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The creation of a Japanese garden combines a profound respect for nature with an adherence to certain basic principles of aesthetics and structure. In Japanese Garden Design, noted garden designer Marc Peter Keane explains the development and the application of traditional concepts and elements underlying all Japanese gardens. Keane describes the multiple influences of Shinto, Confucian and Buddhist ideas linking poetry, art and philosophy with the remarkable experience of garden creation and enjoyment in Japanese culture. Creative inspiration is found in ancient Japanese precepts about nature; in the gardens of the Heian aristocracy; in the world-renowned Zen meditative rock gardens; in the intimate tea gardens and courtyard gardens of Kyoto; in the public stroll garden of Edo, and many other forms of garden expression. Detailed explanations of the fundamental design concepts help the reader to fully appreciate the meaning and intention of these various garden forms and all the principles still used today in designing a Japanese garden.
Form precedes function in this stunning visual archive of nearly 200 images of modern architecture by award-winning photographer Nicolas Grospierre. At once a reference work and a personal exploration of modernist architecture, this fascinating collection of Nicolas Grospierre's photography covers structures built between 1920 and 1989 in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. Derived from his popular blog, A Subjective Atlas of Modern Architecture, and organized by architectural form, this book reveals how modernist architecture is the embodiment of political and social ideologies, especially in public institutions such as banks, churches, libraries, and government buildings. Following the series of full-page images, an index details the location, date, architect and purpose of each building.
The Singapore House is not just a building; it is a cultural phenomenon. Culture means ordinary everyday values?attitudes, beliefs, ideas and heritage. These apply to the cultural landscape of which the house forms a part and is particularly applicable to a fast-growing metropolis like Singapore that has changed immeasurably in recent years. This newly presented edition of The Singapore House & Residential Life 1819-1939 addresses the houses unique nature in the context of its colonial past. Architecture, the house plan, landscape, societal norms, recreation and more are presented in a book where the past resonates on every page.
Two soaring conservatories, filled with cool-climate plants from around the world. An indoor mountain and waterfall, wreathed in mist. Eighteen towering Supertrees, rising as high as 16 storeys, clad with a profusion of ferns, bromeliads, orchids. More than 1.5 million plants, consisting of some 18,000 plant groups, spread over an area equivalent to 90 football fields. In just five years of operation, Gardens by the Bay has taken root, blossomed, and matured into a true Singapore icon. Illustrated with stunning photographs, this book looks at the ingredients of its success, its array of signature programmes, and its plans for the future, while shining a spotlight on its world-class plant collection.
50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore is an accessible and comprehensive volume on Singapore's planning approach to urbanization. Organized into three parts, the first section of the volume, 'Paradigms, Policies, and Processes', provides an overview of the ideologies and strategies underpinning urban planning in Singapore; the second section, 'The Built Environment as a Sum of Parts', delves into the key land use sectors of Singapore's urban planning system; and the third section, 'Urban Complexities and Creative Solutions', examines the challenges and considerations of planning for the Singapore of tomorrow. The volume brings together the diverse perspectives of practitioners and academics in the professional and research fields of planning, architecture, urbanism, and city-making.
Cities of Love aims to urge, persuade and provoke fellow residents of our earth to collectively shape the cities we live in. To achieve this, her residents must again uncover the reasons to love and therefore sustain her cities. To this end, Cities of Love tries to identify the ingredients that could possibly be the reasons for such active love.
Hong Kong's approach to heritage conservation has focused mainly on saving an old building here and there with little or no regard to its surroundings. Recent public debates challenging proposals to demolish the former Central Government Offices have highlighted this problem and, for the first time, acknowledged that the heritage value of the buildings is enhanced by their contribution to the broader 'cultural landscape' of Government Hill. Not all of Hong Kong's heritage cultural landscapes have been so fortunate. This book illustrates the concept of cultural landscape using wonderful local examples and champions this new approach to interpreting and conserving Hong Kong's heritage sites more effectively.
Seemingly messy and chaotic, the landscapes and urban life of cities in Asia possess an order and hierarchy that often challenges understanding and appreciation. With contributions by a cross-disciplinary group of authors, this volume examines a range of cases in Asia to explore the social and institutional politics of urban informality and the contexts in which this "messiness" emerges or is constructed. The book brings a distinct perspective to the broader patterns of informal urban orders and processes as well as their interplay with formalized systems and mechanisms. It also raises questions about the production of cities, cityscapes, and citizenship.
This book traces the development of stand-alone residential architecture in Singapore from its early days as a colony to the present. Expertly researched by noted academic and author Robert Powell, it is also a partial history of the architectural profession in Singapore, mentioning many of its eminent practitioners and their works. A detailed introduction is followed by a study of the evolution of the bungalow - from early plantation residences, through the late Victorian and Edwardian styles, Arts and Crafts and Art Deco inspired bungalows to post-Independence residences. The latter includes a history of how the Good Class Bungalow emerged through a planning and preservation initiative into a triumph for the architectural profession in Singapore. This book showcases over 100 bungalows, mostly extant, and contains references to all the major phases of construction in the city-state.
50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore is an accessible and comprehensive volume on Singapore's planning approach to urbanization. Organized into three parts, the first section of the volume, 'Paradigms, Policies, and Processes', provides an overview of the ideologies and strategies underpinning urban planning in Singapore; the second section, 'The Built Environment as a Sum of Parts', delves into the key land use sectors of Singapore's urban planning system; and the third section, 'Urban Complexities and Creative Solutions', examines the challenges and considerations of planning for the Singapore of tomorrow. The volume brings together the diverse perspectives of practitioners and academics in the professional and research fields of planning, architecture, urbanism, and city-making.
Treasures from the national museums of Myanmar, from the World Heritage Site at Pyu, the pagoda-studded plains of Bagan, and from Mandalay, the last royal capital, are examined in this profusely illustrated catalogue. Essays cover the principal archaeological sites of Pyu, Mon, Bagan, Inwa, Shan State, and Mandalay.
Recent studies of intra-Asian trade and Buddhist networks have brought fresh perspectives to the understanding of the pre-modern interaction between South and Southeast Asia. Through centuries of selective adaptation and localization of intellectual, cultural, aesthetic, and economic exchanges Buddhist art in Asia has continued to thrive. Fresh research and archaeological data help locate centres of exchange which catalysed the process of localization. This collection of essays, based on a conference held in conjunction with On the Nalanda Trail: Buddhism in India, China and Southeast Asia, an exhibition organized by the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore, is a re-exploration of Buddhist art, archaeology, and epigraphy. Focussing on ancient monastic centres and temples such as Nalanda, Mainamati, Kizil, Kedah, Dulesi, and Longxingsi Dabeige, papers in this volume offer newer perspectives on aspects of text-image-inscription correlation. This volume is an attempt at interdisciplinary study of cross-cultural trails that lead to localized Buddhist practice patterns and artistic diversities.
Developed as an exploratory study of artworks by artists of Singapore and Malaysia, Retrospective attempts to account for contemporary artworks that engage with history. These are artworks that reference past events or narratives, of the nation and its art. Through the examination of a selection of artworks produced between 1990 and 2012, Retrospective is both an attribution and an analysis of a historiographical aesthetic within contemporary art practice. It considers that, by their method and in their assembly, these artworks perform more than a representation of a historical past. Instead, they confront history and its production, laying bare the nature and designs of the historical project via their aesthetic project. Positing an interdisciplinary approach as necessary for understanding the historiographical as aesthetic, Retrospective considers not only historical and aesthetic perspectives, but also the philosophical, by way of ontology, in order to broaden its exposition beyond the convention of historical and contextual interpretation of art. Yet, in associating these artworks with a historiographical aesthetic, this exposition may be regarded as a historiographical exercise in itself, affirming the significance of these artworks for the history of Singapore and Malaysia.
The fully illustrated catalogue for the Singapore Biennale 2016 - titled 'An Atlas of Mirrors' - presents artworks by 63 artists and artist collectives from Southeast, East and South Asia. Forging the literal and metaphorical characteristics of the atlas and mirror into a prismatic instrument of vision and thought, this fifth edition of the Singapore Biennale draws on diverse artistic viewpoints that trace the migratory and intertwining relationships within the region, and reflect on shared histories and current realities with wider Asia. The Biennale artworks - which include several new commissions - are organised under nine subthemes, each with its own introductory essay by one of the nine Biennale curators. The publication also features curatorial texts on each of the artworks, an introduction by Creative Director Dr Susie Lingham and essays by John N. Miksic, Joan Kee and Michelle Lim.
What is modernism in Southeast Asia? What is modern art, as embodied in the paintings of Southeast Asia? These questions and more are answered in Reframing Modernism: Painting from Southeast Asia, Europe and Beyond, published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name. Featuring 217 works, in full colour, by 51 Southeast Asian and European artists, from the Centre Pompidou and National Gallery Singapore, as well as other Southeast Asian collections in the region and beyond, this catalogue tells the compelling story of modernism as it developed across continents, and reveals artists' powerful, and sometimes surprising, responses to modernity.
Tan Swie Hian is the top-grossing living artist in Southeast Asia. Since his first exhibition in 1973 in Singapore, he has been spectacularly prolific. His works have extended to multiple mediums, genres, languages and subject matter. The quadrilingual artist has published 58 works of poetry, prose, stories, songs, criticism, translations, and artworks. In his 2016 exhibition with the National Library Board, Singapore, the paradoxical and sometimes controversial artist offers a gift to his detractors and supporters alike - an insight into his mind. Tan's notebooks take center stage in the exhibition. The collection, never before seen by outsiders, illustrates his deliberations, quotes, discoveries, drawings, and sketches that preceded his artistic creations. The notebooks and creations unveil his openness and his way of accessing multiple realities.
Organised by National Gallery Singapore in association with Tate Britain, Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies critically examines the effects of the British Empire through the prism of art. This catalogue accompanying the exhibition underscores the thought-provoking ways in which artist and Empire each affect the other-artists negotiating historical conditions of colonialism in their work, visual representation altering perceptions of the Empire. Essays by exhibition curators and external scholars situate the concept of Empire within broader socio-political discourse, while selected key artworks from the exhibition are paired with curatorial text that illumines concerns underpinning the works. A comprehensive, pull-out timeline spanning the 16th to 20th centuries charts the scope of activities undertaken in the name of the Empire, and contextualises the pursuits of artists from former colonies.
Situated in Singapore's two national monuments, the building of National Gallery Singapore balances the need to create a distinct identity for the art spaces with a simultaneous celebration of architectural, cultural and historical significance, telling a story of competition, challenges, preservation and innovation.
Over the years the Mah Meri have become noted for producing extremely fine spirit carvings made out of wood sourced from the mangroves. This book contains photographs of an extensive collection of some of these Mah Meri masks and sculptures. Apart from a brief history of the Mah Meri and the background to their spiritual beliefs, this book also delves into the background of the carvers who produced these works of art, historically and up to the present. There are now an increasing number of international collectors of these works of art. This affords the Mah Meri an opportunity to earn a living at a time when they, in common with other groups of Orang Asli, find their lifestyle coming under increasing threat from outside influences. Spirit Carvings of the Mah Meri seeks to preserve the designs of the carvings produced by this talented people.
Pak Samad is a much celebrated Malaysian poet, writer and activist. He is also an unassuming modern artist who has had a few solo exhibitions under his belt at a number of important art venues over the years. His works, mostly ink drawings and paintings on paper expressed in the abstract and expressionist idiom, reflect his private thoughts and observations on life, capturing the intense moments in socio-political situations or events which he has become an ardent participant in recent years. The exhibition showcases more than 40 piece of ink on paper works selected from the private collection of Helmy, Pak Samad's son who is also entrusted with the publication right of his huge body of literature since 2003.
This book documents the artistic development of Toba Khedoori, a MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient who skillfully combines precise draftsmanship with a meditative quality, and who manages to invite viewers inside her works, despite their two-dimensionality. Whether drawing on sheets of paper primed with wax and stapled directly onto the wall or using canvas as physical support, Khedoori creates delicate compositions that are at once intimate and expansive. Over the past decade, she has shifted toward smaller-scale works while continuing to engage elements of drawing, painting, and installation.
One of the world's most acclaimed photographers working exclusively in black-and-white, Michael Kenna has traveled the world to create stunning, magical images of nature and manmade objects. Long out of print, Rouge has been brought back to life with a spectacular new design, an authoritative essay by art historian James Steward, and many previously unpublished images that were part of the original series. As the city of Detroit struggles to reclaim its heritage as an American commercial and artistic hub, these photographs resonate more than ever with the stark realities and hidden beauty of the industrial landscape.
For the past 16 years Andrew Rogers has been building enormous stone structures called geoglyphs on all seven continents around the world. Designed to be seen from above, these magnificent creations have a global purpose-to form a set of connected drawings on Earth visible from space, embracing the cultural heritage of all civilizations. This book includes stunning ground-level, aerial, and satellite photography. From the peaks of Nepal to the Bolivian Andes; the granite monoliths of Sri Lanka to the volcanic expanses of Iceland; the frigid ice caps of Antarctica to the sweltering desert sands of the African Savannah-each of the 51 geoglyphs was built using local materials and conceived of with the help of local workers, archaeologists, and ethnologists.
Since the 1970s Helen and Newton Harrison have been creating art inspired by the earth. They established a worldwide network among biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners, politicians, and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues about ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. This definitive survey traces an influential joint career that has lasted nearly half a century.
This volume presents for the first time the fundamental artistic circumstances from 1900 onward that led to the emergence of nonobjective art. The individual artists, such as Franti?ek Kupka, and particular movements, such as the Viennese Secession, Prague Cubism, and Viennese Kineticism, can be reinterpreted based on observations that reveal the connections between the art and artists of the monarchy on the Danube.
As a result of the Nazi regime's scorn for modern art, virtually all non-traditional art between 1933 and 1945 was banned in Germany on the grounds that it was un-German, Jewish, or Communist in nature. Those identified as "degenerate" artists were dismissed from teaching positions and forbidden to exhibit or to sell their works. This book sheds light on the historical significance and provenance of nearly 525 works by modernist greats, such as Picasso, Chagall, and Kandinsky, which were acquired by the Kunstmuseum Bern through a combination of auctions and private donations. It also details the dramatic events and unprecedented efforts that went into preserving invaluable works of art.
This globetrotting collection of contemporary photographers and their work is a great way to become familiar with the wide variety of techniques and styles embraced by the medium. Organized chronologically by year of birth, each photographer is introduced in double-page spreads that feature reproductions of their work and a perceptive and concise appreciation of their life and career.
In lavish two-page spreads, this book presents nearly one hundred of history's most memorable photographs - from the Wright Brothers' first flight to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, from Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech to Nelson Mandela's release from prison, and from the inauguration of President Barack Obama to the Syrian refugee crisis. The volume features pictures from photography masters such as Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Yousuf Karsh, Diane Arbus, and James Nachtwey, as well as iconic images from lesser-known and unknown photojournalists.
This generously illustrated volume displays Vasily Kandinsky's brilliant use of color, shape, and composition through approximately 250 full-color illustrations. Essays by the world's leading Kandinsky experts focus on the evolution of his work throughout all periods of his career. The book's design allows for a thorough examination of Kandinsky's most important works in all their extraordinary detail. Accessible, impeccably researched, and wide-ranging, this important volume offers an indispensable overview of the artist's seminal works and a tribute to the beauty and power of Kandinsky's vision.
Featuring an attractive new format and a selection of the best of the first two volumes in the A Year in Art series, this book includes 365 works of art, from Renaissance paintings to modern art masterpieces, from Medieval art to Picasso, and from Russian icons to Chagall. This book also serves as a perpetual calendar and opposite the color illustrations there is plenty of space to record birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates as well as personal notes and reflections.
Every Saturday for the best part of a decade, thousands of people have been turning to the pages of the British newspaper The Independent to read Michael Glover's thoughts about a particular piece of art. Pithy, astute, erudite, often humorous, and always engaging, these enormously popular essays are filled with compelling and entertaining observations as well as trenchant commentary about art, history, culture, and humanity. Collected for the first time in book form, this selection of 50 essays-a number of which have been exclusively written for this volume-is organized in an unexpected manner, allowing readers to see connections and juxtapositions between works. All the texts are accompanied by full-color illustrations of the work in focus.
Drawn from the archives of some of the world's finest museums, this collection of historic specimens, photographed for stereoscopic viewing, brings the natural world to life in thrilling and beautiful ways. This gorgeously produced book contains 50 images of marine life, reptiles, mammals, birds, and primates photographed expressly for viewing through a stereoscope, which is included with the book. As the images jump off the page, their incredible details become apparent-delicate bat wings, the spiraling skeleton of a python, the almost mythic form of a leafy sea dragon. Texts on the work, the history of stereoscopy, and the specimens themselves provide rich background to the project and Naughten's achievement in bringing to life a world that seamlessly melds the past and present.
Thomas Hart Benton was a thoroughly American artist. His regionally focused paintings and murals depicted everyday American life as well as the country's history. This volume focuses on one of the most American of Benton's associations: Hollywood. Not only did Benton create commissioned murals and portraits of film stars and movies, but he also developed a style that was highly theatrical and narrative. This volume is the first to collect all the works conceived by Benton for the film industry. It includes related ephemera, photographs, and documents of Benton at work, along with a series of thought-provoking essays that explore a diverse array of topics.
Sch?n! Magazine has been at the forefront of contemporary fashion, beauty and still life photography since its launch in 2009. Its team crosses boundaries to present outstanding talent, from iconic photographers to the newest and most exciting young creatives, and prides itself in the originality of its content. This is the first curated anthology featuring the best from its pages from over seven years.
Since the early 19th century and the invention of photography, artists have been experimenting with various methods for creating photographs without a camera. At once exhaustive and compelling, this book reveals the myriad approaches artists have used to create photographic images using just paper and a source of radiation. This volume includes 160 exquisitely reproduced works of this kind. In turns abstract and realist, haunting and intricate, they seem to capture the very essence of their subjects. Featuring artists from the 19th century to today, this book explores cameraless photography as an important and influential medium that deserves to be included at the forefront of today's conversations about contemporary art.
Now available again, this book offers an illustrated portrait of a romance, partnership, and creative dialogue between Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz that continues to resonate today. Few creative alliances flourished as productively as that of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe and the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. This book examines the lives of these artists to reveal the roads they took together and independently. Alternating biographical chapters interweave their stories. More than 50 exquisite reproductions of their paintings and photographs illustrate how the two artists inspired and influenced each other, producing masterpieces of lasting relevance.
A rare collection of Chinese paintings is magnificently presented in this book, which explores a politically turbulent yet creatively dynamic period in China's history. Comprising 130 paintings from the 17th century, the Tsao Family Collection is singularly comprehensive, including works by nearly all of the most important Chinese painters of the period. This book features 16 works by Dong Qichang, the most protean Chinese painter of the last 500 years; paintings by masters such as Gong Xian, Hongren, Zhu Da, Daoji, Wang Hui, and Wang Yuanqi; and extremely rare works by lesser-known artists, scholars, officials, and Buddhist monks.
