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Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature: Art Prize 2014Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature: Art Prize 2014 by

The triennial Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize was inaugurated in 2008 by the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation and Singapore Art Museum. Recognising the most outstanding contemporary work by both emerging and established artists over the last three years, the prize puts the spotlight on compelling works of visual art from across the Asia Pacific region. This comprehensive exhibition catalogue features works nominated and exhibited during the third edition in 2014. A total of 105 works were nominated from 24 countries and territories, and a juried panel selected 15 finalist works which were shown at the museum. Staying true to contemporary practice, the entries for the 2014 edition demonstrate a diversity of medium, innovative approaches to genre and materials, and strong conceptual ideas. The critical essays and artist and nominators' statements in this volume address topical issues and collectively shed light on the region's contemporary art landscape and also on concerns and conversations relevant in society today.

Auspicious Designs: Batik For Peranakan AltarsAuspicious Designs: Batik For Peranakan Altars by Lee, Peter; Fiona Kerlogue

This catalogue focuses on a group of 72 batik altar cloths recently donated to the Peranakan Museum. Families traditionally used embroidered cloths made in southern China, but in the early 20th century, the cloths began to be made of Javanese batik. Essays by Peter Lee, discussing the use and historical context of altar cloths in Southeast Asia, and by Fiona Kerlogue, on the significance of the designs on the cloths, complement beautifully illustrated entries on each cloth.

Aussie Rogues And RebelsAussie Rogues And Rebels by Clements, Raymond D.

The stories in this book are about real people, and hail from back in days gone by. These were good friends and comrades who stuck together; they came from all walks of life, worked hard, drank hard - and fought at the drop of a hat. They toiled in the outback of Australia on construction jobs building roads and railways, and dams and harbours for the iron ore industry; they laboured in gold and copper mines, as stockmen on giant cattle stations, as fishermen around the north coast and in many other professions, some legal and some otherwise. Not your average law-abiding and God-fearing citizens, these were real Aussies of the outback. The stories have been fictionalised to protect those still in the land of the living.

Aussie RogueAussie Rogue by Clements, Raymond D.

This is the memoirs of Raymond D. Clements, who was born into a large family in a gold-mining town in Central Queensland, Australia, after the end of the second world war. He grew up with miners, left school at age thirteen, and worked and taught himself to do all kinds of jobs with skill. He fought in the Vietnam War as a forward scout in the Australian army, came back a changed man but still had the wanderlust and spirit of travel and adventure.

Asian Management Insights, V.1(2) Nov 2014Asian Management Insights, V.1(2) Nov 2014 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.

Asian Management Insights, V.1(1) May 2014Asian Management Insights, V.1(1) May 2014 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 1.

Eurasian Core And Its Edges, The: Dialogues With Wang Gungwu On The History Of The WorldEurasian Core And Its Edges, The: Dialogues With Wang Gungwu On The History Of The World by Ooi Kee Beng (Ed.)

With China's transformation into a republic after two millennia as an empire as the starting point, Ooi Kee Beng prompts renowned historian Wang Gungwu through a series of interviews to discuss China, Europe, Southeast Asia and India. What emerges is an exciting and original World History that is neither Eurocentric nor Sinocentric. If anything, it is an appreciation of the dominant role that Central Asia played in the history of most of mankind over the last several thousand years. The irrepressible power of the Eurasian core over the centuries explains much of the development of civilizations founded at the fringes - at its edges to the west, the east and the south. Most significantly, what is recognized as The Global Age today, is seen as the latest result of these conflicts between core and edge leading at the Atlantic fringe to human mastery of the sea in military and mercantile terms. In effect, human history, which had for centuries been configured by continental dynamics, has only quite recently established a new dimension to counteract these. In summary, Wang Gungwu argues convincingly that "The Global is Maritime".

Trade, Development, And Political Economy In East Asia: Essays In Honour Of Hal HillTrade, Development, And Political Economy In East Asia: Essays In Honour Of Hal Hill by Athukorala, Prema-Chandra Et Al (Eds.)

This volume is a tribute to Professor Hal Hill, one of the most distinguished and internationally renowned Australian development economists and the single most important Australian figure in the networks that bind the Australian and Southeast Asian economics professions over the past four decades. The volume contains twelve original contributions by distinguished scholars who are at the forefront of their own subject areas. The contributions are thematically arranged into three parts to reflect Professor Hills wide-ranging research interests: trade policy issues central to the development policy debate, structural change and global economic integration in East Asian economies, and the political economy of development policy.

