NUS Press catalog: July-December 2020

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Visit for our full catalogue Award Winners Cosmopolitan Intimacies: Malay Film Music of the Independence Era Adil Johan Finalist, Singapore Book Awards Best Non-Fiction Title, 2019 Shortlisted, Penang Book Prize 2019 Liberalism and the Postcolony: Thinking the State in 20th-century Philippines Lisandro E. Claudio Winner, 2019 George McT. Kahin Prize of the Association for Asian Studies The Japanese Occupation of Malaya and Singapore, 1941–45: A Social and Economic History Paul H. Kratoska Shortlisted, Penang Book Prize 2019 Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China (published by Ateneo de Manila University Press and distributed by NUS Press in the rest of Southeast Asia) Marites Danguilan Vitug Winner, Best Book in Journalism at the 38th National Book Awards 2019 in the Philippines Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300–1800 John N. Miksic Winner, Singapore History Prize 2018 Shortlist, ICAS Book Prize 2015 for the Best Study in the Humanities Singapore’s Permanent Territorial Revolution: Fifty Years in Fifty Maps Rodolphe De Koninck Finalist, Singapore Book Awards Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title, 2018 Southeast Asia in Ruins: Art and Empire in the Early 19th Century Sarah Tiffin Finalist, ICAS Best Study in the Humanities, 2017 Islamisation and Its Opponents in Java: A Political, Social, Cultural and Religious History, c. 1930 to Present M.C. Ricklefs Winner, 2015 George McT. Kahin Prize of the Association for Asian Studies Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State Lynette J. Chua 2015 Distinguished Book Award by the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association The Khmer Lands of Vietnam: Environment, Cosmology and Sovereignty Philip Taylor Winner, 2015 Nikkei EuroSEAS Social Science Book Prize

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Wang Gungwu with Margaret Wang

Home is Where We Are Does home have to be a country or a city?…We have been fortunate. We seemed always to have been home. Wang Gungwu, historian of grand themes and broad per­ spectives, has held positions in universities around the world, from London and Cambridge to Kuala Lumpur, Canberra, Hong Kong and Singapore. This second volume of his memoirs, written with his wife Margaret, continues the very personal story begun in Home is Not Here (2018). Wang’s account of his years at the University of Malaya, captures the excitement, the ambition—and the naïveté—of young English-educated elites being prepared for leadership by the departing colonial power. He introduces us to some outstanding personalities of this founding generation of two nations, including young medical student Mahathir Mohamad. We also see these years from Margaret’s perspective, her own fascinating family story, and her impressions of this young bearded poet. The exploration of the emotional and intellectual journey towards the formation of an identity, treasured by readers of Home is Not Here, extends in this volume into an appreciation of love, family life, and the life of the mind. Wise and moving, this is a fascinating reflection on identity and belonging, and on the ability of the individual to find a place amidst the historical currents that have shaped Asia and the world. Wang Gungwu is emeritus professor at Australian National University and university professor at the National University of Singapore. Margaret Wang was educated at the University of Malaya, Homerton College, Cambridge, and the Australian National University. RIDGE BOOKS

"A charming intimate modest autobiography of the childhood and schooling of a great historian of China, justly acclaimed in Malaysia, China, England, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore." – Ezra Vogel, Harvard University, praise for Home is Not Here

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September 2020 Hardback • US$22 / S$24 ISBN: 978-981-325-132-8 288pp / 229 x 152mm 10 b/w images