This fascinating look at the Sigg and M+ Sigg Collections, one of the largest, most comprehensive and important collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world, provides the perfect springboard to explore the role of cultural identity in today's global art world. Spanning forty years and bringing together works by artists such as Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Fang Lijun, this volume follows the development of contemporary art in China in the new millennium. This groundbreaking volume unfolds a new panorama of Chinese art and assesses how attitudes toward Chinese contemporary art have evolved.
This is the first book to explain the genesis and cultural significance of emoji, the world's cutest and most popular form of shorthand. The word "emoji" literally translates from Japanese as "picture" and "character". The Story of Emoji traces emoji from their origin as a symbol typeface created specifically for on-screen use by a Japanese mobile phone provider in the late 1990s to an international communication phenomenon. As well as a history of emoji and an interview with their creator, Shigetaka Kurita, the book includes an exploration of non-text typefaces, from the decorative fleurons of the early days of the printing press to the innumerable digital typefaces available today, to the use of emoticons, ASCII art, and kaomoji in typed messages.
This book pays tribute to the mature work of Stuart Davis, a distinctly American artist who adapted European modernism to reflect the sights, sounds, and rhythms of popular culture. Focusing on the images and motifs that became hallmarks of his career, this book features approximately 100 works-from his paintings of tobacco packages of the early 1920s, the abstract Egg Beater series, and the WPA murals of the 1930s, to the majestic works of his last two decades. The authors take a critical approach to the development of Davis's art and theory, paying special attention to the impact his earlier work had upon his later masterpieces. Informed by previously unpublished primary documents, the detailed chronology is, in effect, the first Davis biography. Together, these elements create a vital portrait of an artist whose works hum with intelligence and energy.
Iskandar Jalil is celebrated as one of Southeast Asia's most prominent ceramicists. Known for his high level of discipline, tenacity and dedication, this Colombo Plan scholar is a recipient of multiple accolades including the Cultural Medallion and the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his outstanding achievement in visual arts. Published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, this catalogue illuminates Iskandar Jalil's enduring relationship with clay, his journey to become a master in his craft and the pivotal role he plays in expanding the practice of ceramics.
Iskandar Jalil is celebrated as one of Southeast Asia's most prominent ceramicists. Published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, this catalogue illuminates Iskandar Jalil's enduring relationship with clay, his journey to become a master in his craft and the pivotal role he plays in expanding the practice of ceramics. This slipcased collector's edition of the catalogue, bearing the artist's signature, has been produced to commemorate this landmark exhibition. Featuring exquisite hand-finished production techniques, no two covers in this numbered edition of 300 are alike.
This volume is a collection of 90 essays written by 30 collectors from the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. It showcases lavish photographs, references and research information for collectors and art lovers all around the world. It features forewords by President Benigno Aquino, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
"A book of Singapore's fashion scene with charismatic protagonists and a legion of fashion royalty who have played their own game of thrones in the last five decades. I applaud this initiative to document our relatively short fashion history, which puts everything in context for present and future generations of designers." - Dick Lee, Style Icon.
The Land Transport Authority's Art in Transit programme is Singapore's largest public art programme, integrating artworks by the country's leading artists with the stations of its Mass Rapid Transit system. The Circle Line MRT features 32 artworks commissioned by the Land Transport Authority that are integrated into the fabric of the stations. Conceived and created by artists practicing across a variety of disciplines, the artworks connect people to local histories, geographies and communities. This book describes how each of the artworks on the Circle was conceived and produced, with insights and comments from the people who made it possible.
The artworks that grace the stations and link ways of the North East Line represent a broad spectrum of artistic style and mediums created by the hands of the best and brightest of Singapore's art world. Unlike freestanding artworks in existing MRT stations, the artworks on the North East Line are fully integrated into the station's spaces to allow commuters to appreciate their rich colors, shapes and textures afresh each time they travel. Art in Transit tells the story of the creation of the artworks on the North East Line and the many outstanding individuals who made it possible.
What are the ideas, practices, issues and institutions that have shaped contemporary art in Singapore? Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art presents an anthology of writings on Singapore contemporary art since the 1970s. Editors Jeffrey Say and Seng Yu Jin have selected 33 wide-ranging essays by leading art historians, art critics, curators, artists, playwrights and academics. Comprising texts that reflect diverse writing styles and modes of expression-from personal narrative to theoretical texts to manifestos-this book is an essential resource for students, researchers and art lovers alike.
The tiny island of Pulau Ubin, located off the northeast coast of mainland Singapore, is one of the last rural areas in Singapore still surviving. This charming collection of pen-and-ink sketches by Francis Theo takes you on an intimate tour of its varied wonders. Nature, simplicity, slowness - qualities increasingly rare in urbanised modern Singapore - are captured here in loving detail. With more than 50 original illustrations drawn on location, this book is a remarkable record of a truly unique place and way of life.
This third volume of the Narratives in Malaysian Art series, Infrastructures , examines the development of the structures that support art and art appreciation in Malaysia. Capturing some of the history of the art scene as it has grown over the decades, it also looks at the state of our infrastructure today, mapping the key areas of art institutions, artist-run initiatives, the art market, art education, and art writing and publication. In this volume, many voices come together to share their experiences and the challenges of working towards a healthy and vibrant Malaysian art scene, and their concerns and hopes for its future. Documenting roundtable sessions and conversations among art scene stakeholders, the volume also includes interviews, selected articles, commentary, maps, surveys and other data, providing valuable information and perspectives for cultural policy-makers and all who have a share and interest in Malaysia's cultural life.
The long-awaited retrospective from the internationally renowned film director celebrated for his visually lush and atmospheric films. Wong Kar Wai is known for his romantic and stylish films that explore - in saturated, cinematic scenes - themes of love, longing, and the burden of memory. His style reveals a fascination with mood and texture, and a sense of place figures prominently. In this volume, the first on his entire body of work, Wong Kar Wai and writer John Powers explore Wong's complete oeuvre in the locations of some of his most famous scenes. The book is structured as six conversations between Powers and Wong. Discussing each of Wong's eleven films, the conversations also explore Wong's trademark themes of time, nostalgia, and beauty, and their roots in his personal life.
For more than a century, the designs of the French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels have represented the marriage of an unrivaled sense of elegance with an extraordinary level of technical expertise and prowess. This comprehensive book is a glittering, gorgeous tribute to a century of luxurious, glamorous jewelry design and incomparable mastery of materials. Lavishly illustrated with meticulous photographs, the book's pages are filled with sparkling chalcedony, cornelian, rubies, emeralds and colored diamonds, beautifully set off and enhanced by the jeweler's designs, at alternate moments whimsical or understated, as the materials demand.
The fashionable, eccentric pedestrians of Tokyo are captured with hundreds of portrait photographs in this fun guide to Tokyo street fashion. Each chapter is packed with photographs of young fashionistas captured as they go about their daily lives, with info-rich captions, and insightful text giving the background to the trends and tribes featured. With the inclusion of area maps, and shop and cafe listings, Tokyo Fashion City is an indispensable resource for readers wishing to keep a finger on Tokyo's style pulse.
Published to accompany the group exhibition Artists imagine a nation: SG50. It features pictures of people and places from the collections of Koh Seow Chuan and friends, including works by Abdullah Ariff, Boo Sze Yang, Chen Cheng Mei (aka Tan Seah Boey), Chen Shou Soo, Chen Wen Hsi, Cheong Soo Pieng, Chia Yu Chian, Chng Seok Tin, Choo Keng Kwang, Chuah Thean Teng, Chua Mia Tee, Foo Chee San, Ho Khay Beng, Khaw Sia, Koeh Sia Yong, Kuo Ju Ping, Lee Boon Wang, Lee Cheng Yong, Lim Mu Hue, Lim Tze Peng, Mohammad Din Mohammad, Ng Eng Teng, Ong Kim Seng, Tumadi Patri, Phua Cheng Phue, Anthony Poon, Seah Kim Joo, Tang Da Wu, Tay Bak Koi, Tay Boon Pin, Teo Eng Seng, Tong Chin Sye, Wee Beng Chong, Wong Shih Yaw, Yeh Chi Wei and Yong Mun Sen.
Pre-European glassware is a type of artefact present on more than forty sites in Southeast Asia. Usually found in much smaller quantities than earthenware, stoneware or porcelain, this material nevertheless has drawn the curiosity of archaeologists. In its collections, the Archeological Museum at Lembah Bujang keeps thousands of glassware shards gathered during surveys and excavations conducted in the Lembah Bujang region from the 1970s to 2006. A catalogue, which includes descriptions of a selection of glass fragments, illustrated in photographs and drawings, as well as comparisons using full reference to the scholarly literature, supplemented with an analysis of chemical compositions, constitutes the main part of this book.
The November 2016 focuses on how digital technologies have permeated every aspect of our lives, be it macro issues like economic development and sustainability or their impact on specific industries such as finance, education and media. Interestingly, our authors, who range from leading academics to industry experts and business analysts, are looking at innovation as a mind-set - the way business is done and the way business is run - rather than a set of activities restricted to certain silos of the organisation. The articles illustrate how governments, large corporates, and young start-ups alike are leveraging technology to achieve business and social success. Key highlights of the November 2016 issue include: ASEAN's leap to the forefront of the global digital economy; connecting India: Economic development through technology-enabled innovation; building Asian Business schools: Hindsight, insight, and foresight; Grab Taxi: Navigating new frontiers of the shared economy; is Artificial Intelligence here to stay?; the digitisation of media, and on Japanese corporate groups.
This book brings the many tested models of decision making to the Asian context. It delves into many critical aspects of organizations that junior, middle-level, and senior management must all deal with on a daily basis. These include keeping pace with a turbulent environment, key elements of various models of management thinking, management ethics, corporate culture, small business management, planning and goal setting, strategy design and implementation, decision-making processes, adaptable organizational design, change and innovation management, managing people, diversity management, human behavioral dynamics, leadership skills, employee motivation, communication, teamwork, and quality management.
In a globalized economy, students of human resource management must not only be knowledgeable about the best and universally applicable HRM theories and practices that are available, but also be informed about the contextual conveniences and limitations that may affect the actual operations of HRM in a specific country or region. This updated edition highlights universally usable HRM theories and practices sourced from leading research and reports that may be applicable to HRM in Asia, as well as case studies from countries such as Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and China to facilitate student discussions.
SMEs account for more than 90 per cent of all businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. Yet SMEs are almost invisible when those competition policies and laws are developed and enforced. This book seeks to rectify the relative neglect in research and policy discussions on the role of the SME sector in competition policy and law. Drawing on contributions from a wide range of competition regulators, lawyers, academics, consultants and advisers to the SME sector, it addresses such important issues as: perceptions and views of small businesses about competition law; regulator engagement and education of the SME sector; the link between competition law and economic growth; franchising, SMEs and competition law; issues in enforcing competition law against SMEs; the role of Chinese family firms; trade, professional and industry associations; country case studies from Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, South Korea, Hong Kong SAR, Japan and the Pacific Islands.
Becoming a first-time manager is one of the most challenging experiences in a person's career. It is both a time of great excitement as well as uncertainty and insecurity. First-time managers who succeed are able to make profound adjustments and adapt themselves quickly. By developing new competencies, they start to become value creators to their teams and companies. They position themselves better for greater responsibilities in the years ahead. But those who aren't able to make the critical shifts will struggle. This book will help you maximize your chances of success as a first-time manager.
If you are looking at your brand and you are not exactly happy where it is right now, what would you do? Where would you start? Who should be involved? This book is the answer to help brand owners, business leaders and marketers with an indispensable and practical guide to start building their brands in the right direction.
Cai Lun was called into the Palace to serve the Emperor at the age of 15. He was smart and studied hard. Soon he was promoted to be an attending official in charge of documentation.
Until this time, documents were written either on tablets of bamboo strips of on silk where the bamboo strips were heavy and the silk was expensive. Cai Lun was determined to help the
Emperor and find another durable material that would be good for writing. Cai Lun began his experiments with all the cheap natural material that he could find such as dry grass, bark, fishnet and old ropes. With the support from the Emperor and the help of the imperial craftsmen, Cai Lun successfully invented "paper" after many attempts. The innovation of paper made it possible to keep records and also paintings.
Long long ago, there lived a boy named Tang Yun. He studied very hard and was ready to take the imperial exam in the Capital City thousands of miles away. Yun's mother was worried about him traveling alone. After working day and night, she finished hand embroidering a rooster on Yun's outfit, hoping the magical rooster would be her son's guardian angel. During his trip, magic happened whenever Yun was in danger. With a crowing of "cock-a-doodle-doo", the embroidered rooster jumped out of Yun's outfit. The Rooster was alive! Together, Yun and the Rooster overcome many obstacles during their trip.
There was once a prince who was playful and cared little about what happened in his kingdom. However, as was tradition, he was to choose a girl to marry in a few months' time, when he would reach the age of twenty-one. His parents decided to send him to a school for nobles in hopes of him finding someone he fancied. Through a twist of fate, he met Ida, a studious girl from his class who wasn't even a noble, and together they discovered the Library of Mystory. There they uncovered a secret so big that it would change their fate and the fate of the kingdom forever.
In this charming book, Vanessa Hié and Veronique Massenot create a world based on Matisse's vision, in which a mermaid is thrust out of the sea by a massive storm. Stranded in a tree, not knowing how she can return to her home without legs, she meets a parakeet who is so moved by her plight he finds a way to help her. Vanessa Hié's gorgeous, deeply hued illustrations incorporate the shapes and colors found in Matisse's original masterpiece, which is reproduced at the end of the book.
Hershie the hermit crab has outgrown his shell. With great determination, he embarks on a journey to find a new shell. Along the way, he meets new animals and discovers more than he expected. Will his effort be rewarded? This book is part of a series of children's books based on Singapore's local wildlife and nature published by Raffles' Institution's Ecological Literacy Programme, and beautifully illustrated by their fellow schoolmates from the Raffles Art Institute.
It is the middle of the night, and Gus is fast asleep. Thump! Thump! Who could it be? Join in the adventure as two strangers meet, and learn more about each other and their homes. This book is part of a series of children's books based on Singapore's local wildlife and nature published by Raffles' Institution's Ecological Literacy Programme, and beautifully illustrated by their fellow schoolmates from the Raffles Art Institute.
Hello! We're Ellie, Timmy and Alex but you can call us ETA! We are cattle egrets and right now, we're getting ready to leave! Where are we going? We are heading south the for winter. Come join us as we take in the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia on our first-ever migration! This book is part of a series of children's books based on Singapore's local wildlife and nature published by Raffles' Institution's Ecological Literacy Programme, and beautifully illustrated by their fellow schoolmates from the Raffles Art Institute.
Culture & People
This book is the first monograph to provide an in-depth and multifaceted study of the processes of ethnicization and identity construction in Malaysia, from the colonial period until the present. In his analysis, the author takes multiple layers of ethnicization into account and shows how these have shaped Malaysia's socio-political system and society in different ways. A multi-disciplinary approach, substantiated by empirical data based on qualitative and quantitative methodologies, provides a perspective that moves beyond stereotypical narrations of Malaysia as being constituted by mainly three separate, homogenous groups. At the same time, this book gives a detailed and comprehensive account of political and historical developments and constitutes a rich resource for any Malaysia-related research.
An intellectual memoir by the author of the acclaimed Imagined Communities. Born in China, Benedict Anderson spent his childhood in California and Ireland, was educated in England and finally found a home at Cornell University, where he immersed himself in the growing field of Southeast Asian studies. He was expelled from Suharto's Indonesia after revealing the military to be behind the attempted coup of 1965, an event which prompted reprisals that killed up to a million communists and their supporters. In this book, Anderson recounts a life spent open to the world. Here he reveals the joys of learning languages, the importance of fieldwork, the pleasures of translation, the influence of the New Left on global thinking, the satisfactions of teaching, and a love of world literature. He discusses the ideas and inspirations behind his best-known work, Imagined Communities (1983), whose complexities changed the study of nationalism.
Las Vegas is a much regarded city, a global celebrity for its glitter and splash, and its offer of fulfilling all your desires without any repercussions. But what happens to the people who have to grow up there? Award-winning author Timothy O'Grady lived and taught in Las Vegas for two years, and in a class he was teaching, his students began to speak of what it was like to grow up in the world's playground. They spoke of being robbed by their parents, routinely losing their homes and raising themselves while their parents pursued the addictions serviced by the city. There were overdoses, desert shoot-outs, suicides, all before high school was over. This is a collection of ten of their stories, interspersed with short essays about the city by Timothy, and portraits by highly acclaimed photographer Steve Pyke.
This book presents a comprehensive, full-length analysis of the uses of media and communication technologies by different social actors in Malaysia. Unlike other studies of the media in Malaysia which concentrate on "political economy" or "freedom of the media" approaches, this book focuses on the ways in which different media forms have constituted cultural practices and power relations amongst particular audiences and publics. It also examines the ways in which technologies of varying scales and range have been appropriated for various subaltern purposes and counter-hegemonic agendas. Drawing upon recent case studies on the deployment of different media - including mainstream and independent films, television programming, black metal music, community rituals, political advertising, the internet, and artistic visual installations - it provides valuable insights into the complex, vibrant ways in which these different media forms have negotiated with the dominant cultural representations of Malaysian society. The book makes an important contribution to the emergent disciplines of media studies and cultural studies in Malaysia.
Elizabeth Meets the Queen tells a story of bravery and selflessness, through the life and experiences of Singapore war heroine Elizabeth Choy. Born in the jungles of Borneo, Elizabeth travels to Singapore and becomes a teacher, but she and her husband go through much hardship and torture as a result of helping prisoners-of-war during the Japanese Occupation. Follow Elizabeth as she tides through suffering towards freedom, and gets to meet the Queen of England.
Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago nation, comprising over 17,000 islands. It is the most culturally diverse nation, containing an extraordinary melange of races, religions, languages, and cultures. In this book, author Ian Burnet takes a journey across the archipelago. He intertwines the history and geography, as well as the many races, languages, and cultures that make up a country whose motto is "Unity in Diversity." Traveling by bus, train, plane, and motorcycle, from Java to Timor, Burnet hops from island to island across the archipelago. He traces the history of the early Malay people and the influence of Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. He discovers the heritage of the Indians, Chinese, and Arabs trading in spice and sandalwood and follows the rise of Islam. Burnet traces of the first Europeans to enter Asia - the early Portuguese and priests. Illustrated with photographs and historical maps, this book takes the reader on a personal journey through geographic space and historical time.
