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Early Kingdoms author signing session

Saturday 22nd September 2012 by Olivia

Location:  Mata-Hari Antiques, 13 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069693
Dates:  Saturday 22nd September 2012 to Saturday 22nd September 2012

Meet author Paul Louis Munoz and learn more about Early Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula while sipping a glass of wine!

The event will take place at Mata-Hari Antiques which features a great collections of antique silverware and gold jewellery, precious artefacts and artworks including religious icons, textiles and furniture.

If you haven’t already been to Mata-Hari Antiques then this book signing will give you the opportunity to buy a great book and discover an interesting antique shop.

 

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EDM's first iPhone app released on iTunes

Friday 7th September 2012 by Olivia

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With the app, we’ve made it easy for even the first-time visitor to find their way to the very best Singapore has to offer by profiling top hotels and resorts, restaurants, spas, galleries and shops.The all-new Singapore Chic App introduces visitors to the glamour and excitement of Singapore today.

Each address is conveniently pinned on a map that works offline, and you can decide where to go next by checking the ‘places nearby’ feature.

The in 48 hours section allows those on a short trip to make the most of their visit, while we update regularly the Chic favourites and Deals sections for those looking for the trendiest addresses and latest deals in town.

Download the Singapore Chic app on iTunes for free, and enjoy exploring Singapore!

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Interview with author Paul Sochaczewski

Tuesday 25th September 2012 by Olivia

EDM speaks to Paul Spencer Sochaczewski about his latest book: An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles, in which he travels with famous naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace.

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Paul Spencer Sochaczewski: I’ve lived and worked in Southeast Asia for some 40 years, and when I was living in Indonesia in the 70s I realised that I had  inadvertently been living and working in the places Wallace travelled... I started to read his books and the more I studied him, the more I realised what an interesting, complicated, complex character he was.

Alfred Russel Wallace was an eccentric English explorer, naturalist; he had unusual ideas and he wasn’t afraid to explain them. He suffered hardship and was remarkably productive – he collected 125,000 specimens. He had no institutional support; he had to finance the trip by selling what he called ‘natural productions’.

Wallace spoke out about the importance of women in social evolution. He spoke about how the so-called native societies were often more civilised than English society at the time. He predicted environmental destruction, and he blamed the terrible water and air pollution in England at the time on  bad politicians and industrialists, remember this was the time of the Industrial Revolution in England.

He was terrified of the sea and small boats, but he spent most of his time running around on small boats on open oceans. Like a lot of great men, he was a complicated character and I found that interesting.

 

Tell us when and how you found out about Wallace and his books?

PS: There was no Eureka moment, but he seeped into my system, like malaria, and then you never get rid of it. So he entered my consciousness and he never left.

 There’s been quite a few books written on Wallace, can you tell us what’s different about your book? What’s your angle and approach?

PS: I am probably the only writer who has spent a long time and worked in many of the places  Wallace went, so I can add that element to the quest. I can bring in personal experiences and observations that build on Wallace’s way of looking at things.

I have a background in nature conservation, so I can put his experiences in context. It’s a book that’s not just a biography of Wallace, but it’s also a personal exploration. So it’s my story as much as Wallace’s story. And I like to think that I wrote it in a style that the other writers haven’t done; that makes it fun, and interesting, and maybe a little bit provocative, a little bit edgy and wacky.

How would you describe your form of storytelling, and how does it work in the book?

PS: It’s a new form of storytelling. I combine my personal tales with Wallace’s experiences and a lot of Wallace’s direct quotes. It’s his own writings plus my interpretation of his travels in the context of history, social changes, economic development, and colonialism.

There is this ongoing debate about how Wallace was deliberately sidelined by Darwin. What’s your take?

PS: There are two questions regarding the Wallace-Darwin relationship. One is the question of priority, and one is the question of plagiarism.

The first, what you mentioned: “sidelined”, is the question of priority. There is, for me, evidence that Darwin and his friends, notably Charles Lyell and Joseph Hooker, deliberately sidelined Wallace so that Darwin could take the credit for the theory of natural selection.

The other accusation of plagiarism is more serious and more difficult to prove, and that is open to the historians and conspiracy theorists. We do know that up to the point of the publication of On the Origin of Species, Darwin had not published one word about evolution, but he had been keeping extensive notebooks and done extensive research. We do not know, really, if Darwin had grasped the mechanism of natural selection, what later became known as the survival of the fittest.

Some people think that Wallace gave Darwin the clue that enabled Darwin to finish On the Origin of Species. Other people say Darwin had it all along, but he didn’t publish because he was collecting more evidence, and he was afraid of the British social system coming down hard on him for that.

 So yes, I do think that Wallace was sidelined by Darwin and didn’t at the time get the credit he deserved. But Wallace never publicly claimed the credit. He was always happy to let Darwin do the heavy lifting. He was happy to let Darwin take the heat.

What or who does Wallace represent to you? If you could use just one word to describe him, would you say he was more of a mentor or a friend, even though you never met him?

PS: He’s a travel buddy.

What if your book was a movie, who would you choose to play Wallace?

PS: Harrison Ford. There’s this look about him that to me says, “What am I doing here? How did I get into this situation?” And he’s got a charm that I think Wallace might have had. Or maybe Lian Neeson or Daniel Day-Lewis.  Or my good friend Bill Stone, who is not an actor but who resembles Wallace in various ways.

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Take the quiz on Wallace for a chance to win a signed copy of An Inordinate Fondness For Beetles

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About An Inordinate Fondness For Beetles

Part travelogue, part biography, An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles charts the discoveries of famous naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace. Born in 1823, Wallace devoted much time to fieldwork, first in the Amazon then in Asia. During his travels he identified what is known as the Wallace Line, which divides the flora and fauna of Asia from that which is a combination of both Australian and Asian origin. He is perhaps most famous for independently developing the theory of evolution due to natural selection.

Structured as "conversations around the campfire, based on common travel in the Malay archipelago", An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles skillfully interweaves tales of Wallace's travels and discoveries in with Paul Sochaczewski's own observations of the region. Offering unique insights into the magic of Southeast Asia, this book will appeal to armchair travellers and experienced globetrotters alike.

