Friday, September 27, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Book Launch: Myth or Magic - The Singapore Healthcare System

Select Books is pleased to invite you to the Book Launch and Panel Discussion of Myth or Magic - The Singapore Healthcare System by Jeremy Lim.

Venue:  
The Chamber, The Arts House, 
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Date
Saturday, 5 October 2013, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Myth or Magic - The Singapore Healthcare System provides a comprehensive look at the political philosophy that has shaped Singapore's healthcare system over the last five decades and the financing and delivery of healthcare in Singapore. It delves into different aspects of the Singapore healthcare landscape, including pharmaceutical cost management, medical tourism, doctors' remuneration, medical education, rules and regulations, workforce planning and health promotion. It suggests lessons that the Singapore healthcare story holds for healthcare policy makers and reformers and the challenges that the future holds.

"...this book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding this area of governance or wanting to participate in the debate about better policies, whether in Singapore or elsewhere. "
- Alex Au, public intellectual and blogger, yawningbread.wordpress.com

"Jeremy Lim uncovers the magic of Singapore’s health care system and good government. But he also does away with the myth that everything is fine in Singapore and presents his solutions, unconventional yet in Singapore’s tradition of rich and practical thinking." 
- Jan van den Berg, President Asia of Prudential Financial Inc. (USA)

"The book is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to reform healthcare in their own countries, and for Singaporeans seeking to understand what works and what doesn’t in their healthcare system."
- Donald Low, Associate Dean (Executive Education and Research), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy 

Programme
2:30 pm - Registration and Welcome

3:00 pm - Introduction by author on the reasons for the book, the title and what he hopes to achieve with its publication. 

3:15 pm - Panel Discussion on "The Future of Singapore Healthcare: Policy, Physician, and Public Perspectives"
  • Jeremy Lim (author, Principal Consultant, Insights Health Associates) 
  • Alex Au (civil society activist and blogger, yawningbread.wordpress.com) 
  • Tikki Pangestu (formerly Director of Research Policy, WHO, Geneva, now Visiting Professor, LKY School of Public Policy) 
  • Toh Han Chong (editor, SMA News, Deputy Director, National Cancer Centre) 
Be prepared for a robust discussion on topical issues such as MediShield Life, affordability of healthcare, access for vulnerable populations, the feasibility of a third medical school, public-private competition, and whether there are too many doctors.

4:30 pm - Reception at the Blue Room

5:30 pm - Close

This is a public event and all are welcome.



Event: Repeat Filming Screening and Q&A with Film-Makers of I Love Malaya

Due to the great response at the screening of I Love Malaya on Saturday, 21 September 2013, Select Books is pleased to announce that we will have an additional film screening and Q&A with the film-makers this Sunday.

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a film screening and Q&A with film-makers of I Love Malaya on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2:30pm.

I LOVE MALAYA  再见马来亚

In 2005, an 81-year-old man sued the Malaysian government for denying him entry into the country of his birth. Chin Peng was the leader of the Malayan Communist Party, which waged the longest and most difficult war lasting more than 30 years, first to overthrow the British colonial government and then against the Malaysian state.

When peace was finally secured in 1989, more than 200 guerillas returned to Malaysia. But Chin Peng was not one of them. In fact there are many like him who have remained in southern Thailand, as stateless aliens, unable to step foot into the country they had given their lives fighting for.

I Love Malaya documents five young Singaporeans’ exploration of their country’s communist past, spurred by the court case of the former leader of the Malayan Communist Party, Chin Peng, and the silence surrounding this period of history. Their journey began in April 2005 when Chin Peng’s court case first surfaced in Penang, Malaysia. Intrigued by the man and his legacy, they sought to meet with the former guerilla leader. They contacted his publisher, tracked down his family in Singapore and Sitiawan, and subsequently visited his former comrades in the villages of southern Thailand.

In putting together the documentary, they realised that their focus was not a search for Chin Peng or an attempt to chronicle the history of the Malayan Communist Party. Instead, it was to tell the stories of people left behind in the wash of history because of the choices they made. These people might be our uncles, aunties, fathers or grandmothers who had given their lives for a cause they had believed in.

This documentary first premiered in Singapore in November 2006. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with four of the five film-makers of this documentary.

For more background information on the film, please refer to the website: ilovemalaya.com

About the Film-makers
Christopher Len is an academic based in Singapore doing research on Asia.

Wang Eng Eng is a television director/producer who has worked on documentaries for both local and international networks. I Love Malaya was her first independent documentary film.

