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Trade Regionalism In The Asia-Pacific: Developments And Future ChallengesTrade Regionalism In The Asia-Pacific: Developments And Future Challenges by Sanchita Basu Das & Masahiro Kawai (Eds.)

Asian cities are developing at an unparalleled pace, fuelled by the rise in urban population and economic development. With development focused on the production and output of commercial industries, the growth of many cities has overlooked disadvantaged citizens, who remain disconnected to basic amenities, transport services and economic opportunities. The aim of the Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition and Symposium is to encourage design explorations and research into new urban models for urban environments in Asian cities challenged by the task of providing infrastructural services for all citizens. This fourth edition is themed "Everyone Connects" and investigates potential solutions to the metropolitan fragmentation and the dispersal of informal settlements throughout cities, and the exclusion of certain members of the populace from economic opportunities and social activities.

Indian And Chinese Immigrant Communities: Comparative PerspectivesIndian And Chinese Immigrant Communities: Comparative Perspectives by Jayati Bhattacharya; Coonoor Kripalani (Eds.)

This interdisciplinary collection of essays offers a window onto the overseas Indian and Chinese communities in Asia and across the globe. Contributors discuss the interactive role of the cultural and religious "other", the diasporic absorption of local beliefs and customs, and the practical business networks and operational mechanisms unique to these communities. This volume explores materials, cultural and imaginative features of the immigrant communities and brings together these two important communities within a comparative framework.

108 Ways To Grab My Apples 2108 Ways To Grab My Apples 2 by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

Yes, it's time for another grab of the proverbial apple! A modern Tibetan Buddhist spiritual teacher, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has used social media to reach out and inspire many through his profound teachings. In 108 ways to grab my Apples 2, Tsem Rinpoche shares more nuggets of wisdom specially selected from his vast social media output. In his typical direct and down-to-earth style, Tsem Rinpoche dispenses practical advice on everyday matters, such as work, attitudes, responsibility, the environment and kindness amongst others. Most importantly, he guides us how to change our lives for the better - sometimes by simply taking on a different perspective.

Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide To Buddhism And ZenDharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide To Buddhism And Zen by Greenblat, Rodney Alan Musho

Abstract artist and Zen practitioner Rodney Greenblat uses light-hearted narrative and vivid pop art paintings to celebrate the joys of living life from the inside out. Part graphic guide, part personal testimony, part art book, "Dharma Delight" illustrates how seeking the path of compassion and acceptance can be as zany and exuberant as it is profound. It is a happy exploration of Buddhist Enlightenment what it is, where to seek it and how to recognize the perfection in ourselves. A great option for Zen beginners, sutras, Bodhisattvas and jataka tales are presented in a way that's simple, upbeat and fun to read.

Marriage Migration In Asia: Emerging Minorities At The Frontiers Of Nation StatesMarriage Migration In Asia: Emerging Minorities At The Frontiers Of Nation States by Sari K. Ishii (Ed.)

Men are disadvantaged in the marriage markets of many Asian countries, and in some cases their response is to look abroad for a partner. Receiving countries for marriage migrants include Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, while the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and parts of mainland China supply wives to these territories. The authors in this volume explore the agency of women who migrate abroad to acquire opportunities unavailable to them in their homelands. They show that the trajectories of marriage migrants are often not a simple movement from home to destination but can involve return, repeated, or extended migrations, and that these transitions that can alter geographies of power in economics, nationality or ethnicity.

Tales Of Two CitiesTales Of Two Cities by Clark-Platts, Alice; S. Mickey Lin Et Al (Eds.)

Hong Kong and Singapore. Two cities which encapsulate the buzz and culture of Asia. 23 stories by the Hong Kong Writers Circle and the Singapore Writers Group present four faces of the home cities: the changing city, the historic city, the mystical city, and the capricious city. These stories take you past the frontages of both cities, through their backstreets and into personal spaces pocketed within the cityscape.

Asian Management Insights, V.2(2): Urbanisation, Technology And The Growth Of Smart CitiesAsian Management Insights, V.2(2): Urbanisation, Technology And The Growth Of Smart Cities by Singapore Management University

Asian Management Insights aims to develop a body of knowledge and a narrative of innovation and creativity for trends in Asian management. It brings together some of the best and brightest of Asia's thought leaders and their solutions to address current Asian challenges. This is Issue 2 of Volume 2, published in November 2015.

