Language : English
Published : 2018-02-01
This is What Inequality Looks Like: Essays by Teo You Yen
What is poverty? What is inequality? How are they connected? How are they reproduced? How might they be overcome? Why should we try?
This book—an ethnography of inequality—addresses these questions. Formed by a series of essays, they are written to be read individually, but have been arranged to be read as a totality and in sequence. Each aims to accomplish two things: first, to introduce a key aspect of the experience of being low-income in contemporary Singapore. Second, to illustrate how people’s experiences are linked to structural conditions of inequality.
The way we frame our questions shapes the way we see solutions. This book does what appears to be a no-brainer task, but one that is missing and important: it asks readers to pose questions in different ways, to shift the vantage point from which they view ‘common sense,’ and in so doing, to see themselves as part of problems and potential solutions. This is a book about how seeing poverty entails confronting inequality. It is about how acknowledging poverty and inequality leads to uncomfortable revelations about our society and ourselves. And it is about how once we see, we cannot, must not, unsee.
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Welcome to the heavenly realm. Upon your arrival, you would be greeted by the heavenly guards. After passing through the Heavenly Gates, you’ll make your way to Ling Xiao Hall, where you can seek an audience with the Jade Emperor himself. While in Heaven, choose your words carefully, and be respectful to everyone you meet. The deities in the heavenly realm are endowed with special powers to help mankind or provide guidance, but some are mischievous and may not hesitate to conjure up a trick or two if they sense any disrespect.
This book, Legends of the Heavenly Gods, traces the many legends about the deities residing in the heavenly realm. You will enjoy the following stories:
- how a mortal man was chosen to become the Jade Emperor, to rule over Heaven, Hell and Earth;
- How his wife, the Heavenly Mother, felt about taking over the throne for a day;
- How Er Lang fought a ferocious dragon that was terrorising a village;
- how the Fairy of Ninth Heaven assisted the Yellow Emperor, and enable him to defeat Chi You, the leader of the Jiu Li Tribe.
This book provides a quick and exciting introduction to the many goings-on in the heavenly realm. From the Jade Emperor to the Yellow Emperor, from the Monkey King and Ne Zha to the Four Heavenly Guardians and the 100 heavenly guards, you will be trilled, enlightened and fascinated, all at once!
Why do Chinese consider the ‘eight’ to be lucky number? For the answer to this question, look no further than the Eight Immortals, who are one of the most popular subjects of art and craft in China.
The term “Eight Immortals” is used to figuratively for happiness. The stories in this book show how the Eight Immortals brought happiness to the common folk through their miracles and good deeds.
Read about miracles performed by the Eight Immortals to dispel demons and punish the wicked. Tales of how Empress Wu Zetian tried to pray for longevity and how the demons sought to spread the plague will keep you deeply enchanted!
For over 1500 years, Shaolin martial arts teachings have spread through the world from the foot of Mt Song. Over centuries, the monks of Shaolin Temple have become synonymous with Chinese martial arts while cultivating the virtues of Buddhism.
Learn the legends of Shaolin and unveil the mysteries surrounding the Shaolin warrior monks.
- Who founded Shaolin Temple?
- What are the various schools and styles of Shaolin martial arts?
- Was there a fighting nun in Shaolin?
- What is the Hall of Wooden Men in Shaolin?
- The mystery of the Southern Shaolin and more.
An entertaining read for all budding martial arts enthusiasts and those who want to explore the wonders of Shaolin Kung Fu!
Talk about Chinese culture and images of dragon boats, lion dances, red packets and mandarin oranges readily come to mind. Their common thread is that they are all considered auspicious symbols by the Chinese. This charmingly illustrated book takes you on a journey of discovery of many others:
- Animals: Phoenix, tortoise , tiger, bat, spider, deer, elephant, horse, crane, carp, goldfish and others.
- Plants: Pine, bamboo, plum peony, peach, orchid, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, gourd and others.
- Objects: Treasure bowl, money tree, copper coin, ruyi, mirror, seal, Chinese knot and ‘tower of wisdom’.
- Home items: New year couplets, dumpling, glutinous rice ball, fish, chopsticks, longevity noodles and others.
- Words: Happiness, wealth, longevity, Eight Immortals, combined characters, auspicious numbers and greetings.
Understanding the appeal of these symbols will help you to appreciate the arts and crafts displayed in Chinese homes and workplaces.