ISBN: 978-981-4385-20-6

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An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles is available in Singapore at Kinokuniya, MPH bookstores (mid-October), Times Newslink, Books Actually, in Indonesia at Periplus bookstores, and online on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

More information about Sochaczewski's book: An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

Find out more about Paul Sochaczewski

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EDM at Frankfurt

Tuesday 4th September 2012 by Olivia

EDM will be attending the Frankfurt Book Fair from 10 to 14 October 2012.

Our stand number is hall 8 stand F906.

 

Come and visit us!

EDM Team

 

 

Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 mentioned in Singapore Homes Tatler

Thursday 4th October 2012 by Olivia

"Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 is a rich, compelling archive of documents and rare photos of Singapore's history. Published by Editions Didier Millet, it is available at all good bookstores."

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Jewellery History Today

Friday 12th October 2012 by Olivia

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EDM authors appearing at SWF

Friday 2nd November 2012 by Olivia

Location:  Various
Dates:  Friday 2nd November 2012 to Sunday 11th November 2012
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SR Nathan, Marina Mahathir, Paul Sochaczewski, Yu-mei Balasingamchow, Daniele Weiler, Gretchen Liu and Maxime Pilon will be talking at separate events during the Singapore Writers Festival.

For more information on the events, visit our Facebook events page or download the festival's programme here.

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Gold Jewellery semi-finalist of the 2012 International Tribal Art Book Award

Tuesday 23rd October 2012 by Olivia

 

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Great news: Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago is semi-finalist to be honored the 2012 International Tribal Art Book Award with two other books!

Support us by voting for Gold Jewellery. Just visit www.pilat2011.com and click on 'vote for the book of your choice'.

There is a chance to win the book too!

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In the Mood for Cheongsam in Vogue!

Monday 17th September 2012 by Olivia

In the Mood for Cheongsam was featured in Vogue Germany! See their article and the translation below.

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 Translation of the article

The cheongsam dress is part of Chinese heritage. The traditional ankle-length gown featuring a high collar and buttoned shoulder had its own dedicated exhibition this year at The National Museum of Singapore. Editions Didier Millet published an illustrated reference book to accompany the exhibition in mid-August. Designers such as Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren and Marchesa adopted elements of the traditional Far Eastern dress in their 2012 Fall/Winter collections (top, left).

 

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More books on the Kindle

Thursday 6th September 2012 by Olivia

Here’s an update of our Kindle books. The following titles are now available on both amazon.com and amazon.co.uk:

Sukarno: A Political Biography
The End of Sukarno: A coup that Misfired: A Purge That Ran Wild
King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life’s Work
Goh Keng Swee: A Portrait
Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey
An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency
Singapore at Random
Islam in Indonesia: Politics and Diversity

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Tandjung Sari 50th anniversary

Wednesday 29th August 2012 by Olivia

An account of Bali’s famous boutique hotel Tandjung Sari’s 50th anniversary party and the launch of our book Tandjung Sari: A Magical Door to Bali. The article was published in the Tempo Magazine.

 

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EDM on the Kindle

Monday 27th August 2012 by Olivia

It’s finally happened – 9 EDM ebooks are now live on amazon.com (others will follow soon):

 
Rimbaud in Java: The Lost Voyage
The Painted Alphabet: A Mythical Story of Bali
Malaysia at Random
Twilight in Djakarta
The Sultan and The Mermaid Queen
Jim Thompson: The Unsolved Mystery
The Truth about Anna…and Other Stories
Distant Greens
My Journey from Paris to Java

 

The same titles are live on amazon.co.uk

 

All are priced at US$4.11 (£2.62) except Jim Thompson: The Unsolved Mystery at US$8.23 (£5.24).
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How well do you know your Home away from Home?

Friday 3rd August 2012 by Olivia

An interesting feature on Malaysia At Random which appeared in the latest issue of The Expat magazine. It is aptly titled “How well do you know your Home away from Home” for the pleasure of the expat community here.

 

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Review of In the Mood for Cheongsam in The New Straits Times

Wednesday 1st August 2012 by Olivia

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Cities in Transformation mentioned in ZB and Shin Min Daily News

Tuesday 24th July 2012 by Olivia

Lianhe Zaobao, 2 July 2012 (Pg 1)

Translated from Chinese (read in Chinese)

Careful planning and implementation needed to create a liveable home

It is not easy to transform into a liveable and sustainable city, and long-term planning and careful implementation is needed. PM Lee said that the government will continue to work hard to make Singapore into the best home. However, besides improving infrastructure and adding more green spaces, Singapore also needs to strengthen its social capital, to make our society more harmonious and united.

Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), World Cities Summit (WCS), and the inaugural CleanEnviro Summit (CES) was held together for the first time in Singapore. PM Lee shared Singapore’s experience of becoming a liveable city at the joint opening of the events.

PM Lee pointed out that liveability and sustainable development have been the main aims of Singapore’s development.

Even though Singapore is just a small island of 700 sq km without any natural resources, Singapore has set up protected nature areas, built gardens and parks, and cleaned up rivers and waterways, to integrate nature into our Garden city.

However PM Lee admitted that it is not easy to transform successfully. He said, “It’s easy to sacrifice long-term objectives, environmental objectives or urban planning objectives, for short-term advantage. And it’s difficult to rally political support for the right choices. Enforcing planning norms is not easy, acting against polluters is equally hard, and pricing resources like water and electricity which affect the lives of millions of people is even harder.”

PM Lee pointed out that the government’s efforts to make Singapore a more liveable city will continue. This is because Singapore’s population is growing, and expectations are higher as the population is more exposed to beautiful cities elsewhere.

“We may be a densely populated city but we’re determined to continue improving Singapore, so that our people live comfortably and pleasantly, and this becomes one of the jewels in the tropics.” PM Lee said that there are ongoing efforts to build new housing estates and upgrade older ones, improve the public transport network, and integrate more green spaces and blue waters into the landscape.

The Gardens by the Bay has just opened, and besides this iconic tourist destination, the government is working hard to make every corner of Singapore better. For example, every neighbourhood will have its own park, every town will have its own Destination Park, providing unique leisure facilities.

“Beyond infrastructure, Singapore is also strengthening its social capital. That means integrating Singaporeans, newly-arrived immigrants and foreign workers, preserving ethnic harmony and building a more compassionate society.”

PM Lee felt that such efforts to make Singapore better will not end, as the country will need to meet the public’s growing expectations.

