Category Asian Writing

Singapore A Very Short History: From Temasek To Tomorrow

October 21, 2019 ArchitectureAsian Culture & HistoryAsian Writing

By Alvin Tan
ISBN 9789811433481
198 X 129 mm
Paperback; 192 pages
Pub Date: November 2019

Singapore: A Very Short History — From Temasek to Tomorrow is a fresh, new, and highly-readable account of Singapore’s history. It is a sweeping story of discovery, abandonment, rediscovery and development of what is today one of the world’s greatest port-cities. Brief as this account may be, it incorporates all the latest research and findings about Singapore’s past, and weaves a concise yet coherent and comprehensive account of the island over the last 700 years.
Beyond familiar foundational myths and stories, this new account weaves Singapore’s story on a wide tapestry – through a cast of princes, sultans, colonial administrators, occupiers community leaders and politicians – and tells the tale of how they struggled to answer that allimportant question: How do we make this island succeed? Two recurrent themes emerge from this gripping account. First, that Singapore was an unlikely or accidental nation-state; and second, that given its vulnerability to wider regional and international forces, it survived and flourished only because it was able to constantly change and adapt to make itself useful and relevant to the world. And what of tomorrow? Will Singapore survive? This book is a hopeful response to these questions.

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The Romance of the Grand Tour: 100 years of Travel in South East Asia (PB)

April 5, 2019 ArchitectureAsian Culture & HistoryAsian WritingTravel

by Kennie Ting
ISBN 9789811408465
280 x 242mm
Paperback; 208 pages
Pub Date: May 2019

Celebrating a “golden age” of travel, this book retraces the steps of a Grand Tour of South East Asia from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. The Romance of the Grand Tour explores the living heritage of 12 exotic port cities... ....

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Singapore 1819: A Living Legacy (PB)

April 4, 2019 ArchitectureAsian Culture & HistoryAsian Writing

by Kennie Ting
ISBN 9789811408168
238 x 165mm
Paperback; 192 pages
Pub Date: April 2019

The story of modern Singapore as told through its living heritage is encapsulated in this handsome book, published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Singapore’s founding as a city-state. Today’s vibrant, cosmopolitan country developed a singular identity through the many colourful ‘ingredients’ outlined in this book. Starting with the founding of modern Singapore by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles....

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July 12, 2013 All BooksAsian Writing

by Frank Warsdale
ISBN 9789810422998
Paperback; 532 pages
182 x 124mm
Pub Date: Apr 2000
Price: S$17.38 (excl. GST)

Corruption and greed brings Indonesia to its knees and East Timor is devastated by the 'forces of darkness' to prevent its independence. Three expatriate engineers out in Java to build a bridge are caught up in this chaos.

Through the eyes of these expat's, Liz Duncan a Scott, Matti Talvi a Finn and Tom O'Connell an Irishman, their lovers and friends, we witness ...

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Reporter: Forty Years Covering Asia

July 11, 2013 All BooksArchitectureAsian Culture & HistoryAsian Writing

by John McBeth
ISBN 9789810873646
Hardback; 400 pages
235 x 150mm
Pub Date: Jan 2011
Price: S$42.00 (excl. GST)

Reporter is an account of John McBeth's 40-year journey through Asia,more than half of that time as a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the venerable magazine long regarded as the region's English language Bible on political and economic affairs. While necessarily a memoir, the book is more a reflection of the lives of a small group of foreign journalists ...

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