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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.

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.

In The Middle Of The Future: Tom Plate On Asia - What Two Decades Of Worldwide Newspaper Columns Prefigure About The Future Of The China-U.S. RelationshipIn The Middle Of The Future: Tom Plate On Asia - What Two Decades Of Worldwide Newspaper Columns Prefigure About The Future Of The China-U.S. Relationship by Plate, Tom

For almost two decades, the columns of journalist Tom Plate have been featured in leading newspapers of the world and have focused entirely on one gigantic subject - the dynamic rise of Asia. Now, for the first time, the best of these columns has been organized into a substantial anthology, annotated with personal comments by Professor Plate, who is also the author of the best-selling 'Giants of Asia' book series. Unpublished material also enlivens the collection with vivid backstories. The net effect is a compelling and sprawling portrait of the last two decades of Asia resurgence by America's only Asia-only columnist.

Trafficking In Human Beings: Learning From Asian And European ExperiencesTrafficking In Human Beings: Learning From Asian And European Experiences by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel (Eds.)

This publication addresses issues concerning the increased prevalence of human trafficking in both Europe and Asia. Subject matter experts from Europe and Asia examine th underlying factors leading to human trafficking, the constraints and drivers that affect government policy-makers' decision-making and the social consequences.

Lotus: Photographs And Chinese Poems by Teoh Eng Soon

An auspicious flower in Asia, the lotus symbolizes purity, beauty and nobility. At the rustic level, it stands for abundance, fertility and continuity. It has been a favourite art motif for three millennia in China and India. The different faces and phases of the lotus are explored in over 200 photographs within this book. Chinese poems that mention the lotus and calligraphic rendition of some poems are included to enrich the presentation. The book features a Foreword written by eminent scholar Professor Wang Gungwu.

Golden Lands, The: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam - Architecture Of The Buddhist WorldGolden Lands, The: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam - Architecture Of The Buddhist World by Lall, Vikram

This is a groundbreaking survey of the Buddhist architecture of Southeast Asia, abundantly illustrated with new color photography and 3-D renderings. It is the first volume in a projected six-volume series that will take a new multidisciplinary approach in showing how Buddhist thought and ritual have interacted with local traditions across the Asian continent to produce masterpieces of religious architecture. The Golden Lands is devoted to Southeast Asia. Following a general introduction to the early history of Buddhism and its most characteristic architectural forms (the stupa, the temple, and the monastery), Lall examines the Buddhist architecture of Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos in turn. For each country, he provides both a historical overview and case studies of noteworthy structures.

Burning RiceBurning Rice by Chong, Eileen

These poems were written while Eileen Chong was an Australian Poetry Fellow in 2011-2012, mentored by Anthony Lawrence. The book was edited by Judith Beveridge, who taught Eileen Chong poetry in a higher degree program at the University of Sydney. In 2012 Burning Rice was highly commended for the Anne Elder Award for a first collection of poetry published in Australia. In June 2013 it was shortlisted for the Prime Minster's Literary Award for poetry.

PeonyPeony by Chong, Eileen

Peony is the second collection of poetry from award-winning Australian poet Eileen Chong. The poet was born in Singapore and her first collection of poems, Burning Rice, explores Singaporean and Chinese identities and culture in the context of migration, loss and new experiences. Peony continues this exploration in the first section, then expands to include a series of love poems, branches out to poems dedicated to friends and family, and concludes with poems that address global histories and concerns while responding to literary and artistic inspirations.

Panorama 01/2014: Insights Into Southeast Asian And European Affairs - More Than A Game Sports, Society And PoliticsPanorama 01/2014: Insights Into Southeast Asian And European Affairs - More Than A Game Sports, Society And Politics by Hofmeister, Wilhelm (Ed.)

This issue analyses the relationship between sports and politics. The papers explore the political, economic and global significance of sports in international politics and diplomacy, and how the relationship between sports and politics manifests itself in different contexts. The history of many countries' relationship with football and the inter-connectedness with politics, nationalism, and racial identity provide an interesting perspective on the interrelationship between sports and politics.

Al-Qur'an: The Sacred Art Of Revelation (Vol Ii)Al-Qur'an: The Sacred Art Of Revelation (Vol Ii) by Tariq Ramadan (Intro)

Al-Qur'an: The Sacred Art of Revelation displays 74 outstanding Mushafs from the collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. They range in time from the 8th up to the 20th century covering the major production centres within the various cities of the Islamic civilisations. Included in this catalogue are rare and ourstanding manuscripts as those produced by master calligraphers of the time, Yaqut al-Musta'simi, Hafiz Osman and Ahmad al-Nayrizi. The beauty of these Mushafs lies mainly on its content and meaning, embellished by their designs and styles of writing.