To provide more avenues for different countries to learn from one another, PM Lee also announced a new book “Cities in Transformation” jointly published by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC). The book chronicles the transformation stories of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize winners and some of the special mentions. 

The CLC will also launch a “Liveability Framework” to help cities set liveability and sustainability targets, and methods to meet these targets.

PM Lee hopes these experiences will be useful for some countries, and hopes to also learn from other countries and cities.

The SIWW, WCS, and CES started yesterday at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre and will be held for the next four to five days. A total of 15,000 government representatives, experts, and academics will be attending.

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Shin Min Daily News, 2 July 2012 (Pg 7)

Translated from Chinese 

PM: The Government will continue to work hard to make Singapore the best home

PM Lee pointed out that the government will continue to work hard to make Singapore the best home, and transform Singapore into a tropical jewel, and this work will never end.

He said it is not easy to transform into a liveable and sustainable city, and long term planning and careful implementation are needed.

PM gave an opening address at the joint opening of World Cities Summit, CleanEnviro Summit and the Singapore International Water Week yesterday. He also pointed out that liveability and sustainable development have been the main aims of Singapore’s development. Even though Singapore is just a small island of 700 sq km without any natural resources, Singapore has set up protected nature areas, built gardens and parks, and cleaned up rivers and waterways, to integrate nature into our Garden city. However PM admitted that it is not easy to transform successfully. He said, “It’s easy to sacrifice long-term objectives, environmental objectives or urban planning objectives, for short-term advantage. And it’s difficult to rally political support for the right choices. Enforcing planning norms is not easy, acting against polluters is equally hard, and pricing resources like water and electricity which affect the lives of millions of people is even harder.”

PM Lee pointed out that the government’s efforts to make Singapore a more liveable city will continue. “We may be a densely populated city but we’re determined to continue improving Singapore, so that our people live comfortably and pleasantly, and this becomes one of the jewels in the tropics.” To provide more avenues for different countries to learn from one another, PM Lee also announced a new book “Cities in Transformation” jointly published by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC). The book chronicles the transformation stories of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize winners and some of the special mentions.

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In the Mood for Cheongsam review in The Sun

Monday 9th July 2012 by Olivia

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A Visual Celebration of Giant Pandas book launch

Thursday 25th October 2012 by Olivia

Location:  Resort World Sentosa

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An Unexpected Journey wins Best Nonfiction Award

Friday 9th November 2012 by Lindsay

An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency, SR Nathan's memoir published by EDM in 2011, has won the Best Nonfiction Award at the inaugural Singapore Book Publisher's Association Publishing Awards. The Awards were held on 7 November at the Rendezvous Hotel. The Awards were attended by industry members including representatives from local and international publishers as well as booksellers and the Media Development Authority Singapore.

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Meet Marina Mahathir

Friday 9th November 2012 by Lindsay

Location:  Borders The Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

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EDM at French Marche

Friday 16th November 2012 by Lindsay

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Meet the authors of The French in Singapore

Friday 16th November 2012 by Lindsay

Come and meet Maxime Pilon and Daniele Weiler, the authors of The French in Singapore, at the French Marche. They will be giving a talk about the history of the French community in Singapore. While the authors are there the book will be available for purchase, in both the French and English editions, with a 20% discount. All other EDM titles at French Marche are discounted by 10%

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Volcanoes of Indonesia book launch

Tuesday 20th November 2012 by Lindsay

Location:  Select Books

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Telling It Straight author signing

Monday 26th November 2012 by Lindsay

Check out these photos from Marina Mahathir's Telling It Straight book signing. There were three book signings on 10, 11 and 17 of November.

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Telling It Straight hits the bestseller lists

Monday 26th November 2012 by Lindsay

Telling It Straight is number 2 on MPH Malaysia's bestseller list and number 9 on the Times bestseller list in Singapore!

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A Visual Celebration of Giant Panda Discounted for a limited time

Tuesday 27th November 2012 by Lindsay

A Visual Celebration of Giant Pandas

“Panda cubs are born to play. As soon as they areable to move, they start to play.”

Five years of photography and research have gone into ‘A Visual Celebration of Giant Pandas’, filled with beautiful photographs and educational information about the giant panda, its habits, and its future.

RWS Invites members enjoy 20% discount off the book purchase, available from 8 November at the RWS Invites Service Centre and The Maritime Experiential Museum.

The sales and promotion of this book is part of RWS conservation initiative. 100% of the authors’ sales proceeds will be donated to WWF for wildlife conservation.

Book Signing: Members are also invited to meet the authors and have their copies autographed at the book signing event, 11 November 2012, 2pm, The Maritime Experiential Museum, Resorts World Sentosa

Pricing: $29.96 (usual price $37.45). Offer valid until 30 November 2012. Present your RWS Invites card at the counter.

 

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Volcanoes of Indonesia book launch tonight

Friday 30th November 2012 by Lindsay

Location:  Select Books

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Volcanoes of Indonesia launch photos

Monday 3rd December 2012 by Lindsay

The Singapore launch for Volcanoes of Indonesia was held last Friday night. The photographer of the book, Carl-Bernd Kaehlig, gave a very interesting talk on his travels throughout Indonesia and his experiences climbing and photographing the country's majestic volcanoes. Later Carl signed books while everyone enjoyed wine and some Indonesian-inspired food.

Many thanks to Select Books for hosting the event and making the night a success.

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New EDM ebook releases

Monday 3rd December 2012 by Lindsay

Two of EDM's new titles are now available as ebooks. 

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles and Healing Cambodia One Child at a Time can be purchased from Kindle, Kobo, AsiaBooks, Skoob, ilovebooks, OverDrive and many other online bookstores.

