Southeast Asia/Asean

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Religious Diversity In Muslim-Majority States In Southeast Asia: Areas Of Toleration And Conflict by Platzdasch, Bernhard; J. Saravanamuttu (Eds.)

"This book fills a gap in authoritative analyses of the causes of inter-religious conflict and the practice of religious toleration. The rise of more overt expressions of Islamic piety and greater bureaucratization of Islam in both Indonesia and Malaysia over several decades have tested the "live and let live" philosophy which used to characterize religious expression in these nations. The analyses in each chapter of the book break new ground with contextualized studies of particular and recent incidents of conflict or harassment in a variety of areas - from urban centres to more remote and, even complex, locations. As these studies show, legislation stands or falls on the ability and determination of local authorities to enforce it. This volume is essential reading for understanding the dynamics of state-religious interaction in Muslim-majority nations and the crucial role civil society organizations play in negotiating interfaith toleration." - Emeritus Professor Virginia Hooker FAHA, Department of Political & Social Change College of Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University

Naturalist's Guide To The Butterflies Of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore And Thailand, ANaturalist's Guide To The Butterflies Of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore And Thailand, A by Kirton, Laurence

This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 butterfly species most commonly seen in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from the area's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the butterflies of the region encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, IUCN status as at 2011 and its status in each country.

Unplanned Development: Tracking Change In South East AsiaUnplanned Development: Tracking Change In South East Asia by Rigg, Jonathan

Unplanned Development offers a fascinating and fresh view into the realities of development planning. While to the outsider most development projects present themselves as thoroughly planned endeavours informed by structure, direction and intent, Jonathan Rigg exposes the truth of development experience that chance, serendipity, turbulence and the unexpected define development around the world. Based on rich empirical sources from South-East Asia, Unplanned Development sustains a unique general argument in making the case for chance and turbulence in development. Identifying chance as a leading factor in all development planning, the book contributes to a better way of dealing with the unexpected and asks vital questions on the underlying paradoxes of development practice.

Diaspora: The Story Of The South Asian Muslim Diaspora In Southeast Asia TodayDiaspora: The Story Of The South Asian Muslim Diaspora In Southeast Asia Today by Noor, Farish A.

The role played by Indian Muslims in the history of the Malay Archipelago in general and early Malaya and then Malaysia in particular has been recognized by various scholars as largely unrecorded. This pioneering work by well-known Malaysian political scientist and historian Professor Farish A. Noor, Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, will help to close this historical gap, As economic, cultural as well as religious activities of Indian Muslims in the region are covered, this well-researched book, drawling on sources from archives in the wider region, is an introduction to this topic and may also serve as an impetus for others to research these areas in greater details.

Bamboo HeartBamboo Heart by Bennet, Ann

Thailand, 1943: Thomas Ellis, captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore, is a prisoner-of-war on the Death Railway. In stifling heat he endures endless days of clearing jungle, breaking stone and lugging wood. He must stay alive, although he is struck down by disease and tortured by Japanese guards, and he must stay strong, although he is starving and exhausted. For Tom has made himself a promise: to return home. Not to the grey streets of London, where he once lived, but to Penang, where he found paradise and love. London, 1986: Laura Ellis, a successful City lawyer, turns her back on her yuppie existence and travels to Southeast Asia. In Thailand and Malaysia she retraces her father's past and discovers the truths he has refused to tell her. And in the place where her father once suffered and survived, she will finally find out how he got his Bamboo Heart. In a blend of stirring fiction and heart-wrenching history, Ann Bennett narrates the story of a soldier's strength and survival in the bleakest of times and a daughter's journey of discovery about her father and herself. Bamboo Heart is volume one in a Southeast Asian WWII trilogy that includes Bamboo Island and Bamboo Road.

Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The Disastrous Java Sea Campaign Of World War IiRising Sun, Falling Skies: The Disastrous Java Sea Campaign Of World War Ii by Cox, Jeffrey R.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese offensive in the Far East seemed unstoppable. Allied forces engaged in a futile attempt to halt their rapid advance, culminating in the massed fleet of American, British, Dutch, and Australian forces (ABDA) clashing with the Japanese at the battle of the Java Sea - the first major sea battle of World War II in the Pacific. But, in a campaign crippled by poor leadership and disastrous decisions, the Allied response was catastrophic, losing their largest warships and their tenuous toe-hold in the south Pacific within the first 72 hours of the battle. This defeat left ground troops cut off from reinforcement and supply, with obsolete equipment, no defense against endless Japanese air attacks, and with no chance of retreat. However, although command decisions were to condemn the Allies to defeat, the Allied goal was never an outright victory, simply a delaying action. Facing a relentless and thoroughly vicious enemy, the combined forces responded not by running or surrendering, but by defiantly holding on in a struggle that was as much a test of character, bravery, and determination as it was a test of arms, ultimately costing the Allies ten vessels and the lives of 2,100 brave sailors. In Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey Cox examines the events and evidence surrounding the Java Sea Campaign, reconstructing battles that in hindsight were all but hopeless and revealing where fatal mistakes and missed opportunities condemned the Allied forces in an insightful and compelling study of the largely overlooked clash in the Java Sea.

Our Man In Malaya: John Davis Cbe, Dso, Soe Force 136 And Postwar Counter-InsurgencyOur Man In Malaya: John Davis Cbe, Dso, Soe Force 136 And Postwar Counter-Insurgency by Shennan, Margaret

The career of John Davis was inextricably and paradoxically intertwined with that of Chin Peng, the leader of the Malayan Communist Party and the man who was to become Britain's chief enemy in the long Communist struggle for the soul of Malaya. When the Japanese invaded Malaya during WWII, John Davis escaped to Ceylon, sailing 1,700 miles in a Malay fishing boat, before planning the infiltration of Chinese intelligence agents and British officers back into the Malayan peninsula. With the support of Chin Peng and the cooperation of the Malayan Peoples Anti-Japanese Army, Davis led SOE Force 136 into Japanese-occupied Malaya where he operated from camps deep in the jungle with Freddy Spencer Chapman and fellow covert agents. Yet Davis was more than a wartime hero. Following the war, he was heavily involved in Malayan Emergency affairs: squatter control, the establishment of New Villages and, vitally, of tracking down and confronting his old adversary Chin Peng and the communist terrorists. Historian and biographer Margaret Shennan, born and raised in Malaya and an expert on the British in pre-independence Malaysia, tells the extraordinary, untold story of John Davis, CBE, DSO, an iconic figure in Malaya's colonial history. Illustrated with Davis' personal photographs and featuring correspondence between Davis and Chin Peng, this is a story which truly deserves to be told.

100 Useful Herbs Of Malaysia And Singapore: An Introduction To Their Medicinal, Culinary, Aromatic And Cosmetic Uses100 Useful Herbs Of Malaysia And Singapore: An Introduction To Their Medicinal, Culinary, Aromatic And Cosmetic Uses by Samy, Joseph; M. Sugumaran; Kate L.W. Lee

This book presents a clear and concise introduction to 100 common herbs of the region, highlighting their fascinating uses in traditional medicine, cooking, aromatherapy and fragrances. It defines herbs in the context of their uses and gives a brief historical background, notes on the developments of modern drug technology, and an account of edible herbs and essential oils. Adapted from the authors' book Herbs of Malaysia (2004), this present volume preserves the scientific rigour and expert knowledge of the original, while presenting the information in a more user-friendly format for general readers.

Genesis Of Konfrontasi: Malaya, Brunei And Indonesia, 1945-1965Genesis Of Konfrontasi: Malaya, Brunei And Indonesia, 1945-1965 by Poulgrain, Greg

This book throws new light onto the 1963-66 period of confrontation between Malaysia and Indonesia. The Brunei revolt in December 1962 started Confrontation but who started the Brunei revolt? This is but one result of accessing recently-released archival material and interviewing many former officials - some of whom are featured in the archival material. Documents which no previous works have accessed helped Dr Poulgrain piece together the genesis of Konfrontasi.

