Southeast Asia/Asean

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Outward Foreign Direct Investment In AseanOutward Foreign Direct Investment In Asean by Lee, Cassey; Sineenat Sermcheep (Eds.)

The level of outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) flows from ASEAN countries has increased rapidly in past two decades. This book examines OFDI trends and patterns in the ASEAN region including the impact of the ASEAN Economic Community. It also provides analyses of country policies affecting OFDI and the drivers of OFDI in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. Myanmar is studied as an investment frontier for other ASEAN countries.

Asean Miracle, The: A Catalyst For PeaceAsean Miracle, The: A Catalyst For Peace by Mahbubani, Kishore; Jeffrey Sng

In an era of growing cultural pessimism, many thoughtful individuals believe that different civilisations - especially Islam and the West - cannot live together in peace. The ten countries of ASEAN provide a thriving counter-example of civilizational co-existence. Here 625m people live together in peace. This miracle was delivered by ASEAN. Stories of peace are told less frequently than stories of conflict and war. ASEAN's imperfections make better headlines than its achievements. But in the hands of thinker and writer Kishore Mahbubani, the good news story is also a provocation and a challenge to the rest of the world.

Eyes Of The Ancestors: The Arts Of Island Southeast Asia At The Dallas Museum Of ArtEyes Of The Ancestors: The Arts Of Island Southeast Asia At The Dallas Museum Of Art by Schefold, Reimar (Ed.)

Lavish photography and groundbreaking new texts unlock the magic of the island cultures of Indonesia, Malaysia, and East Timor through examples of textiles, sculpture, and metalwork from this prestigious collection. Leading anthropologist Reimar Schefold introduces these texts, which investigate various indigenous art forms from a fresh art-historical perspective. They describe the contexts, purposes, and aesthetic influences of a range of objects, from intricately woven sacred and ceremonial textiles to carved ancestor figures. Also featured are gold and metalwork designs as well as weaponry and jewelry, most dating back more than a hundred years. A 19th-century mouth mask in the collection, from the Leti Islands, is one of only our known to be in existence. Carved in the shape of a bird's head, this wooden mask was used in ritual dances. Other spectacular examples from the collection likewise reflect the beliefs and practices of these island peoples.

Diving In Southeast Asia: The Best Sites In Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines And ThailandDiving In Southeast Asia: The Best Sites In Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines And Thailand by Wormald, Sarah Ann

Diving in Southeast Asia is a comprehensive diving guide covering Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. It presents in great detail the very best dive sites in the tropical western Pacific. Our seasoned diver-authors have an aggregate half-century of experience exploring these waters, and each site receives thorough coverage, including detailed maps, color photos, and a full description of access, conditions, and facilities.

Water Governance Dynamics In The Mekong RegionWater Governance Dynamics In The Mekong Region by Blake, David J.H.; Lisa Robins (Eds.)

The Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER) is a network of organizations and individuals collaborating to democratize water governance in the Mekong Region. Since 2006, M-POWER has developed and implemented a wide range of activities across Cambodia, southern China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. This final book in the series of books examining the work and achievements of the network brings us full circle. A decade on, it is far from obvious that the promises of democratization and improved public accountability are inevitable. The need for multi-disciplinary scholarship and constructive contestation remains.

Life Beyond Boundaries, ALife Beyond Boundaries, A by Anderson, Benedict

An intellectual memoir by the author of the acclaimed Imagined Communities. Born in China, Benedict Anderson spent his childhood in California and Ireland, was educated in England and finally found a home at Cornell University, where he immersed himself in the growing field of Southeast Asian studies. He was expelled from Suharto's Indonesia after revealing the military to be behind the attempted coup of 1965, an event which prompted reprisals that killed up to a million communists and their supporters. In this book, Anderson recounts a life spent open to the world. Here he reveals the joys of learning languages, the importance of fieldwork, the pleasures of translation, the influence of the New Left on global thinking, the satisfactions of teaching, and a love of world literature. He discusses the ideas and inspirations behind his best-known work, Imagined Communities (1983), whose complexities changed the study of nationalism.

Asean Environmental Legal Integration: Sustainable Goals?Asean Environmental Legal Integration: Sustainable Goals? by Koh Kheng-Lian; Nicholas Robinson Et Al

While the environmental performance of most ASEAN member states is above the world average, ASEAN nations will continue to face growing environmental challenges due to pressures exerted on them such as population growth, urbanization and industrialization. The authors of this book look at how the member states of ASEAN employ law as a means of regional integration within the context of environmental conservation. While the goal of new laws is to implement sustainable development, it continues to be an ongoing adaptive process, since clear and immediate answers to environmental challenges are rarely available. Readers of this book will gain a clear idea of the evolving cooperation for sustainability within ASEAN at regional and global levels, and the areas of focus for the future. The book will be of interest to policy and decision makers, as well as environmental organizations and academics in the field.

