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As in previous years, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) has been productive in research in 2007.

Across its 16 departments, colleagues have published 24 monographs (mostly with leading international

publishers), 25 edited books, 214 journal articles, 174 chapters and received funding to present 321 conference

papers in international conferences. Such research activity and output have given FASS international visibility

as one of the leading centres of research on Asia.

While colleagues continue to research and publish in their own disciplines, we are seeing increasing

instances of team projects that cross and combine disciplines. In line with the Faculty’s efforts to enlarge its

research capacities by promoting multi-disciplinary collaboration, I am pleased to report that most of the

six research clusters launched 18 months ago - Global Cities, Cognition and Behaviour, Health, Migration,

Religion, and Science, Technology and Society - are making good progress and have facilitated international


In 2007, the Global Cities Cluster organized a workshop examining neo-liberalism in the Asian developmental

states, involving international scholars and FASS researchers. The Cognition and Behavior Cluster organized

several events including a conference on Memory and Perception in the Teaching of International Relations

in Southeast Asia. This conference involved colleagues from the Departments of Political Science, Southeast

Asian Studies and prominent international speakers.

The Health Cluster organized a workshop examining the perspective on Judgement and Decision Making

from Problem Gambling to Neuroeconomics, that involved colleagues from the Department of Psychology,

researchers from the Universities of Sydney, Cambridge, Oxford, Bath and Hong Kong. The Migration

Cluster held several key events including an international conference, In and Out of Asia: Migrating Talents,

Globalizing Cities. This was jointly organized by the FASS Migration Cluster and the Asia Research Institute.

The Religion Cluster organized various events including a seminar, Building Bridges, which received strong

support from the Archbishop of Canterbury. The seminar brought together 35 Muslim and Christian scholars

from a range of countries and institutions. The Science, Technology and Society (STS) Cluster had several

speakers give presentations on their work as part of the STS speaker series talks. It also held a workshop,

Forty Years of Structure, Sign and Play: Critical Method in the Social Sciences. This drew participants from

the FASS Department of English Language and Literature and from leading universities in Denmark (Kolding),

Ireland (University of Cork) and the United Kingdom (Oxford University and University of Syracuse).

The Faculty will continue to emphasize high quality research that has both national and international impact.

Range and diversity will defi ne the Faculty’s strengths and contributions. At the same time, by drawing

on our diversity, concentrating strengths in selected areas and focusing on “Big Questions”, the impact

of research and scholarship in the Faculty will be enhanced considerably. The Faculty is committed to

generating research that is characterized by richness, quality and impact.

Professor Tan Tai Yong

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

department of chinese studies

The Chinese in Southeast Asia Research Group

The Chinese Linguistics Research Group

Ming-Qing Research Group

Print Culture and Popular Culture Research Group

department of economics

Microeconomic theory

Macroeconomic theory


International trade and fi nance

Labour economics

Industrial organization

Economics of technology and innovation

Economics of Asian countries

Policy research related to Singapore

department of english language and literature


Language use, contact and change

Language planning and policy



Cultural production and theory in English

Asian diasporas and cultural transformations

Postcolonial studies

department of geography


Biogeochemical cycles

Land cover changes


Climate and water



Transnational migration

Cultural economy

Ageing and population

Nature and society


Cultural identity



Global production networks

Politics of economic development

Transnational corporations from Asia

Technologies and innovations



City imaging, branding and place-making

Contested spaces and landscapes

Transnational urban fl ows and networks

Urban sustainability

department of history

History of Southeast Asia

History of East and South Asia

History of Singapore

Modern European history

History of science and technology

Military history

History of religion

Maritime history and port-cities

Nation-building and nationalism

Art history and popular culture

Imperialism, colonialism and decolonization

department of japanese studies

Modern Japan

Japan-Singapore relations

Japan-Asia relations

department of philosophy

Comparative philosophy

Chinese philosophy

Continental philosophy

Indian philosophy

Moral and political philosophy

Western analytic philosophy

department of political science

Political economy of East Asia

Regional security and foreign policy

International political theory

Politics in Southeast Asia

Public policy analysis

department of psychology


Genetic and psychosocial factors in coronary heart


Interpersonal and group relations

Selective attention

Cognitive and neural substrates of interval timing and

memory for visual stimuli

Cognitive neuroscience of emotion and memory


Biological bases of schizophrenia and depression




Adolescent social development

Bilingual language development in young children

Emotion and language

Quantitative methods

Neuropsychology and neurobiology of schizophrenia

Application of neuropsychology in acute

hospital settings

Neurocognition of language and emotion

Social-cognitive processes of emotions

The nature of religious experiences

Emotion and adult attachment

Close relationships

Attitudes and interpersonal attraction

Intergroup behaviour

department of social work

Family studies

Social work practice

Intervention outcomes

Ageing issues

Social support networks

Community development

Evaluation of service delivery

Social policies


Crime and delinquency

Mental health

Drug abuse

Coping behaviour

Social-ecological response

Human service management

Rehabilitation of persons with disabilities

department of sociology


Comparative sociology/historical sociology


Health and social behaviour


Social policy

Race/ethnic/minority relations


Southeast Asian societies


communications and new media

Information society

New media literacy

Cyber arts

Online games

Online communities


Information and communication technologies

and development

Information and communication technologies

and policy

Health communications

New media and political engagement

Online privacy

New media and intellectual property

Technology domestication

New media ethics

south asian studies programme

Religious traditions and cultures in South Asia

Political economy in the South Asia region

South Asian diaspora and transnationalism

Post-colonial South Asian states

Development and change in South Asia

South Asia and Southeast Asia economic linkages

Contemporary Indian politics

southeast asian studies programme

Staff research focused on the following interdisciplinary

areas, covering Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines,

Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the region

as a whole:

Production of knowledge and scholarship in

Southeast Asia

State-society relations in Southeast Asia

Regional integration, fi nancial cooperation, international

relations and economic development in Southeast


Cultural (ethnic, religious, class) identities and artistic

expressions in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian borderlands and mobilities

centre for language studies

Theoretical and applied research in language


New technologies and foreign language teaching

and learning

Teaching methodology and curriculum development

in language education

Development of language teaching and learning


In the past year, the Faculty of Arts

and Social Sciences (FASS) Research

Clusters have organized a variety of

seminars, workshops and conferences.

These activities have increased the

profi le of FASS and the university,

both locally and internationally.

FASS research clusters have come

very far since they fi rst started in May

2006. Events are organized periodically,

and research clusters have been

successful in providing a platform for

top scholars to meet their peers and

graduate students to share their work

and ideas.

Below are brief descriptions of each

cluster followed by selected events

that they were involved in.



Urbanization in Asia Pacifi c is proceeding

at a phenomenal rate. A key factor

for urban growth has been economic

globalization and the tendency for

foreign investments and economic

activities to concentrate in the larger

cities. Resulting from these, globalization

and its effects on cities create a set

of socio-economic and political issues

that requires systematic, comparative

analysis with an interdisciplinary

focus. The ultimate goal of the Global

Cities Research Cluster is to provide a

platform for researchers to envision

and produce quality research projects

enriched by the range of perspectives

brought to bear upon each topic by

experts from the different domains of

humanities and social sciences.


spaces of neo-liberalism in the

asian developmental states

15-16 November 2007

Jointly organized by Associate Professor

Asato Saito (National University

of Singapore) and an international

collaborator, Assistant Professor Bae-

Gyoon Park (Seoul National University,

Korea), this workshop was an international

collective effort to broaden

the understanding of the restructuring

processes and associated political

struggles that cities and regions in the

Asian developmental states have experienced

for the last 20 years.

In particular, the participants examined

the ways in which (a) the ideologies of

neo-liberalism, or the political confl icts

occurring in relation to neo-liberal

initiatives, have infl uenced urban

and regional policies, (b) struggles

related to certain urban and regional

development plans or policies have

used neo-liberal rhetoric, and (c) the

regulatory practices and ideologies

of “state-led developmentalism” have

infl uenced urban and regional policymaking




This workshop also provided a forum

for constructive dialogue among

international scholars from Japan,

Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and

FASS researchers who look at these

issues from perspectives in urban

studies, economics, geography, sociology,

and political science.

This cross-disciplinary dialogue will

soon be published in the Urban and

Social Change book series of Blackwell.



The Cognition and Behaviour Research

Cluster facilitates work in cognitive

science. This is an interdisciplinary

cluster where researchers are interested

in basic cognitive processes such as

perception, attention, timing, language,

learning and memory. Furthermore,

cluster members aim to apply knowledge

about human cognition to

address issues that are relevant

within our society. These questions

relate to advancing the quality of

higher education, crime prevention,

and the analysis and prediction of

pricing behaviour, among others. This

cluster strives to address these issues

by promoting the interaction between

members, so as to integrate different

perspectives, and to incorporate expertise

from the various fi elds in the

humanities and social sciences.






talks on social perception

and cognition: ‘fundamental

dimensions of social

perception and cognition

from structural to

functional approach’

and ‘personalization and

depersonalization in social

perception and cognition:

from structural theory to

functional application’

16-19 October 2007

Organizer: Prof Ramadhar Singh

(National University of Singapore)

Speaker: Prof Guido Peeters

(University of Leuven, Belgium)

collaborative meeting on

cognitive linguistics

27-28 January 2008

Organizer: Assoc Prof Shi Yuzhi

(National University of Singapore)

memory and perception in

the teaching of international

relations in southeast asia

3-4 March 2008

Organizer: Assoc Prof Natasha Hamilton-

Hart (National University of Singapore),

Assoc Prof Alan Chong Chia Siong

(National University of Singapore)

and Assoc Prof Bilveer Singh (National

University of Singapore)



The Health Research Cluster is concerned

with issues pertaining to

health research in the world, but with

a particular focus on Asia. Health

research trends today encompass a

wide spectrum of areas. Most of these

are centred on the societal impact of

health issues. With growing concerns

regarding disease pandemics and

postdisaster health risks, the impetus

is on public administrations and non-

governmental organizations to manage

and preempt health risks.


perspective on judgement

and decision making:

from problem gambling to


25 January 2008

Organizer: Dr Simon Collinson

(National University of Singapore)

Speakers: Prof Alexander Blaszczynski

(University of Sydney, Australia), Dr Robert

Rogers (University of Oxford, United

Kingdom), Dr Joanne Lloyd (University

of Oxford, United Kingdom), Dr Adrian

Owen (University of Cambridge, United

Kingdom), Dr Gemma Calvert (University

of Bath, United Kingdom), Prof Tatia M.C.

Lee (Hong Kong University, Hong Kong),

Prof Catherine Tang (National University of

Singapore) and Assoc Prof Park Byungho

(National University of Singapore)

Co-organized by the Department of

Psychology, NUS, and co-sponsored

by GlaxoSmithKline and the National

Council of Problem Gambling (NCPG),

the full day conference was attended

by more than 50 scholars from related

fi elds. There were 6 invited speakers

from the University of Sydney, Uni-

versity of Oxford, UK, University

of Cambridge, University of Bath

and Hong Kong University, who

travelled to Singapore exclusively

for the conference. Besides strong

participation from NUS teaching staff

from the departments of Psychology,

Social Work and English Language and

Literature, as well as NUS students

from the departments of Psychology,

Social Work and Sociology, a large

number of participants came from

NCPG, Singapore General Hospital

Brain Centre, Duke-NUS Medical

Graduate School, Psychological Studies

AG & Centre for Research in Pedagogy

and Practice, Nanyang Technological

University, and other related research

institutions. Two speakers from NUS,

Prof Catherine Tang and Dr Park

Byungho were invited to speak during

the conference.

The speakers presented a range of

issues related to gambling.

A series of satellite meetings were also

conducted and several prospective

research collaborations emerged

between NUS scholars and the various

overseas speakers.


The Migration Research Cluster focuses

on issues arising from increased levels

of human mobility in Asia, and seeks to

understand a rapidly globalizing world

today - rethinking the conceptual links

between “mobility” and “place”, the

economic and demographic drivers of

migration, the changing characteristics

of ethno-religious diaspora communities

worldwide, the socio-political and economic

impact of thickening translocal interconnections

between places, as well

as the implications for the social and

cultural politics of identity, citizenship,

adjustment and belonging.


transnational education &

migration in globalizing cities

3-4 July 2007

Organizers: Assoc Prof Prof Shirlena

Huang (National University of Singapore),

Prof Brenda Yeoh (National

University of Singapore), Prof Binod

Khadria (National University of Singapore),

Prof Gavin Jones (National

University of Singapore), Assoc Prof

Ho Kong Chong (National University of

Singapore), Ms Ravinder Sidhu (Asia

Research Institute) and Assoc Prof

Teofi lo Daquila (National University of


graduate workshop on

transnational migration:

new perspectives

26-27 September 2007

Organizer: Prof Brenda Yeoh

(National University of Singapore)

collaborative workshop

on international student

mobilities in east asia

29-31 October 2007

Organizer: Assoc Prof Ho Kong Chong

(National University of Singapore)

international conference on

‘in and out of asia: migrating

talents, globalizing cities’

19-21 November 2007

Jointly organized by FASS Migration

Cluster (FASS, National University of

Singapore) and Asia Research Institute

, National University of Singapore

Co-organizers: Prof Brenda Yeoh

(National University of Singapore),

Dr Lai Ah Eng (Asia Research

Institute), Dr Leong Chan Hoong

(Asia Research Institute)


The Religion Research Cluster focuses

on the investigation and analysis of the

roles of religion and culture in society

as well as in the lives of individuals. This

includes textual traditions (including

ancient languages), art and artifacts,

oral traditions, rituals, psychological

factors, social movements, and

religious personalities from different

geographical areas and historical



periods. It explores various religious

traditions in their cultural contexts,

and the phenomenon of pluralism,

syncretism and hybridization and

the nature of religious experience in

the diaspora. Drawing from a growing

body of research at NUS, the Religion

Research Cluster will also encompass

the RASA (‘Religion and the state in

Asia’) Research Programme that

focuses on state religion relations to

Asia, examining, inter alia, political

reactions to religious diversity in

civil society, policies that states have

developed to create viable (or not

viable) social orders, and the ways

in which religious groups work with or

against the state for their own ends.


6th building bridges seminar

4-6 December 2007

Organizer: Assoc Prof Syed Farid Alatas

(National University of Singapore)

Jointly organized by Religion Research

Cluster (FASS, National University

of Singapore) and Ministry of Community

Development, Youth and

Sports, Building Bridges is an annual

academic Seminar that brings together

35 Muslim and Christian scholars from

a range of countries and institutions

internationally. The fi rst Seminar took

place in 2002 at Lambeth Palace and

subsequent ones were held in Qatar,

Georgetown and Sarajevo.





In 2007, the FASS Religion Research

Cluster and the University Scholars

Programme co-hosted it. This year

topics such as ‘Being Human - Religious

Perspective’, ‘Living with Difference’ and

‘Guardians of the Environment’ were

discussed. The seminar participants, all

religiously committed scholars of note

with a distinguished published record

in their own fi eld, were invited by the

Archbishop of Canterbury.

The 4 December 2007 session was

open to the public. It attracted about

130 participants. The British High

Commissioner, Paul Madden, and

members of Inter religious organization

were among those who attended. It

was well-covered in the press: it was

featured in four local newspapers. The

closed sessions (5-6 December 2007)

were attended by 35 international

scholars, including the Archbishop

of Canterbury.





The Science, Technology & Society

(STS) Research Cluster is an established

inter-disciplinary fi eld fi rst

organized in North America in the

early 1970s. Because Singapore is a

centre for cutting-edge scientifi c and

technological research and development,

the STS Research Cluster is

particularly interested in social science

and humanities research which contextualizes

this phenomenon, not only

in Singapore but in Asia generally. It

has been doing work to raise awareness

of NUS and the wider community to

STS issues and research being done

by the wider STS community worldwide.

As the only English-language

centre of STS-related research in

East and Southeast Asia, the cluster

provides a unique site for collaboration

with overseas scholars who are curious

about the science/technology-society

relationship. The cluster forged ahead

with their Speaker Series in 2007,

bringing in top minds in STS research

from around the world to NUS.


STS speaker series talk:

digital light

12 April 2007

Organizers: Assoc Prof Gregory

Clancey (National University of

Singapore) and Assoc Prof Ryan

Bishop (National University of


Prof Sean Cubitt, the Director of the

Program in Media and Communications

(University of Melbourne), outlined for

the NUS STS community his latest

work on “Digital Light”. Prof Cubitt

discussed the “material aesthetics of

digital light, including the restrictions

of colour gamuts and rendering

software, in order to trace both the

genealogies of contemporary lightbased

technologies and to indicate

where there is room for innovation

and change.” The paper was well

received by an audience of 40 faculty

members and graduate students from

several departments, generating a

lively discussion and possible future

collaborations between NUS and the

University of Melbourne.

forty years of structure, sign

and play: critical method in

the human sciences

23-24 April 2007

Organizers: Assoc Prof Ryan Bishop

(National University of Singapore)

and Assoc Prof John Phillips

(National University of Singapore)

The workshop focused on concerns

with methodology and education in

the Human Sciences by re-examining

the profound contributions of the

French philosopher Jacques Derrida

on these questions. The planning

of the workshop coincided with the

40th anniversary of the international

symposium held under the auspices

of the Johns Hopkins Humanities

Centre in 1966, “The Languages

of Criticism and the Sciences of

Man.” The symposium marked a

breaching of disciplinary and national

boundaries of scholarship,

bringing together humanists and

social scientists from nine countries

and numerous disciplines in order to

explore the impact of “structuralism”

on contemporary knowledge. The

paper presented by Derrida is regarded

today as a watershed in

the revaluation of humanities and

social sciences research that has

been underway for almost half a

century. Participants were invited to

address specifi c aspects of Derrida’s

work in relation to key concerns

of humanities and social science

research. The topic emerged from

projects that both organizers have

been intimately involved with on two

related levels: the New Encyclopedia

Project in its concern with global

and interdisciplinary knowledge;

and a series of international events

whose aim is to explore issues of

criticism, methodology, institutions

and teaching, each time around a

key work of Jacques Derrida. These

have been hosted by prestigious

universities in Denmark (Kolding),

Ireland (University of Cork), United

Kingdom (Oxford University and

University of Syracuse, London), and

now Singapore (NUS).

STS speaker series talk:

video essay on engineering

disaster during hurricane


21 November 2007

Organizers: Assoc Prof Gregory

Clancey (National University of

Singapore) and Dr T.T. Sreekumar

(National University of Singapore)

Prof Wesley Shrum, who is a Professor

of Sociology at Louisiana

State University and the Secretary

of the Society for Social Studies of

Science, gave a video essay on the

engineering disaster during hurricane

Katrina in Louisiana. Prof

Shrum’s video essay demonstrated


his expertise not only as a sociologist

but also as an academic working

with new mediums of presenting

research. The Communication and

New Media Programme is now looking

into developing the language

of the video essay as part of their









department of chinese studies





Dr Neo Peng Fu and Assoc Prof Lo Yuet

Keung recently completed a research

project on “Mapping Boundaries:

Epistemology and Morality in Late

Imperial China”. From the 17th to 19th

century or Qing dynasty China, a new

epistemological worldview was in the

making which placed an unprecedented

emphasis on the objective and empirical

nature of knowledge and truth.

