Friday, February 26, 2010

Biograhies and Memoirs: Singapore and Malaya

Over the last few months, we have received several biographies and memoirs that shed light on life as it used to be in Singapore and Malaya:
  • Dr Paglar: Everyman's Hero by Rex Shelley and Chen Fen. Dr Charles Joseph Pemberton Paglar (1894-1954), medical doctor, politician and humanitarian, cuts an enigmatic figure in history. His biography, the last publication of the nation's most famous chronicler of Eurasian life, the late Rex Shelley, was completed shortly before the author's death in 2009. Dr Paglar was born in Perak, Malaysia, the illegitimate son of an English planter and a local Indian woman. He spent his early years in an orphanage in Penang before his adoptive parents brought him to live in Malacca. He studied medicine in Singapore and worked for the government medical service. Controversy reared its ugly head during the Japanese Occupation when Dr Paglar was perceived as being a traitor for leading members of the Eurasian community to Bahau in Negri Sembilan, Malaya, where many perished. After the war, he was charged with treason for collaborating with the Japanese and detained at Outram Prison while awaiting trial. In the end, he was acquitted. Not allowing these vicissitudes to embitter him, Dr Paglar continued his humanitarian work after the war, becoming the patron or president of 50 organisations. His philanthropic works include setting up a Tamil school and contributing funds for a mosque in Punggol. To this day, older citizens fondly remember the free medical treatment willingly given, the house calls that went beyond the call of duty and the Paglars' open house to all. When he died, thousands crammed St Joseph's Church where his funeral was held, and people of all races lined the streets to pay their personal tribute as the cortege made its way to Bidadari Cemetery. He was remembered for his readiness to do anything he could to help the humble people, his warm-heartedness, and selflessly giving himself in service to others.
  • Merdeka and Much More: The Reminiscences of a Raffles Professor, 1953-67 by K. G. Tregonning. Professor K.G. Tregonning's anecdotal memoir of his years as a member of the Department of History in the University of Singapore, culminating as Raffles Professor, captures the mood and milieu of Singapore as the country emerged from colonial rule to become a self-governing independent nation. Arriving at the height of the Cold War, Tregonning was acutely conscious of the ongoing Malayan Emergency and of the political shifts taking place across Southeast Asia. He records meetings with a number of the region's leaders, and encounters with students and colleagues who would later feature in Singapore politics, or become leading figures in the academic world. The result is an engaging and very personal account of a university and a professional, political and social environment that is very different from that found in Singapore today.
  • Gedung Kuning: Memories of a Malay Childhood by Hidayah Amin. Gedung Kuning or the Yellow Mansion was home to the family of Haji Yusoff 'Tali Pinggang' from 1912 to 1999. It was acquired by the Singapore government in August 1999 under the Land Acquisition Act. What used to house six families is now preserved as a historic building under the Malay Heritage Centre. Hidayah Amin, one of Haji Yusoff's great-granddaughters, revisits her childhood home and takes readers beyond the gate guarded by stone eagles, through rooms with big mirrors and marble floors, and shares interesting anecdotes growing up in Gedung Kuning. Through 28 short stories, readers get a historical narrative detailing the lives of people living in Gedung Kuning and the Malays of Singapore from 1850s to 1999.
  • Raffles Legends And Stories by Roberto Pregarz. Standing, as Somerset Maugham once said for all the fables of the exotic East, Raffles Hotel in Singapore has always been an unique institution. The haunt of celebrities ranging from Hollywood stars to Heads of State, it has been the setting for innumerable films and television productions. Roberto Pregarz, who was the Assistant General Manager of Raffles Hotel from 1967 to 1972, and then the General Manager from 1972 to 1989, was instrumental in making Raffles Hotel one of the most famous hotel in the world. He worked closely with writers, journalists, broadcasters and film directors to tell the world the Raffles Hotel story. Now, in Raffles Legends and Stories, Roberto has written his own reminiscences of his time at the hotel. Originally published in 1990 as Memories of Raffles, this updated edition includes a short segment on the re-opening of Raffles Hotel in 1991 after a major restoration.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Books on Vietnamese Art

Here are five books on Vietnamese art. We are keen to build up our selection of quality books on Vietnamese art; do contact us if you are a publisher or distributor with such titles.
  • Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea. Once a strategic trading post that channelled the flow of riches and ideas among countries situated along the South China Sea and places as far away as India and Rome, Vietnam has a fascinating history and an artistic heritage to match it. This lavishly produced catalogue, published to accompany an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (September 2009 to January 2010) and the Asia Society and Museum (February to May 2010), will help introduce English-speaking audiences to Vietnam's amazing body of artwork, ranging from the first millennium B.C. to the 18th century. The authors begin by discussing, for example, the elegant burial jars, iron axes, bronze artefacts, and jewellery of the early Sa Huynh culture; the bronze ritual drums of the Dong Son; and the jewelled gold pieces, excavated from the walled center of Oc Eo in the kingdom of Fu Nan. New scholarship investigates the trade in gold and Chinese ceramics between Cham and the Philippine kingdom of Butuan. The final section is devoted to art from Hoi An, once a major international port. Of note are the ceramic wares produced in northern and central Vietnam from the 16th to 18th century.
  • Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art by Nora Annesley Taylor. With Vietnamese painting gaining prominence in the contemporary art circuits of Southeast Asia, many artists have found fame and fortune, yet Vietnamese painting is generally overlooked in art history surveys of the region. Nora Taylor sets out to change that with this book. Painters in Hanoi engages with 20th-century Vietnam through its artists and their works, providing a new angle on a country most often portrayed through the lens of war and politics. Drawing on interviews with artists, curators, art critics and others in Hanoi, the author surveys the impact artists have had on intellectual life in Vietnam. The book shows them within their own complex community, one fraught with tensions, politiking, and favoritism, yet also a sense of belonging. It describes their education, the role of the government in their arts, the rise and fall of individual artists, their influence as active players in the politics of place and gender, the audience for their work, and how tourism and the international art market have influenced it. By presenting artists as individuals actively involved in national life, this book offers a truly innovative perspective on modern Vietnamese history. Paperback reissue.
  • Post Doi Moi: Vietnamese Art After 1990 (12 May 20 08 To 28 Sept 2008). This book, published to complement the 2008 exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum, sheds light on the background of the exhibits and on artistic developments in Vietnam since the 1986 post-Doi Moi changes. The introductory essay overviews the country's art scene and discusses some of its distinctive features including the styles of artistic abstraction and the tradition of lacquer painting. Photographs and commentaries are given for some 60 examples of painting and other artwork in the exhibition. With biographical summaries.
  • Viet Nam: From Myth to Modernity edited by Heidi Tan. Published to accompany the 2008 exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum, this extensively illustrated catalogue includes essays on Vietnam's history and art by international specialists. Illustrations of selected artefacts complement the accounts of the four main periods in Vietnam's history. The religious and everyday purposes of the exhibits illustrated are discussed and provenance details given. The exhibits have been drawn from Vietnam's and international museums and private collections. With chronology and bibliography.
  • Impressions And Expressions: Vietnamese Contemporary Painting by Shireen Naziree and Phan Cam Thuong. This book is an introduction to contemporary Vietnamese painting. In the first part, art historian Shireen Naziree covers the background of contemporary Vietnamese painting and places it in the context of Southeast Asia. There is a section on how lacquer paintings are made, followed by profiles of 15 prominent artists written by the Vietnamese art historian and critic Phan Cam Thuong. Many of the artists started their careers during the mid-1980s, and may thus be labelled the "doi moi generation". Although there had been many talented artists of the older generation, the artists of the doi moi generation were the first to break free from more conventional painting styles.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Books on Asian Textiles

Here are several books that we have stocked on Asian textiles:
  • Dress, Textiles and Identity of the Black Tai of Loei Province, Northeast Thailand by Franco Amantea. The Black Tai is an ethnic group in Laos. This book examines the contemporary role of traditional and tradition-based textiles and dress as material and symbolic representations of Black Tai ethnic and social-cultural identity. The analysis of textile and ethnic dress reveals that dress and textiles serve a crucial role in ethnic and cultural continuity among the Black Tai peoples. Textiles continue to figure prominently in the religious beliefs and practices of the Tai Dam as well as serving as markers of status, functioning to promote cultural and social cohesion, and more recently, serving as a means of economic development. With references and index.
