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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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M.C. Ricklefs

Soul Catcher: Java’s Fiery Prince Mangkunagara I, 1726–95 Mangkunagara I (1726–95) was one of the most flamboyant figures of 18th-century Java. A charismatic rebel from 1740 to 1757 and one of the foremost military commanders of his age, he won the loyalty of many followers. He was also a devout Muslim of the Mystic Synthesis style, a devotee of Javanese culture and a lover of beautiful women and Dutch gin. His enemies—the Surakarta court, his uncle the rebel and later Sultan Mangkubumi of Yogyakarta and the Dutch East India Company—were unable to subdue him, even when they united against him. In 1757 he settled as a semi-independent prince in Surakarta, pursuing his objective of as much independence as possible by means other than war, a frustrating time for a man who was a fighter to his fingertips. Professor Ricklefs here employs an extraordinary range of sources in Dutch and Javanese—among them Mangkunagara I’s voluminous autobiographical account of his years at war, the earliest autobiography in Javanese so far known—to bring this important figure to life. As he does so, our understanding of Java’s devastating civil war of the mid18th century is transformed and much light is shed on Islam and culture in Java. M.C. Ricklefs is among the foremost historians of Indonesia, with a particular focus on the history of the Javanese from the coming of Islam to the present day.



“Ricklefs’ captivating narrative vividly displays his unparalled command and careful use of primary sources from both the Dutch colonial and the royal Javanese archives.” – Nancy Florida, University of Michigan

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July 2018 Paperback • US$48 / S$48 ISBN: 978-981-4722-84-1 432pp / 229 x 152mm 21 b/w images, 4 maps, 1 genealogy chart

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Daromir Rudnyckyj

Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance Recent economic crises have made the centrality of debt, and the instability it creates, increasingly apparent. This realization has led to cries for change—yet possible alternatives seem to have little traction. Beyond Debt describes efforts to create a transnational economy free of debt. Based on research in Malaysia, Daromir Rudnyckyj illustrates how the state, led by the central bank, seeks to make Kuala Lumpur “the New York of the Muslim world”—the central node of global financial activity conducted in accordance with Islam. Rudnyckyj shows how Islamic financial experts have undertaken ambitious experiments to create more stable economies and stronger social solidarities by facilitating risk- and profit-sharing, enhanced entrepreneurial skills, and more collaborative economic action. Building on ethnographic work that reveals the impact of financial devices on human activity, he illustrates how experts deploy Islamic finance to fashion subjects who are at once more pious Muslims and more ambitious entrepreneurs. In so doing, Rudnyckyj shows how they seek to create a new “geoeconomics”—a global Islamic alternative to the conventional financial network centered on New York, London, and Tokyo. A groundbreaking analysis of a timely subject, Beyond Debt tells the captivating story of efforts to re-center the global system in an emergent Islamic global city and, ultimately, to challenge the very foundations of conventional finance. Daromir Rudnyckyj is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Victoria, Canada.

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Paperback • US$28 / S$36 ISBN: 978-981-3250-12-3 288pp / 229 x 152mm 18 b/w images

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Lee Kah-Wee

Las Vegas in Singapore: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity Over decades, Las Vegas has perfected the concept of the casinohotel, which has been exported to countries around the world, including Singapore with the opening of the Marina Bay Sands. When this luxury resort opened in 2010, it was the convergence of two cities’ very different histories of gambling. Las Vegas in Singapore looks at moments in Singapore’s and Las Vegas’ pasts when the moral and legal status of gambling changed significantly, and examines how modern states and corporations capitalized on it. The book begins in colonial Singapore in the 1880s, when British administrators revised the law in response to the political threat posed by Chinese-run gambling syndicates. It then looks at the 1960s when the newly independent city-state created a national lottery while at the same time criminalizing both organized and petty gambling. From there the focus moves to corporate Las Vegas in the 1950s. The book reveals how the Las Vegas model of casino develop­ ment evolved into a highly rationalized template designed to maximize profits. It all comes together when the Vegas model is architecturally re-fashioned into Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. Ultimately, Lee Kah-Wee argues that the historical project of the control of vice is also about the control of space and capital. The result is an uneven landscape where the legal and moral status of gambling is contingent on where it is located. As the current wave of casino expansion spreads across Asia, he warns that these developments should not be seen as liberalization but instead as a monopolization by modern states and corporations. Lee Kah-Wee is an assistant professor at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.

