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Buddhism Across Asia: Networks Of Material, Intellectual And Cultural Exchange, Volume 1Buddhism Across Asia: Networks Of Material, Intellectual And Cultural Exchange, Volume 1 by Sen, Tansen (Ed.)

"Buddhism across Asia is a must-read for anyone interested in the history and spread of Buddhism in Asia. It comprises a rich collection of articles written by leading experts in their fields. Together, the contributions provide an in-depth analysis of Buddhist history and transmission in Asia over a period of more than 2000 years. Aspects examined include material culture, politics, economy, languages and texts, religious institutions, practices and rituals, conceptualisations, and philosophy, while the geographic scope of the studies extends from India to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Readers' knowledge of Buddhism is constantly challenged by the studies presented, incorporating new materials and interpretations. Rejecting the concept of a reified monolithic and timeless 'Buddhism', this publication reflects the entangled 'dynamic and multi-dimensional' history of Buddhism in Asia over extended periods of 'integration,' 'development of multiple centres,' and 'European expansion,' which shaped the religion's regional and trans-regional identities." -- Max Deeg, Cardiff University

Living Landscapes, Connected Communities: Culture, Environment And Change Across AsiaLiving Landscapes, Connected Communities: Culture, Environment And Change Across Asia by Vaz, Justine; Narumol Aphinives (Eds.)

Across Asia, people are coming to terms with the impacts of globalization and its accompanying social, economic, and environmental transformations. This compelling study examines biocultural diversity - the ways different communities interact with their surroundings, drawing upon local knowledge, shared values, and cultural heritage as they negotiate change. In an ambitious and pathbreaking regional research project, some of Asia's leading public intellectuals visited five communities - Kali Code (Indonesia), Tasik Chini (Malaysia), Biwako (Japan), Batanes (The Philippines) and Khiriwong (Thailand) - in order to better understand local responses to contemporary challenges. Through analytical essays, personal reflections, poetry, music and dance - and beautifully illustrated throughout by powerful images - Living Landscapes, Connected Communities encourages us to broaden our understandings of people's changing relationship with nature to encompass essential elements of spirituality, identity, belonging, and wellbeing. With all their complexity and creativity, each of these communities has something meaningful to convey about the human-environment connection and the common threads linking people across the region. Taken together, these stories of resilience, perseverance, and collective action provide a timely and relevant counterpoint to fatalistic views of environmental degradation. Living Landscapes, Connected Communities will appeal to a broad audience - to everyone interested in the dynamic relations between society, culture, environment, and change in modern Asia.

Food Security: The Role Of Asia And Europe In Production, Trade And RegionalismFood Security: The Role Of Asia And Europe In Production, Trade And Regionalism by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et. Al.

This publication comprises nine papers addressing issues concerning food security in Europe and Asia, including: What are the food policies as well as present challenges in European and Asian countries? What can they learn from each other? How do they try to ensure a stable food supply? What impacts do trade, regional initiatives and technology transfer have on food security?

Migration And Integration: Common Challenges And Responses From Europe And AsiaMigration And Integration: Common Challenges And Responses From Europe And Asia by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et. Al.

This publication includes papers with perspectives from Europe and Asia on dealing with migration and integration. The papers address issues on: What are the migration and integration policies as well as present challenges in European and Asian countries? What can they learn from each other? How do they try to facilitate migration and make it a beneficial process?

Incubations: A Guidebook To Procuring Innovative ArchitectureIncubations: A Guidebook To Procuring Innovative Architecture by Lee, Andrew; Jeremy Chia

As Australia celebrates the blossoming of its architectural and design culture in recent years, AA Asia embarked on a journey to discover and investigate some of the factors behind this success in the cities of Melbourne and Hobart. Incubations is a compilation of spontaneous impressions during the journey - expressed in essays, maps, images and conversations - as well as a visual celebration of original, inventive architectural manifestations.

Naval Reservists In Action: World War Ii (Far East) & Confrontation (1963-1966)Naval Reservists In Action: World War Ii (Far East) & Confrontation (1963-1966) by Villanueva, Adrian (Ed.)

Part I of this book, written by naval reservists and researchers, relates the actual accounts of the Colonial Royal Naval Reservists from Australia, Britain, Burma, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Penang engaged in operations against the Japanese during World War II. Part II covers the Indonesian Confrontation, and encompasses the support given by the mobilised RMNVR reservists from Singapore, Penang and Klang divisions to the RMN. These accounts illustrate vividly the major part that naval Reservists played in the operations and the rich variety of experience and background which Reservists brought to bear.

