The founding of Singapore has typically been attributed to the strategic genius of Stamford Raffles. Frequently overlooked is the part played by his superior in the East India Company, the Marquess of Hastings. This book provides an account of Singapore’s founding by drawing on the personal correspondence between these two men. Published here for the first time, these private letters reveal the challenges that Raffles and Hastings faced when manouvering within the Dutch-dominated East Indies. Just as significantly, the letters also reveal the complex relationship between the two men. Historian John Bastin brings rigorous scholarship to bear in this book, while at the same time presents it in a clear, readable style that will engage both specialist and general readers.
Raffles’ Letters of Intrigue
Hands: Gift of a Generation is a book born from the multi-sensory exhibition of the same name by the Singapore Memory Project (SMP), held between August and October 2013 at the National Library Building, Singapore. By elegantly depicting first-hand accounts from Singaporeans of all walks of life, this book seeks to document their lives and present the stories of Singapore as told by Singaporeans in a personal and evocative way. Comprising 45 individual profiles, mostly verbatim accounts and each accompanied by a striking photograph, this book is a valuable collection of stories that reflects the transformation of Singapore through the years. The memories are rich in their diversity, describing struggles, sacrifice, triumphs and joy.
A Tale of Many Hands
Chapters on Asia features selected papers written by scholars who have been awarded the National Library’s Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship. This 2014 edition consists of the following papers.
- Educating Malayan Gentlemen: Establishing an Anglicised Elite in Colonial Malaya / Adeline Koh
- Storm in Shuang Lin Monastery: Overseas Chinese Contribution in the 2nd Sino-Japanese War / Chan Chow Wah
- Rising Dragon, Crouching Tigers: Foreign Policy Responses of Malaysia & Singapore to a Re-emerging China, 1990–2005 / Kuik Cheng-Chwee
- Conceptualising the Chinese World: Jian University, Lee Kong Chian, and the Nanyang Connection, 1900–1942 / Leander Seah
- Public celebrations in Colonial Singapore: With Particular Reference to a Case Study of Celebration and Homicide in 1872 / Erik Holmberg
- European Perceptions of Malacca in the Early Modern Period / Dr Katrina Gulliver
- Chinese Education across the Empires: Knowledge, Politics, and Networks between Batavia, Singapore, Nanjing / Oiyan Liu
- In Touch with My Routes: Becoming a Tourist in Singapore / Desmond Wee
- Squatters, Colonial Subjects and Model Citizens: Informal Housing in Southeast and Hong Kong after World War II / Loh Kah Seng
- Malayan Women and Guerrilla Warfare, 1941–1989 / Mahani Musa
This comprehensive catalogue of early Chinese textbooks in Southeast Asia is the product of careful research and compilation.