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Asian Management Insights, V.1(3) July 2015Asian Management Insights, V.1(3) July 2015 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 of Volume 2, published in July 2015.

Panorama 01/2015: From The Desert To World Cities: The New Terrorism by Hofmeister, Wilhelm (Ed.)

In this issue, authors from Asia and Europe analyse the factors that have contributed to the recent development of fundamentalism and terrorism in the Middle East and to discuss the implications of terrorism on societies in Asia and Europe. Special attention are given to the recruitment of young people, the attractiveness of terrorist groups to the youth, the role of religion and social media, and preventive de-radicalization measures.

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.

Experiencing Innovation In Asia: Cases In Business Model DevelopmentExperiencing Innovation In Asia: Cases In Business Model Development by Essec Business School (Ed.)

Does business model innovation look the same in Asia as it does in the Western world? If not, what can we learn from the differences? This book attempts to answer these important questions through a series of original cases concerning a variety of companies, from large multinationals to small social enterprises.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #06: Vietnam's Alliance Politics In The South China SeaTrends In Southeast Asia 2015 #06: Vietnam's Alliance Politics In The South China Sea by Le Hong Hiep

Vietnam has long maintained "no alliance" as a core principle in its foreign policy. However, as China becomes increasingly assertive in the South China Sea, there are indications that Vietnam is moving towards "alliance politics", or efforts to forge close security and defence ties short of formal, treaty-bound alliances with key partners, to deal with the new situation. The need for such a shift in Vietnam's China strategy became more relevant after the 2014 Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig crisis displayed the limitations in Hanoi's hedging strategy. It deepened Vietnam's perception of China as a serious threat and highlighted the irreconcilability between its twin goals of maintaining good relations with China and protecting its interests in the South China Sea.

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.

Paradise By Design: Tropical Residences And Resorts By Bensley Design StudiosParadise By Design: Tropical Residences And Resorts By Bensley Design Studios by Bensley, Bill

In a design world increasingly concerned with minimalism, designer Bill Bensley stands out for his playful, flamboyant style and his passionate belief in ornamentation. Paradise by Design presents 24 of the maximalist maestro's most show-stopping projects, highlighting his signature architectural style as well as his landscape design, interior design, horticulture, and fine arts and crafts.

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.