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Visit for our full catalogue Award Winners 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 Limbang Rebellion: 7 Days in December 1962 Eileen Chanin Winner, 2014 Royal Marines Historical Society Literary Award Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story William A. Haseltine Winner, 2013 Asian Publishing Award Best Insights into Asian Societies: Excellence Award Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Singapore and Malaysia Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh Winner, 2012 Asian Publishing Award Best Insights into Asian Societies: Excellence Award Freedom from the Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore Cherian George Winner, 2012 Asian Publishing Award Best Book on the Asian Media Industry: Excellence Award

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Wang Gungwu

Home is Not Here One of Asia’s most important public intellectuals, Wang Gungwu is best-known for his explorations of Chinese history in the long view, and for his writings on the Chinese overseas. Here the historian of grand themes turns to the intimate scale of a single life history: his own. As someone who has studied history for much of my life, I have found the past fascinating. But it has always been some grand and even intimidating universe that I wanted to unpick and explain to myself.... While we talk grandly of the importance of history, we can be insensitive to what people felt and thought.... In time, I realized how partial my understanding of the past was. Wang was born in Surabaya, Java, but his parents’ orientation was always to China; they had travelled to Southeast Asia to help in the education of the Chinese overseas. Wang grew up in the plural, multi-ethnic town of Ipoh, Malaya, now Malaysia, was educated at home in the Confucian classics and in Englishmedium schools as a colonial subject. He proceeded from Ipoh to National Central University in Nanjing to study alongside some of the finest of his generation of Chinese undergraduates. The victory of Mao Zedong’s Communist Party interrupted his education, and he ends this volume with his return to Malaya. Wise and moving, this is a fascinating reflection on family, 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, formerly vice chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, is emeritus professor at Australian National University and university professor at the National University of Singapore. He was awarded the Fukuoka Asia Culture Prize in 1996. He is the author of some 20 books, including The Chinese Overseas, published by Harvard University Press.

RIDGE BOOKS June 2018 Casebound • US$22 / S$24 ISBN: 978-981-4722-92-6 216pp / 229 x 152mm

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Adil Johan

Cosmopolitan Intimacies: Malay Film Music of the Independence Era The Golden Age of Malay film in the 1950s and 1960s was the product of a musical and cultural cosmopolitanism in the service of a nation-making process based on ideas of Malay ethnonationalism, initially fluid, increasingly homogenized over time. The commercial films of the period, and in particular their film music, from national cultural icons P. Ramlee and Zubir Said, remain important cultural reference points for Malaysia and Singapore to this day. This is the first in-depth study of the film music of the period, and its social and cultural impact. The study brings together ethnomusicological and cultural studies perspectives. Written in an engaging manner, thoroughly illustrated and incorporating musical scores, the book will appeal to dedicated film fans, musicians, composers and filmmakers interested in Southeast Asia and the Malay world. But equally, the conceptual framework will be of interest to a broad range of scholars of Southeast Asia, as it brings together ideas of cosmopolitanism and cultural intimacy to narrate a history of nation-making in the region. Adil Johan is a saxophonist, ethnomusicologist and research fellow at the Institute for Ethnic Studies (KITA) in the National University of Malaysia.

March 2018 Paperback • US$42 / S$36 ISBN: 978-981-4722-63-6 376pp / 229 x 152mm 14 colour images, 1 colour map, 13 b/w images, 42 musical transcriptions

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Janet Steele

Mediating Islam: Cosmopolitan Journalisms in Muslim Southeast Asia What is Islamic journalism? This study examines day-to-day journalism as practised by Muslim professionals at five exemplary news organizations in Malaysia and Indonesia. At Sabili, established as an underground publication, journalists are hired for their ability at dakwah, or Islamic propagation. At Tempo, a news magazine banned during the Soeharto regime, the journalists do not talk much about sharia law; although many are pious and see their work as a manifestation of worship, the Islam they practise is often viewed as progressive or even liberal. At Harakah reporters support an Islamic political party, while at Republika they practise a “journalism of the Prophet”. Secular news organizations, too, such as Malaysiakini, employ Muslim journalists. Janet Steele explores how these various publications observe universal principles of journalism and do so through an Islamic idiom. Janet Steele is associate professor of media and public affairs and international affairs at George Washington University. She is the author of Email dari Amerika and Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto’s Indonesia.