  • Indian Textiles in the East: From Southeast Asia to Japan by John Guy. The dazzlingly varied cloths presented in this book are the visual record of one of the great stories of Asian design history. John Guy has produced a brilliant account of the Indian textile trade in examining the cloth-for-spices trade, focusing on the 17th and 18th centuries when the thousand-year-old trade was at its peak. With beautiful photographs of the textiles themselves (outstanding among them the famous cotton chintzes and tie-and-dye silks), illuminating images of people and places, and vivid first-hand descriptions by travellers and merchants, this is both an indispensible resource and a visual feast for students and lovers of textiles. First published in hardcover under the title, Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East.
  • Heavenly Splendour: The Edrina Collection of Ming and Qing Imperial Costumes. This illustrated study of Ming and Qing Imperial costumes was published to complement the 2009 exhibition of the Edrina Collection at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Some 50 of the exhibited silk garments are presented in colour with provenance, usage and style notes. With notes on the use of dragon motifs, chronology, notes on emblems and symbols, glossary and bibliography. Bilingual in Chinese.
  • The Art of Indonesian Textiles: The E.M. Bakwin Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago by Brigitte Khan Majlis. This beautiful volume showcases over 70 remarkable examples of Indonesian textile art, a gift to the Art Institute from the E. M. Bakwin Collection. The featured works - including batiks, ikats, and other textiles - represent the finest examples of Indonesia's textile production and evoke the region's rich ethnic and cultural complexity. Indonesian textile expert Brigitte Khan Majlis explores these objects not only as works of art, stunning products of both individual creativity and a long aesthetic tradition, but also as important artifacts that illuminate the history, beliefs, and lives of the people who make and treasure them. Generously illustrated, The Art of Indonesian Textiles also features fascinating contextual photographs and engaging entries on each of the featured objects.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Books on Singapore's Natural Habitat

Select Publishing is in the process of publishing a book on growing carnivorous plants in Singapore. It’s our first book on nature and we are quite excited working on it. It is due for publication in the middle of 2010. More on this book in later posts as it takes shape.

In the meantime, here is a list of books on Singapore’s natural habitat:
  • The Singapore Red Data Book: Threatened Plants & Animals of Singapore edited by G.W.H Davison, P.K.L. Ng & Ho Hua Chew. The Singapore Red Data Book, first produced in 1994, is an indispensable source of reference for conservation plans and efforts of various governments and non-government organisations. This new edition includes contributions from a wide range of experts and the use of coloured images.
  • State of Singapore's Wild Birds and Bird Habitats: A Review of the Annual Bird Census 1996-2005 edited by Lim Kim Chuah & Lim Kim Seng. The Singapore Nature Society has conducted the Annual Bird Census since 1986. This report collates and summarises the results of the 1996-2005 censuses. Part A lists the 33 sites used and the general count of the bird population. Part B gives species data on population, habitat and conservation factors on each of the 220 species found. Part C classifies the taxonomic groups recorded and also the trends in sites and diversity. The situations of the 56 nationally threatened species and the two globally threatened species that were sighted are recorded. With tables, graphics, sketch map and species listings.
  • The Avifauna of Singapore by Lim Kim Seng. This scholarly reference work will be of interest to birdwatchers and ornithologists in Singapore and beyond. There are entries for each of the 395 wild birds known to inhabit or visit Singapore in this distillation of the observations and records of Singapore's hobby or professional birders. Twelve colour plates present species of interest and there are also some black-and-white drawings. Articles on Singapore ecology, zoogeography, vegetation, ornithological history, and patterns of birdlife are followed by species entries with scientific data, notes of decent sightings and references to relevant literature. With bibliography, name lists and index.