Eunice Lau, a former journalist, is a graduate film student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her film on Somalia's conflict, Through the Fire, was nominated for a student oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Choon Hiong is a documentary filmmaker and a member of a social enterprise group, Function 8. He is also the project co-ordinator for Freedom Film Festival.

Film Rating: PG
Admission is Free. No Registration Required.

Date and Time
Sunday, 29 September, 2013
2:30pm

Location
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319


Friday, September 20, 2013

Photo Exhibition - Our Silent Community: A Photographic Essay about the Lives of the SPCA's Shelter Workers and Animals

Select Books is pleased to host a photo exhibition entitled Our Silent Community: A Photographic Essay about the Lives of the SPCA's Shelter Workers and Animals, by two young photographers, Joan Charlotte Tng Hui Xuan, 15, and Lim Ziyi Jean, 14.

Our Silent Community
"The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a shelter that houses both inured and abandoned domestic animals, until they are adopted. With such a limited space, SPCA is unable to take in the overwhelming number of animals. Thus, resulting in many being put to sleep.

As animals lovers, upon hearing the story of these animals, we felt that there was a need for us to create awareness to save these animals. At first, we had some difficulty socializing with the animals as some of them were traumatized or too excited thus it was challenging to get good shots of them.

Much of the work that occurs in at the SPCA goes on behind the scenes and in the early hours of the day. Hence, we had to manage our similarly-timed school schedules in order to capture some of the unique activities like dog-walking, which is carried out before the shelter's opening hours. Despite the challenges that we faced, we were willing to put our heart into developing this project, as we believe the awareness garnered from this exhibition has the potential to save lives."

PHOTOGRAPHERS
Joan Charlotte Tng Hui Xuan, 15, Majors in Food and Nutrition at St. Joseph's Convent. Her interests include photography, turntablism, travelling and gaming. She hopes to be the voice for the animals at the shelter through her pictures. Charlotte has practised photography since 2010 and continues to enjoy it.

Lim Ziyi Jean, 14, is a student who specializes in EMath and Art at St. Joseph's Convent. Her interest includes fashion designing, psychology and photography. She hopes to make the world a better place through her works. Jean has practised photography since 2012 and has developed an interest in it. "Nothing is happier than seeing everyone and yourself alive, kicking and progressing".

CURATOR
Debby Ng has documented the natural world and its relationship with society and humanity for over a decade. She is the author of Life of my Sisters, a photographic documentary about the education of young women in Nepal. Debby has taught photojournalism to young women since 2011, with the intent to stimulate social awareness.





Friday, September 13, 2013

Event: Film Screening and Q&A with Film-makers of I Love Malaya

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a film screening and Q&A with film-makers of I Love Malaya on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

I LOVE MALAYA 再见马来亚
In 2005, an 81-year-old man sued the Malaysian government for denying him entry into the country of his birth. Chin Peng was the leader of the Malayan Communist Party, which waged the longest and most difficult war lasting more than 30 years, first to overthrow the British colonial government and then against the Malaysian state.

When peace was finally secured in 1989, more than 200 guerillas returned to Malaysia. But Chin Peng was not one of them. In fact there are many like him who have remained in southern Thailand, as stateless aliens, unable to step foot into the country they had given their lives fighting for.

I Love Malaya documents five young Singaporeans’ exploration of their country’s communist past, spurred by the court case of the former leader of the Malayan Communist Party, Chin Peng, and the silence surrounding this period of history. Their journey began in April 2005 when Chin Peng’s court case first surfaced in Penang, Malaysia. Intrigued by the man and his legacy, they sought to meet with the former guerilla leader. They contacted his publisher, tracked down his family in Singapore and Sitiawan, and subsequently visited his former comrades in the villages of southern Thailand.

In putting together the documentary, they realised that their focus was not a search for Chin Peng or an attempt to chronicle the history of the Malayan Communist Party. Instead, it was to tell the stories of people left behind in the wash of history because of the choices they made. These people might be our uncles, aunties, fathers or grandmothers who had given their lives for a cause they had believed in.

This documentary first premiered in Singapore in November 2006. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with three of the five film-makers of this documentary.

For more background information on the film, please refer to the website: ilovemalaya.com

About the Film-makers
Christopher Len is an academic based in Singapore doing research on Asia.

Wang Eng Eng is a television director/producer who has worked on documentaries for both local and international networks. I Love Malaya was her first independent documentary film.