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EDM Staff Christmas Wishlist

Tuesday 4th December 2012 by Lindsay

Douglas (editorial director): The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery by Catherine Bailey

Nick (managing editor, Thailand): My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Antoine (sales & marketing director): Life's Handicap by Rudyard Kipling

Rachael (editor): Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson

Farokh (sales & marketing manager): The Twelve by Justin Cronin (US hardcover edition)

Lindsay (editor): May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes

Lisa (designer): Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer

Suresh (sales & marketing manager): Proof of Heaven by Dr Eben Alexander

Sheena (assistant finance manager): The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Siok Ai (editor): Information is Beautiful by David McCandless

Pascal (designer): Magnum Magnum by Thames & Hudson

James (editor):The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2001 Penguin Classics edition)

Hui Yee (designer): Divine Healing Hands by Dr Zhi Gang Sha and The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale

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EDM ebook update

Thursday 6th December 2012 by Lindsay

Both of Marina Mahathir's EDM titles, Telling It Straight and In Liberal Doses, are now available as ebooks on AsiaBooks.com and ilovebooks.com, with other leading ebook retailers to follow. We'll keep you posted.

Ethnic Jewellery book signing

Monday 10th December 2012 by Lindsay

Mata-Hari Antiques hosted a book signing event for the EDM title Ethnic Jewellery from Indonesia on Friday 30 November. Manfred Giehmann, who owns the collection of jewellery that the book is based on, gave a talk about his collection and then signed books for the guests.

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Collector Manfred Giehmann signing copies of Ethnic Jewellery from Indonesia

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Paul Michel Munoz, author of Early Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula, attended the event

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Guests listening to Manfred Giehmann's speech

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EDM's editorial director, Douglas Amrine, chatting to a guest at the event

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EDM ebook update

Wednesday 12th December 2012 by Lindsay

Marina Mahathir's new book, Telling It Straight, is now available on Kindle and Kobo as is her other collection of articles, In Liberal Doses.

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A Merry EDM Christmas

Thursday 27th December 2012 by Lindsay

 

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Thailand at Random

Tuesday 8th January 2013 by Lindsay

Every day this week we will be featuring a little known fact about Thailand from EDM's book, Thailand at Random. See if you learn something new.

 

The Original Siamese Twins


The conjoined twins Eng and Chan were born in 1811 in Samut Songkram province. In 1824, Robert Hunter, an English trader saw them swimming in a river. Famous American missionary, Dr Dan Beach Bradley, gave the following account of that first encounter: "It was a creature that appeared to have two heads, four arms, and four legs, all of which were moving in perfect harmony. As Mr Hunter watched, the object climbed into a nearby boat, and to his amazement he realised he had been looking at two small boys who were joined together at the chest." The twins were born with their livers fused but a later study found that they both functioned independently. Modern technology would have easily separated them.

Hunter took the two boys in 1829 to perform in P.T. Barnum's circus in the United States and Europe as the "Siamese twins". (In Siam, they had been called the "Chinese twins" due to their Chinese heritage.) In 1839, they settled in North Carolina with the intention of living normal lives; they bought slaves and successfully managed a tobacco plantation. They adopted the last name "Bunker" and became American citizens. They married the Yates sisters, Sarah and Adelaide. After sharing the same bed for a time, the two women eventually lived in separate houses and the twins split their time between the two. Eng and Sarah had 11 children. Chan and Adelaide had 10.

In 1874, Chan contracted pneumonia and died. Waking up to find his dead brother, Eng refused any attempt to save his life and died a couple of hours later. Their fused livers are kept at Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. In 2011, more than 200 of their descendants reunited in North Carolina for the 200th birthday of the twins.

 

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Wednesday's Thai Fact

Tuesday 8th January 2013 by Lindsay

The Giant Crocodile Hunt


In 1964, a giant man-eating crocodile was the subject of sensational headlines in local tabloids. Known as Ai Dang, the massive crocodile devoured a man in Klong Bangmut in Chumphon province. The name Ai Dang (which means "spotted") came from its mottled appearance: the black croc had a white stripe on its neck.

Hunters set out to kill the crocodile several times without success. Some managed to shoot Ai Dang, but the reptile survived. Finally, three C3 clay bombs were dropped into the water, and when Ai Dang emerged in reaction to the explosions, one of the hunters shot the crocodile through its neck with a harpoon. The crocodile's remains were were sold for 23,000 baht, preserved and displayed at freak shows. From head to tail, the crocodile measured 4.25 metres, with a waist of 1.75 metres. When wide open, its mouth was 20 inches wide. Two human skulls and numerous bones were found inside the crocodile's stomach.

The magnificent story of the hunt for Ai Dang has been adapted into to films, released in 1988 and 2005.

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Thursday's Thai Fact

Thursday 10th January 2013 by Lindsay

The Lone Winter Olympian


Prawat Nagvajara, a 43-year-old Thai professor residing in Pennsylvania at the time, took part in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the only representative of Thailand and the country's first-ever participant in the Winter Games. Prawat originally participated in the 30 km cross-country skiing race, but was disqualified after being lapped. He then finished 68th out of 71 racers in the 1.5 km sprint. In 2006, he again represented Thailand. He first saw snow when he was 18 years old.

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Friday's Thai Fact

Friday 11th January 2013 by Lindsay

A Brief History of Red Bull

 

  • Krating Dang, which means "red bull" in Thai, is the name of the popular energy drink created by Chaleo Yoovidhaya in 1975.
  • In 1984, Chaleo partnered with an Austrian business man, Dietrich Matschitz, to launch the energy drink in Austria under the brand name "Red Bull".
  • Internationally, Red Bull uses slightly different ingredients than the product sold in Thailand. Red Bull in Thailand is not carbonated.
  • The amount of caffeine in a 250 ml can of the international Red Bull is 80 mg, which is less caffeine than is found in an average 250 ml cup of coffee. However, Thai law stipulates that caffeine in energy drinks cannot exceed 50 mg per container.
  • Red Bull is banned in some countries, such as Uruguay and Iceland, due to the quantity of caffeine and taurine.
  • Before his death in March 2012 Chaleo Yoovidhaya was ranked as Forbes as the world's 205th richest man, with assets worth more than US$5 billion.
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What We're Reading: Farokh

Tuesday 22nd January 2013 by Lindsay

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What We're Reading: Antoine

Thursday 24th January 2013 by Lindsay

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Chinese New Year Lunch

Thursday 24th January 2013 by Lindsay

On Tuesday all the EDM staff headed to LeVeL33 for lunch to celebrate an early Chinese New Year. We all had a lovely meal and enjoyed the magnificent view.