Constance Singam's love affair with food began with her mother's Keralan cooking. For Constance and her family, a good meal is evocative. After decades of social activism, travel and kitchen mishaps, food is still able to transport her back to a time of street hawkers, wet markets and when spaghetti was considered strange and foreign. In this memoir, Constance recounts the evolution of food against a backdrop of Singapore's social fabric over the last 70 years.
Neither Civil Nor Servant captures the half a century career of the former Economic Development Board chairman, telling the stories of brilliant achievements almost unparalleled in the history of the Singapore civil service. Yeo was the man who turned Batam into a household name in Singapore, created Jurong Island from seawater and put the country on the biomedical map globally with its iconic Biopolis. The famous rule breaker bulldozed his way through the bureaucracy he was a part of, blazing new paths in a manner more akin to an entrepreneur than a civil servant. In the process, he offended more than a few and was never afraid to challenge naysayers publicly, regardless of status and background.
When the Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh in 1975, new Christian Radha Manickam and his family were among two million people driven out of the city. Over the next four years, 1.7 million people--including most of Radha's family - would perish due to starvation, disease, and horrifying violence. His new faith severely tested, Radha is forced by the communist regime to marry a woman he doesn't know. But through God's providence, he discovers that his new wife is also a Christian. Together they find the courage and hope to survive and eventually make a daring escape to the US, where they raise five children and begin a life-changing ministry to the Khmer people in exile in the US and back home in Cambodia. This moving true story of survival against all odds shows readers that out of war, fear, despair, and betrayal, God can bring hope, faith, courage, restoration--and even romance.
Kwa Geok Choo was most famously known as the woman behind the man who shaped Singapore. But more than just the wife of the late PM Lee Kuan Yew, she was also a brilliant scholar, a Peranakan doyenne, a successful lawyer and the mother of Singapore's current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, all of which she accomplished quietly, modestly and behind the scenes. Morgan Chua chronicles, in his unique, droll style, the untold life of the one whom LKY lovingly called "Choo".
This is a heartwarming, candid and frank biography of one of Singapore's most prominent entrepreneurs and multi-hyphenate, Elim Chew. Elim shares her lesser known familial histories, pangs of growing up, days of being wild, and the history and subsequent closure of retail icon 77th Street. In addition, she talks about her love for social enterprise, youth mentorships, recent ventures into F&B, logistics and technology, as well as her latest passion, fishing.
This book of memoirs, covering the author's years at Hwa Chong Junior College as a pioneer teacher from its very first year, shares the history and traditions of the College, whose deep rooted ethos and spirit help it to consistently deliver many top students and scholars into the best local and most prestigious universities overseas. These memoirs also record and share the travails and distressing times of the College, as it was forced to spend several years 'on the move' in temporary premises. The memoirs also share the triumphs of the College's students and student Councillors as they excel not only in their studies but also in various Co-Curricular Activities, and in leadership appointments - while enjoying their College life.
This book brings unique insight and prize-winning analysis to an extraordinary story - that of a witch-hunt and 'ninja' craze that swept a region of Java, Indonesia, in 1998. When neighbours, family members and friends believed that one among them was a sorcerer, this suspicion would sometimes culminate in the death of the suspect. Using first-hand accounts, Herriman provides these events with a detailed context and history and analyses their development in terms of the interplay of national institutions and local culture and dynamics.
This monograph comprises four parts: Part I has four essays that contextualise Ismail's early formative years. They elucidate the people and art historical developments that shaped his works, and analyse their formal, aesthetic and thematic thrusts. In Part II, the monograph shifts from the intellectual and theoretical to the personal. Parts III and IV are to be read and seen as reflective of each other, and constitute the core of the Ismail Hashim Project, an experiment with a breadth and scope likely never attempted before in Malaysia.
A true story of a lady who was determined to search for the truth of her origins.
This book showcases more than a hundred photographs, many of them rare and unpublished. Readers can share Karpal Singh's photographic journey of life from his younger days during the post-World War II period, the pre-and post-Merdeka years, as well as his political activism from the early 1970s until today. This reprint edition of Karpal Singh: True Malaysian is published in commemoration of the first snniversary of his passing. It contains additional commemorative postcards, photographs from his funeral and a special poem dedication by his widow, Mdm Gurmit.
The book traces the history of Chinese women in Malaysia from the Baba-Nyonya or peranakan China community of Malacca in the 15th century, their spread to the other settlements of the Straits Settlements (Penang, Singapore), and the gradually increasing influx of women from China from the nineteenth century onwards as wives of the Chinese immigrants who had settled in the country, and to work as domestic servants, manual labourers and prostitutes to cater for the large numbers of mining coolies. Although Chinese women have had to struggle with various injustices throughout their history, their circumstances in British Malaya were different. Under the law they were the equal of men, but social conditions took some time to evolve to give them full equality. However, Chinese women became successful entrepreneurs through their own ability, and through education, many of them became distinguished professionals.
China Hand Fred Schneiter delves into the lighter side of Chinese psychology, and in doing so demystifies one of the toughest markets in the world. With an unfailing sense of humour, he offers insights for Sinophiles, Sinophobes and everyone in between. On the Hong Kong bestsellers list for twelve months, this book is now back in a new edition - the essential item to pack in your China survival kit.
Where are all the birds? Why am I in this world? Where are my spectacles? Discover the life of Dr Goh Keng Swee in this fun and unique narrative of successive questions. How did this quiet, shy and curious boy become the man who would spearhead mammoth national projects and impact the lives of all Singaporeans?
How does a spoilt young boy and party-going dandy become the man who housed a nation? Discover the passion that drives Lim Kim San from his comfortable, carefree life into a mission that would change Singapore forever.
Born in the Year of the Fire Tiger, Ann Wee moved to Singapore in 1950 to marry into a Singaporean Chinese family. One of Singapore's pioneering social work educators, Ann shares her experiences frankly and with great humour. She remembers the things that history books leave out: questions of hygiene, terms of endearment, the emotional nuance in social relations, stories of ghost wives and changeling babies, rural clan settlements and migrant dormitories, what disappeared when families moved into HDB estates. Affectionately observed and wittily narrated, with a deep appreciation of how far Singapore has changed, this book brings to life the country's social transformation by talking about the family, "in its 101 different shapes and sizes, with its capacity to cope which ranges from truly marvellous to distinctly tatty: still, in one form or another, the best place for most of us to be".
Death of the Dragon God Lake is a family ethnography focusing on the Jakun of Tasik Chini, Malaysia, and their contemporary struggles. The Orang Asli West Malaysia's indigenous people - comprise only 0.6 percent of the country's total population, and within this group, the Jakun of Tasik Chini number around 500. While recent decades have seen efforts to 'modernise' them, this official spin cloaks the denial of Orang Asli self-determination and the concurrent damage being done to their traditional land. As part of their condensed ethnography, the authors conducted interviews and field discussion groups, observed the adults and children living around Tasik Chini, and gathered information about their lives today and how they compare with the recent past. The lake is polluted, the children unable to swim in it as their parents did, and the natural beauty of the surroundings has been eroded, having an impact on tourism as well. With awareness of their positionality as foreign anthropologists, the authors examine the contradiction between the authorities' and indigenous narratives, and reveal the efforts made by Tasik Chini community members to improve their situation on their own terms.
Rethinking Visual Narratives covers topics from the first millennium B.C.E. through the present day, testifying to the enduring significance of visual stories in shaping and affirming cultural practices in Asia. Contributors analyze how visual narratives function in different Asian cultures and reveal the multiplicity of ways that images can be narrated beyond temporal progression through a particular space. The study of local art forms advances our knowledge of regional iterations and theoretical boundaries, illustrating the enduring importance of pictorial stories to the cultural traditions of Asia.
Alfred Wong Hong Kwok is an architect whose working career spanned more than half a century. He was deeply involved in the birth of our local architectural institutions, and was the President of the Singapore Institute of Architects for four years. He has designed many significant buildings that paralleled the physical and social developments of modern Singapore. From the SATA clinic in Changi and several parish churches, he subsequently designed the National Theatre, the Marco Polo Hotel, the Singapore Polytechnic campus, Saint Joseph's Institution, the PSA Keppel Distripark, and many other important buildings and building complexes. This book chronicles a lifelong passion for architecture and music, two themes that recur in the book chapters. It also details a life that has been interwoven into significant eras of Singapore's development beyond its status as an accidental nation.
This book tells the story of M Bala Subramanion, a second-generation Indian who lost his father to the Death Railway, witnessed Subhas Chandra Bose at the Padang and later emerged as not only a senior civil servant but the man behind multiple social interventions, living in a fast evolving Singapore. The histories of the man and his nation remain seamlessly intertwined, each peppered with equal doses of endeavour, ingenuity and a sheer will to survive!
This is the autobiography of Dr Tan Eng Liang, who was Singapore's first Rhodes Scholar, a former Senior Minister of State, an Olympian, and is the current Vice-President of the Singapore National Olympic Council.
Hong-Kong-based multi-billionaire Lui Che-woo started his first enterprise in difficult circumstances at the age of 13. Now, after more than 70 years in business, he has achieved great success in numerous industries. Throughout his life and career, Lui has faced many challenges and experienced numerous ups and downs. What makes drives Lui? What makes his business empire successful and outstanding? In this book he shares his wisdom, unveils the secrets of his triumphs and pathways to happiness, and inspires readers to change their thinking and improve their lives.
This is a personal memoir amounting to a report on the generational changes Malaysia has undergone since Independnece, examining their roots in the past and implications for the future, by one who lived through them. The narrative unravels the many strands of Malaysian history and how they braided themselves into this nation as it is in the 21st century, each contributing to the whole while striving to remain true to itself.
Singapore's Malay (Muslim) community, constituting about 15 per cent of the total population and constitutionally enshrined as the indigenous people of Singapore, have had its fair share of progress and problems in the history of this country. While different aspects of the vicissitudes of life of the community have been written over the years, there has not been a singularly substantive published compendium specifically about the community - in the form of a Bibliography - available. This academic initiative fills this obvious literature gap. The scope and coverage of this Bibliography is manifestly comprehensive, encompassing the different sources of information (print or non-print) about the many facets of life of the Republic's Malays/Muslims - such as education, economy, politics, culture, history, health, language, religion, arts, and more.
This book takes readers on a thoroughly researched and extremely readable journey through Japan's cultural history. It provides a comprehensive overview of the religion and philosophy of Japan. This cultural history of Japan explains the diverse cultural traditions that underlie modern Japan and offers readers deep insights into Japanese manners and etiquette. Davies begins with an investigation of the origins of the Japanese, followed by an analysis of the most important approaches used by scholars to describe the essential elements of Japanese culture. From there, each chapter focuses on one of the formative elements: Shintoism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zen, Confucianism, and Western influences in the modern era. Each chapter is concluded with extensive endnotes along with thought-provoking discussion activities, making this volume ideal for individual readers and for classroom instruction.
The Malay/Muslim community, comprising approximately 13% of Singapore's population, is an integral part of modern Singapore's formative years. The community has come a long way and accomplished plenty. This book highlights the progress, the contributions and the challenges of the community for the past 50 years since Singapore's independence in 1965. While progress is significant, challenges remain an uphill battle towards a comprehensive community development.
Somini Sengupta emigrated from Calcutta to California as a young child in 1975. Returning 30 years later as the bureau chief for The New York Times, she found a vastly different country: one defined as much by aspiration and possibility - at least by the illusion of possibility - as it is by the structures of sex and caste. This book is an exploration of this new India through the lens of young people from different worlds: a woman who becomes a Maoist rebel; a brother charged for the murder of his sister who had married the "wrong" man; and a woman who opposes her family and hopes to become a police officer. Driven by aspiration-and thwarted at every step by state and society-they are making new demands on India's democracy for equality of opportunity, dignity for girls, and civil liberties. Sengupta spotlights these stories of ordinary men and women, weaving together a groundbreaking portrait of a country in turmoil.
Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated.By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun too was in danger of starving. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete.Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting expos? of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
Yap Kwong Weng makes a compelling case for the need to adapt in today's world. From extreme experiences in US Navy Seal training to trekking 100 km across the Taklamakan Desert in China to doing business in a leading Oil & Gas company in Myanmar, the author shares his insights into what he has learnt and suggests ways to strengthen your purpose and how to keep going when the odds are stacked against you. To raise awareness for the UN Millennium Goals, he trekked across the Taklamakan Desert in 2010. This book tells his story.
In this book, Dr Albert Hong tells his own story. Today, he is prominent in his field, as chairman of RSP Architects Planners and Engineers. Albert Hong and RSP have grown as Singapore has grown, overcoming many of the challenges associated with a young, fast-developing nation. His early years were overshadowed by war and occupation, but he proved that adversity can be a springboard for achievement. In 1964 Albert Hong joined Raglan Squire & Partners as an associate. Over the next 50 years, he transformed the firm. RSP has become one of the biggest, most successful and most respected architectural firms in Southeast Asia. Among many charitable contributions, he has always given generous support to educational institutions and deserving individuals. This is a very human success story, likely to inspire readers planning their careers.
The Malay/Muslim community, comprising approximately 13% of Singapore's population, is an integral part of modern Singapore's formative years. The community has come a long way and accomplished plenty. This book highlights the progress, the contributions and the challenges of the community for the past 50 years since Singapore's independence in 1965. While progress is significant, challenges remain an uphill battle towards a comprehensive community development.
Since it was first published in 1998, Viola Shafik's Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity has become an indispensable work for scholars of film and the contemporary Middle East. Combining detailed narrative history-economic, ideological, and aesthetic-with thought-provoking analysis, Arab Cinema provides a comprehensive overview of cinema in the Arab world, tracing the industry's development from colonial times to the present. It analyzes the ambiguous relationship with commercial western cinema, and the effect of Egyptian market dominance in the region. Tracing the influence on the medium of local and regional art forms and modes of thought, both classical and popular, Shafik shows how indigenous and external factors combine in a dynamic process of "cultural repackaging." Now updated to reflect cultural shifts in the last two decades, this revised edition contains a new afterword highlighting the latest developments in popular and in art-house filmmaking, with a special focus on Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, and the Gulf States.
In this piece of writing based on oral history, we get a glimpse of Perumal, the communist fighter who was a legend among working class communities in especially but not only the plantations of Sg Siput. Kaatu Perumal was the champion of oppressed rubber estate workers, meeting out rough justice to the planters and police during the repressive days of British colonial rule. The role of fighters like Perumal in the anti-colonial struggle has been completely suppressed in the official history of Malaysia. Dave Anthony's Kaatu Perumal then is a valuable contribution to the writing of the genuine history of the struggle for independence.
Parapuram Joseph John is given an ultimatum by the Japanese invaders: work for us or face the consequences. He becomes No.2 at the Domei news agency, working on Japanese propaganda in Southeast Asia and broadcasting propaganda to Indian troops in India, urging them to switch sides and fight against the British. John writes about wanton killings in Singapore and Malaya, the daily struggle to find food, and Blood Alley in Penang, where he witnesses a 'cleansing'. This is a fascinating eyewitness account of the Japanese occupation of Singapore and Malaya as told by a career journalist.
This book describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation with neither a history of technical education nor industry, developed in a short period of time a world-class system of technical and vocational education that helped it make rapid progress in its manufacturing and industrial sector. The Singapore Technical Vocational Education and Training story demonstrates how governmental support helped changed the image of technical and vocational education to one equal with higher education, yet including bridges and ladders to allow everyone to maximize their potential.
The story of the conflict in Singapore's Chinese community was always told from the viewpoint of the British colonizers. A coolie's perspective was never written down. Until now. Set between the founding of Singapore and the shuttering of Nanyang University, this narrative is a colorful account of secret societies and their wars, of Sinitic languages and dialects, and of suppressions by a colonial government in a free port. Its pages are not crammed with historical facts and dates, but filled with the experiences of Chinese migrants over a 200-year period. It is an impression of their achievement and a witness to their weakness of character.
Throughout human history, whenever people moved to a new land they sought to preserve practices from their place of origin, whether that was in the form of their language, religion, culture or cuisine. Wherever Chinese have settled in significant numbers outside of China, they established schools in a bid to retain their mother tongue. Within the reality of Malaysia's multi-ethnic fabric, the Chinese community has also sought to preserve its cultural roots through vernacular education. This photo-journal attempts to describe the Malaysian Chinese primary school system's challenging journey over the last century. Legally defined as "National-Type" Chinese Primary Schools, SJKCs have become a social institution with a significant role in nation building in a multi-ethnic setting.
This a complete parental guide to deconstructing the complexities of the Direct School Admission process. Delivered in a frank parent-educator authorial voice, the text imparts strategies, techniques, and skills both parents and candidates can harness to secure admission to Singapore's most popular schools. As a functional DSA road map, it illustrates and dissects the entire process, and serves as a handbook to the entire admission process. As an Integrated Programme guide, it delivers insights into the value systems of popular schools that parents can reference as part of their decision-making while candidates can use it to draw focus on their applications.
The is a book of narratives written by a group of Singapore teachers and school leaders. Narrative gives them their own voice and leads towards an understanding and appreciation of teachers and school leaders in their learning to teach and lead as persons in their work and lives.
History & Geography
Comintern (Communist International, 1919-1943) files kept in a Russian Archive were opened to the public in 1991. Various documents relating to the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) were contained therein. Relying on these documents, this research reveals many important and hitherto unknown facts. Consulting with previous works done by C.F. Yong, Cheah Boon Kheng and others, we can identify the extent to which the British colonial Special Branch intercepted them. The inaugural congress of the MCP, which initially depended heavily on the Comintern's instructions, was held on 22-23 April and 21 May 1930. Consistent pivotal points of the instructions were to refrain from armed insurgency and to make every effort to obtain the support of Malays and Indians. Although instructions were stopped after 1935, the MCP continued sending reports until the Pacific War started. These reports depict its internal disputes between the left wing and the right wing, which is supposed to have been headed by Lai Teck. Without instructions from the Comintern, the MCP further strengthened its influence among the people through labour as well as anti-Japanese movements.
This publication looks at the National Museum's transformation over the years, with a focus on its history, collection and building. Through photos from the museum's collection and intriguing lesser-known stories, the book provides a refreshing take on the oldest purpose-built museum in Singapore and celebrates its special role in the nation's cultural and heritage scene.
Port Cities perfectly encapsulate a fundamental human and cultural process that has existed since time immemorial - the constant mixing of things together. Such places, and the powerful cultural dynamics that took place within and between them, reflect how people, ideas, and objects circulate, and how culture is formed, spread, and shared. Four essays and a catalogue section of stunning objects make up with profusely illustrated book to accompany the exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum from 4 November 2016 to 19 February 2017.
