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.
Meet the Laughing Buddha. Not your usual sombre-faced Buddha, he is always seen with a megawatt grin across his face and a bulging sack over his shoulders. One of his trademarks is his big belly, a symbol of joy, good fortune and generosity.
The Laughing Buddha is the epitome of happiness, abundance and contentment, and is sometimes worshipped as a god of fortune and prosperity. Happiness is one of his greatest gifts to his devotees.
An exemplary model of magnanimity and a jocund outlook on life, he brings joy wherever he goes. These uplifting and whimsical accounts of his life give you a glimpse into the way of life as inspired by the teachings of the Buddha.
Why do Chinese consider the number “eight” to be a 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 figuratively for happiness. The Chinese regard happiness as one of the most important qualities in life. The stories in this book show how eight ordinary people in ancient China attained immortality and lasting felicity through selfless actions and good deeds.
The Eight Immortals also play a significant role in relation to the Bagua, or Eight Trigrams, of the I Ching, the most popular classic of traditional China. Each of them is associated with a certain direction of the Eight Trigrams which is applied in the Bazhen Tu, the battle Chart of the Eight Trigrams, used by folk Taoists to counter the work of practitioners of black magic.
The presentation is made more interesting by the comic illustrations provided by Chan Kok Sing. You will be enthralled by the vivid description of the great battle that shook heaven and earth at the palace of the Dragon King.
Tea and wine have a long history in China. In fact, both have become firmly entrenched in the culture and customs of the Chinese people, featuring prominently in the traditional rites of ancestral worship and in social situations.
Discover the origins and varieties of tea and wine, and learn about:
- Famous Chinese teas and wines
- The Etiquette and methods for preparing and serving tea and wine
- The health-giving properties of tea and wine
- Unique customs practised among the minority people in China
- Interesting facts and ancient stories relating to tea and wine
Not only will this book entertain and inspire, it will enrich your understanding of the Chinese culture.
Water Margin is well-known as one of the four greatest Chinese literary classics. It tells the stories of a group of heroes, who stand for different classes of people daring to struggle against the corruption and oppression of the times. Altogether there are 105 men and three women among the notable characters in the Liangshan band.
These stories tale place at the end of the Northern Song period and describe vividly the people’s lives of love and hate, ties of friendship, loyalty and enmity, etc.
This book relives the most stirring chapters in the novel which have become the subject of numerous dramas and films, and are the most popular episodes in Chinese fiction. They include Lin Chong killing the unworthy chief of Liangshan Marsh, Wu Song slaying a tiger with his bare fists and avenging injustices, and Song Jiang’s attacks on the Zhu Family Village. With artistic skills and wit, the cartoonist Huang Qingrong presents vivid scenes in this drama of valour and brings the heroic legend.