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Meredith L. Weiss

The Roots of Resilience: Party Machines and Grassroots Politics in Singapore and Malaysia The Roots of Resilience examines politics from the ground up in Singapore and Malaysia—two regimes that blend politically liberal and authoritarian features in their governance. Although curbed civil liberties and a dose of coercion help sustain these regimes, selectively structured state policies and patronage, partisan machines that effectively stand in for local governments, and diligently sustained clientelist relations between politicians and constituents are equally important. Although key attributes of Singapore and Malaysia differ, affecting the scope, character, and balance among national parties and policies, local machines, and personalized linkages—and notwithstanding a momentous change of government in Malaysia in 2018—many similarities remain in the way their dominant political parties have evolved and developed their relationships with the ground. As Meredith L. Weiss shows, taken together, these attributes accustom citizens to the system in place, making meaningful change in electoral mobilization and policymaking all the harder. This authoritarian acculturation is key to both regimes' durability, but, given weaker party competition and party–civil society links, stronger in Singapore than Malaysia. High levels of authoritarian acculturation, amplifying the political payoffs of what parties and politicians actually provide their constituents, explain why electoral turnover alone would be insufficient for real regime change in either state. Meredith L. Weiss is professor of Political Science in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York.


“The knowledge of contemporary grassroots politics and historical political development in both Malaysia and Singapore that Weiss brings to bear in this book is beyond impressive.” – Dan Slater, University of Michigan

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August 2020 Paperback • US$28 / S$36 / MYR99 ISBN: 978-981-325-121-2 288pp / 229 x 152mm

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Satya Nandan

Chaos at Sea: The Search for a New Legal Order The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is one of our most successful agreements to govern the global commons. If it is a constitution for the oceans, Satya Nandan is one of the founders: one of the few key personalities behind the agreement, and the subsequent development of Law of the Sea in the decades since UNCLOS was adopted. He led the drafting of the key negotiating text, most of which made its way, unaltered, into the Convention’s final text. How did a family lawyer from the Pacific nation of Fiji come to play such a pivotal role in this important area of diplomacy and international law? Armed with his trademark pencil, Nandan used his creativity, pragmatism and penchant for language to reach compromise and build consensus at nearly every stage in the making of the modern law of the sea. In this book, he elaborates on the techniques and skills he brought to bear on this task, the alliances he formed with colleagues from different countries and the strategies that worked in this complex, multi-dimensional negotiation. At a time when the stakes involved in managing the global commons could not be higher, Nandan’s experience and wisdom could not be more relevant and important. Satya Nandan was a Fijian diplomat and lawyer who specialised in the law of the sea. He served three consecutive terms as the secretary-general of the International Seabed Authority.

“This is the most important book that has been written on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is an indispensable guide to any student, teacher, lawyer, diplomat, judge, who is interested in UNCLOS and the making of the modern law of the sea.” – Ambassador Tommy Koh

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RIDGE BOOKS October 2020 Paperback • US$32 / S$36 ISBN: 978-981-325-137-3 224pp / 229 x 152mm 14 b/w images

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Kathryn M. Robinson editor

Mosques and Imams: Everyday Islam in Eastern Indonesia Islam is at home in many of areas of eastern Indonesia, with the early 15th-century Masjid Tua Wapauwe in Northern Maluku arguably the oldest mosque in Indonesia. The studies collected in this volume present a rich introduction to the myriad ways of being Muslim across this diverse archipelago, from Sulawesi to Maluku and Nusa Tenggara Timor, as seen through the role of imams and the institution of the local mosque. The volume is not only unique in its geographic coverage, but also in the way it takes as an organising principle the individuals and institutions that embody Islam in local communities. The book complements and contributes to broader discussions of contemporary issues in Islam and other world religions, including migration, networks, and changing models of religious authority. The new ethnographic work presented in each essay here, framed in relation to intersecting themes of religious authority and institutions, makes a substantial contribution to the anthropology of Islam and Muslim societies with considerable resonance beyond geographic region. It presents an important contribution to the fields of Southeast Asian Studies, Islamic Studies, and the Anthropology of Religion. Kathryn M. Robinson is emeritus professor, School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University.

