Thursday, November 17, 2011

Books on the History of the Philippines

This is a selection of books on the history of the Philippines:

Swish of the Kris: The Story of the Moros by Vic Hurley.  Facsimile reissue of the significant 1936 account of the Moros - the traditionally fierce Islamic warriors of Mindanao and the southern Philippines. The author, a scholarly rubber planter, lived in the area for seven years and writes sympathetically of Moro history since their arrival as a largely nomadic people probably in the first century BCE. The Moros, with their kris, kept at bay successive invaders - Portuguese, British, Chinese, Japanese, and Dutch, as well as the governing Spanish and Americans. Details are given of the 1915 agreement with the US authority which proved to be a non-durable basis for stability and peace in the area. With historical notes and glossary.

Conquest and Pestilence in the Early Spanish Philippines by Linda Newson. This volume illuminates the demographic history of the Spanish Philippines in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and in the process, challenges the long-held assumption that the Spanish colonial rule had only a limited demographic impact on the Philippines. Newson asserts that the Filipino suffered a significant decline in the early colonial period, and argues that the sparse population of the islands meant that Old World diseases could not become endemic in pre-Spanish times. She also shows that the initial conquest of the Philippines was far bloodier than has often been supposed and that subsequent Spanish demands for tribute, labour, and land brought socio-economic transformations and depopulation that were prolonged beyond the early conquest years. With notes, bibliography and index.

Between Tiger and Dragon: A History of Philippine Relations with China And Taiwan by Claude Haberer. This is an updated translation from the original French is a study of Philippine-Taiwan-China relations from 1946-2000. A background chapter shows how Chinese trading-based communities were established in the Philippines in the pre-1946 Colonial period. The 1946-65 period is seen as a time when in the shadow of the US-Philippine relations with Taiwan and some local unrest with Communist and quasi-Communist elements, relations with China were limited. Chapter 3 deals with 1965-75, when official relations between the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Philippines were established and only informal relations remained with Taiwan, and the status of local Chinese became uncertain. Many changes are seen to have taken place in the 1975-86 period and the author details the ongoing disputes over the Spratley Islands, which are being approached by both the PRC and Philippines in a piecemeal fashion. With bibliography, appended documents and index.

The Forest: A Personal Record of the Huk Guerrilla Struggle in the Philippines by William J. Pomeroy. While writing a book on the Hukbalahap, a wartime anti-Japanese resistance movement in the Philippines, William "Bill" Pomeroy met and fell in love with Celia Mariano, one of its most active women members. The Forest tells the story of the two years - 1950-1952 - Bill and Celia spent in the mountains with the Huks. But more than a vivid account of the physical hardship of guerrilla life, the book is a moving story of their love and their courage in the fight for freedom. Considered a classic with various English editions and translations into several languages, The Forest ends with Bill and Celia's capture. In its sequel, Bilanggo: Life as a Political Prisoner in the Philippines, 1952-1962, Pomeroy writes with the same passion and heart, whether about his commitment to the liberation struggle or about his love for his wife and comrade.

Child of War: A Memoir of World War II Internment in the Philippines by Curtis Whitfield Tong. Hours after attacking Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers stormed across the Philippine city of Baguio, where seven-year-old Curt Tong, the son of American missionaries, hid with his classmates in the woods near his school. Three weeks later, Curt, his mother, and two sisters were among the nearly five hundred Americans who surrendered to the Japanese army in Baguio. Child of War is Tong's touching story of the next three years of his childhood as he endured fear, starvation, sickness, and separation from his father while interned in three different Japanese prison camps on the island of Luzon. Written by the adult Tong looking back on his wartime ordeal, it offers a rich trove of memories about internment life and camp experiences. Child of War is an engaging and thoughtful memoir that presents an unusual view of life as a World War II internee-that of a young boy. It is a valuable addition to existing wartime autobiographies and diaries and contributes significantly to a greater understanding of the Pacific War and its impact on American civilians in Asia. With bibliography.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Among our November new distribution titles are four titles that aim to provide comprehensive and accessible insights into real estate investment as well as business management:

The Ultimate Guide to Commercial Real Estate Investment in Singapore by Roy Chong. Commercial Real Estate is increasingly becoming the next favourite asset class in Singapore. With the recent introduction of cooling measures from the government on Residential Real Estate, more investors are beginning to see how Commercial Real Estate can be an alternative investment vehicle. Yet, Commercial Real Estate can be a totally different ball game. This book presents a guide on crucial aspects of commercial real investment that all investors must know.  Author Roy Chong is the head of PropNex’s Commercial and Industrial department. He is regularly interviewed by the media for his insights into the commercial real estate scene and also conducts real estate seminars.

Property Valuation: Secrets of the Roman Decision Model by Eric Alagan. This book teaches readers to ignore "Affordability" and look at "Fair Value." It teaches how to value a property objectively and within reason - whether as a buyer, a seller, an agent or an owner who wants to keep track. The Roman Decision Model uses: ROI, Market Size, Real Tenure, Risk Appetite and Time Value of Money. It incorporates flexibility, and compensates for changing risk appetite and fluctuating mortgage rate. Author Eric Alagan is a former managing director of a MNC.

