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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in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan as keynote speeches and research findings which are predominantly unpublished in English, this book provides fresh perspectives and re-interpretations on the issues of ethnicity, leadership and politics in the ethnic Chinese worlds.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.

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.

Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016 by Au, Lawrence

From its infancy in the 1980's to the vibrancy today, Asia's financial industry has transformed over the past three decades. But it has been a history of boom and bust cycles. Looking back at his career from a new joiner in the industry to regional executive with several custodian banks during this period, the author has captured in this book many interesting stories, episodes and events in this fascinating development process, from the perspective of a custodian, to add some colourful dimensions to the financial history of the region.

Inspire: Beyond Sg50 - 55 It Leaders Share Their Stories And Insights On Managing Technology And InnovationInspire: Beyond Sg50 - 55 It Leaders Share Their Stories And Insights On Managing Technology And Innovation by Cio Academy Asia

This volume condenses the stories and insights of 55 IT leaders on managing technology and innovation.

Bake & Celebrate: Cookies And TreatsBake & Celebrate: Cookies And Treats by Tham, Melissa (Ed.)

Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked goods wafting from the kitchen. Bake & Celebrate: Cookies and Treats is a collection of 42 recipes for irresistible cookies and treats lovingly contributed by selected top food and lifestyle bloggers and instagrammers from Singapore and the region. Complete with personal anecdotes, insightful tips and beautiful photos taken by the contributors, this cookbook will inspire seasoned bakers and guide baking novices. Bake and celebrate with a cookie or treat today!

Asian Port Cities: Uniting Lands And Water WorldsAsian Port Cities: Uniting Lands And Water Worlds by Siddique, Sharon

Although the term "port city" has fallen out of favour, there are good reasons why it should be revived. Ports are reclaiming their role in the life of the city. A comparative study of some of Asia's port cities - Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tianjin, Tokyo, Jakarta and Johor Bahru (PTP) - demonstrate a complex, dynamic and symbiotic relationship between these ports and their cities. Port city form is dynamic and ever-changing. Twenty-first century Asian ports have expanded, constantly adapting to new technology, rapid growth trajectories, and the forces of globalization. Ports have shifted, moving from space adjacent to the city centre to the periphery. This, in turn, allows for the expansion of the waterfront, which is once more a focal point for people-oriented activities and displays. The vibrancy of the city centre is reflected in the exuberance of the high-rise buildings, plazas, malls and public spaces. Ports retain their traditional hinterlands, but for many, the hinterland has expanded to embrace the globe. The essence of twenty-first century Asian port city form is the uniting of land and water worlds.

Asian Management Insights, V.3(2): Building Asian Business Schools - Hindsight, Insight & ForesightAsian Management Insights, V.3(2): Building Asian Business Schools - Hindsight, Insight & Foresight by Singapore Management University

The November 2016 focuses on how digital technologies have permeated every aspect of our lives, be it macro issues like economic development and sustainability or their impact on specific industries such as finance, education and media. Interestingly, our 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 achieve business and social success. Key highlights of the November 2016 issue include: ASEAN's leap to the forefront of the global digital economy; connecting India: Economic development through technology-enabled innovation; building Asian Business schools: Hindsight, insight, and foresight; Grab Taxi: Navigating new frontiers of the shared economy; is Artificial Intelligence here to stay?; the digitisation of media, and on Japanese corporate groups.

Managing Globalization In The Asian Century: Essays In Honour Of Prema-Chandra AthukoralaManaging Globalization In The Asian Century: Essays In Honour Of Prema-Chandra Athukorala by Hill, Hal; Jayant Menon (Eds.)

Twenty-seven leading international authorities in the field, drawn from nine countries, provide a comprehensive examination of the causes, consequences and challenges of globalization. Among the major issues examined are the region's distinctive approach to trade liberalization, the effects of economic growth on poverty reduction and the labour market, the special challenges of by-passed regions, the role of ideas in influencing policy making, the modalities of connecting to global production networks, and the importance of remittances in economic development. Several country case studies provide in-depth analyses of development processes and outcomes. These include episodes in economic development, the challenges faced by transition economies, the macroeconomics of adjusting to slower growth and rising debt in advanced economies, and the so-called middle-income trap phenomenon.

Managing Globalization In The Asian Century: Essays In Honour Of Prema-Chandra AthukoralaManaging Globalization In The Asian Century: Essays In Honour Of Prema-Chandra Athukorala by Hill, Hal; Jayant Menon (Eds.)