This development is signifi cant

when contrasted with the intellectual

orientation of the Song, Yuan and

Ming dynasties period, that is, 11th

to 16th century, which was virtually

preoccupied with metaphysical speculation

and its symbiotic impact on

moral and aesthetic cultivation.The

epistemological shift in the late

imperial period was characterized by a

relentless emphasis on a positive mode

of enquiry which insisted on textual

evidence for any meaningful claim.

By virtue of such a positivistic nature,

the pursuit of knowledge was typically

characterized as “evidential research”.

The rise of “evidential research” thus

represented a remapping of boundaries

of knowledge in late imperial China.

However, what could be considered

verifi able knowledge and what could

not, was not always a simple question

of objective differentiation. The project

has thus examined how boundaries

were demarcated in the persistent

reconceptualization of knowledge

and investigated the supposedly pure

and simple impartiality of “evidential

research” in the time of Qing China.

The project was a collaboration involving

scholars from Beijing, Taipei,

Macau, Singapore and the USA, and

has yielded a series of journal papers.

These papers have also been edited

into a thematic volume to be published

in Taiwan.





Assoc Prof Lo Yuet Keung and Dr

On-Cho Ng have completed a research

project on “The Qing Episteme:

Thought, Culture, and Society in Late

Imperial China.” The late imperial

period in Chinese history refers to the

16th and 19th centuries which were

under the rule of the Manchus known

as the Qing dynasty. Macroscopic

focus on Qing China as a monolithic

national and culture policy and much

of the studies are confi ned to the

political institutions and reforms of

the late Qing government vis-à-vis the

aggressions and challenges of Western

imperial powers. As a result, literature,

philosophy and culture of late imperial

China were seldom examined in their

own light as independent spheres of

humanistic creation and dianoetic

expression in Western scholarship.

The project sought to redress

this important lacuna, examining

the fundamental nature of Qing

intellectual and epistemic culture

from an interdisciplinary vantage

point. The focus of investigation is

on how Qing scholars, intellectuals

and philosophers under the watchful

eyes of foreign rulers redefi ned

critically and creatively the culture

and philosophical traditions they

had inherited. The inherited tradition

endorsed by the ruling monarchy

was touted as true scholarship and

its embedded world view and moral

values thus constituted the episteme

that was Qing culture. But Qing

episteme was not the result of one

singular political decision. Rather, it

was contested, negotiated, and even

compromised between government

and individual, political pressures and

personal visions. Thus Qing episteme

was evolving from the beginning of

the regime in the 17th century and

underwent different phases of shaping

and redefi ning. The proposed project

will portray important vignettes of this

fascinating evolution of epistemic

culture in late imperial China.

department of english language

and literature




This book-length research conducted

by Assoc Prof Grant Shen seeks to

develop a theory of Asian theatre

through dramaturgical investigations,

laboratory-theatre experiments, and

public performances of classical

genres, aimed at reaching a scientifi c

and comprehensive understanding

of Asian theatre. To be studied and

staged are Chinese Chuanqi Opera,

Japanese Noh drama, and Indian

Kathakali Dance theatre. Field research

will be conducted in the classical

genres’ native lands, collecting pri-

mary data from original sources,

secretive records, physical vestiges,

and current practices of the traditional

theatre in a laboratory setting of the

university theatre. The experiment

results are to be analyzed to frame

and guide the authentic productions

open to the modern audience, stimulating

a response similar to that of

the contemporary spectators of the

ancient theatre.









Assoc Prof Kay O’Halloran, Department

of English Language & Literature

and Assoc Prof Roger Zimmermann,

School of Computing are leading a

Multimodal Analysis Lab team at

the Interactive Digital Media Institute

(IDMI) at the National University of

Singapore. The aim is to undertake

a three year research programme

where social scientists and computer

scientists collaborate to develop

prototype IDM software to analyze the

construction of key events in the world.

The areas of focus are world events,

business, science, education and

arts/entertainment. The construction

of events across technologies

(print, electronic and digital) and

regions (for example Asia/Pacifi c,

North America, and Europe) will be

analyzed with view of investigating

the portrayal and orientation to events

across cultures, and the affordances

and constraints of different forms

of technology. The research will

advance existing computer-based

techniques for multimedia analysis

which depend on low-level feature

information within specifi c domains of

activity (for example news and sports

broadcasts, movie trailers, feature

fi lms, documentaries and surveillance

data), and research in the humanities

which requires specially designed

tools and platforms to dynamically

model and analyze meanings arising

in multimodal discourses constructed

through the use of language, visual

imagery, gesture, sound, music and

so forth. The interdisciplinary research

programme has downstream R&D

applications for industry, business

and government, because searching,

managing and retrieving information

from visual images, video texts and

interactive digital environments

is a signifi cant problem with the

rapid advance of technology. In

addition, the research will advance

our understanding of cross-cultural

constructions of events and our

knowledge of the relations between

IDM technology and patterns of


department of geography






Dr Lu Xixi recently completed a research

project entitled “Quantifi cation of

suspended sediment concentration

(SSC) in large Asian rivers by remote

sensing”, in collaboration with Assoc

Prof David Higgit from the Department



of Geography and Dr Liew Soo Chin

from Centre for Remote Sensing,

Imaging and Processing, NUS. This

project aimed to develop a cheaper

and yet applicable technique to

estimate SSC at a wider temporal

and spatial scales by employing

remote sensing techniques. The

development of such techniques has

widespread implications for river basin

management, and subsequent analysis

of sediment supply and fl ux response

to human activity and environmental

change at regional and global scales.

Dr Lu has successfully applied optical

models and developed algorithms

to estimate SSC using in-situ river

water refl ectance measurements and

satellite imageries. The methods

and work procedures could be an

important contribution to the fi eld.

The methods have a wide range of

potential applications in remote areas

without SSC information. His work is

very unique compared to the previous

research as he targeted turbid river

waters which are common in our region

due to severe soil erosion. He has also

developed modelling approach to

examine sediment response to climate

change and human activities. The

approach developed will be further

tested and improved in other large

rivers in Asia and beyond.






department of history





Prof Merle Ricklefs recently published

an important book that examines

how a particular form of Islam, here

called the ‘mystic synthesis’, had

been undermined in the course of

the nineteenth century by the onset

of colonial rule, population pressure

and Islamic reform and how a new

category of Javanese emerged

through that process who attenuated

their Islamic identity and came to be

called the abangan. Elite Javanese

meanwhile embraced the forms

of modernity represented by their

European rulers and the advances

of modern scientifi c learning. Some

even came to regard Islamization as

a civilizational mistake and explicitly

anti-Islamic sentiments began to

appear. By the early twentieth century,

these categories became politicized

and they lay behind much of the

confl ict and bloodshed of contemporary




Assoc Prof Michael Feener has

published an accessible and interpretative

overview of the religious and

social thought of the world’s largest

Muslim majority nation that will be of

interest to scholars of Islamic law and

society. Indonesia has been home to

some of the most vibrant and complex

developments in Islamic thought

anywhere in the world but little is

known or understood about these

developments outside Southeast Asia.

Drawing on the work of the leading

Indonesian thinkers of the twentieth

century, Feener offers a cogent critique

of this diverse and extensive literature

and sheds light on the contemporary

debates and the dynamics of Islamic






Assoc Prof Michael Feener co-edited a

book of essays that offers a series of

substantive introductions to important

developments in both the theory and

practice of Islamic law in the world’s

most populous Muslim society.

Providing focused examinations of

the internal dynamics of intellectual

and institutional elements of Islamic

law in modern Indonesia in its recent

formations, the book addresses

issues relating to Islamic legal theory

over the past century and analysis

of the work of specifi c groups of

contemporary scholars, jurists, and

activists, as well as studying more

concrete manifestations of Islamic

law in modern Indonesia, including

court systems, positive law, the

drafting of new ‘Islamic’ legislation,

and contemporary debate over the

implementation of the Shari’a.





Assoc Prof Tan Tai Yong has published

an in-depth and detailed analysis of

the political processes that led to the

formation of the Federation of Malaysia

in 1963. He argues that Malaysia was a

political creation whose only rationale

was that it served a convergence of

political and economic expediency

for the departing colonial power, the

Malayan leadership and the ruling

party of self-governing Singapore.

The book contrasts the complicated

negotiations and hard bargaining

between Singapore and Malaya on the

critical issues of citizenship, fi nances

and the development of the common

market during the run-up to merger

with the relative ease with which each

of the North Borneo territories were

incorporated in the Federation. The

haste and testing conditions in which

negotiations were conducted led to a

number of unresolved compromises

which did not obviate the possibility of

future diffi culties and in fact sowed the

seeds of dissension that would sprout

into major crises during Singapore’s

brief history in the Federation of


department of japanese studies




Dr Scot Hislop’s research objective

was to come to an understanding

of the corpus of haikai (haiku) poetic

material produced in the early to mid-

19th century in Japan which has been

largely dismissed as unliterary by

scholars since Masaoka Shiki (1867-

1902). The focus for this research was

narrowed to concentrate on a particular

form of textual production: tsukinami

kuawase, a kind of poetic competition

for want-to-be poets. By examining

specifi c examples of tsukinami

kuawase texts and explaining them

via reference to contemporaneous

key haikai educational texts such as

compendia of seasonal words and

primers of haikai techniques (both of

these in hanpon - original Tokugawa

printed texts using cursive forms of

Chinese characters and many syllabic

characters no longer part of the

standard orthography of Japanese) he

discovered that while the hokku (haiku)

produced in tsukinami kuawase

competitions were not of high literary

value, they nevertheless had an

important pedagogical value. The

poetasters who practised tsukinami

kuawase gained the education

necessary to read Masaoka Shiki’s

arguments against that kind of poetry

and in favour of a “literary poetry.” In

addition the vocabulary that they

learned from tsukinami kuawase was

“universal” and thus transcended

local identities, something which

was important in the effort to forge

a national identity in Japan after the

Meiji Restoration (1868). Thus a study

of tsukinami kuawase is important for

understanding the cultural history

of 19th century Japan but to his

knowledge, his research is the fi rst

of its kind in English and he is aware

of only a handful of extended articles

on the topic in Japanese. None of

these ascribe a pedagogical value to

tsukinami kuawase.

department of philosophy



Prof Alan Chan recently completed

a research project on “The World of

Thought in Early Medieval China.” The

project brought together a team of over

20 scholars from Asia, Europe, and

North America to examine the social,

literary, religious and philosophical

landscape of China from the 2nd to the

7th centuries, what historians describe

as the Chinese early medieval period.

Two volumes of selected essays will

be published by the State University

of New York Press.

department of political science

Dr Erik Mobrand completed a project

on migration and remittances in South

Korea. He presented his fi ndings both

in Seoul in May 2007 and in The

Hague in August 2007. His essay,

“What if Remittances are Requited?”,

based on that research is currently

under review. He also started and

completed a collaborative project

with Dr Brad Williams on South Korean

and Japanese responses to

abduction of citizens by North Korea.

That project took him to Korea for



research. The article has been revised

and resubmitted to the top journal in

Asian studies.

department of social work



Dr Ng Guat Tin (PI) and Assoc Prof

Kalyani Mehta (Co-PI) recently completed

a research project titled “Family

Caregiving in Singapore”. Other

collaborators included Dr Allison

Rowlands, Department of Community

Services, New South Wales, Australia

and Prof Okamoto Takiko, Meiji Gakuin

University, Japan. The project aimed

to investigate the nature of family

caregiving in Singapore, the needs of

family caregivers in terms of health,

social, and fi nancial aspects, and the

gaps in public policy and social services

provision. There were fi ve separate

studies in this project: (i) Survey

on family caregiving in Singapore;

(ii) Spousal carers of the aged in

Singapore and Japan; (iii) Strengths

of the carer and the contribution of

the person with a disability; (iv) Adult

children as carers; and (v) Survey of

services for family caregivers. Three

working papers were produced, two of

which were posted in FASS research

gallery in July 2007. The project team

had made several presentations at

international conferences in 2006 and

2007, and also shared study fi ndings

locally and in Japan.





department of sociology








Assoc Prof Maribeth Erb has recently

completed a project entitled

“Conservation for/by Whom? Social

Controversies and Cultural Contestations

regarding National Parks in the “Malay

Archipelago”. She organized this

workshop together with colleagues from

various other faculties and institutes in

the University: Prof Navjot Sodhi from

the Faculty of Biological Sciences,

Assoc Prof Alan Tan Khee Jin from the

Faculty of Law and a visitor at the Asia

Research Institute, Assoc Prof Gregory


The project consisted of a multidisciplinary

workshop, which took

place in May 2006, and focused on

the socio-cultural and legal contextualization

of national parks and reserves

in “the Malay Archipelago”. The

“Malay Archipelago” is a term given

by the naturalist Alfred Wallace in the

19th century to a traditional natural

historical region consisting of the

islands of Southeast Asia. Today

this coincides with what has been

designated a “biodiversity hotspot”

by Conservation International. What

have been set apart as areas needing

protection in this region, have often

been the arenas of contestation

between supporters of conservation

imperatives and the advocates of

community rights. This workshop

brought together not only scholars

from various disciplinary backgrounds,

but also NGO activists and government

offi cials, who represented confl icting

interests and different priorities. The

workshop, itself, resulted in a fair

amount of debate and contestation,

between academics with very different

views on who should be responsible

for conservation, and who are the

culprits in the degradation of the

natural environment in the region.

As a follow-up to this workshop,

the organizers, and some of the

participants, published a paper, entitled

“Biodiversity and Human Livelihood

Crises in the Malay Archipelago” in the

highly acclaimed journal Conservation

Biology, in December 2006 (vol. 20, no.

6: 1811-1813), on the issues that were

raised in the workshop. Subsequently

the organizers produced an edited

volume from the workshop’s papers,

entitled “Biodiversity and Human

Livelihoods in Protected Areas: Case

Studies from the Malay Archipelago”,

published by Cambridge University

Press, 2008.





Assoc Prof Paulin Straughan, together

with Assoc Prof Angelique Chan

and Prof Gavin Jones, has recently

completed a project on “Late Marriage

and Low Fertility in Singapore: Insights

from a Socio-Cultural Perspective”.

The project included a survey, which

gathered data on the workings of

family, marriage and parenthood in

Singapore. It involved 1,500 respondents,

who were married after 1980,

and focus groups were conducted

with selected respondents. Attitudes

relating to marriage, benefi ts of

parental roles, and other decisionmaking

processes in relation to

marriage, having children and childraising,

were discussed. Some of

the issues highlighted in relation to

marriage and fertility were higher

economic aspirations among the

young, changing attitudes towards

work and family, and government

policies. The survey fi ndings revealed

a worrying trend, as not every couple

feels they can provide an environment

of maximum opportunity to raise a


The fi ndings of this project will be

published in an edited volume. It is an

important tool for educators, students

and policy makers working in the areas

of population and family in Asia.

communications and new media





Dr Byungho Park recently completed

a research project that examines

whether personality traits can be used

to predict one’s tendency to gamble

online. This project used two different

indices of personality - Zuckerman’s

Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS) and

Lang’s Motivational Activation Measure

(MAM). A total of 106 young adults

residing in Singapore participated in

the survey. Though both SSS and MAM

provided statistically signifi cant data

to predict one’s behaviour and degree

of problem gambling tendency, one’s

tendency to approach novel objects

(Positivity Offset), measured with

MAM, demonstrated to be the best

predictor for most of the gamblingrelated

measures. The results from this

study suggest that campaigns using

the media should have messages

designed in a way that will appeal

to the type of people who are more

vulnerable to start and get addicted to

gambling, such as those with Positive

Offset. Different fi ndings of the study

were presented at two conferences:

Digital Games Research Association

(DiGRA) Annual Conference 2007

(Paper title “Gambling is in My Genes:

Correlations between Personality

Traits with Biological Basis and

Digital Entertainment Choice”) and

Association of Internet Researchers

(AoIR) Annual Conference 2007 (Paper

title “Personality trait and risky gaming

in cyber space: Sensation seeking as a

predictor of online gambling”).

southeast asian studies







Assoc Prof Teofi lo C. Daquila completed

a research project titled “International

Student Mobility: A Comparative

Study between Australia and

Singapore” funded by a grant from

the FASS Staff Research Support

Scheme. Using primary and secondary

sources of information, this

research examined the extent of

international student mobility in

Australia and Singapore. Case studies

were conducted by examining three

prestigious institutions of higher

learning such as the Australian

National University, the University of

Sydney, and the National University

of Singapore. These universities have

been recognized among the top

universities in the world by several

media organizations including the

Newsweek (Aug 2006), and the Times

Higher Education Supplement (2006).

This study analyzed the trends and

patterns of international students

in these universities. It investigated

the different contributory factors

particularly in terms of the policies

adopted by these institutions. It

also examined the contribution of

their respective governments in

promoting student mobility. Results

of this study were presented at

the 2007 Global Higher Education

Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

in November 2007 which was coorganized

by the Ministry of Higher

Education Malaysia, the International

Association of Universities (IAU), and

National Higher Education Research

Institute (IPPTN).









Dr Chie Ikeya was awarded a second

year of funding by the Toyota Foundation,

Special Subject Research

Grant for a collaborative project she

is directing entitled “Cataloguing, Transcription,

Translation and Preservation

of Indigenous Dhammasat Palm-leaf

Manuscripts Transmitted in Myanmar.”

This is a one year grant (November

2007 – October 2008). The collaborative

research team comprising Myanmar,

Japanese, American, and French

researchers undertakes the fi rst

comprehensive survey and inventory

of the extant legal and jurisprudential

manuscript texts transmitted in

Myanmar between the 11th and 19th

centuries. In addition to digitizing and

microfi lming selected documents

in urgent need of preservation, the

team will also edit a collection of

facsimiles, transcriptions, and English

and Japanese translations of selected


centre for language studies


Ms Izumi Walker has been conducting

a research project since 2006 which

aims to establish the theory and

practice for the teaching of “Taigu

Communication.” This study looks

at means of fostering of learners’

communicative competence in a socioculturally

meaningful and contextually



appropriate way. Her study looks in

particular at learners’ consciousness

toward learning “Speech Styles,”

variations of which are built into the

Japanese language system, and a

Japanese speaker is expected to choose

a linguistically distinct style in every

context. Based on this project, she gave

three presentations at conferences in

Japan. Early fi ndings were published

in two academic journals.



Assoc Prof Chan Wai Meng, Ms Chen

Ing Ru and Mr Martin Döpel have

conducted the fi rst phase of a project

studying the application of podcasting

to foreign language teaching and

learning. Data were collected from

German language learners for the

evaluation of the podcasts’ design,

usefulness and relevance. The data

will also help ascertain learners’

needs and preferences with regard

to educational podcasts, and their

patterns of podcast use, including

locations and times, and the hardware

and software used. Findings from

the project will contribute towards a

pedagogy of podcasting for language

learning. First papers generated from

this project will be presented at

international conferences in 2008.




Through his project, which culminated

in the publication of a book titled

Reduplicating Nouns and Verbs in

Malay: A Conceptual Analysis (University

of Malaya Press) in 2007,

Sew Jyh Wee examined the syntax

and semantics of reduplicated nouns

and verbs in the Malay discourse.

Syntactic and semantic tests were

conducted on data derived from Malay

mass media. The project brought

forward the result that the interplay

of boundary is an underlying factor

in Malay reduplication.






