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CASTE CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG INDIAN TAMILS IN MALAYSIA 
Rajakrishnan Ramasamy 
Caste is an important social institution among Indians to the extent that it determines social interactions, commensal relations and marriage contractions between individuals.  The Indians who emigrated to Malaya in the 19th and early 20th centuries brought along with them this institution.  Though the institution has undergone inevitable changes over the period of more than a century since the earliest migration, some of the essential characteristics of caste have still been maintained.  This book represents a well-researched and analytical account of caste consciousness among Malaysian Indian Tamils. 
1984:110pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 050 3: US$19.90 
  
 
CHILDREN OF THE EAST 
Leonard Davis 
The plight of millions of children in South-east Asia is a problem that is going to remain with us, and almost certainly worsen into the 21st century.  In this book, the author uses his extensive research to give the ordinary reader an overview of the problems that face families, welfare agencies and governments in the region.  The importance of the subject is reinforced by a fact with far-reaching implications, namely that by the year 2010, 50 per cent of the population of the region will be under 15 years of age. 
1994: 72pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 528 9: US$49.00 
For sale only in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong and Indonesia 
  
 
CHRISTIANITY IN MALAYSIA  
A Denominational History  
Edited by Robert Hunt, Lee Kam Hing and John Roxborogh 
A collection of papers reflecting the experiences of West Malaysian churches.  The history of Christianity in West Malaysia encompasses not only the activities of missionaries and the faithful but also the entire social, cultural, political and religious milieu it found itself in.  
1992: 396pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 407 X: US$39.00  
  
 
DIMENSIONS OF TRADITION AND DEVELOPMENT IN MALAYSIA 
Edited by Rokiah Talib and Tan Chee-Beng 
This book covers a host of pertinent issues of the multifarious Malaysian society.  The contrasting traditional psyches of Malay and Chinese farmers, the agricultural methods of local farmers, and how development has affected their existence are highlighted.  Much food for thought will be the life-styles of two groups of Orang Asli - the Semai and the Batek De' - and the impact of economic restructuring has had on them.  The informal hawking sector, the low-cost housing policy, the employment of foreign workers, the increasing availability of credit, even the Batang Ai hydro-electric dam project in Sarawak, have all contributed to socioeconomic changes - albeit some unforeseen - in the country. 
1995: 557pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 510 6: US$99.00   
  
 
FESTIVALS OF MALAYSIA 
Gregory Leong 
The Malay Peninsula was drawn early into world events because of its strategic geographical position.  Thus it came into constant contact with new peoples and cultures which have since become the basis of an ethnic tradition of unrivalled diversity.  The early settlers from the plains of today's Cambodia, as well as later immigrants from India, China and Sumatra, brought with them their arts, religions and customs.  By combining their colours, mythologies, superstitions and taboos, the author has created a visual feast. 
1992:187pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 388 X: US$59.00  
  
 
A DREAM OF FREEDOM 
The Early Sarawak Chinese 
Paul Yong 
A Dream Of Freedom: The Early Sarawak Chinese is a gripping account of a bid for freedom from colonial shackles by a group of early Chinese settlers in Sarawak.  To dream of freedom, and to do what one believes should and needs to be done, remains the dream of all.  
1991:131 pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 265 4: US$39.00   
  
 
GELARAN & PERATURAN MELAKUKAN TATAADAB  
Vincent Tung 
This highly informative book written in Malay details the customary rules of behaviour, protocol, etiquette, honorific and salutations governing conduct in Malay society.  It offers invaluable guidelines for public occasions - formal or informal, ceremonies, correspondences and the like where the aforementioned elements come into play.  
261 pp 
Pb: ISBN 967 978 265 4  
  
 
INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCING 
The Therapeutic Advantages 
Kanaka Sudhakar 
This book is chiefly devoted to highlight in the great potential of Indian dancing to bring health to its devotees.  Further experiments and research need to be conducted to unravel all the beneficial effects that dancing has on the human body. 
1994:124pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 458 4: US$39.00   
  
 
MALAY SOCIETY 
Transformation & Democratisation 
Khoo Kay Kim 
A study of Malay society through time.  The founding of the Melaka Sultanate established a set of traditions that effectively shaped Malay political culture. 
1991: 312pp 
Pb: ISBN 967 978 386 3: US$12.90  
  
 
THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN BRITAIN 
An Historical Account  
Muhammad Mumtaz Ali 
This book discusses the history and evolution of Muslim migration in Britain, the root causes of the migration and the characteristics of the migrants and their settlements, and views the whole phenomenon in the light of the universal missionary role of the Islamic ummah and the Islamic Movement in Britain. 1996: 127pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 561 0: US$49.00   
  
 
THE ORIGINS OF CHINESE KONGSI  
Wang Tai Peng 
This book is an examination of the kongsi concept in the past, present and future.  Many eminent foreign writers of the past had dealt with the subject with a narrow angle.  The author has given in this book a broader outlook and a faithful interpretation of the kongsi system in recent times through Chinese, Japanese and European sources.  
1994:128pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 449 5: US$39.00   
  
 
POVERTY AMIDST PLENTY 
Research Findings and the Gender Dimension in Malaysia  
Edited by Jamilah Ariffin 
The extent of income inequality and the related problem of poverty is still high in Malaysia.  Measures to combat poverty must be given high priority in economic planning, not just to fulfil the equity objective, but also to ease the passage of development itself by mitigating any potential social explosion emanating from perceived and felt polarisation.  This book highlights these issues and brings into focus the gender dimension of poverty in Malaysia. 
1994: 234pp 
Pb: ISBN 967 978 486 X: US$39.00   
  
 
POVERTY AND HOUSEHOLD ECONOMIC STRATEGIES IN MALAYSIAN NEW VILLAGES 
Lim Hin Fui 
The Chinese in Malaysia are often thought of as wealthy and prosperous.  To the Malaysian government, poverty among the Chinese is negligible, although there is grudging official acknowledgement of poverty in Chinese new villages.  However, this book suggests that the absence of greater poverty among Chinese new villagers is largely the result of their struggle for economic survival.  This book also provides insights into the attributes of poverty and low income: low educational attainment, involvement in political parties, dependence on secret society activities, religious beliefs and practices, and indulgence in gambling. 
1994: 25Opp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 496 7: US$59.00   
  
 
WOMEN & DEVELOPMENT IN MALAYSIA 
Jamilah Ariffin 
Malaysian women have played and continue to play a significant role in almost all aspects of the economy and society.  Despite this, it is only now that women are considered a vital component of human capital and must be included in national development plans. 
1992: 189pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 409 6: US$29.00 
Sb: US$14.90  
  
 
VALUES AND DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA 
John Clammer 
This study re-examines from fresh perspectives the question of the role of values in development and the place of cultural analysis in explaining these values.  It illustrates the connections between values and development in Southeast Asia and links development discourses within the region to wider theoretical debates about social transformation and the role of values in social change.  
1996: 228pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 568 8: US$59.00