March 2018 Paperback • US$22 / S$28 ISBN: 978-981-4722-88-9 184pp / 229 x 152mm 13 b/w images

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Cynthia Chou & Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen editors

Breast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across Asia Breast cancer is now the most common cancer among women in most Asian countries. Many lives are at stake. Even in places where state-of-the-art medical services are available, thousands of women in Asia are dying of the disease largely due to late presentation compared to women in most Western countries. While much progress has been made in Western medical science to treat breast cancer, it appears that there are significant sociocultural considerations and contexts in Asia that limit the efficacy of Western-based health-care methods. This volume presents conversations across Asia with breast cancer patients, their caregivers, doctors, traditional healers as well as just ordinary men and women—all on the subject of breast cancer meanings. Through the stories as told by local people in Asia about how they think and talk about breast cancer, as well as how they respond to the disease, insights on breast cancer meanings emerge. These offer new understandings into how local contexts shape those meanings and life courses—and hopefully will help medical practitioners devise new strategies to combat the disease. Cynthia Chou is professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa. She also holds the C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family Chair in Asian Studies. Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen is a Post.Doc. researcher at the University of Copenhagen. She has worked as a social and medical anthropologist in Southeast Asia for more than 20 years, focusing on polygamy, gender and health.




March 2018 Paperback • US$28 / S$26 ISBN: 978-981-4722-82-7 304pp / 229 x 152mm 9 b/w images, 3 tables, 1 map, 6 figures

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Kevin Y.L. Tan editor

Kent Ridge: An Untold Story Kent Ridge, a corner of Singapore island, has been home to the National University of Singapore (NUS) since the 1980s, but the area entered the historical record centuries earlier. From the white sands of its shoreline marked on navigators’ maps, to the Alexandra Barracks of the Singapore Mutiny, from tiger traps and plantations to kampong and rich men’s seaside bungalows, the rocky ridge running parallel to Singapore’s western seashore has formed one of the most memorable of the island city-state’s landscapes. Extending from Clementi Road in the west to Alexandra Road in the east, and divided by the “ninety-nine curves” of South Buona Vista Road, Kent Ridge extends its imaginative pull on many Singaporeans and visitors, but especially those who have graduated—or are studying—at the NUS. This book helps you look beneath the shiny exteriors of today’s institutions, to the area’s geological past, and the wealth of flora and fauna that still can be found here: from indigenous plants such as the tembusu, tiup tiup, and sendudok, to monitor lizards, flying dragons and oriental green snakes. The book guides you through the changing human geography of the region, and tells the inside stories behind the original campus master plan drawn up in the 1970s. Richly illustrated with photos, historical maps and images, each chapter of this book is written by NUS faculty and staff who are passionate about the Ridge. With contributions from Edwin Thumboo, Victor R. Savage, David Higgitt, Hugh Tan, Ho Chi Tim, Erik Holmberg,Tan Chye Guan, Kevin Y.L. Tan, Peck Thian Guan and Lee Fook Ngian. RIDGE BOOKS April 2018

Everything you might want to know about Kent Ridge in one book.

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Paperback • US$22 / S$24 ISBN: 978-981-4722-81-0 344pp / 230 x 160mm 120 images and 7 maps, full colour

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T.K. Sabapathy edited by Ahmad Mashadi, Susie Lingham, Peter Schoppert and Joyce Toh

Writing the Modern: Selected Texts on Art & Art History in Singapore, Malaysia & Southeast Asia, 1973–2015 T.K. Sabapathy has been writing on the art of Southeast Asia for over four decades (1973–2015), as a critic, curator and art historian. This collection of his work, representing the scope and depth of Sabapathy’s output, and highlighting his most important and influential writings, is also a survey of the vast changes in the landscape of art in the region over the period. A historian and educator, penetrating critic and ardent advocate, Sabapathy’s early scholarly engagements were marked by clear commitments to the art historiography of the HinduBuddhist traditions of Southeast Asia. He later emerged as an eloquent proponent of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art. His art historical methods, critical documentation, deep dialogue with artists and detailed explication of their works have helped define Singapore and Malaysian art. His extensive studies of Southeast Asian art and artists have helped set the course of art discourse in the region. This publication provides an opportunity for more focused (re)reading, review and renewed consideration of T.K. Sabapathy’s rich body of work, to further fuel modern and contemporary art writing, research and exhibition-making. T.K. Sabapathy is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, where he teaches the history of art.