Mr Martin G. Döpel’s research project

addresses the question whether and

to what extent learning modes

have a measurable infl uence on the

representation of second language

rules in the learner’s brain. The project

combines classical approaches

of second language acquisition

research with the neuroscientifi c

method of event-related potentials.

It involves the use of behavioural

tests, a grammaticality judgement

test and a production performance

test. It represents the fi rst attempt

to get a deeper understanding of

second language processes through

neuroscientifi c data.

department of chinese studies







The Department jointly organized

the international conference “Understanding

China from her Neighbours”

with the National Institute for Advanced

Humanistic Studies, Fudan

University, on 12-14 December 2007

at Fudan University. Assoc Prof Lee

Cheuk Yin was a member of the

organizing committee. The conference

aimed at re-examining the Chinese

world order through the eyes of her

neighbours, such as Korea, Japan,

Vietnam, Ryukyu, and the minorities

in her borders. Thirty six scholars from

China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, United

States, Italy, Hong Kong and Australia

presented papers at the conference,

which was also attended by about

30 staff and graduate students of the

Fudan University. Selected papers of

the conference will be published in

China by a reputable publisher at the

end of this year.




An academic exchange on the topic

“The Chinese in Southeast Asia” was

conducted on 30 November 2007 in

the Department of Chinese Studies by

2 renowned academics, Assoc Prof Wu

Xiao-An and Prof Lee Ying Hui from

Peking University and National Chi Nan

University respectively. The event was

attended by faculty members as well

as graduate students of Department

of Chinese Studies. The event was

part of a series of seminars organized

by the Southeast Asian Chinese

Research Group of the Department

of Chinese Studies. Professors Wu

and Li shared their experiences and

research methodologies in the studies

of SEA Chinese with the attendees.

They also briefed the audience on the

most recent scholarship of the fi eld

in China and Taiwan.






Assoc Prof Shi Yuzhi is in collaboration

with the Department of Foreign

Language Faculty of Hunan Normal

University to work on the project:

“Different Conceptualizations of

English and Chinese and the Effects

on Grammars” (2007-2009). Each

language has adopted different






methodologies to conceptualize the

external world, and, consequently,

semantic systems vary greatly from

language to language, which infl uence

overall properties of grammar of one

language. Differences between the

grammars of English and Chinese

stem from the different methodologies

of conceptualizations they adopted.

From this angle, many regular correspondences

between the two languages

can be discovered, which is helpful

in teaching English or Chinese as a

second language. This project involves

contrastive analyses between the two

languages, and thus a collaboration

between the two disciplines is of






Assoc Prof Matthias Roth (PI), with

support from Assoc Prof Rajasekhar

Balasubramanian, Division of Environmental

Science and Engineering,

Faculty of Engineering, NUS and Dr

Jennifer Salmond, School of Geology

and Environmental Science, Faculty of

Science, University of Auckland has

conducted a long-term study of the

local carbon dioxide concentration

and fl uxes. While similar studies

have been done previously, this is





the fi rst research project to focus on

carbon dioxide levels in a tropical,

urban area.

Global warming has been rising as a

vital issue and urban areas contribute

largely to the problem. Heavy on

industrial and anthropogenic activities,

these places are the main emitters of

greenhouse gases. In the uphill battle

against global warming, authorities

need detailed information which

quantifi es the role of urban areas

in the regional and global carbon

budget. The observational results of

the study provide essential data that

will aid in the process of quantifi cation

and more importantly, the evaluation

of existing urban climate models.

Providing information on the size

of carbon dioxide fl uxes across

seasons, the study paves the way

for improved numerical weather

prediction models.



Assoc Prof Matthias Roth spent 5

months, from March to July 2007 as

a Visiting Scholar at Arizona State

University, USA in the Department of

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

and in the School of Geographical

Sciences, respectively. Most of this

time was used to collaborate on a

research project related to a large

fi eld experiment on urban fl ow and

pollutant dispersion carried out in 2003

in Oklahoma City, USA, in particular

the investigation of the infl uence of

a CBD district on the upwind fl ow

distortion region using a combination

of data from LIDAR measurements and

physical modeling in a fl ume supported

by analytical and CFD modeling. This

collaboration is on-going. At the same

time he co-wrote a book chapter on

“Land Use and Environmental Quality”

as part of a larger publication (Land

Use - Challenges and Choices for the

21st Century) prepared for the “AZ

Town Hall” which is the Governor’s

annual meeting about growth issues

in Arizona.



Dr Amanda Wise, Senior Research

Fellow from the Centre for Research

on Social Inclusion at Macquarie

University visited the Department for

one month (15 January-15 February

2008) under the Isaac Manasseh Meyer

Fellowship. During her visit, Dr Wise

worked on 2 journal articles entitled

“Towards a Theory of Transnational

Affect’ and ‘Multiculturalism from

Below: Transversal Crossings and

Working Class Cosmopolitans’, presented

a Department Seminar and hopes

to have research collaborations with

the Department and Asia Research


department of japanese studies




Assoc Prof Thang Leng Leng is collaborating

with Dr Sachiko Sone of

University of Western Australia on a

project titled “A Study of Japanese

Women, Ageing and Migration”.

Funded by Sumitomo Foundation,

the study investigates the emerging

phenomenon in the contemporary

patterns of migration among Japanese

– the emigration of older Japanese

women. In focusing on older Japanese

women (that is, from 50 years

old) who have migrated to Western

Australia (W.A.) in the recent

decade, the research juxtaposes

ageing, women and migration as

it examines the implications of

matured and retirees migration from

Japan and how such transnational

migration brings challenges to one’s

sense of ‘self’, ‘home’, ‘family’ and

‘nationhood’. It also examines the

implications on healthcare insurance

and service provision on host society

and Japanese state.




The research “A Study of Older

Men Living Alone in Singapore” is a

collaboration with Fei Yue Community

Services (Singapore) and is funded

by Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Wel-



fare Foundation (from February 2008

to July 2009). The study focuses particularly

on older men living alone

– a relatively neglected population

in gerontological research. Through

a qualitative study of 30 older men

from Chinese ethnicity of different

backgrounds and observations, the

study seeks to learn about their

problems, concerns, and their coping

strategies; to understand the

signifi cance of family in their lives

and to explore the signifi cance and

the potential of activity centres (and

other elderly activities) in impacting

the lives of older men. The research

is signifi cant in the context of the

increasing trend of older persons

living alone in Singapore.




Research collaboration with Dr

Park Bae-Gyoon in Seoul National

University and Prof Richard Hill in

Michigan State University to explore

the infl uence of Neoliberal economic

policy upon the urban and regional

development in Asian cities.

Research project collaboration with

Prof Paul Kantor (Fordum University,

USA) and Prof Hunk Savitch (University

of Louisville, USA), Prof Andy Thornley

(LSE, UK), and Prof Christian Lefevre

(University of Paris, France) which

compares metropolitan governance

in four world leading global-city

regions, Paris, Tokyo, London, and

New York.

department of philosophy


visited the Department, is Associate

Professor of Religion and Philosophy

at the Northwestern University. He

specializes in Chinese Buddhism, Taoism

and Confucianism. During his visit

from 30 August to 22 September 2007,

Assoc Prof Ziporyn presented two

seminar papers: “The Deluded Mind

in the Works of Jingxi Zhanran (711-

782)” on 11 September and “Form,

Principle, Pattern, or Coherence?

Li in Chinese Philosophy on 18

September. Both presentations were

well attended and were followed

by extensive discussions between

Assoc Prof Ziporyn and the audience

(composed largely of Philosophy Faculty

members and graduate students).


who visited the Department, is Cory

Professor of Political Philosophy,

Policy and Law, and Director of the

Political Philosophy, Policy and Law

Programme. Professor Lomasky is

best known for his work in moral

and political philosophy. During his

visit under the Isaac Manasseh Meyer

Fellowship (IMMF) Scheme, from 9

November to 6 December 2007, he gave

a lecture to students for PH4203, Issues

in Moral Philosophy, on “Health Care

and Distributive Justice”. In addition,

he did a department colloquium on

“Politics Among the Malevolent: When

Hobbes is an Optimist”, wrote a long

review essay of Prof Bryan Caplan’s




book, The Myth of the Rational Voter,

for the journal Public Choice and

collaborated on a paper on the topic

of poverty with Dr Kyle Swan, which

they are co-authoring.

department of sociology



Assoc Prof Ho Kong Chong is a

resource person for this network and

has had put together two panels. The

fi rst was on “IT and Youth”, while the

second one was on “IT and Education”

for the conference on “Information

Revolution and Cultural Integration in

East Asia” held in Ho Chi Minh City.

communications and new media



The Networked Musical Ensemble

is a 3-year NRF-funded project to

facilitate new collaborative musical

practices with computational and

communications technologies. In the

traditional live musical performance,

sound is tightly coupled to musical

gesture. Striking a drum, blowing

through a pipe, bowing a string - all

create sound at the same time and

the same place as the gesture (the

strike, blow, or bow). New approaches

to composition and music making, in

conspiracy with new computational








and communications technologies,

have broken the bond that keeps a

gesture and its sonic implications

together in time and in space. This

presents new challenges to ensemble

players who can no longer depend

on sound for communicating with

their fellow players. The Networked

Music Project explores communication

strategies for ensemble musicians

(scoring strategies, visualizations,

haptics, and connected instruments)

in support of new forms of ensemble

music making.

The fi rst eight months of the project

have focused on the basic hardware

and software infrastructure upon which

the networked music experiments,

applications and musical compositions

will be developed. Tabletop interfaces

for large displays and interaction

have been built. When networked,

the displays will allow for multiple

performers across the different individual

tables or other types of displays

(local or distributed) to perform within

a shared graphical space. The display

also functions as a musical instrument.

Performers control the musical instrument

through manipulating graphical

objects directly by touching and moving

them using specially-design

“infrared pen” pointing devices. The

physical and graphical objects function

simultaneously as musical scores, communications

devices, and as musical


Mobile devices are also involved in the

project as portable musical instruments

that can be used to engage in music

making wherever people gather. For

5 months (March-July 2008), the

project hosted Visiting Professor Greg

Scheimer from Wollongong University

in Australia. Scheimer is a composer

with a strong background in computing

and electronics. Together with some

students, we built a networked platform

that allowed the motion-sensing

Nokia N95 telephones to be used as

musical instrument controllers was

built. In addition, four public musical

performances were held using our

technology (one in a night club, one

at Republic Polytechnic, and 2 at the

Conservatory of Music during the

International Symposium of Electronic

Arts (ISEA 2008).

southeast asian studies






Dr Michael Montesano from the

Southeast Asian Studies Programme,

NUS, together with Dr Patrick Jory

of Wailalak University in Thailand

edited a volume entitled Thai South

and Malay North: Ethnic Interactions

on a Plural Peninsula. This book brings

together 13 essays on historiography,

politics and separatism, Chinese

populations, religious change, and

ethno-nationalism in a zone reaching

from Thailand’s mid-South to Penang

and Kelantan in Malaysia. The book

grows out of a workshop that Dr

Jory and Dr Montesano organized

in early 2004, under the auspices of

the NUS Asia Research Institute and

the Regional Studies Programme of

Wailalak University. It is hoped that

the volume will make a major, lasting

contribution to the understanding of a

neglected part of Southeast Asia.


For the fi nancial year 2007 (1 April

2007 to 31 March 2008), the Faculty

received University funding for a

total of 32 projects, amounting to









Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Lee Cheuk Yin

(Department of Chinese Studies)

Collaborator: Prof Ge Zhaoguang

(Fudan University, China)

In Chinese history, China was regarded

as the natural centre of East Asia.

The ancient Chinese world was

characterized by the Sinocentric

concept of Tianxia or all-under-heaven.

However, with the recent publication

and popularization of many of the rare

historical documents in Japan, Korea,

Vietnam and China’s border regions

in particular, it provides the best

opportunity for a more comprehensive

and systematic study of China through

the eyes of her neighbouring countries

and regions. The actual infl uences of

China and her position in East Asia will

be re-examined. The project is mainly

a joint international conference by

NUS, Fudan University, City University

of Hong Kong and Kansai University

in December 2007. The conference

will be hosted by the Institute for

Advanced Humanistic Studies of

the Fudan University, Shanghai. The

conference will draw together scholars

from China, Singapore, Japan, United

States, Europe and different disciplines

to consider how China was viewed

in the writings of her neighbouring

countries and regions.








Principal Investigator:

Dr Koh Khee Heong

(Department of Chinese Studies)

Co-Principal Investigator:

Dr Ong Chang Woei

(Department of Chinese Studies)

Collaborator: Dr Peter Ditmonson

(Colby College, USA)

Over the past few decades, it has

become increasingly apparent to

historians of China that any historical

analysis must take regional variations

into account. For many, “China” itself

has become a limited analytical

entity. But it is only recently that

scholars are becoming more alert

to the various translocal factors that

shaped the socio-cultural landscape

of a particular locale or region. Such

translocal interactions tied localities

and regions together on a higher

level, though not quite empire-wide

in scope. This intermediate level need

not be geographical or administrative;

and the interacting localities and

regions may not even be connected

in geographical terms.

This conference, based on the

assumption that these factors would

play out differently in different places

and in different periods, hopes to bring

together scholars who are studying

the histories of different regions and

localities to explore the working of

these factors in different spatial

settings. The goal of this study is to

expand the basis for studying local

history in a comparative manner


and to explore new models for

understanding the inter-dynamics and

spacial relations of different places in

Chinese history.






Principal Investigator:

Dr Peng Rui

(Department of Chinese Studies)

The theories of grammaticalization and

lexicalization are currently among the

hottest topics in the circle of historical

linguistics. So far the theories are

developed mainly on the basis of data

from Indo-European languages and

African native languages. In the last two

decades as more and more linguists

turned their interests to Chinese data,

many important phenomena in the

diachronic development of Chinese

have been explored. The goal of this

project is double, namely i) to examine

or re-examine Chinese data under the

framework of grammaticalization and

lexicalization, and ii) to contribute

to the theories mentioned. For this

purpose an international roundtable

conference on Chinese linguistics will

be held at NUS at 26-28 September






Principal Investigator:

Dr Wang Hui

(Department of Chinese Studies)

Collaborator: Prof Ji Donghong

(Wuhan University)






This project aims to pave the way

for a comprehensive investigation

of the collocation of frequently

used words. This is a frontier area

in the fi eld of lexical semantics and

computational linguistics. In this

project, we will explore the acquisition

and representation of collocations for

frequently-used words in Singapore

Mandarin, and propose an automatic

strategy for the acquisition and

representation based on a large-scale

corpus. The specifi c aims are: (1) To

build a large collocation resource

for the 10,000 most frequently used

words in Singapore Mandarin; (2) A

software platform for construction of

the resource, including word sense

tagging, collocation extraction and

frame generalization. The kind of

information recorded and made

available through the collocation

resource will be of a type usable for

Chinese language teaching and various

NLP applications, including machine

translation, automatic abstraction,

information retrieval, thematic

analysis, and text processing.






Principal Investigator:

Dr Yohanes Eko Riyanto

(Department of Economics)

This research project comprises two

experimental studies on behavioural

and organizational economics. The

fi rst one is an experimental validation

of Aghion and Tirole’s (1997) seminal

paper on the delegation of formal

and real authority in organizations.

Aghion and Tirole (2007) distinguished

authority into formal and real authority.

The former refers to the legally

assigned authority that empowers

the holder to make decisions that

cannot be overruled by other parties

in organizations. The latter refers to

the ‘de facto’ authority that is obtained

when the holder possesses superior

information. A formal authority holder,

for example, a principal, may be

willing to delegate real authority to

an agent when the latter has superior

information. Formal authority itself

may also be delegated by the principal

to the agent, thereby empowering the

agent to make a decision that cannot

be overruled by the principal. In the

presence of moral hazard problem,

delegation of authority (real or formal

authority) can act as a powerful

incentive device to motivate agents to

work hard. However, delegation also

leads to a loss of control. We design a

lab controlled experiment to capture

the environment portrayed in Aghion

and Tirole (1997) and validate their

theoretical predictions.

The second one is an experimental

study on social (group) behaviour

and the role of punishment as an

enforcement mechanism of social

norms. This study is an extension

of Fehr and Fischbacher (2004). We

randomly assigned experimental

participants as a ‘proposer’, or a

‘recipient’, or a ‘third-party observer’.

A proposer must allocate a fraction

of his (her) initially assigned moneyendowment

to a recipient. Third-party

observers can infer the amount that

the proposer has given to the recipient

and decide whether to punish the

proposer when the proposer allocates

too little amount of money to the

recipient. Punishment is costly for

third-party observers, but it reduces

the proposer’s income. We isolate

the effect of altruism from envy

by introducing treatments of weak

and strong third-party observers.

Punishment from a weak third-party

observer lowers the proposer’s

income without directly increasing

the recipient’s income. A strong thirdparty

observer has distributional power

to transfer income from a proposer

to a recipient. We also evaluate the

role of multiple third-party observers.

The presence of multiple third-party

observers gives rise to free-riding



Aghion, Philippe. And Jean Tirole

(1997), “Formal and Real Authority in

Organizations,” Journal of Political

Economy, 105, pp.1-29.

Fehr, Ernst. And Urs Fischbacher

(2004), “Third-Party Punishment and

Social Norms,” Evolution and Human

Behaviour, 25, pp.63-87.





Principal Investigator:

Dr Lu Jingfeng

(Department of Economics)

Co-Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Julian Wright

(Department of Economics)

The functioning of markets in an

environment with asymmetric information

between buyers and sellers

is of central interest in economics.

Advertising can play a key role in such

an environment. This project aims to

study the functioning of advertising

in such a market using advertising

on Ebay online auctions, where the

degree of information asymmetry

etween buyers and sellers is

particularly severe.

Standard marketing and economic

theory suggests that costly advertising

may be used to signal high quality

or boost demand. However, there is

only limited empirical evidence for

how advertising works, in part since

researchers cannot normally measure

how advertising impacts demand. In

this project, we will investigate how

advertising works in a market where

we can control most of the important

factors, and where we can measure

demand through auction bids.









Jointly organized by

Department of Economics,

Institute for Mathematical

Sciences, and Department

of Marketing

Sponsored by Faculty of Arts

and Social Sciences, Institute

for Mathematical Sciences, Risk,

Management Institute, and NUS

Business School

Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Chong Juin Kuan

(NUS School of Business)

Co-Principal Investigator:

Prof Sun Yeneng

(Department of Economics)

The 4th Asia Pacifi c Meeting of the

Economic Science Association was held

at the National University of Singapore

on 22-24 February 2008. Professor

Barry Halliwell, Deputy President

(Research and Technology) of NUS,

gave the opening address. The aim of

the meeting was to provide an avenue

for experimental economists to share

research fi ndings and to collaborate,

and to promote experimental methods

to more researchers in the Asia-Pacifi c


The keynote speakers included Bernard

Balleine of University of California,

Los Angeles; Peter Bossaerts of

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de

Lausanne; John Dickhaut of University

of Minnesota; Kenji Doya of Okinawa

Institute of Science and Technology

and Drazen Prelec of Massachusetts

Institute of Technology.







Principal Investigator:

Prof Ivan Png

NUS hosted the 2008 Summer

Workshop on Industrial Organization

and Management Strategy (IOMS)

from 18 - 19 July 2008, with generous

fi nancial support from the Faculty

of Arts and Social Sciences. The

workshop aimed to provide a regional

forum for high-quality research in the

fi elds of IO and strategy.