Eunice Lau, a former journalist, is a graduate film student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her film on Somalia's conflict, Through the Fire, was nominated for a student oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Film Rating: PG
Admission is Free. No Registration Required.

Date and Time
Saturday, 21st September 2013
6:00pm

Location
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Event: Book Reading for Kampong Spirit: Gotong Royong - Life in Potong Pasir, 1955 to 1965, by Josephine Chia

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a book reading for Kampong Spirit: Gotong Royong - Life in Potong Pasir, 1955 to 1965, by Josephine Chia, on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:00pm.

Kampong Spirit is a heartwarming recollection of life in the little village of Potong Pasir in Singapore during the years 1955 to 1965. Peranakan author Josephine Chia brings us into the world of her childhood in a kampong. Though deprived of modern comforts like electricity or running water, her multi-racial neighbours lived harmoniously with each other in their attap homes, and had a wonderful zest for life and a strong sense of community. This vibrant kampong spirit, or gotong royong, was a significant aspect of living in a kampong.

The period 1955 to 1965 was also a dramatic era for Singapore. As the country struggled towards nationhood, the social and political events of this time and their effects are seen through the eyes of the common folk.

This collection of delightful, real life short stories will take you through Singapore's history and heritage at a human level. For some it will be a journey of discovery and for others a time for reminiscing.

About the Author
Josephine Chia graduated from Singapore University with an Honours Degree in Philosophy and from Bath Spa University, UK, with a Masters in Creative Writing. In 1992, she became one of the winners of UK’s Ian St James Awards for Short Fiction, the first Singaporean to win it. She recently returned to live in Singapore after being in UK for thirty years.

Ethos Books will be launching the second edition of her first novel, My Mother-In-Law’s Son, on Saturday, 9 November, 5:00pm, at the Arts House, in conjunction with the Singapore Writers Festival.

Josephine writes both fiction and non-fiction and is published in Singapore, Malaysia, UK and USA. An Indonesian publisher is currently translating Frog Under a Coconut Shell into Bahasa Indonesia. Kampong Spirit is her eighth book.

Date and Time
Saturday, 21 September 2013
3:00 pm

Location
Select Books
51 Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319


Monday, September 9, 2013

Event: Book Launch - Cabbies: The Inside Story - Reflections of a Singapore Taxi-Driver

Select Books is pleased to invite you to the book launch of Cabbies: The Inside Story - Reflections of a Singapore Taxi-Driver by Sam Hwang on Sunday, 15 September 2013, at 2:00pm.

Cabbies: The Inside Story
Reflections of a Singapore Taxi-Driver

Author Sam Hwang takes you behind the wheel of Joe Benjamin’s cab and reveals the mind of a taxi-driver whom Singaporeans call the ‘taxi uncle’. It dispels the traditional image of a lowly-educated society dropout who is only good enough for the “job of last resort”. The Singapore public has a continuing fascination with the lives of cabbies and tries to probe into his earnings and wants to hear about his day-to-day encounters with his passengers. Sam Hwang will whet your appetite with his own revelations. Fare cheats, robbers, drunks and nasty types show up in cabbies’ lives, time and again. There are also reports of cabbies who perform charitable acts, as well as the drivers from hell. However, there’s more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye.

Joe Benjamin recounts his experiences and tells of his many encounters with a wide range of characters. He meets the commuters whose lives become connected for a brief moment with his as he captures a snippet of their world which can be so different from his own. It is an education of sorts, whether he simply observes and takes in the goings-on, or when he interacts with the cab’s occupants. These fellow commuters bring a new perspective to his world because of their different life experiences and knowledge. An endless stream of passengers ensures a different experience each day. He is a philosopher and story-teller rolled into one.

The book is dotted with numerous anecdotes and original quotes and shows how ordinary people conduct their lives, often revealing a bit more than they really intend to. He also talks about the driving scene and how a densely populated city tries to cope with congested roads and even offers a few suggestions on how to improve the traffic situation. Basically, it is a window to the world of Singapore cabbies, which offers a peek into the inside story...

About the Author
Originally from Penang, Malaysia, Sam Hwang has lived in Singapore for more than 30 years. In 2000, he was retrenched from his IT job after the Asian financial crisis. Since then, he has accumulated more than 10 years of engagement in new uncharted areas in the process of re-inventing himself. With a wide range of experiences to boot, he has turned to writing to express his creative and literary side.

Date and Time
Sunday, 15 September 2013
2:00pm

Location
Select Books
51 Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319