  • A Guide to Sponges of Singapore by Lim Swee Cheng. The 44th of the Science Centre's magnificent series of handy pocketbooks is on the sponges of Singapore. Sponges are common in local waters but are rarely noticed and their ecological relevance has been little studied. Seventy-five sponge species are illustrated in colour and presented with scientific information and habitat details. With reference list, systematic identification list and index. There is a post on this book in the very worth-a-visit Wild Shores of Singapore blog.
  • Trees of Our Gardens City: A Guide to the Common Trees of Singapore edited by Tee Swee Ping. This revised edition of Trees of Our Garden City has been redesigned to make it more reader friendly. This edition contains expanded chapters and the introduction of 70 species of plants not covered in the first edition. This richly illustrated book opens with the story of the greening of the Singapore, followed by chapters introducing tree and palm species, tree biology, tree care, rooftop gardens and the relationship between trees and the environment. With glossary, bibliography and an index of botanical/common/Mandarin tree names.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Books on S. Rajaratnam

This is a list of books on S. Rajaratnam (1915-2006), one of Singapore’s founding fathers – a journalist, political activist, party ideologue, cabinet minister and senior statesman in Singapore's People's Action Party (PAP) government. Rajaratnam was born in Jaffna in Sri Lanka and raised in Seremban, Malaysia. He was educated in Malaysia, Singapore and England, from where he returned to Singapore to become a journalist before entering politics in 1959. Rajaratnam became Singapore's first foreign minister and was pivotal in conceptualising and implementing the nation's foreign policy. Present at the birth of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), he was also instrumental in ensuring a constructive role for Singapore in regional cooperation. A staunch supporter of a multicultural society, he envisioned the country as a cosmopolitan "global city".
  • The Singapore Lion: A Biography Of S. Rajaratnam by Irene Ng. Written with the general reader in mind, this is a comprehensive portrayal of Mr S. Rajaratnam - one of Singapore's most outstanding leaders, who played a crucial part in Singapore's momentous and crisis-ridden transition to independence. This is a book about the man and his wisdom.
  • S. Rajaratnam: The Prophetic And The Political edited by Chan Heng Chee and Obaid Ul Haq. This book, containing the selected speeches and writings of one of the four central figures in the PAP first-generation leadership and certainly its most prolific propagandist, is a vital document of the political thinking, strategy and goals of the leadership which shaped the development and destiny of independent Singapore. In his political career, which is as old as the PAP itself, Rajaratnam carved a special place in Singapore's history as the republic's first Foreign Minister. His speeches on the Great Powers, non-alignment, regional politics in Southeast Asia, Asean and regional co-operation, eloquently posit an interesting perspective on behalf of new states in their search for security and prosperity in a hostile and fluid international environment. This book will be of great importance and value to all those interested in the discussion of nation-building, political leadership, the politics of Singapore and the strategy of survival for small states. The first edition of this book was published in 1986. This second edition contains a new epilogue which highlights the significance of Mr. Rajaratnam's involvements with the Non-Aligned Movement, the United Nations, and Asean.
  • S Rajaratnam On Singapore: From Ideas To Reality edited by Kwa Chong Guan. This book is a compilation of key speeches and articles by S Rajaratnam. The volume is divided into four thematic sections: foreign policy, Asean regionalism, multiculturalism, and Singapore's history - broadly encompassing S Rajaratnam's most important contributions to the making of modern Singapore, including his role in the early history of its elected ruling party, the People's Action Party. Also included are original research essays that reassess his contributions, written by senior staff of the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Numerous black-and-white photographs from public archives and S Rajaratnam's private collection illustrate this volume.