Mystery Of The Kung Fu Panda: The Kool-5 Mystery SeriesMystery Of The Kung Fu Panda: The Kool-5 Mystery Series by Dabral, Sonu

The Kool-5 mystery hunters are a bunch of five spunky youngsters Maya, Munch, Jinx, Nano and Dodo, who live in an urban residential complex. Mystery beckons the K-5 when a cute Panda stuffed toy is mysteriously found inside Jinx s backpack one morning at Central Park.

Phantom Of Raymond Villa, The: The Kool-5 Mystery SeriesPhantom Of Raymond Villa, The: The Kool-5 Mystery Series by Dabral, Sonu

The Kool-5 mystery hunters are a bunch of five spunky youngsters Maya, Munch, Jinx, Nano and Dodo, who live in an urban residential complex. The K-5 stumble upon a mystery when strange hauntings are reported from Raymond Villa, a deserted, old mansion in their neighbourhood. There is never a lull moment as they embark on a roller-coaster adventure to unravel the clues and solve the baffling case.

Living To Be A Hundred: Voices From Lives Well LivedLiving To Be A Hundred: Voices From Lives Well Lived by Sashidhara, Meera

If there is one book which spans generations with the common thread of collective wisdom, it is this one. Nineteen centenarians from different countries and a cross-section of society, share their memoirs, intertwined with the history of their century, as they experienced it. They were ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives. In these pages, they share their values, beliefs, habits, attitudes and lessons learnt from living to be a hundred.

Trails Of Bronze Drums Across Early Southeast Asia: Exchange Routes And Connected Cultural SpheresTrails Of Bronze Drums Across Early Southeast Asia: Exchange Routes And Connected Cultural Spheres by Calo, Ambra

This study examines the transmission of ceremonial Dong Son bronze drums from their centres of production in north Vietnam and its immediate environs along river and maritime routes throughout Mainland and Island Southeast Asia from the perspective of Late Metal Age (300 BC AD 500) exchange networks. The distribution of ceremonial bronze drums associated with political/religious power along major routes marks contacts between early cultural spheres, and particularly possible alliances which would have favoured the exchange of commodities. The growth and progressive political significance of strategically located trade centres set the stage for the process of state formation during the historic period. Examining the distribution across present national boundaries, this study focuses on what type of drums are found where to identify different phases and routes of transmission associated with different inter-regional networks, interconnected cultural spheres, and regional bronze drum casting traditions arising from the influence of Dong Son drums.

Entering Uncharted Waters? Asean And The South China SeaEntering Uncharted Waters? Asean And The South China Sea by Pavin Chachavalpongpun (Ed.)

ASEAN has an abiding interest in peace and stability in this region and in freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea. Much of ASEANs commerce, including its members' traded food and energy resources, passes through or over the South China Sea. The stakes for ASEAN and its members in the South China Sea are very high.This book is the product of a conference on Entering Uncharted Waters? ASEAN and the South China Sea Dispute, initiated to remind all claimants to bring their claims as close as possible to the provisions of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. After all, ASEAN has sought to promote the rule of law in the region. The conference and this book were inspired by the following objectives: peace, stability, freedom of navigation and overflight, confidence building, cooperation, and the rule of law.

Complete Asian Cookbook, The: Indonesia, Malaysia, & SingaporeComplete Asian Cookbook, The: Indonesia, Malaysia, & Singapore by Solomon, Charmaine

The Complete Asian Cookbook Series is based on Charmaine Solomon's groundbreaking work into the delicious and diverse cuisines across many nations. Heralded as a classic when it was first published in 1976, the influential and iconic The Complete Asian Cookbook covers 800 classic and contemporary dishes from fifteen countries. Here it is divided into geographical regions for the first time. Written with the home cook in mind, Charmaine's recipes are simple to follow and work every time, offering valuable information about how local dishes are prepared and served. With the same emphasis on authentic, foolproof recipes The Complete Asian Cookbook Series deserves a place in every kitchen and is sure to be used time and time again.