“The book transforms the state of our knowledge of Islam in eastern Indonesia, and breaks new ground in the study of Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia as a whole.” – Robert Hefner, Boston University

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August 2020 Paperback • US$36 / S$42 ISBN: 978-981-325-120-5 288pp / 229 X 152mm 2 maps, 1 table, 23 b/w images

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Heather Sutherland

Seaways and Gatekeepers: Trade and State in the Eastern Archipelagos of Southeast Asia, c.1600–c.1906 The eastern archipelagos of Southeast Asia stretch from Mindanao and Sulu in the north to Bali in the southwest and New Guinea in the southeast. Many of their inhabitants are regarded as “people without history”, while colonial borders cut across shared underlying patterns of relations. Yet many of these societies were linked to trans-oceanic trading systems for millennia. Indeed, some of the world’s most prized commodities once came from territories which were either “stateless” or under the tenuous control of loosely structured polities in this region. Trade provides the integrating framework for local and regional histories that cover more than 300 years, from the late 16th century to the beginning of the 20th, when new techno­ logies and changing markets signaled Western dominance. The Seaways introduction considers theories from the social sciences and economics which can help liberate writers from dependence on states as narrative frameworks. This book will also appeal to those working on wider themes such as global history, state formation, the evolution of markets and anthropology. Heather Sutherland is a retired professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

“From Mindanao to Timor, Bali to New Guinea, Sutherland finds new linkages and discovers fresh fractures down the centuries. A brilliant re-imagining of how people thought and lived, with a dazzling command of the sources. The book transforms the way we see the past of island Southeast Asia.” – Campbell Macknight, Australian National University

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November 2020 Paperback • US$46 / S$48 ISBN: 978-981-325-122-9 636pp / 254 x 178mm 39 b/w images, 26 b/w maps

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François Tainturier

Mandalay and the Art of Building Cities in Burma Drawing on original Burmese texts and illustrations, recent scholarship and mapping, Mandalay and the Art of Building Cities in Burma argues that the founding of Mandalay shifted critically in emphasis and scale from a protocol that established the royal city as a "cosmic city" to one that materialized the royal capital as a sanctuary. In the process, the founding protocol used Buddhist narratives as models for action and drastically altered patterns of spatial order prevalent at former royal capitals. The book renews scholarly discussion on Southeast Asian urban traditions and offers a critical investigation into the "cosmic" dimensions of one of the region’s centers of power. It provides further insight into how rulers articulated lineage, power, and promotion of Buddhism by creating potent landscapes. The systematic planning of Mandalay and construction of its potent landscape constituted the expression, not formulated in words but in tangible form, of the throne’s claim of Burma as a "Buddhist land" (Buddha-desa) at a time when Lower Burma had been annexed by non-Buddhist believers. François Tainturier is the executive director of the Inya Institute, a Yangonbased higher learning institute dedicated to advancing the social sciences and the humanities as they are related to Myanmar. He specializes in the study and preservation of past built environments and the development of cartography and geographical thought in Southeast Asia.

PUBLISHED WITH THE SUPPORT OF YALE-NUS COLLEGE AND THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY August 2020 Hardback • US$45 / S$48 ISBN: 978-981-472-277-3 272pp / 235 x 187mm 80 colour images, 5 b/w images

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Louise Tythacott and Panggah Ardiyansyah editors

Returning Southeast Asia’s Past: Objects, Museums and Restitution The last 150 years has seen extensive looting and illicit trafficking of Southeast Asia’s cultural heritage. Art objects from the region were distributed to museums and private collections around the world (including to collections in the region). But in the 21st century, power relations are shifting, a new awareness is growing, and new questions are emerging about the representation and ownership of Southeast Asian cultural material. This book is a timely consideration of object restitution and related issues across Southeast Asia, bringing together different viewpoints including from museum professionals and scholars in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia—as well as Europe, North America and Australia. The objects themselves are at the center of most narratives—from Khmer art to the Mandalay regalia (repatriated in 1964), Ban Chiang archaeological material and the paintings of Raden Saleh. Legal, cultural, political and diplomatic issues involved in the restitution process are considered in many of the chapters; others look at the ways object restitution is integral to evolving narratives of national identity. The book’s editors conclude that restitution processes can transform narratives of loss into opportunities for gain in building knowledge and reconstructing relationships across national borders. Louise Tythacott is the Woon Tai Jee Professor of Asian Art at Northumbria University, United Kingdom. Panggah Ardiyansyah is an educator at Borobudur Conservation Office, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia.