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From left: Siok Ai, Lani, Seok, Lisa, Bobby, KC and Tim

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Panoramic view from LeVeL33
Photo: Pascal Chan

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What We're Reading: Lindsay

Monday 28th January 2013 by Lindsay

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What We're Reading: Rachael

Thursday 31st January 2013 by Lindsay

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Chinese New Year: Singapore at Random

Thursday 31st January 2013 by Lindsay

FUSION YUSHENG

 

Yusheng is a raw fish salad eaten during Chinese New Year in Singapore to usher in prosperity. However, don't mistake this for a tradition that was started by the Chinese forefathers.Yusheng was in fact created and made popular in the 1960s among the Singapore Chinese community who thought the tossing of the ingredients would bring good luck and abundance.

A typical yusheng dish consists of thinly sliced raw fish, julienned carrot, cucumber, radish, sesame seeds and crackers, all tossed in a plum sauce. Thanks to globalisation and adventurous tastebuds, some very original varieties of yusheng have been created:

  • Peranakan yusheng - with jellyfish and belacan sauce
  • Tandoori salmon yusheng - with tandoori salmon and chutney
  • Japanese sashimi yusheng - with a sashimi selection, marinated seaweed and ponzu
  • Wagyu beef yusheng - with wagyu beef and soya sauce mixed with sesame oil
  • Yusheng pizza - yusheng on a pizza base
  • Thai yusheng - with green papaya, mango and pomelo, accompanied by a spicy sauce of tamarind, gula melaka, lime juice, fish sauce and chilli
  • Tropical fruit yusheng with lobster and baby abalone - with lobster, baby abalone, salmon, rambutan, passion fruit, kiwi fruit, mango and jackfruit
  • Sichuan yusheng - with octopus, Norwegian caviar, jellyfish, fresh prawns, abalone and salmon

Chinese New Year Traditions: Singapore at Random

Sunday 10th February 2013 by Lindsay

CHINESE NEW YEAR TRADITIONS

 

Chinese New Year is the most important festival celebrated by the Chinese. Lasting fifteen days, it is also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. There are many traditional practices associated with this festival.

  • New Year's Eve: After the reunion dinner, leave the lights on until 12.30am. Children stay up late as it is believed that this practice will ensure their parents have a long life.
  • New Year Day 1: Don't sweep the floor or you will sweep away your good luck. Visit your relatives. make sure you have red packets to give out if you are married.
  • Day 2: If the shops plan to open on the third day, they must open for a short while on the second day, to symbolically announce the reopening of business the next day.
  • Day 3: The third day is known as "chi kou", directly translated as "red mouth". "Chi kou" means "the God of Blazing's Wrath" adn it is generally accepted that it is not a good day to socialise with relatives and friends. Avoid visiting others.
  • Day 4: Toaists pray for their gods to descend from heaven back to earth. They burn paper offerings, printed with sedan chairs, to fetch the gods back to the mortal world.
  • Day 5: A noon, Taoists welcome the gods back. People used to light up firecrackers, in an attempt to get the God of Wealth's attention, thus ensuring his favour and good fortune for the new year.
  • Day 7: Man's birthday, the day when everyone turns a year older. restaurants are full, and everyone eats yusheng for good luck, as well as noodles for longevity.
  • Day 8: At midnight, pray to the King of Heaven for long life, good fortune and health. Among the offerings made to the King are two branches of sugar cane to represent all the generations in the family, and a bunch of bananas to represent fertiltity. Teochews offer only vegetarian food, while Hokkiens offer only meat, incluidng a pig's head.
  • Day 9: Trousers should not be washed because it would offend the King of Heaven.
  • Day 15 (Chap Go Maey): The family gathers for dinner to celebrate the closing of the new year. Business people then go to temples (the Waterloo Street temple is popular) to get two red packets, each containing 20 cents. These are put in the till of their shops to bring in revenue. The favourmust be returned before the end of the year with four red packets.
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What We're Reading: Siok Ai

Monday 4th February 2013 by Lindsay

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What We're Reading: Lindsay 2

Wednesday 13th February 2013 by Lindsay

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What We're Reading: Antoine 2

Monday 18th February 2013 by Lindsay

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EDM Lo Hei

Monday 18th February 2013 by Lindsay

EDM staff got together just before the Chinese New Year long weekend to celebrate by sharing a giant-size yusheng.

Here is the yusheng before the salad tossing began:

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What We're Reading: Lisa

Friday 22nd February 2013 by Lindsay

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What We're Reading: Farokh 2

Monday 25th February 2013 by Lindsay

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What We're Reading: KC

Monday 25th February 2013 by Lindsay

Please scroll down to see a page from KC's review pick.

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What We're Reading: Sheena

Tuesday 12th March 2013 by Lindsay

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An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency

Monday 25th March 2013 by Lindsay

On Friday 15 March 2013, Wee Kim Wee Centre in assocaition with Global Women Forum presented a public talk, A conversation with his excellency Mr SR Nathan: Path to the Presidency.

Here are some photos from the event:

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 SR Nathan being introduced at the event.

 

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An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency for sale at the event.

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7 Days in Myanmar: A Multimedia Showcase

Monday 25th March 2013 by Lindsay

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Happy Easter long weekend

Thursday 28th March 2013 by Lindsay

If KC, EDM's production manager, decorated Easter eggs I'm pretty sure they would look like these ...

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What We're Reading: Lindsay 3

Monday 1st April 2013 by Lindsay

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Happy Songkran!

Thursday 11th April 2013 by Lindsay

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EDM wishes everyone in Thailand 
a happy and safe Songkran long weekend

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What We're Reading: Emma

Monday 22nd April 2013 by Lindsay

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What We're Reading: Lindsay 4

Monday 29th April 2013 by Lindsay

After finishing this book I immediately started Lupton's other book Afterwards

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What We're Reading: Lindsay 5

Tuesday 30th April 2013 by Lindsay

Afterwards was fine (see review) but I didn't like it as much as Sister.

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Happy Public holiday tomorrow!

Tuesday 30th April 2013 by Lindsay

Everyone at EDM is looking forward to their mid-week break, and we hope that you have a great day off too.

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What We're Reading: Lani (kind of)

Monday 27th May 2013 by Lindsay

Thanks Neveena, for helping out!

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What We're Reading: Pascal

Tuesday 28th May 2013 by Lindsay

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New EDM title

Tuesday 28th May 2013 by Lindsay

EDM's latest title, The Wit & Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew, will be available in all leading bookstores this Thursday, 30 May.