  • Lee's Lieutenants: Singapore's Old Guard edited by by Lam Peng Er and Kevin Y.L. Tan. Offers a new understanding of post-colonial Singapore's origins and developments. Takes a long overdue look at the capable team of loyal lieutenants who served behind the scenes, including: Toh Chin Chye; Lim Kim San; Goh Keng Swee; Kenny Byrne and Eddie Barker; S Rajaratnam and C V Devan Nair; Ahmad Ibrahim, Othman Wok, Yaacob Mohamed and Rahim Ishak; Ong Pang Boon, Lee Khoon Choy and Jek Yuen Tong and Lim Chin Siong.
  • Founding Fathers: Great Singapore Stories: 10 Unofficial Pocket Guides. These 10 informally written pocketbooks for young readers as well as busy readers present the public and political careers and also the human qualities of ten of Singapore's 'founding fathers'. All born in Colonial times, they each created building blocks, which went into the fabric of today's Republic. Cartoons, jokes, quotations and black-and-white photographs offer insights and sometimes unexpected sidelights onto the personalities and summary accounts of the subjects' political and other achievements during a period of profound social change. The ten 35-page-long books come in a slipcase and the titles are: David Marshall - The Legal Eagle Devan Nair - The Rebel with a Cause Lee Kuan Yew - The Man of Firsts Eddie Barker - The Gentleman Politician Goh Keng Swee - The Master Sculptor S. Rajaratnam - The Voice of a Nation Lim Kim San - The Big Builder Ong Pang Boon - The Unlikely Crime Buster Toh Chin Chye - The Quiet Revolutionary Othman Wok - The Dashing Peacemaker.
  • S. Rajaratnam: A Bibliography by Gandhimathy Durairaj and Linda Yip Seong Chun. S. Rajaratnam was well-known for his inspiring, thought-provoking speeches, articles and editorials. This compilation brings together all of Rajaratnam's works throughout his distinguished career as a journalist, politician and scholar. Also included are citations, eulogies and tributes to Rajaratnam upon his death on February 22, 2006. This book will be a very useful reference source to researchers interested in Singapore policies, foreign policy, history and culture.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Books on Asian Art

Here are a selection of recent books from our Asian Art collection:
  • Burmese Painting: A Linear And Lateral History by Andrew Ranard. This is the first comprehensive history of Burmese painting, from eleventh-century Pagan to the present, including over 175 painters and more than 300 photographs of work. The book explores the historical transformations of the art, with psychological interpretations of major artists, the legends which followed them, and analysis of their oeuvres. It also probes the unusual lateral dimensions of Burmese painting, where 1,000 years of tradition have continued to survive and shape a rich corpus of largely unknown work. Ranard links the traditional roots of Burmese painting in India with later influences from China, Thailand, Britain, Northern Europe, and America. Burma is an isolated country, but its art has been a major wellspring of inspiration in Southeast Asia. Today, the country struggles to reconcile complex pressures, and Ranard digs deeply to uncover layers of conflict reflected in Burmese painting.
  • Chinese Posters: The Iish-Landsberger Collections by Stefan Landsberger and Marien Van Der Heijden. Opening with a brief introduction to the history of graphic arts propaganda in China, this volume presents the posters chronologically, illustrating the change in subject matter following seismic changes in China's history and development. These posters are a valuable record of China's challenges and fears as well as a reflection of its cultural mores, and are a legitimate and fascinating aspect of China's artistic history. Stephan Landsberger has a website dedicated to these posters that is well-worth a visit.
  • Land Of The Morning: The Philippines And Its People by David Henkel. The Philippines has been at the confluence of diverse cultural influences, including early Austronesian migrants, Chinese traders, Hindu-Buddhist and Muslim Southeast Asians, as well as Spanish colonisers and the Roman Catholic Church. The interaction of these influences has produced styles of art and architecture which are unique in Southeast Asia and have profoundly affected the development of Filipino culture and identity. This publication coincides with the exhibition Land of the Morning: the Philippines and its People, held at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). The diverse material culture of the Philippines is explored, from ancient gold, and Catholic sculpture to tribal textiles and costumes and contemporary art. This publication features nearly 300 objects, both from the ACM's own collection as well as from the Ayala Museum, the National Museum of the Philippines, the Central Bank of the Philippines and private lenders in Manila and Singapore. This is the first time that this superb group of objects, including a number of important national treasures, has ever been seen together, making this publication an important document on Filipino culture.