Cities In Motion: Urban Life And Cosmopolitanism In Southeast Asia, 1920-1940Cities In Motion: Urban Life And Cosmopolitanism In Southeast Asia, 1920-1940 by Lewis, Su Lin

In the 1920s and 1930s, the port-cities of Southeast Asia were staging grounds for diverse groups of ordinary citizens to experiment with modernity, as a rising Japan and American capitalism challenged the predominance of European empires after the First World War. Both migrants and locals played a pivotal role in shaping civic culture. Moving away from a nationalist reading of the period, Su Lin Lewis explores layers of cross-cultural interaction in various spheres: the urban built environment, civic associations, print media, education, popular culture and the emergence of the modern woman. While the book focuses on Penang, Rangoon and Bangkok - three cities born amidst British expansion to the region - it explores connected experiences across Asia and in Asian intellectual enclaves in Europe. Cosmopolitan sensibilities were severely tested in the era of post-colonial nationalism, but are undergoing a resurgence in Southeast Asia's civil society and creative class today.

Religion And Nationalism In Southeast AsiaReligion And Nationalism In Southeast Asia by Liow Chinyoung, Joseph

Religion and nationalism are two of the most potent and enduring forces that have shaped the modern world. Yet, there has been little systematic study of how these two forces have interacted to provide powerful impetus for mobilization in Southeast Asia, a region where religious identities are as strong as nationalist impulses. At the heart of many religious conflicts in Southeast Asia lies competing conceptions of nation and nationhood, identity and belonging, and loyalty and legitimacy. In this accessible and timely study, Joseph Liow examines the ways in which religious identity nourishes collective consciousness of a people who see themselves as a nation, perhaps even as a constituent part of a nation, but anchored in shared faith. Drawing on case studies from across the region, Liow argues that this serves both as a vital element of identity and a means through which issues of rights and legitimacy are understood.

Everyday Political Economy Of Southeast AsiaEveryday Political Economy Of Southeast Asia by Elias, Juanita; Lena Rethel (Eds.)

In this empirically rich collection of essays, a team of leading international scholars explore the way that economic transformation is sustained and challenged by everyday practices across Southeast Asia. Drawing together a body of interdisciplinary scholarship, the authors explore how the emergence of more marketized forms of economic policy-making in Southeast Asia impacts everyday life. The book's twelve chapters address topics such as domestic migration, trade union politics in Myanmar, mining in the Philippines, halal food in Singapore, Islamic finance in Malaysia, education reform in Indonesia, street vending in Malaysia, regional migration between Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia, and Southeast Asian domestic workers in Hong Kong. This collection not only enhances understandings of the everyday political economies at work in specific Southeast Asian sites, but makes a major theoretical contribution to the development of an everyday political economy approach in which perspectives from developing economies and non-Western actors are taken seriously.

Transit For BeginnersTransit For Beginners by Rheea Mukherjee

The blurring of truth and the ready acceptance of lies as two strangers meet in Changi International Airport. A teenager living with her disabled mother discovers her own sexuality and ambition in the unlikeliest way. A girl tells us of her first love, and why it will never see a future. The neglected housewife of an artist dishes out more than just delicious food to feel loved. A man battles against his own moral code and his hunger for life. Just a few of the stories that reexamine lives in South East Asia and allow bizarre urban hallucinations to float into the most mundane moments.

Lontar #7: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction by Lundberg, Jason Erik Et Al (Eds.)

This seventh issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia and Korea. Inside these pages, you'll find: a remembrance of ghostbusters disguised as lion dancers by Zen Cho; the subversive power of jazz in a future North Vietnam by TR Napper; a cautionary tale of writing one's perfect lover into existence by Vida Cruz; an expedition to hunt a supernatural tiger in colonial Singapore by Manish Melwani; the relationship between death and a mysterious delivery truck by James Penha; a fateful meeting of the last two Eurasians in Singapore by Melissa De Silva; a critical appreciation of the novels of Eka Kurniawan by Tiffany Tsao; a comic on schoolyard bullying and redemption by Elvin Ching; and speculative poetry from Bryan Thao Worra, Zeny May Recidoro, Brandon Marlon, Subashini Navaratnam, Russ Hoe, Christina Sng, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Cyril Wong. LONTAR is the world's only biannual literary journal focusing on Southeast Asian speculative fiction. Its many contributors have won major literary awards in Singapore, USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines.