DISTRIBUTED BY NUS PRESS FOR THE SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM February 2018 Paperback • US$48 / S$56 ISBN: 978-981-11-5763-9 448pp / 250 x 180mm 70 colour images, 5 b/w images

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Ute Meta Bauer & Anca Rujoiu editors

Place.Labour.Capital. Place.Labour.Capital. connects cultural production and artistic research to broader political and social concerns, through the agency of a new institution, the Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art (NTU CCA) Singapore. The title refers to the framework employed at CCA in its first cycle of activities, from 2013 to 2016. Singapore, as the world’s second largest trading port and an economic epicentre for the region, serves as a point of departure to examine place, that is the intersection between locality and the global, labour, and flows of capital. This extensive publication weaves together critical essays and contributions by curators and academics with former artists-in-residence at NTU CCA Singapore, and documents past exhibitions in photographs. Place. Labour. Capital. serves equally as a rear-view mirror that enables an art institution to review its own economies of knowledge production and its position in the time of global art. Drawing connections across disciplines and fields of practice, this publication is conceived as a Space of the Curatorial for the reader to encounter, experience, and engage critically with ideas that bear a sense of the urgency of the now and have relevance in the wider social sphere. Ute Meta Bauer is the founding director of the NTU CCA Singapore and professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Bauer was co-curator for Documenta11 (2001–02), the artistic director for the 3rd Berlin Biennale for contemporary art (2004), and the founding director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (2002–05). Anca Rujoiu is a curator and manager of publications at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. DISTRIBUTED BY NUS PRESS FOR THE NTU CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART SINGAPORE

“… an inspiration and a valuable tool to anyone trying to find ways of building relevant arts institutions for the future.” – Sally Tallant, Director, Liverpool Biennial

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February 2018 Paperback • US$59 / S$80 ISBN: 978-981-11-3843-0 456pp / 290 x 230 mm 278 colour illustrations

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Geneviève Duggan and Hans Hägerdal

Savu: History and Oral Tradition on an Island of Indonesia The book focuses on the historical trajectories of Savu, an island in the Nusa Tenggara Timur province, eastern Indonesia. It blends historical and anthropological methods, using oral tradition, ethnographic observations, and archival collections. While Savu is a relatively small island, it has gained a wider regional importance. The text discusses the pre-colonial period up to the 16th century, based on the unusually strong and detailed genealogical tradition, and explains how the various domains emerged on the island. Next it is shown how the early-colonial encounters with the Portuguese and Dutch (VOC) changed the system of governance, how the colonial suzerains functioned as mediators, and how the Savunese provided decisive military support for the Dutch sphere in the Timor region. In the 19th century the Savunese embarked on minor colonial enterprises in Timor and Sumba, and were still largely autonomous vis-àvis the colonial state. Protestant missionaries gained foothold after 1870, though Christianization was a slow process. Colonial rule via a Dutch-appointed raja was introduced in the early 20th century. The text follows the fate of Savu during the struggle for independence and the postcolonial era, discussing the dilemmas of modernization and the resilience of the unique local culture. Geneviève Duggan is an anthropologist who has, over the last two decades, studied the religion, culture, material culture and history of Savu society. Hans Hägerdal is a historian, presently working at Linnaeus University, who mainly conducts research on early Southeast Asian history.

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“… an impressive detailed study of Savu society and history from early times to the present.” – Leonard Y. Andaya, University of Hawaii

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Casebound • US$46 / S$48 ISBN: 978-981-4722-75-9 720pp / 229 X 152mm 26 colour images, 26 b/w images, 52 b/w figures, 8 b/w maps

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Dorothy C. Wong

Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks as Agents of Cultural and Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style in East Asia, ca. 645–770 The period ca. 645–770 marked an extraordinary era in the development of East Asian Buddhism and Buddhist art. Increased contacts between China and regions to both its west and east facilitated exchanges and the circulation of ideas, practices and art forms, giving rise to a synthetic art style uniform in both iconography and formal characteristics. The formulation of this new Buddhist art style occurred in China in the latter part of the seventh century, and from there it became widely disseminated and copied throughout East Asia, and to some extent in Central Asia, in the eighth century. This book argues that notions of Buddhist kingship and theory of the Buddhist state formed the underpinnings of Buddhist states experimented in China and Japan from the late seventh to the mid-eighth century, providing the religio-political ideals that were given visual expression in this International Buddhist Art Style. The volume also argues that Buddhist pilgrim-monks were among the key agents in the transmission of these ideals, the visual language of state Buddhism, and attendant rituals and practices. As this visual style of state Buddhism was spread, circulated, adopted and transformed in faraway lands, it transcended cultural and geographical boundaries and became cosmopolitan. Dorothy C. Wong is an associate professor at the Art Department, University of Virginia, USA.

