best - fearless, dedicated, committed and vocal in his decades-old pursuit to entrench respect for fundamental rights and liberties for the ordinary Malaysian…This timely collection of essays should be read by lawyers and non-lawyers alike for its valuable insights into important constitutional issues, and for the thinking jurist, it will serve as a beacon of conscience into what is right, correct and proper under the Constitution." - Dato' Mohamad Ariff Yusof, Retired Judge of the Court of Appeal.
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.
"The inhabitants of the rainforest must be allowed to speak for themselves," wrote Bruno Manser in 1992. Manser was careful to direct public attention to the plight of his adopted people, beleaguered by human rights abuses and the destruction of their home. This book tells the story of logging in Sarawak, its devastating effects on indigenous people, and government collusion with their suffering. It is a chronicle of injustice, brutality and resistance, recounted by Penan themselves, while Manser's illustrations bring the rainforest to life. This book is an essential record of the injustices suffered by the Penan in the 1980s and 1990s, and a reminder that the struggle is not over yet.
This book highlights commonly cultivated species and other resilient Philippine ornamental orchids as a visual reference. The description of these specimens were written by artist, architect and devoted gardener Patrick Gozon. The book showcases 50 colourful illustrations of popular and notable orchid varieties recommended for use in tropical gardens and Philippine-inspired landscapes. The accompanying drawings attempt to capture these orchids' beauty as subjects in art.
This book celebrates the weaving traditions of 'Abel' fabrics. It highlights the Ilocano brand of craftsmanship, as well as the local people's ingenuity and industriousness. It recognises the men and women of the Ilocos communities who keep centuries-old weaving traditions alive and flourishing. Authored by scholars and experts on Inabel, this book showcases more than 80 vibrant and colourful Ilocano handwoven textiles from past to present. It illustrates the evolution of the Inabel from the 1800s to contemporary times, highlighting the recurring traditional themes and motifs inspired by nature and man.
This book features all 128 Wu Guanzhong works in the National Collection of Singapore. It is complemented by four essays which contextualise the artist's life and practice, as well as a biographical timeline.
Chua Ek Kay is one of Singapore's leading ink practitioners. This National Gallery Singapore exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive overview of Chua's artistic development as well as pivotal milestones in his career. It features key works, ranging from 1975 to 2007, including some of his final works. This is the first time such a comprehensive survey has been carried out. This publication documents the artist family's generous donation to the national collection and provides an overview of Chua's career through his key works and major thematic series. It also contains newly commissioned essays and a detailed biographical timeline.
Loka made :artbook is a series of illustrations that started in 2011. Its inception came when FeiGiap had a chance to visit Kuala Pilah. The rustic landscape and architecture inspired him to produce artworks with local influences. Also included in the book are the different stages of his artworks upon the completion of his illustrations.
The Fairchild plant at Lorong 3 Toa Payoh was a poster child of the Singapore government's successful multinational policy. The iconic Silicon Valley trailblazer in integrated circuits manufacturing was among the first American multinationals to invest in 1969. The unvarnished memories of former Fairchild Singapore employees over two decades provide a unique perspective on this exciting period in Singapore's industrialisation history, and will also be useful to young professionals embarking on careers in multinational companies.
50 of the best stories written by children about their vision of Singapore in 2065. It consists of the most bizarre and wackiest ideas that can only come from the minds of children. Who knows? What we find strange today might just be a norm tomorrow.
Dan the Pandan Leaf arrives on the sunny shores of Jua Island. As he explores this new place and discovers where he really is, Dan begins to find himself too. The Singapore Story made fun through the eyes of unique local food ingredients! A great fully illustrated picture storybook for children to embrace differences, self-acceptance and teamwork.
Earth Work 1979 is the exhibition catalogue of Tang Da Wu's Earth Work 1979, an exhibition curated by Charmaine Toh in Concourse Gallery 2 at National Gallery Singapore from 22 January to 29 May 2016. The catalogue includes essays, interviews, newspaper articles and artwork and exhibition images.
The President's young Talents exhibition and award series is Singapore's premier mentoring and commissioning programme. Inaugurated by the Singapore Art Museum in 2001, it recognises young Singaporean artists whose practices chart new dimensions in contemporary art. The 2015 President's Young Talents is the series' sixth edition, and features new commissions from Ang Song Ming, Bani Haykal, Ezzam Rahman, Loo Zihan and Ong Kian Peng. Coinciding with Singapore's 50th year of independence, the exhibition celebrates artistic innovation and the pioneering spirit of contemporary art. The catalogue features a dedicated section for each of the five finalists; it includes interviews, mentors' perspectives and a curatorial essay, as well as showcasing both the artists' past works and their new commissions, offering a comprehensive overview of, and insight into, the practice of Singapore's most exciting and visionary young artists.
This memoir by former Singapore Member of Parliament Wan Hussin Zoohri tells about his early life in the kampong and how he had to sell kueh to survive. After becoming a teacher, he was awarded a schoarship to study at Oxford University. After teaching, he entered politics and became a PAP Member of Parliament. He talks about his unexpected entry into politics and his thoughts on a range of policies.
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.
In celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday, the Eurasian Association published "The Eurasian Collection", a compilation of artefacts and family heirlooms, some more than 100 years old, displayed at the Eurasian Heritage Centre. Each item has its own symbolism, sharing Eurasian history, traditions and culture. Under the categories of family & home, jewellery & apparel, sports & music, religion, wedding and World War Two, this book features items such as household ornaments, kitchenware, pottery, old photos, books, traditional clothes, toys, jewellery and accessories, sports equipment, musical instruments, religious and wedding items, as well as documents, medals and swords from WWII.
Singapore is a young nation at the crossroads of Asia and consistently faces the threat of infectious diseases. The infectious disease threats have changed with the times-it began with malaria, cholera and plague during the earliest days of the Straits Settlements; to vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio and smallpox; and now modern scourges including HIV, SARS, pandemic influenza, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Singapore has accomplished much to control and overcome the threat of infectious diseases. The collected stories and records in this volume provides and account of how Singapore's heathcare system has contributed to global and regional health and how hard-won is the protection from infectious diseases that we take for granted today.
This book, in Chinese, addresses two aspecsts of Forex trading: trading strategies and psychological investment bias. It aims to provide a comprehensive overview of offensive and defensive trading concepts, and to allow the reader to understand the nature of mental errors, and how emotions, fear and greed can twist the original judgment and decision making. This book also introduces price action trading tools that are suitable for beginners.
The National Gallery Singapore is one of the largest art institutions in the region. The buildings of the Gallery are themselves works of art, rich with culture and heritage. Housed in the City Hall and former Supreme Court, the Gallery was developed over a period of 10 years, including painstaking restoration and conservation of the two buildings. This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story of the making of the Gallery.
This unique hardcover, handmade die-cut, "Photo-Language" collection consists of 40 photographs that depict Singlish scenarios. It also has a dictionary glossary of 100 Singlish in the 4 main languages - English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil. There are also 3 essays on Singlish, sticker pullouts for readers to caption their own photos to complete the scene. It encourages reader to fill in the blanks on provided stickers, for their own Singlish interpretations.
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