The 2008 IOMS was the 5th in the

series. It attracted 45 participants

from international and Singapore

universities and government agencies.

International speakers included Jay-

Pil Choi, Michigan State University,

Yuk-fai Fong, Northwestern University,



Marc Ivaldi, Toulouse School of

Economics, Kyoo Il Kim and Minjung

Park, University of Minnesota, and

Tong Li, Vanderbilt University.

The workshop was very well received

and there was active participation by

the audience in all sessions. The 2009

IOMS will be held in Beijing, China.




Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Parimal Kanti Bag

(Department of Economics)

Charitable organizations are sometimes

seen to provide a mix of

public-and-private goods by serving

a conventional charitable goal

(prevention of the use of landmines

in war, raising the consciousness

about environmental degradation,

etc.) along with the hosting of a dinner/

entertainment event with celebrities

(providing opportunities of meeting

with the Heads of States, members

of the Royal Family, important

personalities such as Nobel Laureates,

etc.). Meeting celebrities confer private

benefi ts perceived snob value or direct

or indirect network benefi ts.

While a public good is free, the

accompanying private good is

sometimes sold via two-part tariffs

with an entry fee and additional

surcharges. The total of voluntary

donations and the net proceeds from

the marketing of the private good

determines the overall supply of the

public good. A charity may thus add

the extra private good dimension to

further its core objective of the public

good provision.






The public good literature analyzes

varied voluntary donation models.

On the other hand, the sale of a

private good by a profi t-maximizing

monopolist is a standard textbook

topic. Whether bundling the private

good would facilitate the charity

objective of maximal public good

provision has not yet been formally

explored in the charitable fundraising


This research will develop a new

theoretical model of fundraising. The

aim is to explain why the observed

practice of bundled provision of publicand-private

goods by charities makes

good economic sense. The research

should also indicate how to organize

fundraising events to be of practical

value and contribute to the public

economics fi eld. Its relevance for

fundraising institutions responsible for

public service provision (universities,

political parties, charitable organizations,

etc.) is unmistakable - make

sure that important members of the

society are present in a preliminary

fundraising event who can add to

the attractions of the charity’s main

cause by generating network benefi ts

for potential givers.







Principal Investigator:

Dr Tomoo Kikuchi

(Department of Economics)

The project aims to develop new

theoretical models, which explains

how the world economy evolves over

time, and generates cross-country

income difference and fl uctuation

of international fi nancial fl ows,

even among countries which have

identical economic characteristics. The

interaction in the global market creates

the inequality of nations and the

fl uctuations of international fi nancial

fl ows. Therefore, underdevelopment

and economic fl uctuation are not

identifi ed as isolated problems,

which can be treated independently

for each economy, but as a part of the

interrelated world economy and need

to be dealt with at the global level.







Principal Investigator:

Dr Lu Jingfeng

(Department of Economics)

This project fi rst aims to provide a

micro behavioural foundation for

multi-winner contests. A wide class

of competitive activities can be viewed

as a contest. Numerous examples are

available to illustrate the multi-winner

nature of most contests. Illustrating

examples include college admissions,

infl uence politics, sports, internal

labour market competition, and more.

Central to the rule of a contest is the

mechanism that picks the winners.

The nested Tullock success function

proposed by Clark and Riis (1996) is

so far the most prominent multiplewinner

contest model. The nested

contest model offers one reasonable

rule to determine multiple winners.

However, the legitimacy and plausi-

bility of this framework remain to be

justifi ed when it is applied to contests

that involve simultaneous distribution

of multiple prizes based on the oneshot

effort of contestants. More

importantly, a micro foundation for

the nested Tullock contest is yet to be

provided. In this project, we provide

a micro foundation for multi-winner

contest based on noisy ranking of


The approach developed is based on

the framework of Mcfadden (1973,

1974), but we use it in an innovative

way for totally different purposes. The

academic signifi cance is evident as our

project will provide a fi rm foundation

that justifi es the adoption of nested

Tullock success function.

Based on the multi-winner Tullock

contest, this project then further

explores some theoretical issues

and practical applications related to

multi-winner contests. Multi-winner

contests are ubiquitous in Singapore.

Practical applications include school

admissions, sports, grant competitions

and more. Our project will promote

better practice in these areas.





Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Julian Wright

(Department of Economics)

This research project will use a

novel experiment to uncover the

strategies participants use to sustain

collusive outcomes when they

compete with each other over many

periods. This evidence will be used to

test different theories of collusion. In

economics there is a well established

theory of how competing fi rms collude

built on the idea that any fi rm that

deviates from the collusive agreement

is punished by its rivals. I argue the

types of punishments considered

in this existing theory are often

unrealistic since they have the property

that a small cut in prices results

in the same severe punishment (for

example, a break down in collusion

altogether) as a large and more

profi table price cut. The evidence

from the experiment will allow me

to observe the nature of participants’

punishment strategies. The results

may motivate the development of

a new theory in which collusion is

sustained using more reasonable

punishment strategies. It may also

be helpful for understanding the

actual mechanisms used to support

collusion, the knowledge of which is

relevant to Competition Authorities

(such as the Competition Commission

Singapore in Singapore) which aim

to detect and break-up such explicit

forms of collusion.






Principal Investigator:

Dr Wang Xin

(Department of English Language

and Literature)

Often times, researchers fi nd diffi culty

in interpreting bilingual lexical

processing data because of the

confl icting results from different labs.

To explain this, attention has mainly

centered on the Second Language (L2)

Profi ciency issue in the literature. In

fact, very little research has focused

on the nature of L2 acquisition that

might infl uence bilinguals’ language

behaviour but not their profi ciency

level. This project will employ psycholinguistic

methods (i.e. priming

techniques) to investigate whether the

variable of age of acquisition (AoA)

or L2 profi ciency is a critical factor in

bilingual processing and representation,

with the goal of building a more

complete bilingual lexical model. This

research is important in understanding

how the nature of L2 acquisition

affects the cognitive architecture of

bilinguals. Additionally, it will provide

valuable information about bilingual

populations in different cultural

contexts to benefi t institutions that

are interested in bilingual education

and policy.





Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Philip Holden

(Department of English Language

and Literature)


Dr Angeline Poon Mui Cheng

(National Institute of Education,

Nanyang Technological University)

Collaborator: Prof Shirley Lim

(University of California Santa

Barbara, USA)

The project aims to produce a

comprehensive academic anthology

of Singapore Literature in English

that gives a historical account of its

emergence, in the manner of other

defi nitive anthologies of national

literatures in English, such as the

Norton or Heath anthologies of

American Literature. The texts selected

for inclusion in the anthology will



be supported by a series of critical

introductions, as well as biographical

information concerning individual

authors, footnotes, and a timeline.

The three co-editors envision that

Singapore Literature in English: An

Anthology will constitute an invaluable

academic resource book for educators

both in Singapore and worldwide and

for the general reader.







Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Tracey Skelton

(Department of Geography)

This project is designed to contribute to

human geography, global studies and

social science research concentrating

on young people. However it offers

a distinctive approach though its

analysis of young people as agents

within global processes and as active

citizens. The project focuses on young

people aged 16 to 23 in the Asian city

of Singapore and the Pacifi c city of


Through the use of qualitative/

ethnographic methodologies, alongside

discourse analysis, the project will

investigate young people’s own

narratives of their: future life transitions

and trajectories; perceptions of citizenship

and nationhood; aspirations,

expectations and anxieties relating to

their global futures. Linked to young

people’s own articulations of their

global futures, discourse analysis

of political and media rhetoric will






examine what constitutes effective and

desired understandings and practices

of citizenship and nationhood in the

rapidly transforming geographies

of Asia-Pacifi c. National and global

city narratives that are forwardlooking

proclaim young people of

the nation/city as the future; the

engineers and entrepreneurs of the

moral, social, economic and political

fabric of increasingly globalized

geographies. To what extent do young

people in the cities of Singapore and

Auckland share these perspectives of

what their lives might be and what they

are expected to deliver and contribute?













Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Godfrey Kwok-yung Yeung

(Department of Geography)

This project aims to examine the

impact of increasing economic interdependence

of China and Europe on

the disparities of regional economic

performance in terms of coastal-inland

and old-new industrial regions divides.

Specifi cally, the aims are (i) to identify

the changing profi le of exports and

imports and the evolution of regional

output and employment in different

industrial sectors, and (ii) to identify

the impact of the trajectories of these

industrial sectors on comparative

regional economic performance, and

to explain these sectoral and regional

evolutions in the light of regional

economic characteristics.

In addition to specifi c issues related

to the trade and regional trajectories

in China and Europe, the results of

this research will be of considerable

policy relevance especially on the

impact of globalization on regional

economic development. It will involve

the development of key statistical

indicators that could be used to

identify areas at risk from increased

specialization and trade and the

determinants of their vulnerability.




Principal Investigator:

Prof Brenda Yeoh

(Department of Geography

and Southeast Asian Studies


Co-Principal Investigators:

Assoc Prof Shirlena Huang

(Department of Geography),

Dr Lai Ah Eng

(Asia Research Institute),

Dr Leong Chan Hoong

(Asia Research Institute)

Many countries are increasingly

turning to global talent for economic

development, including those in

Asia, the world’s fastest growing

region. A major focus now is the

creation of a conducive working and

living environment that will attract

and retain global talent. For skilled

individuals, globalization has opened

up immense opportunities to work and

live as expatriates. However, global

talent migration pose issues related to

economic competition, acculturation

and cross-cultural relations, and social

integration and community cohesion.

This conference explored the

intertwining economic, social, cultural

and socio-psychological issues of

global talent in-migration in Asia, with

a focus on the following themes: (1) The

attractions of places and policies, (2)

The socio-psychological dimensions of

global talent management, and (3) The

cultural politics of everyday encounters

between transnational elites and

locals. As global talent migration is

a relative new and growing trend, this

conference provided useful empirical

evidence of its issues, consequences

and challenges at global, regional,

country, local and individual levels,

and valuable policy insights into global

talent management for economic and

social development.






Principal Investigator:

Dr Sai Siew Min

(Department of History)

This book project proposes a new

approach to the study of the history

of the Chinese in Indonesia during

a long 20th century. It does so by

examining the moments during the

20th century when history becomes

an important site for inscribing “the

Chinese” in Java, a gesture which

has persisted well into the post-New

Order period. Although histories of

the different Chinese communities in

Indonesia are popular in the academia,

few scholars have paid attention to the

fact that historical writings, narratives

and discourses are crucial to the

ways in which a sense of belonging

is projected in attempts to secure

ethnic identity and community in a

diasporic setting. This book examines

those moments when histories are

written to project Chinese identity

and community under conditions

of intense debate and contestation

in Indonesia. It argues that these

moments and historical narratives of

identity and community are directly

implicated in major political shifts

occurring during the 20th century.

Rather than fi x typologies and explain

Chinese Indonesian history using a

single leitmotif of “re/sinicization”,

constructions of Chinese-ness must

take into account this complex process

of identity formation through staging

historical re/counting during key







Principal Investigator:

Dr Asato Saito

(Department of Japanese Studies)

External collaborator:

Dr Bae-Gyoon Park

(Seoul National University)

This project tries to understand the

ways in which the ideologies of

neo-Iiberalism have been actually

materialized in the Asian countries

under the contexts defi ned by the

legacies of inherited regulatory

practices and ideology of the “state-

Ied developmentalism” and the

associated political struggles. We pay

particular attention to the directions

and orientations of urban and regional

policies in the East Asian countries in

the last 10 years or so in relation to

the discourses of neoliberalism.








Principal Investigator:

Dr Loy Hui Chieh

(Department of Philosophy)

Co-Principal Investigator:

Dr Axel Gelfert

(Department of Philosophy)

Collaborator: Dr Edward Moad

(Department of Philosophy)

Asian societies, according to conventional

wisdom, are currently on the

verge of achieving ‘developed’ status

in economic, technological, and other

terms associated with the material

aspects of modernity. This prospect

carries with it an increased concern

with all the issues associated with the

advances of modern Western societies,

including the host of interconnected

problems related to the environment,

economic justice and stability, security,

and general human health and welfare.

Global warming, poverty and disparity,

modern warfare, and issues raised by

recent advances in biotechnology are

just some examples. This conference

will focus on a common theme

underlying all these issues: the relation

between the manner in which science

and technology have been utilized in

the development of the modern world,

and the advancement - or otherwise

- of the human values at which

such development is, presumably,


Asian societies stand in a uniquely

advantageous position of having

the experience of Westem societies,

in both its positive and negative

aspects, as well as the rich and diverse



cultural heritage of Asia to draw on

in self-consciously posing a question

which, perhaps, was historically

impossible before. How might ethics

and value theory be employed to more

effectively guide the use of science and

technology so as to place them in the

service, rather than to the detriment

of Asian societies, as they enter this

impending and crucial historical

phase? We pose the question, not

primarily as a public policy question,

but as an inquiry into the moral and

ethical resources from which Asian

societies might draw in shaping such

policy, from within the diverse cultural

experience of Asian societies as well as

that of other societies, between which

there is unprecedented mutual access

in today’s world. This conference

will bring together scholars in moral

philosophy, philosophy of science,

and Asian culture to focus on the

relation between science, technology,

and values, in a discussion that will

represent the diversity of Asian

tradition (for example Confucian,

Islamic, Hindu, etc.) without excluding

modern Western perspectives that are,

indeed, part of the fabric of modern









Principal Investigator:

Dr Simon Collinson

(Department of Psychology)

Co-Principal Investigator:

Prof Kua Ee Hock (Department of

Psychological Medicine, NUS)

Singapore is soon to embrace the






concept of large scale legalized

gambling through the introduction

of an Integrated Resort. The impact

of legalized gambling and,

in particular, problem gambling

on individuals and society is well

known but in recent years advances

have been made in understanding

the underlying psychological, social

and neurobiological bases of human

decision making that lead to problem

and pathological gambling. Such

insights can be directed towards

prevention and effective treatment of

pathological gambling by identifying

and enhancing effective strategies

for public education and clinical

intervention. The aim of the workshop

was to gain insights from some of the

world’s leading experts in the fi eld

of human decision making research

and how their studies are elucidating

the underlying causes, as well as

treatments and prevention strategies

for impaired decision making and its












Principal Investigator:

Dr Simon Collinson

(Department of Psychology)

Co-Principal Investigator:

Dr Christopher Beng Ti Ang

(National Neuroscience Institute)

Post-concussive syndrome (PCS) is a

common but controversial disorder

that affects 5-30% of people following

a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

Patients with PCS present with a

variety of physical and psychological

symptoms including headache,

dizziness, fatigue, cognitive and

personality changes. Such symptoms

are disabling for patients and their

families and can persist for months

or years after seemingly minor head

injuries. While the existence of a PCS

as a clinical entity is not questioned,

confl icting fi ndings regarding the

aetiology and possible predisposing

factors of PCS persist. One possible

risk factor for PCS is the presence of

a personality disposition to anxiety.

In Singapore, the high prevalence

of anxiety disorders in the population,

socio-cultural tendencies to

internalize’ stress and signifi cant

environment infl uences may lead

to greater incidence and severity

of PCS within the community. The

aim of this study is investigate the

role of anxiety in the predisposition

to, emergence and maintenance

of PCS in the local population. In

particular, we seek to determine if

premorbid disposition to anxiety,

so called ‘trait-anxiety’, predicts the

emergence, severity and duration

of PCS and evaluate the relative

contributions of other dispositional

factors such as depression. The

study will also develop and evaluate

a brief psychotherapeutic treatment

to prevent or offset the potential for

PCS following mild head injury.







Principal Investigator:

Dr Why Yong Peng

(Department of Psychology)

Certain personality traits (for example,

cynical hostility) are related to

cardiovascular dysregulation during

psychological stress that may increase

risk of developing cardiovascular

disease. The relationship between

personality and cardiovascular

arousal during psychological stress

is often moderated by emotions.

Most research conducted in this

area tends to use interpersonal tasks

(for example, debates) to arouse

emotions and there has been less work

done on non-interpersonal emotional

arousal. Given the prevalence of

Information Technology in Singapore

(for example, Wireless Internet

access), it would be important to

research into this area. This research

investigates the relationship between

personality, facial muscular activity

and cardiovascular arousal during

human-machine interactions. The

measure of facial muscular activity

enables the detection of positive and

negative facial expressions during task

execution. The fi ndings will increase

current research on mind-body interactions

that have an impact on health

(for example, cardiovascular health),

social functioning of individuals

(for example, social support), and

consumers’ physiological responses

towards computer-based products (for

example, videogames).










Principal Investigator:

Dr Griva Konstadina

(Department of Psychology)

Hemodialysis is the most prevalent

form of renal replacement therapy for

people with end stage renal disease.

Hemodialysis requires radical lifestyle

changes regarding fl uid intake, diet,

exercise, and symptom management.

Meeting these demands is diffi cult

and improving compliance may

reduce complications such as

cardiovascular disease which are

common in patients whose kidneys

fail and prolong patients’ survival.

This project aims to design, implement

and evaluate two programmes based

on self-management principles to

improve clinical and psychological

outcomes through enabling patients

to follow treatment regimes. They

will be delivered in groups to

established (Study 1) or individually

to new (Study 2) hemodialysis

patients. Cardiovascular outcomes,

biological markers of adherence and

psychosocial functioning including

adaptation to hemodialysis will be

assessed. By enhancing adherence

to therapies, the interventions may

reduce morbidity and mortality and

improve psychosocial outcomes in

hemodialysis patients.









Principal Investigator:

Dr Lynette Tay

(Department of Psychology)

The aims of this project are to

examine the psychological, social

and biological variables that are

salient among children who are

referred for mental health services

in an outpatient medical setting, and

to establish baseline functioning of

these children in order to evaluate

treatment outcome in future studies.

The hypotheses to be examined in

this exploratory study include: (1)

Children who are referred for mental

health services present with more

behaviour problems than children

who are not referred for services; (2)

Children who are referred for mental

health services are experiencing more

academic diffi culties than children

who are not referred; (3) Children

who are referred for mental health

services are experiencing more

emotional diffi culties than children

who are not referred; (4) Parents of

children who are referred for mental

health services are experiencing more

parenting stress and more personal

psychological distress (for example,

depressive symptoms) than children

who are not referred. This study

will be one of the fi rst projects to

systematically examine child and

family variables that are salient for

children identifi ed as needing mental

health services within a medical



setting in Singapore. Information

from this project will not only assist

in future identifi cation of children atrisk

for mental health diffi culties, but

will also provide baseline information

for evaluating treatment outcome with

this population in future studies.






Principal Investigator:

Dr Michelle See Ya Hui

(Department of Psychology)

Prior research has established that

matching information to a recipient

can infl uence persuasion. For instance,

an affective appeal (for example,

“smoking irritates eyes”) rather

than a cognitive appeal (for example,

“smoking is unhealthy”) is more

persuasive for people whose attitudes

are actually based on affect. My

research introduces the perceptions

of affect and cognition as an important

variable in persuasion. Some of

my initial research has established

that people are inaccurate in such

perceptions. However, both perceived

and actual affect or cognition matter

in persuasion. The question then is:

how do perceived and actual affect

or cognition differ in their roles in

persuasion? The hypotheses are (1)

actual affect or cognition infl uences

people’s ability to process persuasive

information whereas perceived affect

or cognition infl uences people’s

motivation to process information,

and (2) actual affect or cognition

infl uences persuasion when people

are relatively spontaneous in their






responses whereas perceived affect

or cognition matters when people are

more deliberative.