April 2018 Casebound • US$52 / S$72 ISBN: 978-981-4722-59-9 344pp / 235 x 187mm 12 colour images, 125 b/w images, 11 b/w figures and tables

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Kwa Chong Guan and Peter Borschberg editors with the assistance of Benjamin Khoo

Studying Singapore Before 1800 Historians rely on Singapore’s strategic position to explain its great success as a royal trading port in the 14th century, and as a British colony after 1819. What, then, accounts for the many centuries when it seemed not to thrive, and was seen in the words of John Crawfurd as “only the occasional resort of pirates”? This seeming paradox sits uneasily at the heart of Singapore historiography, and over time historians have suggested a variety of ways to resolve it. This volume collects studies about Singapore before 1800, bringing together different efforts across the 20th century at reconstructing Singapore’s “missing years”. Some authors have found additional details by scouring ancient and early modern texts for references to Singapore, and by reading well-known classics such as the Sejarah Melayu against the grain. Others have built narratives that bridge pre- and post-1800 perspectives by positioning Singapore within long-term global history. These efforts have yielded a much richer understanding of Singapore’s changing fortunes before 1800. The articles collected in this volume represent key milestones in this effort. Many are hard to locate, and two pieces are translated from Dutch to English for the first time. They are presented here with an introduction from historian Kwa Chong Guan. Kwa Chong Guan is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. Peter Borschberg teaches history at the National University of Singapore. He is also a visiting professor in Modern History at the University of Greifswald.

May 2018 Paperback • US$52 / S$45 ISBN: 978-981-4722-74-2 600pp / 254 x 179mm 15 colour images, 48 b/w images

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Paul H. Kratoska

(Second Edition)

The Japanese Occupation of Malaya and Singapore, 1941–45: A Social and Economic History Japanese forces invaded Malaya on 8 December 1941 and British forces surrendered in Singapore 70 days later. Japan would rule the territory for the next 3½ years. Early efforts to maintain prewar standards of comfort gave way to a grim struggle for survival as the vibrant economy ground to a halt and residents struggled to deal with unemployment, shortages of consumer goods, sharp price rises, a thriving black market and widespread corruption. People were hungry, dressed in rags, and falling victim to treatable diseases for which medicines were unavailable, and there was little reason to hope for better in the future. Using surviving administrative papers, oral materials, intelligence reports and post-war accounts by Japanese officers, this book presents a picture of life in occupied Malaya and Singapore. It shows the impact of war and occupation on a non-belligerent population, and creates a new understanding of the changes and the continuities that underlay the post-war economy and society. The book was first published in 1998 and is now re-issued in a new edition that incorporates information from newly translated Japanese documents and other recent discoveries. Paul H. Kratoska formerly taught history at Universiti Sains Malaysia and the National University of Singapore. He is Publishing Director of NUS Press.

“The best book on World War II Malaya, it is indispensable for understanding the consequences of Japan’s wartime occupation.” – Gregg Huff, Pembroke College, University of Oxford

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March 2018 Paperback • US$38 / S$42 ISBN: 978-9971-69-638-2 446pp / 229 x 152mm 29 b/w images, 9 maps, 52 tables

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Leo van Bergen

Uncertainty, Anxiety, Frugality: Dealing with Leprosy in the Dutch East Indies, 1816–1942 The story of leprosy in the Dutch East Indies from the beginning of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th reveals important themes in the colonial enterprise across the territory that is today’s Indonesia. Operating in a territory with only a few hundred Western-trained doctors and a population in the tens of millions, Dutch colonial officials approached leprosy with uncertainty and anxiety. In the early 19th century, the Dutch administration removed sufferers from public view: campaigns targetted anyone “looking ugly”. Towards the end of the century, colonial science considered leprosy a hereditary disease of tropical subjects, and therefore undeserving of the colonial government’s limited resources. The leprosariums were emptied. At the start of the 20th century, a growing understanding that leprosy was spread by a bacillus caused a panic that leprosy might spread from the tropics to the colonial metropole. The mixed emotions of pity, fear and revulsion associated with management of the disease intensified, and fed into broader debates on colonial policy. The experts were unsure, and resources were never forthcoming, and despite a view that “bacteria are the same everywhere”, Dutch leprosy treatment in the East Indies mobilized traditional healing practices and relied on home care. Leo van Bergen’s detailed, attentive study to changing policies for treatment and prevention of leprosy (now often called Hansen’s disease) is fascinating medical history, and provides a useful lens for understanding colonialism in Indonesia. Leo van Bergen is a medical historian working at the Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His main focus is on the relationship between war and medicine.

