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Coalitions Of Well-Being: How Electoral Rules And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy In Developing CountriesCoalitions Of Well-Being: How Electoral Rules And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy In Developing Countries by Selway, Joel Sawat

Why do some developing countries have more efficient health systems and better health outcomes? Contrary to existing theory that posits the superiority of proportional representation (PR) rules on public-goods provision, this book argues that electoral rules function differently given the underlying ethnic structure. In countries with low ethnic salience, PR has the same positive effect as in past theories. In countries with high ethnic salience, the geographic distribution of ethnic groups further matters: where they are intermixed, PR rules are worse for health outcomes; where they are isolated, neither rule is superior. The case studies include Thailand, Mauritius, Malaysia, Botswana, Burma and Indonesia. The theory has broad implications for electoral rule design and suggests a middle ground in the debate between the Consociational and Centripetal schools of thought.

Democracy, Inequality And Corruption: Korea, Taiwan And The Philippines ComparedDemocracy, Inequality And Corruption: Korea, Taiwan And The Philippines Compared by You Jong-Sung

In this comparative, historical survey of three East-Asian democracies, Jong-sung You explores the correlation between inequality and corruption in the countries of South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines. Drawing on a wealth of rich empirical research, he illustrates the ways in which economic inequality can undermine democratic accountability, thereby increasing the risk of clientelism and capture. Transcending the scope of corruption research beyond economic growth, this book surveys why some countries, like the Philippines, have failed to curb corruption and develop, whilst others such as South Korea and Taiwan have been more successful. Taking into account factors such as the success and failure of land reform, variations in social structure, and industrial policy, Jong-sung You provides a sound example of how comparative analysis can be employed to identify causal direction and mechanisms in political science.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #05: The Natunas: Territorial Integrity In The Forefront Of Of Indonesia-China RelationsTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #05: The Natunas: Territorial Integrity In The Forefront Of Of Indonesia-China Relations by Suryadinata, Leo; Mustafa Izzuddin

In May 2017 the Indonesian military conducted a large-scale exercise in the Natuna Islands. This was in the wake of three incidents in 2016 that involved Chinese fishing boats. Jakarta accused the vessels of stealing fish within the Indonesian EEZ but Beijing considered these boats to be carrying out regular activities in Chinese traditional fishing grounds. While the Natunas is likely to remain a perennial issue between Indonesia and China in the short to medium term, it is unlikely to derail the bilateral relationship as economics is likely to continue trumping politics in Sino-Indonesian relations, at least under Indonesian President Jokowi's administration. It is also unlikely to bring about an outright naval confrontation between Indonesia and China.

Citizens, Civil Society And Heritage-Making In AsiaCitizens, Civil Society And Heritage-Making In Asia by Hsiao Hsin-Huang, Michael; Yf Hui Et Al (Eds.)

This volume is based on papers from the second in a series of three conferences that deal with the multi-scalar processes of heritage-making, ranging from the local to the national and international levels, involving different players with different degrees of agency and interests. These players include citizens and civil society, the state, and international organizations and actors. The current volume focuses on the role of citizens and civil society in the politics of heritage-making, looking at how these players at the grass-roots level make sense of the past in the present. Who are these local players that seek to define the meaning of heritage in their everyday lives? How do they negotiate with the state, or contest the influence of the state, in determining what their heritage is? These and other questions will be taken up in various Asian contexts in this volume to foreground the local dynamics of heritage politics.

Pluralism, Transnationalism And Culture In Asian Law: A Book In Honour Of M.B. HookerPluralism, Transnationalism And Culture In Asian Law: A Book In Honour Of M.B. Hooker by Bell, Gary F. (Ed.)

To honour this great scholar, this book gathers essays from admirers and friends who add their own contributions on legal pluralism, transnationalism and culture in Asia. The book opens with an account of M.B. Hooker colourful and prolific career. The authors then approach legal pluralism through legal theory, legal anthropology, comparative law, law and religion, constitutional law, even Islamic art, thus reflecting the broad approaches of Professor Hooker's scholarship. While most of the book focuses mainly on Southeast Asia, it also reaches out to all of Asia up to Israel, and even includes a chapter comparing Indonesia and Egypt.

Between Stations: EssaysBetween Stations: Essays by Boey Kim Cheng

Singapore-born poet Boey Kim Cheng meditates on emigration and loss during a year of travelling after leaving his native land to settle in Australia. He makes detours through India, China, Egypt and Morocco, haunted by the memories of family and vestiges of old Singapore. This travel memoir is being published in Singapore for the first time, and includes a new afterword by Boey and new photos. It was first published in Australia in 2009.