“… an innovative project … will certainly be of interest to scholars in a variety of academic fields, and to nonspecialist local readers in Singapore as well.” – Timothy A. Simpson, University of Macau

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September 2018 Paperback • US$32 / S$36 ISBN: 978-981-4722-90-2 352pp / 229 x 152mm 33 b/w images, 13 tables

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Jiat-Hwee Chang and Imran bin Tajudeen editors

Southeast Asia’s Modern Architecture: Questions of Translation, Epistemology and Power What is the modern in Southeast Asia’s architecture and how do we approach its study critically? This pathbreaking multidisciplinary volume is the first critical survey of Southeast Asia’s modern architecture. It looks at the challenges of studying this complex history through the conceptual frameworks of translation, epistemology, and power. Challenging Eurocentric ideas and architectural nomenclature, the authors examine the development of modern architecture in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with a focus on selective translation and strategic appropriation of imported ideas and practices by local architects and builders. The book transforms our understandings of the region’s modern architecture by moving beyond a consideration of architecture as an aesthetic artifact and instead examining its entanglement with different dynamics of power.   Jiat-Hwee Chang is assistant professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. Imran bin Tajudeen is assistant professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore.

“This collection opens the existing field up and will enrich specialists’ way of seeing. It shows how 'modern architecture' could be differently understood, challenged, transformed and owned. It capably represents a break, but not a retreat from influential architectural history and theory … it challenges without ignoring the establishment.” – Abidin Kusno, University of British Columbia, Canada

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September 2018 Paperback • US$36 / S$42 ISBN: 978-981-4722-78-0 400pp / 229 x 152mm 78 b/w images

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Eric C. Thompson and Vineeta Sinha editors

Southeast Asian Anthropologies: National Traditions and Transnational Practices Anthropology is a flourishing discipline in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asian Anthropologies renders visible the develop­ ment of national traditions and transnational practices of anthropology across the region. The authors are practising anthro­ pologists and Southeast Asian scholars with decades of experience working in the intellectual traditions and institu­tions that have taken root in Southeast Asia since the mid-twentieth century. Anthropology’s self-criticism of the colonial, postcolonial and neo-colonial conditions of its own production remains relevant for Southeast Asia. There has been a vigorous debate and a wide range of suggestions on what might be done to de-center the Euro-, andro-, hetero- and other centrisms of the discipline from an emerging world anthropologies perspective. But actually trans­ forming anthropology requires practice beyond mere critique. The chapters in this volume focus on practices and para­digms of anthropologists working from and within Southeast Asia.   Eric C. Thompson is associate professor in the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. Vineeta Sinha is head of the Department of Sociology and the South Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore.

“Anthropology is a sensitive barometer of social concerns, providing invaluable insights into national sensitivities. This volume offers a critical reading of these separate national barometers across the Southeast Asian region from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore to Indonesia and the Philippines. It gives a glimpse of both national and transnational research on a great variety of social formations in transition.” – James J. Fox, The Australian National University

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October 2018 Paperback • US$36 / S$42 ISBN: 978-981-4722-96-4 328pp / 229 x 152mm

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Maria Serena I. Diokno, Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao and Alan H. Yang editors

China’s Footprints in Southeast Asia The countries that make up Southeast Asia are seeing a resurgence in their economic power. Over the past fifty years, their combined wealth has reached the same level as the United Kingdom and, taken together, they are on track to become the fifth largest world economy. But that stability and success has drawn the attention of the second largest world economy— China. The emerging superpower is increasingly involved in Southeast Asia as part of the ongoing global realignment. As China deepens its influence across the region, the countries of Southeast Asia are negotiating spaces for themselves in order to respond to—or even challenge—China’s power. This is the first book to survey China’s growing role in Southeast Asia along multiple dimensions. It looks closely and skeptically at the multitude of ways that China has built connections in the region, including through trade, foreign aid, and cultural diplomacy. It incorporates examples such as the operation of Confucius Institutes in Indonesia or the promotion of the concept of guangxi. China’s Footprints in Southeast Asia raises the question of whether Chinese efforts are helpful or disruptive and explores who it is that really stands to benefit from these relationships. The answers differ from country to country, but, as this volume suggests, the footprint of hard and soft power always leaves a lasting mark on other countries’ institutions. Maria Serena I. Diokno is professor of History at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao is distinguished research fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan and senior advisor to the President of Taiwan. Alan H. Yang is associate professor and associate research fellow, Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies and Institute of International Relations, and executive director, Center for Southeast Asian Relations, National Chengchi University, Taiwan.