  • Thai Mural Painting Vol. 1: Iconography, Analysis & Guide by Gerhard Jaiser. This is the first comprehensive survey of all aspects of Thai mural painting. It includes short versions of the most important Buddhist stories exclusively illustrated by depictions from temple murals. The historical overview includes all regions and periods, based on materials from nearly 200 temples. Also included are interpretations of the concepts of nine selected temples and a full list of the temples visited. With colour and black-and-white photographs, notes, glossary and references. There was a Bangkok Post article on the author and Thai mural paintings.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Books on Malaysia. From Selections 99

This is a selection of books on Malaysia from Selections No. 99:
  • Ipoh: When Tin Was King by Ho Tak Ming. This considerable volume is about Ipoh's Golden Age, which began in earnest in 1884. The abundance of tin gave Ipoh more millionaires than any Malayan town. This book opens with a history of the founding of the town and goes on to discuss the roles of some of the well known sons and daughters of Ipoh - wealthy merchants, writers, councillors and war heroes - as well as the less glamorous contributions of coolies, ironsmiths, dulang washers and many others. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Indexed.
  • The Malaysian Indians: History, Problems And Future by Muzafar Desmond Tate. This book is an introduction to the Indians of Malaysia. It is a balanced, scholarly yet highly readable account of the origins, economic and political contributions, and continuing divisions and problems faced by this diverse community. The focus is on those who migrated or were brought to work in colonial plantations and the civil service in the late 19th and early 20th century. The book also traces the key contributions of Indian individuals and groups in the making of Malaya as well as Malaysia. With detailed notes, bibliography and index.
  • The Silent Roar: A Decade Of Change by Raja Petra Kamarudin. Prominent blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, a.k.a. RPK, is someone whom you either love, or love to hate. Compiled from his popular website, Malaysia Today, The Silent Roar is not only a compilation of selected articles, commentaries and essays on unfolding developments and issues in Malaysia, it also features new and unpublished writing exclusive to this publication. RPK describes the vast changes that transformed the landscape of Malaysian politics leading to March 8, 2008, and its aftermath. In his characteristic candid and controversial prose, RPK takes serious aim, bringing all of his incisiveness, wit and signature exasperation to the question of why the fight for a better Malaysia has only just begun.
  • What Your Teacher Didn't Tell You: The Annexe Lectures (Vol 1) by Farish Noor. Farish A. Noor might just be Malaysia's hippest intellectual. His gifts are on full display in these expanded versions of public lectures that he delivered at the The Annexe Gallery, Central Market Kuala Lumpur in 2008 and 2009, plus a bonus chapter. Find out how 'racial difference' became a big deal in Malaysia and contrast this against the way our distant ancestors lived. Discover the hidden stories of the keris, Hang Tuah and PAS. There's also quite a bit of sex. Erudite, impassioned and often plain naughty, What Your Teacher Didn't Tell You is a stimulating plunge into aspects of Malaysia's past. More of Farish's thoughts can be found at The Other Malaysia.
  • Yasmin Ahmad's Films by Amir Muhammad. In order to deal with the grief of her passing, Amir Muhammad, fellow Malaysian filmmaker and friend, watched anew Yasmin Ahmad's six feature-length films (Rabun, Sepet, Gubra, Mukhsin, Muallaf, and Talentime), as well as several of her most popular commercials. Neither an obituary nor a conventional work of film criticism, this book was written just a month after her funeral and is Amir's personal look at the stories, but with quite a few tangents of his own. Chatty and informative, Yasmin Ahmad's films can be devoured not only by established fans but newcomers to her work. It is also a tribute to one of Malaysia's most amazing daughters.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Books on Asia from Selections No. 99

Here are a number of new books from our recently issued Selections No. 99 on the Asia-Pacific region:
  • Asia Beyond Growth - Urbanization in the World's Fastest-Changing Continent edited by Aecom. Today, for the first time in history, more than half of the world's population lives in cities, and most of these cities are in Asia. The challenges presented by this phenomenon - population explosion, pollution, destruction of eco-systems, water shortages, sanitation, inhuman social environments - are addressed in this book by visionary architects, designers and planners. This book goes beyond architecture; it provides the facts and figures concerning the cities' expansion and the ecological implications of their enormous growth. The countries covered span the entire continent of Asia, from the glittering conurbations of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi to the vast metropolis of Seoul. With maps, diagrams and graphs and photographs.