Portuguese In The East: A Cultural History Of A Maritime Trading EmpirePortuguese In The East: A Cultural History Of A Maritime Trading Empire by De Silva Jayasuriya, Shihan

Vasco da Gama's voyage to India in the late fifteenth century opened up new economic and cultural horizons for the Portuguese. Undertaken at the height of Portugal's maritime influence, it helped to create an oceanic state ranging from the Cape of Good Hope to China. While Portugal's direct political influence in Asia was comparatively short-lived, its linguistic influence remains. Here Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya charts the influences of the Portuguese in more than 50 Asian tongues, illustrating the extent of Lusitanian links. Luso-Asian influence became engrained in eastern cultures in more subtle ways than other the European empires which followed, such as the Portuguese oral traditions in folk literature, now embedded in postcolonial Asian music and song.

Educational Psychology: An Asia EditionEducational Psychology: An Asia Edition by Tan Oon-Seng; Yen-Leng Stefanie Chye Et Al

Recent international studies such as PISA and TIMMS point to the success of Asian educational systems in equipping their learners with fundamentals and problem-solving skills to cope with the challenges of a complex knowledge-based era. This adaptation of Educational Psychology with an Asian contextualisation provides an excellent resource for student-teachers to weave psychology into educational studies, curriculum studies and teaching practice. Insights from the National Institute of Education model of teacher education and the pragmatics of theory-practice links, pedagogical innovations and professional learning communities are incorporated. Realistic cases are provided within the texts for the teacher to reflect upon and relate back to one's beliefs, philosophy and practice.

France And Singapore: Strategic Partners In A Fast-Changing WorldFrance And Singapore: Strategic Partners In A Fast-Changing World by Hollande, Francois

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 40th Singapore Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Fran?ois Hollande, President of the French Republic, on 27 March 2017 under the distinguished Chairmanship of Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore.

Muddy Boots & Smart Suits: Researching Asia-Pacific AffairsMuddy Boots & Smart Suits: Researching Asia-Pacific Affairs by Farrelly, Nicholas; Amy King Et Al (Eds.)

From grassroots conflicts to great power relations, this book explores some of the key concepts, methodologies, and dilemmas of researching Asia-Pacific affairs. The book deals with key questions about the Asia Pacific: Why should we study policy from the ground up? What are the human considerations for societies in conflict? Why is regionalism important and how do global powers play a role? Should Asia-Pacific researchers embrace the design-based revolution in the social sciences? Muddy Boots and Smart Suits is for students, scholars, and policymakers in the region looking for a new way to understand local, regional, and global security challenges.

Tropical Colors: The Art Of Living With Tropical FlowersTropical Colors: The Art Of Living With Tropical Flowers by Sakul Intakul

In this stunning book, renowned Thai floral artist Sakul Intakul combines colorful tropical flowers, exotic foliage and other unusual design materials in refreshingly original floral displays suitable for any occasion and any setting. Photographed in the spectacular, contemporary homes of Thailand's leading artists, designers and professionals, the simple but imaginative floral displays evoke the essence of a modern Asian style.

Ethnicities, Personalities And Politics In The Ethnic Chinese WorldsEthnicities, Personalities And Politics In The Ethnic Chinese Worlds by Yen Ching-Hwang

The rise of the economic power of the ethnic Chinese, known also as overseas Chinese, Chinese overseas or Chinese diaspora, was a late 20th century phenomenon. It was partly the result of the rise of the Four Little Asian Dragons in the 1970s, and was speeded up by the tempo of globalization towards the end of that century. This book explores the ethnic identity and boundary of the Chinese as minority groups in foreign lands, and as sub-groups among the Chinese themselves. It examines prominent personalities that had wielded considerable influence in the ethnic Chinese communities in the economic, social and educational arenas. It also discusses the type of politics that had impacted their relationship with their mother country - China. Containing 16 papers presented at various international conferences in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan as keynote speeches and research findings which are predominantly unpublished in English, this book provides fresh perspectives and re-interpretations on the issues of ethnicity, leadership and politics in the ethnic Chinese worlds.

Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry And Ritual Objects From The Barbara And David Kipper CollectionVanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry And Ritual Objects From The Barbara And David Kipper Collection by Ghose, Madhuvanti Et La (Eds.)

This book commemorates the remarkable gift of over 400 works from the collection of Barbara and David Kipper to the Art Institute of Chicago. These outstanding pieces of jewellery and ritual objects offer a material record of vanishing ways of life. Used as portable forms of wealth, as personal adornment, and in religious practice, they represent a broad spectrum of cultures. The majority comes from the Himalayan region, including Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia, and other pieces hail from Afghanistan, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The catalogue showcases stunning works-including delicate amulet boxes, other Tibetan Buddhist artifacts, and ornate Turkmen jewelry-through dramatic photography undertaken specifically for this publication. With five essays placing the objects in the contexts of their native regions, Vanishing Beauty offers a beautiful presentation of creativity and craftsmanship from across Asia.

End Of The Asian Century, The: War, Stagnation, And The Risks To The World's Most Dynamic RegionEnd Of The Asian Century, The: War, Stagnation, And The Risks To The World's Most Dynamic Region by Auslin, Michael R.