HISTORY OF MEDICINE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA SERIES June 2018 Paperback • US$36 / S$42 ISBN: 978-981-4722-83-4 344pp / 229 x 152mm 4 bar graphs, 6 tables

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Hans Pols, C. Michele Thompson & John Harley Warner editors

Translating the Body: Medical Education in Southeast Asia Western conceptions of the body differ significantly from indigenous knowledge and explanatory frameworks in Asia. As colonial governments assumed responsibility for health care, conceptions of the human body were translated into local languages and related to vernacular views of health, disease, and healing. The contributors to this volume chart and analyze the organization of western medical education in Southeast Asia, public health education in the region, and the response of practitioners of “traditional medicine”. “Translating the body” is a shorthand for the formulation of medical ideas, practices, and epistemologies in contexts that require both interpretation and transmission. The process is both linguistic and cultural, and in approaching medical education, the book follows recent work in translation studies that underscores the translation not merely of words but of cultures. Hans Pols is associate professor at the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. C. Michele Thompson is professor of Southeast Asian History at Southern Connecticut State University. John Harley Warner is the Avalon Professor of the History of Medicine at Yale University, where he is professor of History, of History of Science and Medicine, and of American Studies, and Chair of the Section of the History of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.

“Translating the Body is a compelling and vitally important account of how the modules of international health were assembled in colonial and decolonizing Southeast Asia.” – Warwick Anderson, author of Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines

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HISTORY OF MEDICINE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA SERIES June 2017 Paperback • US$34 / S$38 ISBN: 978-981-4722-05-6 376pp / 229 x 152mm 25 b/w images

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Andrew Boyd

The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters: Linchpin of Victory, 1935–1942 The British Royal Navy has been sharply criticized for tactical errors in Asia during the years leading to WWII. In particular, the deployment of the Repulse and the Prince of Wales, and their catastrophic loss, has been characterized as part of a flawed and ineffective strategy. In The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters, Andrew Boyd argues that the loss of these warships has overshadowed the Royal Navy’s broader success in securing control of the Indian Ocean. This achievement, coming at a time when Russia’s fate lay in the balance and before American economic power became a factor, shortened the war and made Allied victory possible. The book moves authoritatively between grand strategy, intelligence, accounts of specific operations, and technical assessment of ships and weapons. It effectively challenges established views of the Royal Navy’s capabilities and performance, and will change understandings of Britain’s role in the early years of the war. Superbly researched and elegantly written, this book adds a hugely important dimension to accounts of the war in Asia. Andrew Boyd earned a DPhil from Oxford in naval history. He served as a submariner in the Royal Navy before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1980.

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“… a book that not only challenges received opinion but convincingly refutes it.” – Alan Judd, The Spectator

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Paperback • US$32 / S$38 ISBN: 978-981-4722-66-7 576pp / 234 x 156mm 10 tables, 4 maps, 30 b/w images

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Gregg Huff & Shinobu Majima translators and editors

World War II Singapore: The Chōsabu Reports on Syonan During World War II, the Japanese government created a research bureau, the Chōsabu, to study occupied Singapore. The bureau’s reports on Singapore’s economy and society, reproduced here in translation, covered population and living standards, prices, wages, currency and inflation, rationing, labour usage, food production and supply, and industrialization. Syonan’s military and civilian administrators drew on Chōsabu research in formulating social and economic policy. The research takes on added importance because the Japanese destroyed most records of their wartime administration. That leaves the Chōsabu reports as one of the few first-hand Japanese sources to have survived the war. The translation allows a fuller understanding of the impact of the war and occupation than hitherto possible. Introductory chapters by the editors analyse the reports in light of wartime events in Singapore and Japanese occupation policies, and discuss the Chōsabu authors and their place in the history of Japanese economic thought. Gregg Huff is senior research fellow, Pembroke College, University of Oxford and researches and teaches Southeast Asian economic history and development. Shinobu Majima is professor of Economic History at Gakushuin University, Japan, and a part-time researcher at the Institute of Economic Research at Hitotsubashi University, the postwar successor of the Institute of East Asian Economies at the Tokyo University of Commerce.

“The introductory chapters not only explain the context but also contribute to the history of economic thought in Japan and to the economic history of Southeast Asia.” – Tetsuji Okazaki,The University of Tokyo

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February 2018 Casebound • US$56 / S$60 ISBN: 978-981-4722-62-9 576pp / 229 x 152mm 175 tables, 9 figures, 30 b/w images

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Colin McPhedran with a foreword by Ian McPhedran and an Afterword by Verona Burgess

White Butterflies After the Japanese invasion of Burma in late 1941, 11-year-old Colin McPhedran fled his homeland on foot, crossing the rugged Patkoi Mountain Ranges on foot to reach safety in India. Colin, along with his mother, elder brother and sister and thousands of others, many of whom died, battled monsoon rains, hunger, disease and exhaustion during the 500-kilometre journey. McPhedran’s autobiography recalls his childhood as part of a large Anglo-Burmese family in colonial Burma, and provides a dramatic account of his harrowing trek to freedom. He eventually settled in Australia, where his memoir was first published. This edition, issued in Southeast Asia for the first time, includes a new afterword that supplies details left out of the story as originally published. Colin McPhedran’s book features a new foreword from his son, noted journalist and writer Ian McPhedran, and his daughter-in-law Verona Burgess.

