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Civil Society And The State In SingaporeCivil Society And The State In Singapore by Soon, Carol; Gillian Koh (Eds.)

Set within the context of rising political pluralism among the citizenry, bold ground-up conflict between the governing and the governed, and increasing adoption of the Internet and new media, the Institute of Policy Studies organised a Civil Society Conference on 11 November 2013. This collection provides a nuanced analysis of Singapore civil society's development over more than a decade and combines insights from experts from different domains, and sets out an agenda for the further development. The first section discusses the different approaches and philosophies that underpin civil society - engagement, collaboration, and ideological tensions. The second section examines change agents - technology, people, and politics - and their impact on civil society. The third section explores the future of civil society, in the areas of the non-profit sector, civic education, youth activism, legislation, and finally, ethnicity. The book provides the state-of-play in the civil society landscape and this should be of interest to watchers of political development in a soft authoritarian polity making its transition towards greater democratisation.

Singapore Perspectives 2016 - WeSingapore Perspectives 2016 - We by Siao See Teng & Justin Lee (Eds.)

In 2015, Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence. The Institute of Policy took stock of how the choices people made have led the city-state to where she is today. As achievements are being celebrated, a conversation about the road ahead also begins. With much nation-building efforts premised upon the existence of this imagined community known as "Singapore," it is an opportune moment to question and reimagine who "we" are. The book documents the conference proceedings at Singapore Perspectives 2016 where the fourth generation of government ministers presented their thoughts on the social, economic and political future of Singapore and engaged in dialogues with panelists and audience members on the directions the country should take.

Onstage Offstage by Lee, Bob

The getai is a live stage performance held each year during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore and Malaysia. It forms an integral part of the month-long festival: local Chinese would burn incense paper to appease the spirits and performances would be held at various neighborhoods. In the past, performances were Chinese opera or puppet shows but have since evolved into a kitschy and gaudy combination of songs, dance and stand-up comedy. In Onstage Offstage, Lee questions the longevity of these performances, how long would it be before it becomes just that - a memory ?

Abuse Suxxx!!! And Other PlaysAbuse Suxxx!!! And Other Plays by Sharma, Haresh

Featuring five plays by Cultural Medallion recipient Haresh Sharma, created over a span of two decades, Abuse Suxxx! and Other Plays is an audacious collection that casts a spotlight on LGBT lives and issues explored in The Necessary Stage's productions. Yet these plays go beyond being simply out, loud and proud. Rather, they deal with a range of topics and advocate tolerance and acceptance of difference in our midst.

Meatmen Cooking Channel - Zi Char At Home Hearty Home-Style Singaporean DishesMeatmen Cooking Channel - Zi Char At Home Hearty Home-Style Singaporean Dishes by

Zi char (a Hokkien term, literally translated "cook fry") is widely recognised in Singapore to refer to a variety of dishes that one can order from any Chinese cooked food (zi char) stall in coffee shops across the island. In continuing their efforts to inspire others to have fun whipping up their own meals, the MeatMen share 30 popular zi char dishes including crab bee hoon, san lou hor fun, cereal prawns, har cheong gai and sambal kangkong in this second cookbook. All dishes are prepared in their usual effortless style that requires no fancy tools, equipment or special skills, and come with the promise that anyone with a passion for good food and cooking can be a zi char expert at home!

Portrait Of Singapore Malay Poetry, APortrait Of Singapore Malay Poetry, A by Isa Kamari; Abdul Rahman (Trans.)

In addition to celebrating the intellectual tradition of a past generation of Singaporean Malay thinkers, social and cultural activists, this series provides unique insights and perspectives into the lived-experience and collective memories of the Malay community in Singapore. This is the English translation of Isa Kamari's Potret Puisi Melayu Singapura, which features the works of 44 Singapore Malay poets, from the post-independence era to the present, and shows how the historical context, community and the individuality of the poet have given poetry written by Singaporean Malay writers its own distinctive identity.

HaikukuHaikuku by Gwee Li Sui

This volume could well be subtitled the social history of Singapore in 120 haiku. There are haiku about MRT breakdown, rat infestation, haze, 377A, hungry ghosts and cavorting community cats. There are also those of matters of socio-political import: 2011 GE, population management, personal data protection, leadership renewal and compassionate meritocracy. Gwee adds to his army haiku that won prizes from the SAF with others of a military theme in Purple Light and Tekong diarrhea. Then there are newsy haiku reporting on NIMBY, the royal visit, that Holland V bank robbery plus The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. He does not forget the newsmakers either - the otters, the Little India Riot hero, A-Mei, Subhas Anandan, Phey Yew Kok, Joseph Schooling and that si geena who shall not be named. Also remembered is our dear Ah Kong in a pair of death anniversary haiku, and a sad one about the empty parade chair. There are haiku about our places we love, the hawker centre, cenotaph, kopitiam, Sungei Road, Singapore River…. This is book of haiku, backed by a nation-wide haiku writing contest, for every Singaporean - kuku or not.

Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery And Beadwork In The Peranakan WorldNyonya Needlework: Embroidery And Beadwork In The Peranakan World by Cheah Hwei-Fe'n

Cheah Hwei-Fe'n examines parallel techniques of embroidery, work with gold thread, lace, and drawn needlework in this profusely illustrated catalogue to accompany an exhibition at the Peranakan Museum, Singapore, held from 24 June 2016 to 18 June 2017. In her careful analysis of the techniques associated with Peranakan objects, she reveals a complex network of cultural connections. The various types of needlework were practised by women and men, and drew upon techniques from Europe, India, China, and the Malay world. Religious and secular schools taught the techniques. There are many cross-cultural surprises within: gold embroidery derives not only from European military brocade but from ancient Chinese thread techniques of gold strips wrapped around paper. And many other techniques were long practised in remote islands of the Malay Archipelago.

Merlion & Mt. Fuji, The: 50 Years Of Singapore-Japan RelationsMerlion & Mt. Fuji, The: 50 Years Of Singapore-Japan Relations by Tai Wei Lim

Anime, Manga, Sushi, Teriyaki, J-pop, Harajuku fashion ... these are just some of the cultural exports from Japan that the rest of the world have embraced and Singapore is one of Japan's biggest fans. There are similarities too between these two countries: an aging population, changing geopolitical realities, mature economies, and environmental challenges. 50 Years of Singapore-Japan Relations is not just a historical account of the bilateral cooperation but also includes honest narratives on what it is like being a Singaporean student on exchange in Japan, an anime and manga fan outside of Japan, and some omotenashi appreciation.

Singapore Eurasians: Memories, Hopes And DreamsSingapore Eurasians: Memories, Hopes And Dreams by Braga-Blake, Myrna; Ann Ebert-Oehlers Et Al (Eds.)

This book offers insight into the Singapore Eurasian community, one of Singapore's minority communities. This book is the definitive record of Eurasian history and heritage in Singapore, and serves to educate the younger generation of Eurasians about their roots, the community's achievements and its collective hopes and dreams for the future, as well as provide a useful resource for others to learn more about the Eurasian community. In addition, it also covers the growth and developments of the Eurasian community within the last 25 years, and how the Eurasian Association, as a Self-Help Group since 1994, has been helping the less fortunate through its programmes, as well as being the main force in driving the preservation and sharing of the Eurasian culture for its future generations.

Men Who Lost Singapore, 1938-1942, TheMen Who Lost Singapore, 1938-1942, The by Mccrum, Ronald

The British military failure against the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942 is a well-documented and closely examined episode. But far less attention has been paid to the role of the colonial governor and his staff during this period, an oversight Ronald McCrum corrects with this insightful history. As McCrum shows, the failure of the civil authorities in conjunction with the military to fully prepare the country for the possibility of war was a key factor in the defeat. McCrum closely examines the role and responsibilities of the colonial authorities before and during the war. He argues that the poor and occasionally hostile relations that developed between the local government and the British military hierarchy prevented the development and implementation of a strategic and unified plan of defense against the growing threat of the Japanese. Consequently, this indecisive and ineffective leadership led to significant losses and civilian casualties that could have been prevented.

National Day Rally Speeches: 50 Years Of Nationhood In Singapore, 1966-2015National Day Rally Speeches: 50 Years Of Nationhood In Singapore, 1966-2015 by

The annual National Day Rally speeches in Singapore provide a valuable summation of all the major issues encountered each year, the challenges faced, as well as the policies and strategies that have shaped Singapore from Independence in 1965 to the present time. This book presents a collection of 50 National Day Rally speeches made between 1966 and 2015 by Singapore's Prime Ministers. This is the first time that these speeches have been published in one book. It is an excellent resource for researchers and academics as well as anyone who seeks a better understanding of Singapore's nation-building journey and insights into how the country has evolved into what it is today.

National Day Rally Speeches: 50 Years Of Nationhood In Singapore, 1966-2015National Day Rally Speeches: 50 Years Of Nationhood In Singapore, 1966-2015 by

The annual National Day Rally speeches in Singapore provide a valuable summation of all the major issues encountered each year, the challenges faced, as well as the policies and strategies that have shaped Singapore from Independence in 1965 to the present time. This book presents a collection of 50 National Day Rally speeches made between 1966 and 2015 by Singapore's Prime Ministers. This is the first time that these speeches have been published in one book. It is an excellent resource for researchers and academics as well as anyone who seeks a better understanding of Singapore's nation-building journey and insights into how the country has evolved into what it is today.