Complete Asian Cookbook, The: Thailand, Vietnam Cambodia, Laos & BurmaComplete Asian Cookbook, The: Thailand, Vietnam Cambodia, Laos & Burma by Solomon, Charmaine

The Complete Asian Cookbook Series is based on Charmaine Solomon's groundbreaking work into the delicious and diverse cuisines across many nations. Heralded as a classic when it was first published in 1976, the influential and iconic The Complete Asian Cookbook covers 800 classic and contemporary dishes from fifteen countries. Here it is divided into geographical regions for the first time. Written with the home cook in mind, Charmaine's recipes are simple to follow and work every time, offering valuable information about how local dishes are prepared and served. With the same emphasis on authentic, foolproof recipes The Complete Asian Cookbook Series deserves a place in every kitchen and is sure to be used time and time again.

Mouse Deer Kingdom, TheMouse Deer Kingdom, The by Tei Chiew-Siah

The year is 1905 and Chai Mingzhi, an immigrant newly arrived in the port-town of Malacca, takes Engi, an indigenous boy from the tropical forest, to live with him. Trapped in a realm he doesn't recognize and finding himself caught up in Chai Mingzhi's bitter personal affairs, Engi quickly learns to take on the shape of the legendary mouse deer in order to survive in the outside world. Twenty years later, Engi sets out to unravel the mystery surrounding Chai's past, his tireless quest for the land where the grand Minang Villa is built, and the tragedy that destroyed him. The Mouse Deer Kingdom is a tale of love and betrayal against the backdrop of a troubled time when hundreds of thousands of Chinese fled poverty and the Qing Empire for Southeast Asia, where their arrival unsettled native life in their new home.

Maps Of Malaya And Borneo: Discovery, Statehood And Progress - The Collections Of H.R.H Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah And Dato' Richard CurtisMaps Of Malaya And Borneo: Discovery, Statehood And Progress - The Collections Of H.R.H Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah And Dato' Richard Curtis by Durand, Frederic; Dato' Richard Curtis

This is a superbly illustrated collection of historical maps of Malaya and Borneo, dating from the 1500s to World War II. "Maps of Malaya and Borneo" showcase the extensive map collections of His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Sultan of Selangor, and Richard Curtis. The combined collections contain more than 150 maps ranging from what may now appear to be inaccurate medieval maps based on the workings of Ptolemy to maps given to troops during World War II. The collections include early Portuguese, Dutch and French maps, nautical charts, maps of the interior, maps from atlases and encyclopaedias, maps of the Malaysian states, maps showing economy and infrastructure and city maps. Extensive and enlightening text highlights key features of the maps, insights into their creators and the technical developments that enabled them to be made.

Asean Economic Community, The: A Work In ProgressAsean Economic Community, The: A Work In Progress by Das, Sanchita Basu; Jayant Menon Et Al (Eds.)

This is an important and timely volume: important because ASEAN is an increasingly significant and influential regional and global actor; and timely because, as the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community target approaches, what is needed is a sympathetic yet arms-length survey of the issues and challenges. The editors include a distinguished former Secretary General of ASEAN and the leading academic analyst of ASEAN economic cooperation.

Asean Economic Community, The: A Work In ProgressAsean Economic Community, The: A Work In Progress by Das, Sanchita Basu; Jayant Menon Et Al (Eds.)

This is an important and timely volume: important because ASEAN is an increasingly significant and influential regional and global actor; and timely because, as the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community target approaches, what is needed is a sympathetic yet arms-length survey of the issues and challenges. The editors include a distinguished former Secretary General of ASEAN and the leading academic analyst of ASEAN economic cooperation.