August 2018 Paperback • US$32 / S$36 ISBN: 978-981-4722-89-6 248pp / 229 x 152mm

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Wahyu Prasetyawan

Networked: Business and Politics in Decentralizing Indonesia, 1998–2004 After the fall of Suharto in Indonesia in 1998, the new government under B.J. Habibie introduced a decentralization policy that dramatically changed relations between the central and local governments. Under decentralization, local governments engaged in bureaucratic and political conflict with the central government over control of natural resources and fairer distribution of rents from these resources. Local elites demanded greater involvement in shaping economic and political institutions. Decentralization is among the most important political economic developments in Indonesia over the last thirty years. This book evaluates three cases of deep-seated political conflict and intrigue (in the provinces of East Kalimantan, West Sumatra, and Riau), implicating central government, local governments and multinational companies. The author’s analysis shows how competition to manage and control Indonesia’s vast natural resources is no longer limited to national level interests, nor can it be restricted only to the local level. The study elucidates changes in the structure of the national political economy as the result of deep engagement of local actors in disputes with the central government over control of natural resources. These changes will mean new patterns of distribution of natural resource rents, with implications for Indonesia’s evolving democratic politics and modes of governance. The study is also relevant to investors and resource industry players trying to understand Indonesia’s political economy. Wahyu Prasetyawan is a lecturer at Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University, and has been visiting professor in the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) since 2007.


KYOTO-CSEAS SERIES ON ASIAN STUDIES June 2018 Paperback • US$36 / S$38 ISBN: 978-981-4722-97-1 224pp / 229 x 152mm 4 tables, 3 figures, 3 maps

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Vannessa Hearman

Unmarked Graves: Death and Survival in the Anti-Communist Violence in East Java, Indonesia The wave of anti-communist violence that swept across Indonesia in 1965–66 produced a particularly high death toll in East Java. It also transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of survivors, who faced decades of persecution, imprisonment and violence. In this book, Vannessa Hearman examines the human cost and the community impact of the violence on people from different sides of the political divide. Her major contribution is an examination of the experiences of people on the political Left. Drawing on interviews, archival records, and government and military reports, she traces the lives of a number of leftists, following their efforts to build a base for resistance in the South Blitar area of East Java, and their subsequent journeys into prisons and detention centres, or into hiding and a shadowy underground existence. From this material, a new understanding also emerges of the relationship between the army and its civilian supporters, many of whom belonged to Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama. In recent times, the Indonesian killings have received increased attention, but researchers have struggled to overcome a dearth of available records and the stigma associated with communist party membership. By studying events in a single province and focusing on the experiences of individuals, Hearman has taken a large step toward a better understanding of a fraught period in Indonesia’s recent past. Vannessa Hearman holds a PhD in History from the University of Melbourne. She lectures in Indonesian Studies at Charles Darwin University in Australia.



"This extraordinary book documents with care, not only the horror of living through the 1965 killings, but also the political lives of members of the Indonesian Left." – Katharine McGregor, Melbourne University

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August 2018 Paperback • US$32 / S$38 ISBN: 978-981-4722-94-0 288pp / 229 x 152mm 1 map, 8 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 military forces invaded Malaya on 8 December 1941 and British forces surrendered in Singapore 70 days later. Japan ruled the territory for 3½ years. During this time, early efforts to maintain pre-war standards gave way to a grim struggle for survival as the once-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 had little reason to hope for better in the future. Drawing on surviving wartime administrative papers, oral sources, 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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April 2018 Paperback • US$38 / S$42 ISBN: 978-9971-69-638-2 440pp / 229 x 152mm 59 b/w images, 52 tables, 9 maps

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Patrick J.M. Anderson with an introduction by Philip Holden