Long before Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope en route to India, the peoples of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia engaged in vigorous cross-cultural exchanges across the Indian Ocean. This book focuses on the years 700 to 1500, a period when powerful dynasties governed both regions, to document the relationship between the Islamic and Chinese worlds before the arrival of the Europeans. Through a close analysis of the maps, geographic accounts, and travelogues compiled by both Chinese and Islamic writers, the book traces the development of major contacts between people in China and the Islamic world and explores their interactions on matters as varied as diplomacy, commerce, mutual understanding, world geography, navigation, shipbuilding, and scientific exploration. When the Mongols ruled both China and Iran in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, their geographic understanding of each other's society increased markedly. This rich, engaging, and pioneering study offers glimpses into the worlds of Asian geographers and mapmakers, whose accumulated wisdom underpinned the celebrated voyages of European explorers like Vasco da Gama.
This book explores a cross-section of war crimes trials that the Allied powers held against the Japanese in the aftermath of World War II. More than 2,240 trials against some 5,700 suspected war criminals were carried out at 51 separate locations across the Asia Pacific region. This book analyzes fourteen high-profile American, Australian, British, and Philippine trials, including the two subsequent proceedings at Tokyo and the Yamashita trial. By delving into a large body of hitherto underutilized oral and documentary history of the war as contained in the trial records, Yuma Totani illuminates diverse firsthand accounts of the war that were offered by former Japanese and Allied combatants, prisoners of war, and the civilian population. Furthermore, the author makes a systematic inquiry into select trials to shed light on a highly complex - and at times contradictory - legal and jurisprudential legacy of Allied war crimes prosecutions.
Connections: History and Architecture, City Hall and Supreme Court takes a look at two of Singapore's most prominent National Monuments. The histories of the buildings, their architecture as well as their transformation are presented in three parts. The first part is History and Architecture: These two Monuments had been designed to reflect the aspirations of the Singapore colony and have witnessed pivotal events in Singapore's evolution from a colony to an independent republic. The second part is Dreams and Visions. A photographer's interpretation of the buildings' histories and architectural elements, presented through surrealistic images that invite the imagination of readers and inject a fresh breath of inspiration to the buildings. The third part is Restoration and Preservation. The buildings' restoration and transformation into an art gallery are documented in this essay contributed by Jean Fran?ois Milou and studioMilou Singapore, the architectural firm responsible for this monumental effort.
This brand new edition of A History of Malaysia brings the story of this fascinating country up to date, incorporating the latest scholarship on every period of Malaysian history. Fresh analysis of Islam's historical role in the Malay world and how it links with the growing Islamization of Malaysia today make for a timely study.
Johor: 300 Early Postcards will present a series of postcard galleries showing various aspects of the Peninsular Malaysian state of Johor from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, in particular the changing landscapes and townscapes. The book will be a richly informative visual guide to a formative period in Johor's history. The postcards presented in the book will be drawn from the vast postcard collection of Dr Cheah Jin Seng, the author of Malaya: 500 Early Postcards, Penang: 500 Early Postcards, Perak: 300 Early Postcards, Selangor: 300 Early Postcards and Singapore: 500 Early Postcards.
Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge (c.1570?1632) was admiral of the Dutch East India Company when it sailed to Asia in 1605 and besieged Portuguese Melaka in 1606 with the help of Malay allies. A massive Portuguese armada then arrived from Goa to fight the Dutch and succeeded in breaking the siege on the Portuguese colony. Throughout this time, Matelieff penned a series of letters in which he provided a candid assessment of trading opportunities and politics in Asia. Admiral Matelieff's Singapore and Johor offers an edited selection of Matelieff's most important writings from this period, focusing on his experience and interest in Singapore and the Straits of Melaka. The rediscovery of Matelieff's writings have helped to reshape the way local history is taught and understood in Singapore and Malaysia, and this collection will be essential to scholars of the region.
British artists and commentators in the late 18th and early 19th century encoded the twin aspirations of progress and power in images and descriptions of Southeast Asia's ruined Hindu and Buddhist candis, pagodas, wats and monuments. To the British eye, images of the remains of past civilisations allowed, indeed stimulated, philosophical meditations on the rise and decline of entire empires. Ruins were witnesses to the fall, humbling and disturbingly prophetic, (and so revealing more about British attitudes than they do about Southeast Asia's cultural remains). This important study of a highly appealing but relatively neglected body of work adds multiple dimensions to the history of art and image production in Britain of the period, showing how the anxieties of empire were encoded in the genre of landscape paintings and prints.
In spite of being sidelined as an official town by the colonial government, Ipoh could still consider herself the most favoured of Malayan towns. For she had one thing in abundance - tin! Tin gave Ipoh more millionaires than any other Malayan town; it gave her confidence and vibrancy; it gave her a soul. This is the story of Ipoh's Golden Age, an era that is now shrouded in the mist of time, but which present-day Ipohites can take pride in and draw inspiration from.
Selected and introduction by Badriyah Haji Salleh and Loh Wei Leng, this selection of articles provide a bird's eye view of Penang's past. It covers broad themes such as the British imperial enterprise and the incorporation of their Southeast Asian settlement into the world economy as suppliers of raw materials and importers of western manufactures; the agency of local actors in the face of Anglo-Dutch rivalry; and the myriad consequences of imperialism - political, economic, social and cultural.
From Tamils to Malayalees, from Bengalis to Punjabis, the diverse Indian community in Singapore has played a large part in building the country. This celebratory volume highlights the progress, contributions and challenges of the community for the past 50 years since Singapore's independence in 1965.
This is a pioneering study of the Western community during the turbulent Mao era. Based largely on personal interviews, memoirs, private letters, and archives, this book 'gives a voice' to the Westerners who lived under Mao. It shows that China was not as closed to Western residents as has often been portrayed. The book examines the lives of six different groups of Westerners: 'foreign comrades' who made their home in Mao's China, twenty-two former Korean War POWs who controversially chose China ahead of repatriation, diplomats of Western countries that recognized the People's Republic, the few foreign correspondents permitted to work in China, 'foreign experts', and language students.
This is the first of a series of exclusive postcard books featuring 20 iconic moments from past National Day Parades. Within the book are unforgettable vintage images of crowds braving the pouring rain as the contingent marched through the streets during the first parade of 1968, soldiers standing ramrod straight under the scorching sun during the 1993 parade, and the young and old bonding over the Kallang Wave in 2015. They reflect the special moments and collective joy of a people proud to be identified as Singaporeans. Only 1,500 of these limited edition Majulah Moments postcard books will be printed. Each book contains 20 postcards with local pre-paid postage. Grab your copy now.
The product of primary oral history research that spanned several years, this book captures glimpses of Kampung Tempe's varied history and records stories of life in the kampong, and of how the villagers produced tempe or fermented soya bean cakes. Kampung Tempe was a Javanese/Malay kampong located at Jalan Haji Alias in Bukit Timah. The only remaining trace of the kampung is the presence of the kampung's mosque, Masjid Al-Huda, which was in the past referred to as Masjid Kampung Tempe.
Throughout the book runs a passionate concern for the lives and struggles of ordinary men and women in colonial Malaya. Here, the effect of counterinsurgency measures are captured by the anthropologist's art of ethnography and cultural analysis. Among the vignettes are an ethnographic encounter with a woman ex-guerrilla, and the author's remembrance of his insurgent-cousin killed in a police ambush. As such, this fascinating study examines the Emergency afresh, and in the process brings into focus issues not normally covered in other accounts: nostalgia and failed revolution, socialist fantasy and ethnic relations, and the moral costs of modern counterinsurgency.
The history of Tokyo is as eventful as it is long. A concise yet detailed overview of this fascinating, centuries-old city, this is a perfect companion volume for history buffs or Tokyo-bound travellers looking to learn more about their destination. In a whirlwind journey through Tokyo's past from its earliest beginnings up to the present day, this Japanese history book demonstrates how the city's response to everything from natural disasters to regime change has been to reinvent itself time and again.
This book tells the story of Bali, its rulers and its people, and their encounters with the Western world. A new introduction by Adrian Vickers, a professor of history at the University of Sydney, places the book into the context of the literature on Bali and the impact that the Western world and tourism are currently having on the island.
Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols, describes Temujin's rise from boyhood outcast to become Genghis Khan, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.
The Second World War was not fought by Britain alone. India produced the largest volunteer army in world history: over 2 million men. In this book, we hear the myriad voices of ordinary Indian people, from the first Indian to win the Victoria Cross, the nurses in Indian General Hospitals to labourers and their families in remote villages.
At a time when sea navigation depended more on the skill and courage of sailors than on technology, men were nonetheless able to build maritime regional empires that stretched from Indochina to the Indonesian Archipelago. This book, which draws on a huge body of archaeological and documentary research, provides a much-needed overview of the history of the Malay Peninsula and insular Southeast Asia from its earliest times to the 16th century. It also provides an in-depth analysis of the international context of the political, economic and social evolution of these kingdoms, and so provides a useful background to the modern history of the region. This is an excellent book for those with a keen interest in the ancient history of the first kingdoms of the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian Archipelago.
Using the concept of boundaries, both physical and cultural, to explain the development of China's maritime southeast and its interactions across maritime East Asia and the broader Asian Seas, this book offers a new way of understanding Chinese history in the late Imperial period. Ng Chin-keong examines social boundaries between "us" and "them;" challenges to rigid demarcations posed by the state; movements of people, goods, and ideas across borders and among cultures; and the line between tradition and innovation. The result is a novel way of understanding China's relations with neighboring territories and people as well as the nature of tradition in China and its persistence in the face of changing circumstances.
Indonesia is home to diverse peoples who differ from one another in terms of physical appearance as well as social and cultural practices. The way such matters are understood is partly rooted in ideas developed by racial scientists working in the Netherlands Indies beginning in the late nineteenth century, who tried to develop systematic ways to define and identify distinctive races. Their work helped spread the idea that race had a scientific basis in anthropometry and craniology, and was central to people's identity, but their encounters in the archipelago also challenged their ideas about race. In this new monograph, Fenneke Sysling draws on published works and private papers to describe the way Dutch racial scientists tried to make sense of the human diversity in the Indonesian archipelago. The making of racial knowledge, it contends, cannot be explained solely in terms of internal European intellectual developments. It was 'on the ground' that ideas about race were made and unmade with a set of knowledge strategies that did not always combine well. Sysling describes how skulls were assembled through the colonial infrastructure, how measuring sessions were resisted, what role photography and plaster casting played in racial science and shows how these aspects of science in practice were entangled with the Dutch colonial Empire.
Aiming to balance the focus on European events in global public discussions and reminiscences of World War II, End of Empire focuses on a brief, 100-day period at the end of the war across a broad sweep of eastern Asia - a time when the Indonesian and Vietnamese revolutions were born, the fragile wartime truce between Communists and Nationalists in China began to fray, and the first steps were made in Japan towards a new democratic order. Following a chronological order, the volume combines daily events with commentary, photographs, maps and personal accounts. More importantly, it is part of a radical, multi-faceted project to commemorate the period not just in print but also on screen and in 'real-time broadcasts' published day by day. Here, perhaps, is the form of scholarly publishing and learning of the future but without abandoning traditional standards.
Examining developments in the first decade of the twenty-first century, this authoritative collection of essays studies the evolving practice of constitutional law and constitutionalism in Asia. It provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse constitutional issues and developments in sixteen East, Southeast and South Asian countries. It also discusses the types of constitutionalism that exist and the general trends in constitutional developments whilst offering comparative, historical and analytical perspectives on Asian constitutionalism. Written by leading scholars in the field, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars alike.
This book covers Singapore's Divorce Laws and Procedures, and court practice in matrimonial proceedings. It contains information on how to apply for personal protection against violence, for divorce and for ancillary reliefs including maintenance, division of matrimonial assets, and the care and custody of children. Readers get a glimpse into the court practices to understand how the law works, the outcomes and decisions made. Close to 60 cases are discussed. Written in Chinese, it is a comprehensive guide for the layman. It contains a chapter comparing the divorce laws in Singapore and China for the benefit of couples in such crosscultural marriages. The book also contains some advice to prevent divorce, and points to alternative dispute resolution approaches to settling marital conflicts.
Between the covers of this book you can read about 12 hand-picked restaurants in Singapore to give you a flavour of the city's culinary landscape. The restaurants featured in this 2017 edition are: Alati, Aura, BAM!, Chef's Table, CreatureS, Dehesa, Meta, Morsels, Salted & Hung, The Song of India, Tong Le, UsQuBa. The best part? All 12 restaurants featured in the book will treat you to a free main course when dining with a friend. Yes - twelve main courses on the house.
Kelly Kwok, founder of Life Made Sweeter, provides great new flavors to try in your slow cooker. These simple and delicious recipes will have your favorite Asian dishes waiting for you right when you get home. With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts.
Game of Thoughts is a refreshingly unique blend of fun activity workbook for grown-ups meets creativity training workshop manual. This highly interactive personal journal is about understanding the fundamentals of creativity through experiential learning. Although set in seven parts, readers can delve into any section to immediately learn about various elements about creative thinking.
This cookbook is the result of Terry Wong's painstaking efforts to recreate his mother's classic recipes from her notes and his palate memories. These are home-cooked dishes of Singapore and Malaysia - food for family meals and festive feasts from Chinese, Nonya, Malay and Indian cuisines. His Mum's classic dishes include Wok-cooked Char Siew, Bean Paste Chilli Crab, Hakka Yong Tau Foo and Pan Mee (Pinched Noodles). Also included are her favourite party dishes like Mee Rebus, Penang Prawn Noodles and Assam Laksa. Traditional favourites such as Steamed Yam Cake, Chai Kuih and Curry Puffs add to the list.
This book combines Chef Zan's boundless enthusiasm for baking with her innate passion for using favourite Asian ingredients including pandan, gula melaka and coconut, to bring out the quintessential flavours of traditional Malay desserts in her baked treats. Within this exciting collection of recipes, you'll find tantalising creations such as her Ondeh-ondeh Cake, Pandan Gula Melaka Cake, Cendol Cheesecake, Bandung Lychee Cupcakes and Crumbly Durian cookies that taste as good as they look.
Jekka McVicar shows how to grow and use herbs, with over 200 culinary ideas and recipes.
Chefs and The Sunday Times' food writers show you 60 ways to jazz up the humble packet of instant noodles. Conveniently divided into six parts with Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan, Asian and Western variations.
Makansutra Singapore 2017 marks the tenth edition of the ever-popular food guide book in Singapore. It has been and still is the voice of traditional and heritage street food since 1997, when the first edition was inked. Despite rapid changes, the affinity for comfort heritage food remain. In this edition, there are over 600 street food and heritage restaurant reviews, complete with new finds and updated listings.
Award-winning cookbook author and food blogger Shirley Wong, better known as Little Miss Bento, returns with even more kawaii creations in her third cookbook Kawaii Sweet Treats. Featuring more than 30 recipes from cookies and snacks to cakes, tarts and pudding, with many utilizing aromatic tea flavours such as matcha, houjicha and earl grey, this collection of unique and flavourful treats promises endless hours of baking fun!
This beautifully designed book shows how the seemingly mundane objects that populate desks and cubicles everywhere are now being re-imagined as collector's items. And as today's trendsetting artists and designers are increasingly returning to non-digital techniques and methods, letterpress stationery, typewriters, and ink pens have developed the cache of vintage fashion and cars. Whether you're stuffing a college backpack or decorating your home office, this book will appeal to lovers of lo-fi and bespoke objects alike.
It's well known that Claude Monet was a gourmand as well as an artistic genius. Now, sixty of those recipes are gathered in this elegantly produced book brimming with the colors and flavors of Giverny, France. Beautiful reproductions of Monet's art compliment the recipes, along with photographs of the artist enjoying these dishes with his family, friends, and fellow artists. The recipes themselves, selected for their rustic appeal and use of only the freshest ingredients, range from simple galettes and hearty casseroles to fine soufflés, seafood dishes, and delicious tarts, cakes, and other pastries.
Based on the intricate illustrations of Ernst Haeckel, one of the world's most celebrated naturalists and artists, this coloring book provides hours of absorbing and soothing entertainment. Ernst Haeckel's series of incredibly detailed prints have influenced designers and artists for over a century. Collected in books such as the perennial bestsellers Art Forms in Nature and Art Forms from the Ocean, they now form the basis of a beautiful coloring book that is suitable for any age.
Based on modern and contemporary art masterpieces, this collection of hypnotic and intricate patterns provides the perfect canvas for coloring-book enthusiasts of all ages. This book offers hours of coloring opportunities using the shapes and forms of some of the world's great modern and contemporary artists. The dots of Chuck Close, the helixes and spirals of M.C. Escher, the playful lines of Calder and Miró, and even the splatters of Jackson Pollock are translated into boldly lined and enthralling illustrations.
Did you leave your fishing rods at home before relocating to Hong Kong, unaware that such a densely populated place could support recreational fishing? Mike Sharp and John Peters walk you through the local angling spots and describe key tactics normally known only by Hong Kong anglers. Carp fishing, pier fishing, and trolling for game fish are just some of the topics covered in a warm, descriptive text beautifully illustrated by Lizzie Sharp-Eliazar. Whether you live in a skyscraper or a village, this book will encourage you to get out onto the territory's beautiful waters or rocky shore and cast a line - in the hope that the next one will be the one that didn't get away.
This is a compendium of the most important generational sake breweries in Japan, featuring profiles of and interviews with the passionate families who run these operations, along with luxurious photography of the small batch processes, landscape and people involved. The 75 profiles include 60 sake breweries, 10 shochu distilleries and 5 awamori distilleries from Okinawa all the way to Hokkaido for geographic and stylistic diversity.
A unique way of seeing and thinking, and an attention to detail are what shape Chef Janice Wong's inventive desserts. Through this book, the creative mind behind 2am:dessertbar invites you to enter her world. This is not an ordinary cookbook. It is an exploration of the mind and senses, of perceptions and emotions. The chapters explore the inspirations behind each of her creations, be it the unique, natural flavour of an ingredient, a distinct hue that evokes an emotion, an unexpected texture that jolts the senses, a nostalgic taste that allows the mind to wander back to childhood days..
Chef Janice Wong's approach to cuisine is novel and innovative - she views familiar items in a different light, twisting and combining them in a unique way. In this book with dim sum expert Chef Ma Jian Jun, Chef Wong brings her unique concepts and presentation to the traditional Cantonese art of dim sum. Together they have pioneered a collection of over 90 traditional recipes as well as new creations incorporating both Chef Ma's impeccable craft and Chef Wong's pastry vision.
Everybody loves sushi. Now vegetarians can fully enjoy it too! American sushi expert Marisa Baggett has been working passionately for years to perfect sushi recipes that take full advantage of the freshest garden vegetables, herbs, tofu, mushrooms and spices available at your local farmer's market or co-op. This is a gem of a Sushi cookbook that shows you how to make foolproof thin rolls, thick rolls, inside-out rolls, hand rolls, bowl rice sushi and many more in no time at all!
