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Esoteric Buddhism In Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks Of Masters, Texts, IconsEsoteric Buddhism In Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks Of Masters, Texts, Icons by Acri, Andrea (Ed.)

This volume advocates a trans-regional, and maritime-focused, approach to studying the genesis, development and circulation of Esoteric (or Tantric) Buddhism across Maritime Asia from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries AD. The book lays emphasis on the mobile networks of human agents ('Masters'), textual sources ('Texts') and images ('Icons') through which Esoteric Buddhist traditions spread. Capitalising on recent research and making use of both disciplinary and area-focused perspectives, this book highlights the role played by Esoteric Buddhist maritime networks in shaping intra-Asian connectivity. In doing so, it reveals the limits of a historiography that is premised on land-based transmission of Buddhism from a South Asian 'homeland', and advances an alternative historical narrative that overturns the popular perception regarding Southeast Asia as a 'periphery' that passively received overseas influences.

Nationalism In Asia: A History Since 1945Nationalism In Asia: A History Since 1945 by Kingston, Jeff

Taking a comparative, thematic approach, Nationalism in Asia explores the expression and embrace of nationalism in contemporary China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea, nations that will shape the worlds future. The focus is on identity politics, democracy, economic policy, nation branding, sports, territorial conflict, trauma, memory wars, culture and minorities.

Great Convergence, The: Asia, The West, And The Logic Of One WorldGreat Convergence, The: Asia, The West, And The Logic Of One World by Kishore Mahbubani

In this visionary roadmap to the twenty-first-century, Kishore Mahbubani prescribes solutions for improving global institutional order. He diagnoses seven geopolitical fault lines most in need of serious reform. But his message remains optimistic: despite the archaic geopolitical contours that try to shackle us today, our world has seen more positive change in the past thirty years than in the previous three hundred.

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 Visual Narratives From Asia: Intercultural And Comparative PerspectivesRethinking Visual Narratives From Asia: Intercultural And Comparative Perspectives by Green, Alexandra (Ed.)

Rethinking Visual Narratives covers topics from the first millennium B.C.E. through the present day, testifying to the enduring significance of visual stories in shaping and affirming cultural practices in Asia. Contributors analyze how visual narratives function in different Asian cultures and reveal the multiplicity of ways that images can be narrated beyond temporal progression through a particular space. The study of local art forms advances our knowledge of regional iterations and theoretical boundaries, illustrating the enduring importance of pictorial stories to the cultural traditions of Asia.

Messy Urbanism: Understanding The Messy Urbanism: Understanding The "Other" Cities Of Asia by Chalana, Manish; Jeffrey Hou (Eds.)

Seemingly messy and chaotic, the landscapes and urban life of cities in Asia possess an order and hierarchy that often challenges understanding and appreciation. With contributions by a cross-disciplinary group of authors, this volume examines a range of cases in Asia to explore the social and institutional politics of urban informality and the contexts in which this "messiness" emerges or is constructed. The book brings a distinct perspective to the broader patterns of informal urban orders and processes as well as their interplay with formalized systems and mechanisms. It also raises questions about the production of cities, cityscapes, and citizenship.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #11: The Red Shirts And Their Democratic Struggle In Northern Thailand, April 2010 To May 2015Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #11: The Red Shirts And Their Democratic Struggle In Northern Thailand, April 2010 To May 2015 by Tanet Charoenmuang

The political education of members of Thailand's Red Shirt movement took place through the electoral process, and through learning how political institutions and the judiciary could be systematically used to topple the elected government. The main sources of instruction were the Red Shirt TV programmes followed by Bangkok rallies. In the wake of the military ban on all political gatherings, only a few Red Shirt radio stations remained open, but their programming changed drastically from political broadcasts to social broadcasts. Red Shirt groups have transformed into social clubs and now organize social events that do not include political activities.

Competition Law, Regulation And Smes In The Asia-Pacific: Understanding The Small Business PerspectiveCompetition Law, Regulation And Smes In The Asia-Pacific: Understanding The Small Business Perspective by Schaper, Michael T; Cassey Lee (Eds.)

SMEs account for more than 90 per cent of all businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. Yet SMEs are almost invisible when those competition policies and laws are developed and enforced. This book seeks to rectify the relative neglect in research and policy discussions on the role of the SME sector in competition policy and law. Drawing on contributions from a wide range of competition regulators, lawyers, academics, consultants and advisers to the SME sector, it addresses such important issues as: perceptions and views of small businesses about competition law; regulator engagement and education of the SME sector; the link between competition law and economic growth; franchising, SMEs and competition law; issues in enforcing competition law against SMEs; the role of Chinese family firms; trade, professional and industry associations; country case studies from Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, South Korea, Hong Kong SAR, Japan and the Pacific Islands.

Pyschology In Asia: An IntroductionPyschology In Asia: An Introduction by Sun Tien-Lun, Catherine

This is an introductory level textbook on psychology and human behavior with an Asian focus. The main aim of the book is to provide an introduction to the central tenets of psychology. Although its coverage is similar to other books on the market, examples and chapters will be culturally relevant to students in Asia, connected to the region's culture and history. The book covers essential topics of psychology such as personality, human development, psychological disorders, gender and sexuality, emotion, and positive psychology. Readers will learn core topics and classical studies that originate in the West, but do so alongside the important contribution that Asian psychology makes to the field.

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.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #10: Bipolarity And The Future Of The Security Order In East AsiaTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #10: Bipolarity And The Future Of The Security Order In East Asia by Tow, William T.

ASEAN is in danger of becoming marginalized as East Asian security becomes increasingly shaped by such volatile flashpoints as a nuclear North Korea and a South China Sea increasingly dominated by quarrels over sovereignty and maritime security. This book argues that the "realist" explanation for understanding security in the region is the most accurate forecast for understanding an East Asian security environment that is becoming increasingly disorderly. ASEAN can still play a constructive - if not central - role in shaping East Asia's strategic environment by working with China and the United States to strengthen confidence-building in regional security politics and to encourage their respect for strategic constraint.

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.