Increase F&B Sales: Secrets to Boost Profits by Eric Alagan. This is a comprehensive and essential guide to any readers considering embarking on a Food and Beverage venture. The book covers all the key areas to running a successful F&B business. The details, models and methods will also benefit owners and operators of cafes and restaurants, and even F&B chains and food court operators.
Staff Selection: Secrets to Employ the Best People by Eric Alagan. This handbook takes the reader by the hand to develop a customised HR manual. It provides a simple process to identify and increase staff capabilities in a systematic way. It not only tells readers why but more importantly how to achieve improved hirings. It covers areas such as Need for Additional Headcount; Which Positions to Fill; Calculating Return on Investment; Increasing Talent Pool; and more.

Friday, November 11, 2011

New Published Title - Apache Over Singapore: The Story of Singapore Sixties Music

Select Books is proud to announce the publication of our latest title: Apache Over Singapore: The Story of Singapore Sixties Music, Vol 1 by Joseph Pereira.

The Cliff Richard and the Shadows concert in November 1961 opened the floodgates for Singapore pop music as youngsters who attended the concert got the blueprint for pop music: a four-piece backing group fronted by a singer, male or female. Soon hundreds of groups were formed. Meanwhile, Beatles and Merseybeat broke through internationally and brought another sonic shift in the Singapore music scene. Then came rhythm and blues and this became the third stream.

These developments made for a very exciting pop scene in Singapore as there were releases to look forward to every week from EMI, Philips, Decca and other record companies, including local labels. With shows almost nightly and tea dances to welcome the week it was pop heaven.

This book examines why it was so. Individual profiles of the bigger acts study their careers in details and trends like rhythm and blues, the blues movement and pyschedelia are examined. The attitudes of officialdom to this phenomenon in Singapore as well as other factors like the infrastructure that helped the sixties pop music movement are also discussed.

The bands and singers featured include The Firebyrds,  The Crescendos, The Thunderbirds, Wilson David, Naomi and The Boys, The Esquires, Surfers, The Silver Strings, Sonny Bala and The Moonglows, Trailers, Stylers, The Checkmates, The Atoms, The Jets, Vigilantes, Mike and The Mysterians, Commancheros, Flying Phantoms, Easybeats, The Bee Jays, Ronnie and The Burns, The Dukes, The Echo Jets, The Quests, The Blackjacks, and The Midnighters.

About the Author

Joseph Pereira’s involvement with music took place in 1972 when he joined his first band, named Purple Harts. Till he stopped in 1992, he did twenty years in the trenches, as he puts it. The music ranged from pop, to hard rock, blues, jazz rock, top 40 pop, rock and finally blues.

His involvement with music continued in another form when he released his first book in November 1999, Legends Of The Golden Venus. Then followed work as producer of Singapore Sixties reissues – Treasures From The Past (Universal), Remember The Dukes (private), The Trailers (private), Steam Kodok (Grey Past Records), 100 Greatest (Universal) and  More Singapore Sixties (Universal). He has also written extensively on music and non-music related subjects for publications and magazines in Singapore and five other countries.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Books on Sun Yat-Sen

Here are several titles on the links between Sun Yat-Sen and Southeast Asia:

Sun Yat-Sen, Nanyang and the 1911 Revolution edited by Lee Lai To and Lee Hock Guan. In view of the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution and Sun Yat-sen's relations with the Nanyang communities, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and the Chinese Heritage Centre came together to host a two-day bilingual conference on the three-way relationships between Sun Yat-sen, Nanyang and the 1911 Revolution in October 2010 in Singapore. This volume is a collection of papers in English presented at the conference. While there are extensive research and voluminous publications on Sun Yat-sen and the 1911 Revolution, it was felt that less had been done on the Southeast Asian connections. Thus this volume tries to chip in some original and at times provocative analysis on not only Sun Yat-sen and the 1911 Revolution but also contributions from selected Southeast Asian countries.

Sun Yat Sen in Penang by Khoo Salma Nasution. Archival photographs and records enhance this account of the legacy and contacts in Penang of Dr Sun Yat Sen (1866-1925). When Dr Sun was banned from Japan he focused his efforts on gaining support from the Overseas Chinese for the revolutionary movement. His headquarters became 120 Armenian Street, Penang now conserved. The Sun family lived in Penang 1910-1912 and his impact and legacy in Penang is shown in many of the educational and other buildings illustrated. With sketch map, bibliography, chronology and index.

Tongmenghui, Sun Yat Sen And The Chinese In Southeast Asia: A Revisit edited by Leo Suryadinata. These papers were given at the June 2006 international seminar by which the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Villa and the Chinese Heritage Centre celebrated the centenary of the establishment of the Singapore branch of the Zhongguo Tongmenghui (Revolutionary League of China). After introductory speeches in Chinese, two papers in Chinese discuss the revolutionary ideas of Sun Yet Sen and of the League, and on Sun's political ideology. The five papers in English overview available writings on the period, and then make new assessments of the Sun Yat Sen/League/Chinese populace interactions in Singapore, in Malaya, in Indonesia and in the Philippines, followed by a Select Bibliography in Chinese and English. With black-and-white photographs.