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Marian Pastor Roces with an introduction by Rustom Bharucha and foreword by Elena Mirano

Gathering: Political Writing on Art and Culture Marian Pastor Roces is one of the most original thinkers in Southeast Asia on the interactions of politics, privilege, state patronage, creativity, tradition and contemporary art. An art historian, museum director, and cultural theorist she has shown a keen sensitivity to the relations of power between creators and mediators of art and culture. The book is the first-ever collection of 43 essays from 1974 through to 2018 by Roces, bringing together key pieces in a body of work that is sustained and unrelenting in its commitment to critique, in a variety of contexts. Marian Pastor Roces is an art historian, museum expert and cultural theorist. Her most recent project is the Bangsamoro Museum in Cotabato City, Philippines, which presents the culture and historical experience of the former Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Rustom Bharucha is an independent writer, director, dramaturg and cultural critic based in Kolkata, India. Elena Mirano is professor emeritus at the College of Arts and Letters at the University of the Philippines.

“At once long overdue and necessary in its volatile immediacy ... a constellation of specific interventions in time, embodied and fully-lived ... a sustained provocation on art, life and politics.” – Rustom Bharucha

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Herman Ronald Hochstadt

lives & times of hrh “We came into the public service… at a time when there were only two choices—do or die.”– hrh Herman Hochstadt, or hrh as he is better known, joined the civil service in 1960, rising to the position of permanent secretary of Lee Kuan Yew’s Prime Minister’s Office. He had an unusual ability to inspire those working for him, and his signature wit and charm are on display here, in the ways he weaves together stories of his career and some of the key moments of Singapore’s development. He begins with his Eurasian family’s history in Singapore, including that of his grandfather, John Hochstadt, who founded the Singapore Casket Company. He then continues through his childhood and an education that was interrupted by the Japanese occupation, before moving on to his working life. Hochstadt has held many positions across the public and private sectors, such as acting director of manpower of the Ministry of Defence when Singapore had to build its armed forces from scratch. He was instrumental in many pivotal moments in modern Singapore’s history, including leading the delegation to Singapore’s 1965 admission to the United Nations. During his later career, he was high commissioner to several African nations. Full of warmth and humour, the lives and times of hrh traces a life dedicated to public service in Singapore, from its time as a crown colony through its evolution to the Republic of Singapore. Herman Ronald Hochstadt is a retired civil servant.

RIDGE BOOKS June 2020 Hardback • US$32 / S$36 ISBN: 978-981-325-119-9 264pp / 229 x 152mm 15 b/w images

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C.M. Turnbull

A History of Modern Singapore, 1819–2005 C.M. Turnbull’s one-volume history of Singapore has been an essential resource since its first edition was published in 1977. Revised fully twice, in 1989 and 2006, it remains irreplaceable, even as new research has widened the vistas with which to understand the island city state, over a longer time-period and in broader contexts. In particular, Turnbull’s History provides a solid foundation for understanding the 200-year trajectory from modern colonial outpost to world city. While many modern studies focus on current affairs or very recent events, with most attention to Singapore’s successful transition from the developing to the developed world, Turnbull’s History sets out the key elements of Singapore’s colonial experience, under the East India Company and the British Crown. It is a past which has come under more scrutiny since Singapore devoted considerable resources to marking the bicentennial of the founding of Singapore in 1819. This new edition presents the standard history in a new and more affordable format for students, teachers and those fascinated by the many stories of changing Singapore. Constance Mary Turnbull (1927–2008) first came to Asia in 1952 as an administrative officer in the Malayan Civil Service. In 1955 she accepted a position teaching history at the University of Malaya in Singapore where she remained until 1971, having earned a PhD at the University of London in 1962. She then moved to the University of Hong Kong where she became professor of History and head of the Department of History.