“It [is] important that true stories of the refugee experience be told. Prejudice tends to crumble when people find that the debate is really about ordinary humans who have suffered terribly, survived, and seek a chance to build new lives. White Butterflies is such a story… an astonishing record of starvation, endurance and loss….” – Peter Cole-Adams

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RIDGE BOOKS September 2017 Paperback • US$20 / S$26 ISBN: 978-981-4722-67-4 288pp / 229 x 152mm

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Philip Woods

Reporting the Retreat: War Correspondents in Burma, 1942 Japan’s invasion of Burma in 1942 set off the longest retreat in British military history. Along with the fall of Singapore, it marked the beginning of the end of British rule, not only in Burma but also in south and southeast Asia. Britain’s defeat in Burma has been studied in detail, but Reporting the Retreat is the first account that looks at how war correspondents presented the campaign in Western newspapers, pictorial magazines, and newsreels. Twenty-six accredited war correspondents covered the campaign, and nearly half of them wrote books about it, in most cases while the war was ongoing and events were still fresh. Government officials censored these accounts, and claimed the authors were misinformed and sensationalist. Historians, on the other hand, have criticized the same accounts for expressing undue optimism, suggesting that the writers presented an unrealistic view of what had taken place in an effort to bolster morale. Using wartime archives, Philip Woods re-evaluates the accuracy and impact of the versions of events presented by war correspondents reporting from Burma. His account will be of great value to historians of conflict and to anyone interested in journalism and the media. Philip Woods teaches at NYU in London.


RIDGE BOOKS July 2017 Paperback • US$24 / S$28 ISBN: 978-981-4722-61-2 226pp / 216 x 138mm 2 maps and 11 b/w images

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Catherine Smith

Resilience and the Localisation of Trauma in Aceh, Indonesia The globalisation of psychiatry has helped shape the way suffering and recovery is experienced in Aceh, Indonesia, a region with a long history of violent conflict. In this book, Catherine Smith examines the global reach of the contested yet compelling concept of trauma, which has expanded well beyond the bounds of therapeutic practice to become a powerful cultural idiom shaping the ways social actors understand the effects of violence and imagine possible responses to suffering. In Aceh, conflict survivors have incorporated the globalised concept of trauma into local languages, healing practices and political imaginaries. The incorporation of this globalised idiom of distress into the Acehnese medical-moral landscape provides an ethnographic perspective on suffering and recovery, and contributes to contemporary debates about the globalisation of psychiatry and its ongoing expansion outside the domain of medicine. Catherine Smith is an anthropologist who works across medical anthropology, political anthropology and global health research in order to understand the politics of health in the Asia Pacific region.



“The book deftly interweaves social theory with Acehnese culture and historical consciousness and a deep sympathy for Aceh’s suffering people.” – Robert Cribb, Australian National University

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September 2017 Paperback • US$36 / S$38 ISBN: 978-981-4722-60-5 208pp / 229 x 152mm 2 maps

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Ronald Allan with a Foreword by Paul Kratoska and an Introduction by Philip Holden

The Mystery of “A Yellow Sleuth”: Detective Sergeant Nor Nalla, Federated Malay States Police In 1931 a book appeared in London with the title A Yellow Sleuth: Being the Autobiography of “Nor Nalla” (DetectiveSergeant Federated Malay States Police). It was met with puzzled enthusiasm, The Straits Times commenting that the book “presents an interesting problem of distinguishing fact from fiction”. The author claimed to be of mixed Malay and Sakai descent, fluent in many of the languages spoken in Southeast Asia, and able to pass as Malay, Sakai, Chinese, Javanese or Burmese. He began by stating that “this story will honestly recount the part I have played in the detection of crime”, but added that he had changed personal and place names, and used a pseudonym because it would “be foolish of me to advertise my identity”. He concluded, engagingly enough, “So there you have it! A true history! And, for a start you learn that it is largely untrue.” The name Nor Nalla is an anagram, and the author has been identified as Ronald (Ron) Allan, who worked on a rubber plantation in Malaya shortly before World War I. But many questions about his authorship remain. Nor Nalla is an “impossible fantasy of hybridity” in the words of Philip Holden’s introduction. Like Kipling’s famous colonial spy, Kim, the yellow sleuth is a master of the undercover operation, from the forests of Malaya, to the ports of Java, in London’s Chinatown and with Chinese labourers in WWI Flanders. Contemporary readers will enjoy the book’s stories of detection and adventure, but they can also savour the way the author and his narrator navigate and reveal the contradictions of late colonial society. Ronald Allan worked on a plantation in Malaya before the Great War, was gassed in Flanders, and spent the rest of his career in the City of London. He died in 1945. Paul Kratoska is a historian and Publishing Director at NUS Press. Philip Holden is professor of English at the National University of Singapore.

