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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.

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.

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.

Short & SweetShort & Sweet by Hattotuwa, Sanjana

Curated by Sanjana Hattotuwa, there are 160 stories in this book, each no more than 25 words. Many will recognize the stories as their own. Some may know family, friends and colleagues whose stories mirror those within. 'Short & Sweet' is above all an invitation, through the words of others, to imagine and remember the marginal and oft forgotten. Unlike with most books, this doubles up as a notebook. Own it, write on it and pass it on.

Tail End, The: Three Cricketing StoriesTail End, The: Three Cricketing Stories by Moon, Pierre

Louis M and Kiran are crazy about cricket! One weekend, practice brings an unexpected invitation to join a cricket match with the big boys. Louis is determined to make a good impression but will he drop a catch? Will Kiran be better than him? And will Louis ruin his chances in cricket forever? Not if he can help it!

Vampire Umpire, The: And Other Stories For ChildrenVampire Umpire, The: And Other Stories For Children by Hussein, Ameena (Ed.)

Uh-oh, here comes trouble in all its shapes and forms. First, there is the scarecrow who wants to see the world and finds more than he bargained for. Then, there is Frederico who is crazy about cricket but has a small problem to solve before he can play. What about Minnie who dreams of being a spy? And I can't even tell you enough about the blue stone should you find it, or the Blink Fairy or the Chena Cultivator. Oh dear! Don't get me started.

How The Squirrel Got His StripesHow The Squirrel Got His Stripes by Perera, Sam (Text); Alex Stewart (Illus.)

You've always wondered how squirrels got their distinctive stripes. Well, once upon a time, clever little squirrels joined a legendary battle that took place in the land of Lanka. As reward for their valour they received a sign of affection that they carry even today! Read all about it with your children, from this beautifully illustrated collectible book.

Sunday Fair, TheSunday Fair, The by Amarasuriya, Shari

There was more excitement in the air as it was finally the Sunday of the village fair. Aarya couldn't wait to take Malli there it was his first time at this kind of affair. Who would they meet on their venture today? Perhaps Mr.Yo Yo man who yoyoed all day. Come on inside and take a look inside this magical and wonderful book.

Ravana & The Temple Of ShivaRavana & The Temple Of Shiva by Perera, Sam (Text); Stewart, Alex (Illus.)

Once upon a time, the legendary king Ravana displeased Lord Shiva who unleashed nature's fury on the land of Lanka. To save his land and people, this resourceful king hit upon an ingenious solution. If you have read How the Squirrel got his Stripes, it is time to add to your collection. Immerse yourself in legend and be captivated by the illustrations of this book that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Frangipani Year, The: Love And Aid Work In Post-Tsunami AcehFrangipani Year, The: Love And Aid Work In Post-Tsunami Aceh by Harris, Alexandra

One year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Angela finds herself flying into the devastated region of Banda Aceh as a researcher for the UN. Enthusiastic and committed, the young American woman arrives at a place swarming with aid workers, and she soon enters a world that is nothing like what she has known.

Softly As I Leave YouSoftly As I Leave You by Lokuge, Chandani

Turning back, she saw his blurred figure through the lace curtain, an abstract pattern of their intense criss-crossed liaison. He was looking at her. What was he seeing? How isolated we are, she thought, how unconnected...One late spring morning, Uma awakens to a life in which her relationships - to lover, to husband, to son - seem unbearably tangled. In capturing its searing and intimate moments, the story transcends into a meditation on love and betrayal, grief and redemption.