August 2020 Paperback • US$20 / S$24 ISBN: 978-981-325-116-8 784pp / 198 x 129mm

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Aurora Donzelli

One or Two Words: Language and Politics in the Toraja Highlands of Indonesia The expression “one or two words” (sang buku duang buku kada) is used by the Toraja highlanders of Indonesia to refer euphemistically to their highly elaborate form of political speechmaking. Moving from this understatement, which denotes the meaningfulness of transient acts of speech, One or Two Words offers an analysis of the shifting power relations between centers and peripheries in one of the world’s most linguistically diverse countries. Drawing on long-term fieldwork, this book explores how people forge forms of collective belonging to a distinctive locality through the exchange of spoken words, WhatsApp messages, ritual gifts of pigs and buffaloes, and the performance of elaborate political speeches and ritual chants. Aurora Donzelli describes the complex forms of cosmopolitan indigeneity that have emerged in the Toraja highlands during several decades of encounters with a variety of local and international interlocutors. By engaging wider debates on the dynamics of cultural and linguistic change vis-à-vis globalizing influences, the book sheds light onto a hitherto neglected dimension of post-Suharto Indonesia: the recalibration of power relations between national and local languages. This will be of interest to other scholars of language, politics, power relationships, identity, social change, and local responses to globalizing influences. Aurora Donzelli is a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist with an expertise in Southeast Asia. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

“... a refreshingly original ethnography by an author trained in both anthropology and linguistics. Donzelli has combined her skills in these disciplines to produce a striking portrait of Toraja people and culture in the 21st century, illuminating the ever-shifting relationships between language, politics and identity in one region of today’s rapidly-changing Indonesia.” – Roxana Waterson

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July 2020 Hardback • US$52 / S$56 ISBN: 978-981-325-114-4 320pp / 229 x 152mm 19 b/w images, 11 b/w maps, 2 tables

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Jean DeBernardi

Christian Circulations: Global Christianity and the Local Church in Penang and Singapore, 1819–2000 In postcolonial Singapore and Malaysia, Pentecostal mega­ churches dominate the Christian landscape, but the “big four” Protestant churches—Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and Brethren—remain religions of heritage for many. Sixty Malaysian and nineteen Singaporean assemblies identify themselves as Christian Brethren, and most trace their roots to independent local churches formed in Penang and Singapore in the 1860s. After World War II, the Brethren promoted new forms of evangelical practice, and former Brethren elders founded independent churches, from charismatic local churches to Pentecostal megachurches. This study is a transregional history of the Brethren movement and its emplacement in Singapore and Malaysia, but is also a history of discontinuous continuities that have shaped the modern field of religious practice in China and Southeast Asia. Jean DeBernardi is professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta who has done extensive ethnographic and archival research focusing on Singapore, Penang, and two UNESCO World Heritage sites in China, Wudang Mountain, a popular pilgrimage site for Southeast Asian Daoists, and Wuyi Mountain, a famous tea-growing area in Northern Fujian.

“This work fills a major lacuna in the history of Asian Christianity.... Future studies of global Christianity will have to take serious cognizance of this meticulously researched book.” – Simon Chan, editor, Asia Journal of Theology

“It is an immersive read, impressively illuminating these processes alongside the movement’s implantation and later influence on new Christian forms in an Asian context.” – Neil Dickson, editor, Brethren Historical Review

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July 2020 Paperback • US$36 / S$38 ISBN: 978-981-325-109-0 440pp / 229 x 152mm 45 b/w images