Snake Wine and Other Malayan Writings One of the best-written accounts in English of Singapore in the early 1950s, Snake Wine is the record of Patrick Anderson's two years as a lecturer at the University of Malaya. Anderson, a successful British-born Canadian poet, has, according to the blurb for the original edition “an unjaded eye, an unconventional mind, a taste for the exotic, a keen sense of the droll and a lively interest in the diversity of human manners and motives”. Anderson’s position and background represent privileges he cannot escape, but he cultivates his marginality as a leftist and bisexual. He writes with a gentle humour about the contradictions of his own position as a teacher of English literature to students like Wang Gungwu, Hedwig Anuar and James Puthucheary, a generation preparing themselves for the struggles that would lead to the formation of Malaysia and, ultimately, an independent Singapore. As Philip Holden writes in his introduction, Anderson’s text both enacts and “consciously undermines its own authority and struggles with issues of privilege, exile, and authority”. Set in the fluid world of the colonial port city, it is “saturated with queer sexualities”.  Snake Wine, collected here together with a Singapore-related short story and two poems, is an engaging read on many levels, but also one that “offers an important perspective on the politics and cultures of emergent national elites which is still relevant in Singapore today”. Patrick J.M. Anderson was born in England in 1917 and worked in Montreal, Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom. He died in 1979. He was a teacher, writer and poet.

“His notions are preposterous, his desires often ludicrous, and his attempts to confront reality quite pathetic … [Snake Wine is] a hallucination nurtured by the chemistry of illusion and legend….” – Rebecca Chua, The Straits Times, 1983

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RIDGE BOOKS October 2018 Paperback • US$28 / S$32 ISBN: 978-981-32-5013-0 320pp / 229 x 152mm 6 b/w images

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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 senduduk, 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 July 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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John G. Butcher and R.E. Elson

(New in Paperback)

Sovereignty and the Sea: How Indonesia Became an Archipelagic State Until the mid-1950s nearly all the waters lying between the farflung islands of the Indonesian archipelago were as open to the ships of all nations as the waters of the great oceans. In 1957 the Indonesian government declared that it had “absolute sovereignty” over all the waters lying within straight baselines drawn between the outermost islands of Indonesia.  At a single step, Indonesia had asserted its dominion over a vast swathe of what had hitherto been seas open to all, and made its lands and the seas it now claimed a single unified entity for the first time. International outrage and alarm ensued, expressed espe­ cially by the great maritime nations. Nevertheless, Indonesia eventually succeeded in gaining international recognition for its claim when, in 1982, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea formally recognized a new category of states known as “archipelagic states” and declared that these states had sovereignty over their “archipelagic waters”. Sovereignty and the Sea explains how Indonesia succeeded in its extraordinary claim. At the heart of Indonesia’s campaign was a small group of Indonesian diplomats. Largely because of their dogged persistence, negotiating skills, and willingness to make difficult compromises Indonesia became the greatest archipelagic state in the world. John G. Butcher taught for 32 years at Griffith University until his retirement in 2011. R.E. Elson is Emeritus Professor of Southeast Asian History at the University of Queensland.

“This is a very good book.... Highly recommended, not only to historians of the law of the sea and of modern South-East Asia, but to those who seek to understand just what lies behind the current maritime order.” – James Goldrick, The Mariner’s Mirror

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October 2018 Paperback • US$38 / S$45 ISBN: 978-981-3250-08-6 560pp / 229 x 152mm 23 maps, 5 b/w images

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Kwa Chong Guan and Peter Borschberg editors

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.

“I commend Kwa Chong Guan’s masterly introduction that reviews how those who insisted on having Singapore’s history begin in 1819 had put earlier scholarship aside.” – Wang Gungwu, National University of Singapore

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July 2018 Paperback • US$52 / S$45 ISBN: 978-981-4722-74-2 428pp / 254 x 179mm 15 colour images, 48 b/w images

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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. While Savu is a relatively small island, aspects of its society, as well as this study’s blend of anthropology and historical method, makes this book of fundamental relevance to the on-going comparative examination of Austronesian-speaking populations from Madagascar to Hawaii and from Taiwan to Timor. This book brings together Duggan’s detailed understanding of Savunese society and genealogies with Hägerdal’s deep knowledge of the Dutch and Portuguese archives to understand the overlap between these perspectives on Savu’s past. The text discusses the pre-colonial period up to the 16th century, and then examines how early-colonial encounters with the Portuguese and Dutch (VOC) changed the system of governance. In the 19th century the Savunese embarked on minor colonial enterprises in Timor and Sumba, and were still largely autonomous vis-à-vis 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.