Since Marco Polo, the West has waited for the "Asian Century." Today, the world believes that Century has arrived. Yet from China's slumping economy to war clouds over the South China Sea and from environmental devastation to demographic crisis, Asia's future is increasingly uncertain. Historian and geopolitical expert Michael Auslin argues that far from being a cohesive powerhouse, Asia is a fractured region threatened by stagnation and instability. Here, he provides a comprehensive account of the economic, military, political, and demographic risks that bedevil half of our world, arguing that Asia, working with the United States, has a unique opportunity to avert catastrophe - but only if it acts boldly.

Tamil For Travellers: Everyday Words For Visitors To Sri LankaTamil For Travellers: Everyday Words For Visitors To Sri Lanka by Segaran, Seggy & Jane

More than a million Sri Lankan Tamils now live abroad having left the country during the civil war. Many are fluent in the language of their host country be that English, German, French or Italian. Their children, who might speak Tamil at home, would rarely use it outside of the house. There will come a time when many in the Diaspora would want to visit Sri Lanka and knowledge of Tamil would help then enormously. There are also a large number of western travellers, businessmen and NGO staff that spend time in both Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu who would find this book useful in getting around. This book is aimed at both these groups of people. It is divided up into small sections that can easily be found. The English word is followed by the Tamil one and a pronunciation guide. The use of the Tamil script is important to help readers learn the different letters and recognise them in road and shop signs.

Song Of The Sun GodSong Of The Sun God by Chandran, Shankari

In a time of upheaval, can Nala keep her family together? The capital city - a little boy watches a monk wrap himself in flames… A village in Jaffna - a little girl is bursting with life…Nala and Ranjan are on the brink of an exciting future. They will meet, marry and fall in love. They will set up house and have children. They will map out their future together, but destiny has other plans for them. Will they survive? This is a deeply moving saga spanning three continents and three generations. Lush physical details and an emotional recounting of events as they relentlessly unfold, reveal a heart-wrenching story of family, love, laughter, sorrow and new beginnings.

Invincible: Stories Of Hope And Courage By Individuals With DisabilitiesInvincible: Stories Of Hope And Courage By Individuals With Disabilities by Wickremesooriya, Shalini F.

The book is a collection of stories that reflects the lives of disabled individuals across the globe. Each story is narrated by a courageous individual who refused to be defined and shaped by a label or a medical diagnosis. These individuals choose life and living instead of doom and gloom. They are not international superstars but are stars nevertheless because they valiantly defied limitations imposed on them despite the odds that were stacked against them. The stories are a gift of hope and inspiration to the countless number of individuals with disabilities. You too can overcome! The stories also carry a loving message to parents, care-givers, teachers, health professionals, neighbours, family and friends. Look beyond the disability and recognize the person who is struggling to emerge!

Spirits And Ships: Cultural Transfers In Early Monsoon AsiaSpirits And Ships: Cultural Transfers In Early Monsoon Asia by Acri, Andrea; R. Blench & A. Landmann (Eds.)

This volume seeks to foreground a borderless history and geography of South, Southeast, and East Asian littoral zones that would be maritime-focused, and thereby explore the ancient connections and dynamics of interaction that favoured the encounters among the cultures found throughout the region stretching from the Indian Ocean littorals to the Western Pacific, from the early historical period to the present. The collective body of work presented in the volume describes Monsoon Asia as an ideal theatre for circulatory dynamics of cultural transfer, interaction, acceptance, selection, and avoidance, and argues that, despite the rich ethnic, linguistic and sociocultural diversity, a shared pattern of values, norms, and cultural models is discernible throughout the region.

Leadership Experience In Asia (2Nd Ed.)Leadership Experience In Asia (2Nd Ed.) by Lim Ghee Soon & Richard L. Daft

The Leadership Experience in Asia, Second Edition adopts the leader's perspective in exploring diverse approaches to leading all types of organizations in Asia effectively, with special emphasis on the ways in which leaders in Asia may benefit from using tested concepts and theories that have been proven to be valid in the West. The indigenous element of this Asian edition brings concepts and practices as can be found in Asian organizations to the attention of individual leaders in Asia. Learners will benefit most from this book if they complete all the assessment tools displayed across the various chapters and use the self-profiling results to reflect on their standing against the concepts and theories expounded in the respective chapters. They will learn most effectively if they can relate the contents of the chapters to their past, present, and future or potential places of work.

Nights Of The Dark Moon: Gothic Folktales From Asia And AfricaNights Of The Dark Moon: Gothic Folktales From Asia And Africa by Tutu Dutta

Nights of the Dark Moon is a collection of 13 dark folktales compiled from around Asia, with two bonus stories from Africa, retold in the Gothic tradition, known for its air of brooding mystery and chilling fear. The tales feature haunted places, ancient curses, supernatural creatures and desperate maidens. Ranging from the eerily thrilling to the pitiably tragic, the stories evoke dread and terror, but also longing, affection and sorrow. The folktales have been extensively researched to be the most complete version published. Since they are not simple retellings, even the familiar will appear strange and fascinating.