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Steve Ferzacca

Sonic City: Making Rock Music and Urban Life in Singapore Singapore, Rock City. On any given day in the basement of Peninsula Plaza, a shopping mall in central Singapore, Singaporeans of different ethnicities and ages can be found imagining and living a way of life through music. Based on five years of deep participatory experience, this sonic ethnography is centered around a community of noisy people who make rock music within the constraints of urban life in Singapore. The heart and soul of this community is English Language rock-androll music pioneered in Singapore by several members of the legendary 1960s “beats and blues” band, The Straydogs, who continue to engage this community in a sonic way of life. Grounded in sound studies, Ferzacca draws on Bruno Latour’s ideas of the social—continually emergent, constantly in-themaking, “associations of heterogeneous elements” of human and non-human “mediators and intermediaries”—to portray a community entangled in the confounding relations between vernacular and national heritage projects. Music shops, music gear, music genres, sound, urban space, neighborhoods, State presence, performance venues, practice spaces, regional travel, local, national, regional, and sonic histories afford expected and unexpected opportunities for work, play, and meaning, in the contemporary music scene in this Southeast Asian city-state. The emergent quality of this deep sound is fiercely cosmopolitan, yet entirely Singaporean. Steve Ferzacca is a cultural anthropologist interested in exploring the sonics involved in everyday life. He is associate professor at the University of Lethbridge.

“This is an ethnographic exploration about a Singapore that is sonically exciting, versatile, and even joyful. It is one that travels, that morphs and distorts, that slobbers and barks, that forces you to put your stereotypes about the country and its people aside, to sit down and have a whisky and listen to some music with it….” – Jamie Gillen, University of Auckland

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July 2020 Paperback • US$32 / S$36 ISBN: 978-981-325-108-3 288pp / 229 x 152mm 48 photographs

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Paul van der Velde Translated by Liesbeth Bennink

Life Under the Palms: The Sublime World of the Anti-colonialist Jacob Haafner “Living under palm trees is not without its conse­ quences....”- J.W. von Goethe, Elective Affinities, 1809 Jacob Gotfried Haafner (1754–1809) was a writer of great talent, and an early dissenting voice from within the colonial enterprise. Haafner was orphaned in the Dutch East Indies, and lived in South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and Mauritius for more than 20 years. On his return to Europe he transformed himself into one of the most popular travel story writers of the early 19th century. His essays on the havoc wrought by missionaries worldwide stirred up great controversy. He was a fierce critic of English machinations in India: “Had I to write the history of the English and their deeds in Asia”, Haafner once said, “it would be the spitting image of hell”. But there was a scholarly side to him, working to promote European understanding of Indian literature, myth and religion, including through his rendering of the Ramayana into Dutch. With the help of excerpts from Haafner’s writings, including material newly translated into English, Paul van der Velde and Liesbeth Bennink tell the story of a young man who made a world for himself along the Coromandel Coast, in Ceylon and Calcutta, but who lived the last years of his life in Amsterdam, suffering an acute nostalgia for Asia: “No, in Europe and especially in its northern climes, no one enjoys their life....” This will be compelling reading for anyone interested in European responses to the cultures of Asia. Paul van der Velde is a historian and biographer. He is Secretary of the biennial International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) and General Secretary of the ICAS Book Prize. Liesbeth Bennink is a Bharatanatyam dancer, writer, researcher and translator with a deep interest in all aspects of South Indian history and culture.

“A vibrant and deliberately concise biography ... van der Velde paints a unique image of the late 18th century colonial world, through the medium of Haafner’s stories.” – Ruben Mantels, De Leeswolf

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RIDGE BOOKS July 2020 Paperback • US$22 / S$24 ISBN: 978-981-325-082-6 176pp / 229 x 152mm Translated from the Dutch 24 b/w images

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Edward Stokes

Marjorie Doggett’s Singapore: A Photographic Record Marjorie Doggett’s Singapore, an evocative interplay of photos and texts, forms a tribute to a pioneer woman photo­grapher, Marjorie Doggett. From 1954–57, camera in hand, she captured the cityscape for posterity. Her work appeared in Characters of Light, the first photo book to fully portray Singapore’s urban setting and architecture. Published in 1957, and reissued in 1985, the book was a pioneer: in its depiction of Singapore’s city and as the first local photographic book by a woman. This work draws on those two publications, both long out of print. In this book, Marjorie Doggett’s photos are enriched by Edward Stokes’ historical and personal texts. Born in England, Doggett was a self-taught photographer. She had arrived in Singapore in early 1947 with her future husband. In 1962 they became citizens of Singapore, their lifetime home. The photos and narrative in Marjorie Doggett’s Singapore offer an entirely new presentation. Half of the book’s images are hitherto unpublished. The texts and photos portray Singapore the place, through the prism of Doggett’s life, inspiration and methods. Marjorie Doggett had clear views concerning the preservation of buildings, and in later years her seminal book contributed significantly to the preservation of Singapore’s historic architecture. Edward Stokes is the founder and publisher of The Photographic Heritage Foundation, a body which publishes Asian historical photos.