The book features almost 600 quotations from Lee on the following subjects:

Singapore
Singaporeans
Colonialism
Merger and Separation with Malaysia
The Future
The Greening of Singapore
Arts and Heritage
Politics
Democracy
The PAP
Leadership
Corruption
His Critics
The Media
Equality
Immigration and Emigration
Language
Race
Religion
International Relations
Security
Communism
China
Economics and Development
Prosperity
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Workplace
The Welfare State
Life
Asian Values
The Family
The Generations
Education
Discipline
Himself and his Family

Lee Kuan Yew ebook

Thursday 30th May 2013 by Lindsay

The Wit & Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew is now avaiable as an ebook from the following stores:

Booktique

Kobo

The ebook is also available on the Apple iBookstore.

 

What We're Reading: Emma 2

Monday 3rd June 2013 by Lindsay

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Win a copy of The Wit and Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew

Monday 3rd June 2013 by Lindsay

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To win a copy of EDM's new title, The Wit & Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew, please tell us in the comments to this post what you are reading, why you chose to read it and who you would recommend the book to.

The first three complete answers will be the winners.

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2013-06-05 06:47:01

We have had a few questions about who is eligible to enter this competition. As long as you don't work in the EDM office (Farokh), you are more than welcome to enter.

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7 Days in Myanmar

Thursday 13th June 2013 by Lindsay

Check out the website for EDM's 7 Days in Myanmar: A Multimedia Showcase.


There is information on the project the and the photographers involved. You can also see some of the photos that were taken during shoot week as well as behind-the-scenes photos and stories.

Volcanoes of Indonesia review

Monday 17th June 2013 by Lindsay

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Launch of Roaming Beyond the Fence

Thursday 4th July 2013 by Lindsay

On 30 June the launch for one of EDM's new titles, Roaming Beyond the Fence, was launched at Popular Mutiara Damansara. The author of the book, Tunku' Abidin Muhriz, signed copies of the book.

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What We're Reading: E-Lynn

Wednesday 6th November 2013 by Lindsay

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Ahoy! Pirates!

Monday 18th November 2013 by Lindsay

EDM's latest release, Pirates & Privateers in Mauritius, is now available for purchase.

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At the beginning of the 17th century, pirates infested the Caribbean waters, harassing the major European powers, but they were eventually driven from the region. Some pirates took refuge in Madagascar, where they attempted to capture the lucrative cargo carried by vessels on the shipping route of the European East India Companies. At the end of the 18th century, in order to weaken British influence in the Indian Ocean, France hired privateers to attack commercial ships of the British East India Company. This was an alternative to open warfare, and heralded the privateers' era. Denis Piat recounts the history of the pirates and privateers in the Indian Ocean, especially in Mauritius, from the pirates' arrival in the region to the wrecked ships still to be found today in deep water, and provides portraits of the most famous privateers among them. 

About the author

Denis Piat was born in Mauritius in 1943. He began his career in air transport, travel and tourism in 1963. After launching two companies in this industry on behalf of Mauritian business groups, he was recruited in 1978 as the Director of Kenya Airways in France, where he was in charge of its Paris office until 1998. Piat has been interested in the history of his native island since he was a young boy. During his time in Mauritius, he started a collection of old and rare books on Mauritius. After moving to Paris, he continued to enrich his collection, extending his research to antiquarian lithoprints, etchings and maps. Eager to share his passion, Piat assembled the materials into a book, Mauritius: On the Spice Route 1598-1810, which was published in English in 2010.

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7 Days in Myanmar has launched!

Wednesday 4th December 2013 by Lindsay

7 Days in Myanmar launched in Yangon on Monday 2 Decemeber 2013.

Check back with the blog over the next couple of days and we will share photos from the launch and pictures from the book with you.

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The Swiss in Singapore

Friday 6th December 2013 by Lindsay

The Swiss in Singapore launched on the evening of 26 November 2013 at the Swiss Ambassador's residence. In attendance were His Excellency Professor Tommy Koh, His Excellency Ambassador Thomas Kupfer, the book's author Dr Andreas Zangger and representatives from many of the companies that generously sponsored the book's publication.

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Banners from EDM and the Swiss Embassy at the launch of The Swiss in Singapore.

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From left: His Exellency Professor Tommy Koh, Dr Andreas Zangger and His Excellency Ambassador Thomas Kupfer.

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Guests at the launch of The Swiss in Singapore.

EDM would like to thank Ambassador and Mrs Kupfer for hosting the launch of the book.

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7 Days in Myanmar radio interview

Tuesday 10th December 2013 by Lindsay

This Friday 13 December 7 Days in Myanmar's project director Melisa Teo will give an interview about the multimedia project. Catch her on the Talking Books segment of 938 LIVE with Michelle Martin at 6.40pm.

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Swiss Santa event

Tuesday 10th December 2013 by Lindsay

Editions Didier Millet was invited to sell copies of its latest release The Swiss in Singapore at a Swiss Santa event on Sunday at the Swiss Ambassador's residence. At the event we were introduced to Swiss Santa's slightly sinister sidekick, Schmutzli. Swiss Santa, known as Samichlaus, rewards children who have been well behaved throughout the year while Schmutzli punishes the children who have been badly behaved.

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Copies of The Swiss in Singapore for sale at the event.

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The children gather to see Samichlaus and Schmutzli.

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We'd be a bit hesitant too ...

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The adults also had a chance to catch up.

Photo credit: All photos by Qiu Yonghui.

 

 

 

 

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7 Days in Myanmar iOS App

Thursday 12th December 2013 by Lindsay

The 7 Days in Myanmar app is now available to download for free from iTunes.

The app features new content that was not published in the book. There are videos, audio, informative captions and photo galleries. Check it out here now.

 

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Photos from the app.

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Pop-up captions for each image include a description of the subject of the photo, the photographer's name and home country.

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The app includes video footage and audio files.

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Galleries of never-before published photographs from the one-week shoot are also included.

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Photos by Minzayar that are featured in the app.

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Sneak peek at 7 Days in Myanmar

Thursday 26th December 2013 by Lindsay

These two spreads from 7 Days in Myanmar are from the Yangon + Nay Pyi Daw chapter.