Principal Investigator:

Prof Catherine Tang

(Department of Psychology)

Current literature has revealed

that people who have suffered

psychological trauma as a result of life

adversities are at increased risks for

physical and mental health disorders.

There is an increasing demand on the

provision of immediate and long-term

mental health services to direct and

indirect victims of psychological

trauma. However, there is limited

trauma research conducted in Asian

countries. This study represents the

fi rst stage of a comprehensive trauma

research agenda in Asia. It adopts

a trauma-informed public health

approach and aims (1) to determine the

lifetime prevalence of life adversities

and traumatic events, (2) to identify the

trajectory of responses such as acute

and chronic traumatic stress disorder,

resilient functioning, and posttraumatic

growth, and (3) to determine psychosocial-cultural

risk markers and

protectors of positive and negative

adaptation. It is a questionnaire

survey of 1,500 adults residing in

Singapore. It takes the lead in the

paradigm shift away from the focus

on studying maladaptive responses

to examining resilient functioning

and growth following trauma. Its

fi ndings will provide empirically-based

information to design, implement,

and evaluate public education and

intervention programmes in relation

to coping with life adversities. It

also enriches the knowledge base

of cultural contribution to individual

experience of critical life events.








Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Lian Kwen Fee

(Department of Sociology)

Co-Principal Investigator:

Dr Md Mizanur Rahman

(Department of Sociology)

Since the early 1990s, an increasing

number of South Asian migrants have

come to serve the East and Southeast

Asian labour markets. Although the

South Asian presence in the region is

not new, what is new in this ‘second

wave of migration’ is that they are

signifi cant numbers, diverse in

composition, and temporary in nature.

Their presence in Singapore, Malaysia,

South Korea, and Japan has impacted

on the economic and religious

landscapes of these societies – namely,

the emergence of migrant enterprises

and religious adaptations - and require

systematic inquiry. We maintain that

the rise of South Asian migration has

created an unprecedented demand

for ethnic goods and services which

local entrepreneurs are not prepared

to meet, resulting in the development

of migrant businesses owned by such

recent migrants, and giving rise to new

ethnic enclaves like little Bangladesh,

little Pakistan or little India in all these

countries. We investigate who these

migrant entrepreneurs are, how they

circumvent restrictions imposed by

governments, and how they establish

transnational links to maintain these

businesses. We also explore the role

of religion in the lives and coping

strategies of South Asian Muslim

migrants. Most South Asian migrants

are of rural origin and follow localized

religious beliefs and practices in their

countries of origin. Their exposure

to and interactions with people in

the receiving countries, who are

culturally distinct, provide a fertile

ground for studying the religious

organization of these migrants. We

investigate whether their religious

practices and beliefs have changed

as a consequence of migration.








Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Vineeta Sinha

(Department of Sociology)

This project explores the relations

between religion, law and colonial

policy in the Straits Settlements, by

focusing on the management and

administration of Hindu temples

and festivals in the region. The

administration of native affairs and

the underlying British colonial logic

at work in a managerial approach to

‘native’ religions are not yet available

for British Malaya. While an articulated

ideological stance generously granted

all subjects of the Crown an equal right

to profess and practise their religious

faiths, a number of legislative and

administrative moves also placed

the religious affairs of colonized

peoples under the direct gaze and

control of the colonial state, seen in

the founding of the Mohammadan

and Hindu Endowments Board in

the Straits Settlements and the use

of legislative means to legitimize the

supervision of non-Christian religions.

Using archival material, the project

explores the following areas: What

did the notion of ‘non interference,’

in religious terms signify concretely?

What did ‘administration’ according

to British laws mean for religious

communities in the colonies and

how did the notion of supervision,

governance and management of

their religions gel with the idea of

non-intervention? My specifi c data

come from my focus on Hinduism in

the Straits Settlements through my

focus on the institutional history of the

Mohammadan and Hindu Endowments

Board, and the management of Hindu

temples in the Straits Settlements.

The focus on the location of religions

within the boundaries of a colonial

state enables me to articulate the

intersections of state and religion and

to contemplate on the consequences

of such interaction.









Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Tong Chee Kiong

(Department of Sociology)

Southeast Asia, with its extremely

diverse and heterogeneous ethnic

landscape, provides a fascinating

laboratory for the study of ethnic

identity and ethnic relations. This

project focuses on the construction

of ethnic identity among the Chinese

living in Southeast Asian host societies.

Who and what is a Chinese? What are

the markers of ethnic identity? What is

the nature of ethnic relations between

the Chinese and the host societies?

What is the impact of state policies on

Chinese identity and community?

The project intends to collect primary

data in the Philippines, Indonesia and

Laos on the construction of ethnic

identity and ethnic relations. The

research method is based on intensive

case interviews and the life history


Most previous studies on ethnic

identity were based on two broad

approaches, the primordialist and

situationist arguments. I intend to

develop a new conceptual model which

will provide a better understanding of

ethnic identity and ethnic relations.










Principal Investigator:

Dr Misha Petrovic

(Department of Sociology)

Co-Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Tong Chee Kiong

(Department of Sociology)

Our project investigates the emerging

strategies of making consumer markets

by Chinese-owned businesses in Asia

- Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines,

Indonesia and China. Consumer

marketing competence is the key

strategic advantage that big buyers

from the US, Europe, and Japan

have traditionally had over regional

OEM producers. Yet most existing

analyses of organizational capacities

and organizational performance focus

on “production” and management

activities and neglect marketing.

In the proposed study of marketing

practices of local/regional fi rms we

seek to redress this neglect and

demonstrate empirical, theoretical,

and policy relevance of studying

marketing from a sociological

perspective. The research project

will consist of (1) conducting in depth

reviews with informants, including

businessmen and company executives

in 10 regional locations (2 per country)

and (2) assembling a comprehensive

database based on secondary data in

order to assess the overall state of

consumer markets and consumer

marketing in the region.




ICTs &




Principal Investigator:

Dr T.T. Sreekumar

(Communications & New

Media Programme)

Co-Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Milagros Rivera


(Communications & New

Media Programme)

An International workshop on “ICTs &

Development: Experiences from Asia”,

was organized on 24 and 25 April

2008, with the publication of a special

issue of the Sage Journal Science,

Technology and Society on “ICTs

and Development: Experiences from

Asia” guest edited by T.T. Sreekumar

and Milagros Rivera Sanchez.

Deployment of ICTs (Information

Communication Technologies) in Asian

rural societies is a process marked by

promises, opportunities, ironies and

complexities. The volume will bring

together articles critically analyzing

the impacts of communication

technologies including computers, the

Internet, radio, TV, mobile phones and

others based on research, teaching

and outreach related to ICTs and

socio-economic development in Asian


ICTD (lnformation Communication

Technologies and Development),

has emerged as an interdisciplinary

approach to understand the multidimensional

impacts of ICT diffusion,


resistance and acceptance in

developing societies criticizing and

challenging the various presumptions

of its earlier avatar ICT4D which imply

a unidirectional relationship between

ICTs and Development. ICTD raises

practical and theoretical questions

relating to State-civil society-market

relationships and interactions in the

domain of ICT based development

interventions. The workshop discussed

pertinent theoretical and practical

questions related to the diffusion,

acceptance, scalability, sustainability

and reliability of ICT initiatives in Asia

based on a comparative approach.










Principal Investigator:

Dr Kevin McGee

(Communications and New

Media Programme)

Co-Principal Investigator:

Assoc Prof Lonce Wyse

(Communications and New

Media Programme)


Mr Alex Mitchell

(Communications and New Media


Dr Kevin McGee, together with

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Mitchell, has started on a research

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understanding of “interactivity”.

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empirical, experimental approaches

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articulating applied techniques to

support structuring/representing the

choices of users/players of interactive

media. Just as fi lm montage (editing)

is a clearly operational concept with

well-understood principles and

techniques for fi lm-makers, the goal

of this research is to make media

interactivity a clearly operational

concept with equally well-understood

principles and techniques.

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of Hang Tuah in Films and Comics” in

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Davidson, Jamie S., From Rebellion

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Tan, Sor-hoon, ”Confucian Democracy

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Tang, Catherine, “Assessment of

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Wong, Y.J., “An Exploratory Study in

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Baert, Patrick and Turner, Bryan S. (eds.),

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Turner, Bryan S. (ed.), Religious Diversity

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Chan, Angelique, “Social Policy for

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Chua, Beng Huat, “Multiracialism

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Chua, Beng Huat, “Political elections

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Chua, Beng Huat, “Culture and the

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Erb, Maribeth and Jelahut, Y., “For

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Ganapathy, Narayanan, “Criminal

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Goh, Daniel P.S., “Protecting Chek

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Hadiz, Vedi R., “The Political Sociology

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Hing, Ai Yun, “Evolving Singapore

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Ho, K.C., “Governing Cities: Civic

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Leong, Wai Teng, “Culture and the

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Leong, Wai Teng, “Decoding Sexual

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Lian, Kwen Fee, “Is there a Social

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Rahman, Md. Mizanur, “Management

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Turner, Bryan S., “The crisis of religious

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Migrants and Volume 3: Identities,

Geopolitics, Reconciliation)

Rahul, M., (ed.), India’s Economic

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Critical Issues in Indian Politics,

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Kitiarsa, Pattana (ed.), Religious Commodifi

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Daquila, Teofi lo C., “Economic Linkages

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Petchsiri, William Roth, Rachanirom

R., and Nantakorn B. (eds.), Asia-

Europe: Partnership of Knowledge,

Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University

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Hamilton-Hart, Natasha E., “Government

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Ileto, Reynaldo C., “World War II:

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Pham, Q. P., “Empowerment and Innovation

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Tan, Stan B-H., “Land Regime and State

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Bautista, Julius, “The Metatheory of

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Hamilton-Hart, Natasha E., “Targeting

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Ikeya, Chie, “The ‘Traditional’ High

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Kitiarsa, Pattana, “From Sharp to Keyes:

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Kitiarsa, Pattana, “Thai Buddhism and

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Kitiarsa, Pattana, “Muai Thai Cinemas

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Kitiarsa, Pattana, “Headnotes, Heartnotes,

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Miksic, John N., “Jing liwen Chenchuan

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Tan, Stan B-H. and A. Walker, “Beyond

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Niemann, Rita M, studio d A2, Deutsch

als Fremdsprache, Sprachtraining

(In German), studio d, Deutsch als

Fremdsprache, vol. A2, Hermann Funk

(ed.), Berlin: Cornelsen Verlag, 2007.

Sew, Jyh Wee, Reduplicating Nouns

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Malay Press, 2007.

Zahn*, Daniela and M.G. Dopel*,

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– Vernetzt: Ausgewaehlte kognitions-

und sprachwissenschaftliche Aspekte

des L2-Lernens”, in Ruth Esser

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department of chinese studies

Shi Yuzhi

Cognitive Psychology and

Linguistic Theory

Shanghai: The Academic

Publishers, 2008

This book addresses linguistic theory

based on the author’s previous research.

The coverage includes nature

of language, the hierarchy of cognition,

and cognitive abilities for language acquisition. In addition,

this book deals with creativity of linguistic expression,

evidence for linguistic hypothesis, variety of linguistic rules,

web of constructions and markers, and more. It serves

to improve the current theory construction of Cognitive

Linguistics, offering a challenge to Generative Linguistics.

Since the present analysis is based on solid psychological

experiments, the arguments of the book are more plausible.

The present research represents an up-to-date theoretical

framework for linguistic empirical investigation. Also, this

book could increase the interests of Chinese linguistic society

in theoretical pursuit.

department of economics

Lee Soo Ann

Singapore: From Place To Nation

Singapore: Pearson Education, 2007

This is a textbook for the EC2373/SSA

2220 course “Global Dimensions of

the Singapore Economy”. This book

covers the economic development

of Singapore from its inception as a

trading post of the East India Company in 1819 to the present

day. Its 11 chapters show how Singapore expanded and

changed its global dimensions in people, money, trade,

investment and technology.

Jang-Sup Shin (ed.)

Global Challenges and Local

Responses: The East Asian


London: Routledge, 2007



This volume contributes to the current

debate on globalization by looking into

related theoretical issues and historical

evidence, and presenting a more

complex picture of globalization. Its empirical focus lies

in East Asian countries but it goes beyond them because a

longer-term historical view and the understanding of broader

processes on the global level are essential in putting the

East Asian experience in perspective. This also serves us

better in drawing policy implications from our collective

investigations. The fi rst 3 papers (chapters 2-4) in this

volume are geared to providing theoretical frameworks

for understanding the process of globalization. The next 4

papers (chapters 5-8) deal with case studies of individual

countries, namely, South Korea (henceforth Korea), China,

Japan and Malaysia. And the last 2 papers look into variations

of responses at the sectoral and regional levels (chapters


department of english language and literature

Zhiming Bao

Shengcheng yinxixue: lilun jiqi

yinyong (Generative phonology:

theory and application) (In Chinese),

2nd ed., Dandai yuyanxue lilun

congshu (Series on Modern

Linguistic Theory), vol. 8, ed.

James Huang

Beijing: Chinese Social Sciences

Press, 2007

The book introduces to the reader the modern theory of

generative phonology. It discusses phonology within the

theory of generative linguistics, and its development within

that theory. It critically introduces the basic theoretical

concepts in phonetics and phonology, with emphasis on

how the concepts apply in the analysis of actual linguistic

data. To the extent possible, the book draws data from

Chinese dialects.





Alastair J. Butler, Maria Aloni and

Paul Dekker (eds.)

Questions in Dynamic Semantics,

Current Research in the Semantics/

Pragmatics Interface, vol. 17

Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2007

The study of questions and answers

is challenging for various fi elds of

theoretical linguistics, logic, analytical

philosophy, and more recently computer

science. Research into questions and answers addresses

old and raises new and important questions about the

semantics/pragmatics interface and about the dynamics

of interpretation. This book brings together current work

on the topic as it has been developed in Amsterdam, and

congenial academic sites, over the past 15 years. Amsterdam

is one of the breeding grounds for the formal study of logic

and language, for dynamic semantics, and for the study of

questions and answers.

The contributions jointly illustrate in depth the reach of

pragmatic/semantic investigation, covering the major topics

of question- and answerhood, such as, among others:

logical relations, entailment

context dependence and context change

pragmatic licensing, felicity, coherence

relevance and relatedness

information structure, topic and focus

constituent answers and domain restriction

exhaustifi cation and partial answerhood

The book ends with a group of papers that illustrate how the

semantic/pragmatic stance can be used to tackle problems

from other areas of linguistic theorizing: specifi cally, bringing

new insight to effects of intonation and syntactic form.

The book is of interest to anyone, graduate students and

senior researchers, working on the logic of questions

and answers, on the formal semantics and pragmatics

of discourse and dialogue, and on theoretical aspects of

computational semantics.


Peter Cole, Gabriella Hermon,

Yassir Tjung, Chang-Yong Sim and

Chonghyuck Kim

Anaphoric Expressions in the

Peranakan Javanese of Semarang

LINCOM Studies in Asian

Linguistics, vol. 72

Munchen: Lincom Europa, 2007

In this monograph the properties of the anaphoric expressions

found in Peranakan (ethnically Chinese) Javanese as spoken

in the city of Semarang are examined. This is the fi rst detailed

study of Peranakan Javanese and the fi rst monograph-length

examination of anaphora in an Indonesian language. Three

types of anaphoric expressions in Peranakan are discussed,

true refl exives “pseudo-refl exives” and pronouns. It is

shown that the distribution of true refl exives and pronouns

conforms to Conditions A and B of the Binding Theory

(Chomsky 1981). The third type of anaphoric expression,

the pseudo-refl exive, however, appears to constitute a

problematic case for the Binding Theory.

Michelle M. Lazar (ed.)

Feminist Critical Discourse

Analysis: Gender, Power and

Ideology in Discourse

London: Palgrave, reprinted in

paperback 2007

Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis

is the fi rst book to bridge the fi elds of

critical discourse studies and feminist

linguistics. It provides a critique of

discursively produced social inequalities between (and

among) groups of women and men, motivated by goals of

emancipation and social transformation. Contributors to this

volume, who are well-known international scholars, advance

rich and nuanced analyses of the complex workings of

power and ideology in discourse in sustaining hierarchically

gendered social orders. Grounded in empirical studies drawn

from a range of cultural, geographical and institutional

contexts, the discussion of discourse strategies and structures

explored in Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis show the

complex and subtle ways in which taken-for-granted social

assumptions of gender and hegemonic power relations are

discursively (re)produced, negotiated and contested.

Daphne Pan

The Effective Student (14th ed.)

Singapore: CDTL, 2007

The transition to higher education is a

major one, and experience in Singapore

and abroad indicates that most students

can use some assistance in adjusting

to a new learning environment and

becoming more effective learners.

Consequently, The Effective Student: A Guide to Learning

for the NUS Student is aimed at:

minimizing the initial confusion and anxiety during

the initial weeks and the attendant waste of time

and effort,

reassuring the student that help is available, and

assisting NUS students in acquiring a quality


The Effective Student contains tips and pointers to help NUS

students get to a good start to university life and comprise

sections contributed by K.P Mohanan, Y.K. Ip, Glen O’Grady,

Verena Tay and NUS faculties and departments.

Daphne Pan

The Write Right Guide (6th ed.)

Singapore: CDTL, 2007

In writing, there are mistakes that are

caused by infl uences from Singlish.

There are also mistakes that are

universal. At the word level, sentence

level, paragraph and text levels,

all these mistakes obscure understanding and confuse


This writing guide is written for the purpose of creating

an awareness of these mistakes and suggesting ways to

avoid them. In writing, the ultimate goal is to write well

and enable readers to understand what we are writing. If

we understand what makes writing work and how mistakes

can be prevented, we will be able to achieve this goal.

Chitra Sankaran

Myth Connections: Use of Hindu

Myths and Philosophies in R. K.

Narayan and Raja Rao

Berne: Peter Lang, 2007



This book is a comparative study of four

novels respectively of Raja Rao and R.K.

Narayan. Sourcing original works in

Sanskrit and Tamil, this study attempts

to tease out the similarities in themes

and the common concern with traditional Hindu motifs

and patterns that underlie these narratives, to reveal these

authors’ engagement with various aspects of Hinduism, from

the ‘ontological quest’ at its centre to the more contentious

caste system.

The novels examined are Raja Rao’s Kanthapura, The

Serpent and the Rope, The Cat and Shakespeare and The

Chessmaster and His Moves and R.K. Narayan’s The Man-

Eater of Malgudi, Mr Sampath, The Guide and The Painter of

Signs. In the study, the terms ‘mythology’ and ‘philosophies’

include not just the legends and stories of the ancient texts

and the associated philosophies, but a whole corpus of

social attitudes these generate.

department of geography

Lily Kong

Singapore Hawker Centres

Singapore: Singapore National

Printers, 2007

The book is a fi rst in capturing the

social history of an iconic Singapore

landscape and way of life. It captures

the development of this social institution,

from the early days of street peddlers to the

consolidated hawker centres initiated in the late 1960s and

early 1970s, to the food courts of the 1980s and 1990s. The

book outlines the physical circumstances of street hawking,

hawker centres and food courts, and traces their changing

appearance, design, planning, and architecture. Together,

they highlight the uniqueness of place in crafting Singapore’s





landscape identity. The book also examines hawker centres

as nodes of community existence, and as a mirror to the

rapid process of globalization that Singapore confronts. The

changing histories, geographies and economies of hawker

centre food are captured in lively prose and amply illustrated

with archival photos and present-day scenes.