This book tells the awe-inspiring stories of bonsai and penjing trees in the collection of the National Arboretum in Washington D.C. It details their valuable role in international diplomacy and as instruments of American presidential influence. It also describes their inclusion in world's fair exhibitions, in Asian-inspired gardens around the country, and as a window onto the extensive cultivation of bonsai in North America today. Stories of individual trees and forest plantings are featured, as are the roles played by the skilled and talented creators of these living art forms.
Master origami artist Akira Yoshizawa was a true innovator who played a seminal role in the rebirth of origami in the modern world. He served as a bridge between past and present, in terms of inventing new techniques and in preserving the traditional Japanese forms. In fact, the notational system of diagrams widely used today to indicate how models are folded was largely invented by him. Above all, Yoshizawa was responsible for elevating origami to the status of an art form. This beautiful origami book is the first comprehensive survey of the extraordinary work of Akira Yoshizawa. In addition to 60 models from his private collection, it features over 1,000 original drawings by the artist, and English translations of his writings in Japanese on origami, all of which are published here for the very first time.
Experience Arab cuisine with traditional dishes from Lebanon, Morocco, Iraq, and Egypt and delight in the rich textures, aromas, and flavors of the Middle East. World-renowned chef Ramzi Choueiry revolutionized Arab cuisine and raised its standards on the international culinary stage. Filled with a bountiful range of dishes, the book features simple recipes that will make preparing these delectable meals as enjoyable as consuming them. Prepare classics like baba ghanoush, hummus, falafel, and baklava, as well as more exotic dishes, such as dolmades stuffed with rice, squid in ink, sour chicken with sumac and walnuts, and fig marmalade with grape molasses.
Fun to look at and easy to use, this unique combination of cookbook and graphic novel is the ideal introduction to cooking Korean cuisine at home. Robin Ha's colorful and humorous one- to three-page comics fully illustrate the steps and ingredients needed to bring more than sixty traditional, and some not-so-traditional, dishes to life.
Bestselling cookbook author and media personality Rita Zahara follows up her first title Malay Heritage Cooking with another exciting treasury of dishes deeply rooted in Malay culture and history. In The Many Flavours of Malay Cooking, Rita assembles a stunning collection of authentic dishes that hail from various Malay ethnic groups and presents the richness and diversity of Malay cuisine with recipes from contributors that include award-winning chefs Chef Syed Shahin Shah and established restaurants Mamadan and Bayview Tandoor Restaurant.
The Peranakan or Baba and Nonya culture is the result of intermarriage, from the 15th century, between Chinese immigrants and the local population of Indonesia and Malaya. The resulting fusion of cuisines, however, is not just of China and the Southeast Asian archipelago, but also from Portugal, the Netherlands and England, as well as the places they colonized. Nonya Heritage Kitchen brings together the stories of how popular food, cooking techniques, ingredients and utensils from these spheres of influence interacted to create Nonya cuisine. This telling is via the background and recipes of both well-known and rare dishes such as Bak Chang, Rempah Udang, Sugee Cake, Kiam Chai Ark, Kuih Bahulu, Cheek Bee Soh, Sesargon, and Kuih Koci.Also included is a list of stores and online shops for Nonya kitchen utensils. Here is an extraordinary and practical cookbook that reveals new information about the wide-spread and global roots of Nonya food.
Discover the joy planting your own herbs and spices, and cooking with them! Take your cooking to the next level by incorporating fresh home-grown herbs and spices! At Home From Pot to Pot is a fully illustrated guide on how to grow 16 different herbs and spices and using them to prepare 30 healthy and wholesome dishes with exciting flavours that are sure to delight.
In this collection of more than 50 original recipes, Chinese herbal cuisine specialist Joanna Wong introduces readers to a contemporary approach to cooking with Chinese herbs. In collaboration with a team of garlanded chefs from around the world, Joanna brings together a unique and ambitious collection of recipes that prove that Chinese herbs are far more flexible ingredients than you could ever have thought. Herbalicious contains a diversity of international recipes, from east to west; and for all occasions, including salads and soups, main courses, desserts and drinks. Complete with a comprehensive illustrated guide to Chinese herbs, and complemented with Joanna's insights to the properties, health benefits and taste profiles of the herbs used in each recipe, Herbalicious charts a new path to contemporary cooking with Chinese herbs for the modern table.
Singapore's food scene is renowned for its raucous hawker centres and world-class gourmet restaurants, but in recent years it is its cosmopolitan café industry that has been charting a caffeine-fuelled course to take over the country. This handy guide offers a timely snapshot of this java zeitgeist sweeping the nation. It profiles 50 of the best-known and best-hidden cafés on the island. Accompanying the succinct but richly detailed descriptions of each café are artistic photos as well as helpful information such as price guides, websites, opening hours, addresses and walking directions from the nearest MRT station.
In this stunning cookbook of fifty exciting pie recipes, seasoned bakers Evonne Lyn Lee and Sarah FC Lee present a collection of pot pies, hand pies and tarts with a unique Asian twist. From beef rendang and chilli crab to red bean and pulut hitam, these alluring Asian-inspired flavours will redefine the traditional idea of pies. With more than just delicious pie fillings up their sleeves, Evonne and Sarah also reveal their secret to making the fragrant, buttery and crisp shortcrust pastry that you have always dreamed of. Complete with insightful tips and a comprehensive basics section that offers a variety of pie crust recipes and troubleshooting pointers, Asian Pies is your definitive guidebook to making pies. You will be amazed at how easy it can be.
Jan Xu, a Singaporean Chinese Lang (wolf), mother, and daughter, receives a phone call from her sister. Marianne returns to Singapore with a new boyfriend and a hidden agenda. Is Jan Xu able to accept this new Marianne and the threat to her stable life? What can an ex-teen vigilante do? Welcome to Singapore, where the Myriad co-exists with ordinary humans, where ancient urges wrestle with human desires. Where the Lang straddle between many worlds.
The brave fighters of the Communist Party of Malaya lived hard lives in the jungles, pledging allegiance to the Party above all else. But despite their dedication, many were lost due to a traitor in their midst - one so high-ranking that nobody would have suspected him. Dave Anthony's historical novel follows the developing love of two of the guerrilla fighters; the multiple identities of their Beloved Leader and the uneasy cooperation between the British and the communists against their common enemy. The Red Bicycle tells a fascinating story inspired by the Communist Party of Malaya's most infamous operative. Weaving together fact and fiction, Dave Anthony has produced a compelling historical narrative that spans four South East Asian countries. More importantly, he has provided a window into the lives of Party members by highlighting the personal relationships of his main characters. In so doing, he succeeds in giving them a human face; something conspicuously absent in most other accounts of the Party.
Near the end of a twitchy year, as China opens its doors to foreign investment and Hong Kong ponders its future, Pearl Green returns on the same day that Marcus Brown arrives on a mission to set up an investment project to benefit his affluent Native American Indian community in Florida, America. Pearl is back to resume management of The June Bowen Foundation and takes up temporary residence in The Hilton Hotel. Marcus, uneasy about his first trip overseas, also checks in to The Hilton and is about to enjoy his first meal in Hong Kong when he is approached by a conman, Terry Shaw, who begins laying the foundations for carrying out a scheme to relieve Marcus of his people's investment funds. The following day, Marcus's sense of unease turns to panic when he is framed for a murder which takes place in the hotel, that of the wealthy business tycoon Dennis Childs, the father of one of Pearl's friends - the famous Belinda Jones, celebrity wife of rock legend Smut Jones. Whilst Marcus languishes in a prison cell, Belinda returns to bury her father and disappears from The Hilton while on her way to visit Pearl. Peter Benson, concerned that Pearl is somehow central to Belinda's kidnapping, consults Pearl's father. When James Gates announces that he will be in Hong Kong during the first week of winter and old friend Yip Yee Koon - whose own networks are humming - warns her to be on the alert, Pearl knows that the atmosphere described by Yip as a state of strangeness means that trouble has arrived in Hong Kong. It takes all the qualities that the mythological turtle can harness - wisdom and the valour of a warrior - for James, Pearl, Peter Benson and Yip Yee Koon to overcome the criminal forces that enter their lives in this dark and dangerous winter - a Black Tortoise Winter.
In the land of Daoistan, freedom has arrived at last. The revolution liberated all, then enslaved everyone, and now it was liberating them again by allowing people to own credit cards. And a man with credit is a man who has the world at his fingertips, or at least a trip into town where the temptations are pretty much as they have always been, only more people can afford them. Adam's Franchise is a story about Adam and his Franchise. He is not quite sure what that means, but he is a modern man, embracing the economic miracle and taking up a gift shop franchise at a new hotel. There he will sell much the same things that he always sold: baskets, pots, cultural artefacts of various kinds, except at a modern price to foreigners, should they ever care to come to the hotel. The desert that he lives in is not the most beautiful of places, policed by Omar who has to learn how to get out of his hammock, fuelled by Castrol who just loves the smell of petrol and the visions it gives him, and terrorised by nomads and Adam's volatile brothers-in-law. But if it ever rids itself of the last vestiges of barbarism, both pre-revolutionary and revolutionary, as epitomised by Adam's indolent, lustful, embittered, rapacious, cynical, superstitious father, Saleem, then harmony - both spiritual and economic -might assert itself. Or maybe, just air-conditioning. Daoistan exists everywhere, or has done at some time or other. And there have been many Adams.
Looking for strategies to cope with existing under an omniscient narrator? Keen to optimise your interactions with ancient deities? Perhaps you're a star in a corner of the Milky Way with a penchant for human-gazing, or even a young girl confronting the disturbingly solid spectre of her ethnic identity…this is how you walk on the moon is a practical field guide to the vagaries of our contemporary universe; a handbook for navigating the sublime, the subjective, and the inexplicable. Collected in this anthology are 25 previously unpublished short stories from award-winners and newcomers alike-fictions that declare the infinite permutations of reality, while exploring the rarity of human connection across all possible worlds.
Four writers. Three travelling in Portugal. One staying behind to care for his ailing mother. One long-distance writing affair. The passing of the mother together with memories of other losses and absences come together in Lost Bodies, a meditation on the transience of time and love and an invitation to get away-physically or spiritually-from worldly concerns to explore a different history, a different culture, a different light, laced with dreamy scents and the faint calls of fado.
What if you could dream up any building you like? What would it be? How would constructing it change our lives? A shopping mall self-destructs, and a single mother vanishes. A tree house for orphans and old folks is torn apart by an act of mercy. The Singapore Flyer is reinvented as a political prison. In this collection of nine tales, Clara Chow examines an alternative Singaporean landscape-one that exists only on paper-and the people we might be in it. A former newspaper correspondent, she interviews nine architects about chimeric structures and sets short stories in them. A hybrid of journalism and fiction, Dream Storeys documents the voices of urban visionaries, while taking their ideas into inventive, evocative new territories.
In early 2016, Resorts World Sentosa hosted ten Singapore poets at the SEA Aquarium, inviting them to write a series of haiku, a popular poetry form rooted in classical Japanese poetry, in response to the exhibits the group visited. The reflections of those poets are recorded in three languages (English, Mandarin, and Japanese) in Equatorial Calm, the first poetry anthology to include these three languages in Singapore's publishing history. Each poet has contributed eight pieces to the anthology, which are accompanied by the artwork of Namiko Takahashi Chan-Lee.
Ganga Jamuna is the tale of Abani, an enchanting woman from Nepal. Blessed with remarkable tenacity, Abani tries to tackle every predicament with a silent resolve. When she is faced with a medical situation that seems insurmountable, Singapore, the hallmark of modern medicine, comes to the rescue, and she finds herself travelling across borders seeking solutions. This journey proves to be a fulfilling experience and a turning point in more ways than one, as she discovers new allies in strangers. Just when everything seems to be finally going right, another bout of misfortune strikes. Holding onto mere filaments of hope, Abani chances upon answers in the elements of nature, which enable her to carry on and make her stronger than before.
The blurring of truth and the ready acceptance of lies as two strangers meet in Changi International Airport. A teenager living with her disabled mother discovers her own sexuality and ambition in the unlikeliest way. A girl tells us of her first love, and why it will never see a future. The neglected housewife of an artist dishes out more than just delicious food to feel loved. A man battles against his own moral code and his hunger for life. Just a few of the stories that reexamine lives in South East Asia and allow bizarre urban hallucinations to float into the most mundane moments.
Loss and Laws and other Tamil Short Stories, a collection of Tamil short stories of Jayanthi Sankar and translated by Usha Nagasamy, is based on the observations and experiences of the author's 26 years of life spent in fast-changing Singapore. The author has been writing for 20 years and has been hailed as a rapidly rising star with a very unique yet universal appeal in the Tamil literary space. There are 17 short stories in this collection-all chosen from the 99 short stories written by the author over a period of 17 years. Each one of the short stories differs so much from the other in theme, mature storytelling as well as format that it can create interest and inquisitiveness in any reader.
In Halfway up a Hill, an array of characters from the eight distinctive short stories converge and interact in and around a busy Soho coffee shop in Hong Kong. In the air-conditioned confines of an unassuming coffee shop halfway up (or down, depending on your point of view) a steep Hong Kong hillside, a multitude of lives entwine, unravel and spin off, together and apart, all watched over and influenced by forces the people involved only vaguely apprehend-as well as observed by the benign spirits that occupy the shop bathroom. The collection of intriguing stories told in Halfway Up A Hill both stimulate and beguile, like a sip of hot coffee on a cold day.
Anu Kumar's stories cover a wide terrain, in time and place. Some are set in India and others in anonymous and mysterious worlds set in the past and the future. Some stories have much of the old and changing India in them, where a woman runs away in a washing machine, and a wife finds strange succour in a godman and his promises. In these stories, Anu Kumar has experimented with form, voice and style, hoping to explore the possibilities of the short story.
In this collection of short stories, strangers waiting at a bus stop take off on a magical journey. Going home in the rain can mean taking unlikely detours. A mother and son's tour through a royal city becomes a journey of rediscovering each other. A lovely young mother crosses into the twilight zone beyond sweetness and light. Food becomes an instrument of torture in 'Breakfast.' Everyday situations and people reveal extraordinary facets. These radiant images range from warm and humane to poignant and chilling. They reveal the whimsy and playfulness, the raw edges, the heartbreak, and all things in-between that comprise the human condition.
In this collection of short stories, Abha Iyengar brings us stories that are sometimes whimsical, but often serious and tragic, with undercurrents of sex and violence running through. Her stories explore the fragmented lives of those who are a part of the urban landscape and others who migrate from rural landscapes to join them and add to the fragments. The stories speak of women's lives and their ideas of what constitutes self. Her tales are said to have the tone of fables, a certain visceral rawness, a rather poetic turn of prose, and mostly, 'defy any easy genre classification.'
The idea of this book germinated when Dr. Usha Bande was reading the biographies of authors like Hemingway, Melville and R. L. Stevenson to teach a course. The thrill of adventures of these writers inspired her to read more such biographies, take out some exciting episodes from their lives and rewrite them for young readers. The result is a collection of real life stories that teach us how to survive and even enjoy life's harrowing moments. These twenty stories of seventeen young dare-devils portray their uncanny adventures, their will to survive and surmount difficulties but more than that these acquaint us with their writing skills. These young people came back home and penned down what they had experienced - brush with death, an unexpected helping hand, the thrill of being alive. They are litterateurs and their writings have earned them laurels.
"An impoverished couple is plagued by rats in their hut. A young husband struggles with erectile dysfunction. A writer is trapped in his own book by the character he created. And a young Palestinian girl grieves for her brother killed by the Israeli soldiers. This is a collection of heart wrenching stories and fantasy told in simple bold strokes." - Suchen Christine Lim
Kevin is a young man without a soul, holidaying in Tokyo; Mr Five, the enigmatic kappa, is the man he so happens to meet. Little does Kevin know that kappas-the river demons of Japanese folklore-desire nothing more than the souls of other humans. Set between Singapore and Japan, Kappa Quartet is split into eight discrete sections, tracing the rippling effects of this chance encounter across a host of other characters, connected and bound to one another in ways both strange and serendipitous. Together they ask one another: what does it mean to be in possession of something nobody has seen before?
Softblow poetry journal celebrates twelve years of publishing poetry in English, from the widely acclaimed and deeply experienced, to the freshly youthful and urgent. Curated by Cyril Wong and Jason Wee, two of the founding editors, We Contain Multitudes reflects the poet-editors' omnivorous literary appetites and interests, and includes poems especially included for this anthology by Lawrence Lacambra Ypil, Michelle Cahill, Yasmin Belkhyr, Sharlene Teo, among others. Featuring Singaporean talents such as Boey Kim Cheng, Christine Chia, Tania De Rozario, Joshua Ip, Jee Leong Koh, Chandran Nair, Pooja Nansi, Ng Yi-Sheng, Alvin Pang, Tse Hao Guang, Daryl Qilin Yam, Jerrold Yam, Arthur Yap and Yong Shu Hoong; and international voices such as Aazam Abidov, Sherman Alexie, Kimberly Blaeser, Ingrid de Kok, Kristine Ong Muslim, Mariko Nagai, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Simon Perchik, Marge Piercy, Jeet Thayil, Tim Tomlinson and Ocean Vuong.
Cultural Medallion winner Isa Kamari's Tweet is a high quality work of imaginative fiction that marries traditional storytelling with a modern theme. In his first ever English language work, Kamari shows us a new facet of his storytelling abilities, which is part philosophical and part imaginative. The novel is set in Singapore's Bird Park, an international tourist destination and an iconic bird sanctuary. Kamari, through a dialogue between a Singaporean grandfather and his grandchild, ponders over the stress and demands of our modern human existence. Intermixed in the narrative is the famous fable of Simurg, the legendary bird, that some of the birds of the bird park are deliriously desirous of meeting. They embark upon a journey that brings them face to face with a reality that they had not imagined even in their dreams.
A collection of short stories in two groups. "First" relates closely to the Singapore of the 1990s when an old way of life loses its grip in a fast-changing society. "My Grandfather Tim" - a sequel to "My Cousin Tim" the author's earlier story which has captured public imagination, unravels the accepted truths of a family's history. In "Grandmother: A Horror Story", a man exorcises the domineering spirit of his grandmother. Two women in opposite continents confront who they are expected to be in "A Sisters' Correspondence".
What does it mean to love and be loved in Singapore? Singapore Love Stories is a vibrant collection of seventeen stories that delves into the diverse love lives of Singapore's eclectic mix of inhabitants. From the HDB heartlander to the Sentosa millionaire, the privileged expatriate to the migrant worker, the accidental tourist to the reluctant citizen, the characters in this anthology reveal an array of perspectives of love found in the island city-state. Leading Singaporean and Singapore-based writers explore the best and worst of the human condition called love, including grief, duplicity and revenge, self-love, filial love, homesickness and tragic past relationships. Collectively, the stories in this anthology reveal the many ways in which love can be both a salve and a wound in life.
