Everyday Modernism: Architecture and Society in Singapore, Jiat-Hwee Chang, Justin Zhuang, Darren Soh (photos) (NUS Press, November 2022)
Everyday Modernism: Architecture and Society in Singapore, Jiat-Hwee Chang, Justin Zhuang, Darren Soh (photos) (NUS Press, November 2022)

Everyday Modernism is the first comprehensive documentation of Singapore’s modern built environment. Through a lens of social and architectural histories, the book uncovers the many untold stories of the Southeast Asian city-state’s modernization, from the rise of heroic skyscrapers to the spread of utilitarian typologies like the multi-storey car park. It investigates how modernism, through both form and function, radically transformed Singapore and made its inhabitants into modern citizens.

Have You Eaten Yet: Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World, Cheuk Kwan (Pegasus, January 2023)
Have You Eaten Yet: Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World, Cheuk Kwan (Pegasus, January 2023)

An eye-opening and soul-nourishing journey through Chinese food around the world. From Cape Town, South Africa, to small-town Saskatchewan, family-run Chinese restaurants are global icons of immigration, community and delicious food. The cultural outposts of far-flung settlers, bringers of dim sum, Peking duck and creative culinary hybrids, Chinese restaurants are a microcosm of greater social forces. They are an insight into time, history, and place.

Material Contradictions in Mao's China, Jennifer Altehenger (ed), Denise Y Ho (ed), (University of Washington Press, December 2022)
Material Contradictions in Mao’s China, Jennifer Altehenger (ed), Denise Y Ho (ed), (University of Washington Press, December 2022)

The growth of markets and consumerism in China’s post-Mao era of political and economic reform is a story familiar to many. By contrast, the Mao period (1949-1976)—rightly framed as a time of scarcity—initially appears to have had little material culture to speak of. Yet people attributed great meaning to materials and objects often precisely because they were rare and difficult to obtain.

Ugandan Agency within China-Africa Relations: President Museveni and China's Foreign Policy in East Africa, Barney Walsh (Bloomsbury Academic, October 2022)
Ugandan Agency within China-Africa Relations: President Museveni and China’s Foreign Policy in East Africa, Barney Walsh (Bloomsbury Academic, October 2022)

In this book, Barney Walsh presents an in-depth study of China’s involvement in East Africa through specific focus on President Museveni of Uganda who has been uniquely influential in utilising China’s presence to shape regional security dynamics in his favour.

Calling for a New Renaissance, Gao Xingjian (Cambria, September 2022)
Calling for a New Renaissance, Gao Xingjian, Mabel Lee (trans), Yan Qian (trans) (Cambria, September 2022)

Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian presents his primary concerns of the past decade or so. He indicts the lingering impact of ideology on contemporary literature and art, and for this reason calls for “a new Renaissance”, a result of which would be “boundary-crossing creations” such as the three cine-poems that he produced and describes in detail in this book.

Subcontinent Adrift: Strategic Futures of South Asia, Feroz Hassan Khan (Cambria, August 2022)
Subcontinent Adrift: Strategic Futures of South Asia, Feroz Hassan Khan (Cambria, August 2022)

This study identifies the latent and emergent drivers behind the mounting acrimony in South Asia—notably, India’s ambitions as a “rising power” coupled with the resurgence of China and Pakistan’s strategic anxiety as the United States unmoors itself from Afghanistan and embraces India. India is similarly concerned as China advances its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) across the region, developing a network of economic and strategic hubs and bringing India’s neighbors into China’s embrace through its strategy of peripheral diplomacy.