Aj's Food Roots: Southeast Asian And Sri Lankan FlavoursAj's Food Roots: Southeast Asian And Sri Lankan Flavours by Johnson, Andrew

AJ's father is from Penang, of British and Spanish blood with a touch of Burmese; his mother is of German and Dutch heritage from Sri Lanka. Theirs was a family that cooked, explored favours and created recipes together. To this potent mix, AJ constantly added to his culinary palatte as he travelled throughout Asia for work and play. In 1996, he reached an epiphany in the Spice Market of Cochin when he fully appreciated that the core favours of all the food of his childhood and youth, indeed the spectrum of Southeast Asian and Sri Lankan cuisines, would be impossible without the herbs and spices traded from the 14th century. From then, he has adapted, explored and created numerous dishes, focusing on the subtle and complex tastes derived from flavouring ingredients of the region. His food is redolent, familar yet new and exciting. This is why he is in demand as a chef-for-hire, and his mother readily admits that AJ's cuisine has reached "a higher level". Now, the recipes of AJ's signature dishes and more, once shared with discerning diners scribbled on paper, is presented here clearly and exactly so that all home cooks can prepare and share the exciting and memorable food from AJ's own kitchen.

When In Asia: Customs, Culture & ComedyWhen In Asia: Customs, Culture & Comedy by

When cultures meet, the results are often surprising-and frequently hilarious. Even as the world becomes globally connected, customs and practices are preserved in very localized ways. In Asia, where traditions abound, daily life can be a minefield of misunderstandings - but also a rich source of amusement and enlightenment. Casting its net over the varied countries of the continent, this new book takes a fun approach to life in different cultures. Each page introduces an unusual custom, accompanied by a cartoon-drawn by the artist who has illustrated all the titles in the celebrated CultureShock! series. From strange eating habits to unusual greetings and sayings, from disparate attitudes to work and play to the sometimes bizarre ways of love and sex, this book captures it all-with a knowing wink.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2014 #07 - China's Economic Engagement With Southeast Asia - SingaporeTrends In Southeast Asia 2014 #07 - China's Economic Engagement With Southeast Asia - Singapore by Lee, John

China is a relatively minor source of FDI into Singapore and pales in comparison to FDI from advanced economies in North America and the EU. This will remain the case for the foreseeable future despite recent agreements facilitating Chinese firms and capital entering into Singapore, and which reduce the transaction costs of doing so. Firms from China are also a relatively small investor in the critical Singaporean Financial & Insurance Services sector. When it comes to the foreign portfolio investment (FPI) which helps provide liquidity and capital for Singaporean listed firms, China is a miniscule player. Assets of Chinese banks make up a very small percentage of the assets of the very open banking sector in Singapore. The bottom line is that Singapore's standing and status as one of the worlds leading and most attractive financial centres prevents Singapore from being over-reliant on any one financial partner; and Singapore is certainly not over-reliant on China.

Poems To Enjoy, Book 4 (Secondary 3-4)Poems To Enjoy, Book 4 (Secondary 3-4) by Bickley, Verner

Dr Bickley's series of five graded poetry anthologies is a well-established tool for learning and teaching English at all levels. The five books are each accompanied by an audio recording of poems in the book. The recordings assist pronunciation and help those preparing for solo verse speaking and reading, duo and group-work and choral-speaking in Speech Festivals. Useful notes and a teaching guide are also included. Book 5 is intended for Junior College students.

From Peak To Peak: The Story Of The First Human-Powered Journey From The Summit Of Mt. Ruapehu In New Zealand To The Summit Of Aoraki/ Mt. CookFrom Peak To Peak: The Story Of The First Human-Powered Journey From The Summit Of Mt. Ruapehu In New Zealand To The Summit Of Aoraki/ Mt. Cook by Rawlinson, Grant 'Axe'

On 1 December 2013, two men set out on a unique journey between New Zealand's highest mountains. On a shoestring budget, and an equally tight time constraint, they traversed through some of the country's toughest and most rugged terrain, covering over 1400km with nothing more than a borrowed bicycle, some climbing gear, an inflatable kayak, and an incredibly slim chance of success. On day 22, they reached the summit of Aoraki / Mt Cook, the highest peak in the country. From peak to peak tells the inspiring true story of mountaineers, Grant 'Axe' Rawlinson and Alan Siva's incredible human-powered journey, from the summit of Mt Ruapehu to the summit of Aoraki / Mt Cook. It is testament that it takes just one crazy idea - and a positive attitude - to get started on the adventure of a lifetime. In an age of adventure which is all too packaged, sponsored, televised, and worse, 'guided' by experts. From peak to peak is a rare account of a refreshing attitude towards tackling the oceans and the mountains on their own terms. Rawlinson's adventure, where the eventual outcome was always in doubt until the final moments, is an inspiring read.