“... features a treasure-trove of previouslyunpublished photos of the island.” – The Straits Times

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Hardback • US$55 / S$70 ISBN: 978-981-325-090-1 204pp / 254 x 280mm 134 images, duotone

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Syed Hussein Alatas with an introduction by Syed Farid Alatas

Thomas Stamford Raffles: Schemer or Reformer? The name of Thomas Stamford Raffles continues to be a mark of prestige in Singapore more than 200 years after he first established a British factory on the island. Not one but two statues of Raffles stand prominently in Singapore’s civic and heritage district. Streets and squares are named after him, and important local businesses use his name. Does Raffles deserve this recognition? Should we continue to celebrate him, or like the image of Cecil Rhodes in South Africa, must Raffles fall? This question was considered at length in Syed Hussein Alatas’ slim but devastating volume Thomas Stamford Raffles: Schemer or Reformer? (1971). While it failed to spark a wide debate on Raffles’ legacy in 1970s Singapore, Alatas’ critical stance was noticed by Edward Said, who later cited Alatas’ The Myth of the Lazy Native as an example of works that “set themselves the revisionist, critical task of dealing frontally with the metropolitan culture, using the techniques, discourses, and weapons of scholarship and criticism once reserved exclusively for the European”. Nearly 50 years after its original publication, this extended essay on Raffles reads as fresh and relevant. A new introduction by Syed Farid Alatas assesses contemporary Singapore’s take on Raffles, and how far we have, or have not, come in thinking through Singapore’s colonial legacy. Syed Hussein Alatas (1928–2007) was head of the Department of Malay Studies at the University of Singapore when he published this 1971 essay in Australia. Professor Alatas served as vice chancellor of the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur in the late 1980s. Syed Farid Alatas is professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.

February 2020 Paperback • US$12 / S$15 ISBN: 978-981-325-118-2 144pp / 181 x 112mm

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Goh Poh Seng with an introduction by Koh Tai Ann

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If We Dream Too Long Widely regarded as the first Singapore novel, If We Dream Too Long explores the dilemmas and challenges faced by its hero, Kwang Meng, as he navigates the difficult transitional period between youthful aspirations and the external demands of society and family. Kwang Meng’s experiences reflect the author’s fascination with the question of self amidst the dreariness and aimlessness of an increasingly urbanized and materialistic Asian society. This book also provides a fascinating portrait of Singapore as it was in the 1960s, a landscape and society that have undergone many changes but remain faintly visible in modern Singapore. Since its first publication in 1972, If We Dream Too Long has moved and delighted generations of readers. This much-loved novel has been used as a text in university literature courses in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, and has been translated into Tagalog and Russian. This new edition has an updated introduction by Koh Tai Ann. A novelist, poet and playwright, Goh Poh Seng (1936–2010) was born in Kuala Lumpur, received his medical degree from Dublin and practised medicine in Singapore before migrating to Canada in 1986. If We Dream Too Long was his first novel, winning the National Book Development Council of Singapore Award for Fiction in 1976. He published three other novels, five books of poetry, and a fictionalized memoir also published by NUS Press, Tall Tales and MisAdventures of a Young Westernized Oriental Gentleman.