On The Noodle Road: From Beijing To Rome, With Love And PastaOn The Noodle Road: From Beijing To Rome, With Love And Pasta by Jen Lin-Liu

On honeymoon, a food writer questions how had food and culture moved along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking Asia to Europe - and what could still be felt of those long-ago migrations and discovers some surprising truths about commitment, independence, and love.

Complete Asian Cookbook, The: Sri Lanka & The PhilippinesComplete Asian Cookbook, The: Sri Lanka & The Philippines by Solomon, Charmaine

The Complete Asian Cookbook Series is based on Charmaine Solomon's groundbreaking work into the delicious and diverse cuisines across many nations. Heralded as a classic when it was first published in 1976, the influential and iconic The Complete Asian Cookbook covers 800 classic and contemporary dishes from fifteen countries. Here it is divided into geographical regions for the first time. Written with the home cook in mind, Charmaine's recipes are simple to follow and work every time, offering valuable information about how local dishes are prepared and served. With the same emphasis on authentic, foolproof recipes The Complete Asian Cookbook Series deserves a place in every kitchen and is sure to be used time and time again.

Complete Asian Cookbook, The: Japan & KoreaComplete Asian Cookbook, The: Japan & Korea by Solomon, Charmaine

The Complete Asian Cookbook Series is based on Charmaine Solomon's groundbreaking work into the delicious and diverse cuisines across many nations. Heralded as a classic when it was first published in 1976, the influential and iconic The Complete Asian Cookbook covers 800 classic and contemporary dishes from fifteen countries. Here it is divided into geographical regions for the first time. Written with the home cook in mind, Charmaine's recipes are simple to follow and work every time, offering valuable information about how local dishes are prepared and served. With the same emphasis on authentic, foolproof recipes The Complete Asian Cookbook Series deserves a place in every kitchen and is sure to be used time and time again.

Architects Of Growth? Sub-National Governments And Industrialization In AsiaArchitects Of Growth? Sub-National Governments And Industrialization In Asia by Hutchinson, Francis E. (Ed.)

Once acting as local representatives of the national government and content to let their larger counterparts do the "heavy lifting", state and provincial governments are increasingly expected to be stewards of their economies and deliver sustained growth rates for their citizens. Focussing on the electronics sector, this book draws together ten cases of promising states or provinces largely, but not exclusively, from Asia. These dynamic regions have managed to outcompete the primary economic and political centres of power in their countries and are negotiating their own entry into one of the most challenging and demanding sectors.

Asean-Japan RelationsAsean-Japan Relations by Takashi Shiraishi & Takaaki Kojima (Eds.)

These 14 papers explore many aspects of ASEAN-Japan relations since 1967 when ASEAN was established. These multi-dimensioned relations while largely involving economic and physical development projects and programmes are shown to have included humanitarian, security and financial activitiesas well as largely undefined political and maritime issues. The final paper looks ahead at Japan's need to prepare for changed world balance of the near future. With reading lists.

Maritime Security And Piracy: Common Challenges And Responses From Europe And AsiaMaritime Security And Piracy: Common Challenges And Responses From Europe And Asia by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel (Eds.)

This collection of papers examines the issue of maritime security and piracy from various perspectives, focusing on Asian and European countries.

Public Space In Urban AsiaPublic Space In Urban Asia by Lim, William S.W.

These 20 papers by architects, designers, historians and planners drawn together in Asian Urban Lab offer forward-looking views of public space needs and usages in today's ever-developing Asia. They include ten case studies on: Singapore's Bukit Brown graveyards, the Railway Corridor, void decks and hawker centres; on carnivalism in Chongqing; public space policy in Hong Kong, in Jakarta, in the historical diversity of Kuala Lumpur and in relation to illegal architecture in Taiwan. Three commentaries on underlying political public issues follow. In the five papers in Part 2, doyen William Lim and others look at many necessities for future change and power rebalance in Asia and at spatial justice issues. With bibliography, black-and-white photographs, graphics and index.

Asian Culture 37 (August 2013)Asian Culture 37 (August 2013) by Singapore Society Of Asian Studies

The nine articles in August 2013, 37th issue of Asian Culture include four in English: On Islam, Women and Gender in China; Confucian Ethics, Economic Development and Ethnic Chinese Business Development; Pancasila and the Christians in Indonesia; and A Discussion on the Late Ming Scholars' Reception of Catholicism. The five papers in Chinese concern: the revitalization of Confucian cultural ideals; the Rescue Organisation for the Unemployed Chinese in Penang; Tan Kah Kee and the Anti-Wang Jingwei Movement; the Sirius Poetical Society and Malaysian Chinese literature in the 1980s; and contemporary worship of the Goddess of Mercy in Kinta, Perak.