Fifteen-year-old Angel Morning Lee grew up in a children's home, never knowing her parents. Her only escape is performing tricks with an old magic set. One day she is given a scholarship to an elite school for girls. There, she not only becomes close friends with Pammy, a strange schoolmate who has a disturbing secret, but also has to fight the abuse of power all around her. She must find the courage to follow her own heart.
Questions of identity and humanity galvanise the twelve stories in this provocative and eclectic collection by S. Mickey Lin, and original new voice in speculative fiction. Using a wide range of characters, from the construction worker to the professor to the badminton start, the multi-layered stories explore identity and various aspects of the human psyche. Uncanny Valley will gnaw on the corners of your mind and challenge your ideas on society and what it means to be human.
These are the stories that were just too nasty to be included in the bestselling first volume of Horror Stories. Written over the span of two decades by Malaysia's most popular scary author Tunku Halim, this collection includes the full novella Juriah's Song as well as the blackly comic play Pig Heart.
In 2001, prolific Singapore author Isa Kamari undertook the pilgrimage to Mecca. Two years later, he wrote a series of 100 poems based on this experience which was published in Malay as Munajat Sukma. The collection was subsequently republished as a triptych of chapbooks in 2006. Pilgrimage is a translation of a selection of these poems. Arranged by Isa to form a sequential narrative of his journey, Harry Aveling's English translations are a conduit for new readers into the deep recesses of the pilgrim's mind and soul as they complete the Hajj. Through the poet's inner responses to his faith, this collection opens up for English readers an awareness and understanding of a practising faith of a people from a different language.
This anthology showcases a representative sample of Singapore poetry written in or translated into English in 2015 and 2016. Several poets who published collections during that period or were featured in the National Poetry Festival 2015 were invited to contribute to this anthology. The emerging poets in this volume have been winners or finalists in NPF's National Poetry Competition over the past two years. Some poems are originally in English and others translated from Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
Singapore is a city constantly under construction, both physically and ideologically. Construction sites everywhere spot the ubiquitous red and white barriers demarcating that area as a no-go zone. Each one has a sign proclaiming, 'This is not a safety barrier'. Taking a leaf from this absolute phrase, the anthology presents a collection of poems and photographs that question and challenge the barriers in our country - whether physical, ideological or imagined. It is an artistic social commentary of what is defined and/or undefined, with questions, comments, and explorations into the journey of how one reacts in response to rethinking monolithic national narratives.
A unique collection of seven plays by playwrights from countries in South-East Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Covering topics as diverse as the global financial crisis, religious faith, the sex trade, corruption, and exploitation, these plays provide insight into the differing concerns of those living in a part of the world that is experiencing profound change.
Deep in the heart of the Zombie Civil Service, a secret meeting is held to pre-empt an impending disaster. In the heartlands, a devoted Shiba Inu - a Japanese dog breed - seeks the divine in her quest for answers. And what happens when an MRT train goes underground, and never comes back out? Haunting and dreamlike, this collection of ten short stories transports you from the deeply familiar to the supernatural, exploring things that cannot and should not be.
A teacher and his wife get caught up in the drama of election politics and a Channel 8 soap opera. An invalid house-sits for his sister and has to care for his nephew's pampered pet pig. A daughter travels overseas to convince her elderly father to move home with her. An academic must navigate an opaque bureaucracy to renew his Re-Entry Permit. A young Lee Kuan Yew finds camaraderie with a future Canadian Prime Minister in England, and relentless tenacity from a British student in Canada desperate for an interview. Heaven Has Eyes dramatises these small moments of transcendence in everyday life, and more.
Postcolonial literature in Chinese from the Nanyang, literally the South Seas, examines the history of Chinese migration, localization, and interethnic exchange in Southeast Asia, and offers a rich variety of approaches to identity. Brian Bernards explores why Nanyang encounters, which have been neglected by most literary histories, should be seen as crucial to the national literatures of China and Southeast Asia. He shows how Nanyang, as a literary trope, has been deployed as a platform by mainland and overseas Chinese writers to rethink colonial and national paradigms. Through a collection of diverse voices-from modern Chinese writers like Xu Dishan, Yu Dafu and Lao She to postcolonial Southeast Asian authors from Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand-writers such as Ng Kim Chew, Chia Joo Ming, Pan Yutong, Yeng Pway Ngon, Suchen Christine Lim, Praphatson Sewikun and Fang Siruo-Bernards demonstrates how the Nanyang imagination negotiates the boundaries of national literature as a meaningful postcolonial subject, and speaks to broader conversations in postcolonial and global literature. This book, written from the emerging field of Sinophone Studies, puts the literature of the region in a new light.
In order to escape a dry marriage to Stuart, a stiff-necked, uncongenial rubber planter in 1930s Kelantan in British Malaya, Valerie Mitchell instigates an adulterous affair with her Muslim chauffeur, Osman. Osman is already married to Minah and knows what he is doing is wrong, but he struggles to spurn the advances of this seductive white woman as she offers herself up to him at the plantation bungalow. Valerie falls pregnant and takes the unprecedented step of leaving her husband, converting to Islam and going to live with Osman in his village, but neither she nor Osman is prepared for such a clash of lives, cultures and religions. The Sultan is displeased and the village headman is at a loss what to do. When the baby is born with Stuart s ginger hair and no obvious Malay features, Osman and the villagers are outraged and the resident bomoh (shaman) suspects evil forces at play and declares the baby has the devil within. Valerie leaves the village in disgrace, abandons her newborn at a Eurasian orphanage and soon finds herself spurned by both the Malay society she had hoped to adopt and British colonial society in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore which she has brought shame upon through her scandalous betrayal of British decorum.
This carefully curated collection of folktales from all over Malaysia brings together 12 legendary stories which have etched themselves into the collective memory of the people. Elegant palaces, humble village houses, lush rice fields and verdant rainforests form the backdrops for the characters' search for truths, reversal of fortunes, sacrifices for the greater good, heartbreak, loss and the quest for love. Told in vivid detail and lavishly illustrated, these timeless tales will linger in the imagination long after the last page.
This is a historically significant collection of poetry by Teo Kah Leng: an educator whose love for art and literature preceded his name. He served as teacher, principal, brother, and friend in Montfort school for 43 years. Teo's poetry bears distinct cadence and lyrical qualities of another age, of which readers of literature today can appreciate for its technical aptitude, its depth of emotions, and its beauty. The collection captures the vividness of life in pre-independence Singapore; reimagines folklores and tales; paints and personifies creatures big and small; and ruminates on a life nobly lived, nobly died.
Two years and a 2kg weight gain later, Felix Cheong is back with more Siu Daistories. So much has happened, from SG50 to GE2015, as Singapore matures into a weirder society. And these short, short stories capture those funny moments. Just remember not to laugh too loudly when you read them on the train!
A thriller about a crisis-era clash between Western wits, Chinese princeling-linked financiers and Peking duck farmers. Inspired by true events and experiences between 2008 and 2013, Young China Hand combines an insider's look into China's secretive world of high finance, with a journey of self-discovery through unlikely friendships and outrageous betrayals.
Devout Catholic schoolteacher Annabelle Thong never thought her chastity was a liability - until she runs away to Paris to find Prince Charming. Enrolling herself at the Sorbonne, she meets the suave Patrick Dudoigt, but he's the one temptation she must resist. Annabelle's belief system is challenged on all fronts, and her na?veté is seen as gauche in the City of Love. Guilt and confusion make for dangerous bedfellows, and when her fellow university students enthusiastically combine reading and rioting, Annabelle can't help but wonder if everyone's gone mad - or is it just her? Annabelle Thong takes a hilarious look at the sparks that fly when East meets West, and the passions these ignite.
On 5 July 1981, Sir Stamford Raffles leaves his pedestal by the Singapore River and pays a visit to Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Istana. What follows is a wide-ranging discussion, both heated and humorous, that illustrates just how very human Singapore's two most towering figures were. This conversation, along with the introduction of Munshi Abdullah, provides a fascinating backdrop for the investigation of historical authority and grand narratives.
Ordinary people live extraordinary lives. Ah Lao and the Paper Men features fourteen stories which draw back the curtain on the inner lives of such ordinary people to reveal intimate and touching tales of love and loss, hope and despair, wonder and joy. This collection of short stories reminds the reader that each character's experience of the surface and mundane merely veils the depth and possibilities that life promises to all.
Say It with Poems is a light-hearted way of using poetry to perceive and feel what's happening around us. The first section - "All about Life" - has 26 poems that take you on a journey where you can identify with feelings of love, frustration, joy, and patriotism in uniquely Singaporean-style. The second section - "All about cats" - has 17 poems depicting the struggle of cats around Singapore. This is told through the rescuers' and fosterers' relationship with them and their aspirations for them. The third section - "Remembering Milo" - includes 7 poems dedicated to the author's beloved cat, Milo, who passed unexpectedly at the age of twelve.
A companion to Unhomed, the other chapbook in the LIVEpress series, Crossing Universes begins with Theophilus Kwek's "On Roads and Rituals", a reflection on why we travel and what it means to be able to travel. The short stories and poems that follow continue to traverse literal and figurative universes, exploring a myriad of ideas and issues along the way: faith, depression, perception, birth, coming-of-age, and death. Alfonse Chiu's short but quietly stunning "Hanami Post-Earthquake" draws the reader's voyage to a close on an ethereal, pensive tone.
In the works of the young Singaporean writers in this anthology, the young writers expressed the anxieties of being unhomed on different levels-personal, domestic, societal-and through varying modes and genres.
Wang Bin, a young teacher and ornithologist from Beijing, travels to Pingyang, a rural town nestled in the mountains between Sichuan and Hunan, to try and photograph the Mountain Phoenix, a rare Chinese bird with a blaze of rich colours that has never before been captured on film. The Phoenix and the Crow is an exquisitely crafted short tale of morality and corruption in smalltown China, which reads like a contemporary fable.
Adam Milan washes up on the coast of Bali after being forced off a yacht at gunpoint by a psychotic captain. He is taken in by Anak, a Balinese hotel owner and healer. During his recuperation Adam is reported drowned by the media and he sees this as an opportunity for a fresh start in life. Assuming a new identity, Adam takes a job at Anak's hotel and gradually rebuilds his life while experiencing all that the Island of the Gods has to offer. Things take a sinister turn, however, when he becomes entangled in a world of drug dealers, and when a friend is arrested with ten kilos of cocaine Adam is forced to help him escape from Bali's notorious Kerobokan prison, or 'Hotel K'. Shaman of Bali offers a riveting insight into a world of drug smuggling, cockfighting, bribery and imprisonment, flavoured with shamanic rituals and Balinese mysticism. Based on the experiences of the author, this powerful crime thriller does for Bali what Shantaram did for Bombay.
When a foreign worker is found dead in a Singapore back street, few people care. But then another victim turns up, and then another, all killed with the same weapon. With its reputation as a safe, global city in ruins, Singapore struggles to come to grips with its first serial killer in decades. And when a famous woman disappears, terror takes hold. In desperation, the authorities turn to Detective Inspector Stanley Low.
This sixth issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia and Laos. LONTAR is the world's only biannual literary journal focusing on Southeast Asian speculative fiction. Our contributors have won major literary awards in Singapore, USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines.
Death of a Perm Sec is a mystery about the demise of the permanent-secretary of the housing ministry, Chow Sze Teck, accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes over his career. Set in 1980's Singapore, the novel examines the civil servant's death, which first appears to be suicide by a cocktail of alcohol, morphine and Valium. But upon investigation by a CID inspector who might not be what he seems, the family discovers there may be far more sinister circumstances behind his death, that reach to the very top of government. The novel exposes the dark heart of power politics, from the country's tumultuous post-independence days to the socio-political landscape of the 1980s.
Set in the early years of Singapore's independence, this sequel to Long Long Time Ago traces the journey of a typical Singaporean family living in a kampong. The story revolves around the life of widow Zhao Di as she struggles to provide for her family amid the rapid changes in the country. She inadvertently inherits her father's farmland after her two brothers reject it in favour of better jobs. She takes on the back-breaking work of rearing pigs and labouring in a coal factory to make ends meet. In spite of events that threaten to break her down and tear her family apart, Zhao Di remains indomitable, and the bonds that the family forged with friends and neighbours in the kampong enables them to make the most out of the government's expropriation of their land for development. Relive the many challenging moments Singapore faced as it emerged from being an underdeveloped nation and transformed itself into the city it is today through this beautifully illustrated book.
Co-published by TrendLit and Ethos Books, In the Space of a Poem 2015 is an anthology of Chinese poems that were submitted over a month-long open call on Facebook, from 1 to 30 June 2015. A theme would be introduced every morning and poets would write a piece in response to it. This book is a collection of their responses and they give an indication of the diverse voices in the next generation of Singapore Chinese poets.
In 2003, a young woman leaves home without telling her family that she is not coming back. She spends the next six years moving from house to house and living hand-to- mouth; at first with her lover, and then alone. And The Walls Come Crumbling Down parallels three events in the author's life: the physical deterioration of the house in which she lives, the emotional disintegration of a couple once in love, and the unearthing of childhood ghosts that can't seem to be cast off. Part memoir and part poetic rumination, it is an ode to love, loss and the people and places we call home.
To You Out There is an illustrated book series that aspires to reach out to the individual, promoting comfort and inner peace. It is illustrated by Clarice Ng, an artist based in Singapore whose works are inspired by her observations of day-to-day happenings. Through her practice, she seeks to magnify the instances that go unnoticed and bring to light the significance found in seemingly arbitrary moments and interactions, encapsulating an intimate, honest portrayal of her reality.
In 1971, a teenage girl briefly disappears from her house in the middle of the night, only to return a different person, causing fissures that threaten to fracture her Punjabi Sikh family. As Singapore's political and social landscapes evolve, the family must cope with shifting attitudes toward castes, youth culture, sex and gender roles, identity and belonging. Inheritance examines each family member's struggles to either preserve or buck tradition in the face of an ever-changing nation.
Pin must not become like her mother, but nobody will tell her why. She seeks clues in Ma's cooking when she's not fighting other battles-being a bursary girl at an elite school and facing racial taunts from the bus uncle. Then her meddlesome grandmother moves in, installing a portrait of a watchful Sikh guru and a new set of house rules. Old secrets begin to surface but can Pin handle learning the truth?
During the Christmas holidays in 2004, an earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggers a tsunami that devastates fourteen countries. Two couples from Singapore are vacationing in Phuket when the tsunami strikes. Alternating between the aftermath of the catastrophe and past events that led these characters to that fateful moment, Now That It's Over weaves a tapestry of causality and regret, and chronicles the physical and emotional wreckage wrought by natural and manmade disasters.
Politics & Economics
After more than two decades of post-conflict reconstruction, Cambodia's political system remains in flux. Yet perhaps the most disturbing phenomenon with regard to elections is the notable rejection of democratic norms. This monograph studies the various aspects of electoral politics in Cambodia and ends with strong suggestions for reforms that can strengthen the practice of elections and aid social and political development in a country trying to transit from civil war to post-conflict reconstruction, from socialist one-party state to multiparty electoral system, and from planned economy to market economy.
Malaysia's sultans have in recent years taken on an increasingly discernible role in the country's political life. However, rather than something new, the rulers' resurgence should be viewed as part of a longer term negotiation over the precise boundaries of their role. The Sultan of Johor, Ibrahim Ismail, is arguably the most visible of the country's rulers at present. While the more ceremonial aspects of his actions are inspired by the pivotal role traditionally played by Malay rulers, the more operational aspects hark back to the colonial era when Johor had a reputation for modern administration, well-developed infrastructure, and a high degree of autonomy. At its core, the Sultan raises questions about Malay leadership, and may revive a long-standing contest between the rulers and the political elite, sometimes referred to as a battle between "princes and politicians".
In this brilliantly illuminating book the author references the fundamental historical facts to trace the sources and triggers of a paradigmatic ongoing change in society, economy and world order. The book, immensely rich in data and keen observations, delves into the central challenges of our economic and political system - the erosion of trust, the declining coherence and the shrinking common space.
Twenty-seven leading international authorities in the field, drawn from nine countries, provide a comprehensive examination of the causes, consequences and challenges of globalization, in a volume that celebrates the distinguished career of Professor Prema-Chandra Athukorala. Among the major issues examined are the region's distinctive approach to trade liberalization, the effects of economic growth on poverty reduction and the labour market, the special challenges of by-passed regions, the role of ideas in influencing policy making, the modalities of connecting to global production networks, and the importance of remittances in economic development. Several country case studies provide in-depth analyses of development processes and outcomes. These include episodes in economic development, the challenges faced by transition economies, the macroeconomics of adjusting to slower growth and rising debt in advanced economies, and the so-called middle-income trap phenomenon.
Viewing China's current relations with neighbours in the East Asian littoral from geopolitical and macrohistorical perspectives enables us to evaluate China's current prospects for advancing its "peaceful rise". Today the ruling Communist Party of China articulates a Chinese Dream that envisions a new age of Asian predominance to match China's memory of past golden ages. To realize this dream, China seeks geopolitical predominance in the East Asian littoral. Judging from the foreign policy goals and behaviour pursued by Xi Jinping, China appears likely to govern the region according to its core interests even when this may require other states to give up their lawful sovereign rights and prerogatives.
The recent past has been tumultuous for Malaysia. Malaysia has been rocked by economic uncertainties, political turmoil and allegations of financial scandals. The economy has had to face domestically generated shocks and well as those emanating from external sources. Regional developments have been fast-paced, too. At a micro level, issues such as education and health have generated controversy and they could turn out to be problematic if not handled carefully. These issues, if ignored, could adversely affect Malaysia's economic development. If addressed correctly, Malaysia will move up the ladder of development. The present collection of essays attempts to capture the challenges that Malaysia faces.
This issue of Panorama: Insights into Asian and European Affairs analyses recent developments concerning Daesh extremism and their implications on societies in Asia and Europe. The papers share and analyse current and possible future threats, identify the target groups vulnerable to extreme militant ideology and examine the various recruitment channels. The counter-measures and de-radicalization and rehabilitation efforts adopted by various governments have also been highlighted. Special attention is given to Daesh-linked activities in the respective countries, reactions by the local Muslim communities, and possible future developments as well as responses.
It was a diary that had first sat at the back of a locked steel cabinet for two decades and then in a taped box for close to another four decades. A secret diary kept by a Cabinet Minister of the discussions and decisions that went on behind the scenes and that determined the path of Singapore's political development during the late 1950s. It was a tumultuous time that saw the People's Action Party come into power because of the ineptitude - or, in the words of Lee Kuan Yew, the corruption and stupidities - of the Labour Front government. The diary was kept by Francis Thomas, an Englishman who made Singapore his home and who played a key role in the dying days of the Labour Front government. The Politics of Defeat is his inside story of those days.
This book provides a comprehensive empirical and theoretical analysis of the development of parties and party systems in Asia. The studies included advance a unique perspective in the literature by focusing on the concept of institutionalization and by analyzing parties in democratic settings as well as in authoritarian settings. The countries covered in the book range from East Asia to Southeast Asia to South Asia.