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“a most thrilling and original narrative….” – The Spectator

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Paperback • US$20 / S$24 ISBN: 978-981-4722-64-3 184pp / 229 x 152mm

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Stephen Cairns & Devisari Tunas editors

Future Cities Laboratory: Indicia 01 Future Cities Laboratory Indicia 01

ISBN 978-3-03778-545-4

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Indicia 01

This book, the first in a planned series, reports on the Future Cities Laboratory and its mission to shape sustainable future cities through science, by design, in place. It offers a global perspective on cities from the vantage point of Asia, where the laboratory is based. This view has particular significance today as the fortunes of Asia, the world’s most populous and rapidly urbanising continent, will also delineate the prospects of the planet. The series as a whole will assemble the necessary indicia — indications, clues, evidence — on how cities grow and flourish, produce and innovate, consume and waste, threaten and destroy, to form practical strategies for future city making. The first volume in the series focusses on the challenges that future cities pose to sustainability. The second will concentrate on the innovative approaches necessary for addressing those challenges. The third will present concrete scenarios and action plans that emerge from such approaches. The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) was established by ETH-Zürich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF), and operates under the auspices of the Singapore–ETH Centre (SEC).

Future Cities Laboratory

A This book, the first in a planned series, reports on Singapore’s Future Cities Laboratory and its ambitious mission toHigh-Density shape Mixed-Use Cities sustainable future cities through science, by design, in place. It offers a global perspective on cities from the vantage point of B Asia. This view has particular significance today as the fortunes Responsive Cities of Asia, the world’s most populous and rapidly urbanising continent, will also delineate the prospects of the planet. C The series as a whole will assemble the necessary indicia— Archipelago Cities indications, clues, evidence—on how cities grow and flourish, produce and innovate, consume and waste, threaten and destroy, to form practical strategies for future city making. The first volume in the series focuses on the challenges that future cities pose to sustainability. The second will concentrate on the innovative approaches necessary for addressing those challenges. The third will present concrete scenarios and action plans that emerge from such approaches. ETH Zürich / Singapore – ETH Centre

Lars Müller Publishers

Lars Müller Publishers

Lars Müller Publishers


Future Cities Lab Indicia

Stephen Cairns served as head of Department of Architecture, and director of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is currently based in Singapore where he is programme director of the Future Cities Laboratory. Devisari Tunas is the research scenario coordinator for the Archipelago Cities program at the Future Cities Laboratory.


DISTRIBUTED FOR LARS MÜLLER PUBLISHERS AND THE FUTURE CITIES LABORATORY, SINGAPORE July 2017 Paperback • US$50 / S$60 ISBN: 978-3-03778-545-4 240pp / 241 x 171mm

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Yue Zhuang & Andrea M. Riemenschnitter editors

Entangled Landscapes: Early Modern China and Europe The exchange of landscape practice between China and Europe from 1500–1800 is an important chapter in art history. While the material forms of the outcome of this exchange, like jardin anglo-chinois and Européenerie are well documented, this book moves further to examine the role of the exchange in identity formation in early modern China and Europe. Proposing the new paradigm of “entangled landscapes”, drawing from the concept of “entangled histories”, this book looks at landscape design, cartography, literature, philosophy and material culture of the period. Challenging simplistic, binary treatments of the movements of “influences” between China and Europe, Entangled Landscapes reveals how landscape exchanges entailed complex processes of appropriation, crossover and transformation, through which Chinese and European identities were formed. Exploring these complex processes via three themes—empire building, mediators’ constraints, and aesthetic negotiations, this work breaks new ground in landscape and East-West studies. Interdisciplinary and revisionist in its thrust, it will also benefit scholars of history, human geography and postcolonial studies. Yue Zhuang is senior lecturer in Chinese at the University of Exeter. Andrea M. Riemenschnitter is chair professor of Modern Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Zurich.