Twenty-seven leading international authorities in the field, drawn from nine countries, provide a comprehensive examination of the causes, consequences and challenges of globalization, in a volume that celebrates the distinguished career of Professor Prema-Chandra Athukorala. Among the major issues examined are the region's distinctive approach to trade liberalization, the effects of economic growth on poverty reduction and the labour market, the special challenges of by-passed regions, the role of ideas in influencing policy making, the modalities of connecting to global production networks, and the importance of remittances in economic development. Several country case studies provide in-depth analyses of development processes and outcomes. These include episodes in economic development, the challenges faced by transition economies, the macroeconomics of adjusting to slower growth and rising debt in advanced economies, and the so-called middle-income trap phenomenon.

Panorama 02/2016: Countering Daesh Extremism European And Asian ResponsesPanorama 02/2016: Countering Daesh Extremism European And Asian Responses by Gorawantschy, Beatrice (Ed.)

This issue of Panorama: Insights into Asian and European Affairs analyses recent developments concerning Daesh extremism and their implications on societies in Asia and Europe. The papers share and analyse current and possible future threats, identify the target groups vulnerable to extreme militant ideology and examine the various recruitment channels. The counter-measures and de-radicalization and rehabilitation efforts adopted by various governments have also been highlighted. Special attention is given to Daesh-linked activities in the respective countries, reactions by the local Muslim communities, and possible future developments as well as responses.

Mapping The Chinese And Islamic Worlds: Cross Cultural Exchange In Pre-Modern AsiaMapping The Chinese And Islamic Worlds: Cross Cultural Exchange In Pre-Modern Asia by Park Hyunhee

Long before Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope en route to India, the peoples of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia engaged in vigorous cross-cultural exchanges across the Indian Ocean. This book focuses on the years 700 to 1500, a period when powerful dynasties governed both regions, to document the relationship between the Islamic and Chinese worlds before the arrival of the Europeans. Through a close analysis of the maps, geographic accounts, and travelogues compiled by both Chinese and Islamic writers, the book traces the development of major contacts between people in China and the Islamic world and explores their interactions on matters as varied as diplomacy, commerce, mutual understanding, world geography, navigation, shipbuilding, and scientific exploration. When the Mongols ruled both China and Iran in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, their geographic understanding of each other's society increased markedly. This rich, engaging, and pioneering study offers glimpses into the worlds of Asian geographers and mapmakers, whose accumulated wisdom underpinned the celebrated voyages of European explorers like Vasco da Gama.

Communicating With Asia: The Future Of English As A Global LanguageCommunicating With Asia: The Future Of English As A Global Language by Leitner, Gerhard; Azirah Hashim Et Al (Eds.)

Communicating with Asia brings together an international team of leading researchers to discuss South, South-East, East and Central Asia, and explore Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi-Urdu, Malay, and Russian as major languages. The volume locates English inside a number of national, regional or lingua franca contexts and illustrates the way it develops in such contact situations. Local dynamics affecting languages in contact and cultural links of languages are dealt with, such as educational-political issues and tensions between conflicting norms. In today's global world, where the continent is an increasing area of focus, it is vital to explore what it means to 'understand' Asian cultures through English and other languages. This important new study will be of interest to students and researchers working in the fields of regional studies, English as a global language, Asian languages and cultural studies.

Justice In Asia And The Pacific Region, 1945-1952Justice In Asia And The Pacific Region, 1945-1952 by Yuma Totani

This book explores a cross-section of war crimes trials that the Allied powers held against the Japanese in the aftermath of World War II. More than 2,240 trials against some 5,700 suspected war criminals were carried out at 51 separate locations across the Asia Pacific region. This book analyzes fourteen high-profile American, Australian, British, and Philippine trials, including the two subsequent proceedings at Tokyo and the Yamashita trial. By delving into a large body of hitherto underutilized oral and documentary history of the war as contained in the trial records, Yuma Totani illuminates diverse firsthand accounts of the war that were offered by former Japanese and Allied combatants, prisoners of war, and the civilian population. Furthermore, the author makes a systematic inquiry into select trials to shed light on a highly complex - and at times contradictory - legal and jurisprudential legacy of Allied war crimes prosecutions.

Party System Institutionalization In Asia: Democracies, Autocracies And The Shadows Of The PastParty System Institutionalization In Asia: Democracies, Autocracies And The Shadows Of The Past by Hicken, Allen; Erik Martinez Kuhonta (Eds.)

This book provides a comprehensive empirical and theoretical analysis of the development of parties and party systems in Asia. The studies included advance a unique perspective in the literature by focusing on the concept of institutionalization and by analyzing parties in democratic settings as well as in authoritarian settings. The countries covered in the book range from East Asia to Southeast Asia to South Asia.