Climate Change Diplomacy: The Way Forward For Asia And EuropeClimate Change Diplomacy: The Way Forward For Asia And Europe by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et Al.

This publication addresses issues concerning climate change in Europe and Asia, including: What are the challenges faced by countries? How do developed countries and developing countries view the climate change negotiations and what drive their positions and negotiating strategies? How can agreements and commitments be achieved in international negotiations? What are the ways that countries can collaborate on climate change initiatives and what are the models for collaborations? Contributors include Chen Gang, Jusen Asuka, Bartek Nowak and Coraline Goron.

Eco-Cities: Sharing European And Asian Best Practices And ExperiencesEco-Cities: Sharing European And Asian Best Practices And Experiences by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et Al.

This publication addresses issues concerning the new emphasis and interest in eco-cities in Europe and Asia, including: How do developed countries and developing countries view the development of eco-cities? Is it a new fad or are countries serious in committing to the building of such environmentally friendly cities? What are the ways that countries can collaborate on eco-cities and what are the models for collaborations? Contributors include: Eero Paloheimo, Simon Joss, Qin Tianbao and Judith Ryser.

Dictionary Of Asian Language, TheDictionary Of Asian Language, The by Crowell, Todd

Of course there is no single Asian language. But plenty of vogue words from this booming continent are entering English. Did you know there is a flower named after former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il? The Chinese have a word - shengnu, literally leftover - for the new phenomenon of unmarried women over thirty. These are just some of the hundreds of words that illuminate little corners of life and culture in a pan-Asian selection of keywords from the zeitgeist.

New South Asian Feminisms: Paradoxes And PossibilitiesNew South Asian Feminisms: Paradoxes And Possibilities by Srila Roy (Ed.)

South Asian Feminism is in crisis. Under constant attack from right-wing nationalism and religious fundamentalism and co-opted by 'NGO-ization' and neoliberal state agendas, once autonomous and radical forms of feminist mobilization have been ideologically fragmented and replaced. It is time to rethink the feminist political agenda for the predicaments of the present. This timely volume provides an original and unprecedented exploration of the current state of South Asian feminist politics. It will map the new sites and expressions of feminism in the region today, addressing issues like disability, Internet technologies, queer subjectivities and violence as everyday life across national boundaries, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Written by young scholars from the region, this book addresses the generational divide of feminism in the region, effectively introducing a new 'wave' of South Asian feminists that resonates with feminist debates everywhere around the globe.

Asian Spine Chillers Vol. 4Asian Spine Chillers Vol. 4 by Lee, Andrew

Volume 4 of Asian Spine Chillers by Andrew Lee features fantastic spooky stories set in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Hong Kong as well as letters to the author from terrified readers sharing their supernatural experiences. Bring this print book to life with augmented reality by using your smartphone or tablet and the free Monsoon Books app (for iOS and Android) and watch as a hidden story is retold in 3D animation and video before your eyes.

Asian Spine Chillers Vol. 3Asian Spine Chillers Vol. 3 by Lee, Andrew

Volume 3 of Asian Spine Chillers by Andrew Lee features fantastic spooky stories set in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Hong Kong as well as letters to the author from terrified readers sharing their supernatural experiences. Bring this print book to life with augmented reality by using your smartphone or tablet and the free Monsoon Books app (for iOS and Android) and watch as a hidden story is retold in 3D animation and video before your eyes.

Asian Spine Chillers Vol. 2Asian Spine Chillers Vol. 2 by Lee, Andrew

Volume 2 of Asian Spine Chillers by Andrew Lee features fantastic spooky stories set in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Hong Kong as well as letters to the author from terrified readers sharing their supernatural experiences. Bring this print book to life with augmented reality by using your smartphone or tablet and the free Monsoon Books app (for iOS and Android) and watch as a hidden story is retold in 3D animation and video before your eyes.

Asian Spine Chillers Vol. 1Asian Spine Chillers Vol. 1 by Lee, Andrew

Volume 1 of Asian Spine Chillers by Andrew Lee features fantastic spooky stories set in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Hong Kong as well as letters to the author from terrified readers sharing their supernatural experiences. Bring this print book to life with augmented reality by using your smartphone or tablet and the free Monsoon Books app (for iOS and Android) and watch as a hidden story is retold in 3D animation and video before your eyes.

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