“For those from [Goh Poh Seng’s] generation, it will be wonderful to have him with us again, while for an entire younger generation who may not have read his work, Dr. Goh’s writing is a testament to Singapore’s literary heritage.” – Phan Ming Yen, The Arts House

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January 2020 Paperback • US$18 / S$22 ISBN: 978-981-325-115-1 208pp / 216 x 140mm

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Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia Established by a collective of scholars and curators with the aim of looking and listening closely to the discursive spaces of art in, from, and around the region we refer to as Southeast Asia, from an historical perspective. The journal presents a necessarily diverse range of perspectives not only on the contemporary and modern art of Southeast Asia, but indeed of the region itself: its borders, its identity, its efficacy, and its limitations as a geographical marker and a conceptual category. As such, the journal is defined by a commitment to the need for and importance of rigorous discussion, of the contemporary and modern art of the domain that lies south of China, east of India, and north of Australia. The journal publishes twice a year (March and October). This journal is open access thanks to the support of the Chen Chong Swee Asian Arts Programme at Yale-NUS College and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives. Annual Subscription Rates Southeast Asia


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China: An International Journal (CIJ) An internationally refereed journal published for the East Asian Institute, NUS in February, May, August and November by NUS Press. Based outside China, America and Europe, CIJ aims to present diverse international perceptions and frames of reference on contemporary China, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The journal invites the submission of cuttingedge research articles, review articles and policy comments and research notes in the fields of politics, economics, society, geography, law, culture and international relations. The unique final section of this journal offers a chronology and listing of key documents pertaining to developments in relations between China and the 10 ASEAN member-states. CIJ is indexed and abstracted in Social Sciences Citation Index®, Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition, Current Contents®/Social and Behavioral Sciences, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Bibliography of Asian Studies and Econlit. CIJ is also available online in Project Muse (an electronic database for journals in the humanities and social sciences). For more details, visit or email muse@muse. Annual Subscription Rates Singapore



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Goh Geok Yian & John N. Miksic editors

Southeast Asian Site Reports The Southeast Asian Site Reports series is intended to make archaeological data available for comparative study to all scholars who work on Southeast Asian archaeology, as well as the active community of students of archaeology and volunteers in the region. Aside from descriptions of the archaeological project, these reports generally include: • • • • •

research questions addressed by the project, and analysis of results site maps and stratigraphic drawings tables providing quantitative data and statistics on specific types of artifacts illustrations of the main types of artifacts discovered (photographs and drawings) laboratory analyses of mineral composition, identification of organic materials, the ancient environment, dating methods and results

This information is typically difficult to obtain for Southeast Asian sites, especially for the historical period. It is hoped that these efforts to develop an online publication template, and tools for the management of images and other data, will encourage more sharing of data across national boundaries. The latest updates in Southeast Asian Site Reports are reports on: • The Dieng Plateau Temple Complex Excavation • The Lingga Wreck • The Myanmar-Singapore Archaeology Training Project (MSATP) Goh Geok Yian is associate professor at the Nanyang Technological University. John N. Miksic is emeritus professor at the National University of Singapore.

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Information for Authors NUS Press (formerly Singapore University Press) originated as the publishing arm of the University of Malaya in Singapore, and between 1949 and 1971 published books under the University of Malaya Press imprint. The Singapore University Press imprint first appeared in 1971. In 2006 Singapore University Press was succeeded by a new NUS Press to reflect the name of its parent institution and to align the Press closer to the university’s overall branding. The Press publishes academic, scholarly and trade books of importance and relevance to Singapore and the region. While the Press has an extensive catalog that includes titles in the fields of medicine, mathematics, science and engineering, the Press is particularly interested in manuscripts that address these subjects: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Japan and Asia The Chinese overseas and the Chinese diaspora The Malay World Media, cinema and the visual arts Science, technology and society in Asia Transnational labour and population issues in Asia Popular culture in transnational perspectives Religion in Southeast Asia Ethnic relations The city, urbanism and the built form in Southeast Asia Violence, trauma and memory in Asia Cultural resources and heritage in Asia Public health, health policy and history of medicine The English language in Asia

All books are subject to peer review, and must be approved by the University Publishing Committee, drawn from the NUS faculty. Download our detailed author’s guidelines at https://

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