Reframing Modernism: Painting From Southeast Asia, Europe And BeyondReframing Modernism: Painting From Southeast Asia, Europe And Beyond by Lee, Sarah; Sara Siew

What is modernism in Southeast Asia? What is modern art, as embodied in the paintings of Southeast Asia? These questions and more are answered in Reframing Modernism: Painting from Southeast Asia, Europe and Beyond, published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name. Featuring 217 works, in full colour, by 51 Southeast Asian and European artists, from the Centre Pompidou and National Gallery Singapore, as well as other Southeast Asian collections in the region and beyond, this catalogue tells the compelling story of modernism as it developed across continents, and reveals artists' powerful, and sometimes surprising, responses to modernity.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #14: Learning Diplomacy: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar And Vietnam Diplomats In AseanTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #14: Learning Diplomacy: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar And Vietnam Diplomats In Asean by Deepak Nair

For nearly two decades, ASEAN has served as a vehicle for the postsocialist states of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV) to seek diplomatic recognition and enmesh their economies with the dominant discourses, structures, and visions of post-Cold War capitalist modernity. As they pursue modernist state projects, diplomats too must yield to experiences of learning and redefinition to express (and enable) the project of international "integration". This paper examines such processes of learning and redefinition by studying the effects and consequences of immersion in English-based ASEAN multilateral work for the diplomats of CLMV states. The paper demonstrates how stints in ASEAN multilateral diplomacy have emerged as a channel for exposure and grooming for CLMV diplomats as they themselves integrate with an English-based global (yet Eurocentric) diplomacy.

Strengthening Partnership For Regional Sustainable DevelopmentStrengthening Partnership For Regional Sustainable Development by Tran Dai Quang

The Singapore Lecture is designed to provide an opportunity for distinguished statesmen and leaders of thought and knowledge to reach a wider audience in Singapore. The presence of such eminent personalities allows Singaporeans, especially younger executives and decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, the benefit of exposure to leading world figures who address topics of international and regional interest. The 38th Singapore Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, on 30 August 2016 under the distinguished Chairmanship of Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Singapore.

Reef Fishes Of South-East Asia Including Marine Invertebrates And CoralsReef Fishes Of South-East Asia Including Marine Invertebrates And Corals by Wood, Elizabeth; Michael Aw

A new and updated edition of this popular title. Visitors to South-East Asia are astonished at the profusion of marine life that exists in this biodiversity hot-spot. This concise, easy-to-follow field guide to 270 species of fish, corals and marine invertebrates is an essential companion for anyone interested in this fascinating underwater world, from the casual snorkeller to the most experienced diver. It includes stunning colour photographs of each species, as well as concise and informative text and at-a-glance symbols summarising habitat, diet and behaviour. A visual key to fish families at the start of the book aids the quick location and identification of species.

South-East Asian Soups: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, CambodiaSouth-East Asian Soups: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia by Tan, Terry

Throughout Southeast Asia, soups and broths are designed to cleanse the mouth and refresh the palate. Bowls of steaming broth are often served alongside the main course, so that diners can slurp a spoonful of soup in between spoonfuls of rice or the main dish. This book features an appetizing range of recipes from Thailand and China, through Japan and Korea, down to the south-east Asian islands of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. You may choose to serve any of the soups solo, as a light lunch or supper dish, or as a prelude to a dinner party - but whenever you place them before your guests, these treats are certain to prove popular.

Southeast Asian PlaysSoutheast Asian Plays by Robson, Cheryl; Aubrey Mellor

A unique collection of seven plays by playwrights from countries in South-East Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Covering topics as diverse as the global financial crisis, religious faith, the sex trade, corruption, and exploitation, these plays provide insight into the differing concerns of those living in a part of the world that is experiencing profound change.

Artist And Empire: (En)Countering Colonial LegaciesArtist And Empire: (En)Countering Colonial Legacies by Low Sze Wee (Ed.)

Organised by National Gallery Singapore in association with Tate Britain, Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies critically examines the effects of the British Empire through the prism of art. This catalogue accompanying the exhibition underscores the thought-provoking ways in which artist and Empire each affect the other-artists negotiating historical conditions of colonialism in their work, visual representation altering perceptions of the Empire. Essays by exhibition curators and external scholars situate the concept of Empire within broader socio-political discourse, while selected key artworks from the exhibition are paired with curatorial text that illumines concerns underpinning the works. A comprehensive, pull-out timeline spanning the 16th to 20th centuries charts the scope of activities undertaken in the name of the Empire, and contextualises the pursuits of artists from former colonies.

Admiral Matelieff's Singapore And Johor, 1606-1616Admiral Matelieff's Singapore And Johor, 1606-1616 by Borschberg, Peter (Ed.)

Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge (c.1570?1632) was admiral of the Dutch East India Company when it sailed to Asia in 1605 and besieged Portuguese Melaka in 1606 with the help of Malay allies. A massive Portuguese armada then arrived from Goa to fight the Dutch and succeeded in breaking the siege on the Portuguese colony. Throughout this time, Matelieff penned a series of letters in which he provided a candid assessment of trading opportunities and politics in Asia. Admiral Matelieff's Singapore and Johor offers an edited selection of Matelieff's most important writings from this period, focusing on his experience and interest in Singapore and the Straits of Melaka. The rediscovery of Matelieff's writings have helped to reshape the way local history is taught and understood in Singapore and Malaysia, and this collection will be essential to scholars of the region.