Ganga To Mekong: A Cultural Voyage Through Textiles by Hema Devare

Textiles have been the binding factor in the cultural history of India and Southeast Asia from time immemorial. As the foremost currency they were carried by the traders from the banks of river Ganga to the fertile areas around the river Mekong and to the rich spice islands of Suvarnadwipa, Indonesia. Over the centuries, these textiles turned into vehicles of culture that built the foundation for an enduring multi-layered and multi-coloured relationship.

Panorama 02/2015: Nationalism In Asia And EuropePanorama 02/2015: Nationalism In Asia And Europe by Hofmeister, Wilhelm (Ed.)

This issue comprises papers presented at a conference held in 2015 by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the East Asia Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS) in May 2015. The papers offer insights into the evolving nature of nationalism, including its relationship to regional integration efforts and globalisation, as well as its impact on the domestic and foreign policies of countries in Europe and Asia.

Yearning To Belong: Malaysia's Indian Muslims, Chitties, Portuguese Eurasians, Peranakan Chinese And BaweaneseYearning To Belong: Malaysia's Indian Muslims, Chitties, Portuguese Eurasians, Peranakan Chinese And Baweanese by Pillai, Patrick

Malaysia is among the most ethnically diverse and culturally rich nations on earth. Yet much of its cultural wealth lies buried beneath the rubric of its main Malay, Chinese and Indian "race" categories; the dazzling diversity within and outside these groups remains largely unexplored. This book uncovers some of this fascinating diversity through the stories of five little-known acculturated ethnic groups in Peninsula Malaysia. This book traces the acculturation journey of these communities and draws lessons for ethnic relations in one of the most complex multi-ethnic nations in the world. It will appeal to scholars, students, laymen and visitors interested in migration, history, culture, ethnicity and heritage in Malaysia and the region.

China And Asean: Energy Security, Cooperation And CompetitionChina And Asean: Energy Security, Cooperation And Competition by Zhao Hong

This book examines the energy resource relations between China and ASEAN countries. It addresses the following issues: as the world energy demand shifts East because of the rise of China, ASEAN community and other emerging Asian economies, and as the Greater Indian Ocean and the South China Sea become the world's energy interstates, will geopolitical tensions over energy resources spark conflicts in the region? Against the background of China's rise and its growing influence in Southeast Asia, will China's quest for energy resource cooperation be viewed as a threat or opportunity by its neighbouring countries? This book will be of interest to anyone who is keen to learn how the world, especially the United States, can accommodate and adapt to the new global energy dynamics and how China and ASEAN operate as new players in global and regional energy markets.

Asianisms: Regionalist Interactions & Asian IntegrationAsianisms: Regionalist Interactions & Asian Integration by Frey, Marc; Nicola Spakowski (Eds.)

At the core of this book is a seemingly simple question: What is Asia? In search of common historical roots, traditions and visions of political-cultural integration, first Japanese, then Chinese, Korean and Indian intellectuals, politicians and writers understood Asianisms as an umbrella for all conceptions, imaginations and processes which emphasized commonalities or common interests among different Asian regions and nations. This book investigates the multifarious discursive and material constructions of Asia within the region and in the West. It reconstructs regional constellations, intersections and relations in their national, transnational and global contexts. Moving far beyond the more well-known Japanese Pan-Asianism of the first half of the twentieth century, the chapters investigate visions of Asia that have sought to provide common meanings and political projects in efforts to trace, and construct, Asia as a united and common space of interaction. By tracing the imagination of civil society actors throughout Asia, the volume leaves behind state-centered approaches to regional integration and uncovers the richness and depth of complex identities within a large and culturally heterogeneous space.

Vertical Cities Asia. Volume 4: Everyone Connects (International Design And Competition And Symposium 2014)Vertical Cities Asia. Volume 4: Everyone Connects (International Design And Competition And Symposium 2014) by Miyauchi Tomohisa (Ed.)