Religion and nationalism are two of the most potent and enduring forces that have shaped the modern world. Yet, there has been little systematic study of how these two forces have interacted to provide powerful impetus for mobilization in Southeast Asia, a region where religious identities are as strong as nationalist impulses. At the heart of many religious conflicts in Southeast Asia lies competing conceptions of nation and nationhood, identity and belonging, and loyalty and legitimacy. In this accessible and timely study, Joseph Liow examines the ways in which religious identity nourishes collective consciousness of a people who see themselves as a nation, perhaps even as a constituent part of a nation, but anchored in shared faith. Drawing on case studies from across the region, Liow argues that this serves both as a vital element of identity and a means through which issues of rights and legitimacy are understood.
In this empirically rich collection of essays, a team of leading international scholars explore the way that economic transformation is sustained and challenged by everyday practices across Southeast Asia. Drawing together a body of interdisciplinary scholarship, the authors explore how the emergence of more marketized forms of economic policy-making in Southeast Asia impacts everyday life. The book's twelve chapters address topics such as domestic migration, trade union politics in Myanmar, mining in the Philippines, halal food in Singapore, Islamic finance in Malaysia, education reform in Indonesia, street vending in Malaysia, regional migration between Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia, and Southeast Asian domestic workers in Hong Kong. This collection not only enhances understandings of the everyday political economies at work in specific Southeast Asian sites, but makes a major theoretical contribution to the development of an everyday political economy approach in which perspectives from developing economies and non-Western actors are taken seriously.
For nearly two decades, ASEAN has served as a vehicle for the postsocialist states of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV) to seek diplomatic recognition and enmesh their economies with the dominant discourses, structures, and visions of post-Cold War capitalist modernity. As they pursue modernist state projects, diplomats too must yield to experiences of learning and redefinition to express (and enable) the project of international "integration". This paper examines such processes of learning and redefinition by studying the effects and consequences of immersion in English-based ASEAN multilateral work for the diplomats of CLMV states. The paper demonstrates how stints in ASEAN multilateral diplomacy have emerged as a channel for exposure and grooming for CLMV diplomats as they themselves integrate with an English-based global (yet Eurocentric) diplomacy.
The Singapore Lecture is designed to provide an opportunity for distinguished statesmen and leaders of thought and knowledge to reach a wider audience in Singapore. The presence of such eminent personalities allows Singaporeans, especially younger executives and decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, the benefit of exposure to leading world figures who address topics of international and regional interest. The 38th Singapore Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, on 30 August 2016 under the distinguished Chairmanship of Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Singapore.
This book attempts to piece together the story of Eddie Barker - his deeds, his accomplishments and the extraordinary life he led.
The contributors in this collection study developments in Malaysia's dominant party, UMNO, on the anniversary of its 70th year. The answers to its future lies in part with a better understanding of its past. Four international academics analyse the contemporary history of UMNO, with a particular focus on changes in the last two decades. They draw attention to issues of party identity, leadership, membership, governance, institutional change, party financing, internal divisions and its relations with different communities and the public at large. Not only does this book fill an important gap in the scholarly research on UMNO, this book offers different perspectives on the party's contemporary challenges.
This detailed study charts the evolution of internationally assisted elections in Cambodia beginning in 1993 with the vote supervised by the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC). Although the UNTAC operation was unprecedented in its size and political scope, the less-than-democratic outcome of the 1993 vote (with Hun Sen and his Cambodian People's Party losing but remaining in power) began two decades of internationally assisted elections manipulated and controlled by Hun Sen and the CPP. Since then, disparate international actors have been complicit in supporting 'authoritarian elections' while promoting a more democratic and transparent electoral process. This has produced a relatively stable political-economic system serving the interests of a powerful and wealthy ruling elite but at the expense of overall positive socio-economic and political change. It has also allowed opposition forces to co-exist alongside a repressive state and to compete in elections that still hold out the possibility for change.
The main actors in Indonesia's business landscape have long been assumed to be the country's Chinese minority. However, in the last decade, there has been a more visible, growing culture of entrepreneurship amongst the pribumi or native Indonesians. Democratic reforms, decentralization and the deregulation of certain sectors of the economy, facilitated by new information technology, have enabled a new generation of entrepreneurs to emerge outside the traditional system of political patronage. New forms of networking are taking shape within local and national business associations, networking forums, and the marketing and business media. While civil servant positions are still highly sought after, the idea of entrepreneurship and business as careers is becoming more and more popular, especially among young Indonesians. The challenge that the Joko Widodo administration faces is to encourage this new social dynamic without falling into the trap of constructing artificial support programmes. These showed themselves to be counter-productive in the past.
The discourse on Malays in Malaysia is shifting in the 21st century. Here, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, the youngest elected representative in the 8 March, 2008 General Elections argues about how Malays must move forward to survive and succeed in facing today's challengers: the emerging new politics, forging a people's economy, resolving the education questions, the position of Islam in a multiracial society and the unraveling o the social fabric. While race will remain important as an identity, Moving Forward challenges the assumption of the racial zero sum game as, ultimately, the future of the Malays cannot be separated from Malaysians in general.
At the crossroads of Singapore history, noted public intellectual and entrepreneur Devadas Krishnadas shares his insights on the intersecting realms of the social, political and economic spheres of Singapore, and where he thinks the country is headed.
An intellectual salvo from young and passionate Singaporeans inhabiting different slices of Singapore society, The Birthday Book is a collection of 51 essays presented as a birthday gift to the nation and its people. What are the milestones that Singapore is headed into - the next big things - in the view of this inaugural group of contributors? These individuals, younger than 45, will inherit leadership roles in their respective domains of expertise. Their essays come together as a compact and essential digest of introspections and outward projections, drawing on a shared past and projecting forward into our collective future.
Taking a comparative, thematic approach, Nationalism in Asia explores the expression and embrace of nationalism in contemporary China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea, nations that will shape the worlds future. The focus is on identity politics, democracy, economic policy, nation branding, sports, territorial conflict, trauma, memory wars, culture and minorities.
This book develops an original theory of urban land rent with important implications for urban studies and urban theory. It analyzes land, rent theory, and the modern city, using Singapore as a case study. It examines the question of land from a variety of perspectives and incorporates discussion of the modern real estate market.
The majority of the Malaysian public are not interested in national defence. For those who are interested, they will face another problem - limited information. This book aims to provide general information on Malaysia's defence sector to the layman-majority of Malaysia. Aside from that, this book also aims to increase defence knowledge among the public, paving a way for the creation of a civil defence monitoring mechanism.
In this visionary roadmap to the twenty-first-century, Kishore Mahbubani prescribes solutions for improving global institutional order. He diagnoses seven geopolitical fault lines most in need of serious reform. But his message remains optimistic: despite the archaic geopolitical contours that try to shackle us today, our world has seen more positive change in the past thirty years than in the previous three hundred.
This issue of Panorama examines recent refugee-related developments in Asia and Europe, including issues such as implications of refugee movements on societies, migratory flows in South Asia, the unprecedented influx of refugees into European countries, the impact of government policies, and the increasingly divisive social and political repercussions of migration, both regular and irregular.
This edited volume adds to the literature on Myanmar and its borders by drawing attention to the significance of geography, history, politics and society in the construction of the border regions and the country. First, it alerts us to the fact that the border regions are situated in the mountainous and maritime domains of the country, highlighting the commonalities that arise from shared geography. Second, the book foregrounds socio-spatio practices - economic, intimate, spiritual, virtual - of border and boundary-making in their local context. This demonstrates how state-defined notions of territory, borders and identity are enacted or challenged. Third, despite sharing common features, Myanmar's borderscapes also possess unique configurations of ethnic, political and economic attributes, producing social formations and figured worlds that are more cohesive or militant in some border areas than in others. Understanding and comparing these social practices and their corresponding life-worlds allows us to re-examine the connections from the borderlands back to the hinterland and to consider the value of border and boundary studies in problematizing and conceptualizing recent changes in Myanmar.
The foreign policy issue in the 2014 Indonesian presidential election was the rejection by both candidates, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Prabowo Subianto, of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's high-profile globalism. Both promised instead a foreign policy directed to the real economic and social interests of the people. This raised concerns by Indonesia's international partners that its new foreign policy would be more nationalistic and inward looking. A year and a half into Jokowi's presidency, it is possible to make a preliminary assessment of the course of Jokowi's foreign policy in relation to the goals that Jokowi the candidate set forth for Jokowi the president.
First published in 1982, this is a pioneering, provocative study of Malay political thought on the eve of colonial rule - based on both Malay and European source materials, and addressing issues that continue to be critical in Malaysia today. Focusing on both the Malay peninsula and North Sumatra, Kerajaan is innovative in approach - an historical investigation informed by methodologies developed in anthropology and literary criticism. The book argues that such close analyses of non-Western social thought are essential to achieve a genuinely global history, addressing the full variety of human perspectives and experience. In 2003 the US Association for Asian Studies selected Kerajaan as one of the 25 'works of major importance to historical studies' and 'most frequently cited in the literature' in the field of Southeast Asian history.
The book is a collection of papers presented at Singapore Perspectives 2015 by leading thought leaders and eminent speakers, reflecting on the critical decisions made in Singapore's past so as to envision strategic paths that the country should take in the future. In line with reflecting on Singapore's past, the book will include a full report on a survey of 1,500 Singaporeans' perceptions of 50 historical events from independence to now.
Showcasing the substantive and multi-faceted Singapore-China relationship, this book examines the political, economic, socio-cultural, people-to-people and even military exchanges between the two countries. It also highlights flagship projects and other key private sector-led projects that have become hallmarks of bilateral cooperation. The book argues that the current level of cooperation is built on the earlier foundation laid by Lee Kuan Yew and Deng Xiaoping. Rather than simply provide an overview of bilateral relations, the book highlights the unique or distinguishing features of the Singapore-China relationship.
The political education of members of Thailand's Red Shirt movement took place through the electoral process, and through learning how political institutions and the judiciary could be systematically used to topple the elected government. The main sources of instruction were the Red Shirt TV programmes followed by Bangkok rallies. In the wake of the military ban on all political gatherings, only a few Red Shirt radio stations remained open, but their programming changed drastically from political broadcasts to social broadcasts. Red Shirt groups have transformed into social clubs and now organize social events that do not include political activities.
Donald Trump has called for an about face in the foreign policy of the United States. A key reason is that US foreign engagements have in recent decades proved of little benefit to the US middle and working classes.
As Myanmar's military adjusts to life with its former opponents holding elected office, Conflict in Myanmar showcases innovative research by a rising generation of scholars, analysts and practitioners about the past five years of political transformation. Each of its seventeen chapters, from participants in the 2015 Myanmar Update conference held at the Australian National University, builds on theoretically informed, evidence-based research to grapple with significant questions about ongoing violence and political contention. The authors offer a variety of fresh views on the most intractable and controversial aspects of Myanmar's long-running civil wars, fractious politics and religious tensions.
This book analyses emerging trends and patterns in 21st-century world politics and re-examines international institutions, and the forms and practices of diplomacy. It addresses these changes from the perspectives of digital governance, setting up of new cooperation institutions such as the AIIB and the role of emerging powers in existing institutions like the G20. It also reflects on whether the existing institutions can be reformed or the new structures will be constructed in the way forward given the recent shift in world power. A case study of security fora in Asia in the current contested environment is also included in this book. The book chapters are selected from the papers presented at the 17th "Asia-Europe Think Tank Dialogue" in September 2015.
ASEAN is in danger of becoming marginalized as East Asian security becomes increasingly shaped by such volatile flashpoints as a nuclear North Korea and a South China Sea increasingly dominated by quarrels over sovereignty and maritime security. This book argues that the "realist" explanation for understanding security in the region is the most accurate forecast for understanding an East Asian security environment that is becoming increasingly disorderly. ASEAN can still play a constructive - if not central - role in shaping East Asia's strategic environment by working with China and the United States to strengthen confidence-building in regional security politics and to encourage their respect for strategic constraint.
The form of Islam normatively understood and practised in Malaysia, i.e. Malaysian Islam, has undergone myriad changes since the 1970s as a result of gradual Salafization. Powered by Saudi Arabian largesse and buoyed by the advent of the Internet, this new wave of Salafization has eclipsed an earlier Salafi trend that spawned the Kaum Muda reformist movement. Salafization, referring to a process of mindset and attitudinal transformation rather than the growth of Salafi nodes per se, is not restricted to individuals or groups identified as "Salafi", but rather affects practically all levels of Malay-Muslim society, cutting across political parties, governmental institutions and non-state actors. It has resulted in Islamist, rather than Islamic, ideals increasingly defining the tenor of mainstream Islam in Malaysia, with worrying consequences for both intra-Muslim and inter-religious relations. Responses to the Wahhabi-Salafi onslaught from the Malay-Muslim ruling elite in Malaysia have been ambivalent, and have had weak counteracting effects on the Salafization process.
Association describes one of the most exciting and inspiring episodes in modern political, economic and social history. It tells how a geographical location known as Southeast Asia, once reputed to be the most dangerous and unstable region on earth, has become the home of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian nations, and a much-admired symbol of regional and international cooperation. It is far more, however, than a political, economic and social history. It is a human story, at the heart of which is the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, a gathering of regional Foreign Ministers, whose members, ever since its founding, have placed the human agency ahead of all historical and ideological considerations. It is described through the eyes of its longest-serving member, one whose earliest mentors were the Association's Founding Fathers themselves. The book intertwines documentary, academic, artistic and graphic content in an overall tribute to the more than six hundred million people of Southeast Asia.
Despite rapid industrialization in Thailand, the contribution of agriculture to GDP remains unusually high. The share of agricultural employment in total employment has also remained high, relative to the country's income level, as has the share of the rural population relative to the total population. Agribusiness has grown significantly, and there has been a rise in the number of large and strongly financed commercial farms that are less labour intensive. Contract farming has also been developing. The introduction of a rice premium by the government obstructed the modernization of the agricultural rice sector and caused the rice share in GDP to steadily decline, while that for upland crops such as cassava, maize, sugarcane, and oil palm increased. However, rice remains the most important crop. The high proportion of the population still living in rural areas and working in the agricultural sector attests to the resilience of that sector in the face of industrialization.
This book explores Lee's pivotal role in Singapore's urban development during his years as prime minister from 1959 to 1990. It recognizes Lee's achievements from the standpoint of Singapore's 50th anniversary of independence and looks forward to challenges that the city-state might encounter over the next 50 years. The book is broken up into the four main components of Singapore's urban development: planning, housing, greening and water management.
Twenty-five years ago, the governments of Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia agreed to jointly promote the city-state, the state of Johor in Malaysia, and the Riau Islands in Indonesia. Facilitated by common cultural references, a more distant shared history, and complementary attributes, interactions between the three territories developed quickly. Initially economic in nature, the interactions between Singapore, Johor, and the Riau Islands have multiplied and grown deeper. Today, people cross the borders to work, go to school, or avail of an increasing range of goods and services. New political, social, and cultural phenomena have developed. Policymakers in the various territories now need to reconcile economic imperatives and issues of identity and sovereignty. Enabled by their proximity and increasing opportunities, families have also begun to straddle borders, with resulting questions about citizenship and belonging. Using the Cross-Border Region framework - which seeks to analyse these three territories as one entity simultaneously divided and bound together by its borders - this book brings together scholars from a range of disciplines.
The creation of ASEAN Free Trade Area in 1992 and decentralization in 1999 mark the state restructuring in Indonesia. This book analyses the impact of state restructuring on regional economic development in Indonesia between 1993 and 2010. Regional economic analysis shows persistent and severe regional disparities throughout the period. Particularly, econometrics study found that decentralization has accelerated regional disparities whilst the AFTA effect is insignificant on regional economic growth.
Thailand's political impasse in the past decade is partly attributable to the royalist dominance of the parliamentary system, a dominance developed and strengthened under the cultural condition of hyper-royalism. Hyper-royalism is the politico-cultural condition in which royalism is intensified and exaggerated in public and everyday life. It is sanctioned by legislation that controls expressions about the monarchy in the public sphere. Hyper-royalism also generates the illusion that the monarchy is divine, thanks to visual performances and objects, especially through television and majestic pageantry. Accordingly, the ideal monarch is found in King Bhumibol. Given the mortality of Bhumibol, however, future prospects of hyper-royalism and royalist-guided democracy are grim. Thailand's political future is highly uncertain.
Many see China's rise as a threat to US leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas J. Christensen argues instead that the real challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while eliciting its global cooperation. Drawing on decades of scholarship and experience as a senior diplomat, Christensen offers a deep perspective on China's military and economic capacity. Assessing China's political outlook and strategic goals, Christensen shows how nationalism and the threat of domestic instability influence the party's decisions about regional and global affairs. Articulating a balanced strategic approach along with perceptive historical analysis, Christensen describes how we might shape China's choices in the coming decades so that it contributes more to the international system from which it benefits so much.
Increasing tensions in the South China Sea have propelled the dispute to the top of the Asia-Pacific's security agenda. Fuelled by rising nationalism over ownership of disputed atolls, growing competition over natural resources, strident assertions of their maritime rights by China and the Southeast Asian claimants, the rapid modernization of regional armed forces and worsening geopolitical rivalries among the Great Powers, the South China Sea will remain an area of diplomatic wrangling and potential conflict for the foreseeable future. Featuring some of the world's leading experts on Asian security, this volume explores the central drivers of the dispute and examines the positions and policies of the main actors, including China, Taiwan, the Southeast Asian claimants, America and Japan.
The debate over China's One Belt One Road initiative has been lively and at times heated, both in China and internationally. In many ways, this is a reflection of the vagueness of the concept, and of its exceptionality. OBOR does not prioritize trade and investment concessions, which makes it essentially different from traditional regional economic cooperation models such as FTAs, the TPP and the RCEP. Instead, it emphasizes regional infrastructure connectivity. OBOR is viewed by some as an expression of China's grand ambitions to lead Asian economic growth, and by others as a grand strategy to build a "China-dominated Asia". While it may be mainly an economic and trade initiative, its broader consequences have a strong political and security dimension. Hence, China badly needs to cultivate political trust with neighbouring countries if it wishes to convince them that the initiative is a "public" strategy, and not a "conspiratorial" one.
Decentralization reforms in Indonesia have empowered local government with substantial powers. Local politics therefore constitutes a privileged arena for the study of democratic consolidation in this country. This paper analyses a rich, original dataset with survey data from the cities of Medan in North Sumatra, Samarinda in East Kalimantan, and Surabaya in East Java. These three surveys, fielded shortly after the implementation of local direct elections on 9 December 2015, offer an unprecedented opportunity to learn about how various aspects of local politics are experienced by voters. Voters in Medan, Samarinda and Surabaya are rather similar in their evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of local government performance, in their experience of electoral campaigns, in how they account for voting choices and evaluate candidates. However, they also differ in their satisfaction with and trust in local institutions, and in their degree of political interest, participation, and knowledge. The paper concludes with a discussion of the relevance of the finding for our understanding of Indonesian politics.