Brenda Yeoh and

Theresa Wong

Over Singapore 50 Years Ago:

An Aerial View in the 1950s

Singapore: Didier Millet

and National Archives of

Singapore, 2007

Over Singapore 50 Years Ago is a

view of old Singapore from a new

angle. Many of the Streets and buildings have changed:

but many others are still instantly recognizable and this

book helps the reader make connections between places

as they were and as they are today.

In the 1950s, much of the landscape outside the city was

still dominated by agriculture. However, this period saw

the beginnings of rapid and dramatic change in the face

of Singapore. As time moved on, Singapore was to be

transformed gradually into the largely urbanized island that

it is today and many parts of the city were redeveloped.

This book is based on aerial photographs taken vertically,

some 50 years ago, from altitudes in the range of 2,000 to

23,000 feet. These photos have been specially combined to

form large, composite views similar in impact to photographs

taken today from satellites. The result is fascinating and

detailed portrait of the city and many of the major outlying

areas as they once were, a “time machine” revealing street

by street, building by building, exactly how the place looked

to an earlier generation.


Henry Wai-chung Yeung (ed.)

Handbook of Research on

Asian Business

Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007

The rise of Asia as an important

region for global business has been

widely recognized as one of the most

signifi cant economic phenomena in

the new millennium. This accessible and comprehensive

Handbook brings together state-of-the-art reviews of Asian

business in an expansive range of areas including:

business organizations

strategic management


state-business relations

business and development

business policy issues

It is argued that whilst academic studies of Asian business

have been in existence for over two decades, there is

relatively little systematic integration of our knowledge

and research on Asian business. The contributors, drawn

from a variety of disciplines within the social sciences,

aim to redress the balance with their lively, cutting-edge


Prem Kumar Rajaram and

Carl Grundy-Warr (eds.)

Borderscapes: Rethinking the

Politics of Borders, Belonging

and Migration

Minneapolis: University of

Minnesota Press, 2007

Connecting critical issues of state

sovereignty with empirical concerns,

Borderscapes interrogates the limits of

political space. The essays in this volume analyze everyday

procedures, such as the classifying of migrants and refugees,

security in European and American detention centres, and

the DNA sampling of migrants in Thailand, showing the

border as a moral structure rich with panic, danger, and

patriotism. Conceptualizing such places as immigration

detention camps and refugee camps as areas of political

contestation, this work forcefully argues that borders and

migration are, ultimately, inextricable from questions of

justice and its limits.

department of history

R. Michael Feener

Muslim Legal Thought in

Modern Indonesia

Cambridge: Cambridge University

Press, 2007

Indonesia has been home to some of

the most vibrant and complex developments

in modern Islamic thought

anywhere in the world. Nevertheless

little is known or understood about these developments

outside Southeast Asia. By considering the work of the

leading Indonesian thinkers of the 20th century, Michael

Feener, an intellectual authority in the area, offers a cogent

critique of this diverse and extensive literature and sheds

light on the contemporary debates and the dynamics of

Islamic reform. The book highlights the openness to, and

creative manipulation of, diverse strands of international

thought that have come to defi ne Islamic intellectualism

in modern Indonesia. This is an accessible and interpretive

overview of the religious and social thought of the world’s

largest Muslim majority nation. As such it will be read by

scholars of Islamic law and society, Southeast Asian studies

and comparative law and jurisprudence.

M. C. Ricklefs

Polarising Javanese Society: Islamic

and Other Visions c. 1839-1930

Singapore: NUS Press, Honolulu:

University of Hawaii Press, Leiden:

KITLV Press, 2007

By the early 19th century, Islam had

come to be the religious element in

Javanese identity. But this was a

particular kind of Islam, here called

the ‘mystic synthesis’. In the course of the 19th century,

colonial rule, population pressure and Islamic reform all

acted to undermine this mystic synthesis. Pious Muslims

became divided amongst adherents of that synthesis,

reformers who demanded a more orthoprax way of life,

reforming Sufi s and those who believed in messianic ideas.

A new category of Javanese emerged who attenuated their

Islamic identity and came to be called the abangan. Elite

Javanese meanwhile embraced the forms of modernity

represented by their European rulers and the advances

of modern scientifi c learning. Some even came to regard



Islamization as a civilization mistake and explicitly anti-

Islamic sentiments began to appear.

In the early 20th century, these categories became politicized.

Thus were born contending political identities that lay behind

much of the confl ict and bloodshed of twentieth-century


R. Michael Feener and

Mark E. Cammack (eds.)

Islamic Law in Contemporary

Indonesia: Ideas and Institutions

Cambridge, MA: Harvard University

Press, 2007

Although often neglected in the literature

on Islamic law, contemporary Indonesia

is an especially rich source of insight

into the diverse understandings and uses of the Islamic

legal tradition in the modern world. Indonesian Muslims

are engaged in vibrant and far-reaching debates over the

terms, relevance, and developmental limits of Islamic law,

and Indonesia is home to a variety of dynamic state and

non-state institutional structures for the generation and

application of Islamic doctrine. The essays in this volume

provide focused examinations of the internal dynamics

of intellectual and institutional elements of Islamic law

in modern Indonesia in its recent formations. The fi rst 5

chapters address issues relating to Islamic legal theory, both

its historical development over the past century and analysis

of the work of specifi c groups of contemporary scholars,

jurists, and activists. The fi nal 7 chapters contain studies

of more concrete manifestations of Islamic law in modern

Indonesia, including court systems, positive law, the drafting

of new “Islamic” legislation, and contemporary debates

over the implementation of the Shari’a. Taken together

these essays offer a series of substantive introductions to

important developments in both the theory and practice of

law in the world’s most populous Muslim society.





Tan Tai Yong

Creating Greater Malaysia:

Decolonization and the Politics

of Merger

Singapore: Institute of Southeast

Asian Studies Publications, 2008

Creating Greater Malaysia offers an

in-depth and detailed analysis of the

political processes that led to formation

of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. It

argues that the Malaysia that came into being following the

amalgamation of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and North

Borneo was a political creation whose only rationale was that

it served a convergence of political and economic expediency

for the departing colonial power, the Malayan leadership

and the ruling party of self-governing Singapore. “Greater

Malaysia” was thus an artifi cial political entity, the outcome

of a concatenation of interests and motives of a number

of political actors in London and Southeast Asia from the

1950s to the early 1960s. The book contrasts the complicated

negotiations and hard bargaining between Singapore and

Malaya on the critical issues of citizenship, control of fi nances

and the development of a common market during the leadup

to merger with the relative ease with each the North

Borneo Territories were incorporated in the Federation. The

haste and testing conditions in which negotiations were

conducted between 1961 and 1963, often with the British

facilitating the process as an ‘honest broker’, led to a number

of unresolved compromises between Singapore and Kuala

Lumpur. These compromises, however, did not obviate the

possibility of future diffi culties, and the seeds of dissension

sown by the disagreements between the two governments

were to sprout into major crises during Singapore’s brief

history in the Federation of Malaysia.


Peter Borschberg and

Martin Krieger (eds.)

Water and State in Europe and Asia

Delhi: Manohar, 2008

Water is indispensable for all life on

earth. Since ancient times, the content

of fresh water resources and also the

sea facilitated the rise of communal

structures and administrative institutions

across Europe and Asia. Many

states lightened their authority by creaming off agricultural

surpluses from irrigated lands. The more effective the

irrigational systems, the higher state revenues tended to

be. For much of the twentieth century, research on such

community-based irrigation was dominated by Karl August

Wittfogel’s discourse on ‘Hydraulic Despotism’.

Seaborne empires could fl ourish as a result of their

commercial success and naval strength. For such maritime

polities indispensable facets of statehood included military

power at sea, successful control of marketplaces and

domination of maritime trading routes. The control of

waterways and channels was of great strategic importance,

such as notably the Danish Sound or the Malacca Straits.

Feener, M. and Barbara W. Andaya

Interweaving Cultures:

Islam in Southeast Asia

New York: New York Asia Society,


This curricular guide, intended for

use by teachers in high schools and

of introductory college courses, is one

of several Asia Society projects designed to foster the

study of Islamic communities in Asia as an important and

little-studied part of Asia. Interweaving Cultures features a

wide range of primary and secondary resources including

essays by some of the world’s leading scholars of the fi eld,

selections from literary works refl ecting religious and social

values from the region, and a range of photographs and

other illustrations to be used as teaching tools. A variety

of maps also serves to communicate information about

Southeast Asian topography, ethnic and language groupings,

traditional trade patterns, and the spread of Islam.

Ian Gordon, Mark Jancovich

and Matthews P. McAllister (eds.)

Film and Comic Books

Jackson: University Press of

Mississippi, 2007

Essays that explore how comic books

inspire fi lm and create new realms of

visual art. In Film and Comic Books

contributors analyze the problems of

adapting one medium to another; the translation of comics

aesthetics into fi lm; audience expectations, reception, and

reaction to comic book-based fi lms; and the adaptation of

fi lms into comics. A wide range of comic/fi lm adaptations

are explored, including superheroes (Spider-Man), comic

strips (Dick Tracy), realist and autobiographical comics

(American Splendour, Ghost World), photo-montage comics

(Mexico’s El Santo), and the legendary fi gure of Hang Tuah.

Essayists discuss fi lms beginning with the 1978 Superman.

That success led fi lmmakers to adapt a multitude of comic

books for the screen including Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men,

the Amazing Spider-Man, Blade, and the Incredible Hulk

as well as alternative graphic novels such as From Hell, V

for Vendetta, and Road to Perdition. Essayists also discuss

recent works from Mexico, France, and Germany.

Tan, T. Y. and

Gyanesh Kudaisya (eds.)

Partition and Post-Colonial South

Asia - A Reader (3 Volumes)

London and New York: Routledge,


The partition of the Indian subcontinent

in 1947 was a turning point for the area,

irrevocably altering the fortunes of

the people of South Asia. This new three-volume reader

brings together an array of materials drawing upon new

theoretical insights and fresh bodies of data which critically

examine the effects of that momentous division. Organized

thematically, the contents cover a range of topics including:

borders and boundaries; refugeehood and displacement;

majorities and minorities; citizenship; diaspora; and the

construction of post-colonial national identities. The set

includes a critical introduction and provides a thematic

overview identifying new developments and key debates.

Presenting a plurality of viewpoints, the collection brings a

new perspective to the literature by integrating topics within

a comparative framework encompassing India, Pakistan,

and Bangladesh.

department of malay studies



Van Der Putten and Al azhar

Di Dalam Berkekalan Persahabatan:

Suratsurat Raja Ali Haji kepada

Von de Wall

Jakarta: Kepustakaan Populer

Gramedia, 2007

This book contains the transliteration

and critical editions of more than 120

documents that can be ascribed to Raja

Ali Haji, a prolifi c author in the Malay literary tradition, living

and working in 19th-century Riau. The content of these Malay

documents are thoroughly elaborated upon and put in their

historical context in the introduction and a section with

extensive annotations. These sections make the personal

revelations of Raja Ali Haji, his opinion on the encroachment

of modernity and the West, and his concern about the Malay

language and its supposed decay accessible to the modern

reader. His personal thoughts, concerns and ideas may

also shed more light on the life and work of Abdullah bin

Abdulkadir Munsyi, who was his contemporary.

department of philosophy

John Holbo (ed.)

Framing Theory’s Empire

US: Parlor Press, 2007

Framing Theory’s Empire started life as

a “book event” - an online, roundtablestyle

symposium on Theory’s Empire

(Columbia UP, 2005). Two dozen

contributors offered reviews, criticism,

and commentary. Now in book form,

it includes a preface by Scott McLemee and afterthoughts

from Theory’s Empire’s editors.





department of political science

Jamie S. Davidson

From Rebellion to Riots: Collective

Violence on Indonesian Borneo

Madison, WI: University of

Wisconsin Press, 2008

From Rebellion to Riots examines

contemporary violence in one of

Indonesia’s most heterogeneous

provinces, West Kalimantan. It

documents how a communist rebellion

in the 1960s and low-level confl icts in the decades that

followed led to major ethnic clashes in the late 1990s, when

an indigenous empowerment movement took shape and

local elites sought to capture the benefi ts of decentralization

and democratization. Citing fi eldwork, internal military

documents, and ethnographic accounts, Jamie S. Davidson’s

historically-rooted analysis argues that explanations based

on a clash of cultures, the ills of New Order-led development,

or marginalization overlook the importance of an ongoing

politicization of ethnic and indigenous identity. His research

demonstrates that the endemic violence in this vast region

is not an inevitable outcome of its ethnic diversity, and that

the initial impetus for collective bloodshed is not necessarily

the same as the forces that sustain it. The conclusions the

book draws will be of great interest to students of Southeast

Asia and to scholars of collective violence and indigenous


Hussin Mutalib

Islam in Southeast Asia

Singapore: Institute of Southeast

Asian Studies, 2008

This book, commissioned by the

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies,

is aimed at explaining the origins,

growth, role and importance of Islam

in Southeast Asia from the time of its

‘arrival’ in this part of the world until today. It also examines

the challenges confronting the faith and its adherents in

every country in Southeast Asia.


Hie Shin Hwang and Kilkon Ko

A Comparative Study of

Government Innovations

The Korea Institute of Public

Administration, 2007

Since 1998, South Korea has

implemented a comprehensive government

reform and innovation. The Roh

Administration, in particular, considers

government innovation as one of its

primary president management agendas. Despite the

efforts, few studies have evaluated the effectiveness of

them. This study analyzes the current status of the Korean

government innovation using international indexes from

different sources. After classifying OECD countries and BRICs

(Brazil, Russia, India, and China) nations into some groups

using factor and cluster analysis, the authors conclude that

there is a signifi cant improvement in governance especially

in e-governance. Despite the success, the authors argue

that more effort should be made for changing regulation

system and controlling corruption.

department of psychology

John P. Wilson and

Catherine So-Kum Tang (eds.)

Cross-cultural Assessment of

Psychological Trauma and PTSD

New York: Springer, 2007

Recent advances in trauma treatment,

coupled with ongoing traumatic world

events, point to a critical need for

global standards in assessment. But

despite the best intentions of Western

Psychology, one model does not fi t all cultures. This book

addresses key issues in the fi eld to help fi ll this knowledge

gap. Focusing equally on theoretical concepts, culturally

valid assessment methods, and cultural adaptation in trauma

and resilience, 29 experts present the cutting edge of research

and strategies, illustrating an informative range of symptom

profi les, comorbid conditions, and coping skills, as well as

secondary traumas that can occur. Professional concerns

also highlighted, from training and competency issues to

the challenges of translating assessment into treatment.

The results are a vital set of insights and guidelines that will

contribute to more aware and meaningful practice.

With the world in its current state, this book is necessary

reading for practitioners and academics in mental health. It

is also highly relevant to those in a range of ethnomedicine,

social work, and international aid and advocacy.

department of sociology

Chee Kiong Tong

Rationalizing Religion: Religious

Conversion, Revivalism and

Competition in Singapore Society

Boston, Leiden: Brill Academic

Publisher, 2007

Examining modernity and religion

this book disputes the widely-spread

secularization hypothesis. Using the

example of Singapore, as well as

comparative data on religion in China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong

Kong, and Malaysia, it convincingly argues that rapid social

change and modernity have not led here to the decline of

religion but on the contrary, to a certain revivalism.

Using qualitative and quantitative data collected over a

period of twenty years, the author analyzes the nature of

religious change in a society with a complex ethnic and

religious composition. What happens when there are so

many religions co-existing in such close proximity? Given

the level of religious competition, there is a process of

the intellectualization; individuals shift from an unthinking

and passive acceptance of religion to one where there is a

tendency to search for a religion regarded as systematic,

logical and relevant.

Stella R. Quah (ed.)

Crisis Preparedness: Asia and

The Global Governance of Epidemics

Stanford, CA: Stanford University

Shorenstein Asia-Pacifi c Research &

Brookings Institution, 2007

Throughout history, nations have waged

war against epidemics, from bubonic

plague to pulmonary tuberculosis.

Today, we confront HIV/AIDS, SARS, and avian infl uenza,

among other major infectious diseases. The failure to

contain HIV/AIDS, the longest contemporary pandemic, and

the diffi culties in dealing with the threat posed by avian

infl uenza, show that the world is not well prepared for the



next health crises. Because preventing and controlling

these infectious diseases is a race against time, scientists

around the world scrutinize viruses and bacteria more

intently than ever. Yet while scientifi c advances are crucial,

they are insuffi cient.

This timely book addresses the urgent need to study the

governance of infectious disease epidemics, and argues that

the battle must be fought on two fronts, simultaneously.

The fi rst is within the laboratory; the second is located in

a wider social context that involves ordinary individuals,

groups, communities, legislators, and the state. Research by

medical sociologists and other social scientists indicates that

many factors infl uence people’s behaviour and, in turn, the

level of success in preventing and containing an infectious

disease epidemic.

Using Asia as a case study, Crisis Preparedness discusses

the inadequacies of current preventive and management

approaches to deal with epidemics. The distinguished

international contributors to this volume present perspectives

from the fi elds of social science, epidemiology, and public

health, and collectively seek to answer the pressing question:

How can we prepare for the next global epidemic?

Chua Beng Huat

Elections as Popular Culture in Asia

Abingdon Oxen and New York:

Routledge, 2007

Conventional political science depicts

legitimate elections as rational affairs

in which informed voters select

candidates for offi ce according to

how their coherently presented aims,

ideologies and policies appeal to the

self-interest of the electorate. In reality, elections, whether

in First World democracies, or in the various governmental

systems present in Asia, can more realistically be seen as

cultural events in which candidates’ campaigns are shaped,

consciously or unconsciously, to appeal to the cultural

understanding and practices of the electorate.

The election campaign period is one in which the masses

are mobilized to participate in a range of cultural activities,





from fl ying the party colours in noisy motorcycle parades

to attending political rallies for or against, or simply to be

entertained by the performances on the political stage, and to

gambling on the outcome of the contest. The chapters of this

book analyze electioneering activities in 9 Asian countries in

terms of popular cultural practices in each location, ranging

from updated traditional cultures to mimicry and caricatures

of present day television dramas.

In presenting political election as an expression of popular

culture, Elections as Popular Culture in Asia portrays electoral

behaviour as a meaningful cultural practice. As such, this

book will appeal to students and scholars of political science

and cultural studies alike, as well as those with a more

general interest in Asian studies.

Kuan-Hsing Chen and

Chua Beng Huat (eds.)

The Inter-Asia Cultural

Studies Reader

London: Routledge, 2007

Asian Cultural Studies or Cultural

Studies in Asia is a new and burgeoning

fi eld, and the Inter-Asia Cultural

Studies Journal is at its cutting edge.

Committed to bringing Asian Cultural Studies scholarship

to the international English-speaking world and constantly

challenging existing conceptions of cultural studies, the

journal has emerged as the leading publication in Cultural

Studies in Asia.

The Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Reader brings together the

best of the ground-breaking papers published in the journal

and includes a new introduction by the editors, Chen Kuan-

Hsing and Chua Beng Huat. Essays are grouped in thematic

sections, identifying issues which are important across the

region, as such as state violence and social movements,

as well as work produced by IACS sub-groups, covering

topics such as feminism, queer studies, cinema studies

and popular culture studies.

The Reader provides useful alternative case studies and

challenging perspectives, which will be invaluable for both

students and scholars in media and cultural studies.


Navjot S. Sodhi, Greg Acciaioli,

Maribeth Erb and

Alan Khee-Jin Tan (eds.)

Biodiversity and Human Livelihoods

in Protected Areas: Case Studies

from the Malay Archipelago

Cambridge University Press, 2007

Protected areas have emerged as

major arenas of dispute concerning

both indigenous and environmental protection. In the

Malay Archipelago, which contains two of the twentyfi

ve biodiversity hotspots identifi ed globally, rampant

commercial exploitation is jeopardizing species and rural

livelihoods. While protected areas remain the only hope

for the imperilled biota of the Malay Archipelago, this

protection requires consideration of the sustenance needs

and economic aspirations of the local people.

Drawing from a diverse range of expertise from editors,

this book fi lls a unique niche in the area of biodiversity

with its international line up of contributors from world

renowned academic institutions and major conversation

organizations, such as the Nature Conservancy and Wildlife

Conservation. It also puts forward the views of all the

stakeholders of protected areas, including conservation

practitioners and planners, local community members, NGO

activists, government administrators, biologists, lawyers,

policy and management analysts and anthropologists. In

addition, it summarizes cooperative endeavours between

government authorities and local communities, which will

be used as models for other biodiversity hotspots. This is a

highly valuable and original reference material for graduate

students, scientists and managers, as well as government

offi cials and transnational NGOs.

Chua Beng Huat and

Koichi Iwabuchi (eds.)

East Asian Pop Culture:

Analysing the Korean Wave

Hong Kong: Hong Kong University

Press, 2008

The international group of contributors

of this volume provides, collectively, a

multi-layered analysis of the emerging

East Asian media culture, using the Korean TV drama as its

analytic vehicle. By closely examining the political economy

of TV industry, audiences of the regional media fl ows in

terms of gender subjectivity constructions, perceptions of

colonial-postcolonial relationships, and nationalist responses

to transnational media culture exchanges, this volume

highlights the multiple connectivities and implications of

popular cultural fl ows and exchanges in East Asia.

In spite of the obvious fl ows and exchanges that constitute

pan-East Asian Pop Culture as a relatively coherent unit,

the academic research community is far behind the cultural

industry producers who have long factored the regional

consumer market into their production and marketing. This

volume is motivated by the need to fi nd both the conceptual

and institutional site(s) for the constitution of an East Asian

Pop Culture. The resulting discoveries demonstrate that this

culture co-exists with the US domination in global media

industry, and offers new empirical and conceptual insights

into cultural globalization which cannot be ascertained in

existing US-centric analysis.

Mike Douglass, K.C. Ho

and Giok Ling Ooi (eds.)

Globalization, the City and

Civil Society in Pacifi c Asia

London and New York: Routledge,


Globalization, the City and Civil Society

in Pacifi c Asia focuses on the

relationship between spatial dynamics

of globalization and an active civil society by examining the

different conditions in which civic spaces emerge in Pacifi c

Asian cities. It makes the important argument that civic

spaces are crucial to the production and meaning of liveable

cities. Experiences from 7 countries and at the global scale

are brought together to illuminate how the engagement of

civil society in the public sphere is contingent upon creating

civic spaces for community life and collective action. This

unique book provides a cogent analysis and a series of 10

case studies on Pacifi c Asian countries, adding new research

on globalization and civil society that has until now focused

on the West. It will be of great interest to a broad range of

disciplines including politics, urban studies, geography,

sociology, globalization and Asian studies.



Gabriele Sinigoj, Gavin Jones,

Katsuiku Hirokawa and

Sepp Linhart (eds.)

The Impact of Ageing – A Common

Challenge for Europe and Asia

Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2007

In a rare European-Asian interdisciplinary

collaboration, world-renowned experts

present their fascinating fi ndings on the

“Impact of Ageing”. They draw our attention to the latest

fi ndings and data in demography, economy and society,

law and social welfare, as well as biomedicine. A unique

aspect of the book is its description of both mutuality and

divergence in the progress of ageing in European and Asian

populations that will transform the world in fundamental

ways by 2050.

Demographic data provide us with important insights into

the ratio of “young-old” to “old-old” and gendered aspects

of ageing; we are drawn to the economic challenges of

the biomedical leap of progress in restoring our impaired

immune system, all to retard ageing and elongate our


Lian Kwen Fee and

Tong Chee Kiong (eds.)

Social Policy in Post-Industrial


Boston: Brill, 2008

Notwithstanding the lean years that

followed 1986 and 1997, sustained

economic growth since the late 1970s

has propelled Singapore into the postindustrial

age and reproduced the

demographic and social structure of advanced western

societies. The rapid shift to a knowledge-intensive economy

requiring highly-skilled services has resulted in a ‘two-speed’

society consisting of a highly competitive but rewarding

sector and a marginalized population that is increasingly at

risk. Being avowedly anti-welfarist, the state for ideological

reasons has resisted pressures to introduce a comprehensive

welfare regime for its risk population, preferring to privilege

its productive citizenry. Is Singapore a counter-factual to





the convergence thesis, by preferring to put in place a

social policy driven by the belief of its leaders that the

more successful a society is the more it is able to care for

those who fall behind?

Volker H. Schmidt (ed.)

Modernity at the Beginning

of the 21st Century

Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars

Publishing, 2007

The aim of the present volume is to

contribute to the ongoing discussion

about the meaning of modernity and

about the signifi cance of modernization

processes in non-Western societies. As befi ts a subject

matter as controversial and complex at this one, the book’s

chapters offer no conclusive answers to the questions they

raise and address. The debate about modernity must and

will continue, and one hopes that it will be conducted in

an atmosphere of mutual respect despite sometimes fi erce

disagreement between the participants. For only if we listen

to each other can we make genuine intellectual progress.

Patrick Baert and

Bryan S. Turner (eds.)

Pragmatism and European

Social Theory

Oxford: The Bardwell Press, 2007

Pragmatism is the golden thread running

through American social thought

and is often seen as the quintessential

philosophical tradition of American

liberal democracy. Whereas pragmatism

was committed to clarity and simplicity of its ideas, European

social theory has been seen by its critics as deliberately

vague, abstract and obscure.

The essays collected in Pragmatism and European Social

Theory question many of these assumptions by showing

how pragmatism infl uenced both classical and modern social

theory. It contains contributions from Jack Barbalet, Patrick

Baert, Thora Margareta Bertilsson, Larry Ray, Matthew

Festenstein, Véronique Mottier and Bryan S. Turner.


Pragmatism and European Social Theory is an indispensable

text for understanding the history of social theory on both

sides of the Atlantic, but it is also a volume that grapples

with diffi cult issues facing American and European societies

in the aftermath of 9/11.

Bryan S. Turner (ed.)

Religious Diversity and Civil Society:

A Comparative Analysis

Oxford: Bardwell Press, 2007

This collection of essays by leading

scholars focuses on two controversial

propositions central to the contemporary

issues faced by multi-religious societies.

Firstly, societies that are culturally and

ethnically diverse can be more diffi cult to govern than those

that are homogenous. Secondly globalization, particularly

of religion, makes these problems increasingly endemic,

global and potentially catastrophic. As a result there is

tension between the transnational identities of the world

religions and the national identities of secular citizenship.

Modern religious diversity is now a profound political and

cultural issue, because of a lack of robust social policies and

institutions to manage the social tensions that fl ow from

increasing cultural complexity. Many conventional liberal

solutions appear to be in crisis. The societies examined in

this book, such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia,

Canada, and Great Britain, suggest some common problems

and policy solutions that may help in creating a more stable

and lawful social order.

south asian studies programme

Rahul Mukerji

India’s Economic Transition:

The Politics of Reforms, Critical

Issues in Indian Politics

New Delhi: Oxford University

Press, 2007

This reader, the third in the Critical

Issues in Indian Politics series,

discusses the politics and economics

behind liberalization, and the impact

of reforms on the political economy of India. In a crisp

yet comprehensive introduction, the editor analyses statemarket

relations in India from 1947 to the late 1980s, placing

the reforms in context.

One of the fi rst of its kind on the political economy of reforms,

this book addresses such questions as: Why did policy

change occur? How was the political economy overturned?

How was Indian private capital allowed to play a signifi cant

role in development in a democratic polity? What were the

consequences? What was the nature of reforms after 1991?

And how were the structural changes sustained?

Key contributions from Ashutosh Varshney, Jagdish

Bhagwati, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Lloyd and Susanne

Rudolph, Baldev Raj Nayar, Prabhat Patnaik, and Rob

Jenkins among others, focus on signifi cant features of the

post-reform era: the new politics of regulations governing

markets in areas like telecommunications, power and the

stock market, industrial lobbying, trade unionism and its

failure to incorporate the unorganized sector, and the curious

mix of costs and benefi ts from the rise of the IT sector.

The contributors also caution the globalizing state against

social disruption, and advocate an inclusive political economy

of development. They highlight how society and politics

are as important as economics to get around bottlenecks

in growth and redistribution.

This collection of new and updated essays will be of value

to students and scholars of Indian politics and economics,

administrators and policy-makers.

Kripa Sridharan

Regional Cooperation in South

and Southeast Asia

Singapore: ISEAS, 2007

This study compares the experience

of regional cooperation in South Asia

and Southeast Asia. It is essentially

a comparison of the Association of

Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

and the South Association for Regional

Cooperation (SAARC) in the light of various political,

economic and social developments in the two regions.

It looks at regional cooperation both in formal and informal

terms. The book argues that regionalism is a pervasive

phenomenon and both imitation and innovation are

the preferred strategies for sustaining the cooperative




The book has chapters on regionalism’s institutional

framework, political dynamics, patterns of economic

regionalism and social issues in regional cooperation. The

chapter on economic regionalism was contributed by T.C.A.

Srinivasa Raghavan.

southeast asian studies programme

Teofi lo C. Daquila

The Transformation of Southeast

Asian Economies (2nd ed.)

New York: Nova Science

Publishers, 2007

The book analyses the growth,

development and crisis experiences

of the Southeast Asian economies,

in particular, Indonesia, Malaysia, the

Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The proposition is

developed that the robust economic performance of the

Southeast Asian economies during the past four decades

has been attributed to the various factors, developments and

independent national policies which have been pursued by

the individual member countries rather than to any regional

economic framework. The book covers 11 topics which are

suitable for a one-semester course on the economics of

Southeast Asia. Also, it has a narrower area coverage as it

focuses only on the 5 Southeast Asian economies mentioned

earlier. The sectoral treatment of the impact of the 1997/98

crisis and the analytical treatment of policy responses to

the crisis differentiate this book from other publications

on the same topic. Finally, the book provides an analysis

of national developments, policies and factors which have

contributed to the transformation of the respective Southeast

Asian economies.





Pattana Kitiarsa (ed.)

Religious Commodifi cations

in Asia: Marketing Gods

London and New York: Routledge,


This book examines the key issues

arising from the convergences and

divergences of religion and market

forces in Asia. Bringing together a

group of leading scholars from Asia,

Europe, Australia and North America, it explores religious

commodifi cations and their consequences across Asia’s

diverse religious traditions. The book covers important

themes in the anthropology and sociology of contemporary

Asian religion. It draws theoretical implications for the study

of religions in the light of the shift of religious institutions

from traditional religious beliefs to material prosperity. The

fact that religions compete with each other in a ‘market of

faiths’ is also at the core of the analysis. The contributions

demonstrate how ordinary people and religious institutions

in Asia adjusted to, and negotiated with, the penetrative

forces of global market economy into the region’s changing

religio-cultural landscapes. An excellent contribution to the

growing demands of ethnographically and theoretically

updated interpretations of Asian religions, this book will be

of interest to scholars of Asian religion and new religious


Jan Mrázek and

Morgan Pitelka (eds.)

What’s the Use of Arts? Asian Visual

and Material Culture in Context

University of Hawai’i Press: Hawaii,


Post-Enlightenment notions of culture,

which have been naturalized in the

West for centuries, require that art

be autonomously beautiful, universal, and devoid of any

practical purpose. The authors of this multidisciplinary

volume seek to complicate this understanding of art by

examining art objects from across Asia with attention to their

functional, ritual, and everyday contexts. From tea bowls

used in the Japanese tea ceremony to television broadcasts


of Javanese puppet theatre, from Indian wedding-chamber

paintings to art looted by the British army from the Chinese

emperor’s palace, from the adventures of a Balinese magical

dagger to the political functions of classical Khmer images

– the authors challenge prevailing notions of artistic value

by introducing new ways of thinking about culture.

The chapters consider art objects as they are involved in the

world: how they operate and are experienced in specifi c sites,

collections, rituals, performances, political and religious

events and imagination, and individual people’s lives;

how they move from one context to another and change

meaning and value in the process (for example, when they

are collected, traded, and looted, or when their images

appear in art history textbooks); how their memories and

pasts are or are not part of their meaning and experience.

Rather than lead to a single, universalizing defi nition of

art, the essays offer multiple, divergent, and case-specifi c

answers to the question “What is the use of art?” and argue

for the need to study art as it is used and experienced.

This series of case studies from Asia helps broaden and

decolonize our understanding of what art is and asserts the

need to go beyond established ways of thinking about art

in English-language scholarship.

centre for language studies

Jyh Wee Sew

Reduplicating Nouns and Verbs in

Malay: A Conceptual Analysis

Kuala Lumpur: University Malaya

Press, 2007

This study focuses on nouns and verbs

in Malay reduplication. Conceptual

boundary is used as the necessary

condition for reduplication to operate on

the grammatical categories of noun and

verb. Syntactic and semantic tests on the data derived from

Malay newspapers, radio programme and popular magazine

show that noun reduplication is more common than verb

reduplication in Malay discourse. The study differentiates

the plural reference of Malay noun reduplication from that

of bare noun. This book provides an answer to what is the

difference between orang (man) and orang-orang (men)

in Malay. The pragmatics of noun reduplication is further

identifi ed with the concepts of defi niteness and specifi city

in reference. The analyses show that defi niteness of a noun

eference varies across expression types. Answers to why

reduplicated nouns cannot appear in some expressions are

also provided. Malay verb reduplication, on the other hand,

is examined in terms of aspect. This is the fi rst analysis of

Malay verb reduplication within internal temporal framework

that projects a hypothesis on aspectuality. Perfective aspect

in bounded verbs becomes the operating factor in verb

reduplication. By invoking profi le determinant in Cognitive

Grammar, affi xes are recognized as devices underpinning

the reduplication of imperfective Malay verbs.

Niemann, Rita M.

studio d A2, Deutsch als

Fremdsprache, Sprachtraining

Berlin: Cornelsen, 2007

The Sprachtraining (Engl.: language

training) is a work book for adult

learners on the A2 profi ciency level

according to the specifi cations given in

the European Framework for Languages

that was published by the European Commission.

The Sprachtrainig complements the main course and

exercise book and closely follows its chapter structure and

progression. It offers a great variety of additional exercises

and tasks for further language learning and practice. Each

of the 12 chapters starts with a reading comprehension

followed by grammar and vocabulary practice exercises.

The tasks are mostly of a closed nature allowing learners

to refer to the Sprachtraining in self study. The answer key

was printed as a separate booklet and can be taken out of

the Sprachtraining if this is considered more meaningful by

the teaching institution or teacher. Apart from its application

in self study, this book can be and is currently also used

in the classroom.

The Sprachtraining was conceptualized to deepen learners’

understanding of the language as well as further their

understanding of the German speaking countries and

their culture. Like the main course and exercise book and

all its other components, the Sprachtraining is marketed

internationally and has so far been successfully introduced

in over 40 countries.










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Journal of Marriage and Family

(Member; 2005-present)


Asia Pacifi c Journal of Speech Language and Hearing

(Member; 1998-present)


Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies

(Associate and Managing Editor; 2004-present)

department of social work


Asia Pacifi c Journal of Social Work and Development

(Associate Editor; 2005-present)

Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics

(Member; February 2006-present)


Asia Pacifi c Journal of Social Work and Development

(Managing Editor; 2005-2007)

Asia Pacifi c Journal of Social Work and Development

(Editor-in-Chief; 2007-present)

Asian Social Work and Policy Review

(Member; February 2007-present)

Asian Women

(Member; 2004-present)

China Journal of Social Work

(Reviewer; 2007-present)


Asia Pacifi c Journal of Social Work and Development

(Associate Editor; 1991-present)

Hong Kong Journal of Social Work

(Consulting Editor; 2004-present)


Asia Pacifi c Journal of Social Work and Development

(Reviewer; 2007)

Asia Pacifi c Journal of Social Work and Development

(Managing Editor; 2007-present)

Social Development Issues

(Consulting Editor; 2004-present)

Rajagiri Journal of Social Development

(Member, Editorial Advisory Committee;


Berkshire International Encyclopedia of Social Policy

(Member, Editorial Advisory Committee;


Facilitators’ Sourcebook Series on Child and

Adolescent Rights

(Editor; 2007-present)


Asia Pacifi c Journal of Social Work and Development

(Editor-in-Chief; 1991-2007)

Journal of Youth Studies

(Advisor; 2002-present)

Social Development Issues

(Consulting Editor; 2002-present)

department of sociology


Body & Society

(Member; 1995-present)

British Journal of Sociology

(Member; 2000-present)

Contemporary Islam

(Member; 2007-present)


(Member; 2000-present)

European Journal of Social Theory

(Member; 2006-present)

Health Risk & Society

(Member; 1998-present)

Journal of Social Archaeology

(Member; 2000-present)

Journal of Historical Sociology

(Member; 1987-present)

Journal of Human Rights

(Member; 2002-present)

Social Science & Medicine

(Member; 1996-present)

Social Theory & Health

(Member; 2003-present)


(Member; 2008-present)

The Sociological Review

(Member; 2008-present)

Theory, Culture, and Society

(Member; 1982-present)




Inter-Asia Cultural Studies

(Co-executive Editor; 2004-present)

Cultural Politics

(Member; 2008-present)

European Journal of Cultural Studies

(Member; 2004-present)

International Journal of Cultural Studies

(Member; 2008-present)

Journal of East Asian Studies

(Member; 2004-present)

Sojourn: Journal of Social Sciences in Southeast Asia

(Member; 1998-present)


Sociology Compass

(Associate Editor; 2006-present)

Sociological Theory

(Associate Editor; 2007-present)


Asian Journal of Criminology

(Member; 2006-present)


Asian Population Studies

(Editor; 2004-present)

Journal of Population Research

(Member, Editorial Advisory Board; 2005-present)

Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies

(Member, International Advisory Board;


Pakistan Development Review

(Member; 2000-present)

Journal of Population Ageing

(Member; 2008-present)






Pacifi c Affairs

(Member; 2003-present)


Asian Journal of Social Sciences

(Member; 2003-present)


Asian Population Studies

(Member, International Advisory Board;



British Journal of Sociology

(Member, International Advisory Board;


Marriage & Family Review

(Member; 2004-present)