Art Of Sukumar Bose, The: Reflections On South & Southeast AsiaArt Of Sukumar Bose, The: Reflections On South & Southeast Asia by Purushothaman, Venka (Ed.)

To commemorate the centenary of artist Sukumar Bose (1912-1986), this book attempts to take an incisive look at the artist, his works and the context of his art production in South and Southeast Asia. Bose's art varied from the traditional to the decorative and ornamental, with a hint of he Oriental flavour. His incisive observations of life, people and cultures, during colonial and postcolonial India and his later sojourn into Southeast Asia, emerge as both a contested yet seamless narrative of history and hope in his art.

Offshore Asia: Maritime Interactions In Eastern Asia Before SteamshipsOffshore Asia: Maritime Interactions In Eastern Asia Before Steamships by Fujita Kayoko; Momoki Shiro & Anthony Reid (Eds.)

This exemplary work of international collaboration takes an integral approach to the histories of Northeast and Southeast Asia, with contributions from scholars familiar with Japanese, Chinese and Korean academic discourse as well as that of English. The new scholarship represented by this volume demonstrates that the vast and growing maritime interactions between the countries of eastern Asia have long historical roots. The so-called "opening" to Western trade in the mid-nineteenth century was not the beginning of this process, as often assumed, but rather the return to a dynamic earlier pattern which had been interrupted by a phase of defensive state consolidation in the long eighteenth century. Asia cannot be understood without its "offshore" oceanic interactions as well as the continental ones.

World's Best Asian Noodle Recipes, TheWorld's Best Asian Noodle Recipes, The by Kittichai, Ian

Chock full of delicious, healthy recipes, The World's Best Asian Noodle Recipes includes the best of the best Asian noodle recipes from notable chefs around the world. Alongside step-by-step instructions, beautiful photography illustrates exactly how the finished recipes should look. From soups and salads to main courses, snacks and desserts, there are both traditional recipes and inventive interpretations. Recipes are organized by type of type of ingredients--Seafood, Meats, Vegetables, Poultry and Combinations--and include a wide range of different noodle selections. Participating chefs are from restaurants that specialize in noodles, as well as from those that have more varied menus with fabulous noodle dishes as an option, along with recipes included from popular blogs, private chefs, and keepers of age-old family recipes. Includes recipes from the Ember Room, Jum Mum, Rouge et Blanc, Koh, and dozens more.

Who Discovered America? The Untold History Of The Peopling Of The AmericansWho Discovered America? The Untold History Of The Peopling Of The Americans by Menzies, Gavin; Ian Hudson

Greatly expanding on his blockbuster 1421, distinguished historian Gavin Menzies uncovers the complete untold history of how mankind came to the Americas-offering new revelations and a radical rethinking of the accepted historical record in Who Discovered America? The iconoclastic historian's magnum opus, Who Discovered America? calls into question our understanding of how the American continents were settled, shedding new light on the well-known "discoveries" of European explorers, including Christopher Columbus. In Who Discovered America? he combines meticulous research and an adventurer's spirit to reveal astounding new evidence of an ancient Asian seagoing tradition-most notably the Chinese-that dates as far back as 130,000 years ago. Menzies offers a revolutionary new alternative to the "Beringia" theory of how humans crossed a land bridge connecting Asia and North America during the last Ice Age, and provides a wealth of staggering claims, that hold fascinating and astonishing implications for the history of mankind.

Baking With Tropical FruitsBaking With Tropical Fruits by Lim, Melinda

This ground-breaking book shows home and professional bakers how to use luscious and flavourful tropical fruits in baked goods of all kinds.

Asian Popular Culture: The Global (Dis)ContinuityAsian Popular Culture: The Global (Dis)Continuity by Fung, Anthony Y.H.

This book examines different aspects of Asian popular culture, including films, TV, music, comedy, folklore, cultural icons, the Internet and theme parks. It raises important questions such as -- What are the implications of popularity of Asian popular culture for globalization? Do regional forces impede the globalizing of cultures? Or does the Asian popular culture flow act as a catalyst or conveying channel for cultural globalization? Does the globalization of culture pose a threat to local culture? It addresses two seemingly contradictory and yet parallel processes in the circulation of Asian popular culture: the interconnectedness between Asian popular culture and western culture in an era of cultural globalization, and the local derivatives and versions of global culture that are necessarily disconnected from their origins in order to cater for the local market. It thereby presents a collective argument that, whilst local social formations, and patterns of consumption and participation in Asia are still very much dependent on global cultural developments and the phenomena of modernity, yet such dependence is often concretized, reshaped and distorted by the local media to cater for the local market.