Unfettered Ink: The Writings Of Chen Chong SweeUnfettered Ink: The Writings Of Chen Chong Swee by Low Sze Wee (Ed.); Grace Tng (Ed.)

Significant achievements in art notwithstanding, Chen Chong Swee was also a prolific, vivid essayist. His writings-collated here and also translated into English for the first time-range from the value of art education to the responsibilities of the art community, and are imbued with ardour and vigorous clarity. This compilation provides a compelling contribution to our understanding of the artist as a man of unwavering focus, whose thoughts cleaved to the advancement of art.

Rediscovering Treasures: Ink Art From The Xiu Hai Lou CollectionRediscovering Treasures: Ink Art From The Xiu Hai Lou Collection by Low Sze Wee (Ed.); Cai Heng (Ed.)

The Xiu Hai Lou Collection is one of the most extensive private collections of ink art in Singapore. This catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition Rediscovering Treasures: Ink Art from the Xiu Hai Lou Collection, and captures the stunning breadth of the Collection. Full-colour image plates showcase works which range from the ancient aesthetics of Ming and Qing painting and calligraphy through to the prized masterpieces of 20th-century ink masters, while newly commissioned essays analyse the unique place of the Collection in local art history. Rounding out the catalogue are an exclusive interview with the current custodians of the Collection as well as an exploration of the ecosystem of collecting.

Colours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore ElderlyColours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore Elderly by Kua Ee Heok

Ageing is not all grey. This book explores the minds of a generation who survived the Second World War and witnessed the dramatic rise of Singapore from third world to first. The 30 years of research on the mental health of the Singapore elderly is a tapestry of myriad colours of people from different ethnicities, cultures and social hierarchies. This book documents the social transformation of medical research, from epidemiological surveys to interventional studies of translational relevance, with the tagline "preventive medicine in the community by the community for the community". This book, a distillate of five epidemiological studies, is written from a longitudinal perspective, viewed through the lens of time by a doctor who conducted the research with his team. It will interest not only health professionals and policy makers but also the elderly, family caregivers and young people - just about everyone!

Lky Story, The - Lee Kuan Yew, The Man Who Shaped A NationLky Story, The - Lee Kuan Yew, The Man Who Shaped A Nation by Yoshio Nabeta; Yoshihide Fujiwara (Illus.)

Lee Kuan Yew, informally known by his initials LKY, is recognised as Singapore's founding father and the man who propelled a small nation from The Third World to First under his leadership. In this brilliantly illustrated graphic novel biography, we catch a glimpse into the life of the man before he made history. From his early years and education in Raffles College, to his experiences in World War II and work as a lawyer, the book traces the events that shaped Lee Kuan Yew's ideals that would lead him towards championing the rights of the people and the fight for an independent Singapore.

Faith Ng: Plays Volume OneFaith Ng: Plays Volume One by Ng, Faith; Ho, Lucas (Ed.)

This collection gathers together eight compelling plays by Checkpoint Theatre's Associate Artist Faith Ng. This includes Normal (2015), a stark look at the education system which played to a sold-out audience, and For Better or for Worse (2013) and wo(men) (2010), critically acclaimed plays which offer unflinching portraits of how families can build up and break down individuals. Shorter plays and collaborations with a diverse range of theatre-makers are featured as well, including You are My Needle, I am Your Thread (2015). Deeply affecting and sensitively crafted, these plays firmly establish Faith Ng as a vital Singapore playwright.

Book Of Changes, ABook Of Changes, A by Lim Wei Jie, Daryl

Change is what happens to everything: history is humanity's attempt to make sense of this inevitability. In his debut collection of poetry, Daryl Lim Wei Jie paints minute strokes that give way to panoramas, strewn with unusual asides: migrants crossing oceans; an ancient king reclaiming a throne; rivers clogged with corpses; the paperwork for an invasion; a milo dinosaur the height of Mount Everest. A Book of Changes is a young poet's attempt to make sense of the impossible ebb and flow of time.

Field Guide To Supermarkets In Singapore, AField Guide To Supermarkets In Singapore, A by Lee, Samuel

A Field Guide to Supermarkets in Singapore is a 19th century reference book (on philology? art history? anthropology? nobody remembers) that fell into a tropical swamp and was rescued, then lovingly restored, by a nice lady in curlers. Caked in organic matter too dense to scrub off, the pages of Samuel Lee's debut collection reveal visions and premonitions of a city filled with characters engaged in their own private sorrows, both minute and expansive. To read him is to be lost in the aisles of millennia.