Asian cities are developing at an unparalleled pace, fuelled by the rise in urban population and economic development. With development focused on the production and output of commercial industries, the growth of many cities has overlooked disadvantaged citizens, who remain disconnected to basic amenities, transport services and economic opportunities. The aim of the Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition and Symposium is to encourage design explorations and research into new urban models for urban environments in Asian cities challenged by the task of providing infrastructural services for all citizens. This fourth edition is themed "Everyone Connects" and investigates potential solutions to the metropolitan fragmentation and the dispersal of informal settlements throughout cities, and the exclusion of certain members of the populace from economic opportunities and social activities.

Genghis Khan, The Brave Warrior Who Bridged East And WestGenghis Khan, The Brave Warrior Who Bridged East And West by Li Jian

By the Onon River in the hinterland of Eurasia, Temujin was born in a harmonious family of a tribal chief on Mongolian territory where the vast blue sky seemed to merge with the grasslands. Confronting the disintegrated tribes and continuous wars on the Mongolian grassland, Temujin was determined to bring peace and a comfortable place for his family to live. He becomes known as Genghis Khan after unifying a majority of the tribes there. Throughout his life, he fought in over 60 wars and won almost all his battles except a strategic retreat because his forces were out-numbered. He established an expansive empire across Eurasia, and brought political stability to the Silk Road which increased trade and communication between the East and the West.

Our Common Challenges: Strengthening Security In The RegionOur Common Challenges: Strengthening Security In The Region by Abbott, Tony

The Singapore Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1980 by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. On 29 June 2015, the 35th Singapore Lecture was delivered by The Honourable Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia.

Color In Ancient And Medieval East AsiaColor In Ancient And Medieval East Asia by Dusenbury, Mary M.

Color was a critical element in East Asian life and thought, but its importance has been largely overlooked in Western scholarship. This interdisciplinary volume explores the fascinating roles that color played in the society, politics, thought, art, and ritual practices of ancient and medieval East Asia. While the Western world has always linked color with the spectrum of light, in East Asian civilizations colors were associated with the specific plant or mineral substances from which they were derived. Many of these substances served as potent medicines and elixirs, and their transformative powers were extended to the dyes and pigments they produced. Generously illustrated, this groundbreaking publication constitutes the first inclusive study of color in East Asia. It is the outcome of years of collaboration between chemists, conservators, archaeologists, historians of art and literature, and scholars of Buddhism and Daoism from the United States, East Asia, and Europe.

SulaimanSulaiman by Pocock, Melanie

This is the first monograph on the work of Shooshie Sulaiman. Recognised as one of Malaysia's most important contemporary artists, Shooshie draws on personal experience, emotions and memories to explore the cultural, social and spiritual frameworks that shape human understanding and experience. It charts Shooshie's journey as an artist, organizer and curator from the late 90s to the present, featuring written contributions by friends, writers and curators and illustrations of key works and projects.

Tides Of Capital, The: How Asia Surmounted Financial Crisis And Is Guiding World RecoveryTides Of Capital, The: How Asia Surmounted Financial Crisis And Is Guiding World Recovery by Leung, Julia

The Tides of Capital details how Asia surmounted two spells of financial crisis with measures that are increasingly setting standards in the US and Europe. Hong Kong-born Leung has been a public servant in the financial sphere for two decades. She was executive director (external) of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and worked on crisis prevention with international financial organisations and central banks. Her book is the first account by a senior Asian policy-maker of financial manoeuvrings with the west.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #14: Indonesia-China Energy And Mineral Ties BroadenTrends In Southeast Asia 2015 #14: Indonesia-China Energy And Mineral Ties Broaden by Zhao Hong; Maxensius Tri Sambodo

Bilateral energy cooperation between China and Indonesia is not new. Although the share of Chinese overseas oil and gas upstream acquisitions in Indonesia and the inflow of investment from China were minor, China's recent investment flow to Indonesia's mining sector has been increasing rapidly. The reason for the increase of China's FDI in the mining sector is mainly China's increased demand for coal. Indonesia-China energy cooperation is far from smooth. Viewed through China's lens, Indonesia's bountiful mineral wealth has elevated relations between Jakarta and Beijing to a position of strategic importance.

Jaffna BoyJaffna Boy by Sinniah, Bernard

Jaffna Boy is the engaging true story of a young boy\'s life at a sri lankan boarding school in the 1970s,as recalled during one fateful train ride and the advice from an unexpected source that would change the course of his life forever.