BiblioAsia Jul-Sep 2020
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc around the world, affecting both lives and livelihoods, there is a silver lining: nature is thriving. In the cover story of this issue, we put the spotlight on two French naturalists, Alfred Duvaucel and Pierre Médard Diard, who were hired by Stamford Raffles to collect and conduct research on wildlife specimens in the region.
Stamford Raffles and the Two French Naturalists
Two young French naturalists were hired by Stamford Raffles in December 1818 to collect wildlife specimens in the region and they were with him when Raffles landed in Singapore in 1819. Danièle Weiler looks at their life and work.(PDF)
Cloudy with a Slight Chance of Rain: Singapore’s Meteorological Service
Lim Tin Seng examines temperature and rainfall records in Singapore over the past 200 years.(PDF)
The Chinese Spirit-Medium: Ancient Rituals and Practices in a Modern World
Self-mortification and the spilling of blood are hallmarks of the Chinese tangki. Margaret Chan explains the symbolism behind these practices.(PDF)