  • Best Practices of Journalism in Asia by Eric Loo. While journalism adheres to an assumed universal ethical code and methodology, its goals and functions are essentially framed by local factors, and to an extent, existential imperatives. Discussions on what constitutes best practices of journalism in the Asian context are ideologically polarised. For instance, governments in new industrialised countries and socialist bloc see the media more as a state apparatus and a prime mover of national development. This conflicts with civil societies' conception of professional journalism as a public trust, a representative of the common people that keeps a close check on those in power. This book eschews direct references to the Pulitzer-type criteria as the exclusive benchmarks of journalistic excellence. Instead, it canvasses the scattered literature on best media practices for a cultural context and gathers the opinions of working journalists in Asia to grasp at these elusive benchmarks. The eclectic achievements of Asian journalists featured in this book show the varied - and at times notional - forms of "best practices" in the region. This book concludes that best practices in journalism are essentially culturally defined and best understood from within the realities that influence the socially transformative work by Asia journalists who have built their professional career and won awards for their enterprising coverage of human development issues.
  • Economic Development in Asia by Malcolm Dowling. This second edition of Economic Development in Asia provides the reader with an in-depth theoretical and empirical analysis of current economic trends and policy issues in the countries that comprise developing Asia – a vast region extending from the Indian subcontinent to China and Japan. Each chapter begins with a theoretical foundation that provides the basis for a detailed discussion of major micro- and macroeconomic developments and policy issues in these Asian developing countries. Country and regional examples, along with summaries of empirical studies, are introduced to illustrate different points of view regarding the development experience.
  • Pursuing Green Growth in Asia and the Pacific edited by Rae Kwon Chung and Euston Quah. The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing the fastest economic growth among the regions of the world. Yet, economic growth in its current form is placing enormous pressure on the environmental carrying capacity of the region. Unless this is properly checked, the environmental carrying capacity for future generations will be seriously compromised. Despite the increasing environmental pressure arising from economic growth, it is only through economic growth that the nations of the region can reduce poverty and improve environmental management. Therefore, the challenge is not to limit economic growth but to convert it into an environmentally sustainable form. In other words, the region has to turn away from the conventional 'Grow First, Clean Up Later' paradigm and move towards the 'green growth' paradigm which harmonises economic growth with environmental sustainability. The book aims to develop the new paradigm for environmentally sustainable economic growth or 'green growth' in Asia and the Pacific. Firstly, it discusses the present status of environmental sustainability, especially the issue of eco-efficiency of consumption and production patterns. Secondly, it looks at the challenging issues of environmental sustainability including the problem of sustainable resource-based development, the controversial relationship between economic growth and environmental sustainability and the relationship between environmental regulation and competitiveness. Finally, it looks at how to make markets work for green growth, utilising public policy to stimulate eco-efficiency, the role of economics and regional cooperation to achieve green growth.
  • Regional Outlook: Southeast Asia 2010-2011 edited by Michael Montesano and Lee Poh Onn. Launched in 1992, Regional Outlook is an annual publication of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, published every January. Designed for the busy executive, professional, diplomat, journalist, or interested observer, Regional Outlook aims to provide a succinct analysis of current political and economic trends shaping the region, and the outlook for the forthcoming two years. This forward-looking book contains focused political commentaries and economic forecasts on all ten countries in Southeast Asia, as well as a select number of topical pieces of significance to the region.