“The book launches us into grasping emergent, hybrid expressions of value and power, nature and society, through the entangled circulation of images.” – Prasenjit Duara, Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies, Duke University

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August 2017 Paperback • US$38 / S$42 ISBN: 978-981-4722-58-2 344pp / 229 x 152mm 29 illustrations

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Daniel Wei Boon Chua

US-Singapore Relations, 1965–1975: Strategic Non-alignment in the Cold War At the height of the Cold War in Southeast Asia, the foreign relations between the United States and Singapore demonstrated the interplay between America’s strategy of containment and Singapore’s efforts at a non-aligned foreign policy. But there is a deeper story. American involvement in the Vietnam War not only held back the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, but also catalysed economic and strategic cooperation between the United States and Singapore. The author argues that Singapore might not have achieved its success so rapidly without the support of the US. As the war in Vietnam raged on, Singapore became a critical refueling point, also providing ship and aircraft repair for the US military. Commercial and strategic support from the United States lifted Singapore out of the economic doom predicted for the city-state after secession from Malaysia, cessation of Indonesian trade during Konfrontasi and Britain’s military withdrawal. By considering the importance of the US’s role in Singapore’s nation-building, this book provides an important supplement to the well-trodden narrative that attributes Singapore’s success to good governance. Daniel Chua is assistant professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

“Richly detailed, finely balanced, and drawing on a wealth of new archival material, this work will appeal to scholars in the US, UK as well as the region. An impressive achievement.” – James Curran, University of Sydney

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June 2017 Paperback • US$34 / S$38 ISBN: 978-981-4722-32-2 304pp / 229 x 152mm

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Kishore Mahbubani & Jeffery Sng

The ASEAN Miracle: A Catalyst for Peace The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a miracle. Why? In an era of growing cultural pessimism, many thoughtful individuals believe that different civilisations—especially Islam and the West—cannot live together in peace. The ten countries of ASEAN provide a thriving counter-example of civilizational coexistence. Here 625m people live together in peace. This miracle was delivered by ASEAN. In an era of growing economic pessimism, where many young people believe that their lives will get worse in coming decades, Southeast Asia bubbles with optimism. In an era where many thinkers predict rising geopolitical competition and tension, ASEAN regularly brings together all the world’s great powers. Stories of peace are told less frequently than stories of conflict and war. ASEAN’s imperfections make better headlines than its achievements. But in the hands Kishore Mahbubani and Jeffery Sng, the good news story is also a provocation and a challenge to the rest of the world. Kishore Mahbubani is dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and author of The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East. Jeffery Sng is a writer and former diplomat based in Bangkok, co-author of A History of the Thai-Chinese.


“A powerful and passionate account of how, against all odds, ASEAN transformed the region and why Asia and the world need it even more today.” – Amitav Acharya

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March 2017 Casebound • US$20 / S$24 ISBN: 978-981-4722-49-0 286pp / 229 x 152mm

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Chua Beng Huat

Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore In Liberalism Disavowed, Chua Beng Huat examines the rejection of Western-style liberalism in Singapore and the way the People’s Action Party has forged an independent non-Western ideology. This book explains the evolution of this communitarian ideology, with focus on three areas: public housing, multiracialism and state capitalism, each of which poses different challenges to liberal approaches. With the passing of the first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew and the end of the Cold War, the party is facing greater challenges from an educated populace that demands more of a voice. This has led to liberalization of the cultural sphere, greater responsiveness, and shifts in political rhetoric, but all without disrupting the continuing hegemony of the PAP in government. Chua Beng Huat is provost chair professor in the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.

“… an important book. It’s the best discussion of the history and significance of Singapore’s distinctive political economy … theoretically rich, well supported with ample sources, and benefitting from an insider’s perspective.” – Daniel Bell, author of The China Model

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June 2017 Paperback • US$30 / S$32 ISBN: 978-981-4722-50-6 240pp / 229 x 152mm

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Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia Southeast of Now aims to look and listen closely to the discursive spaces of art in, from, and around the region that is referred to as Southeast Asia, from a 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. Published twice a year in March and October. Vol. 1, Issue 1 was launched in March 2017. Register with Project MUSE to enjoy free previews of Vol. 1, No. 1 (March 2017) and Vol. 1, No. 2 (October 2017). Subsequent issues from Vol. 2, No. 1 (March 2018) will be available upon subscription. For editorial enquiries, contact the editors at For subscription enquiries, contact the National University of Singapore Press at orders.

China: An International Journal Vol. 1 (2003) through current issue Published in February, May, August and November by Singapore’s East Asian Institute, China: An International Journal focuses on contemporary China, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, covering the fields of politics, economics, society, geography, law, culture and international relations. 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 cutting-edge 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. The electronic version of CIJ is available from Project Muse. For more details, e-mail or visit

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NUS Press New Books - January to June 2018  

New and recently published books from the National University of Singapore Press - publishing from Asia, on Asia, for Asia and the world.

NUS Press New Books - January to June 2018  

New and recently published books from the National University of Singapore Press - publishing from Asia, on Asia, for Asia and the world.