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Caption: The over-2500-year-old Sule Pagoda is in the very centre of Yangon; the distance between Yangon and other places in Myanmar is measured from this pagoda. Lieutenant Alexander Fraser, the Scottish military engineer who planned Yangon's street grid in the 1850s, used the chessboard design of an earlier period, with narrow north-south numbered streets and wide boulevards running east-west, starting from the riverside and with Sule Pagoda in the centre. Photo by Catherine Karnow USA.

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Caption: A shinpyu Buddhist novitiation ceremony is held at Shwedagon Pagoda. The young men about to become novices lead the procession dressed as royal princes, followed by young girls who each wear the costume and headdress of a princess. Photo by Athit Perawongmetha THAILAND.

 

More from inside 7 Days in Myanmar

Friday 27th December 2013 by Lindsay

The following spreads are from the Yangon + Nay Pyi Daw chapter of the book.

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Main photo (left): Aung San Suu Kyi is greeted by her faithful at Yangon's inetrnational airport. Born in 1945, she is the daughter of Myanmar's revered independence hero Aung San, the man credited with ridding the nation of British colonial occupation. She fully inherited her father's revolutionary pedigree in 1990, the year her National League for Democracy party soundly won popular elections that should have sent her to the prime minister's seat. Instead, the military annulled the election and confined her to house arrest for much of the following two decades. Photo by Aung Pyae MYANMAR.
Photo group right: Win Tin (top), founding patriarch of the National League for Democracy and one of Myanmar's best-known former political prisoners. Confined off and on for roughly two decades by the now-defunct junta, he is currenlty outspoken and free. Tin Oo (centre), a former army commander turned political dissident and right-hand man of Aung San Suu Kyi,at the National League of Democracy headquarters. Khun Htun Oo (bottom), a former political prisoner and leading statesman from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy. Photos by Athit Perawongmetha THAILAND.

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Top left: Fifty-year-old Khin Soe works in a cavernous kiln outside of Bago, a small town 60 km (37 miles) from Yangon. His pottery gig generates cash during a dry season lull. Farming is his primary vocation. Bottom left: Young women roll local cheroots near Bago, a centre of production for these large mild cigars, which have been popular with both men and women in Myanmar since pre-colonial times. Right: A farmer ploughs the earth with his cattle in the early morning mist near Tharyawady, north-west of Yangon. While 70 percent of people live without electricity in Myanmar, its reach is spreading year by year. All photos by SC Shekar MALAYSIA.

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What We're Reading: Yonghui

Tuesday 14th January 2014 by Lindsay

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Launch of Fluxion

Wednesday 19th February 2014 by Lindsay

On Friday 14 February EDM's latest title, Fluxion - Kumari Nahappan: Arts & Thoughts, was launched. The launch was held at The Glass Hall at the Singapore Art Museum.

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You can see many of Kumari's public art sculptures and installations throughout Singapore, including Pedas Pedas a giant bronze chilli at the National Museum of Singapore, Saga at Changi Airport and Nutmeg at ION Orchard. Go check them out.

 

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LKY World City Prize 2014

Tuesday 10th June 2014 by Lindsay

Founded in 514 BC, Suzhou has been praised by travellers such as Marco Polo as one of the most beautiful cities in China. Its exquisite gardens, which date back to the 6th century BC, have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its canals and stone bridges have earned it the nickname “Venice of the East”.

Like most of China, Suzhou, a city of over ten million, has experienced rapid urbanisation and industrialisation in the past two decades. However, its ancient charm and beauty can still be found, thanks to firm leadership and a comprehensive master plan. The urban authorities have also adopted sound policies to manage pollution and congestion, and promote social security.

In recognition of its success, Suzhou was selected from 36 cities to win the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, which honours outstanding achievements in the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities. The prize will be awarded on 2 June 2014, during the World Cities Summit in Singapore.

Suzhou is the third city to clinch the prize, after Bilbao, Spain, in 2010 and New York City in 2012. More about Suzhou’s accomplishments can be found below, while you can read about the previous prize winners (and Special Mentions) in EDM’s book “Cities in Transformation: Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize”. 

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This entry was written by EDM's editorial intern, Janice Gan.

 

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Americans in Thailand launch

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by Lindsay

Editions Didier Millet launched its lavish hardcover book, Americans in Thailand, with a grand party in the Four Seasons Bangkok attended by 250 people, including the movers and shakers of the American expat community, many high-profile Thais and other nationalities.

Dr Surin Pitsuwan, a former secretary-general of ASEAN with a PhD from Harvard, charmed the crowd with his keynote speech, drawing laughs when he mentioned how he’d wanted to study in California or Florida, some place sunny with palm trees, but wound up in the cold and wintry Minnesota.  The former Minister of Foreign Affairs also spoke at length about the close and mutually beneficial relationship enjoyed by the United States and Thailand over more than two centuries. As documented in the book, the Americans built the first private schools and clinics while also helping the kingdom to ward off colonization by the French and British. 

One of the most famous American musicians in Thailand, Todd “Thongdee” Lavelle, was on hand to emcee the event and entertain the crowd with his Thai-farang band. 

The crowd snapped up copies of the book, which tells the sometimes colorful, often funny and by turns tragic story of the American community from the first arrival in 1818 through the present day. Many of the most famous Americans are included, such as Jim Thompson, the legendary silk trader, Bill Heinecke, the richest foreign businessman in Thailand who became a Thai citizen, and William Klausner, who first came to Thailand in 1955, taught law for decades at Chulalongkorn University and continues to serve as an advisor on Thai culture for that institution.  

Americans in Thailand, the first comprehensive book about one of the world’s most vibrant foreign communities, is on sale at Asia Books and Kinokuniya for 1,295 baht.

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Dr Surin Pitsuwan (center) with Yvan Van Outrive (left) and Didier Millet (right) of Editions Didier Millet (EDM), which launched its new history book Americans in Thailand on November 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok. The colorful and detailed book tells the story of the American community from the first arrival in 1818 through the present day.

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The editorial team behind Americans in Thailand, which was launched on November 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok by Dr Surin Pitsuwan. From left to right: Theerawat Pojvibulsiri, Purnama Pawa, Grissarin Chungsiriwat, Nicholas Grossman, Wesley Hsu, Denis Gray, Robert Horn, Jim Algie, David Lyman and Yvan Van Outrive.