July 2018

“… 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 624pp / 229 x 152mm 7 b/w maps, 59 b/w figures, 30 b/w images, 16 colour images

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Leo van Bergen

Uncertainty, Anxiety, Frugality: Dealing with Leprosy in the Dutch East Indies, 1816–1942 Leo van Bergen’s account of leprosy in the Dutch East Indies, today’s Indonesia, highlights important themes in the colonial enterprise. Management of leprosy, now often called Hansen’s disease, entered colonial policy debates, but resources were never forthcoming, and colonial officials and media approached the disease with uncertainty and anxiety. In the early 1800s, the colonial administration sequestered sufferers. Later in the century, officials viewed the disease as a hereditary ailment afflicting their subjects in the tropics, and they emptied the leprosaria. After 1900, a growing understanding that leprosy was spread by a bacillus aroused fears that the disease might spread from the tropics to the colonial metropole. Expert opinion remained unsettled about causes and treatment, and in the last decades of Dutch rule, the East Indies relied on traditional healing practices and home care, somewhat ironically anticipating the World Health Organization’s approach to health care some 70 years later. 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.

“Leo van Bergen’s impressive, thoughtful, scholarly work is an important contribution to medical and comparative colonial history. The book shows how indigenous, social, political, and economic interests became entwined with broader imperial and international concerns, and makes it possible to compare the Dutch response to leprosy with that of other colonial regimes.” – Josephine Robertson, The University of Queensland

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HISTORY OF MEDICINE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA SERIES June 2018 Paperback • US$36 / S$42 ISBN: 978-981-4722-83-4 304pp / 229 x 152mm 4 bar graphs, 6 b/w tables

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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, jour­ nalists 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.


“… the book invites a rethink of secular liberalism as the only foundation for journalisms that value independence, truth, and justice.” – Cherian George, author of Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and Its Threat to Democracy

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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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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 homogenised 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 reference points for Malaysia and Singapore to this day. This is the first in-depth study of the film music of the period. It 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.

"A dynamic interweaving of the ‘intimate’ relationships between Malay film music and the paradoxes in the making of postcolonial Malaysia and Singapore." – Tan Sooi Beng, Universiti Sains Malaysia

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June 2018 Paperback • US$42 / S$36 ISBN: 978-981-4722-63-6 394pp / 229 x 152mm 34 b/w images, 42 musical transcriptions

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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 A common style in East Asian Buddhist art emerged in China, Japan and Korea in the middle of the seventh century and prevailed for about a hundred years. What took shape from the exchange of ideas, practices, and art forms between China and the surrounding regions was a synthetic art style uniform in iconography and formal characteristics. In this richly illustrated study, Dorothy C. Wong argues that notions of Buddhist kingship and a theory of the Buddhist state were in the ascendant across East Asia during this period, and that these religio-political ideals found visual expression in the new art style. Wong asserts that Buddhist pilgrim-monks (traveling between the courts and religious centers) were among the key agents in the transmission of these ideals, and her work assesses their role in the spread, circulation, adoption and transformation of the visual language of state Buddhism, and of the attendant rituals and practices. Transcending cultural and geographical boundaries, this cosmopolitan visual style of Buddhism helped shape the cultural landscape of Northeast Asia. Dorothy C. Wong is an associate professor at the Art Department, University of Virginia, USA.

“This book is a major contribution to the understanding of the circulation of Buddhist art and styles in East Asia. It will be a mandatory reading for those interested in Buddhist art, the Buddhist connections between Tang China and Japan, and intra-Asian interactions.” – Tansen Sen, City University of New York

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June 2018 Casebound • US$52 / S$72 ISBN: 978-981-4722-59-9 376pp / 235 x 187mm 12 colour images, 125 b/w images, 11 b/w figures and tables

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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.



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

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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

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, eco­ nomics, 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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