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Panorama 01/2016: Refugees And Migration In Asia And EuropePanorama 01/2016: Refugees And Migration In Asia And Europe by Gorawantschy, Beatrice (Ed.)

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.

Rethinking International Institutions: Diplomacy And Impact On Emerging World OrderRethinking International Institutions: Diplomacy And Impact On Emerging World Order by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Jan Melissen (Ed.)

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.

Bonsai And Penjing: Ambassadors Of Peace & BeautyBonsai And Penjing: Ambassadors Of Peace & Beauty by Mcclellan, Ann

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.

First-Time Manager In Asia: Maximizing Your Success By Blending East And West Best Practices (2Nd Ed.)First-Time Manager In Asia: Maximizing Your Success By Blending East And West Best Practices (2Nd Ed.) by Tan B H

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.

From Bland To Brand: The Essential Branding Handbook For Asian BusinessesFrom Bland To Brand: The Essential Branding Handbook For Asian Businesses by Chai, Catherine

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.

Christianity In Asia: Sacred Art And Visual SplendourChristianity In Asia: Sacred Art And Visual Splendour by Chong, Alan (Ed.)

Christianity in Asia explores the spread of the religion across Asia, and the art it inspired. This fully illustrated catalogue is aimed at a general audience, and accompanies the first exhibition exclusively dedicated to this topic. The book shows how local artists interpreted well-established Christian iconography, with new materials, and in often surprising ways. Essays explore earliest Christian art in Central Asia, India, and China; interest in Christian art at the Islamic courts; and works associated with missionary activities in China, South and Southeast Asia, and Japan.

Asian Management Insights, V.3(1): Nation Branding - Emerging Nations Need National ChampionsAsian Management Insights, V.3(1): Nation Branding - Emerging Nations Need National Champions by Singapore Management University

The May 2016 issue will focus on how digital technologies are impacting innovation. Interestingly, the 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 actuate the power of innovation to achieve business and social success. Key highlights of the issue include: Singapore's efforts to become the first "smart nation" in the world; Emerging economies are using "national champions" to build a strong national brand that shrugs off their global image of being a manufacturer of cheap quality products; How innovation in intellectual property creates an ethically safe business environment; Corporates like Singtel and Maybank have broken down organisational silos and imbibed innovation as part of the culture; Frugal innovators - arguably the most useful applications have been at the bottom-of-the-pyramid, where digital and mobile technologies are creating cheap and easy access to education, health and financial services.

Pan-Asian Sport And The Emergence Of Modern Asia, 1913-1974Pan-Asian Sport And The Emergence Of Modern Asia, 1913-1974 by Huebner, Stefan

The first major study of the history of sports across Asia, this book reveals how the history of regional sporting events in Asia during the twentieth century can be read as a staging of power relations both within Asia and between Asia and the West. Looking specifically at the Far Eastern Championship Games that began in 1913, the Western Asiatic Games of 1934, and the early Asian Games of 1951-74, Stefan Huebner describes how missionary groups and colonial administrations viewed sporting success not only as a triumph of physical strength and endurance but also of moral education and social reform. Based on a vast range of archival materials, this book shows how sporting events helped shape anti-colonial sentiments, Asian nationalisms, and cultural aspirations in places such as the Philippines, China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Iran.

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.

Asian Pies: A Collection Pies, And Tarts With An Asian TwistAsian Pies: A Collection Pies, And Tarts With An Asian Twist by Lee, Evonne Lyn; Sara Fc Lee

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.

End Of Empire: 100 Days In 1945 That Changed Asia And The WorldEnd Of Empire: 100 Days In 1945 That Changed Asia And The World by Chandler, David P.; R. Cribb & L. Narangoa (Eds.)

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.

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.