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Dr Surin Pitsuwan (left) receives the new history book Americans in Thailand from its editor Nicholas Grossman (right) on November 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel. Dr Surin was the keynote speaker at the launch of this colorful new book, which tells the story of the American community from 1818 through the present day. 

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Dr Surin Pitsuwan was the keynote speaker at the launch of the colorful and detailed new book, Americans in Thailand, which tells the story of the American community from 1818 through the present day. The event saw more than 250 Americans and Thais and other nationalities celebrate at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok on November 24. 

 

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The History of the Thai-Chinese launch

Monday 30th March 2015 by Lindsay

Location:  Bangkok

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EDM's Thailand office is pleased to annouce the launch of its latest book The History of the Thai-Chinese.

A History of the Thai-Chinese will be officially launched at SCB’s classic Talad Noi Branch, Bangkok on 30 March in the presence of the Guest of Honor, Khun Anand Panyarachun, former Prime Minister of Thailand. The book is being launched 40 years after the historic restoration of formal ties between Thailand and China in 1975. It will be distributed worldwide through leading bookstores at the recommended retail price of US$39.90.

The Book's Synopsis

This is the remarkable story of how a people and a country embraced the opportunities provided by each other, a tale that ultimately left the identities and success of both inextricably linked. For many centuries, Chinese migrated to many ports, cities and provinces of Thailand. There were traders, skilled laborers, adventurers and the near destitute who dreamed of a better life. Over time, they came to form one of the largest and most influential diasporas in the world. Some Chinese would advise Thai monarchs and be accepted at the Thai court. Many intermarried, became nobles and ran businesses integral to the economy. From tin mining to railway-building to rice trading, their skills helped the country develop and prosper. One son of a Chinese father and a Thai mother even became king. To attain such success, the community overcame no shortage of personal, cultural and social challenges. In the end, they became Thai themselves, an integral part of almost all the kingdom’s affairs through the present day. This is the extraordinary history of the Thai-Chinese.

About the Authors

Jeffery Sng and Pimpraphai Bisalputra have dedicated much of their lives to the study of Chinese and Thai history. Sng studied philosophy and literature at Singapore University and went to Cornell University for post-graduate studies at the Institute of Southeast Asian studies. Over the 30 years that he has lived in Bangkok, Sng has written many articles on the Chinese diaspora, Thai-Chinese business community, Chinese handicrafts, Chinatown and other topics related to the subject of this book. Pimpraphai graduated from the London School of Economics and also went to Cornell University for her post-graduate studies. She has published extensively on the Chinese in Thailand in the Thai language. Her popular books include Sampao Siam Tumnan Jek Bangkok (2001), Nai Mae (2003) and Kra Buang Tuay Kra La Taek (2007). The pair previously collaborated on the work, Bencharong & Chinawares in the Court of Siam, The Surat Osathanugrah Collections. 

 

 

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The History of the Thai-Chinese

Wednesday 25th March 2015 by Lindsay

Praise for The History of the Thai-Chinese

The Chinese in Thailand have sunk deep roots and shared a rich history with Thai peoples at all levels. How and why this happened has been an inspiration to Chinese and other communities in the region for a long time. But no book illustrates and explains this phenomenon as well as this one. Its insights on what Thai-Chinese have contributed to their country as Sino-Thai are the most illuminating I have read and should reach the widest audience possible.

Wang Gungwu
University Professor 
National University of Singapore

 

The success of Southeast Asia remains a key mystery. One key to solving this mystery is to study the role of the Chinese diaspora. No country in Southeast Asia has been as successful as Thailand in integrating its Chinese community. This book provides deep insights into this process and should provide illuminating reading for anyone interested in Southeast Asian success stories. It is a must-read.

Kishore Mahbubani
Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
The author of The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World

 

A History of the Thai Chinese, does a splendid job of filling the long-neglected gap in the studies of the ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia. Despite not having been fully colonized by the West and despite the relatively unproblematic ethnic and cultural assimilation, the anomalous history of the mysterious ethnic Chinese of Siam has been thoroughly investigated in the most meticulous and comprehensive manner. Thanks to Pimpraphai Bisalputra and Jeffrey Sun, this masterpiece has truly opened a much needed and much anticipated new horizon in the studies of the Chinese Diaspora.

Wasana Wongsurawat PhD.
Department of History
Faculty of Arts
Chulalongkorn University

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EDM's latest book in The Straits Times

Thursday 9th April 2015 by Lindsay

Check out the article in today's Straits Times on EDM's latest publication Chinese Women's Association: 100 Fabulous Years. The article is on page B5 of the Home section.

The CWA is celebrating its hundredth anniversary this year and has published the book to mark this momentous occasion.

The founder members of the CWA were modern-minded women, one of which was Mr Lee Kuan Yew's aunt, Dr Lee Choo Neo. Dr Lee was Singapore's first female doctor. The Straits Times article focuses on her.

The book was launched last night at the National Museum with guest of honour Ms Ho Ching. Check back in the next couple of days for photos of the fabulous event.

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CWA talk at NMS

Friday 10th April 2015 by Lindsay

Location:  National Museum of Singapore

This weekend Mrs Betty Chen, president of the Chinese Women's Association, will be giving a talk at the National Museum. She will discuss the history of the association with a focus on its founder members and what life in Singapore was like at the beginning of the 20th century for women.

This talk follows the launch of the CWA's book, Chinese Women's Association: 100 Fabulous Years, as well as the launch of the NMS exhibition Leading Ladies: Women making a Difference.

The talk is tomorrow, 11 April, starting at 3 pm. It will be held at the Seminar Room, Level 2, National Museum of Singapore.

If you'd like to come along please register with Yishi Koh on 6332 3541 or Koh_Yishi@nhb.gov.sg.

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A History of the Thai-Chinese

Thursday 13th August 2015 by Lindsay

EDM title The History of the Thai-Chinese was reviewd by The Nation.

Click through to read: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/sunday/The-lukchin-who-built-Siam-30265677.html

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Over Singapore exhibition

Monday 19th October 2015 by Lindsay

Exhibition of aerial photos from Over Singapore

Photographs from Over Singapore, which were taken by engineer-turned-photographer Richard W J Koh, are on display at the URA City Gallery until 28 November. Head over and check them out, you won't be disappointed.

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