In 2007, a survey was carried out to gauge young people's awareness of and attitudes towards ASEAN. Views and attitudes from university undergraduates in the ten ASEAN member states who participated in the survey indicated a nascent sense of identification as citizens of the region as well as their priorities for important aspects of regional integration. An update to the 2007 survey was carried out in 2014-15 among the same target population but with an expanded scope of twenty-two universities and institutes of higher learning across the ten member states. This book details the key findings of the updated survey compared to the earlier survey. These include nation-by-nation results and a summary of region-wide trends, as well as what they suggest for the prospects of ASEAN integration beyond 2015. These are assessed in a chapter providing broad recommendations for policymakers and educators in the ASEAN member states.
The unprecedented results of the 2008 national elections took many Malaysians by surprise. The component parties of the ruling coalition suffered huge losses, while the opposition was victorious in several states. In the 2013 election the ruling party turned its spotlight on new media to try to regain voter support. In order to obtain a better understanding of the much-touted democratizing effects of the online media, this book employs an alternative lens to examine the use of new media at the intersection of social and political realities. It explores the ways individual political bloggers, Facebookers and Twitterers used cyberspace to battle for voter support in the 2008 and 2013 national elections. It examines the cultural practices and the social and political affiliation and aims of individual actors, as well as the social ties that subsequently emerged from the use of the online media. This research employs a political economy approach to the media, Habermass notion of the public sphere, and the social determinism perspective in order to understand the extent to which online media can enrich political life and bring about new ways of campaigning.
What dark secrets lurk in Singapore's basement? Are Singaporeans a weak people? Do Singaporeans really deserve their wages? Who is more out of touch - the people or their leaders? Why did founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew change his mind about writing his memoirs? Han Fook Kwang, the former editor of The Straits Times, provides provocative answers to these questions and more, in this collection of 40 commentaries.
Singapore English is a focal point across the many subfields of linguistics, as its semantic, syntactic and phonetic/phonological qualities tell us a great deal about what happens when very different types of language come together. Sociolinguists are also interested in the relative status of Singapore English compared to other languages in the country. This book charts the history of Singapore English and explores the linguistic, historical and social factors that have influenced the variety as it is spoken today. It identifies novel grammatical features of the language, discusses their structure and function, and traces their origins to the local languages of Singapore. It places grammatical system and usage at the core of analysis, and shows that introspective and corpus data are complementary. This study will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working on language contact, world varieties of English, historical linguistics and sociolinguistics.
The three books in the Primary Eureka series feature outstanding primary school compositions written, selected, compiled and edited by English Language and Literature specialist, Diana Tham. The works are her own as well as standout pieces by her students, providing model structures and valuable tips to help primary school pupils crystallise their ideas and maximise their creative potential for writing stellar compositions in everyday schoolwork, examinations and beyond.
This highly-visual book introduces an effective new method for learning Chinese characters using visual stimuli and pictographs. The Chinese characters are presented in groups or clusters all sharing common elements and meanings, for context and ease of identification. These groups of characters all share common root symbols known as radicals, or relate to a particular theme or topic such as colors, numbers, animals, or body parts. Pronunciations, meanings and vocabulary compounds are provided for each character in the group. A free audio CD provides native-speaker pronunciations for all the characters and their associated vocabulary.
Religion & Philosophy
Where is social justice in the Gospel? Where is social justice in the Church? These are the two main questions this book seeks to explore. Through the recount of the author's journey of discovering social justice in the Bible, on the streets of Singapore, in the long history of the Singapore and global Church, a survey of local Christians and interviews with Christian justice-seekers and pastors, this book challenges the Singapore Church, as God's Kingdom community, to reclaim biblical social justice as an integral facet of living the Gospel and manifesting God's Kingdom.
This volume advocates a trans-regional, and maritime-focused, approach to studying the genesis, development and circulation of Esoteric (or Tantric) Buddhism across Maritime Asia from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries AD. The book lays emphasis on the mobile networks of human agents ('Masters'), textual sources ('Texts') and images ('Icons') through which Esoteric Buddhist traditions spread. Capitalising on recent research and making use of both disciplinary and area-focused perspectives, this book highlights the role played by Esoteric Buddhist maritime networks in shaping intra-Asian connectivity. In doing so, it reveals the limits of a historiography that is premised on land-based transmission of Buddhism from a South Asian 'homeland', and advances an alternative historical narrative that overturns the popular perception regarding Southeast Asia as a 'periphery' that passively received overseas influences.
This treatise gives an intimate glimpse of the inner life and esoteric thought of Imam al-Ghazali. It begins where his autobiographical Deliverance From Error leaves off. It basically expounds the celebrated Light verse (24:35) from the Qur'an and the subject of Veils from the hadith. These are further elaborated in three sections; one studying the various meanings of "Light", another on symbolic language in the Qur'an and Hadith, and the final section concludes by applying the results of this symbology to the verse and hadith in question.
The thesis propounded in this book is based on several essays published in the periodical Arafat, which the author wrote and edited in the 1940s. Arafat was a "one man's journal", a kind of journalistic monologue meant to clarify the great confusion prevailing in the Muslim Ummah as to the scope and the practical implications of Islamic Law. The aim of this book is to contribute something to a clarification of this fundamental issue confronting the world of Islam in this period of transition.
The unexamined life is not worth living," declared Socrates. In this collective journal, Koh Chye Hock opens the window of his mind as he distils for readers what he believes constitutes a purposeful, meaningful life, based on his 35 years of observing his own life, and others'. Succinct, perspicuous and provocative, the rich array of 225 aphorisms - on life valleys, plains and highlands - will set you thinking, contemplating and envisioning about your own life, and what it could potentially be. Readers will also be captivated by the life of Chye, who grew up as an orphan in the quiet town of Ipoh, Malaysia, to become a successful corporate lawyer in a multinational firm. Live an examined life. The Chronicler will unquestionably evoke your innermost voice, yearning for the profoundest human essence.
In this powerful and timely book Jonathan Sacks tackles the thorny issue of violence committed in the name of God - and draws on arguments from science, philosophy and many other disciplines to show how religion, rightly understood, is hardwired to be part of the solution, not just the problem.
Science & Technology
While the environmental performance of most ASEAN member states is above the world average, ASEAN nations will continue to face growing environmental challenges due to pressures exerted on them such as population growth, urbanization and industrialization. The authors of this book look at how the member states of ASEAN employ law as a means of regional integration within the context of environmental conservation. While the goal of new laws is to implement sustainable development, it continues to be an ongoing adaptive process, since clear and immediate answers to environmental challenges are rarely available. Readers of this book will gain a clear idea of the evolving cooperation for sustainability within ASEAN at regional and global levels, and the areas of focus for the future. The book will be of interest to policy and decision makers, as well as environmental organizations and academics in the field.
In Beyond Wilderness, photographer Chua Chye Teck explores the fast disappearing natural wilderness in Singapore through a series of black and white photographs. Using the forest structure to express the idea of emotional layers, his photographs are a reflection on memory and transformation, and present the dualities of isolation and the unknown. Beyond Wilderness charts the artistic and spiritual journeys of the photographer, and is as much one man's personal encounter with nature as it is a social commentary about the fast-changing landscape of a modern society.
A new and updated edition of this popular title. Visitors to South-East Asia are astonished at the profusion of marine life that exists in this biodiversity hot-spot. This concise, easy-to-follow field guide to 270 species of fish, corals and marine invertebrates is an essential companion for anyone interested in this fascinating underwater world, from the casual snorkeller to the most experienced diver. It includes stunning colour photographs of each species, as well as concise and informative text and at-a-glance symbols summarising habitat, diet and behaviour. A visual key to fish families at the start of the book aids the quick location and identification of species.
Singapore's resident bird population, together with the many migratory species that visit seasonally, are one of the most picturesque highlights of the island's natural landscape. In this photographic journey, marvel at the diversity of birds that can be sighted in Singapore; the dazzling colours and patterns of their feathers; and their delightful behaviour in their natural habitats, whether feeding their young, building nests, frolicking in the water, or soaring the skies. Organised by location, this book introduces readers to the wealth of wildlife to be found at Sungei Buloh, Bishan Park, Bukit Timah Hill and Gardens by the Bay, among others. Author James Yong relates his experiences searching for the most elusive species and provides basic tips for budding birdwatchers. With his keen eye for capturing birdlife in its most awe-inspiring moments, this book is a superb up-close-and-personal journey through an often overlooked side of Singapore.
This book describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation like Singapore developed world-class research capabilities in materials science that helped the country make rapid progress in energy, biomedical and electronics sectors. The economy mirrored this rapid trail of progress, utilizing home-grown technology and the contribution of materials science to the various sectors is undeniable in ensuring the economic growth and stability of Singapore.
This book describes the challenging journey of Singapore in developing a knowledge-based economy driven by research and innovation and the roles played by research institutes, universities, research manpower and appropriate collaboration between research institutes and industry. It traces the foundations of Singapore's research story. Through interviews with the key players and research into the records, the establishment of the key institutes and the roles of a global cast of researchers, scientists and engineers in setting up the R&D infrastructure are outlined. The impact of the concerted efforts to build up a credible and world-class research capability in Singapore over the last 25 years is discussed, as are the tremendous challenges faced by the key players in the drive to develop a knowledge-based economy and the ultimate goal of an innovation-driven economy.
This book takes the reader through Singapore's environmental journey over the past 50 years, to its present day challenges and solutions, and seeks to explore what lies ahead for Singapore's environmental future. This book is divided into three parts. The first will explore the historical developments in Singapore's environmental journey and the development of NEWater. The second part will be a collection of essays that examine the present environmental challenges that Singapore faces and the ways in which it is addressing those issues through community engagement, international engagement, research and technology, and industry solutions in order to develop sustainable strategies and solutions. Part Three will tie the historical and contemporary threads together and discusses the future challenges for Singapore's environment.
Deng Xiaoping introduced a market economy to China in 1978, and within a generation, China became the world's second-largest economy. Success brought some problems. Today, the country is gripped by rampant corruption, air and water pollution, food shortages, and escalating inflation-not to mention a severe shortage of affordable housing. But it's come up with a creative solution to overcome those challenges with its plan to establish an eco-world with 400 eco-cities. The unprecedented project seeks to incorporate state-of-the-art technology, automation, transportation enhancements, creative housing designs, and other innovations into daily life. Fossil fuels will be banned, vehicles will be battery powered, and there will be an unlimited supply of water, food, and energy. Arid lands will be rejuvenated with trees and vegetation. It won't be cheap, but trillions of dollars will be saved, millions of people will be lifted out of poverty, and the entire world will be changed as China creates a new, eco-world.
This is an introductory level textbook on psychology and human behavior with an Asian focus. The main aim of the book is to provide an introduction to the central tenets of psychology. Although its coverage is similar to other books on the market, examples and chapters will be culturally relevant to students in Asia, connected to the region's culture and history. The book covers essential topics of psychology such as personality, human development, psychological disorders, gender and sexuality, emotion, and positive psychology. Readers will learn core topics and classical studies that originate in the West, but do so alongside the important contribution that Asian psychology makes to the field.
A gripping narrative about the Zika virus outbreak from The New York Times science reporter covering the epidemic. It sets the facts straight in a fascinating exploration of Zika's origins, how it is spreading, the race for a cure and what we can do to protect ourselves now.
If you are suffering from body aches and pain, this book is for you. It brings together over a decade's worth of health adjustment experience in helping people to overcome pain permanently to create the 6-step approach outlined. Specifically written for busy business owners, corporate professionals and executives to get out and stay out of pain so you can work hard, play hard and leave fatigue and illness behind.
This book documents the natural and cultural heritage of one of Singapore's best kept secrets, Pulau Ubin. The story of Pulau Ubin's evolution over the years is a fascinating yet often overlooked part of SG's history. The island is now at the crossroads of how much of its rustic charm to retain and to what extent modernity and development should take place. Due to these challenges, there is a greater urgency to protect its perecious heritage. Contained within these pages are untold stories of some of the island's pioneering residents. inhabitants. Through images and oral histories, readers will be taken through time, through forests unexplored, over idyllic shores and to sites long-forgotten. This book attempts to add to the understanding of Pulau Ubin's past, present and future and so enable more Singaporeans to rediscover and better appreciate the island.
Established in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens are arguably the most important colonial botanic gardens in the world. Not only have the Gardens been important as a park for Singaporeans and visitors, they have had a significant role as a scientific institution and as a testing ground for tropical plantation agriculture implemented around the world. As Timothy P. Barnard shows in Nature's Colony, underlying each of these uses is a broader story of the Botanic Gardens as an arena where power and the natural world meet and interact.
This unique volume presents the achievements of the land, sea and air transport industry of Singapore in the last 50 years after Singapore gained its independence in 1965. It provides a comprehensive overview of Singapore's progress in transportation from a typical third world system in the 1960s to one that is currently in the top league globally in all aspects of passenger and freight transportation. The authors have been able to draw on extensive amounts of published and unpublished documents and reports to present a comprehensive picture for the subject of interest in each chapter. As a whole, the book offers a hollistic and informative professional reference book on the major happenings and achievements of Singapore in the transportation sector.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Addictive Internet use is a relatively new phenomenon which many people are unaware of and subsequently do not seek treatment for. While there is no escaping the use of the Internet in schools and offices in today's technology-driven world, excessive Internet use may lead to deteriorating relationships or interfere with life's responsibilities. This book compiles a series of articles about the different types of Internet-related addictions that a child or teenager may face, such as pornography, social networking, gaming and online shopping. It also explores the legal problems that arise from cybercrimes and discusses the services and programmes available for both the victims and perpetrators. Finally, it explores the implications of future technology and research into this area.
Spread out over the Peninsula and the island states of Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia contains and embraces a huge variety of cultures and cuisines, natural habitats, heritage sites and architectural wonders. Within this diversity there are many extreme contrasts, adding to the excitement of travelling through the country. Modern skyscrapers overlook wooden houses built on stilts; five-star hotels restaurants compete with street food from hawker stalls; rugged mountain peaks tower over sandy beaches and humid mangroves; bustling cities are juxtaposed with remote rainforests. Everywhere there is intriguing and irresistible street food. Presenting Malaysia provides an extensive introduction to the geography, history, people, religion, food, and arts and crafts, as well as a visual journey through the 13 states and three federal territories that make up this impressive and always fascinating country.
CultureShock! Singapore is essential reading for any foreigner who is going to live and work in the city. It is packed full of practical information as well as interesting trivia on the colourful customs and culture of the people. Learn how to get around the city effectively by public transport like the locals and how to assimilate quickly and shop for groceries.
Bali: Ancient Rites in the Digital Age is a personal portfolio of work by the photographer Ida Bagus Putra Adnyana-offering a close view of rituals that few people have seen, often in remote villages of the island. The Hindu Balinese rituals described by author Diana Darling cover rites of passage and the rituals of death as well as those devoted to the gods, to the lower spirits, and the initiation of priests. As a Balinese from a Brahmana priestly family, Adnyana brings an insider's knowledge of his subject, and he is often granted special access to rare ritual ceremonies. Thus, he is able to photograph with the greatest possible intimacy.
This book takes you off the beaten tourist trail and introduces you to 85 of the most unique locally-owned eating, shopping and lifestyle experiences in this tiny island nation. Handpicked recommendations include a mix of heritage finds and old school favorites, offbeat gems and hip newcomers - the best Singapore has to offer whether you're a visitor, new arrival or curious local.
Moving from Singapore to California was a breath of fresh air for Angie. With the curiosity and spunk of an animal let loose in the wild, she began to explore her surroundings on her bicycle. The idea struck her: Why not cycle across America? And why not film a documentary to chronicle the adventure? She would eventually complete the Northwestern-central route in under 40 days. 4,000 miles at a pace of 100 miles a day. Angie's account of her crazy dream, from conception to actualization, will resonate with anyone who has ever dreamed big.
Singapore is a unique country. It is "a little red dot" on the map, squeezed between much bigger and more populated countries. It is home to several million people crowding the subways, buses and highways in the rush hour and somehow still managing to get everywhere on time. It is a living garden, with tropical forests and parks surrounding the center of the city. It is a food nation, constantly eating and talking about the best restaurants and food courts. It is a living history, with nineteenth century shophouses next to shiny skyscrapers. It is a country with determination to succeed against all odds. This is a pictorial book about Singapore, the city that never ceases to amaze.
This brand new Japan travel guide by award-winning author Rob Goss, a longtime Japan resident, is designed for people with limited time. It covers not only the unique UNESCO World Heritage sites but also bustling Nishiki-koji street market and many smaller shrines and temples where enchanting moss and tree gardens lie hidden behind high stone walls. The list of things to do and see in Kyoto and Nara is literally endless, which is why you need an experienced author to point the way.
An eagerly awaited book in the series of compilations detailing the exploration into Brunei Darussalam and Malaysian Borneo Territories of Sabah and Sarawak. From the writer who calls himself "Pengembara", this book begins with an exploration of seldom visited islands in Brunei Bay and goes on to describe a variety of destinations in Brunei as well as Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand - the destinations "beyond". Within his repertoire of words and photographs, readers can hope to be enthralled by the wanderer's voyage of the rarest kind.
This book is dedicated to the traveler. But not just any traveler, mind you. It is meant for the wide-eyed, sometimes curious, occasionally weary-hearted traveler who dreams too much and wanders too often. It is for the traveler who watches strangers go by and weaves a million imaginary stories about their lives. It is also for the traveler whose sojourns bring home lifelong friendships and connections. Each page is the author's determined choice to focus on the quiet and dream-like beauty that exists in this world, even while acknowledging the pain and wreckage that no doubt remains.
CultureShock! Myanmar is an illuminating guide to the culture and customs of Myanmar, offering readers a peek into this Southeast Asian country that has until very recently been shrouded in isolation. Since the end of 2010, however, foreign investors have been welcomed, and visiting Myanmar is easier than ever before. Be well prepared for living in Myanmar with all the advice and information you need. The author provides practical tips on what to bring, what to prepare an where to go. In addition, discover fascinating insights into the inner world of the Myanmar people, their culture, traditions, etiquette as well as practical tips on how to do business in Myanmar. Cultureshock! Myanmar is a must-read for anyone who wants to visit or make his home in this intriguing exotic country.
The fourth edition of the popular pictorial book contains over 120 new photographs with updates to existing places and also content on seven additional locations. These include the National Gallery, the National Stadium at the Sports Hub, the Asian Civilisations Museum extension, the Park Royal on Pickering Hotel. Also included are recently furbished spaces such as the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Chijmes as well as the Capitol Singapore.