Asian Population Studies Journal

(Member, International Advisory Board,


International Encyclopedia of Public Health

(Editor, Health Systems Section; 2005-present)

International Encyclopedia of Public Health

(Associate Editor-in-Chief; 2007-present)


Journal of Contemporary Asia

(Member; 2007-present)

Labour and Management in Development

(Member; 2005-present)

Jurnal Antar Budaya

(Member; 2007-present)

Asian Business and Management

(International Editorial Advisor; 2005-present)

Asian Studies

(Member, Editorial Advisory Board; 2007-present)

East Asian Studies

(Member, Editorial Committee; 2005-present)



Current Sociology La Sociologie Contemporaine

(Member; 2007-present)


Health Sociology Review

(Member; 2005-present)


Asian Population Studies

(Editorial Committee; 2004-present)


Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia

(International Editorial Board Member; 2003-present)

NUS PRESS - all series

(Publishing Committee Member; 2001-present)

Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia’s

Vernacular Architecture

(Editorial Advisory Board Member; 2004-present)

“Issues”/”Essentials”/”Young Masters”/

”Occasionally Black on White”

(International Editorial Advisory Board Member;


communications and new media


Computer Music Journal

(Consulting Editor; 2005-present)


Communication for Policy Research-South

(Member; 2006-present)

Digital Review of Asia Pacifi c

(Member; 2005 to 2009)

Journal of Information and Knowledge Management

(Member; 2003-present)

Journal of Communication Law and Policy

(Member; 2003-present)

south asian studies programme


South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

(Editorial Advisor; 2002-present)


Asian Population Studies

(Member, International Advisory Board; present)


Indian Review

(Member; 2004-present)

southeast asian studies programme


Philippines Studies

(Member, International Advisory Board;


Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

(Member, International Advisory Board;


Islas e Imperios

(Member, International Advisory Board;



Taida Journal of Art History

(Member; 2000-present)

National University of Singapore Press

(Member, Editorial Advisory Board; 2006-present)

centre for language studies


e-FLT, Electronic Journal of Foreign Language


(Editor; 2004-present)

Pacifi c CALL Journal

(Member; 2004-present)


e-FLT, Electronic Journal of Foreign Language


(Associate Editor; 2004-present)


e-FLT, Electronic Journal of Foreign Language


(Member; 2004-present)


e-FLT, Electronic Journal of Foreign Language


(Member; 2004-present)


e-FLT, Electronic Journal of Foreign Language


(Member; 2004-present)


e-FLT, Electronic Journal of Foreign Language


(Member; 2004-present)


e-FLT, Electronic Journal of Foreign Language


(Member; 2007-present)










communications and new media



Received Second Place in the Debut Category of the

International Division of the Broadcast Education

Association for a research paper co-authored with Lim

Sun Sun and Hichang Cho dealing with privacy and

the use of national ID cards on April 2007.

department of chinese studies


Received an Honorary Professorship from Xiamen

University (Institute of Traditional Studies) for research

excellence in the area of Chinese Studies.

department of economics


Received the RBNZ-NZESG Research Award from the

special NZ Econometric Study Group meeting in

honour of Peter C.B. Phillips in March 2008.


Was the Runner-up in the ACM SIGMIS Doctoral

Dissertation Award Competition 2007.

department of english language and literature


Appointed by the Commonwealth Foundation, UK, to

the judging panel of the Commonwealth Writers Prize

for 2008 for the Asia-Pacifi c Region. Dr Sankaran is

one of three judges. The other two are from New

Zealand and Australia.


Recipient of the Robert F. Lucid Award, given by Norman

Mailer Society for best scholarship of the previous

year, awarded in October 2007.

department of geography


Received the NUS Outstanding Researcher Award for

outstanding research conducted in economic geography

on 11 April 2008.


Was the only Singaporean among the global team of

scientists on the Intergovenmental Panel on Climate

Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment which was jointly

awarded (with Al Gore) the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Associate Professor Wong is a co-ordinating lead

author for the chapter on “Coastal and Low-lying

Areas’, an expert reviewer on the chapter on Asia and

he also contributed to the Fourth Assessment

Technical Summary and Summary for Policy Makers.

He was also involved in the IPCC as a lead author in

the Third Assessment and expert reviewer in the

Second Assessment.

department of history


Awarded the 2007 Sidney Edelstein Prize for his book

Earthquake Nation: The Cultural Politics of Japanese

Seismicity, 1868-1930. The prize is awarded annually

by the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) to

the author of an outstanding scholarly book in the

history of technology published during the preceding

three years.


Received the British Scholar of the Month in February

2008. This award was sponsored by the Department

of British Studies of the University of Texas at Austin.

department of japanese studies


Received the Daiwa Japan Forum Prize 2007 awarded

by the British Association of Japanese Studies for best

research article by a young scholar.


Received the Award of Excellent Research 2007 from

the Japanese Association of Administrative Science

(JAAS) for outstanding research conducted in international

business (publication of an academic paper

at the Japan and World Economy, 19.1, 2007) in

November 2007.


department of chinese studies



The Unity of Jundao and Shidao:

The Discourse on “Three Teachings

in One” by Taizhou Scholars in Late Ming China

Ngoi Guat Peng (PhD)

A Transnational Community: A Study of

Contemporary Intra-Asian Networks

of Overseas Jinjiangnese

Ren Na (PhD)

Bridge for Success: Production and Circulation

of Commercially-printed Examination Aids

After the Mid-Ming Period

Sim Chuin Peng (PhD)

Imagining Homeland, Localizing Identity and

Constructing the Nation-state: The Teochew

Community in Singapore and Malaysia,


Zhang Huimei (PhD)

department of economics

Four Essays on Trade, Globalization,

and Wage Inequalities

Aekapol Chongvilaivan (PhD)

Essays on Segmentation of Chinese Stock

Markets: Nonlinear Analyses

Qiao Zhuo (PhD)

Three Essays on Asset Pricing

in Financial Market

Shao Dan (PhD)

Financial Crisis and the Resolution of Financial

Distress: Evidence from Malaysia and Thailand

Tan Wei Lin (PhD)

department of english language & literature

The Hermeneutics Nexus

Chan Sein Leong (PhD)

Modernism and Violence in the Poetry of

W.B. Yeats, Wallace Stevens and W.H. Auden

Lim Lee Ching (PhD)

Specifying Narrativity in an Institutionalized

Live Oral Storytelling Performance:

An Interactive Approach

Soe Marlar Lwin (PhD)

An Ethnography of the Literacy Practices of

Children in Malaysian Residential Care

Tan Poh Sim, Jennifer (PhD)

An Ethnographic Study of Undergraduates

in Singapore: Power and Identity in an

Academic Community of Practices

Teng Sze Mei, Jessie (PhD)

Henry Fielding’s Representation of Women

Wang Shengyu (PhD)

Newspaper Reporting of SARS in Singapore:

A Systemic Functional Approach

Wee Sok Hui, Noelle Catherine (PhD)

department of geography

Analyzing and Modeling Urban Development

and its Impact in the Mountain Area:

A Case Study of Chongqing City, China

Huang Jingnan (PhD)

Place, Capital and Representation:

The Politics of Heritage Tourism in

Lijiang, PR China

Su Xiaobo (PhD)

Hydrological Consequences of Converting

Forested Land to Coffee Plantations and

Other Agriculture Crops in Sumber Jaya

Watershed, West Lampung, Indonesia

Tumiar Katarina B. Manik (PhD)





Sediment and Carbon Transport in

a Meso-scale Mountainous Tributary of

the Zhujiang (Pearl River), China

Zhang Shurong (PhD)

department of history

From a Christian Socialist to a Christian Realist:

Reinhold Niebuhr and the Soviet Union,


Chen Liang (PhD)

Barefoot Doctors in Chinese Villages:

Medical Contestation, Structural Evolution

and Professional Formation, 1968-1983

Fang Xiaoping (PhD)

Prerequisites to a Civilized Life:

The American Colonial Public Health System

in the Philippines, 1901-1927

Ma. Mercedes Golingay Planta (PhD)

Trade and Security issues in

Sino-Vietnamese Relations 1802-1874

Zhang Leiping (PhD)

department of malay studies

Social Idealism and Characterization:

A Study of Character Types and its Social

Meaning in Selected Malay Novels

Azhar Bin Ibrahim (PhD)

department of philosophy

A New Interpretation of

the Private Language Argument

Ayodele-Oja Olalekan Rafi u (PhD)

Individuality and Community:

The Perspective of Classical Indian

and African Philosophies

Iluyomade Raphael Funwa (PhD)


Two Neo-Confucian Perspective on the Way

- Yi Yi’s and Li Zhi’s Commentaries on the Laozi

Kim Hak Ze (PhD)

The Problems of Confucianism in the

Late Warring States Period and Xunzi’s

Reconstruction of Confucianism

Sun Wei (PhD)

department of political science

State-Managed Marketization:

China’s Approach to Oil Security

Chen Shaofeng (PhD)

A Study of Deputies in Local People’s

Congresses in China

Guo Jiguang (PhD)

department of social work

A Study of Factors Affecting Adolescent

Perceptions of Psychosocial Adjustment

after Parental Divorce in Ghana

George Oheneba Mainoo (PhD)

department of sociology

Micro-fi nance and Poverty Alleviation:

Case Studies from Malaysia and Indonesia

Angeline Leigh Carpenter-Ames (PhD)

Processes of Memory on the Island

of Savu, Eastern Indonesia

Genevieve Denise Duggan (PhD)

Integrating Others: A Study of a Border Social

System in the Thailand-Burma Borderland

Lee Sang Kook (PhD)

Change and Continuity in the Culture of

Singapore’s Primary School Teachers

from 1959-2006

Liang Yee Hing, Rose (PhD)

Politics from the Heart: Personal Choices,

the War in Mindanao, and Social Structure

Radics George Baylon (PhD)

south asian studies programme

Re-representing the `Snake-Charmer’ in Ancient

and Classical India: The Sarpajivin, Ahigundika

and Visavejja in Early Indian Narratives

Carol Marie Thirumaran (PhD)

Power Relationships in Rural Uttar Pradesh

Sujoy Dutta (PhD)

southeast asian studies programme

Representing Asian-ness through

Contemporary Dance: Case Studies of

Five Dance Companies in Singapore

Caren Carino (PhD)

The Pursuit of Java: Thai Panji Stories, Melayu

Lingua Franca and the Question of Translation

Davisakd Puaksom (PhD)

Popular Politics in a Philippine Municipality

Soon Chuan Yean (PhD)


department of chinese studies

Orienting Toward the Exterior: Observation

and Evaluation of Human Character from

the Analects to the Renwu Zhi

Goh Kailing (MA)

Pain, Suffering, and Madness:

Representations of Masculine Health

in Lu Xun’s Fiction

Hong Wee Seng, Jeffrey (MA)

The Inner Transformation of “De”:

Shi in Early China

Kiang Yeow Yong (MA)

The Economic Thought of Han Yu

Lian Bee San (MA)

New Words in Singapore Mandarin:

A Popular Cultural Perspective

Liu Zengjiao (MA)

Amusing the Public: A Study of

the Scarlet Magazine (1922-1932)

Ma Lujing (MA)

Phonological Elision in Malaysian

Cantonese Casual Speech

Ong Yin Hsiar (MA)

A Critical Analysis of Hsi Mu Ren’s Poetry

from a Marginal Perspective - Journey

Embarked on the Greenland in Search

of Humanity

Tiong Shiuan Shiuan (MA)

Singapore Hakka Women: Study of

Migration Life and Cultural Identity

Ye Shujing (MA)

communications & new media programme

Online Journalism in Indonesia

Amelia Christy Muliana (MA)

Exploring the Chinese Blogosphere:

The Motivations of Blog Authors and Readers

He Yu (MA)

Effectiveness and Consumer Preference

of Online Advertising

Huang Shansi (MA)

ICT Projects and Social Development in

Asia: Two Case Studies Exploring Options,

Opportunities and Constraints

Manjari Kishore (MA)

department of economics

Empirical Studies on Singapore Family

Firms: The Decision to go Public and

IPO Underpricing

Chang Hwee Hwang (MSocSci)







Cross Border Investment in Asean+3:

A Gravity Model Approach to Asian

Bond Market

Cheung Kai Fu, Keith (MSocSci)

The Hub-and-Spokes Effect of

Overlapping Free Trade Agreements:

An Analysis Using GTAP

Chong Soo Yuen (MSocSci)

Impact of Regional Trading Blocs and

Free Trading Agreements on Bilateral Trade:

An Application of Gravity Model in

International Trade

Keembiya Hettige Nandasiri (MSocSci)

Generational Accounts in Singapore

Kong Yu Chien (MSocSci)

Farsighted Behaviour in Hedonic Game

Li Zaiming (MSocSci)

Myopic Loss Aversion: Do Evaluation Periods

and Presentation Modes Matter?

Lu Xiaoyan (MSocSci)

Developing Countries and Emission Reduction

Commitments - Understanding the Drivers of

Environmental Impact

Ruchika Saluja (MSocSci)

Unrestricted VC-MGARCH: An Extension

of VC-MGARCH and Evidence from

Financial Indices

Vu Thanh Hai (MSocSci)

Competition, Deregulation and the Growth of

China’s Telecommunications Industry:

An Empirical Study of the Chinese Fixed-line

and Mobile Markets

Yang Fengchun (MSocSci)

An Experimental Study of the Impact of Product

Differentiation on Collusive Behaviour

Yu Juan (MSocSci)


department of english language & literature

Still building: The State of the Renaissance

Choy Keng Choong, Edward (MA)

Down These Mean Streets: Textuality and

the Search for Meaning in Crime Fiction

Ho Su-Lin, Andrea (MA)

A Grammar of Singapore Indian Malay

Sasi Rekha D/O Muthiah (MA)

Jiushi as a Pragmatic Marker: Evidence from

the Heart-to-Heart Radio Programme

Wang Honglei (MA)

The Affi rmative Absurd in Harold Pinter’s

Early Plays

Wong Yeang Chui (MA)

Relating National and Language Ideologies:

A Study of the Shift and Maintenance of

Chinese Dialects in Singapore

Yang Hanning, Charlene (MA)

Female Bonding and Identity Formation in the

Female Caribbean Bildungsroman

Zheng Xiuxia (MA)

The Dialogic Play of Self versus Other:

A Study of Singapore-Malaysian Female

Emigrants to North America

Zhong Minxian (MA)

department of geography

A Geographical Analysis of Air Hubs

in Southeast Asia

Han Songguang (MSocSci)

Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Near-Surface

CO2 Concentrations in Singapore

Muhammad Rahiz B. Ahmad Kandias A.G. (MSocSci)

Island Tourism Development on

the Pulau Segayang, Riau, Indonesia

Nair Seeta (MSocSci)

The `Gift’ of the Disaster: Singaporeans’

Generous Responses to the Indian Ocean


Woon Chih Yuan (MSocSci)

department of history

The Chinese Settlement of Bandung

at the Turn of the 20th Century

Devisanthi Tunas (MA)

The Moral Psychology of Christopher Lasch:

From the Culture of Narcissism to the True

and Only Heaven

Khoo Teng Yang, Kevin (MA)

The State and History-Writing: The Failure

of Co-Optation of Historians in Early Maoist

China, 1949-1957

Ng Eng Ping (MA)

The Origins of the Socialist Revolution in

Sarawak, 1945-1963

Seng Guo Quan (MA)

The Rise and Decline of Shanxi Piaohao in

Late Qing Dynasty China, 1820-1911

Wang Luman (MA)

Becoming Zhongguo, Becoming Han: Tracing

and Reconceptualizing Ethnicity in Ancient

North China, 770 BC - AD 581

Yang Shao-Yun (MA)

department of japanese studies

Unauthorized Romances: Female Fans and

Weiss Kreuz Internet Yaoi Fanfi ction

Tan Bee Kee (MA)

Pop-idol Concerts in Contemporary Japan -

Queering Gender, Sexuality and Ethnicity

Yuen Shu Min (MA)

Animosity or Preference, Chinese Consumers’

Attitudes Towards Japanese Products

Zheng Hong (MA)

department of philosophy

A Comparative Survey of Buddhist and

Western Critiques of Metaphysics

Thalawathugoda Nigrodha Thero (MA)

Constitutive Emergence: A Non-Reductive

Solution to the Mind-Body Problem

Wong Soo Lam (MA)

department of political science

The China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park:

Can the Singapore Model of Development

be Exported?

Han Minli (MSocSci)

“Charm offensive” Revisited: China’s Soft

Power Resources and its National Image

Yang Ying (MSocSci)

department of psychology

Attitude Similarity and Attraction:

Trust as a Robust Mediator

Joseph John Pyne Simons (MSocSci)

department of sociology

Welfare Applicants and the Construction

of Welfare in Singapore

Asmalina Binte Saleh (MSocSci)

Socially Mobile Underclass: Life Chances

and Migrant Children Strategies in

Transitional China

Chen Baogang (MSocSci)

Economic Globalization and Transnationalizing

Labour: Thai Construction

Workers in Singapore

Kong Liyun, Magdalene (MSocSci)







Resisting Resistance: The Coping Strategies

of Teachers

Lim Lan Yu (MSocSci)

Religious Norms and Marriage Preferences

Muhammad Fadli Bin Mohd Fawzi (MSocSci)

Ethnographic Accounts of the `Sathya Sai

Baba’ Movement - A Spiritual Reform-oriented

Movement in Singapore: Identity Formation,

Charity-giving and Rationalization Process

Nagah Devi D/O Ramasamy (MSocSci)

Spirit Worship and Sexuality in Vietnam

Nguyen Kim Hoa (MSocSci)

Particularizing Global Gods:

The Sathya Sai Baba Movement in Singapore

Pereira Shane Nicolas (MSocSci)

Organization, Work and Emotional Alienation:

Study of Life Insurance Agents in Xiamen

Sheng Sixin (MSocSci)

Street Children in Bangkok: A Critical

Analysis of Socialization

Tan Chin Kwan, Harry (MSocSci)

Examining Tourism as Power and Performance

Tay Shan Mei, Diane (MSocSci)

Schizophrenia in the Family: Studying the

Experience of Caregiving

Won Ting Ting, Vivien (MSocSci)

Exploring Restorative Justice and Other

Alternatives for Youth Offenders in Singapore

Yeo Peck Tiang (MSocSci)


south asian studies programme

Bridging the Home and the World: Iconic

Representation and the Negotiation of Cultural

Brand Value in the Dabbawallahs of Mumbai

Pathak Gauri Sanjeev (MA)

southeast asian studies programme

Piety, Profi t and Politics: The Contemporary

Evolution of Islamic Banking in Malaysia

James I. Martin Jr. (MA)

Sayaw Filipino: A Study of Contrasting

Representations of Philippine Culture by

the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and the

Bayanihan Philippine National Folkdance


Kanami Namiki (MA)

Colonial Singapore: Archaelogical vs Historical

Records the Fort Serapong Case Study

Lim Chen Sian (MA)

Revisiting Cham Ethnic Identity

in Vietnam and Cambodia:

The Concept of “Ethnic Passport”

Mohamed Effendy Bin Abdul Hamid (MA)

Memories of Martyrdom and Landscapes of

Terror: Fear and Resistance Among the Malays

of Southern Thailand

Muhammad Arafat Bin Mohamad (MA)

Transmission of Burmese Classical Music

Tan Li Ching (MA)

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