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Women, Policy And Political Leadership: Regional Perspectives In Today's WorldWomen, Policy And Political Leadership: Regional Perspectives In Today's World by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; M. Sarmah; D. Kaur (Eds.)

This is a conference proceedings arising from a regional meeting of female parliamentarians on 16-17 October 2014, in Singapore. In addition to wide-ranging discussion on the theme of strengthening women's political leadership, other issues and challenges examined by the politically active writers include securing equal political and economic power between women and men, the gender pay gap, and the elimination of child marriage as well as other forms of gender-based violence.

Mill Valley, TheMill Valley, The by Blanco, Noelia; Valeria Docampo

One day, the Perfect Machines appeared in the Mill Valley. The machines do everything so perfectly that everyone has forgotten what it was like to dream, and even to wish for things. That is, apart from The Bird-man who dreams of impossible flight, and Anna, the dressmaker, would like to sew fabulous new clothes instead of just doing alterations. Together, this unlikely pair will show the villagers that machines cannot replace everything - especially dreams.

Great Word FactoryGreat Word Factory by De Lestrade, Agnes; Valeria Docampo (Illus.)

There is a country where people hardly talk at all. It is the land of the Great Word Factory. In this strange place, people have to buy andswallow words in order to speak them. Words in this country are a luxury. So when boy named Phileas needs to show his love to Cybelle, which words will he choose? How many can he even afford? The Great Word Factoryis a poetic story written by Agnès de Lestrade with beautiful illustrations by Valeria Docampo. It is an ode to the magic of words as well as a charming love tale.

Tiny Hat, TheTiny Hat, The by Chabbert, Ingrid; Marjorie Beal (Illus.)

A bear wears a tiny hat which is much too small for him. In fact, it's so small that it may fall off at any moment. The hat itself bored and dreams of travelling on many heads. So one day, the kindhearted bear leaves his tiny hat in a park, hoping that it will find a head to its liking. As time passes, the bear tries on plenty of other headwear, but finds himself missing his tiny hat. He is inconsolable until one sunny morning, looking through the window, he discovers a wonderful surprise.

Tiger AutumnTiger Autumn by Pearson, Jan

In Tiger Autumn, the reader meets again several of the characters from "Red Bird Summer", witnesses further terrible events in Kowloon Walled City, and sees the Hei Ling Chau Island leper colony become both a haven from pursuit and a place to repent past crime. In October 1964, as Pearl Green approaches her twentieth birthday in a Hong Kong where the sixties are rocking, China is about to enter the global arms race by detonating the country's first nuclear device. The air is thick with intrigue and the anticipation of trouble, which breaks out when leading nuclear scientist, Dr Lin Dei ordered to destroy his research results and return to Beijing murders his supervisor and flees, taking his valuable research papers with him.

AlphabetAlphabet by Guthrie, Andrew

Alphabet consists of twenty-six poems concerning the vagaries of failure, the underrated opposite of success. But in this case, the context of failure necessarily includes the genre of contemporary poetry, that most disabused yet over-abundant mode of expression. Why would anyone choose to express themselves in a manner that automatically narrows the readership, even after dispensing with avant-garde ambitions? Precisely because its condition might lend itself to the aimless, useless or extra-economic moments when success can be turned on its head.

Cop Show HeavenCop Show Heaven by Gray, Lawrence

A character in a popular cop show, Dan Symmonds, is written out of the series and finds himself lingering in Cop Show Heaven. Here he must try to discover some depth to his personality in order to inspire a writer to re-invent him. But of course, that's just propaganda because nobody really wants depth, they just want what sells, or if not that, they just want that which sells what they want to sell! Here we are in a world aware of its own fictional nature, questioning the reasons for its own existence. In this parody of parodies, any resemblance that Cop Show Heaven bears to Hong Kong and its film-making community is purely coincidental and whoever the readership assumes any of the characters to resemble is much mistaken. All is fiction. All is fantasy.

Bright Lights And White NightsBright Lights And White Nights by Carter, Andrew

At first, moving east appears an inspired decision for Troy. But things take a disastrous turn. He inadvertently becomes embroiled in a debauched adventure, involving the players and oddballs of Hong Kong's cocaine underworld ... and a police informant against his will.

Poems To Enjoy, Book 5 (Secondary 5-6)Poems To Enjoy, Book 5 (Secondary 5-6) by Bickley, Verner

Dr Bickley's five graded poetry anthologies "Poems to Enjoy" is a well-established tool for learning and teaching English at all levels. The five books are each accompanied by an audio recording of all the poems in the book. Book 5 is for secondary 5-6 students. Students, parents, teachers and other adults will enjoy and find useful Dr Bickley's selection of poems and the lively readings presented in the recording.

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.