South China Sea And The Struggle For Power In Asia, TheSouth China Sea And The Struggle For Power In Asia, The by Hayton, Bill

China's rise has upset the global balance of power, and the first place to feel the strain is Beijing's backyard: the South China Sea. This important book makes clear sense of the South Sea disputes. Bill Hayton, a journalist with extensive experience in the region, examines the high stakes involved for rival nations that include Vietnam, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and China, as well as the United States, Russia and others. Hayton also lays out the daunting obstacles that stand in the way of peaceful resolution. The author critiques various claims and positions, overturns conventional wisdom, and outlines what the future may hold for this clamorous region of international rivalry.

Social Cohesion: Addressing Social Divide In Europe And AsiaSocial Cohesion: Addressing Social Divide In Europe And Asia by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et. Al.

This publication addresses issues concerning social cohesion in both Europe and Asia. Subject matter experts from Europe and Asia examine the underlying factors affecting the degree of social cohesion and civic engagement in a number of countries, including the impact of globalisation, increasing multi-culturalism, the working poor, increasing income inequality, social polarisation etc. The papers consider a number of policy initiatives implemented in various countries, assess their effectiveness and proposes policy changes.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2014 #06 - The South China Sea And China-Asean RelationsTrends In Southeast Asia 2014 #06 - The South China Sea And China-Asean Relations by Zhao Hong

From the late 1990s up to until recently, China's approach to Southeast Asia and various territorial and maritime disputes was to engage in "good neighbour policy" and bilateral negotiations. In the recent years, however, Beijing's actions have somewhat departed from this broadly benign approach. For China, energy security and maritime development are the main considerations. Moreover, China's maritime capabilities are growing rapidly, including maritime law enforcement, military power projection and offshore drilling. As tensions in the South China Sea increases, external players such as the U.S., India and Japan have become increasingly involved in the territorial dispute. Consequently, the issue has gone beyond territorial claims and access to energy resources, as the South China Sea has become a focal point for rivalry among the big powers. This makes the dispute more complicated and dangerous, arousing concerns that the development of China-ASEAN relations will be affected.

Panorama 02/2014: Europe - Surging AheadPanorama 02/2014: Europe - Surging Ahead by Hofmeister, Wilhelm (Ed.)

In this issue, authors from different European countries analyze the European integration and the European Union. There are dedicated to topics like the elections to the European Parliament, the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) of leaders from both continents in October 2014 in Milan, Italy, as well as the cooperation between the two regions in security affairs.

How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia: A NovelHow To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia: A Novel by Mohsin, Hamid

His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world's pulse. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia meets that reputation-and exceeds it. The astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over "rising Asia." It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a striking slice of contemporary life at a time of crushing upheaval. Romantic without being sentimental, political without being didactic, and spiritual without being religious, it brings an unflinching gaze to the violence and hope it depicts. And it creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.

Kaiten: Japan's Secret Manned Suicide Submarine And The First American Ship It Sank In WwiiKaiten: Japan's Secret Manned Suicide Submarine And The First American Ship It Sank In Wwii by Mair, Michael; Joy Waldron

In November 1944, the U.S. Navy fleet lay at anchor in Ulithi Harbor, deep in the Pacific Ocean, when the oiler USS Mississinewa erupted in a ball of flames. Japan's secret weapon, the Kaiten-a manned suicide submarine-had succeeded in its first mission. The Kaiten was so secret that even Japanese naval commanders didn't know of its existence. And the Americans kept it secret as well. Embarrassed by the shocking surprise attack, the U.S. Navy refused to salvage or inspect the sunken Mighty Miss. Only decades later would the survivors understand what really happened at Ulithi, when a diving team located the wreck in 2001. In Kaiten, Michael Mair and Joy Waldron tell the full story from both sides, from the strategic importance of the USS Mississinewa to newly revealed secrets of the Kaiten development and training schools. U.S. Navy survivors recount their gripping experiences in the wake of the attack, as well as the harrowing recovery efforts that came later. Japanese pilots reveal their terrifying experiences training to die for their country and Emperor, never knowing when their moment of doom would come.